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Every night, 69-year-old Edinson chooses one of his 11 pairs of dance shoes, slips into a smart suit and heads out to dance tango in the clubs of Montevideo, a city that is looking to breathe new life into an old tradition, one that has long been eclipsed by its more famous neighbor, Buenos Aires.It is here that the Joventango ("Young tango") association organizes so-called "milongas" every week, evenings of dance that are open to initiates as well as to the merely curious and the passing tourist.Tango was born in the late 19th-century, behind the closed doors of salons in Montevideo and Buenos Aires because the spectacle of dancers pressing passionately against each other was originally deemed to be too steamy to be performed in public. At the start of the year, Martin and Regina were called on by the mayor's office to come up with a diagnosis of what is ailing tango in Montevideo, with an eye to developing a strategic plan to revive the dance.In recent months, the tide may have begun to turn: a tango museum has opened and a major new festival, dubbed "Montevideo Tango" is scheduled to take place on Oct. 27 .
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