Tango Apilado/ Milonguero
Tango apilado, also known as “close embrace tango” or “milonguero style tango,” is a specific style of Argentine tango that emphasizes a close, chest-to-chest embrace between the dance partners. It is characterized by an intimate connection and a compact, upright posture.
In tango apilado, the partners lean slightly forward, creating a forward-leaning axis. This posture allows for a strong connection and efficient communication between the dancers. The chest-to-chest contact enables subtle leading and following through body movements and weight shifts.
This style of tango emphasizes small, circular movements and intricate footwork. It often involves intricate leg wraps, changes of direction, and quick pivots. Tango apilado focuses on musicality, improvisation, and a deep connection between the dancers.
Tango apilado originated in the crowded dance halls of Buenos Aires in the mid-20th century. It was developed as a way to navigate the limited space and dance comfortably in close quarters. The style was popularized by milongueros, who were experienced tango dancers known for their smooth and elegant movements.
Today, tango apilado continues to be appreciated and practiced by tango enthusiasts around the world. It is seen as a beautiful and expressive form of Argentine tango, characterized by its intimate connection and intricate footwork.