Tango, a dance that is irrefutably recognized as one of the most passionate forms of dance worldwide, continues to
live in each corner. Tango was born and grew up in Buenos Aires, and given its huge cultural significance. Tanguerias,
milongas, bars and theaters, the captivating dance continues to leave its mark on every corner in Buenos Aires.
Furthermore, in 2009, tango was declared an 'Intagible Cultural Heritage of Humanity' by the United Nations
Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Each and every year, Buenos Aires hosts the
International Tango Festival, culminating with a competition of not only Argentines and Uruguayans, but also from
Paraguay, Colombia, Venezuela and, this year, even Greece and Japan.
Many places in Buenos Aires invite visitors to enjoy tango dinner shows in which, along with a national and
international gastronomic proposal introduce dancers, singers and orchestras displaying the grace and the glamour of
this musical genre from the Rio de la Plata area. Here, tango shows off before those who come along to appreciate its
charm. And logically, it gets all the applause.
There are many, many tango shows in Buenos Aires. The format is usually a dinner show with a variety of dancers and
musicians performing over a period of somewhere between 1.5 and 3 hours. Some are located in venues that have been
tango salons for decades, while some inhabit newer facilities.
Keep in mind that tango is both a dance and a style of music, so a tango show is rarely 100% dancing: expect some
musical numbers without dancing to accompany them.
Watching tango is all well and good, but wouldn't you rather get involved? Many people have come to Buenos Aires,
fallen in love with tango, and through dedication and a great teacher have become very good at it.
The best way to start is with a group class and then move on to a private teacher if you decide that you like tango and
want to devote the time to really get good.
Even if the milonga is a musical genre closely related to tango, it also refers to the place where tango lovers go dancing.
Apart from the most traditional spaces, today you can fine others that are more informal. However, it is still desirable in
women wear high heels, and man needs to be invaded by the spirit of tango that marks in women's back the next step.
The milonga portena has its own codes and rituals: the music is organized in sets called tandas. A tanda is 3-5 songs
of one type played in a row. Usually couples will dance to whole tanda together. After each tanda comes a piece of
music called a cortina (curtain), which is not to be danced to. This is when the couples thank each other and then switch
partners. Milongas usually repeat on a weekly basis, so if you find one you like you can be pretty certain that if you go
to the same place on the same night a week later, it'll be the same event.