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Milonga Falucho/Chelsea on March 17 has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 crisis. "The Meaning of Tango" looks forward to returning on a future date. Check back for updates.



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  1. Hi Renee, I'm looking for a way to contact you book a table for Milonga Falucho on March 17, 2020, and found this blog. Please let me know what's a better way to communicate! Thank you!

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    1. This is John responding. Renée takes reservations at renee.rouger@gmail.com or by Facebook messenger if you are connected with her there.

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