The Tango Salon style developed from the Milonguero style in the 1940's. Whereas the Milonguero style had been danced mainly by the working classes in crowded and packed social dance halls, the Tango Salon style developed in the more affluent society. Tango orchestras were invited to play in European cities such as Paris. These were also the places where the sons of the upper classes from Argentina were sent to further their education. They danced the Tango of their birthplace but as they were able to dance in large private salons, the Tango changed and became more glamorous.
What had been seen before as a socially in-acceptable dance became seen as exciting and exotic by the rich upper classes. The Tango Salon style became more expansive and more elegant. Although it could still be danced in the close embrace, the lines of the movement were accentuated. Tango Salon became synonymous with walking and circular movements such as 'giros' became popular. The Tango became seen as a sophisticated, elegant dance. The nature of Tango also changed as well. In the milonguero style, there had been a lot of fighting as the society where Tango was danced was very competitive.
In the Tango Salon style, this gave way to an era of more sophistication and elegance. Tango had become refined and sociable!
Popular music of the day included the orchestras of Carlos di Sarli, Osvaldo Fresedo and Anibal Troilo. For an example of Tango Salon, please see the video clip opposite.
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