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What is tango?

Argentine tango is an improvised social dance that emerged in Buenos Aires and Montevideo at the turn of the 20th century. Often hailed as sensual, passionate, dramatic and dangerous, the true beauty of Argentine tango lies in its accessibility. In essence little more than walking in someone else’s arms, the dance offers something for practitioners of all ages and physical abilities. Indeed, tango communities the world over are notable for their intergenerational character. At the same time, the practice of tango affords infinite room for growth, complexity and refinement. Utterly simple and endlessly challenging, Argentine tango is a social activity that can be a lifelong one.

What is the purpose of this meetup?

We gather information about opportunities to learn and dance tango in the Philadelphia area. From free beginner trial classes to a once-yearly four-day tango festival, we offer opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to learn and enjoy tango.

(Thanks to anthropologist Carolyn Merritt for the great description of tango included above.)

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2022 Philadelphia Tango Festival

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❤️ The 2022 Philadelphia Tango Festival offers four days of pure celebration and overflowing love: for tango dancing, for tango music and for the tango community. ❤️

💚 It highlights the contributions of women in tango with an all-female teaching cast, offering a rich diversity of workshop topics aimed at all genders, levels and roles:

👉 CARLA MARANO & PHI LEE LAM
👉 INES MUZZOPAPPA & GABY MATALONI
👉 MICHELLE LAMB
👉 REBECCA RORICK SMITH

🎶 It celebrates the renaissance of new and live tango music, presenting four different bands, with both seated concerts and electrifyingly danceable music for the milongas:

✅ JUAN VILLARREAL & PATRICIO CROM (for the 1st time in the U.S.!)
✅ TANGO WITH WINNIE (presenting an all-female tango quartet)
✅ The ROMO-AGRI-MESSIEZ Trio
✅ The TIPICA MESSIEZ, making its first appearance since the sky fell

💙 It features (mostly) female DJs:

👉 TINE HERREMAN
👉 CAROL HOROWITZ
👉 REBECCA RORICK SMITH
👉 KERRY KAY
👉 CRAIG HERRINGTON (who will DJ and host the after-party milonga)

❤️ It goes beyond tango dance and music to explore and celebrate tango as a culture and community. In addition to all the workshops & milongas you would expect, its richly diverse offerings include:

✅ Filmmaker YAEL SZMULEWICZ will be showing and leading discussions on tango documentaries.
✅ Panel discussions will explore important & current topics in the tango community.
✅ Yoga classes with three great teachers will help us maintain our bodies inside the intensity of the festival. Our yoga teachers are greatly beloved by the tango community: CAROLYN MERRITT, MONICA MOYA & REBECCA RORICK SMITH.

‼️ Please plan to join us in Philadelphia, June 2-5! ‼️

HEAD TO THE WEBSITE👉 https://www.philadelphiatangofestival.com/

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