This Week's Nonprofit Spotlight is Quintango

What is Quintango?quintango

With Joan Singer as the Alexandria ensemble's leader and Jennifer Rickard, Phil Hosford, Libby Blatt, and Kerry Van Laanen backing her up, Quintango has spread harmonious music to every corner of the world like the White House, Kennedy Center and Buenos Aires and France. But it is Quintango's charitable contributions, that make it extraordinary as it teaches tango to Alexandria schools and at-risk youth through its many workshops.

Quintango's Mission

As a nonprofit organization, Quintange aspires to reveal the hidden lure of tango to children and adults everywhere.

Quintango Program Highlights

  • Educational Activities: Quintango has taught many Alexandria elementary and middle schools through demonstrations on the history of tango, tango music, dance workshops and exhibits that show how tango was shaped by immigrants.
  • Concerts: Quintango puts together both formal and family oriented concerts that range from pieces constructed by tango composing legends, Piazolla and Gardel, pieces that incorporate skilled dancers and shorter concerts that educate a multi-generational or even bilingual audience.

How You Can Get Involved With Quintango

  • Donate: As a non-profit organization, Quintango needs all gifts possible in order for it to continue educating the citizens of Alexandria about tango and inspiring people everywhere to further their artistic endeavors.


QuinTango's mission is actually broader than turning people on to the joys of tango.  Our concerts and educational activities are politically neutral spaces where everyone - regardless of income, nationality, language skills, or age -  can share a high quality, engaging musical experience.  We have played at the White House and Mount Vernon Communnity School - the exact same repertoire - with equally enthusiastic responses from high level international diplomats and K-5!   Our residencies in Alexandria public schools and recreation centers have provided students with great teachers from Brazil, Argentina, the USA, teachers who are themselves highly acclaimed professionals who can excite students with their performance skills.   These students perform with QuinTango on stage - and experience first hand the excitement of performance. QuinTango seeks to engage - and Tango is the perfect vehicle.  It is an art form that requires commitment, focus, skill.  In the end what students learn from QuinTango is much more than a tango step - they develop important life skills which will help them academically, socially, and eventually in their work.  In an era of high drop out rates, an arts group (orchestra, dance, etc) can be the activity that keeps a student engaged enough to graduate.  Our goal is engagement.  Our means to reaching it is Tango.Our annual fundraiser to support our ACPS outreach will take place Sunday, October 28 from 4-8 PM at Alexandria's  Carlyle Club, 411 John Carlyle Drive, Alexandria 22314 --  QuinTango Cabaret with guest singer Chris Vasquez, dancers, and Argentine bandoneonist Emmanuel Trifilio.  Dance lessons by Carina Losano. Spend a fabulous afternoon in Buenos Aires with us -  and help us bring more arts education to ACPS students.  Tickets at (put QuinTango in the search bar).  

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