VivaTango Newsletter

VivaTango hosts weekly milongas for you dancing pleasure. Plus lessons to add new elements to your Tango vocabulary and live music. June offers two live music events.

June 16th will feature live music by Juan Villarreal and Patricio Crom who are touring the United States for the first time. Juan and Patricio have toured South America and Europe. This will be their first North American tour. Juan Villarreal is a singer, guitarist and composer; and Patricio Crom is an arranger, composer, and guitarist. They have released four albums. Dancers must be fully vaccinated. EVENT LINK

June 23rd will feature Helen Wang hosting the milonga and lesson at VivaTango.Lesson starts 7 PM followed by the milonga at 8:15. Lesson $15, Milonga $15 or Both $20. Dancers must be fully vaccinated. EVENT LINK

June 30th Is VivaTango’s traditional end of the month live music. Musicians will be announced shortly. Our world traveling DJ MayoK aka Urszula will be DJing between live music sets.

SAFETY

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.

I hope you have enjoyed this newsletter. If you have any comments, suggestions, questions or just want to say hello you can reply to this email.

Dennis

VivaTango Newsletter – June 9th

VivaTango resumes Thursday June 9th with weekly milongas. High lights for June events follow:

June 9th will feature a milonga hosted by DJ Oz. This will be Oz’s DJ debut at VivaTango, but many of you have already danced to his DJing in NYC and Philly. The evening will also feature a lesson taught by Pablo Garcia Gomez and Iwona Ionescu. Pablo and Iwona’s lesson will begin a new series called prolific moments in tango. This series is aimed at helping dancers increase creativity on the dance floor.Lesson starts 7 PM followed by milonga at 8:15. Lesson $15, Milonga $15 or Both $20. Dancers must be fully vaccinated. EVENT LINK

June 16th will feature live music by Juan Villarreal and Patricio Crom who are touring the United States for the first time. Juan and Patricio have toured South America and Europe. This will be their first North American tour. Juan Villarreal is a singer, guitarist and composer; and Patricio Crom is an arranger, composer, and guitarist. They have released four albums. Dancers must be fully vaccinated. EVENT LINK

June 23rd will feature Helen Wang hosting the milonga and lesson at VivaTango.Lesson starts 7 PM followed by milonga at 8:15. Lesson $15, Milonga $15 or Both $20. Dancers must be fully vaccinated. EVENT LINK

June 30th Is VivaTango’s traditional end of the month live music. Event details at TBD. Our world traveling DJ MayoK aka Urszula will be DJing between live music sets.

VivaTango Newsletter – May 26th   

May will close out with live music by prestigious musicians this Thursday. Plan your Tango week around this Thursday event. Read about the musicians’ accomplishments below, and then read on to see the event highlights for June.

Live music by Emiliano Messiez and Leandro Ragusa on May 26th, Plus DJ Kerry Kay will play tandas between live sets.

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 and live music starts at 8:30. Cost $25. All dancers must show proof of full vaccination on their first visit. Masks are recommended, but are optional. EVENT LINK

June Events Preview!

June will feature two live music events plus great DJs and Lessons

June 2nd, The Phalidelphia Tango Festival kicks off. There will not be an event at VivaTango on that night. We hope many of you will attend the festival.

June 9th will feature a milonga hosted by DJ Ozgur. This will be Oz’s DJ debut at VivaTango, but many of you have already danced to his DJing in NYC and Philly. The evening will also feature a lesson taught by Iwona and Pablo.

June 16th will feature live music by Juan Villarreal and Patricio Crom who will be featured musicians at the Philadelphia Tango Festival.

June 23rd will feature Helen Wang hosting the milonga and lesson at VivaTango.

June 30th Is VivaTango’s traditional end of the month live music. Musician details TBD. Our world traveling DJ MayoK aka Urszula will be DJing between live music sets.

News Flash

Ricardo Stella died this past week in Buenos Aires. Ricardo danced at VivaTango for many years and at Black Cat Tango before that. He was an important part of the Tango spirit in Princeton for the past two decades, and is known to many of you. The VivaTango Tango Family will miss Ricardo. There will be a local memorial service at a date TBD. Ricardo was 85 years old. I expect to have more information to share at our May 26th event.

 VivaTango Newsletter – May 26th

Live Music this Thursday

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

What Goes on Thursday’s at VivaTango?

I returned from Florida and was at VivaTango for the first time in 6 months. I was pleased with what I saw. There was a nice sized turnout for the lesson. The dancers from the lesson were joined by a good number of additional dancers for the milonga. There were always more dancers on the dance floor than in the chairs. Leaders were, in Tango tradition, making sure that everyone was being asked to dance. There were a few more leaders than followers for the lesson, and during the beginning of the milonga followers slightly out-numbered the leaders, but at the call of the last tanda, every follower was dancing and there were a few extra leaders. The large number of advanced Tango dancers was a validation that the consistency of good music and a comfortable atmosphere has made VivaTango the place to dance. In addition to the advanced dancers, there was a full spectrum of abilities. Most dancers opted not to wear masks, but I was pleased to see that some dancers sported masks. I saw many new faces mixed in with the veterans. The only thing missing from the pre-covid era was the food buffet. Most dancers brough their favorite water bottle and there were individually wrapped chocolates and Oreo cookies available. Tango life is getting closer to normal – join us.

