More than 300 tango in Denver park

May 25, 2009 at 2:51 PM
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DENVER, May 25 (UPI) -- Participants in an annual Argentine tango party in Denver said more than 300 people danced at the outdoor event despite rain early in the day.

The event, the ninth annual gathering organized by social group Tango Colorado, celebrates Argentine tango, which evolved as an improv street dance inspired by traditional ballroom tango.

Participants told The Denver Post that rains early Sunday in Denver dampened the outdoor plaza at the city's Cheesman Park, but the skies cleared and dancers said the event went off without a hitch.

Bob Stang, president of Tango Colorado, said nearly half of the people who attended Sunday's dance traveled from out of town, and many came from far-flung states.

"With tango, no matter where you go, you meet a lot of new friends. When you're traveling, they teach you where to go, what to do and where to eat," Stang said.

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