Tango and the lifting of Pandemic Restrictions (March 22/2022)

Changes are a foot in our province!
As we approach the lifting of the Covid pandemic restrictions in Nova Scotia on March 22, I have a few burning questions: What does it all mean, given that the Covid virus is still around? How does it impact you and your desire to dance tango? Of particular significance to me is whether our community is ready to support a monthly milonga again. I’ve got one booked for April 9!
Read below how tango will change    and/or  join the zoom discussion Saturday,
March 19, 5 – 6 pm.  If you did not receive invite, contact Tangonova.
No proof of vaccine required for attendance, masking optional, no more social distancing or capacity rules, no more contact tracing/reporting/ other than your immediate family.
Masking:Masking on the dance floor will be optional, rather than a studio requirement. That means one might choose to mask while dancing, and not to mask while socializing off the dance floor. Or not mask at all. Previously at numerous milongas during the pandemic, we behaved thus, respecting our partners’ needs. There were no covid outbreaks since Señor Omicron had not yet come to Halifax!
Rotation:Our community is a vibrant mixture of couples and singles. For the Milonga to be a happening event for everyone, rather than only couples, we need mingling, otherwise known as rotation, on the dance floor. How comfortable are you with rotation?
Participation:We need 20 plus people to support a milonga and that means couples and singles. The top attendance at the practica since February has been 12.
Without your support there is no milonga or guest teacher workshops! What matters here is not my  analysis but YOUR COMFORT LEVEL/your willingness to participate. My sense is that people may choose to wait and see what happens after March break when vacationers return, school reconvenes and masks are no longer required.
The Good and the Bad:  Thru out much of the pandemic, we were one of the few tango communities able to dance  regularly  with only short shut downs, thanks to NS flattening the curve and achieving  80%+ vaccine rate.  But Señor Omicron’s contagious personality has been a game changer for our small tango scene.  Full vaccination & booster have proved to be protection from serious covid for most people, but a positive test remains highly inconvenient, especially for those with international travel plans.
I want to see this community reboot, yet the pandemic trajectory is out of my control – it’s all speculation. Come speculate with me – what do you need in order to return to tango?
Join the zoom call this Saturday March 19, 5-6 pm or contact me via email or phone.
Talking together is a good thing.
Thanks,
Margaret
902-229-8585

March 2022: CH, ch, ch changes…re provincial covid protocols!

Significant changes happening re Covid Protocols. March 22 all restrictions are to be lifted – wow , Covid is still around, though, so how these changes will impact individual tango dancers and their approach to our local events  is yet to be determined. Tangonova founder Margaret looks forward  to dialoguing with you all in the next few weeks. Meanwhile enjoy the return of the light and support tango practica and classes.

January 19, 2022: Report on Halifax Tango events re Omicron

Jan 19, 2022 Tango events  UPDATE: I am considering holding the first 2022 community Tango practica next Thursday Jan 27, and classes thereafter. Details TBS.

Jan 2, 2022: It is currently not comfortable to gather for group tango lessons, masked or not, due to the highly contagious Omicron covid variant and the number  of tango people waiting for boosters as of Jan 2,2022.

Tangonova will continue to check in with the provincial health guidelines re dance classes, as well as with the local tango community, so that as soon as it is workable and people are ready,  tango activities can resume in one way or another.

If it appears that the current situation is going to continue for a more than a few weeks into 2022, then I will consider creating Zoom classes again.  It is not really my “thing”,  but I managed to offer a few last year,  and learned a lot in the process, so why not try again?

Keep evolving everyone and don’t give up! Happy new year!

Don’t forget to stay in touch, and let me know how you are doing!

New Provincial Proof of Vaccine protocols for Dance events

Original proof of full vaccination records are acceptable in paper and digital formats, as well as clear photos, screenshots and photocopies. Be prepared to show these the event organizer in one form or another.
NOTE: Tangonova will not be keeping a record of anyone’s vaccination records without their verbal or written consent. By next week, I hope to have the proof and consent process worked out,  as it is going into affect Monday, Oct 4.
Detailed information available here :   proof of full vaccination protocol

Fall 2021 with Tangonova

HI Folks – looking for tango classes this fall? I am starting up my classes & events end of September, early October.

  • A Taste of Tango: Free Trial class for beginners on offer September 30. Pre-registration recommended, and proof of  vaccination required. Contact Tangonova or phone 902-229-8585,
  • Leading Ladies Class in the works: interested students please contact me.
  • Thursday Practica to resume Sept 30th at DanSpace/proof of  vaccination required.
  • Home studio Monday Class will start in October. Possibly one other weekly class.
  • Semi-Private lessons/2 couples/reasonable rates/ arranged at your convenience.
  • Fall Milonga Schedule listed on the  classes and events page. Saturday, Oct 2 is the first one!
  • Just curious about tango? …drop in to a practica or take a private lesson, before signing up for a series.