With a history reaching back to the 1880s, the sensual Argentinian national dance comes from roots that combine African slave music with Andalucian melodies and Italian influences. Fiercely perfectionist, and correspondingly difficult to master, the dance is measured, controlled and often melancholy; very different from other Latin genres such as samba or salsa. However, it certainly has its fair share of passion; not only did it originate in the bordellos, accompanied by bawdy lyrics, but it is also a serious contact sport; all writhing bodies and interlocked limbs.

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