Written by Eva Stelzer. Posted in Argentina, Blog


  1. Tango is an essential part of any Buenos Aires experience.

It is commonly held that Tango was born in the brothels of Buenos Aires, Argentina It’s more likely tango started elsewhere but that the brothels of the port area of La Boca is were where people of the upper and middle classes first encountered it. Brothels were major places of entertainment for the working classes. Due to a shortage of women in the early days of the history of Buenos Aires, prostitution became a thriving industry, with long queues forming as men waited for the women to become available. Visit the ever colorful houses of La Boca for a glimpse back into history where tango dancers perform on the streets outside of colorful buildings, maintained as a memory to the this port cities past.

    1. Tango is passion.

Tango immediately became linked with hot passion, and a forbidden style of embrace. Watching or dancing tango, you can’t help but feel that same passion. Brothel owners in Buenos Aires employed Tango musicians to entertain the men as they waited outside for their turn with an available woman. Men danced with other men, in close embrace. They began practicing together as a means of impressing the women who were watching from their brothel windows and preparing for the moment when they would dance with the women. The best place to get a sense of this is on the streets of La Boca or in San Telmo during market days.

  1. Tango music is haunting and will draw you in.

Tango music is sentimental, passionate and at the same time melancholic. You can’t help being drawn into the haunting sound, the solitary accordion or the singular clarinet. The music is not strong on rhythm. Rather it is an emotional expression. The lead dancer’s role is to interpret the sounds or even one of the instruments and then get his partner to feel his interpretation. The musical roots of tango come from the European immigrants that landed at the Rio Patense area now referred to as La Boca.

  1. The real Tango

After you’ve seen the tango shows especially prepared for tourists, try the real world of underground tango. This nocturnal world of tango offers the purest way for visitors to experience the dance. The shows are choreographed while the performances in nightclubs are not. Most milongas do include an impressive invitational performance from professional dancers but mid-way through the evening, the dance floor is open for improvisation for the remainder of the night. Even if you are not a dancer, you will see the raw pleasure of dancing tango and some incredible performances from regular people out on a late night adventure.

  1. Tango is Entertainment

Tango shows are pure delight and pure entertainment. It’s a show stopping experience or a physical one that you can try yourself. Try a class with Caucho Dante in the Recoleta area. Eviactive will gladly organize a tango lesson or two. You can also ask your hotel concierge to arrange a “taxi dancer.” Taxi dancers are experts in tango. They pick you up at your hotel, take you to a late night neighborhood milonga, and then dance with you until the wee hours of the morning.

Whatever your choice, when in Buenos Aires, don’t miss the Argentine Tango experience!



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