Universidad de Belgrano
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Area of Study
Dance, Latin American Studies
High Intermediate, Advanced
Course Level Recommendations
Upper Language/ Lower Content
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Recommended U.S. Semester Credits1
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units2
Hours & Credits
Students taking this course will learn the basics of tango, specific steps, turns, and figures (e.g. ocho, sentada, media luna, molinete, sandwich), and the roles of the lead and follower. Students will learn how to place and extend their legs elegantly, transfer their weight, keep their balance while moving, pivot and embellish their dancing. The dancing classes will be complemented with theory classes presenting the historical and social contexts in which tango developed: its origins as a low life dance in the late 19th century; its growing respectability in the 1920s with Carlos Gardel, who popularized the dance abroad in Hollywood films; the Golden Age of tango (1935-1952), and its current global phase. Students are also introduced to tango as concert music. They will listen to a selection of composers such as Francisco Canaro, Anibal Troilo, Osvaldo Pugliese and Astor Piazzolla, who incorporated elements of jazz and classical music. Students will analyse lyrics and become familiar with their lunfardo slang. By the end of the course, the student will be able to improvise and think in choreographic terms.