“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!
A volunteer tangos with a street performer.