"The partner dance said to have originated in the 1880s along the River Plate between Argentina and Uruguay soon spread to the rest of the world."
New York City
Learn to tango to live music at Stuyvesant Square with lessons led by certified instructor Esmeralda from 6:00 to 6:45, dancing and music continues until 9:00 PM Sunday nights June through July 31st.
"The exact origins of tango, both the dance and the word itself are lost in myth and unrecorded history."
"The generally accepted theory is that in the mid-1800s, the African slaves who had been brought to Argentina or their descendants began to influence the local culture. The word “tango” may be straightforwardly African in origin, meaning “closed place” or “reserved ground.” Or it may derive from Portuguese (and from the Latin verb tanguere, to touch) and was picked up by Africans on the slave ships. Whatever its origin, the word “tango” had acquired the standard meaning of the place where African slaves and free blacks gathered to dance by the time Argentina banned slavery in 1853."
Legendary Argentine Tango diva 'Gracie de Evita Peron', infamous mistress of Argentine dictator & dance instructor 'Gaucho Marx', sings "Vamp of the Pampas"
by Richard A. Whiting & Leo Robin.