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Tango Festival Coming to City This Month


Do you like to tango? How about watching others do the dance?

The Garage Dance Studio & Gallery & Hartford Argentine Tango Society, located at 1385 East St. New Britain, is sponsoring and organizing its second annual Alegria Mini Tango Festival on May 25- 27.

The festival will go from noon through 1 a.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at both the garage studio and Back Nine Tavern of Stanley Golf Course.

About 150-200 dancers will be there over the course of the three days. The nightly events will be held at Back Nine Tavern of Stanley Golf Course and the Dance classes will be held at The Garage Dance Studio.

Those interested in viewing the event are encouraged to come around 9 p.m. to the Back Nine. Cost is $35.

“It’s a large event that happens world-wide,” said Muna Swairjo, President of Hartford Argentine Tango Society. “It absolutely beautiful and we have two live orchestras from Boston and New York.”

On Friday Boston Tango Orchestra will play and on Saturday the Pedro Giraudo Tango Orchestra from NYC will perform.

“Dancers will come in from different places to celebrate with us,” said Swairjo. “All the big events will be at the Back Nine.”

The average participant will have between five and seven years of experience dancing and studying Argentine tango. All styles of social Argentine tango are welcome.

Special Guest artists will include Oscar Casas, and Tango World Champion Jesica Arfenoni, Analia Centurion, and Jeremias Fors all from Argentina.

The dance festival features Argentine Tango Dancing, Professional Shows and live music.

The entire event is a continuous celebration of lively dancing that exudes harmony, happiness. The public is welcome to attend the culturally rich festival.

Tango is one of the most influential and famous dances of the modern history, originating from the streets of 18th century Buenos Aires in Argentina and Montevideo in Uruguay as the favorite dance of the European immigrants, former slaves, working and lower classes of people. The quick rise in its popularity enabled this famous dance to quickly expand out of South America, becoming a commonplace in Europe, North America and the rest of the world. With the rich history, numerous types and styles, and incredible appeal, tango dance remains one of the most popular dances in the entire world, according to

The daily schedule of events can be obtained at the locations of th events, or contacting Muna Swairjo or accessing the Festival website:, Facebook event details listed under Alegria Mini.