October/November at Firehouse Tango
October 18 -
No birthdays, just great dancing,
eating, and socializing.
October 25 -
No birthdays, just great dancing,
eating, and socializing. Sue out.
Terri, Steve, and the A Team take over.
November 1 -
Halloween Milonga (See below)
Last Thursday, October 11- Special
performance by Luis Ramirez and
In spite of the pouring rain, a large
and enthusiastic crowd turned out to
welcome Luis Ramirez and Analia
Careno, who performed for us last night.
This lovely couple charmed the hell out of
us and then performed two beautiful tangos
and a milonga. The crowd loved them.
get more of them at Hudson Dance Studios in
Edgewater, where they are available to teach
private and group lessons. They also run a
milonga on the second and fourth Friday of
the month. This includes tomorrow night,
October 12. Find more at https://www.hudsondancestudio.com/
Sue out Thursday, October 25. A
Team takes over
off to visit my favorite city, Buenos
My dear friend Diane and I will be
visiting Buenos Aires for ten wonderful
days. 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
The logistics - The A Team
Terri Lopez (Wonder(ful) Woman) 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
But What about the Music? Al Ko
Not to worry. While we are away, your
tangos, milongas and valses will be spun
by fabulous guest DJ, Al Ko. Al is well
known to our Firehouse friends. He and
Lily come to Firehouse almost every
Thursday when they are not traveling,
though this is the first time he's
DJ'ing for us.
Lily and Al, together with Mike Porro
and Debbie Kim, host the amazing New
Years Eve Milonga at Grand Ballroom in
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.
Special Halloween Milonga on
Thursday, November 1st
Don't put your costume away. Our
Halloween (always one of the highlights
of our year) party will take place on
November 1st. It features:
Parade of the Firehouse
Tan-ghost and Tan-goblins
Awards for best couple,
most creative, funniest and sexiest
Extra time to dance and
celebrate. We'll go till 11:45.
Tango/Milonga lessons by
Fran Chesleigh and Pat Altman
Join us on Thursday, November 1st for
our sixteenth annual Firehouse Halloween
Milonga (Basic tango lessons from 7:00
to 7:30, and intermediate tango lessons
from 7:30 - 8:30.)
If you don't have a costume, don't let
it keep you away, but come, dance and
cheer for your friends. Costumed or not,
expect a great evening. In addition to
awards for the most creative, best
couple, funniest and sexiest costumes,
we've got some great door prizes
(costume not required to be eligible.)
Of course, also included in the low
price of only $15 are lessons taught by
Fran Chesleigh; a buffet dinner; and
dancing and socializing with the
fabulous Firehouse tangueros.
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
friend John Koski, who is at Firehouse
Tango every Thursday with his wife,
Judy, is in the hospital. Judy says
he's in good spirits and would
appreciate get-well cards. You can
send cards to
Lyndhurst, New Jersey 07071
week, I played cortinas
by Cat Stevens. Next
week, The Beatles.
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. -
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
We welcome readers'
contributions about Argentine Tango
in general and Firehouse Tango in
particular. Send your thoughts to email@example.com
We welcome readers' contributions
about Argentine Tango in general and
Firehouse Tango in particular. Send
your thoughts to firstname.lastname@example.org
Note from Al and Lilian Ko
you Steve and Sue for your kind
words and compliments in regards to
our daughter Lisa Ko's book "The
Leavers". We will certainly let her
know of your appreciation in reading
her book and your
recommendation to our Firehouse
Leavers" has been one of the top
seller since it was published in
May 2017. The hard copy is in its
4th printing and the paper back is
in its 3rd printing. The book has
been selling in England and Ireland.
The translated Hebrew version and is
now selling in Tel Aviv.
Translation also in progress in
China, Turkey and Slovenia and I
suspect more countries will soon be
in the process.
Leavers", which won the 2016
PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially
Engaged Fiction and was a finalist
for the 2017 National Book Award
for fiction, the 2018 PEN/Hemingway
Award, and the 2017 Barnes &
Noble Discover Great New Writers
Award. Her writing has appeared in
The Best American Short Stories
2016, The New York Times,
those who are now in the process of
reading or soon to read, enjoy your
reading. And thank you again Steve
Al and Lilian
from Hilda and Rafael - New Address
We are unpacking little by little,
but it seems that we will never
Our address is 7700 W Grand Ranch
Blvd. 1 D
My email is email@example.com
Telephone (201) 384 9148
As always we will continue traveling
Love Hilda Genni
Fran here with your Tango Tip of the Week.
We’re into Week Five of our examination of
the qualities I think you need in order to
become a good Tango dancer. Check out our
good sense of humor
we’re going to look at a quality that I
believe is absolutely crucial to your
learning process, and that is a good
sense of humor.
you may not believe this now, but dancing
is fun, or at least it’s supposed
to be. When people get together to dance
socially, they do so because they want to
enjoy themselves. I often tell my students
that dancing is really what we might refer
to as “escapist lunacy.” It’s a way of
putting aside what can often be the serious
trials and troubles of everyday life, and
giving yourself a well earned break.
problem is that some of us take the process
of learning how to dance much too seriously.