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

More information and registration at https://www.philadelphiatangofestival.com/

SAFETY

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.

I hope you have enjoyed this newsletter. If you have any comments, suggestions, questions or just want to say hello you can reply to this email.

Dennis

VivaTango Newsletter – May 12th 

The Thursday DimOn the Tango DJ will host the milonga and Pablo and Iwona will teach a lesson. Learn about the intricacies of the embrace.

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

More information and registration at https://www.philadelphiatangofestival.com/

SAFETY

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.

I hope you have enjoyed this newsletter. If you have any comments, suggestions, questions or just want to say hello you can reply to this email.

Dennis

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

More information and registration at https://www.philadelphiatangofestival.com/

SAFETY

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.

I hope you have enjoyed this newsletter. If you have any comments, suggestions, questions or just want to say hello you can reply to this email.

Dennis

VivaTango Newsletter     !

Read all about this unique event below. Also, see the full lineup of events for May – May will be a wonderful tango month. We hope to see you at each event.

May Events

Jon Tariq will host the May 5th Milonga. Jon’s talents span the entire spectrum of Argentine Tango skills. Argentine Tango Instructor, Performer, Choreographer, DJ and more. His fun approach to teaching inspires students of all levels to grow. Jon’s philosophy is that technique is the grammar that holds the language of the dance together. His mission is to pass on the in-depth knowledge he has acquired from his many great teachers, contribute to the growth of the tango community and help preserve the traditions of Argentine Tango: 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

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. 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 Thursday: 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.

Milonga starts at 7:00. Cost $20. All dancers must show proof of full vaccination on their first visit. Masks are recommended, but are optional. EVENT LINK

VivaTango 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

More information and registration at https://www.philadelphiatangofestival.com/

SAFETY

Our events require showing proof of full vaccination. You only have to do this on your first visit. 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.

I hope you have enjoyed this newsletter. If you have any comments, suggestions, questions or just want to say hello you can reply to this email.

Dennis

VivaTango Newsflash – April 28th 

News Flash*** This week’s event has the great fortune of the addition of a lesson on musicality featuring live music by our trio, and the addition of guest DJ Craig Herrington from Cleveland. This has been made possible thanks to Meredith Klein. Read updated details on these guests, time and cost of the event below.

April 28th  Features the Yasmina Rais Trio and Guest DJ Craig Herrington. The trio will team up with Meredith Klein and Andres Amarilla to teach a lesson on musicality. Then the trio will play more live music for your dancing pleasure during the milonga. Guest DJ, Craig Herrington, will play tandas between the sets of live music. The Yasmina Rais Trio is an outstanding instrumental tango trio that 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. Guest DJ, Craig Herrington, is a popular DJ at festivals. He is based in Cleveland but travels widely in the Midwest and Northeast for Tango events. We welcome Craig for his first appearance at VivaTango. Lesson starts at 7 PM, Milonga starts at 8:00. Cost $25. All dancers must show proof of full vaccination on first visit. Masks are recommended, but are optional. EVENT LINK

The Philadelphia Argentine Tango School is bringing this trio to the area for the Philadelphia Tango Festival, and offering these additional events to hear this trio: Friday, April 29:  “Charla” (Chat) with the band & Potluck Dinner; and Saturday, April 30:  Concert + Live Music Milonga Qilombo with DJ Craig Herrington.

I hope you have enjoyed this update. If you have any comments, suggestions, questions or just want to say hello you can reply to this email.

Dennis

VivaTango Newsletter – April 21st

First Performance of 2022

This week features our first performance and we end April with dancing to live music. Details follow, plus an update on safety.

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. Doors open at 7 PM. Live music starts at 8:30. Cost $20. All dancers must show proof of full vaccination on first visit. Masks are recommended, but are optional.. All dancers must show proof of full vaccination on first visit. Masks are recommended, but are optional. EVENT LINK

SAFETY

The Tango community as experienced some cases of covid apparently resulting from some recent milongas in New York City. Covid cases have begun to rise again in the NY, NJ and PA areas. Philadelphia has reinstated a mask requirement for events that do not require showing proof of vaccination. VivaTango has always been on the conservative side of caution. Our events require showing proof of full vaccination. 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 tradition is that 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/

I hope you have enjoyed this newsletter. If you have any comments, suggestions, questions or just want to say hello you can reply to this email.

Dennis

VivaTango Newsletter – April 14th

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
.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

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 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.

Philadelphia Tango Festival – June 2-5

More information and registration at https://www.philadelphiatangofestival.com/

I hope you have enjoyed this newsletter. If you have any comments, suggestions, questions or just want to say hello you can reply to this email.

Dennis