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While dining in one of the colorful La Boca restaurants along the famous Caminito street you can enjoy both great food and tango dancers. Who knows what gives the food more spice: the spices on the table (bottom right) or the sensual show on the stage?...

I am not interested in the dance at all but while visiting Buenos Aires one must see a tango show. Except for the impressive dance shows in La Boca restaurants we have watched a more professional show Senor Tango. It was really great, although except for fantastic dancing couples there was also a lot of singing and too much talking in Spanish only, so I don’t recommend it for people not knowing Spanish. We were however seated at the table with six Brazilian couples so I guess Spanish would not help us much anyway.
What I have seen did not encourage me to start dancing by myself but I have to admit that it was a great pleasure to watch other people dancing tango.

Tango is a dance that has influences from Spanish and African culture. Dances from the candombe ceremonies of former slave peoples helped shape the modern day Tango. The dance originated in lower-class districts of Buenos Aires and Montevideo. The music derived from the fusion of various forms of music from Europe. The word "tango" seems to have first been used in connection with the dance in the 1890s. Initially it was just one of the many dances, but it soon became popular throughout society, as theatres and street barrel organs spread it from the suburbs to the working-class slums, which were packed with hundreds of thousands of European immigrants, primarily Italians, Spanish and French.

La Boca is the neighbourhood which you may know from the very colourful houses. It is said that the port workers were bringing home some leftover paint to cover the corrugated-metal sidings of their own houses. Nowadays the area seems to live from tourism.

Few blocks away is La Bombonera stadium home of La Boca Juniors football team – the former club of Diego Maradona.

La Boca is supposed to be rough in spots and guidebooks discourage to walk too far from the main tourist places especially at night.

La Boca is a neighbourhood, or barrio of the Argentine capital, Buenos Aires. It retains a strong European flavour, with many of its early settlers being from the Italian city of Genoa. In fact the name has a strong assonance with the Genoese neighborhood of Boccadasse (or Bocadaze in Genoese dialect), and some people believe that the Buenos Aires barrio was indeed named after it. The conventional explanation is that the neighborhood sits at the mouth ("boca" in Spanish) of the Riachuelo. In 1882, after a lengthy general strike, La Boca seceded from Argentina, and the rebels raised the Genoese flag, which was immediately torn down personally by then President Julio Argentino Roca.

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