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Tango-Nuevo & Neo-Tango: the Differences

The differences between Tango-Nuevo and Neo-Tango is a hotly contested issue. Many sources assume that Tango-Nuevo & Neo-Tango are one and the same (for example in Wikipaedia the term Neotango links directly to Nuevo Tango). However, it seems this is not actually correct, and there are some significant differences:
  • The revolution of Tango-Nuevo was initiated by the creations of Astor Piazzolla (specifically we can pin-point it to the scandal of 1953). Neo-Tango showed up much after (about the year 2000), and in fact Neo-Tango evolved from Tango-Nuevo.
  • Tango-Nuevo derives from Argentina, whereas Neo-Tango derives (mostly) from from the USA and Europe.
  • Whilst Tango-Nuevo is based on, or is very similar to, traditional tango, much of Neo-Tango is danced to non-tango music or a fusion of tango and electronica, and is a completely new form of dancing.
  • Neo-Tango has significant amount of separation of lead and follower, in which embraces are broken, or the lead rotates around the follower without touching.
  • The dress code in Neo-Tango is more 'hip', with baggy pants etc.



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