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Tango : Creation of a Cultural Icon - Jo Baim


Creation of a Cultural Icon

By: Jo Baim

Paperback Published: 1st June 2007
ISBN: 9780253219053
Number Of Pages: 214

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In Tango: Creation of a Cultural Icon Jo Baim dispels common stereotypes of the tango and tells the real story behind this rich and complex dance. Despite its exoticism, the tango of this time period is a very accessible dance, especially as European and North American dancers adapted it. Modern ballroom dancers can enjoy a "step" back in time with the descriptions included in this book. Almost as interesting as the history of the tango is the cultural response to it: cities banned it, army officers were threatened with demotion if caught dancing it, clergy and politicians wrote diatribes against it. Newspaper headlines warned that people died from dancing the tango and that it would be the downfall of civilization. The vehemence of these anti-tango outbursts confirms one thing: the tango was a cultural force to be reckoned with

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Tango provides a microcosm of popular culture in the years between the turn of the 20th century and the end of World War I, with social commentators of the day weighing in for and against the romantic and sometimes scandalous tango.

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
The Origins of the Tangop. 13
Europe and the United States Discover the Tangop. 49
Argentina Reclaims Its Native Dancep. 87
Tango Musicp. 104
Tangos in Waltz Timep. 133
The Tango in the World of Art Musicp. 140
Tango Steps, 1911-1925p. 155
A Sampling of New York Times Article Titles on the Tango, 1911, 1913, and 1914p. 188
Notesp. 195
Bibliographyp. 205
Indexp. 211
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ISBN: 9780253219053
ISBN-10: 0253219051
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 214
Published: 1st June 2007
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.81 x 14.07  x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.34
Edition Type: Annotated