From the streets of Buenos Aires, to the practice floors of Independence Day Ball Dance Camp

The exact origins of tango—both the dance and the word itself—are lost in myth and an unrecorded history. The generally accepted theory is that in the mid-1800s, the African slaves who had been brought to Argentina or their descendants began to influence the local culture. The word “tango” may be straightforwardly African in origin, meaning “closed place” or “reserved ground.” Or it may derive from Portuguese (and from the Latin verb tanguere, to touch) and was picked up by Africans on the slave ships. Whatever its origin, the word “tango” had acquired the standard meaning of the place where African slaves and free blacks gathered to dance by the time Argentina banned slavery in 1853.


Tango Immersion

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Seminars Offered:



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Tango Immersion Schedule

2019 IDBDC Tango Immersion Schedule will be available soon


IDBDC Argentine Tango Washington, DC

Tango Immersion Location:

The location for the 2018 IDBDC Tango Immersion program will be as usual at:

Hyatt Regency Crystal City
2799 Jefferson Davis Hwy., Arlington, VA 22202
Tel: + 1.703.418-1234
Fax: + 1.703.418-1289

We have arranged a special rate of $99 + tax per night to find out how to reserve a room please refer to our Location page for instructions.


PACKAGES offered:

Prices for the programs will be available as soon as registration opens.