Community Supported JewelLab

Jewels are about reflection and refraction… This is an update on the plans for JewelLab during my time in Berlin. Please read it carefully as YOU are involved!

The original plan was that Belen would take responsibility for JewelLab, teaching classes and running the milonga in my absence. Our two month experiment in collaboration was wonderful for our students and for us. We are looking forward to further collaboration. However, Belen is currently fighting a custody case and cannot work in a bar at night.

Upon reflection, Nick and I recognized that our priority for JewelLab is not to run a popular milonga, but to support the beautiful community who currently USE and LOVE JewelLab.

We experimented with pandering to the mainstream with 100% traditional music for three months, but now it’s time to get back to the music you want.

JewelLab will be a 50% altertango music practica from 7:30-10:30pm

(running later at the discretion and power of the DJ.)

The refraction is that we have a community, and that means we aren’t dependent on a teacher or professional organizer.

Already Jael has offered to manage the infrastructure, and Nick and Pasha will tag-team as DJs.

We are asking the rest of the Jewels to sponsor Jewel Lab by pledging the cost of one night’s rent. The sponsors can attend the practica for the entire period of my absence (16 or so sessions) at no additional fee.

We are asking for a $50 pledge, but you can put any amount you want in the box on the payment form below‎. All additional revenue will go to paying the DJs. If you would prefer to use bank transfer, you can send the payment to: NAB BSB 082 387 Account 94 818 9231. Please state reference “Jewel YourName”.

We hope that you’ll bring some food or anything else to make the night sparkle. (Please don’t bring alcohol as that violates our agreement with the bar.)

We look forward to the next experiment –community!

Vio and The JewelLab Team

Jael, Nick, Pasha

JewelLab is about the Jewels.
You, the students and dancers, are the Jewels.
Together we are a treasure!

Sponsor one night of JewelLab and receive a four month practica pass from 1 December to 1 April – with a weekly reminder email of what to practice.

Requested sponsorship amount is $50 but you can type any amount into the first box. All additional revenue will be use to pay the DJs.

We will use the @tangoforge twitterfeed (always visible at the top of right-hand column here at to announce anything special you need to know, like holiday closure dates.

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