Tango Danza

Universidad de Belgrano

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Tango Danza

  • Host University

    Universidad de Belgrano

  • Location

    Buenos Aires, Argentina

  • Area of Study

    Dance, Latin American Studies

  • Language Level

    High Intermediate, Advanced

  • Course Level Recommendations

    Upper Language/ Lower Content

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    Hours & Credits

  • Contact Hours

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    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.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.