Participant Portfolios / Metropolitan Cities

Tango de Medellín

tango dance

Johanna Palacios and Edinson Vanegas grew up in the tango-dancing environment of the Manrique neighborhood in Medellín. They teach tango to people of all ages for entertainment and as an alternative activity to counteract the violence in the city.

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Tango de Medellín


  • Johanna Palacios Ruiz
  • Edinson Dario Vanegas Amaya

Tango de Medellín

Edinson Dario Vanegas Amaya and Johanna Palacios Ruiz strike their final pose of the festival.
Photo by Samantha Hawkins, Smithsonian Institution