A portion of the proceeds from the DC Tango Festival are donated to the Orquesta Escuela del Barrio del Triangulo in Rosario, Argentina


 March 3- April 19, 2020

*All Events Take Place at the Embassy of Argentina (unless otherwise specified) - 1600 New Hampshire Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20036



dARIENZO 720 384Tuesday, March 3, 2020 at 7:30  PM

Back by Popular Demand - From Buenos Aires

Juan D'Arienzo Orchestra

The Juan D’Arienzo Orchestra, named after the legendary tango orchestra leader known as the Rey del Compás (King of Rhythm), is comprised of 11 talented musicians. They made their U.S. debut last year in PASO's DC Tango Festival to a standing-room only crowd.  Now, they are back for this year's Festival with more of their signature hard rhythmic, vibrant beat.  As Juan D'Arienzo said many years ago, "tango, for me, has three things: beat, impact, and nuance. A tango orchestra, ought to have, above all, life".   Admission: $45, includes Argentine wine reception.  Advance sales only.  For more information, call 240-242-8032


LearnToDance2Learn to Dance Tango!

Wednesdays, March 4, 11, 18, 25 at 6:30 PM


Dance tango in four lessons! Classes are for beginners and should be taken in order as each class builds progressively on the class before it. The instructors will not start over from the beginning.   Classes are offered in a 4-class package ONLY.  No single classes offered. You must pay in advance as space is limited.  You must come as a couple. Taught by Arnaud Lucas and Corinne Merzeraud, these classes are for those who have no previous experience dancing tango. Instruction is in English. Appropriate tango dancing shoes are required (leather, suede or hard plastic soles) - no rubber soles!!   To pay with a credit card, call 240-242-8032 or  click on the button below.     




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Milonga del Festival

Friday, March 6, 2020 at 8 PM 


A tango dance party at the elegant Embassy of Argentina with PASO's tango ensemble and bandoneón player, Rodolfo Zanetti. Non-dancers are also welcome.   For more information, call 240-242-8032

$45 admission, includes Argentine wine reception.   Advance ticket sales only. 






Rodolfo Forever Piazzolla2

Cafetin de Buenos Aires

with Mariana Quinteros

Thursday, March 12 and Friday, March 13, 2020 at 7:30 PM

Joining the PASO Tango Orchestra is Mariana Quinteros, singing popular tangos by Argentina's most well-known tango composers, such as Mariano Mores.  This is Mariana's second appearance with PASO. You may remember her as Maria in PASO's production of Maria de Buenos Aires in 2017.  Joining the ensemble is Rodolfo Zanetti on bandoneon and Anibal Berraute on piano.

Call 240-242-8032 for more information - Advance ticket sales only.

Admission $45, includes Argentine wine reception.  


Admission to March 12 show

Admission to March 13 show




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F-31 Quinteto

from Medellin, Colombia

Friday, March 27, 2020 at 7:30 PM

They sold out their 2017 debut show with the Pan American Symphony Orchestra and now are back to bring you their exciting interpretations of traditional tango.  $45 admission, includes Argentine wine reception. Call 240-242-8032 for more information and to pay over the phone with Mastercard or Visa.  To pay with credit card using PayPal, click on the icon below.



Tango Night at the Movies


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Tuesday, March 31, 2020 at 6:30 PM

Director: Tulio Demicheli.  Cast: Tita Merello, Santiago Gómez Cou, Mario Fortuna, Raúl del Valle, Tito Alonso y Marga López.

This 1950 musical drama is about a young working class woman who flees her abusive companion, a drunk who beats her and terrorizes her. Not even with the birth of their son does he mend his ways.  A humble cart driver from the La Boca neighborhood of Buenos Aires rescues her and they soon set up house together.  Sometime later they marry and the cart driver recognizes her son as his own.  20 years later, this young man tries to resolve the conflict between his adoptive father and his biological father.  In Spanish with English subtitles

Reservations by Eventbrite only

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I Tita A Life of TangoI Tita, a Life of Tango

Tuesday, April 14, 2020 at 6:30 PM

Director: María Teresa Costantini; Writer: María Teresa Costantini (original story); Cast: Mercedes Funes, Damián de Santo, Esther Goris

This biopic of renowned tango singer and actress Tita Merello traces her career starting with her early performances in the cabarets of Buenos Aires through her discovery and meteoric rise in theater and film. As the beloved Tita, actress Mercedes Fuentes is captivating, bringing style and charm to her portrayal of the larger-than-life star. Tita’s celebrated tangos and unique singing style punctuate this elegant period drama, filled with beautiful details of the sounds and styles of the times. In Spanish with English subtitles.  Reservations by Eventbrite only 

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Tango Connection - A Master Class for Tango Dancers

Thursday, April 16, 2020 from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM

For intermediate and advanced level dancers only. Rosalia Gasso and Alejandro Barrientos, from Buenos Aires, join the 2020 DC Tango Festival to offer this special dance workshop.  Tango Connection focuses on the elasticity of the embrace, fluidity, and elegance.  You will be working on advanced sequences, with combinations using real displacements, contra boleos, embellishments, and sharing axis rotations. Dynamics and musicality is adapted to all the movements.  $30 per person. To register and pay for the workshop, click on the button.  All participants must pay in advance.  No purchases at the door.

View Rosalia and Alejandro dancing tango





Tango of the Americas

Original Tangos from Argentina, Colombia and the United States

Saturday, April 19, 2020 at 7:30 PM

Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts



Tango of the Americas is an exciting show of original tango music from Colombia, Argentina, and the United States that marks the release of PASO’s new recording and the end of the 2020 DC Tango Festival. With 30 musicians, Latin Grammy Award® winner Rodolfo Zanetti on bandoneon, Pablo Estigarribia on piano, and tango dancers, this thrilling show celebrates the diversity and virtuosity of tango music across the Americas with new compositions by contemporary tango composers.  Buy your tickets now. This show sells out fast!   

For more information and to purchase tickets, click on the photo.  Admission: $75 - $55, reserved seating. Tickets can be purchased at the Kennedy Center box office or by calling (202) 467-4600. Box Office Hours: Monday-Saturday 10 am-9 pm; Sunday and holidays, noon-9 pm.