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Anonymous asked in Arts & HumanitiesDancing · 1 decade ago

questions about dance (swing and tango)?

im writing an essay about the differences between swing and tango. does anyone know when and where swing and tango originated? thanks!!

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Well first off, they are completely different dances, danced to completely different music. Aside from the fact that you dance with a partner and the dances evolved with the music at the same time (i.e. neither the dance nor the music came first, they both developed simultaneously), they have no similarities!


    The musical genre of Tango and its associated dance forms that originated in Buenos Aires, Argentina and Montevideo, Uruguay in the 1850s-1880s. Early tango was known as tango criollo, or simply tango. Today, there are many tango dance styles, including Argentine Tango, Uruguayan Tango, Ballroom tango (American and International styles), Finnish tango and vintage tangos. What many consider to be the authentic tango is that closest to that originally danced in Argentina and Uruguay, though other types of tango have developed into mature dances in their own right.


    Swing, isn't actually a specific dance. There are many, many, many different kinds of swing dances. The term "swing dance" commonly refers to a group of dances that developed concurrently with the swing style of jazz music in the 1920s, '30s and '40s (in the United States), although the earliest of these dance forms predate swing jazz music. The best known of these dances is the Lindy Hop, a popular partner dance that originated in Harlem and is still danced today. While the majority of swing dances began in African American communities as vernacular African American dances, a number of forms (Balboa, for example) developed within Anglo-American or other ethnic group communities.

    Swing jazz features the syncopated timing associated with African American and West African music and dance — a combination of crotchets and quavers (quarter notes and eighth notes) that many swing dancers interpret as 'triple steps' and 'steps' — yet also introduces changes in the way these rhythms were played — a distinct delay or 'relaxed' approach to timing.

    Today there are swing dance scenes in many developed countries throughout the world. Lindy Hop is often the most popular, though each city and country varies preferences various dances in different degrees. Each local swing dance community has a distinct local culture and defines "swing dance" and the "appropriate" music to accompany it in different ways. The swing dance recognized by Ballroom Associations is East Coast Swing, which wasn't developed until the early 1940s.

    Anyways, I hope that helps.

    Source(s): I'm a swing dancer.
  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Swing US, Tango is from Buenos Aires, Argentina. and has variances like the milonga.

  • 5 years ago

    you should go back with lyrical,and hip hop,jazz,tap,ballet:)

  • 1 decade ago

    heeh good luck..

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