South America Goes ‘On Location’ — Experience the Tango from Ship to Shore
Submitted by: HAL Enrichment Team
Experience the sultry tango through "On Location" and shore excursions in South America.
Dance is an integral part of Latin culture, and on cruises to Argentina the sultry tango takes center stage. As they say it takes two to tango, and through the “On Location” program and a variety of shore excursions Holland America Line offers guests of all ages and abilities an opportunity to get familiar with this feisty dance. Tango conjures up images of elegant women in beautiful dresses and men in sleek attire, but the dance has origins in the urban lower classes of Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Montevideo, Uruguay. The regions’ mixture of European, African and native influences merged and created a distinctive cultural identity. Enthusiasm for the dance spread and today tango is so well-recognized that it was placed on UNESCO’s list of intangible cultural heritage in 2009. With Holland America Line’s “On Location” program that brings local culture onboard, guests are able to experience the tradition of tango in a number of ways. As you cruise around South America, take advantage of the complimentary tango lessons onboard and learn to dance in a relaxed atmosphere from world-class dance professionals. These classes are separate from “Dancing With the Stars: at Sea” lessons, but the moves can translate from stage to stage! A variety of styles and levels are taught during the entire voyage, ensuring everyone can get in on the fun. Once you’ve got the steps down head to the Milonga “On Location” event. Milonga is a term for a place or an event where tango is danced. Authentic Argentinian performers, including dancers, singers and a traditional bandoneon player, set the tempo at the tango-themed parties. Guests even have the opportunity to dance with world champion tango dancers throughout the evening. “It’s amazing to see guests night after night packing the Ocean Bar dance floor to watch our world champion tango performers. The informality of Milongas is the perfect way for guests to truly experience firsthand the South American culture without leaving the vessel.” – John Mann Holland America Line “On Location” Talent Scout Toward the end of the cruise guests are treated to a particularly wonderful performance […]