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Edwards class explores Argentine tango

Sarah Mausolf
Edwards, CO Colorado

EDWARDS, Colorado ” Argentine tango is an intimate, romantic dance believed to have emerged in the mid-1800s among the slave population in Argentina.

An upcoming class at Colorado Mountain College in Edwards, Colorado will explore Argentine tango. Vail area dance expert Colin Meiring plans to teach the class on Tuesdays from March 10 through April 28. Enrollment continues through March 9.

While traditional tango has long been a staple of ballroom competitions, a worldwide resurgence of Argentine tango took off in the 1980s.

“Argentine tango, it’s very much more a tango done in a smaller space,” Meiring said. “It’s very intimate, romantic. It’s designed to do in clubs.”

Argentine tango boasts an interesting history. While the modern incarnation of the dance is romantic, it wasn’t always that way.

“It was originally done only with men,” Meiring said. “Women were not allowed to do it. It was more of a combat dance, which is why there are a lot of leg flicking movements. Women were introduced to it in the late 19th century.”

Meiring has a strong background in Argentine tango. The South Africa native became acquainted with the dance while competing in ballroom dance competitions around the world. Meiring is the artistic director for the Vail Performing Arts Academy and the Vail Youth Ballet Company.

Meiring’s class will allow students to learn more about a style of dance featured in the Vail International Dance Festival.

“We have the Vail International Dance festival and we get to see Argentine tango at the dance festival every year,” Meiring said. “I have a lot of students, even kids, requesting they be able to learn what they see on the stage.”

High Life Writer Sarah Mausolf can be reached at 970-748-2938 or smausolf@vaildaily.com.

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