American Smooth Tango-Popular dances for Social and Wedding Dance

American Smooth Tango-Popular dances for Social and Wedding Dance

Tango, a passionate and popular dance. Featured frequently in movies, the tango is a great social and wedding dance. It adds flair to any situation.


The American Tango began in Argentina in the 1700’s with from the Spanish settling Argentina. It was believed to be a combination of the Gaucho’s, and the Gypsy’s dance.  It was taken to France in the early 1900’s, cleaned up to be socially acceptable.

The tango was then being smuggled into America by Maurice Mouvet, who fell in love with it in the café’s in France in 1910. In 1911 Verne and Irene Castle danced the tango in Boston.  It was promptly banned and people jailed for dancing this provocative dance. The Castles began to refine the tango and educate New Yorkers about the tango. Among those New Yorkers was one of the Castle’s teachers, Arthur Murray in 1914. Arthur Murray is responsible for the development of the American style Tango through his mail order teaching system. The Tango surged in popularity in America with the release of the film, “the four horses of the Apocalypse” starring Rudolph Valentino. It has remained popular in movies ever since.


The American Tango is considered by some to be the simplest and the most dramatic of the three Tango’s. It is danced in a closed hold, with the hips closer than the shoulders. The American Tango releases hold for underarm turns, side by side and shadow positions.

The basic rhythm is slow, slow, quick, quick, slow. The music has a march like beat, phrasing in 8 counts. It is in 2/4 or 4/4 time at 120 to 128 beats per minute. An adventuresome and exciting dance.

American Smooth Tango Overview:

  1. American Tango- simple and dramatic
  2. Originated in Argentina
  3. Danced to march like orchestral music in 8 count phrases
  4. The Rhythm is slow, slow, quick, quick, slow
  5. is in 2/4 or 4/4 time at 120 to 128 beats per minute
  6. It features underarm turns, side by side and shadow positions

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