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Art Beat With Lauren Landau, June 4

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Argentine dance duo Jeremías Massera and Mariela Barufaldi perform in Puro Tango 2.
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Argentine dance duo Jeremías Massera and Mariela Barufaldi perform in Puro Tango 2.

June 5-22: Puro Tango 2

The style of dance and music known as tango was born in Argentina and Uruguay, as were the singers and dancers in GALA Hispanic Theatre’s upcoming production of Puro Tango 2. Conceived and directed by Hugo Medrano, the musical revue focuses on the role of women in tango music, as muses, musicians and composers. The show opens tomorrow night and runs through June 22, and on June 11 and 18 you can stick around for a post-performance dance session.

June 4-8: West Side Story

Before West Side Story hit Broadway, the dance-heavy musical was staged right here in D.C. Now through Sunday, you can see the show on stage at The National Theatre, where it all began more than 50 years ago. The play tells the story of two star-crossed lovers who belong to rival gangs, the Jets and the Sharks. As the players dance and duke it out, you’ll hear classic songs such as “I Feel Pretty,” “Tonight” and “America.”

Music: “Tonight” by The Dave Brubeck Quartet

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