Argentine Tango

Argentine tango is a dynamic social dance birthed in the bars and brothels of late 19th-century Buenos Aires, Argentina. During a period of mass immigration to Río de la Plata, a marginal, urban subculture grew from the mingling of Latin American, African, and European influences. Tango dance and music emerged from a rich and complex interaction of South American, Italian, Polish, Central and West African, and Cuban dance traditions and music – in short, Argentine tango is the original international style.

If you’re among those who believe tango is sexy, you’re not alone – tango can be hotter than a jalopy in a Miami summer. However, the dance doesn’t just inspire passion, but also deep meditation and a playful exploration of rhythm and space, all of which have contributed to its survival decade after decade. While most people are accustomed to seeing tango de escenario (stage tango), CASA’s program emphasizes tango de pista (also called tango de salón), which is danced socially but has enjoyed a global renaissance among professional performers and instructors.

Recommended Studios

Interested in learning tango? Here are some CASA-approved, best bets for tango instruction in metro Detroit.

City Style Tango
164 E Maple Road
Troy, MI 48083
Ph: 248.808.6099

Detroit Tango Project
The N’Namdi Movement Center
52 E. Forest Avenue
Detroit, MI 48201
Alex: 419.341.3278
Randy: 313.408.2848

Past Events

Detroit’s own Argentine Tango Dance Party!
Thurs., May 18, 2017 – 8PM-11PM
Temple Bar – 2906 Cass Ave, Detroit, 48201


All activities and exercises conducted by CASA JOHNSON ARABITG are optional for each individual student and participation is solely at the discretion of the individual participant. The process of learning to dance tango involves both physical and emotional stress and the health and well-being of each participant is their own responsibility. By participating in CASA JOHNSON ARABITG classes and events, the participant agrees to take full legal, medical, and any other form of responsibility for incurred injuries, as CASA JOHNSON ARABITG shall not be held responsible for any physical or emotional damages incurred during the process of learning or dancing tango.