Pictures of the Week: Argentine Tango

The tango during a qualifying session for the Tango Dance World Championship.

Robinson Valencia and Alejandra Cardona of Colombia dance the tango during a qualifying session for the Tango Dance World Championship at the Jorge Isaacs theater in Cali June 2, 2007. CARLOS DURAN/REUTERS/Newscom. Find it at Newscom.com: rtrltwo359347

Argentine Tango is the most difficult form of ballroom dancing I have ever encountered. In the Waltz step there are basic counts to follow; the tradition is to stick to a pre-conceived rhythm and pattern. This is true for all other forms of ballroom, except for Argentine Tango (different than American Tango, which does follow a count pattern).

In ballroom dance there is a follow and a lead; typically the lead is the man and the follow, a woman. Both roles are very difficult to fill and perform correctly. For starters women tend to know where they want to go and how much distance they want to cover and when they want to get there; whereas for men they don’t want to come across as too pushy or they’re scared they’ll make a woman uncomfortable by how they touch or hold them. On top of a man’s fear of crossing boundaries the woman doesn’t want to follow him because she made up her mind 10 minutes ago, in the parking lot as to where and when and how she wanted to dance. It’s a problem; for those persistent enough and capable of conquering such a feat the rewards are endless.

In Argentine Tango the lead is completely unpredictable because, while there is technique to the style of dancing, there are no perimeters on how you should move and at what tempo and rhythm.  The song could be upbeat and joyful, and the man could be leading this dance of despair; the woman must follow.  It’s the most beautiful thing to watch (see here, here, and here – seriously beautiful) and even more breathtaking to partake in.  For an Argentine Tango dance it is a requirement if one wants to dance it well, to be in tune with the music, your body and your partner’s body.  This is a discipline.

We came across some beautiful pictures from the World Tango Championships on Newscom and wanted to share them. Scroll down to see some of our favorites, then follow us back to Newscom for more!

Taisiya Finenkov and Dmitry Vasin of Russia perform during the final round of the World Tango Dance Championship.

Taisiya Finenkov (L) and Dmitry Vasin of Russia perform during the final round of the World Tango Dance Championship in the stage category at the Luna Park stadium in Buenos Aires, Argentina, 28 August 2012. LEO LA VALLE/EPA/Newscom. Find it at Newscom.com: epaphotos550383

Argentinean dancer Hugo Mastrolorenzo and Japanese Chizuko Kuwamoto perform at the final round of the VI World Championship of Tango Dance

Argentinean dancer Hugo Mastrolorenzo and Japanese Chizuko Kuwamoto perform at the final round of the VI World Championship of Tango Dance, stage category, on 1 September 2008, at the Luna Park stadium, Buenos Aires, Argentina. LEO LA VALLE/EPA/Newscom. Find it at Newscom.com: epaphotostwo686785

Natalia Robledo and Gustavo Imperial from Montevideo, Uruguay, take part in the semifinals of the IV Tango Wolrd Championship.

Natalia Robledo (R) and Gustavo Imperial (L) from Montevideo, Uruguay, take part in the semifinals of the IV Tango Wolrd Championship, Stage Category, at La Rural in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Friday 25 August 2006. The finals will take place here on Sunday. CEZARO DE LUCA/EPA/Newscom. Find it at Newscom.com: epaphotostwo612396

Colombian dancers Jorge Andres Padilla Mayo and Ana Zoraida Gomez Diaz compete in the 2012 World Tango Championship.

Colombian dancers Jorge Andres Padilla Mayo and Ana Zoraida Gomez Diaz compete in the 2012 World Tango Championship’s ‘Stage’ category final at Luna Park stadium in Buenos Aires, Argentina, 28 August 2012. LEO LA VALLE. Find it at Newscom.com: photos176191

Tango dancer Laura Vargas of Colombia

Tango dancer Laura Vargas of Colombia, wearing fake eyelashes, waits backstage before competing in the stage category of Argentina’s eighth edition of the Tango Dance World Championship in Buenos Aires, August 31, 2010. MARCOS BRINDICCI/REUTERS/Newscom. Find it at Newscom.com: rtrlfour158166

Dancers of 'Balcones de los artistas' company

Dancers of ‘Balcones de los artistas’ company participate in the Tango World Championship Finals in Medellin, Colombia, on 26 June 2011. Luis Eduardo Noriega/EPA/Newscom. Find it at Newscom.com: epaphotos034851

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