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Audience Tango dances the night away with ODAMA

February 12, 2012

By Ashley Ammond

Tango may have originated hundreds of years ago, but its sensual moves continue to grow in popularity today.

The Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs, along with the Cleveland Museum of Art hosted their annual Argentine Tango event with Café Bellas Artes on Feb. 10. Students, faculty and staff gathered Friday night to learn a little more about the fancy footwork of the Latino-style dance.

“The event was attempting to expose students to Argentine Tango by demonstration of proper method,” said Roberto Chavez, director of ODAMA. “[Tango] is a fun way of expressing our love of a beautiful dance and excellent music.”

A slide show presentation was a large part of the event. Each slide showed the long history of the Tango and had a video clip. Tango is an important part of the Latino culture and its elegance helps people to express their emotions through dance.

“I came to this event because I love to dance,” said CSU student Sean Guinther.
Guinther wasn’t the only student who felt that way.

“I came to learn some fancy footwork,” said CSU student Rachel Marion.

Tango is estimated to have originated in the 1800s, but the specifics are unsure. It has been an important part of the Latino culture for many years. What many may not know is that the music is the most important part of the dance. Richard Ramos of The Argentine Tango Society hosted the evening, and told the audience just how important it is.

“Dancers move to what they hear, Tango is all about the music,” Ramos said.

The night concluded with time for audience participation. Both Guinther and Marion were excited to test their talents on the dance floor. The dancers who were there to demonstrate gave constructive criticism and a fun-filled lesson to those who were involved.

If you want to learn some fancy footwork, but missed the event, CSU has a Tango club.  The Tango Club is holding a class to teach the Argentine Tango, on Feb. 12, 19 and 26, and March 4, 11 and 18 at the CSU Rec Center.