Tango reinvents itself in Argentina during COVID-19 pandemic

BUENOS AIRES (XINHUA) – As traditional dance venues were closed during the COVID-19 pandemic, Tango, the emblematic dance of Argentina, has reinvented itself through virtual classes and online shows.

“Today, we choose virtuality because it chooses us,” Vice President of the Argentine Tango Teachers and Dancers Association Juan Guerri told Xinhua.

“Avoiding hugging is avoiding tango itself. As an alternative, classes and festivals appear on the Internet or via streaming,” he said, adding that any couple looking to participate in such classes or events should be living under the same roof.

The quarantine that has been in force in Argentina since March to prevent the spread of COVID-19 led to the indefinite closure of the milongas, traditional spaces where tango enthusiasts gather to dance.

Many of the dancers now offer classes via social media. “We are looking for alternatives and we are activating them. That is why it has been proposed that some festivals in the world take place online. Thus, the possibility appears of doing something through a screen, individually or in groups,” said Guerri, who is also a member of the National Academy of Tango.