Arts + Culture

World's Sexiest Dances

by Beata Loyfman

The dance: TANGO

Where to see it: Buenos Aires

Sexy factor: Like a pretty socialite gone very, very bad

The moves: Denounced by proper society and confined to brothels and bars, tango had inauspicious beginnings in the 19th century. Like most naughty things, though, it tempted good boys and girls—in this case replacing the respectable but timid waltz. With slithering walks, intertwining limbs, closely positioned hips, and seductive spontaneity, it's not hard to see why a few decades later the entire country succumbed.

The stage: From the Juan Bautista Alberdi amphitheater to the warehouses in Barracas, every corner of the city holds a swaying couple during the Buenos Aires Tango Festival. Other times of the year, tango hot spots, called milongas, depend on the day of the week: Mondays, locals strut their skills at Salon Canning; Wednesdays through Sundays a younger Argentine crowd gathers at La Viruta in the Armenian Cultural Center; and on Sundays, older milongueros put the youngsters to shame at El Beso.

Do a little dance: Tango is like wine: easy to enjoy, difficult to master. Teacher Ana María Schapira takes the fear out of tango virgins at her famous academy in Buenos Aires. Put yourself in her knowledgeable hands. Don't worry, she'll be gentle.

Buenos Aires Tango Festival
Tel: 54 11 4374 2829
Festival dates: February 24 to March 5, 2007

Salon Canning
Scalabrini Ortiz 1331
Tel: 54 11 4832 6753

La Viruta
Armenia 1366
Tel: 54 11 4774 6357

El Beso
Riobamba 416 Tel: 54 11 4953 2794

La Academia de Ana María Schapira
Tel: 54 11 4962 7922
Two-hour group classes are held Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays (a steal at $4)

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