(This July 19 story corrects to show academy does not belong to Garcia.)
By Sarah Marsh
HAVANA (Reuters) – Cuba may be known now for upbeat salsa, but long before that genre even emerged its Afro beats fed into the melancholic Argentine tango which was widely popular on the Caribbean’s largest island.
Now a small yet dedicated following of several dozen Cuban dance enthusiasts are seeking to expand its appeal once more, claiming it as their cultural legacy.
Two years ago, they launched an annual Havana tango marathon and festival, in addition to staging regular classes and milongas, or tango dance events.
Last month, they hosted the first ever Caribbean qualifying round for the Tango World Championship in Buenos Aires.
“Tango runs through Cubans’ veins because of its rhythm,” said Agustin Garcia, 34, who runs a weekly Sunday milonga on a central, tree-lined Havana promenade, and is helping create an academy called Cuba Tango.
“Sometimes when I’m teaching, it’s…
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