New York Tango Beat ®

Follow your heart to the Tango Beat of Argentine tango milongas, music, and dance theater

Pedro Giraudo leads NYC’s busiest Argentine tango band

Wed, November 20, 2019
STUYVESANT HEIGHTS, Brooklyn ~ “Best Tango Album” Latin Grammy winner plays Argentine tango at lunÁtico

Tango La Nacional is NYC’s most traditional Argentine milonga

Thursdays
CHELSEA, NYC ~ Argentine tango dancing at NYC’s most traditional milonga (tango party) at La Nacional, the old Spanish social club

El Destino Argentine tango dancing at Solas

Sundays
EAST VILLAGE, NYC ~ Argentine tango dancing with NYC’s best dancers in an intimate room with one of New York’s best tango DJs

The All Night Milonga is one of America’s biggest Argentine tango parties

Saturday, November 30, 2019
NOMAD, NYC ~ Argentine tango dancing at one of America’s biggest tango parties with guest teachers and performers from around the world at Stepping Out Studios

VolvoTango is Argentine Tango Dancing on a pier with Hudson River views

Wednesdays & Sundays, April-November
WEST VILLAGE, NYC ~ One of New York City’s most romantic tango venues is Pier 45

American Ballet Theatre Fall 2019 Season ~ Herman Cornejo 20 Years!

October 16-27, 2019
LINCOLN CENTER ~ In a season of masters, jazz, romantics and families; Principal Herman Cornejo (Argentina) celebrates his 20th Anniversary with ABT on a starry, starry night at the David H. Koch Theater


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Tango Lessons

Leonardo Sardella to teach Argentine Tango at Tango La Nacional

Tango La Nacional
La Nacional
Chelsea, Manhattan
Thursday, May 10, 2018

Colombian Tango Champion Daniel Martínez Cadavid is NYC’s best leader

Tango La Nacional
La Nacional
Chelsea, Manhattan
Thursday, April 20, 2018

Adriana Salgado Neira Colombian Tango NYC

Tango La Nacional
La Nacional
Chelsea, Manhattan
Thursday, April 20, 2018

Jorge Torres to teach Master Classes at Tango La Nacional in February

‘Forever Tango’ Dance Captain and Tony Award® nominee.
Tango La Nacional
Chelsea, Manhattan
Thursday, February 15 & 22, 2018

Mariana Parma Tango and Salsa Coaching and Choreography

Teaching Tango
Tango La Nacional
La Nacional
239 West 14th St
between Seventh & Eighth Ave
Chelsea, Manhattan
Thursday, January 4, 2018

Ana Padron and Diego Blanco Tango for All

La Nacional
239 West 14th St
between Seventh & Eighth Ave
Chelsea, Manhattan
Thursday, November 9, 2017


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Tango Legends

Carlos Gardel, Argentine tango icon, Latin movie idol, International Day of Tango

Wed, December 11, 2019
TOULOUSE, France ~ Charles Romuald Gardès, the iconic Argentine tango singer and world’s second Latin movie idol, was born on December 11, 1890

Osvaldo Fresedo had a long career making melodic Tangos like “Vida Mía”

Tuesday, May 5, 2020
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina ~ The Argentine tango bandoneon player, composer, and leader was born in Buenos Aires on May 5, 1897

Astor Piazzolla created tango nuevo, Argentine tango jazz

Wednesday, March 11, 2020
MAR DE PLATA, Argentina ~ The Argentine tango composer and father of “tango nuevo” was born on March 11, 1921

‘Our Last Tango’

NETFLIX ~ The story of two legends: María Nieves and her partner Juan Carlos Copes, the dancer who turned a social dance into dance theatre


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Tango Stories

Latin Grammys 2018 ~ the biggest night in Latin music

UNIVISION, November 15, 2018 ~ Jorge Drexler (Uruguay), Luis Miguel (Mexico), and Rosalía (Spain) were 2018’s big winners. Watch videos of all the winners in this story.

Fall for Dance Festival 2018

NEW YORK CITY CENTER, MIDTOWN ~ Mon-Sat, October 1-13, 2018 ~ $15 seats to watch four world-class companies a night. African, Argentine, Brazilian, Cuban, French & Romanian dancers or companies perform ballet, modern, contemporary and folkloric dances. Sells out every year!

