VivaTango Newsletter – May Events  

Pablo Garcia Gomez and Iwona Ionescu will be the featured instructors and DimOn the Tango DJ will host the Milonga at the May 12th VivaTango event. The lesson this week is titled “Subtleties in the embrace for maximum use of a small or bigger space”. 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. DimOn the TangoDJ will turn the milonga into a celebration of Spring. 7PM Lesson, 8:15 Milonga. Lesson $15, Milonga $15, Both $20. Dancers must have shown proof of full vaccination on their first visit. Masks are encouraged, but optional. EVENT LINK

Meredith Klein with dance partner Andres Amarilla will host the milonga May 19thMeredith 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: 7PM Lesson, 8:15 Milonga. Lesson $15, Milonga $15, Both $20. Dancers must show proof of full vaccination on their first visit. Masks are encouraged, but optional. EVENT LINK

Live music by Emiliano Messiez and Leandro Ragusa on May 26th, Plus DJ Kerry Kay.

Emiliano was 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 performing at the Philadelphia Tango Festival (as members of the Orquesta Tipica Messiez) on Sunday June 5th. They also released (as part of the quartet) a new album of Tango music this past October, just before their last performance at VivaTango. Kerry Kay will DJ this milonga as well as the June 5th milonga with Orquesta Tipica Messiez at the Philadelphia Tango Festival.

Milonga starts at 7:00. Cost $25. All dancers must show proof of full vaccination on their first visit. Masks are recommended, but are optional. EVENT LINK

VivaTango’s Thursday Tango will not have an event on Thursday June 2nd. That is the start of the fantastic Philadelphia Tango Festival, with milongas every night with live music and many interesting events featuring amazing international talent during the days.

Philadelphia Tango Festival – June 2-5

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Our events require showing proof of full vaccination. You only have to do this on your first visit. Full vaccination requires getting boosters. We also weekly remind dancers that they should not come if they have any symptoms or have been exposed to people who have Covid. Masks are recommended, but optional. This update is being written to encourage dancers to feel comfortable wearing a mask at our events.

Tango’s cabeceo tradition is that eye contact plus a nod of the head 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.

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