In this week’s newsletter we begin the countdown to the kickoff of Tango dancing in Princeton again. We will also explore the impact of Covid for the past two years on beginner Tango classes. Keep reading.
MILONGAS START- TWO WEEKS FROM TODAY
Milongas Resume March 3rd at VivaTango in Princeton. March will be packed with the best Tango talents from NYC, Philly and NJ. And as a March bonus, there is a 5th Thursday when we will host a Blue Moon Milonga celebration.
Helen Wang will headline the first milonga on March 3rd. Helen, always lovely, always smiling will be instructing a lesson, DJing the milonga and dancing with you during the milonga. The original plan for February was for her to celebrate the Chinese New Year at the milonga. Covid got in the way of that plan, but every time Helen is hosting a milonga, it’s a celebration! Celebrate on March 3rd with Helen and your VivaTango Friends. Lesson starts 7:00, Milonga starts 8:15. Lesson $15, Milonga $15, Both $20.
Jon Tariq will host the March 10th Milonga. Jon’s talents span the entire spectrum of Argentine Tango skills. Argentine Tango Instructor, Performer, Choreographer, DJ and more. Jon is one of the most sought-after instructors in NYC. Jon’s progressive and fun approach to teaching inspires students of all levels. His mission is to pass on the in-depth knowledge he has acquired from his many great teachers, contribute to the growth of the tango community and help preserve the traditions of Argentine Tango. Lesson starts 7:00, Milonga starts 8:15. Lesson $15, Milonga $15, Both $20.
Meredith Klein with dance partner Andres Amarilla will host the milonga on March 17th. Celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day at this milonga with Meredith and Andres. They are instructors, performers and event organizers who host a wide variety of Tango dance and music events in the Philadelphia area. This year, their well know Philadelphia Tango Festival will be held June 2-5, 2022. They are well known in the international Tango community, and they are looking forward to seeing all their friends at VivaTango Thursday March 17th. Lesson starts 7:00, Milonga starts 8:15. Lesson $15, Milonga $15, Both $20.
Pablo Garcia Gomez and Iwona Ionescu will be the featured instructors at the March 24th VivaTango event. 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.
Blue Moon Milonga on March 31st
We will celebrate the restarting of Tango in Princeton with a special milonga. Details of this celebration will be developed and announced later.
BEGINNER TANGO LESSONS MISSED FOR PAST TWO YEARS
Tango has been the fasting growing dance over the past decade. The Tango world has been particularly hard hit by Covid. Those instructors who taught full time were particularly hard hit. The growth of tango that existed through 2019 was a result of a demand for beginner Tango lessons, and these instructors. This supply line of new Tango dancers vanished for much of two full years. It is just now beginning to ramp up again. Pablo Garcia Gomez andIwona Ionescu will be teaching a beginner Tango class here on the dance floor used by VivaTango on Tuesdays from March 15th to April 19th. The classes are hosted by the Princeton Adult School. In these classes, participants will learn the fundamentals of Argentine Tango, the way it is danced, and its social significance in Argentina and around the world. Students will also explore the history of Tango and its various musical forms. Class size is limited and there are just a few spots available so register soon.
Also the Philadelphia Argentine Tango School has ongoing beginner Tango classes, and will be starting a 4 week absolute beginner class starting on March 3rd. Check that class out here:
The CDC recommends that everyone who is eligible stay up to date on their COVID-19 vaccines, and everyone should properly wear a well-fitting mask indoors in public in areas of substantial or high community transmission. VivaTango’s rental of the dance floor requires that we continue to follow this CDC guidance. As the chart below shows, the level of transmission of new cases has been falling substantially, it still is not at the levels where we were able to dance with masks being optional. So, for our kickoff, we will continue to require proof of full vaccination and the wearing of masks. For the 185 dancers that have already shown their proof of vaccination at a previous VivaTango event, they will not need to show that again. Other dancers just need to show their proof of vaccination on their first visit. These requirements guard your safety at our events. We look forward to the day we can go back to masks being optional.