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Urquiza Tango Style

A different tango proposal.

Urquiza Tango as a modern tango dance style was created in the mid-forties of the 20th century and since 2003 had his dance school venue in some European cities. As a style has evolved through the search for modernity in tango.

His founder was Luis “Milonguita” Lemos, also known as “the Mystery – el Misterio de Urquiza”. Some of their friends, once said about him: “His clothes and shoes were tailor-made, he looked uniquely elegant and as a dancer he was like an angel”.

Milonguita had the means to move around the various districts of Buenos Aires as he desired. He was therefore able to visit various milongas and kept coming up with something new, in a tango scene that was experiencing a strong development in the choreographic repertoire with the impulses of the dancers “Petroleo” and “Lavandina”.

For everything “Milonguita’s” saw, he found a way to do it differently. His vibrant, powerful and sleek elegance has renewed existing steps, combinations and reinvented others. With this effect in his dance, the Urquiza style was born.

The name “Urquiza” is derived from the name of the urban district Villa Urquiza in the north of Buenos Aires. This district is named after the third Argentine president Justo José de Urquiza (1801 – 1870). Its founders came from the district of Villa Urquiza, lived there or had met there time ago.

The principle is that functionality creates aesthetics. This results in demarcations to other tango styles, both in “what” one dances (or does not dance) and in “how” we dance. The basic characteristics of the Urquiza style are the search for symmetry and contrast and the pursuit of elegance, from its original stability and strength towards ductility and elasticity.

These basic ideas characterize all aspects of the dance. This is evident at first glance in the “how” you dance as an Urquiza dancer.

In the Urquiza style the dancer always looks for contrast and surprises, not only in and through figures, but already while walking. Changes in foot technique, variations in step size, elevation changes (within several steps) and tempo changes avoid “marching”. The dance is alive, without predictable sequences and with an explosiveness aimed at the reinforcement of the emotions.

Where is the tango style Urquiza being danced today?

As for today, the Urquiza style can be found in the milongas of Villa Urquiza, Buenos Aires, especially at its place of origin. There, the tango is often danced with similarities to the original style. Important tango salon elements and certain peculiarities such as attitude and embrace are kept alive there. However, the more sophisticated figures are not often found in the dance repertoire of milonga participants.

In Europe, the style has established itself through the influence of individual representatives in Germany (Berlin), but also in other countries such as Italy (Milan) and France (Nantes, La Rochelle).

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