September 20, 2018 Newsletter
Terri, who has become so indispensable that I say in all seriousness that Firehouse Tango could not exist without her, celebrates her birthday on Thursday, September 27th.
We will invite the Firehouse Tangueros to show our most loyal Firehouse friend EVER just how much we all appreciate her . Our dear friend Rudy will start the birthday tango. Then, a stream of Firehouse Tangueros will cut in, dancing to Di Sarli tango and a milonga. The cortinas, of course, will be Terri's favorite, Tony Bennett.
I (Sue) will bring the delicious cake with Terri's beautiful picture.
Terri Lopez has been a part of the Firehouse family since our first days at Paramus Firehouse # 4, and we look forward to many more birthday celebrations with her.
I want to point out that Terri Lopez is more than a helper who I call Wonder Woman and who takes my place when I am out. Terri is our CEO and has as much, if not more, responsibility and authority than I do.
Let me make it clear: Firehouse Tango would not exist without her.
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...
At appropriate times during the year, we take a look back at some Firehouse Tango highlights. We sincerely thank all of you who have been with us from the start, the newcomers, and everyone in between. Every one of you contributes to making us who we are.
03/20/2003 Argentine Tango instructors Carlos and Rosa announce they are leaving for Paris and ask if we would like to continue Pasional, their weekly milonga at Paramus firehouse # 4.
03/27/2003 Sal and Laura Zullo host first session of Tango Co-op while Sue, Joe and Eva are in Buenos Aires.
04/1/2003 Sue Dallon publishes first weekly newsletter.
04/17/2003 Fran Chesleigh teaches first lesson as guest instructor.
06/12/2003 Tango Co-op members vote to change name to Firehouse Tango.
07/20/2003 Fran has accident - recommends Jak Karako as replacement.
07/29/2003 CJ Puotinen publishes interview of Fran Chesleigh, first of a series of Firehouse Tango instructor interviews.
09/4/2003 Jak Karako teaches first lesson as guest instructor.
02/3/2004 Goodbye party for Jak
02/10/2004 Fran is welcomed back as permanent instructor.
03/16/2004 First Firehouse Tango trip to Buenos Aires. Fran Chesleigh and Pat Altman run milonga and buffet and write newsletter. They call it the Cat's Away Milonga, and it becomes an annual tradition.
04/20/2004 Firehousetango.com web site is launched.
04/29/2004 Firehouse Tango outgrows firehouse and moves to Maywood Knights of Columbus Hall.
05/6/2004 Firehouse Tango celebrates first anniversary in new home with live music by Hector Del Curto trio. The anniversary celebration will become an annual event.
06/17/2004 Fran's half-hour basic tango class is expanded to full hour.
07/2004 Fran adds one hour intermediate lesson and teaches from 7 to 9 pm every week
08/30/2004 First Firehouse Tango on the Hudson picnic milonga. These will continue as an annual tradition.
06/15/2006 First Fran Chesleigh Tango Tip published in Firehouse Tango newsletter
09/2006 Firehouse Tango's first Milonga Month. Fran Chesleigh teaches a two hour milonga lesson for entire month. This becomes yearly tradition.
05/31/2008 Monica Paz from Buenos Aires visits Firehouse Tango and gives first Saturdayworkshop. She will continue to visit Firehouse on her yearly trips to the U.S.
02/31/2009 New Year's Eve is Thursday night, and Firehouse Tango has New Year's Eve Milonga
03/2011 Rich Ariza, Hector Scotti and Felix Pacheco join Firehouse as guest DJ's while Joe recuperates. Sue then takes over and when Joe returns, they begin to alternate weeks.
12/23/2011 Norma, Terri and Marion suggest a Christmas/Hanukkah party inviting everyone who wants to bring a dish. It's a resounding success, and we decide to continue the tradition every year. It's so much fun that we add a new year's party, as well.
1/5/2012 Firehouse Tango starts its tenth year with Fran Chesleigh's Argentine Vals lessons. This, too, becomes an annual tradition.
05/23/2013 Firehouse Tango celebrates its tenth anniversary with lots of original friends starting the anniversary dance and new friends joining in.
09/12/2013 A night to Remember. Lightning, thunder, floods, and no electricity could not keep the Firehouse folks from dancing the night away by flashlight, proving once again that we are, indeed, a very special place.
12/26/2014 Good-bye to Joe Dallon, co-founder of Firehouse Tango. His spirit dances on.
And many more years of weekly milongas, anniversaries, and special occasions at our wonderful Firehouse Tango.
Last week, I played cortinas with Carol King and James Taylor . Next week, for Terri's birthday, I'll play Terri's favorite singer, Tony Bennett.
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
Let us know if you are celebrating an occasion and would like to request special music for that night’s cortinas. We will try very hard to accommodate you.
Hi everyone, Fran here with your Tango Tip of the Week Last week, I gave you a list of the attributes I think you need to possess in order to become a skilled social Tango dancer. Here they are again:
5. A good sense of humor
6. A good teacher
8. Natural ability
Today, we’re going to talk about patience.
One of the questions I hear quite often from students is “How long will it take me to learn Tango?” They’ve seen people dancing, maybe some of their friends. It looks like fun. They want to dance, too. They want to dance now. Right now if possible. If I tell them it will take more than 10 minutes to learn, they start heading for the door.
Okay, that’s a bit
of an exaggeration. But what is very true these days
is that more and more people are so focused on end
results and immediate gratification that they can’t
imagine a learning process that may drag out for
days, much less weeks, months, or — heaven help us —
Social Tango is a major skill. Learning to dance Tango involves not only a life-long commitment (as we discussed last week), but also a degree of patience, which many people just don’t believe they can handle.
We often hear
stories from professional Tango dancers that they
spent the first three to four years of their
training just learning how to walk. And, yes, these
people aren’t kidding!
On a personal note, I’ve been learning, dancing, and teaching Tango for over 30 years. I have found, and continue to find, that I actually learn something new about Tango every single day. The very last thing I would ever even think of saying is: “Yes, I’ve now learned how to dance Tango.”
What I have learned is to accept the process of learning Tango. Based on my own experience, I sincerely believe that if you can give yourself over to the process of becoming a Tango dancer — an open-ended process which involves studying, practicing, and dancing as often as possible — if you can acknowledge that this process will take its own good time to unfold its gifts to you — if you can stop asking yourself when or how long, but how can I give myself as much as possible over to the process — in other words, if you can take a deep breath and be really, really patient, Tango will eventually come to you. And it will keep bringing you its special surprises, if you give it every chance.
Patience is the
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You’re going to want set aside this date! That's when Fran and Pat invite you to join us for our next information-packed, fun-filled Workshop:
Mastering the Crossed System
12:30 – 3:30 p.m. Pearl Studios, New York City
We'll be sending
out more information very soon. I know, I know,
you I wish it were today; but just be a little
patient. Before you know it, October 21st will
Even though we had to cancel twice this year because of blizzards, we still rarely cancel!
We want to remind everyone that if the weather looks really bad, we will leave messages on our web site www.firehousetango.com and my cell phone 201-826-6602. Feel free to leave a message.
We cancel only when absolutely necessary (still only about ten times in all these years, but please check whenever you're not sure. If there isn't any message, we're on.
During Hurricane Sandy, when we had only cell phone service, I was able to leave a message on my cell, so I guess that the best number to call is 201-826-6602.
Once a year, the Knights have a Thursday night fundraiser at the hall, and we move our milonga to the Maywood Inn. Thanks to everyone who supported us by coming to the restauraht and purchasing food and drinks. Firehouse folks are truly the best.