Tango In Buenos Aires: Superb Music, Dancing & History of This Sensual Dance

In Seville, Spain, you’ll want to catch a Flamenco show; in Salvador, Brazil, you’ll want to see them dance Kapoera; and in Buenos Aires, you will definitely want to go to Cafe Tortoni to see Tango.

Cafe Tortoni has been a popular spot since the mid-19th century, visited by the very famous, including Albert Einstein, Federico Garcia Lorca, Robert Duvall and Hillary Clinton. UCityGuides ranks Cafe Tortoni as one of the ten most beautiful cafes in the world!



The show at Cafe Tortoni, features highly talented singers, musicians and dancers. It takes you from the early days of tango, when it was considered a vulgar dance of brothels, through its transformation to the beautiful dance we know of today. President Obama danced tango in his trip to Argentina.

Cafe Tortoni’s tango show will leave you wanting more. Maybe you’ll catch a street tango performance, like we did:

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Published by Aixa

I was born and raised in Puerto La Cruz, Venezuela. I traveled extensively throughout Venezuela before ever thinking of leaving my country. Visit me on Instagram!

31 thoughts on “Tango In Buenos Aires: Superb Music, Dancing & History of This Sensual Dance

  1. I love tango music and tango dancing. We used to export artisanal furniture from Buenos Aires to the U.S. and so had the pleasure of witnessing and enjoying both many times, over many trips. Then I tried tango dancing and absolutely loved it. Have not had another opportunity but I do look forward to the next time.

    1. I share your love of tango dancing and also your love of being open to try new things in life. That’s really why I love traveling. Thanks for visiting, Peta

  2. I’ve experienced it once and loved it, but here’s what happened: My partner says get dressed really nice I have a surprise. So I wore a long evening dress with a slit up half-thigh (not knowing I was going to a tango lesson). We proceed to dance, it’s all beginners; everything’s going well. Then the young good looking teacher says to my dance partner, pull her in closer-tango is a dance of lovers. Well, since my partner had a belly of a 8-month pregnant woman, we both lost it and to had to pull ourselves to the side-out of the circle, so we could laugh til we cried and not interrupt the flow of the lesson. It was a fun night! The teacher told me I had a nice “frame” when he and I danced, but I wasn’t sure what he meant at the time; I do now.

    1. EmotionalNotions, what a great memory! Love this post, Aixa – I used to study flamenco, now I study Argentine tango. If you are interested, I have a few videos of my husband & I tangoing on my site 🙂

    1. “I’m with you” about Hillary 💕 I just updated the post to include a map location and travel directions from anywhere within Buenos Aires. It works with both Google and Apple Maps.

      The show was truly unforgettable. If you go, let me know what you think 👍 Thanks for visiting, Boots

      1. Will do! Glad I found your blog and found out about this. I’ve been thinking where to go to see the tango. One more question, was it hard to get tickets?

        Btw, am following your blog now. 😊

      2. We went to the 8pm show and showed up a little before 7 for tickets. I just checked and it was a Thursday night. The show is downstairs and the beautiful lounge is on the main floor.

        Enjoy and thanks for following!

  3. I have always been fascinated by the Argentine tango, it is so romantic and sensual. An interesting fact is that originally men only danced tango with men. Regards, Angela.

  4. Great post Aixa!

    Love watching the sensual Tango and especially loved all the free sessions in San Telmo Markets in Buenos Aires, which make for wonderful photos.

    The facial expressions of dancers are so passionate it’s as if you’re watching one of those old time movies without voices!

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