December 6, 2018 Newsletter
Christmas/Hanukah/New Years celebration milonga. See below.
Anniversary of Marie and Francis Gregoire
Francis and Marie are great Firehouse supporters who have been with us practically since the beginning. We are always lucky to be able to host any Gregoire celebration, and their anniversary is no exception. Francis will start the dance with Marie, and then all the tangueros will cut in to tango with Marie and the tangueras will did the same for Francis. We usually celebrate their anniversary with a feast of chicken, ribs, shrimp and chocolate cake generously provided by the celebrants. For cortinas, I will use Francis and Marie's anniversary music from their fortieth anniversary three years ago.
Sue out A Team takes over. See below for details. Not sure yet who will DJ birthdays, just great dancing, eating, and socializing with wonderful people.
Firehouse Tango will celebrate all the holidays on Thursday, December 13th.
As usual, expect wonderful friends, door prizes, food, and dancing; but dress for a party. Holiday cortinas and the decorated hall will set the mood, and we'll give you an extra half hour to celebrate. Keep your eyes open for the yearly visit from Santa. I heard that he will travel all the way from Colorado to join us.
As always, our $15 admission charge will also include beginner (7 - 7:30) and intermediate (7:30 - 8:30) lessons taught by Fran Chesleigh and buffet dinner.
Bring a dish to the Holiday Milonga on December 13th
Here are the contributions so far for our holiday milonga. Please let us know if you would like to bring something:
If you would like to make something for the Christmas/Hanukah/New Years milonga, please let me know. It doesn't even have to be home made.
If heaven is anything like celebrating one’s birthday at Firehouse Tango, it has a lot to recommend it. Frankly, I’d rather be at Firehouse. Thank you lovely tangueras, for a birthday memory I shall cherish. Con mucho amore,
I keep saying I do not want to celebrate any more birthdays, but how many men will line up to dance with me, if not for the traditional tributes on birthdays.....oh well, you know that is not really true because our tanqueros dance with all of the ladies...
Sue off to Maryland and Florida
I'll be spending Christmas with my family in Maryland and then flying down to Florida to spend New Years with my sweetie. Fortunately, I can leave my baby (That would be Firehouse Tango) worry free because I have incredible friends who are more than willing and able to keep the Firehouse fires burning brightly. Please support our wonderful back-up team.
The logistics - The A Team
Terri Lopez (Wonder(ful) Woman - see above for proof) and Steve Turi (aka Superman) have generously offered to head up our milonga logistics team in addition to their normal invaluable weekly help. The tasks involved in running Firehouse are monumental, and we are incredibly fortunate to have so many fabulous friends willing to step in whenever needed.
But What about the Music?
Not to worry. While we are away, your tangos, milongas and valses will be spun by guest DJ, Al Ko, who has been our Firehouse friend since the days at Firehouse # 4 in Paramus. Al has DJ'd in many places, including Stardust Dance Studios and all of the Tango Loco Milongas. You will love his music.
How about the newsletter?
This Firehouse Tango newsletter has been published nearly every week since March, 2002 and thanks to Fran and Pat, the next two weeks will be no exception.
Among his countless talents, our remarkable instructor, Fran Chesleigh, is a professional writer. As always when I am out, he and his equally extraordinary assistant, Pat Altman, flawlessly and with a style of their own, take over the task of writing the Firehouse Tango newsletter. I will send his handiwork out when I return.
This awesome duo is usually found at “Fran’s Table” in the alcove closest to the DJ table. They are always happy to answer your Tango questions or show you how to do something you might have missed, so make sure to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to learn from the best.
Last week, I played Al Jolson for cortinas. Next week, it will be holiday music.
Let me know if you have some favorite non tango music, and I will try to play it.
A cortina (curtain) is a short piece (20–60 seconds) of non-dance music that is played between tandas at a milonga (tango dance event). The cortina lets the dancers know that the tanda has ended. The partners can then without insult thank each other and return to their own tables, to find a new dance partner at the next tanda. Cortinas are used at many of the milongas in Argentina and Uruguay but are increasingly common elsewhere. - Wikipedia
Update on John Koski
John is very happily home from the hospital and looking forward to coming back in a few weeks. He sends his love to all his Firehouse friends.
Note from Cris G.
