Tango has unrivalled richness and amazing depth even though there has been a massive variety of various dance styles during the 1940 and throughout the 1950’s too. The Golden Age’s oldest Tango style is the style of the south. I resembles an Art Nouveau design made up from arcs, curves, and very few straight lines and drawn by the couples dancing it. Looking at dancer stance, you notice their closeness to the dance floor and the music interpretation involves a lot of rapid movements and many pauses too. It is this style where boleros ad ganchos were danced. This style’s archetypal step involves the dance leader to take his partner off her axis and might walk her around the foot she stands on be completely responsible for her weight. This is what called for a Pugliese orchestra.
A style that has always been popular in the south of the city and centre of Buenos Aires early in 1950 and tango in its simplest form is called the Ocho cortado. It was specially developed for overcrowded dance floors of that era. The shape that two dancers form is referred to as a type of Brownian motion. To the eye, it appear slightly jagged and almost random while I has many direction changes too. It is technically demanding as it relies on both the dancer’s musicality and connection between partners, as it is a musical style relying on frequent double time steps and the neat of the music.
The style danced in the 1940’s in the north of Buenos Aires is tango’ most elegant by far and it was possible because he dance floors in the north was typically larger. The moves are rather complicated with long straight lines and punctuated with sudden movements with its archetypal step being the salida. The leader takes two steps to each four that his partner gives and follows it by walking in line during frequent changes in weight.