For such people, it becomes another job. To
be honest, I sympathize with that point of
view. Personally, I think of social dancing
(at least at a high level) as an art form.
And to get to that level of proficiency, you
have to work very long and hard.
the big but. I think it’s essential
that you treat the entire process with a
very healthy sense of humor. While you’re
learning, you’re going to make a lot of
mistakes. While you’re practicing, you’re
going to make a lot of mistakes. While
you’re dancing, you’re going to make a lot
of mistakes. There’s just no getting around
it. Mistakes are an integral, unavoidable
part of getting better. I make major
mistakes in my own dancing all the time.
This used to make me angry with myself, with
my partners, with the world. But these days
— since I’ve discovered the humor that I
think all of us need to apply to the process
— I just laugh it off, and keep on keepin’
heard stories like this? A leader suddenly
stops dancing with his partner in the middle
of a dance, tells her she doesn’t know what
she’s doing (or some other gut-wrenching
insult), and walks off the floor. A follower
refuses to accept a dance with a leader,
because she doesn’t know whether he’s up to
Can you for one second believe that there
are people in our Tango community who
actually behave in this utterly barbaric
manner? Is it possible you’ve been a victim
of such vicious atrocities? Is it possible
you yourself may have been a perpetrator?
absolutely, unequivocally, no rational
justification for this kind of
unmitigated meanness on the dance floor.
potential antidote to this misanthropic
nonsense is what we’ve been talking about
today — a well-developed sense of humor.
Take a deep breath, recognize that even
though learning to dance is difficult, in
the long run, folks, it’s only dancing. For
most of us, life can be really hard. But
dancing? Come on, everyone. Dancing is a way
to kick out the blocks, and enjoy ourselves
for a change. Please don’t let dancing
become yet another reason to take out our
frustrations on other people.
distress on the dance floor, loosen up those
facial muscles, and smile, giggle, laugh out
loud. Let your sense of humor guide your
mood. You’ll be much the better for it. And
so will everyone else around you.
Now, you can download Fran and Pat’s
exclusive Tango Workshop Video Collection to
your computer or handheld device.
ever attended one of our Tango Workshops,
you know just how much fun they are, how
much solid information they offer, and how
important each one can be to your progress
as a social Tango dancer!
Starting now, you can access any technique,
any figure from any or all of these great
Workshops anytime, anywhere – all at a
can call up your favorite Tango moves
whenever and wherever you want to see them.
you have to do is to download Fran and Pat’s
Workshop Videos to you PC or handheld
device, and you’re good to go.
our Web site to find out more about our
exclusive Tango Workshop Video Collection.
It’s quick; it’s easy; it’s priceless!
Download Now: www.franchesleigh.com/videos
QUESTIONS? Send Fran an email https://www.franchesleigh.com/contact/
Join Fran and Pat on
Sunday, October 21st, for
Fran’s Special Birthday Workshop!
Yes, October 21st is
really Fran’s birthday! And there’s
nothing we’d rather do on this
auspicious occasion than help you fast
track your Tango to the next level.
Mastering the Crossed
If you only take one workshop this year,
MAKE SURE THIS IS THE ONE!
Discover the 5 crucial techniques for
effectively entering the Crossed
Build a powerful personal vocabulary of Crossed
System movements and figures.
Unlock the essential Crossed System ocho/molinete connection
Explore the 3 primary Crossed System salidas.
Enhance your Crossed System skills
with the very best selection of adornments
Only $40 for 3 hours of Crossed System
Sunday, October 21st, 2018
12:30 -- 3:30 p.m.
500 8th Avenue
(between 35th and 36th Streets)
12th Floor, Room 1206
REGISTER NOW at franchesleigh.com through
Saturday, October 20
person at the door on Sunday, October 21st.
cash accepted. No refunds. No exchanges.
welcome. No partner required.
Our cancelation policy - We STILL rarely
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
and my cell phone
201-826-6602. Feel free
to leave a message.
We cancel only when
(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.
The folks below
brought food and wine
this week -
Lombardi - Popcorn
people brought wine
Simply Social Dancing October
Latin Night at
La Havana 59
110 Moonachie Ave, Moonachie NJ
Tuesday, Oct. 30th
7:00 to 10:00 pm
Mostly Salsa and Argentine Tango... some Bachata, Merengue, Rumba, & Cha Cha.
A Latin evening for those who enjoy Latin music, food, and dancing!
An Argentine Tango lesson to start (for all level dancers).
$20.00 cover includes 2 house drinks or 1 drink & 1 Latin Night appetizer
For reservations and directions:
201 964 9515
Biagio's Restaurant for Dinner & Dance
6:00 to 9:00
A mix of
all types of
This is a good place to invite new dancers and friends.
A beginner dance lesson to start off the night.
$35.00 for dinner and dancing / Cash bar
Please remember to tip the wait staff*
**For this event, reservations with a credit card are required in advance.**
Call Biagios 201 652 0201
The enables the restaurant to prepare the room and enough food!
Please call them by 2:00 pm on October 14th. Thank you!
For reservations and directions:
201 652 0201
will be held at the CMDE
Tango in New Jersey and New York