The stereotype of tango includes a couple dressed all in black, slinking across the floor to Hernado’s Hideaway, with roses clenched in their teeth. The reality of the form, a descendant of 19th-century brothel entertainments, is considerably more varied and far more exciting. Michelle Badion’s Tango Cabaret features a mix of old-school traditions and contemporary variations. Maestro Pampa Cortes comes from the wellspring of Argentine tango, and his dances with Badion will reflect the subtle power of traditional style. In contrast, Momo Smitt, the self-proclaimed “tango rapper,” combines tango rhythms and hip-hop for a streetwise version of the classic dance. SANDRA KURTZ

Fri., Sept. 9, 7:30 p.m.; Sat., Sept. 10, 7:30 p.m., 2011

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