It then goes on to say-
While the sight of two men locked in a passionate would have raised a few eyebrows among the more conservative members of the audience it actually harks back to the dance’s beginnings in the 1890s.
Tango was born in brothels and it was originally only performed by pairs of men. Women were initially prohibited from participating in a dance considered prostitute-like.
Sorry, but that is not true!! The origins of Tango are obscure but it probably began in the barrios of Buenos Ayres and Montevideo in the eighteenth and nineteenth century.
Here is the story of how the dance and the music evolved:
It began with the african slaves who were transported to South America from the coastal areas (now the Congo and Equatorial Guinea etc) as well as from the south of Sudan.
The music and dance of the slaves was banned from the beginning.
In 1789 Manuel Warnes (then Colonial Governor of Buenos Aires), filed a complaint against certain practices of African slaves and their descendants (afroargentinos) living in Buenos Aires saying: “Do not permit tango and similar dances, because they are about nothing more than robbery and the blacks’ desire to live freely and throw off the yoke of slavery.
At the beginning of the twentieth century, after the dance had spread to Paris, Kaiser Wilhelm decreed that Prussian Officers were forbidden from dancing the tango while they were wearing uniform, an edict which was enthusiastically supported by the Vatican.
El káiser ha hecho lo que ha podido para impedir que los gentilhombres se identifiquen con la baja sensualidad de los negros y de los mestizos (…) ¡Y algunos van por ahí diciendo que el tango es como cualquier otro baile cuando no se lo baila licenciosamente! La danza tango es, cuanto menos, una de aquellas de las cuales no se puede de ninguna manera conservar ni siquiera con alguna probabilidad la decencia. Porque, si en todos los otros bailes está en peligro próximo la moral de los bailarines, en el tango la decencia se encuentra en pleno naufragio, y por este motivo el emperador Guillermo lo ha prohibido a los oficiales cuando estos vistan uniforme.
Such licentiousness is morally reprehensible, don’t you know!!!!
Gentlemen do not consort with ladies of the night who may well lead them astray with seductive dancing and so the severely repressed and ‘stiff upper lipped’ obedient officers began dancing with each other.
Equally repressed and ‘stiff upper lipped’ English journalists seize upon this because it fits in with what our esteemed blogmeister calls The Narrative.
Well, what else could we expect from those monkeys with typewriters who work in the Maily Dail newsrooms?
Anyway, I am quite certain that Juan Pablo Ramirez and his partner Daniel Arroyo were nowhere near as good or as entertaining as these two.