Connecting through Music, Dance, Food and Storytelling in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.

You are invited to four days of events Jan. 9 – 12 that offer the most ancient and pleasurable ways that human beings connect.

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The main concert in the Angela Peralta theater is Quintango, a sizzling prize-winning orchestra. Quintango has performed in large venues – Kennedy Center, Kravis Center (Palm Beach), Lincoln Center Plaza, Gaillard Auditorium (Charleston, SC), and Stanford’s Dinkelspiel Auditorium in Palo Alto; in historic venues – The White House (State dinner), etc. See more at


Alicia Rappaport will be singing with Quintango, adding her incredibly passionate and expressive style to this consummate performance. 

“Alicia owns the genre. Her voice is beyond compare in any setting, but when she sings Tango, the art form she grew up with…she transport the audience beyond their wildest expectations.

Graeme Russell, Theatre Manager Her Majesty’s Ballarat, Australia
Alicia Rappaport

David Mendoza will play a concert at the beautiful Dos Buhos winery. David’s music includes his own beautiful compositions, as well as others. His music is evocative and you may need kleenex for tears.

“Music is an eternal meditation, a profound healing space in which dreams can be born that will create a better reality.”

David Mendoza
David Mendoza

Dance teacher Victor Rua will be coming from Buenos Aires Argentina to teach tango and also Argentine Folklore, folk dancing. Tango is the ultimate dance of connection, both inwardly as a meditation and outwardly as an art.

If you are intimidated by tango, feel heartened that folklore is easy to learn and a joy to dance.

An afternoon of delicious Middle Eastern food by Bocada del Cielo, to be enjoyed with Belibeya dance company performing Tribal Style Bellydance, a style of Middle Eastern Dance that celebrates the power and beauty of women in a group improvisational dance based on a shared vocabulary of moves, formations, and cues. 

Belibeya Tribal Bellydance

An exciting cooking class showing traditional Mexican cooking methods will provide an excellent meal. We may be entertained by an Escaramuza, the rare horsemanship by women in the “charreadas”, equestrian team movement done in perfect timing to music. The women share hours of practice to attune themselves and their horses.

Lectures and talks will be offered by:

Mary Lou Ridinger, a fascinating woman of renown, is an archeologist  and business owner of Jade Maya in Guatemala. She will be presenting her talk  Its a Small World.. After All,  Exploring Our Connectivity in Today’s World.

Mary Lou Ridinger

Victor Rua, teacher educated in traditional tango, folklore, and in Therapeutic Dance. Victor will talk  about Tango as a Complete Culture. This includes the fascinating history, and influence of immigration, the rise of Lunfardo (slang originated in BsAs city), and the construction of Identity.

Victor Rua

Carol Sawyer Lotspeich is a Biologist specializing in the ecology of living things. On my walks with Carol around San Miguel I am always impressed by her knowledge of every kind of plant and living system. Carol will be presenting her talk The Genealogy of Plants and Humans: When did a Tree become Me?

Special Guest is coming from Italy to visit her beloved San Miguel de Allende and give us a concert! Enjoy an evening along with singer/songwriter Hiliry Harvey as she sings songs spanning forty years, some of which were written in and for San Miguel, her touchstone and probably yours as well.

Our Welcome Party will kick off the festival with wonderful appetizers, drinks, mariachis, and a surprise performance.

Price for the entire Festival will be $260 dollars or 4, 900 pesos. Half price day is November 8! You get 50% off the entire fee if you register in full on Nov. 8 by cash, deposit into my American bank account, or Paypal. Or you can pay per event if there are tickets left for the event.

Schedule for Jan 9, Thursday: 5:30 PM Welcome Party at the Rooftop of the 5 de Mayo house in San Miguel de Allende. ( Address disclosed after your registration) Mariachis, delicious appetizers by caterer Delani Gianna, drinks of wine, beer, or sodas, and a surprise performance by actress Edna Orenday. Delani will talk on : A Brief History of How Cooking Connected Humanity.
In this presentation local San Miguel de Allende chef Delani Gianna Caravelli will be discussing how the invention of cooking evolved humankind. Scientists theorize that learning to cook was what caused humanity to form the beginning constructs of culture, language, society, cuisine and the origins of complex human connections. We will travel through the ages to how the lack of cooking in present society creates division between us, and how preserving the art of cooking can help save the world.

Jan. 10, Friday:

JAN 10: Talks by professionals of the Festival: thoughts on how we are connected on biological, cultural, and social levels. No charge to registrants of the entire festival, 100 pesos separate.

10:00 AM  It’s a Small World.. After All, Exploring Our Connectivity in Today’s World A talk by Mary Lou Ridinger, Archeologist, owner of Jade Maya in Guatemala, discovery of Mayan jade quarry sites lost since the time of the Spanish Conquest in the Americas.

