The 2016 Philadelphia International Tango Festival has concluded, and it was, truly, the best one yet.
Thank you to the extraordinary maestros who inspired us through incredible teaching and mind-blowing performances: Gustavo Naveira & Giselle Anne, Alejandro Larenas & Marisol Morales, Marcelo El Chino Gutierrez & Ines Muzzopappa, and Andres Amarilla.
Thank you to the awe-inspiring, top-notch DJs who keep making us hear the old tracks in completely new ways: Marc Hussner, Adam Ashton Hoopengardner, Dasha Khripkova, Jake Spatz, Cigdem Tanik, Marcelo Gutierrez, and Manuk Colakyan.
Thank you to the fantastic additional performers at the festival: Carla Marano (our guest artist-in-residence until June 17) with Andres Amarilla, and Adam Hoopengardner & Ciko Tanik.
Thanks to my beloved fellow Tango Cheeseballs: Carlos Moreno, Tova Moreno and Andres Amarilla. Hi-yah!
Thank you to our photographer, Helio Ha, and videographer, Sidney Lingle. Photos and video coming SOON!
Thank you infinitely much to all of the volunteers who worked extremely hard to make the festival run smoothly: Melissa Archer, Amy He, Kristin Balmer, Monica Moya, Helio Ha, Sidney Lingle, Agnes Trouillet, Ana Gazmuri, Angie Fredrickson, Betsy Thomas, Carla Marano, Carolyn Merritt, Christine Mantey, Debbie Lopez, Eva Gao, Helen Cai, Ishan Srivastava, Janel Falvey, Jim Saldutti, Jo Ann Klein, Joel Bergey, Kate Uhlrich, Maria Aldrete, Marie Dilszian, Nicolette Cobbold, Rajeev Argula, Rocky Palma, Sean Cosgrove, Stephen Macbeth, Steve Geiger, Ting Lik To, Ursula Teuter, and Yvonne Qiu. We could not have done it without you!
Thank you to the very generous hosts who took festival teachers and DJs into their homes: Sandra Eng (and Tom), Varvara Kountouzi, Krissy McFadden, Linda Chen & Andre Kurmann, Matthew Hall, Julie Jacobs, and Gary Northeimer & Niny Rao. Also, thank you to all of the local dancers who housed visiting dancers!
THANK YOU to Matthew McLaughlin, the single hardest-working tango event organizer who does not dance tango!
Thanks to everyone who came out for any festival event, and thanks especially to those of you who traveled very far to do so. We can't wait to announce dates for the 2017 festival, as soon as we can figure them out!
Welcome to the website for the 2016 Philadelphia International Tango Festival, which will take place from May 19-22, 2016! Our festival has been growing and getting better every single year, and 2016 will be no exception.
We are pleased to announce an amazing group of festival instructors:
Gustavo Naveira & Giselle Anne,
Alejandro Larenas & Marisol Morales,
Marcelo Gutierrez & Ines Muzzopappa, and
Andres Amarilla & Meredith Klein.
And a remarkable gathering of DJs: Adam Hoopengardner, Marc Hussner, Jake Spatz, Ciko Tanik, Manuk Colakyan, Marcelo Gutierrez & Darya Khripkova.
WORKSHOP OFFERINGS will include:
** A 12-hour partners-only seminar with Gustavo & Giselle. This type of intensive seminar with the two most respected tango teachers in the world is the absolute best means in existence of improving your dance. Click here to read Gustavo & Giselle's writing about this year's seminar topic, and why they created it especially for our festival.
** Two open-enrollment workshops with Gustavo & Giselle, so you can study with these teachers of teachers even if you don't have a partner.
** Workshops at all levels - beginner, intermediate, and advanced - with some of the very most popular teachers who have ever come to Philadelphia - Alejandro & Marisol, Marcelo Gutierrez, and Andres Amarilla. And introducing one of the most gorgeous tangueras, who is already world-famous, but has never before taught in Philadelphia, Ines Muzzopappa.
** A four-day beginner track (no experience necessary!), which opens with a workshop given by Gustavo & Giselle. Imagine starting to learn tango for the first time with the most accomplished and respected dancers/teachers in the world!
Last year, we were fortunate to get fantastic coverage of the festival on TV and in print. Check out the press coverage from last year to get a feel for the vibe of our festival, see the venue and meet some of the instructors.
We really hope you can join us for an amazing weekend of dancing, learning, reconnecting, and all-in-all tango reveling.