VivaTango Newsletter

VivaTango Newsletter October 21st

We see several new faces each week. The family is growing. There were 55 dancers at VivaTango last Thursday. The instructors, musicians, DJs and performers are thankful for all your support during these challenging times. If you haven’t danced at VivaTango yet, plan to come soon. Meredith Klein and Andres Amarilla return to Princeton this Thursday. They have a great lesson planned and will host the milonga. Plus, they will tell you about the live music byEmiliano Messiez and Leandro Ragusa that they have arranged for the following Thursday.

Meredith Klein and Andres Amarilla

This week Meredith and Andres’ lesson will be about Canyengue Ochos for the Dance Floor (a step from maestro Pocho Pizarro).

7 PM Lesson

8:15 PM Milonga

Lesson $15, Milonga $15, Both $20

Meredith and Andres are Instructors, performers and event organizers. They provide a wide scope of Argentine Tango dance and music events in the Philadelphia area, including the Philadelphia Tango Festival. They are well known in the international Tango community. They are looking forward to seeing all their friends at VivaTango Thursday.

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October 21st 7 PM to 11 PM

Meredith Klein and Andres Amarilla

Meredith and Andres are Instructors, performers and event organizers. They provide a wide scope of Argentine Tango dance and music events in the Philadelphia area, including the Philadelphia Tango Festival. They are well known in the international Tango community. They are looking forward to seeing all their friends at VivaTango Thursday.

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October 28th 7 PM to 11 PM

music by Emiliano Messiez and Leandro Ragusa

October’s grand finale features Live music by Emiliano Messiez and Leandro Ragusa.

Emiliano is the pianist for the hit Broadway and London show “Forever Tango”, a show that has been seen by more than 8 million people around the world. He has also served as the music director and pianist for the successful shows “Impact” and “Tango Buenos Aires”, and he is the creator of “Barolo Tango,” a live tango show based in Argentina.

Leandro, bandoneonist, is on tour from Buenos Aires. He performs at major tango festivals. Emiliano and Leandro will be presenting a new album release (as part of the quartet) in NYC on Wednesday, and will join us in Princeton on Thursday.

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For Your Safety

All dancers must have been vaccinated with their final shot at least two weeks before the event and are required to wear a mask covering the mouth and nose. Sanitation stations are provided, the dance floor is large, the ceiling is high, and the ventilation has been upgraded with high efficiency filters for your safety. Dancers are urged to bring their own water bottle. Dancers should not come if they are not feeling well, have been exposed to a person with Covid in the past 2 weeks, or are awaiting results for a Covid test. Attendance records are kept for each event so that contact tracing can be done if there.

See you on Thursday!

VivaTango

45 Stockton Street

Princeton, NJ

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All conditions are aligning to make October a great tango month. The weather has become cooler and drier. Princeton’s trees will put on their fall color show. The number of Covid cases is continuing to decline. VivaTango has great events lined up for the last 3 weeks of October The grand finale features Live music by Emiliano Messiez and Leandro Ragusa.

Emiliano is the pianist for the hit Broadway and London show “Forever Tango”, a show that has been seen by more than 8 million people around the world. He has also served as the music director and pianist for the successful shows “Impact” and “Tango Buenos Aires”, and he is the creator of “Barolo Tango,” a live tango show based in Argentina.

Leandro, bandoneonist, is on tour from Buenos Aires. He performs at major tango festivals. Emiliano and Leandro will be presenting a new album release (as part of the quartet) in NYC on Wednesday, and will join us in Princeton on Thursday.

October 14th

Pablo Garcia Gomez and Iwona Ionescu plus DimOn TangoDJ

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October 21st

Meredith Klein and Andres Amarilla

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October 28th

Live music by Emiliano Messiez and Leandro Ragusa

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9/30/2021

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This past Thursday the 42 dancers who braved the heavy rain and flash flood warnings were rewarded by a wonderful lesson by Pablo and Iwona, and  great tandas by Mayok (aka Urzsula). Thank you all for helping support the Tango activities in this area.

The forecast for next Thursday is mostly sunny and cool – perfect fall weather for Tango. So come this Thursday and catch up on your tango. There will be a special 4 hour milonga featuring Kerry Kay DJing. Kerry is the popular DJ in NJ, PA and NY who has DJed many successful milongas in Princeton.

