Tango Nuevo

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Tango Nuevo is both a dancing and teaching style. Tango Nuevo as a teaching style emphasizes a structural analysis of the dance in which previously unexplored combinations of steps and new figures can be found. It is a result of the work of the "Tango Investigation Group" (later transformed into the "Cosmo Tango" organization). The organization was pioneered by Gustavo Naveira and Fabian Salas in the 1990's in Buenos Aires. By taking tango down to the physics of the movements in a systematic way, they created a method of analyzing the complete set of possibilities of tango movements. These movements were defined by two bodies and four legs moving in walks or circles. This investigation provided a structural view to the dance that was expressed in a systematic way.
In the walk form the dance gave birth to what was formerly known as “alterations" and is now referred to as "changes of direction". In the turn form the focus is on the axis of the spin in the follower, the leader as well as between the two. This tends to produce a flowing style, with the partners rotating around each other on a constantly shifting axis, and incorporating novel changes of direction.
The recently evolved terms in tango vocabulary, such as single-axis turns, owe their debut on the popularity of Gustavo’s and Fabian's approach to the Tango scene.
From this style of teaching, a novel and unique style of dancing developed, this was called “the Tango Nuevo” style. The more popular practitioners of "Tango Nuevo" are Gustavo Naveira, Fabian Salas, Chicho Frumboli, and Pablo Veron. Interestingly, all four of these dancers have highly individual styles that cannot be confused with each other's, yet can be easily recognized as "Tango Nuevo".
Tango Nuevo is often misunderstood and mislabeled as "Show Tango" because a large percentage of today's stage dancers have adopted "Tango Nuevo" elements in their choreographies. However, the two are not one and the same thing.


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