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A Lyrical Weekend of dancing
Argentine Tango in Washington DC

Appreciations and Gratitudes

Jay Abling, Bruno Afonso, Aja Fenn, Sridhar Hannenhalli, Rick Kim, Marina Krivoshlykova, Jose Ortiz, Ramu Pyreddy, Megan Singh, and many others.



YouthAids is an HIV/AIDS education and prevention initiative of PSI that targets youth between the ages of 15-24 with a positive upbeat messages that promote healthy behavior. YouthAIDS uses media, pop culture, music, theater and sports to reach 600 million young people in over 60 countries with life-saving messages, products, services and care. To this aim, we have donated money directly to support this charity.


All CO2 emissions for the festival including travel for visiting teachers and djs, electricity used for the venues and travel for participants locally based upon an average distance for attending all events has been offset using Native Energy for a total of 41 metric tons. With admin items and food and drink usage used for organizing the festival, effort has been made to use recycled or eco-friendly alternatives. Also, for all provided fruit snacks effort has been made to use organic quality products.

Rain Forest Trust, formally World Land Trust (WLT), is an international conservation organization that takes direct action to save rainforest and other biologically important lands by buying it, acre by acre. The wilderness areas they buy are protected indefinitely as private reserves owned and managed by local organizations for the benefit of both wildlife and people. To this aim we have made a donation equal in amount to purchasing 2.5 acres of Rain Forest land with Rain Forest Trust .


Tangosutra held annually the last weekend in October started in 2005 with an overall weekend attendance of 250 people and was the second annual festival in the DC Metro area. In 2005, Tangosutra was the first tango festival to have only female djs. In 2006, it was the first environmental friendly tango festival in the world. In 2007, it became the first sustainable Tango festival with an overall weekend attendance of 325. In 2008, lesson registration reached full capacity a month in advance of the festival. In 2009, a second track of classes was added and full capacity was still reached. In 2010, a third track of dance classes was added, and it became the first tango festival in the world to devote a track of classes for musicians to learn to play live tango music for social dancing. In 2011, the festival featured a stellar line-up of all locally grown, 100% organic DJs. In 2012, Tangosutra survived Hurricane Sandy.