- Tango Stories – Musical Secrets. An essential reading for anyone who would like to understand tango better.
- The Meaning of Tango: The Story of the Argentinian Dance. Traces the development of the dance, from its birth in poverty-stricken Buenos Aires, through the craze of the early 20th century, right up to its recent revival today. By Christine Denniston.
- Encyclopedia of Tango. A detailed account of tango recordings before, during, and after the golden age of tango.
- Masculinities: Football, Polo and the Tango in Argentina (Global Issues)
- !Che Boludo! A gringo’s guide to understanding the Argentines
Born to Walk: Myofascial Efficiency and the Body in Movement. The ability to walk upright on two legs is one of the major traits that define us as humans; yet, scientists still aren’t sure why we evolved to walk as we do. In Born to Walk, author James Earls explores the mystery of our evolution by describing in depth the mechanisms that allow us to be efficient in bipedal gait. Viewing the whole body as an interconnected unit, Earls explains how we can regain a flowing efficiency within our gait–an efficiency which, he argues, is part of our natural design.
- Historia del baile, by Sergio Pujol (Spanish).
- Tango, Our Dance
The sensuality and stylized ritual of the tango are captured in this illuminating documentary. Director Jorge Zanada spent years researching and recording the tango’s place in Argentine culture and exploring the machismo that drives the dance. Most riveting are the milongueros-the amateur dancers who preserve the pure, traditional steps. Their intimate stories about their personal experiences reveal the intensity that feed their individual tango styles. Numerous tango aficionados, including actors Robert Duvall and Juan Carlos Copes (star of Broadway’s TANGO ARGENTINO), make special appearances. A passionate valentine to what Martha Graham called “the most beautiful dance of this century.”
- Si sos Brujo: A Tango Story
Si Sos Brujo is a heartfelt, inspiring film that could do for Argentine Tango what the Buena Vista Social Club did for the music and musicians of Cuba illuminating an evolving culture, a way of life and the triumph of preserving one of the most intricate musical traditions of the world, following nearly 50 years of relative obscurity. This beautifully shot documentary brings the compelling story of a group of young Argentine musicians racing against time to learn and preserve the elegant and nuanced music played by the legendary Golden Age tango orchestras of Buenos Aires in the 40 s and 50 s.If you are familiar with the names of Pugliese, Triolo and Piazzolla, this film is essential viewing. Yet it has broad appeal, and anyone interested in the creative, musical process will love this film.
- The Tango Lesson
This is a true story, and both Sally Potter and Pablo Veron play themselves in the movie. About halfway thru the movie when Sally’s and Pablo’s friends are searching for a studio to rent for their dancing practice, the film really picks up – and then, it simply blows your socks off !!! If you like dancing, love the tango, or have been or want to go to Buenos Aires, don’t miss this film.
E-media, websites, podcasts:
- Learn Argentinian Spanish: Do you want to learn all about Argentina? This site provides Spanish listening comprehension practice on a wide range of topics related to Argentina.
- Tango Sensei: Un podcast de tango desde Tijuana-San Diego. Una búsqueda a través del pasado y del presente del tango por la huella que lo llevará al futuro. Conductores: José Ciccone y Marcelo Fernández Controles: José Ciccone Jr.
My favorite milongueros: Here is a playlist of my favorite dancers, who are mostly my teachers: click here.