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The history of Argentine music and dance is dominated by the worldwide popularity of Tango, but this influential music and dance style can be traced to older Argentine folk dances that were born between the foundation of this diverse country in the 16th century to a great time of social innovation in the 19th century. The direct origin of tango can be found in Milonga, a widely popular dance and music style in Argentina that is still danced today.

Milonga dance is famous for being very close to modern tango, but it allows greater levels of relaxation of body and legs. While tango can sometimes be stiff, dramatic, stoic and require precise synchronized movements of dance partners, the milonga is viewed as a more relaxing type of dance that is focused on increased dancing speed and lack of pauses.

The dancing is usually consisting of rhythmic walking, humorous movement patterns and lack of complicated figures and body poses.

Two most famous types of Milonga dance are:
• Milonga Lisa (simple Milonga) – Dancers move and step on the grain in line with every beat of the milonga music
• Milonga con Traspié – More advanced version, in which dancers have the freedom to make double steps, or do routines that require taking three steps between two beats.

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