26 Aug 2013 by Sebastián Lacunza | Civil Society - Original Feature

For many decades, tango has been a dance with very well-defined roles according each traditional genders.

The traditional style supposed a macho dancer guiding the woman. But things have changed in a country that three years ago has approved a groundbreaking law on same-sex marriage.

IPSTV Correspondent Sebastián Lacunza reports from Buenos Aires

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Tango had been for many decades a dance with very well-defined roles according each traditional genders. Even though there are many different styles, the traditional one supposed a macho dancer guiding the woman. But times change.

As part of a new wave that has taken place since the Nineties and has boosted this music, Buenos Aires surprises with gays milongas for dancing and the possibility of taking Queer Tango lessons.

Ignacio González Cano, choreographer and director de Taco Teco speaks about this new tendency and its style.

More than one hundred milongas run in Buenos Aires, from large to small places, from traditional salón style to alternative trends. There are also theatres that play this new style of tango such as Taco Tango school.

In 2010, Argentina was the first country in Latin America and the tenth worldwide to allow equalitarian marriages. It represented a landmark for the region. In turn, Uruguay passed the same-sex marriage law this year and the first men couple got married last week. Argentina and, specifically, Buenos Aires have become a gay-friendly city, which also explains the emergence of the Queer tango culture.

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