11:00 AM The Genealogy of Plants and Humans: When did a Tree become Me? a talk by Carol Sawyer Lotspeich, a Biologist specializing in ecology and the connection between living organisms. Carol has lived part time in San Miguel since the 1960’s, and also has a home in North Carolina.

Jan 10;12:00 noon: Opportunity for participants to tell a story of no more than five minutes, the theme being Human Connection. Please reserve your spot for this when you register, if possible, so we can be prepared.

12:30 to 3 PM: Culinary Art of Mexico Cooking Class with celebrity chef  Kirsten West – The Culinary Explorer in Mexico. Learn more than you thought possible about the foods of Mexico and enjoy a delicious lunch. Kirsten cooks with actor Bruno Bichir in his wonderful show about eating out in San Miguel de Allende. Look at the closing interview in the show. . 1200 pesos or $60 USD, 12 person limit, first come, first served.

4:30-5:30 PM: The Creation of A Culture: A dissertation by visiting teacher Victor Rua about the History of Tango, the influence of Immigration, the rise of Lunfardo ( slang originating in BA) and the Creation of identity. Victor travels extensively to teach tango, teaching the culture as a foundation. At the Shelter Theater, 100 pesos or $5 USD

7 PM: A HIGHLIGHT EVENT !!: QUINTANGO and Alicia Rappoport in concert at El Teatro Angela Peralta: Dress however you like, but bring tissues; the emotion and drama of these extraordinary musicians and singer will move you, perhaps to tears. It will be unforgettable. Tickets for sale from 300 to 800 pesos or $16-32 USD, at the Angela Peralta Theater beginning Dec. 1 or through Christina Johnson,

Saturday Jan.11

SATURDAY  JAN. 11: 9:30 to 10:45 AM at Pure Fitness Studio

Argentine Tango class with Victor: Body consciousness, feeling my body in relation to my partner, Use of the dance space and moving as One. For ALL levels.

11:30 to 12:45: Victor’s class, Different styles of walking with the music. Recognize the moments and phrases. Pauses and halts. Dance with the music, choose your musical time and realize we are also dancing when we are not moving. For ALL Levels.

3:00- 4:30 PM: Victor’s class: Play and improvisation exercises to develop creativity in the dance. Porteño steps used in milongas. Acquire more elements for your dance; develop feelings, energies, and connection for every step. For experienced tango dancers.

6-7:30 PM: A milonguita on the rooftop overlooking San Miguel. DJ Ezequiel Eli Agreda Peinado. Bring your own wine! Mineral water and soda will be available. Make your own pizza in the wood- fired pizza oven! The ingredients will be there.

7:30 to 8:30PM A Stellar and Lunar Concert with musican Javier Estrada. Join us on the rooftop for a concert under the full moon, by the fire pit, listening to Javier’s enchanting gypsy music with acoustic guitar. Bring your own wine or beverage of choice. Wine will be for sale and sodas will be on hand.

Sunday Jan. 12: 10 AM to12 noon: Argentine Folk Dance with Victor Even if you consider yourself “not” a dancer, you will enjoy learning one of Argentina’s most well known and “flirty” folk dances. It is easy and lots of fun! Victor will talk about the regions, history, indigenous groups and influences that generated all these dances. Women will enjoy wearing a folksy kind of skirt to toss around, if you have one. At 8-12B Prolongacion de Cinco de Mayo street. Paper flowers around the door.

12:30 to 2:30 PM: Connection to Belibeya dance company performing Tribal Style Bellydance !! Includes a fabulous organic Middle Eastern meal. Enjoy the gorgeous multi-colored costumes each dancer makes herself. It won’t take long to see how this dance is such a prime example of human connection. Delicious Middle Eastern meal is included and provided by Bocada del Cielo.

KEY EVENT at 5:00 PM: TWO concerts at the Dos Buhos winery! The Closing of the One Heart Festival! 

5 to 6:30 PM David Mendoza. David’s music takes one on an inner journey of beauty and feeling. He is a brilliant violinist, pianist, percussionist and composer, and should not be missed.

7 to 8 PM Quintango Orchestra plays tango music for our short milonga dancing! Your heart will delight with this award-winning group of great musicians. Tango folks should note there will be an excellent bandoneon musician! A wine tasting of three wines will be served with cheese, but NOT until 6:30 PM so that there can be silence during David’s concert. Wine by the glass will be for sale. Delicious Paella with a vegetarian option will be served, the tasting and paella are part of the ticket price. The ticket sold is for BOTH concerts, it is not an option to come to just one. Please be seated before 5:00 PM. You may leave early from the concerts if you wish, but please, do not enter after 5:00 PM. 1500.00 pesos or $78 USD. DISCOUNT for tango dancers: for couples 2,000 pesos and for dancers who are visiting from out of town 1,200 pesos apiece.

FOR INFORMATION AND PRICES: See: www.visionarypower.comemail:, phone 154-9085    NOV. 8 IS 50% DISCOUNT registration day!


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For immediate questions, email Christina Johnson at