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Tango was originated in Buenos Aires (Argentina) and Montevideo (Uruguay) and branched away from its original Argentine roots by permitting European, American, Hollywood, and competitive (dancesport) influences into the manner and execution of the dance.

At the present times, ballroom tango is separated into two disciplines: American Style and International Style. Both forms are enjoyed as social and competitive dances, but the International style is more widely established as a competitive style. Both disciplines share a closed dance position, but the American style permits its practitioners to separate from closed position to perform open moves, like underarm turns, interchange hand holds, dancing separately, and side-by-side choreography.

Nowadays, there are many different tango styles, some of them are: Argentine Tango, Uruguayan Tango, Ballroom Tango (American and International styles), Finnish tango and vintage tangos. What several consider to be the genuine tango is that closest to that initially danced in Argentina and Uruguay.

Ballroom tangos are very different to Argentine tangos. The principal differences are the music and styling used to Ballroom tangos is different from Argentine tangos, with more disconnected movements and the feature "head snaps". The head snaps are completely foreign to Argentine and Uruguayan tango, and were established in 1934 under the influence of a similar movement in the legs and feet of the Argentine tango, and the theatrical movements of the pasodoble. This manner became incredibly popular in Germany and was soon introduced to England, one of the first proponents being Mr Camp. The movements were very popular with audience, but not with competition judges