In ancient Mexico, dance was the accompaniment of the festivities in ritual acts to honor, adore, and entertain the gods. Many of the folk dances still performed in Mexico originated in pre-Columbian times; others were brought from Europe but have been changed and developed into many regional variations. Now we can enjoy pre-Hispanic dance and other dances that reflect the tradition enforced mainly by the Spanish missionaries. Folklorico dancing dates back to the 1500's in Old Mexico. The Spanish brought the tango over from Europe and it was mixed with the Aztec form of tribal dancing from Mexico. It has progressed to the colorful, vibrant art form. These dances originated in various regions of Mexico. The dances reflect the different regions, culture and folklore of Mexico, telling stories of birth , death, primitive people, animals, legends, and nature which have been lost in the darkness of time. These dances are festive, vibrant in color as well as universal.