For me, the Tango is more like one kind of "the classical arts" or a "design", which is limited by the framework of "truth, goodness, beauty" of tango. Within this framework, the dancer is free; out of the framework, it is not the Tango. Many people try to melt the other dances into tango, saying it is art, and art is to be free; but in fact, just like the Chinese fried noodle mixed with Italian meat pasta will not become better or more taste. 


The way of the beauty of action design, the Leading / the following methods, or techniques, could be some differences between different schools or areas. These can be said to be "different style between schools", or "School Styles". That is why one student should not just go to learn from different well-known dancers or jump into different workshops or festivals, try as more as possible, and lose yourself in these so many different school styles. It would help your tango more if you focus on one good teacher or tango couple within a fixed system for a period of time. It may take years till nothings you can learn from him/her anymore. Then you shall think about search a new teacher.

It is important to know the different "styles of Argentine Tango" in order to understand the history of the development of Argentine Tango. When talking about “styles”, it is not used to categorize what “type” of tango any one person or couple is dancing. The different “styles” merely describes the stages of the development of the techniques or qualities in Tango through its evolution. What most people dance now can either be purely of one style (or technique), or a mixture of several.

Tangueros they dance different "style" basing on tango's root in old days when tango was purer and develop slowly with the situation of Buenos Aires. Even in the same style group, they still look various when seeing their dancing. From time to time, people dance mix of these 4 styles. You can see the final one in the video Juan Copes dance "Fantasia" style, but in the same time he uses steps or elements from "Canyengue", from "Orillero", from "Salon".

Nowadays when many people have some confuses between "TANGO styles" and "SCHOOL styles", even "AREA styles"; even try to create more names for style.... but actually they all could be linked to the original 4 tango styles. So-called "Milongueros (style)" is a from central of Buenos Aires, where space is less so people dance more closely and do fewer steps and figures; it could be treated as a mix like "small-salon". A "Nuevo (style)" is from late 90' some people try to break the traditional rules and more with "contact improvisation" of Morden dance; it’s more like a “Tango mixed with Morden dance”, and every Nuevo dancers dance very very differently. "Villa Urquiza (style)" is not a style but a zone or neighborhood of B.A., though the people there create more steps and figures in the old days coz there is bigger space for dance.

Many years ago when I was still very young in tango, I ever asked one so-called "Nuevo style" tango teacher, what's the difference about Nuevo between traditional or classic tango. He laughed and said, there is no Nuevo style to dancers from BA, it is just "the marketing stuff from the organizers or people outside of Argentine. Tango is tango." Later, I saw an interview of an old milonguero, he said, "I don't know what is "milongueros style", I dance my style and I am a milonguro, so they call it "Milonguero Style", but all the milongeuros dance differently."

When we understand more and go deeper in tango, we would like to focus on developing our own tango, instead of trying to define which styles people are dancing, unless you were a real tango historicist from decades later.

Nowadays people dance the tango, which is the mix of "the tango styles" plus "school style". As a tango lover, we need to know the root of tango styles and try to dance people with different school styles. Anyway, you will find and dance "your own style" finically. And that is your tango. :)



-- Felipe Hsieh


探戈風格

探戈更像是“古典藝術”或“設計”,受到“真、善、美”的框架限制。在這個框架內,舞者是自由的;脫離了框架,便不是探戈。許多人試圖將其他舞蹈融入探戈,說探戈是藝術,而藝術是自由的;但事實上,就像硬是將台灣肉燥飯麵混合意式燉飯,它的味道不會變得更好。

我們需要了解,動作設計的美感,帶領與跟隨的方法或技巧,在不同的學校或地區可能有所不同。這些可以說是“學校風格不同”或“學派”。這就是為什麼一個學生不需要一直嘗試不同的知名舞者,從這個研討會工作坊,換到那個探戈節,接著很快的,在不同的學派中失去了方向,止步不前。更好的作法是,專注於一個固定系統的好老師
一段時間,可能需要好幾年,才能把一個老師榨乾,直到你沒東西可以再學著,那麼你才考慮搜索新的老師。

了解阿根廷探戈的不同風格,就要略知探戈發展的歷史。在談論“探戈風格”時,我們要跳脫可能是對任何一個人或一些人跳舞的“探戈”類型進行分類,或是「探戈學派」。不同的「探戈風格」是僅僅通過探戈自然的演化,描述了探戈技術或品質發展的階段。現在大多數人跳舞可能純粹是一種風格(或技術),或者其混合。

過去在早期探戈的舞蹈基礎上,以布宜諾斯艾利斯河口兩岸為中心,緩慢發展。即使在同一個風格之下,他們的跳舞所使用方法或技巧仍然很不同。或,人們不時會混合這四種風格。您可以在影片中Juan Copes舞蹈中看到最後的“綺麗幻想”風格中,其實使用來自“Orillero”,“沙龍”的“Canyengue”的腳步或元素。

當今許多人對“探戈風格”,“學校風格”,甚至“某些地區的風格”有些混淆;甚至嘗試創建更多關於風格的名字....但實際上他們可以鏈接到原來的四種探戈風格。例如:對於某些人來說,可以將“老舞棍風格(milongueros)”視為“canyengue-salon”的組合。 “新探戈風格(Nuevo)”可以看起來像年輕人的能量或個性化的“canyengue-orillero-fantasia”風格。 “Urquiza風格”其實不是一個風格,而是一個B.A.的區域,他們的在過去的舞蹈更加相似,而很多知名的舞者多半來自這個區域。

許多年前,當我的探戈剛剛起步時,曾經問過一個所謂的“新式風格”探戈老師,傳統或經典探戈之間有什麼不一樣的。他笑了起來,說探戈沒有新式風格,那都是“組織者或阿根廷以外的人的營銷材料。探戈就是探戈”。後來,我看到一個老舞棍的採訪影片,他說:「我從不知道是什麼是『老舞棍風格』,我跳我自己的風格,我是一個老舞棍,所以他們稱我為
『老舞棍風格;但其實所有老舞棍都有各自不同的跳法。」

當我們了解更多,更深入探戈時,我們希望專注於開發自己的探戈,而不是試圖界定人們跳舞的風格,除非你是真正的探戈歷史學家。

現在,人們跳的探戈舞,是“探戈風格”加“學派風格”的組合。作為探戈愛好者,我們需要了解「探戈風格」的根源,並嘗試和不同學派風格的人們
跳舞無論如何,最後你會找到並跳出「屬於你自己的風格」。那才是你的探戈。 :)

-- Felipe Hsieh