Tango in New Zealand Tango in New Zealand

Step to Step

Page 1 - Tango Page 2 - Vals Page 3 - Milonga Page 4 - Summary

In tango music, the main beats and what goes on between them help define the style of the music. In this article, we'll look at the the three main styles of tango music - tango, vals, and milonga - explore how the rhythm works in each style and how we might dance to each one.

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text: robert©fromont.net.nz August 2008

special thanks to Ceci for providing feet

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The concern of taking a dance step makes people’s face be contracted; a wrinkle appears on the forehead between the eyes and “crow’s feet” are formed with each movement. The disgust, when one has not moved one’s foot according to the beat marks a wrinkle of bitterness on both sides of the mouth which won’t disappear so easily.

Maurice Dekobra