Great Milongas Are Planned for You
April’s remaining milongas are described below. Keep reading and learn about the world class tango that will take place in Philadelphia and Princeton.
April 14th Meredith Klein with dance partner Andres Amarilla will host the milonga and teach a lesson. The lesson will be on “Fun Steps for Milonga”. Lesson starts at 7:00 and milonga starts at 8:15. Lesson $15, Milonga $15, Both $20. Masks are recommended, but are optional
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.
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
PHILADELPHIA AND PRINCETON TO HOST TANGO STARS
Philadelphia is a gateway for the tango greats of the world to enter the United States. Meredith Klein is the key to making this happen through her established network of connections in the international tango community, her creativity and hard work. Meredith keeps a steady flow of Tango instructors and musicians coming through Philadelphia. Her events feature the best in established and new instructors, and she also hosts an incredible program of live and virtual concerts. These events peak in the week of her annual Philadelphia Tango Festival. Meredith is enabled by Larisa Tenberg who is a lawyer with skill in navigating the onerous visa and immigration issues that face Tango professionals here in the US and Argentina. The changing covid rules have complicated what was already a difficult process for entering the United States to teach and perform. Larisa has successfully managed to get visas for the key instructors and performers for this year’s Philadelphia Tango Festival. Larisa is also a tango dancer and has danced here in Princeton in previous years. VivaTango is fortunate to share in the talent that comes to Philadelphia. Some of these musicians, performers and instructors join us in Princeton. This gives tango dancers from NJ a chance to see these stars, and also for some dancers to see the stars twice – once in Philly and once in Princeton. Princeton is one hour from NYC by train, so dancers from NYC can also benefit. These extra performances that results from this sharing also help with the heavy costs of bringing the international stars to the United States. The upcoming April 28th VivaTango event featuring the Yasmina Rais Trio has been made possible by Meredith’s hosting of this group. Be sure to come to dance to the live music of this group.
PS: Here is Larisa’s website if any of you are looking for a lawyer for immigration and visa issues: https://tenberglaw.com/.
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.
Philadelphia Tango Festival – June 2-5
More information and registration at https://www.philadelphiatangofestival.com/
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