June kicks off with the lovely and talented Eleonora Kalganova. There are 5 Thursdays in June so we have 5 great events planned for your dancing pleasure, and lessons for improvement. Look at the flyers and read the details about these events in this newsletter. Please come and support your tango community.
I had a perfect Tango recently, which made my week. So, what was it about this Tango that made it a perfect tango for me? It does not require two dancers that have all the tango skills mastered. I am not a perfect dancer and the follower I danced with had been dancing only one year. What made it perfect was the little things that are in our control. We had both taken great care to dress attractively. My cabaceo was acknowledged with a bright smile. We had a short conversation waiting for the tango music to begin and we wrapped up that conversation during the introductory phrases of the music. The embrace was close enough to feel the partners breathing, and after some dancing took place and the heart beat grew strong enough to also feel that through the embrace. Our attention was totally focused on the moment – neither of us was looking around to see who was there or watch their footwork. There was no discussion during the dancing. When our legs or feet bumped or our execution did not work out as envisioned, we recovered and Tangoed on, avoiding breaking the moment by saying the habitual “sorry”. Note that all these little things are under your personal control. Of course, it takes two to Tango, so you can only take responsibility for your own part. I share these thoughts with the hope that you will think about what are the little things that make a Tango perfect for yourself, and also with the hope that you will be aware in your next Tangos to notice these little things. I wish you many perfect Tangos. I would really like to hear from you about what makes a perfect Tango for you. Please respond and share your thoughts with me. Dennis
At VivaTango – You Will Dance!
Thursday June 1st Eleonora Kalganova and DimOn the TangoDJ will host a milonga. An all-levels class taught by Eleonora will precede the milonga. DimOn will play great tandas for your dancing pleasure.Lesson 7:00, Milonga 8:15. Lesson $15, Milonga $15, Both $20. EVENT LINK
Thursday June 8th Pablo Garcia Gomez & Iwona Ionescu who will teach a lesson on “The back sacada exchange: Comfortable back sacadas for leaders and followers”. Pablo and Iwona are the instructors for the Princeton Adult School Tango classes, and they are popular instructors at VivaTango and other tango events. MayoK the TangoDJ will play for the Milonga that will follow the lesson. All levels lesson starts at 7:00, Milonga at 8:15. Lesson $15, Milonga $15, Both $20. EVENT LINK
Thursday June 15th will feature aSpecial Guest Performer & Instructor from Buenos Aries. This guest will be introduced by Meredith Klein who will partner with the guest artist for the lesson and the performance. Don’t miss this special event. All levels lesson starts at 7:00, Milonga at 8:15, and Performance at 9:30. Lesson $15, Milonga & Performance$15, Both $20.
Thursday June 22nd will feature Eleonora Kalganova and guest DJ Harvey Schwartz. Eleonora is a spark of energy with a perky personality and expressive footwork. She will teach a lesson at 7:00 and host the milonga. Harvey Schwartz is our guest DJ. He joins us from Washington, DC. He has participated in many tango events in prestigious venues in North America, Europe, and Argentina. As a DJ, Harvey strives to understand the feelings of the dancers in order to generate shared moods and invite them to a better place.
Thursday June 29th will feature a Milonga with Live Music, Plus a special showing of historic videos of famous Tango Vocalists. Doctora Margarita, video DJ extraordinaire, will make her third appearance at VivaTango. She will bring her collection of historic videos and movies and knowledge of the lives of famous Tango musicians and their music. This week she will focus on vocalists. You will have the opportunity to dance to videos of historic vocalists. Then Claudio Morsella will play live music for your dancing pleasure. He will be accompanied by vocalist Melissa Wrolstad. Their last performance at VivaTango was a great success. During the milonga Doctora Margarita will play wonderful tandas, between the sets of live music, that capture the smoothness and emotion of Tango. Milonga starts at 7 PM. Cost $20.
OTHER TANGO EVENTS
Monday night Tango in Red Bank
Milonga Fernet in East Brunswick June 3 with Eleonora
Speakeasy Milonga in Patterson NJ June 24
We remind dancers that they should not come if they have any symptoms or have been exposed to people who have Covid.
We urge dancers to bring their water bottle from home to cut down on single use bottles. There is 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 to help keep you hydrated.
VivaTango is located at 45 Stockton Street, Princeton New Jersey. There is a well-lit, off-street parking lot at the venue. The large dance floor is in the smaller of the two buildings. The venue is easily accessed by rail from NYC and Philly. Just get a ticket to Princeton (not Princeton Junction. You get off the train at Princeton Junction and take the connecting shuttle train to Princeton.) The venue is 8 blocks from the Princeton Train Station with a lovely walk through the Princeton University Campus (0.8 mi.).
FREE EVENTS FOR VOLENTEERS
VivaTango continues to need help to make events run smoothly. Volunteering is a great way to get to know your fellow dancers. If interested contactSylvie
Thanks for dancing at VivaTango. If you have any comments, questions or suggestions please email me at Dennis