February concludes with an amazing two-part event on February 23rd. Doctora Margarita will be your tour guide on a virtual tour to Buenos Aires that will include time-travel to a milonga in Buenos Aires in 1930 and you will dance to videos of live music by the Carlos Di Sarli, Juan D’Arienzo, Anibal Troilo and Osvaldo Pugliese orchestras. This will be followed by a milonga with live music by Maurizio and Melissa right here in Princeton. More details below.
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Would you like to dance in the historic Tango dance halls of the 1930s to the live music of the orchestras of Carlos Di Sarli, Juan D’Arienzo, Anibal Troilo and Osvaldo Pugliese? Doctora Margarita aka Meg Farrell, VJ extraordinaire, will transport you, via her collection of historic videos from this era, projected on the big screen. With the lights turned down low, and with a little imagination, you will be teleported in time and space to this era. Meg will share her knowledge of the interesting personalities and back stories of these orchestras. Learn what differentiates the music of these orchestras and why they are still the main Tangos played at modern day milongas. This all takes place from 7:00 to 8:15 PM. The event continues with live music from Maurizio and Merisa. Cost for this video experience and the milonga with live music is $20.
Thursday February 23rd Milonga with Live Music by Maurizio Najt and Melisa Atoyan. The milonga will be preceded by dancing with the great Tango orchestras presented by Doctora Margarita aka Meg Farrell. Meg will bring the great Tango orchestras to our dance floor via video and share interesting back stories about them and then you will dance to their original music. Meg will also DJ between live music sets during the milonga. Cost $20. Doors open at 7 PM. Tango to the great orchestras from 7:00 to 8:15. Milonga with live music begins at 8:15.
Thursday March 2 Maria Elena Ybarra and Hoi-Shan Leung will host a milonga preceded by a lesson, plus they will do a performance. The lesson is on two styles of milonga dancing, Lisa and Traspié. Maria Elena, originally from Argentina, is a professional Tango dancer, teacher and choreographer based in NYC. As an instructor Maria Elena engages with Tango dancers effectively providing clear instructions and demonstrations of the art of Tango dancing. Her technique comes from having studied traditional Tango for more than twenty years. Hoi-Shan is the Salon Champion of the 2018 Hong Kong Tango Championships. She also teaches at Columbia University and has taught in Seoul and Hong Kong. Lesson starts at 7:00, Milonga at 8:15 and Performance about 9:30. Lesson $15, Milonga $15, Both $20.
OTHER TANGO EVENTS
Monday night Tango in Red Bank
Speakeasy Milonga February 25th
We 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.
We urge dancers to bring their water bottle from home to cut down on single use bottles. There is also a chilled water fountain next to the bathroom to refill your water bottles with chilled water and a cold/hot water dispenser in the entry way to help keep you hydrated.
VivaTango is located at 45 Stockton Street, Princeton New Jersey. We have an off-street parking lot at the venue. The dance floor is in the smaller of the two buildings. We are also easily accessed by rail from NYC or Philly. Just get a ticket to Princeton (not Princeton Junction). You get off the train at Princeton Junction and take a shuttle train to Princeton. The venue is 8 blocks from the Princeton Train Station (0.8 mi.).
FREE EVENTS FOR VOLENTEERS
VivaTango continues to need help at the end of events to store chairs, tables, lights, and sound system. This task requires staying about 30 minutes after the end. You will be part of a team of 3 persons. This is a great way to get to know some of your fellow dancers. If interested contact Sylvie
Thanks for dancing at VivaTango. If you have any comments, questions or suggestions please email me at Dennis