So sweet & dear of you to remember me, Sue! I miss you & everyone so much &, I miss dancing as well - I haven't done much of it this year &, none at all since June now! I don't even know if I remember how to dance anymore
I'll have to skip a Bday celebration too but, hope next year will be a better one & my ortho problems will be resolved so I can catch up w some much needed fun & pleasure. Until then, I wish you & all my Firehouse friends a Happy & Healthy Holiday Season & a New Year filled with love & tango in body & spirit too! I really appreciate your thinking of me & keeping in touch. My heart & thoughts will be w you in celebration of this wonderful season & each Firehouse event to come.Love, hugs & best wishes to all until we see each other again soon. Cris
Hi everybody, Fran here with your Tango Tip of the Week. Today, I’m going to continue with our discussion of what I am now referring to as the “invitation/response cycle for lead/follow.” (We started this thread back in the middle of November, so you might want to go back and look at the Tango Tips of November 8th and November 15th in order to bring yourself back up to speed.) As stated in those Tips, we defined this cycle as consisting of four distinct phases:
1. I invite an action.
2. The follower responds to my invitation by executing the action.
3. I monitor her response.
4. I become the follower as I accompany her action.
In the November 15th Tango Tip, we talked about phase one of the cycle: “I invite an action.” This week I want to turn to phase two: “The follower responds to my invitation by executing the action.”
Assuming that a follower understands the lead/follow mechanism (or what I’m now referring to as the invitation/response cycle), she is well aware of the body language cues, which she can expect from her leader for producing movement within the dance.
For example: If the leader lowers his torso slightly (by flexing at the knees), and immediately thereafter takes a traveling step to one side, the knowledgeable follower understands that she has been invited to join him in also moving to the side. She also understands that it is not his traveling movement that produces her side step. Rather, it is his initial indication of intention to her that a side step has been invited, which actually instigates her movement.
To be more specific, the leader does not invite her to take the action, and then proceed to carry her through that action (as might be appropriate in various American/European Ballroom disciplines). Instead, both the leader and follower fully expect that she will act on her own in executing the movement all the way through to balance — without in any way being helped or carried by the leader.
What is important to recognize here is that the follower’s response to the initial invitation (which is interdependent) belongs completely to her. It is totally independent. This does not mean that she has a choice in whether or not to response to the lead. Her job in the invitation/response cycle is to receive — and execute (respond to) — each invitation as it is offered. What it does mean is that when she receives the invitation, she is no longer under the control of the leader in delivering her response. She correctly says to herself, “okay, I know what you’re asking me to do, and I’m going to do it now.”
This idea is misunderstood by many unknowledgeable leaders and followers. For instance, a leader might offer a half-hearted or in some way inadequate invitation, and then expect his follower to wait until he actually carries her through the invited movement. On the other hand, a follower might feel the lead, but think that she needs further encouragement to take action.
Both these notions are false. Once the invitation has been given, it is up to the follower to take action no matter what. Furthermore, it is completely up to the follower to bring herself into balance at the end of any action. It is never the leader’s responsibility to provide assistance in bringing her to a stop.
In many actual dance situations, of course, many leaders constantly try to control every aspect of their followers’ movements, including their end-of-step balance. At the same time, many followers chronically lean on their partners in order to hold themselves up in the misguided idea that this is what is meant by the dance connection. Both these false notions constitute inappropriate dance practice.
Next week, we’ll discuss what the leader does as his follower is responding to his lead.
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A little bit of Buenos Aires in Oakland, NJ
Please join us for another great Milonga on
Saturday, December 15th, 2018
This month special guest instructors are
Carolina Jaurena And Juan Alessandrini
Tango skirts for the ladies as well as hand
Workshop starts At 7:00pm
Milonga at 8:00pm
Plus performance, raffle, Chacarera and more
Milonga Los Pitucos is the first and only
Milonga to offer gourmet refreshments,
Chef Tordo takes pride in creating a home made dish
for every event -
Couples, singles and beginners welcome! No
Admission $15, including the workshop and home cooked "delight"
THE AMERICAN LEGION
65 Oak Street
For directions click here
Los Pitucos Milonga brings the best of Argentine Tango to Northern New Jersey.
Experience the finest of Buenos Aires at our Saturday night Milonga at the American Legion.
Los Pitucos is a Monthly event which is held on the Third Saturdayof the month...
Find yourself engulfed in the spirit of Buenos Aires, circa 1940. Mingle with other delightful Tango dancers.
Allow the romance of the period music to move you.
Your evening's hosts "El Tordo" and "El Zurdo" are dedicated to an authentic and enjoyable Tango
experience. Our DJ (and instructor) El Tordo, incorporates composers from the
"Golden Age of Tango" to replicate the best of the Milongas of Buenos Aires.
Los Pitucos is the first and only Milonga to
offer gourmet refreshments, prepared fresh,
by our chef "El Tordo". Chef Tordo takes pride in creating a home made dish for every event.
We have been bringing the finest Tango events and music to New Jersey since 2009.
● Beginners Welcome... no partner necessary.
● Munchies & Finger food (Feel free to bring a dish to share...)
● The evenings "delight" is made fresh before the Milonga by chef "El Tordo"
Facebook Members: Please join Los Pitucos Milonga group by clicking here
SIMPLY SOCIAL DANCING” EVENTS & CLASSES
SATURDAY AFTERNOONS WOMEN’S CLASSES
2:00 - 4:00 Dec. 15th