Tango is not only a fascinating dance but also a fascinating philosophy, culture and lifestyle. The search of tango is the search of humanity, connection, love, unity, harmony and beauty, i.e., an idealism that is not consistent with the dehumanizing reality of the modern world. The world divides us as individuals, but tango unites us as a team, community and people. In tango we are not individualists, feminists, nationalists, liberals, conservatives, Democrats, Republicans, etc., but interconnected and interdependent members of the human family. Tango calls us to tear down the walls, to build bridges, and to regain humanity through connection, cooperation, accommodation, reconciliation and compromise. It is a dance that teaches the world to love.
September 20, 2021
Internal Memo to Our Members
We have resumed our weekly milonga since this June, which shows our determination to face the Covid-19 pandemic with a more positive attitude, our confidence in coping with the situation, and our willingness to put trust in each other in the group. Covid-19 will continue to be a fact of life for a long time. We cannot let it stop us living and dancing. But in order to do that we must be vigilant and take precautions to protect ourselves from the virus.
Unfortunately, what we are dealing with is not just the virus, we are also dealing with the selfish and irresponsible attitude of many people in this country. They put their personal liberty above the safety of others, continue to travel, party and attend public events, etc. They resist any precaution that may restrict their personal freedom, including wearing masks, social distancing, quarantine and vaccination. America is the richest country with the best medical facilities and best medical staff in the world, yet there have been more than 50 million confirmed cases and more than 700,000 confirmed deaths in this country already, the worst record in the world. While in China, a country of 1.4 billion people, the virus has been contained long ago, in the US, with only a quarter of China’s population, the number of confirmed cases still exceeds 200,000 per day. The Americans are clearly more victims of their own crazy ideologies than coronavirus.
While the pandemic is still so severe, many public tango events, including festivals, marathons and encuentros in this country, have already resumed or are preparing to resume. We do not think that is a good idea under the circumstance. Letting a large crowd of people who come from various places and don’t know each other packed in a room dance tango in close embrace increases the risk of spreading the virus. It takes oly one carrier to infect the entire herd, who then will bring the virus to the hotels they stay, restaurants they eat, airplanes they fly back, and to their homes. We believe the best way to enjoy tango during the pandemic is to hold small private milongas among dancers who know each other well and are taking precautions. Different groups should not interact with each other to avoid cross-infection.
Out of these considerations, this group has formulated the following rules for our gatherings during the pandemic:
1. Participants must be vaccinated.
2. Wear masks and sanitize hands frequently during the gathering.
3. Do not bring people outside the group to participate at this time.
4. Do not attend dances of other groups to avoid cross-infection.
5. If you have to participate in risky activities (events organized by other groups, flying, staying in hotels, eating in restaurants, etc.), you must quarantine yourself for 14 days and be tested negative before returning to the group.
6. Stay home if you have suspected symptoms until tested negative.
7. Be vigilant and responsible team players.