The Meaning of Tango: The Story of the Argentinian Dance

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Portico, 2007 - Performing Arts - 206 pages
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From the backstreets of Buenos Aires to Parisian high society, this is the extraordinary story of the dance that captivated the world - a tale of politics and passion, immigration and romance. The Tango was the cornerstone of Argentine culture, and has lasted for more than a hundred years, popular today in America, Japan and Europe. 'The Meaning of Tango' traces the roots of this captivating dance, from it's birth in the poverty stricken Buenos Aires, the craze of the early 20th century, right up until it's revival today, thanks to shows such as Strictly Come Dancing. This book offers history, knowledge, teachings and in-sights which makes it valuable for beginners, yet its in-depth analysis makes it essential for experienced dancers. It is an elegant and cohesive critique of the fascinating tale of the Tango, which not only documents its culture and politics, but is also technically useful.

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Review: The Meaning of Tango: The History and Steps of the Argentinian Dance

User Review  - Elizabeth Jasper - Goodreads

Very informative and just what I needed for research on Tango for a short story on vampires I was writing at the time. Read full review

Review: The Meaning of Tango: The History and Steps of the Argentinian Dance

User Review  - Ramya - Goodreads

Well written narrative of how Golden Age tango may have been learnt, taught and danced. Parts I, II, IV, and V are very good especially the first two. Part III technique descriptions are confusing. Read full review

About the author (2007)

Christine Denniston is a former theater director who has been teaching the tango for more than 20 years and was the first non-Argentinian to teach the dance in Buenos Aires.

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