The Origins of Tango

Tango emerged in the late 1800's. It's earliest dancers were immigrants, the poor, former African slaves and prostitutes. Their collective expression culminated in its creation, but the dance was deemed indecent and unacceptable by the Argentinean upper class. The upper class eventually began to dance Tango, but instituted rules to control the dance, wishing to deny its bordello and African black origins. Much later, the army was to prohibit physically or politically provocative Tango and further restricted the dance. Ordinary people gave up the dance for a period.
After an era of dictatorship, people are once again embracing Tango, and it is flourishing. It is seen on stage, but continues to be socially danced, remaining a live and evolving part of the culture. There is experimentation with theatre and film combined with tango. Interestingly however, its links with its past are still often denied.