Tanghetto plays ElectroTango for dancing at Midsummer Night Swing

Argentines Walter Perez and Leonardo Sardella teach Tango.
DJ Ilene Marder moves the floor.
Midsummer Night Swing
Damrosch Park Lincoln Center
Thursday, July 5, 2018

Dance Parade 2018

FLATIRON, UNION SQUARE, VILLAGE, EAST VILLAGE | Sat, May 19, 2018 | African, Argentine, Bolivian, Brazilian, Cuban, Dominican, French, Haitian, Italian, Puerto Rican dances and more

Mónica Paz is a teacher of Milonguero Style Tango

Tango La Nacional
La Nacional
Chelsea, Manhattan
Thursday, May 3, 2018

Bryant Park Dance Party

May 2 – June 8, 2018
MIDTOWN, NYC ~ Latin dance party in Bryant Park. FREE

Analia Centurion Tango & Milonga master class at Tango La Nacional

Tango La Nacional
Chelsea, Manhattan
Thursday, April 26, 2018

Colombian Tango Champion Daniel Martínez Cadavid is NYC’s best leader

Tango La Nacional
La Nacional
Chelsea, Manhattan
Thursday, April 20, 2018

Adriana Salgado Neira Colombian Tango NYC

Tango La Nacional
La Nacional
Chelsea, Manhattan
Thursday, April 20, 2018

Mario de Camillis 2011 Buenos Aires Champion to teach at Tango La Nacional

Tango La Nacional
La Nacional
Chelsea, Manhattan
Thursday, April 5 2018

Natalia Aguero & Agustin Venturino teach & perform at Tango La Nacional

Tango La Nacional
Chelsea, Manhattan
Thursday, March 1, 2018

Jorge Torres to teach Master Classes at Tango La Nacional in February

‘Forever Tango’ Dance Captain and Tony Award® nominee.
Tango La Nacional
Chelsea, Manhattan
Thursday, February 15 & 22, 2018

Leandro Oliver & Laila Rezk of ‘Tango X2’ perform at All Night Milonga

Stepping Out Studios
NoMad, Manhattan
Saturday, February 10, 2018

Grammys 2018 were a huge fail. ‘Despacito’ is Song of the Decade!

January 28, 2018 ~ ‘Despacito’ entered global popular culture. The entire world is singing in Spanish!
~ 2017’s most-streamed song
~ 2017’s most-purchased song
~ 16 weeks at No. 1 on the Hot 100, tying the all-time record
~ “One of the biggest global hits ever”
I never even heard the winning song.The Recording Academy ignored the Latin community and the entire world. Why RA President Mr. Neil Portnow?

Carlos Copello and Victoria Gallotto

Tango La Nacional
La Nacional
239 West 14th St
between Seventh & Eighth Ave
Chelsea, Manhattan
Thursday, November 30, 2017

Sara Grdan and Ivan Terrazas

Tango La Nacional
La Nacional
239 West 14th St
between Seventh & Eighth Ave
Chelsea, Manhattan
Thursday, November 16, 2017

18th Latin Grammy Awards 2017 Nominees & Winners

MGM Grand Garden Arena
Las Vegas, Nevada / Univision
Thursday, November 16, 2017

Tango Buenos Aires: The Spirit of Argentina

NJPAC Prudential Hall
1 Center St
Newark, New Jersey
Thursday, October 26, 2017

‘Blind’ Argentine tango show at El Museo del Barrio

EAST HARLEM, Fri, Sep 15, 2017 ~ Cuban, Colombian and Argentine artists find strength in vulnerability.
# argentine tango show

Dance Parade 2017

Flatiron District to Tompkins Square Park
East Village
Saturday, May 20, 2017

Viva La Musica de Argentina, two Argentine Masses with over 200 singers at Lincoln Center

World premiere of Martín Palmeri’s Tango Credo conducted by Saul Zaks, paired with the Ariel Ramírez classic Misa Criolla at David Geffen Hall in Lincoln Center, Sun, Apr 30, 2017. SAVE 50%

Conductor Saul Zaks embraces the ends of the world (Interview)

The Argentine conductor talks about conducting, Tango, the immigrant experience, and the ends of the world before conducting the world premiere of Martín Palmieri’s Tango Credo at David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center

Julio Bocca interview

Friday, April 14, 2017
LINCOLN CENTER, ~ The Youth America Grand Prix tributes the Argentine legend, “the Baryshnikov of Latin America” at the David H. Koch Theatre

Chicho Frumboli

The leading artist of contemporary Tango is giving workshops with his partner Juana Sepulveda at Adelante Studios Jan 13-17, 2017. They perform at the All Night Milonga at Stepping Out Studios Sat, Jan 14

JP Jofre

Argentine bandoneonist and composer has a world premiere of new works for bandoneon and orchestra at Le Poisson Rouge Jan 14, 2017

‘Our Last Tango’

NETFLIX ~ The story of two legends: María Nieves and her partner Juan Carlos Copes, the dancer who turned a social dance into dance theatre

Bibi Ferreira, the Grand Dame of Brazilian Stage

INTERVIEW ~ The living legend debuts “4 x Bibi” with the best of Piaf, Rodrigues, Gardel, and Sinatra at Symphony Space September 20 & 23, 2016

Bajofondo

Bajofondo, led by Uruguayan superstar Gustavo Santaolalla at the Highline Ballroom in 2012.


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The Roots of Tango ~ Raices del Tango

Argentine Tango is a folk dance of Buenos Aires, Argentina and Montevideo, Uruguay. Today Argentine Tango is popular around the world. New York City played a role in its popularity.

