How will Tango communities ever learn Argentine Tango when very popular festivals mislead people? Many Tango Festivals in North America host a variety of teachers who teach a variety of dances. Instead of Argentine Tango, it is a mix of Nuevo Tango or other alternative varieties. In order to educate those learning Tango, festivals should be named appropriately. If the focus is on Nuevo Tango, then the festival should be named the “Nuevo Tango Festival”.
We remember a time when we didn’t understand the difference. We went to a Tango Festival and took lessons with Cecilia Gonzalez, all the time thinking we were learning Argentine Tango.
Organizers should take it upon themselves to educate the community. If you like Nuevo Tango or various alternative versions of Tango, that’s OK. But then be proud of that and advertise honestly.