Come Tango with Me (A Photo Set)

Tango Couples at the Almacen Show

The Tango Show at Almacen

“The tango is really a combination of many cultures, though it eventually became the national music of Argentina,” Yo-Yo Ma.

And what a wonderful music it is. Tango, the music and the dance, embodies the Buenos Aires culture. It’s part old world, part new; sultry, yet sophisticated; hard as nails to get, but more romantic than any other dance out there.

One of my favorite moments of this trip was taking Caitlin to a ballroom, where couples milled about dancing the tango, some poorly, some very well (sorry, I left the camera at the hotel that night). It was room alive with excitement, trial, nervous energy, but most of all, merriment and joy.

While I am still editing my first group of Argentina pictures, those from Buenos Aires (the evolving set is here), these photos, more than any capture the essence of the culture. Tango is Buenos Aires in so many ways, and Buenos Aires would possess only half of its greatness without tango. Enjoy the following photo set!


Street Tango

A volunteer tangos with a street performer.

The Tango

The Almacen Tango Show

Almacen Tango Show

The Almacen Tango Show

Almacen Tango Show

Street Tango Band

Street Tango Band

Street Tango Dancers

Street Tango Dancers

The Almacen Tango Show

Almacen Tango Show

Tango Singer (Almacen Show)

Almacen Tango Show

Tango Singer (Almacen Show)

Almacen Tango Show

Street Tango Dancers

Street Tango Dancers

Tango Couple (Almacen Show)

Almacen Tango Show

4 Replies to “Come Tango with Me (A Photo Set)”

  1. Lovely photos, but such a shame that you didn’t have your camera for taking pictures of normal folks dancing in a milonga! Stage tango, or tango para turistas, and social tango milonguero, are completely different.

    Most people think that the tango they see on TV or on stage is the real Argentine tango. But it isn’t. You have to know where to look in Buenos Aires–more than 70 milongas per week–to see the real thing.

    Tango is a way to understand the culture of Argentina, and especially Buenos Aires. It is as important as malbec, football, and asados! But it’s not found in tango shows or on Calle Florida.

    Come back soon!

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