Spring has arrived! Along with the mild weather, the requirements for wearing masks have been relaxed. We have a lot to celebrate. Celebrate with your Tango friends this Thursday. Maurizio and Shinjoo will be playing live music for your dancing pleasure, and Svetlana will be DJing between sets.
Blue Moon Milonga on March 31st. Tango restarted in Princeton this March. The Blue Moon Milonga will complete March with a celebration. The milonga will feature Maurizio Najt playing piano and Shinjoo Cho playing the bandoneon. Four hours of dancing. The guest DJ this week is the popular Svetlana Howells. She will be playing a great mix of carefully arranged tandas and cleaver cortinas. EVENT LINK
April 7th MayoK, aka Urszula, our world traveling DJ has just left Marrakech in Morocco. She will appear at VivaTango to host the first milonga in April.Pablo Garcia Gomez and Iwona Ionescu will teach a lesson before the milonga. Lesson starts at 7:00 and milonga starts at 8:15. Lesson $15, Milonga $15, Both $20. All dancers must show proof of full vaccination on first visit. Masks are recommended, but are optional. EVENT LINK
April 14th Meredith Klein with dance partner Andres Amarilla will host the milonga and teach a lesson. Lesson starts at 7:00 and milonga starts at 8:15. Lesson $15, Milonga $15, Both $20. All dancers must show proof of full vaccination on first visit. Masks are recommended, but are optional.EVENT LINK
April 21st Will feature a Performance by Helen Wang and James Archambault. They will also teach a lesson and host a milonga. Lesson starts at 7:00, milonga starts at 8:15 and performance at 10:00. Lesson $15, Milonga $15, Both $20. All dancers must show proof of full vaccination on first visit. Masks are recommended, but are optional. EVENT LINK
April 28th Live Music Milonga will feature the Yasmina Rais Trio. This outstanding instrumental tango trio emerged in the city of Buenos Aires in early 2018. They are on their North American Tour and this will be their first time performing at VivaTango. Their sound incorporates modern sounds with harmony and tempo changes, and with dynamics of great character. The three instruments play equal roles, thus exploiting the technical and expressive possibilities of each one of the instrumentalists. Meredith Klein and Andres Amarilla will host the milonga and DJ between sets of live music. The Philadelphia Argentine Tango School is bringing the trio to the area, and offering these additional events: Friday, April 29: “Charla” (Chat) with the band & Potluck Dinner; and Saturday, April 30: Concert + Live Music Milonga Qilombo with DJ Craig Herrington. Lesson starts at 7:00 and milonga starts at 8:15. Lesson $15, Milonga $15, Both $20. All dancers must show proof of full vaccination on first visit. Masks are recommended, but are optional. EVENT LINK
NEW MASK POLICY
Mask wearing is now optional. Each dancer can decide what is best for their safety. VivaTango wants to assure everyone that we are still working to create a safe environment to dance. Everyone is still required to show proof of full vaccination on their first visit, and to fill out a short health questionnaire each time they check in. There will be sanitation stations, the superb ventilation system and no open food.
Tango tradition has a wonderful etiquette that unites race, religion, political differences. Dancers should feel comfortable wearing a mask. In the true spirit of Tango traditions eye contact plus a cabeceo seals a contract to dance a tanda. In the spirit of Tango etiquette, the right thing to do is if one of the partners is wearing a mask, the other should be prepared to wear a mask also. So, if you choose not to wear a mask you should have one handy in case the partner of your choice is wearing one.
OTHER SPECIAL EVENTS IN THE AREA
Milonga at Moulin Rouge – April 1st
The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia is holding a Moulin Rouge event. As part of this there will be a milonga and beginner classes organized by Meredith Klein. Tickets are $40 in advance and $45 at the door. Registration is at: https://www.fi.edu/.
Philadelphia Tango Festival – June 2-5
More information and registration at https://www.philadelphiatangofestival.com/
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