Monday, December 7, 2009

Tango dancers take to the streets in Argentina

Updated on : Monday, December 7, 2009

BUENOS AIRES: Tango lovers, more accustomed to smoky milonga dance halls, took to the streets of the Argentine capital on Saturday (December 05) for the "Great National Milonga."

Street traffic was stopped for the night, and high-heeled tango dancers took over the asphalt for the event, which closed down three blocks of one of the city's historic avenues; the Avenida del Mayo.

"It is really special because there is no dance in the world like tango, where you hold the person in an embrace, with so much passion, love, sensations, sex; it is very sexy, and that attracts everyone because you can't live and feel like that anywhere but here," said tango dancer, Violeta Bianchi.

This is the third time Argentina has held the national event, which is organized by the National Tango Academy and tourism authorities.

Spectators were able to watch some of the country's best tango dancers and listen to groups such as The Buenos Aires Tango Orchestra, Los Reyes de Tango, Gente de Tango, and Sexteto Milonguero with Javier Di Ciriaco.

"Is it really good, I am enjoying it a lot that they put on these kind of shows, because you can go to milongas and pay and it is fine, it is all good, but here so many people have come together just to dance tango, and that is really good," said tango lover Jonathon Fortunato.

The sultry dance was born in South America, and became popular in the late 1800s.

It is distinguished by the close embrace of the dancing couple, who step in time to a two-by-four beat.

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