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 Thursday September 30th

Kerry Kay DJ

Milonga 7 to 11 PM  $15

For Your Safety

All dancers must be vaccinated with their final shot at least two weeks before the event and are required to wear a mask covering the mouth and nose. Sanitation stations are provided, the dance floor is large, the ceiling is high, and the ventilation has been upgraded with high efficiency filters for your safety. Dancers are urged to bring their own water bottle. Dancers should not come if they are not feeling well, have been exposed to a person with Covid in the past 2 weeks, or are awaiting results for a Covid test. Attendance records are kept for each event so that contact tracing can be done if there.

See you on Thursday!

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45 Stockton Street, Princeton, NJ

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9/23/2021

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Are you ready for a spectacular night of tango passion? You will find it this week at VivaTango. The night begins with Unveiling the Secrets of Advanced Roundness and Flow in a lesson by Pablo and Iwona. Then the Beating Heart Milonga will arouse your emotions as DJ MayoKselects the tandas. See the details below of our guest DJ.

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 Thursday September 23rd

Pablo Garcia Gomez and Iwona Ionescu

 Iwona and Pablo will teach an advanced sequence with a focus on roundness and flow for beautiful and musical dancing. The lesson title is: Unveiling the secrets of advanced roundness and flow.

Pablo, who is originally from the suburbs of Buenos Aires, has studied tango with various master teachers in his home country and in the United States.

Iwona explored a few other forms of dance before taking up tango, which she has studied in depth. Pablo and Iwona teach the Argentine tango classes at Princeton Adult School and they teach regularly at Viva Tango in Princeton, where they are artists in residence.

MayoK aka Urszula joins us from DJing in Athens, Greece; Warsaw and Kielce, Poland and the Zen Tango Weekend in Allentown, PA. She fell in love with tango 17 years ago and has traveled the world in search of tango adventure. She has organized two Havana Tango Marathons in Cuba. MayoK says that “the musicians in Cuba give something that you can only feel through deep emotions, elusive”. She writes that “I would like to pass that feeling through my tandas & cortinas to the VivaTango dancing crowd”. She chooses and plays music like she is conducting a live orchestra to match the beating hearts of the dancers. Come experience the BEATING HEART MILONGA.

Lesson 7:00 PM

Milonga 8:15 PM

Lesson $15, Milonga $15, Both $20.

For Your Safety

All dancers must be vaccinated with their final shot at least two weeks before the event and are required to wear a mask covering the mouth and nose. Sanitation stations are provided, the dance floor is large, the ceiling is high, and the ventilation has been upgraded with high efficiency filters for your safety. Dancers are urged to bring their own water bottle. Dancers should not come if they are not feeling well, have been exposed to a person with Covid in the past 2 weeks, or are awaiting results for a Covid test. Attendance records are kept for each event so that contact tracing can be done if there.

See you on Thursday!

VivaTango.org

45 Stockton Street, Princeton, NJ

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9/16/2021

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Last week was perfect. The room was cool, Meredith and Andres’ lesson was wonderful, Andres DJed and his tandas made for a delightful milonga with lively Latin dance cortinas. The 42 dancers present had FUN. A ladies choice tanda was introduced during the milonga, and will be offered again in future milongas.

This week VivaTango will host our first touring guest tango artists, Gabriel Huracan Gaumond & Catrinel Iftode. They will teach and perform for VivaTango dancers.

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Thursday September 16th

Gabriel Huracan Gaumond & Catrinel Iftode will teach and perform this Thursday. This will be the first performance of our 2021 season. Their dance style has been characterized as romantic. They will teach Colgaditas in close embrace for the dance floor.

Gabriel Gaumond

Originally from Montreal, Gabriel taught and performed for over a decade throughout North America before settling in Washington DC, his current home. Gabriel fell in love with tango as soon as he learned how to take a side step.

He realized then, the infinite potential for creative expression available through this dance, and has dedicated his life ever since to mastering this skill and sharing it with others. Gabriel feels most fulfilled when he is teaching, helping his students reach their tango goals.

One of his favorite experiences is that of witnessing the look on a dancer’s face when they finally understand something in the dance that they had been struggling with. Gabriel is talented at troubleshooting steps and finding solutions to complex figures, regardless of whether their style or aesthetic fits his own.

