Weekly Milongas are back!

Celebrate the revival this Thursday. Tango in Princeton with your friends. Engage in the physical and social activity of dancing – a magic tonic for stress relief, mood therapy, exercise and making friends – no prescription needed for this powerful medicine.

Read about the talent and fun that is lined up for March in the sections below. Also read about the new CDC guidelines. 

This year, March comes with 5 Thursdays. It will be packed with the best Tango talents from NYC, Philly and NJ.  We will have a Blue Moon Milonga celebration on the 5th Thursday.

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. EVENT LINK  . 7PM Lesson, 8:15 Milonga. Lesson $15, Milonga $15, Both $20. Dancers must have shown proof of full vaccination and wear a mask.

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. EVENT LINK . 7PM Lesson, 8:15 Milonga. Lesson $15, Milonga $15, Both $20. Dancers must have shown proof of full vaccination and wear a mask.

Meredith Klein with dance partner Andres Amarilla will host the milonga March 17th. Come celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day at this milonga. 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. EVENT LINK

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. EVENT LINK

Blue Moon Milonga on March 31st will celebrate the restarting of Tango in Princeton. Details of this celebration will be developed and announced later.

Update on Safety

The chart below shows the number of new cases daily (blue) and average number of cases per 100.000 people in New Jersey. There has been a remarkable reduction. In addition, the number of infections that lead to sever medical issues has been significantly reduced for persons who are fully vaccinated. And, the availability of antiviral medicines has also significantly reduced the number of significant medical symptoms after a Covid infection. All these positive developments, taken together, have improved the safety for indoor group events. The CDC’s current recommendations for our area no longer require masks for indoor group events. The CDC does recommend that all persons be vaccinated and boosted, and that person with weakened immune systems should wear a mask. VivaTango rents our dance floor from the Princeton Senior Resource Center (PSRC). The PSRC monitors the CDC’s guidelines, and sets the safety requirements for VivaTango’s milongas. The PSRC has noted the updated CDC recommendations and will be meeting on March 15th to discuss changing the requirements that our milongas need to meet. So, for the next two Thursdays, we will continue to with the policy that masks will be required for our milongas. Also, anyone who has not already shown us their proof of vaccination will need to show that on their first visit to a VivaTango event and sign a waiver. We hope to have a new policy later in March.

I hope you have enjoyed this newsletter. If you have any comments, suggestions, questions or just want to say hello you can reply to this email.

Dennis