True to tango

Rojo Tango at the Faena.
Despite its raunchy working class roots that used to shock wealthy parents into silence, while rebellious offspring would sneak off to late-night milongas, tango – which includes music and poetry besides choreography – was awarded cultural heritage status by UNESCO in 2009.

Practised at milonga dance halls across Buenos Aires until the parakeets start chattering, Argentinean tango was born in La Boca and Barracas neighbourhoods in the 1880s and originally danced by immigrant male couples of Spanish, Italian or gaucho criollo origin.

Although there is some dispute regarding which side of the River Plate it originates from, the World Tango Championship is rather decisively held in Buenos Aires, with the twelfth edition taking place from August 14th to 28th this year.

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