29 August 1920 – Argentine tango is dead

Today’s news chosen from 90 years ago is not so serious, just a premature prediction in the Washington Post that day by a “British Authority” that Argentinian tango is dead.


Tendency of Modern Steps is for Simplicity, Says British Authority.


Middle-Aged Dancer Here to Stay, Avers Major Cecil Taylor.

London, Aug 28. — The Argentine tango, which has been dying since 1914, got its last jolt today, when Maj. Cecil Taylor, president of the Imperial Society of Dance Teachers Congress, pronounced it dead. Fashionable dances next season will be a new and thoroughly reconstructed tango, the fox-trot, the one-step l’Italienne and the Spanish schottische. Simplicity in movement is the basis of these dances. The ‘hip hold’ is barred.

“The tendency of the modern dance is for simplicity in movement,” said Maj Taylor. “There must be quietness in style. No stunts are wanted. L’Italienne is a walz in a new theme and the Spanish schottische resembles a fox trot, but it is slower. One of the reasons for the slower tendency in dancing is that the middle aged dancer has come to stay.”

The congress rules that in dancing the man should place his hand in the middle of his partner’s back. She is guided in this way, instead of by her partner placing his right hand on her left hip.

Another newspaper from that day shows a fashion that would not be at all out of place today either, except for the black thing the model in the drawing is holding if it happens to be fur. Some of the fashion terminology is quite different as well, with words such as serges, poiret trimmings, and chamoistyn. Besides that though the ad’s overly flowery, often incomprehensible and hyperbolic nature is no different from those you see today.

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