African Roots

Argentine Tango is a mix of European and African cultures. The English country dance was the world’s first international dance. It became popular among high society in France, Germany, and Italy. The French Contredanse as it was danced in Havana, Cuba was called the Habanera (the Havana dance). Habanera is the root of all the American dances.

In the Black communities of the cities on the opposite banks of the Rio de la Plata between Argentina and Uruguay, Habanera evolved into the Milonga. (A Milonga is a Tango dance party, but it is also a distinct form of Tango with a 2/4 beat.) Milonga evolved into the Tango.

First Tango in Paris, 1913

One hundred years ago, Argentina was one of the world’s ten richest countries. Wealthy Argentines used to send their children to Paris for schooling and finishing. Young Argentines seduced the French with Tango. In 1913, a Tango craze swept Paris, jumped to Venice, and crossed the ocean to New York City. Only then did Argentine high society claimed the Tango as their own.

Carlos Gardel Becomes the Second Latin Screen Idol

After Rudolph Valentino, French-Argentine singer Carlos Gardel became the Latin idol. The rise of Gardel coincided with the coming of radio and the phonograph. At the beginning of the phonograph, a large percentage of the records made were Tango. Tito Puente’s mother listened to Carlos Gardel along with everyone else in East Harlem.

Golden Age of Tango, 1935

In 1935 Juan D’Arienzo “El Rey del Compas” (The King of the Beat) put a stronger beat in the Tango which made it popular for dancing. The Golden Age of Argentine Tango had begun.

Dancing Tango became the way you found a girlfriend or boyfriend, so all the young men learned it. It takes a couple of years for a man to learn to dance Tango.

Juan and Eva Peron adopted the Tango. It’s not clear whether they really like the Tango or only used it as a way to connect with the people.

The Dictatorship Bans Tango in 1955

When the military junta took over Argentina in 1955, the military banned the Tango in Buenos Aires. They believed that people getting together in the middle of the night must be Peronists plotting against the government.

Swing dancing, called “Rock” was allowed, so young people stopped learning Tango and began dancing Swing. Swing is still popular in Argentina today.

Tango remained part of the culture of the outskirts of Buenos Aires, in Villa Urquiza, Flores, and other neighborhoods outside of the city center. It survived in secret in Palermo in a room that is now called Salon Canning. It was in the middle of a city block, so you couldn’t hear the Tango from the street.

Juan Carlos Copes Creates the Tango Show

Tango is a social dance, but one dancer, Juan Carlos Copes began creating choreographies. He was the father of the Tango show. Somehow Copes managed to put on shows during the ban. It’s said that one side of the room would be all generals. The other side would be Tango people.

Astor Piazzolla’s Tango Nuevo of 1955

Piazzolla is Argentine, but spent some of his youth here in New York City’s Greenwich Village where he studied Classical music and was exposed to Jazz. Piazzolla continued his studies in Paris where he heard an American Jazz octet. That gave him the idea to create his own octet.

Back in Argentina, Piazzolla created the Orquesta de Cuerdas with Leopoldo Federico as the second bandoneon. They played Tango mixed with Classical and Jazz influences.

Piazzolla called it Tango Nuevo. At first, the Argentines rejected the music, saying it wasn’t Tango. Today Piazzolla’s style of Tango Nuevo is the dominant style of Tango music (not to be confused with the Tango Nuevo of the late 1990s).

The Tango Renaissance of 1983

When the military dictatorship fell in 1983, Argentines took a deep breath and sought to recover their Argentinidad (Argentine character). People turned to Tango.

Juan Carlos Copes put together a show. Ironically, they flew to Paris on an Argentine military plane. The day after the show Tango Argentino opened, Tango again became the rage in Paris and the Tango Renaissance began. Tango Argentino came to Broadway the next year. The dancers taught at DanceSport in New York City. These dancers and their students seeded the Tango across the United States.

Tango Nuevo of 2000

In 1999, a Paris-based band with Argentine, French, and Swiss members started playing a House music influenced version of Astor Piazzolla’s “Tango Nuevo” sound. They were called Gotan Project.

In 2000, Last Tango in Paris became a global club hit. Tango dancers call it Tango Nuevo although, strictly speaking, Tango Nuevo is actually Piazzolla. The trend led to great bands like Bajofondo, Otros Aires, and Tanghetto.

The Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

In 2009, UNESCO, the United Nations culture organization, declared Argentine and Uruguayan Tango to be part of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

Last Tango in Paris

Today you can travel around the world from one Tango community to the next.

New York Latin Culture Magazine began publishing from Paris, France as Tango Beat ® on September 1, 2009. Tango Beat quickly grew into the world’s most popular Tango magazine, with coverage of the Tango scenes in Buenos Aires, New York, and Paris, plus Tango festivals around the world.

In 2012, Tango Beat became New York Latin Culture Magazine and the rest is history. There is a lot more to Latin culture than the Tango, but the Tango will always be with us.

Wink, nod, smile…

Tango Beat ® is a registered trademark of New York Latin Culture Magazine.