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The cha-cha-chá, or simply cha-cha in the U.S., is a dance of Cuban origin. It is danced to the music of the same name introduced by Cuban composer and violinist Enrique Jorrin in the early 1950s.

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Tango is a partner dance that originated in the 1880s along the River Plata, the natural border between Argentina and Uruguay, and soon spread to the rest of the world.

tango n 1: a ballroom dance of Latin-American origin 2: music written in duple time for dancing the tango v : dance a tango

Tango \Tan"go\ (t[a^][ng]"g[=o]; Sp. t[aum][ng]"g[=o]), n.; pl. {Tangos} (-g[=o]z). [Sp., a certain dance.] (a) A difficult dance in two-four time characterized by graceful posturing, frequent pointing positions, and a great variety of steps, including the cross step and turning steps. The dance is of Spanish origin, and is believed to have been in its original form a part of the fandango. (b) Any of various popular forms derived from this. (c) a musical tune appropriate for this dance. [Webster 1913 Suppl. +PJC]

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  • tango: WordNet (r) 2.0
  • tango: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44

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