FACTS ON ARGENTINA
The "gato" (cat) is a merry typical dance that was danced in our
country around 1820. It possibly came from Peru. It represents a discreet
game of love where the gentleman pretends to court the lady and tries to win
her. He performs his best tap dancing for her and does amazing capers until
in the end he gets her response. This dance may be danced by one or two couples
and, together with the "malambo", it was, undoubtedly, the most
famous dance in the plain.
It was also known by other names, such as: "Gato mis mis", "Mis
mis" and "Perdiz". It was strange that the "gaucho"
did not know how to play the guitar a little and sing the verses of the "gato"
or the repeated chords of the "malambo", that is why it was one
of the most chosen dances.