He believes that tango is a language we speak with our bodies and he is particularly interested in exploring the subtleties of how this communication works. His favorite topics to teach are musical interpretation using the body as a medium for expression and the mechanics of connection.

Catrinel Iftode

Catrinel sees tango as an excellent tool for personal growth. She finds pleasure in noticing the ways in which her growth in tango has mirrored her inner journey of self-improvement and discovery. She has a lot of fun noticing the similarities between the way a person dances and their personality, as well as the parallels between the challenges in one’s growth in tango and in life. Through dedication and practice, dancing tango can be a much lighter and more fun way to gain insight on many of our personal struggles. Seen as an embodiment practice, tango can help remove many of the physical, mental and emotional blocks that stand in the way of full freedom of expression. Catrinel hopes that through her teaching and dancing she can help others to feel confident, empowered and comfortable in their own skin.

7:00 PM Lesson by Gabriel Huracan Gaumond & Catrinel from Washington DC. They will teach “Colgaditas in close embrace for the dance floor”.

8:15 PM Milonga DJed by Gabriel

Lesson $15, Milonga $15, Both $20

For Your Safety

All dancers must have been vaccinated with their final shot at least two weeks before the event and are required to wear a mask covering the mouth and nose. Sanitation stations are provided, the dance floor is large, the ceiling is high, and the ventilation has been upgraded with high efficiency filters for your safety. Dancers are urged to bring their own water bottle. Dancers should not come if they are not feeling well, have been exposed to a person with Covid in the past 2 weeks, or are awaiting results for a Covid test. Attendance records are kept for each event so that contact tracing can be done if there is a need.

See you on Thursday!

VivaTango

45 Stockton Street

Princeton, NJ

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9/8/21 – Tango survives Ida storm

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ARE YOU READY TO HAVE SOME FUN?

What a week! Last Thursday we had to cancel VivaTango’s event because of the unprescedented storm. Hurricane Ida did major damage in Louisiana, and then as usual moved northeast bringing rain and winds in the early morning hours of Thursday. The rainfall flooded many roads isolating Princeton. The flooding was still persisting at noon on Thursday. Also, there was a report that a tornado touched down in the area of our dance venue. We learned later that a tornado did pass over our venue building, but it did not touch down. However our dance floor building was closed Thursday and  the AC thermostat could not be adjusted  for our dancing. At noon the decision was made to cancel the event on Facebook. Facebook messages were sent to everyone who had indicated they were going or interested, emails were sent to all who are on our newsletter list and our web page was updated triggering an email to those of you who follow us on the www.VivaTango.org web page (just go to this web page and enter your email in the upper left corner where it says follow). We hope that our cancellation message reached all of you. We also hope you all were safe and were not affected by Ida’s rain and wind.

So it is time to have FUN this week. Meredith and Andres will be teaching “FUN turns with sacadas for the dance floor”.  No storms in the forecast, and cool weather has returned. See you Thursday.

7:00 PM Lesson by Meredith and Andres from Philadelphia Argentine Tango School

8:15 PM Milonga “FUN” with Andres Amarilla DJing

Lesson $15, Milonga $15, Both $20

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Thursday September 9th

Meredith Klein and Andres Amarilla

Meredith and Andres are Instructors, performers and event organizers. They provide a wide scope of Argentine Tango dance and music events in the Philadelphia area, including the Philadelphia Tango Festival. They are well known in the international Tango community. They are looking forward to seeing all their friends at VivaTango Thursday.

For Your Safety

All dancers must have been vaccinated with their final shot at least two weeks before the event and are required to wear a mask covering the mouth and nose. Sanitation stations are provided, the dance floor is large, the ceiling is high, and the ventilation has been upgraded with high efficiency filters for your safety. Dancers are urged to bring their own water bottle. Dancers should not come if they are not feeling well, have been exposed to a person with Covid in the past 2 weeks, or are awaiting results for a Covid test. Attendance records are kept for each event so that contact tracing can be done if there.

See you on Thursday!

VivaTango

45 Stockton Street

Princeton, NJ

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This Week at VivaTango

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Last Thursday’s magical milonga was enjoyed by 57 dancers. Live music was a pleasure to hear. Maurizio and Shinjoo played with great spirit and passion. Their performance matched the reputation of their tango musical careers. Tango DJ DimOn filled out the night with his carefully composed selection of tandas.

