Tango was initially danced in bars,
cafes, gambling houses, and quilombos
(prostitution places) in Argentina. Later on,
"Dancing Houses," that provided girls for
dancing and entertainment appeared. Women at the
brothels had to be paid, so if a man wanted to
practice the new dance his only possibility was
with another man.
Groups of men would get together to
practice, improvise and innovate, creating new
moves and new steps rapidly developing this
dance. When Tango spread to "el patio de los
conventillos" (Boarding house common areas),
decent people did not want their families to be
exposed to that sinful music and dance. but a
simplified variety was soon anxiously excepted.
Argentina developed fast between 1880 and
1930. Everybody started giving parties with
Argentinean orchestras, tango lessons and
milongas. Women's fashion had to change to
adjust to the moves of tango. The very rich had
the habit of going to Europe so the Argentine
Tango was introduced to the Parisian nobility.
Tango became the craze right away.
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