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The Buenos Aires Annual Tango Festival
Get ready to slip on your dancing shoes when the Annual Buenos Aires Tango Festival starts off in late February. For ten days, this city comes alive with music and dance as experts from around the world join unparalleled local dancers in the birthplace of the Tango. Amateurs and locals alike can watch the show, take a free dance class or simply join the crowd and dance on the street!

The Tango is considered by some to be the most passionate form of dance and music in the world. It embodies romance, lust, yearning, and sorrow. Its origins can be traced to the lower classes of the nineteenth century, and its long history has followed Argentina's political and economic turmoil. The "Tango Renaissance" began in 1983, at the end of a brutal military dictatorship which had pushed it underground for decades. Today, the art form flourishes, infused with the soul of Argentina and is inextricably linked to the national identity. To understand the culture of this country, you cannot miss the chance to see a local couple dance the Tango at the Buenos Aires Annual Tango Festival.

From February 28th to March 8th, 2009, the city of Buenos Aires will open its streets to dancers from around the world. One can feel the energy of dance in the air during this festival, almost as if the presence of all the Tango talent in the region has left the entire city charged with excitement.

At the Buenos Aires Annual Tango Festival, Music will fill the air, floating to your ears from every direction. Concerts, shows, competitions, classes, and milongas (dance gatherings) happen day and night, open for anyone to watch or participate in at no charge.

At this festival, you can listen to the heart-pounding music and watch the twirling dancers at a milonga, support your favourite couples at a competition, or test your steps in a dance class. If your feet feel tired, get a taste of Latin culture in the Nation's Celebration Day, featuring traditional food, dance and music of Argentina and surrounding countries.

Finally, be sure to catch the spectacular opening and closing night shows, where the masters of dance and the best orchestras come together to showcase the best of the best in Tango. This festival is truly the best way to experience and learn about the Tango – surrounded by professionals and beginners alike, all moving to the same stimulating rhythm.
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