We thank all the dancers who turned out to support the live music and the tango community. We were happy to see some new faces again last week. If you have not come back to tango in Princeton yet we hope to see you this coming Thursday. We start the month of September with a wonderful event. Come enjoy the end of summer Tango.

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Thursday September 2nd

Iwona and Pablo will teach an advanced sequence with a focus on roundness and flow for beautiful and musical dancing. The lesson title is: Unveiling the secrets of advanced roundness and flow.

Pablo, who is originally from the suburbs of Buenos Aires, has studied tango with various master teachers in his home country and in the United States.

Iwona explored a few other forms of dance before taking up tango, which she has studied in depth. Pablo and Iwona teach the Argentine tango classes at Princeton Adult School and they teach regularly at Viva Tango in Princeton, where they are artists in residence.

Maria Aldrete joins us from Philadelphia. She is a popular DJ in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.  She will play tandas that will make for an enchanting evening.

For Your Safety

All dancers must have been vaccinated with their final shot at least two weeks before the event and are required to wear a mask covering the mouth and nose. Sanitation stations are provided, the dance floor is large, the ceiling is high, and the ventilation has been upgraded with high efficiency filters for your safety. Dancers are urged to bring their own water bottle. Dancers should not come if they are not feeling well, have been exposed to a person with Covid in the past 2 weeks, or are awaiting results for a Covid test. Attendance records are kept for each event so that contact tracing can be done if there.

See you on Thursday!

VivaTango

45 Stockton Street

Princeton, NJ

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This week at VivaTango

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Last Thursday was a magical milonga. No weather storms, the AC made for a cool milonga and Helen Wang did an exemplary job with the lesson and DJing. She danced with many of you, and said she wants to come back to dance with those who she could not dance with last Thursday. We received rave reviews of her tandas and quality of music.

Hurricane Henri put a real damper on this recent weekend’s milongas. Look forward to Thursday Tango at VivaTango. The weather forecast is for great weather. This Thursday is the last Thursday in August, and that means live Tango music. Our 4 hour milonga will run from 7 to 11 PM. Tango DJ DimOn will start with passionate tandas at 7 PM and live music will stat at 8 PM.

Our July live music with Peblo Giraudo and his musicians was proceeded by tornado warnings blasting from our phones and warnings of severe rain and road flooding. That night 52 dancers made it through the inclement conditions and we had a great milonga. This week, the weather will be perfect – come and enjoy the milonga with live music. Milonga starts at 7 PM. Cost $20.

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Maurizio Najt graduated at the Conservatorio Nacional de Música de Buenos Aires, Argentina. He has performed in Europe, South America, Far East and North America. He has performed at many prestigious venues including: Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Alice Tully Hall, and the Met Museum. He has performed with tango masters Raúl Jaurena, Daniel Binelli, Hector del Curto, Victor Lavallén, and Tito Castro. As a member of Forever Tango Orchestra, Luis Bravo’s Tony winning Broadway Production, he toured the US, Mexico, Japan and China; and a full season at the Kerr Theatre on Broadway.

Pianist, bandoneonist, and accordionist Shinjoo Cho is a co-founder of the Philadelphia-based Oscuro Quintet, formed in 2006 to perform tango and new music. She joined the all-women tango music and dance company Glamour Tango in 2014 and in 2016, she joined New York’s Astoria Tango Orchestra, directed by Daniel Binelli. She has collaborated with international music, dance, and film artists in multi-disciplinary projects as an improviser and an ensemble musician and performed in notable venues in the US, Canada, Korea, and Argentina. Shinjoo also performed as a solo pianist before the president of Argentina.

DimOn the TangoDJ always entertains VivaTango Dancers with wonderful Tandas. He is always in demand, and plays tandas with great appeal. His recordings are very high quality, and our new music system reproduces that quality. Come and compare his music quality with that of live music.

For Your Safety

All dancers must have been vaccinated with their final shot at least two weeks before the event and are required to wear a mask covering the mouth and nose. Sanitation stations are provided, the dance floor is large, the ceiling is high, and the ventilation has been upgraded with high efficiency filters for your safety. Dancers are urged to bring their own water bottle. Dancers should not come if they are not feeling well, have been exposed to a person with Covid in the past 2 weeks, or are awaiting results for a Covid test. Attendance records are kept for each event so that contact tracing can be done if there.

See you on Thursday!

VivaTango

45 Stockton Street

Princeton, NJ

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