Firehouse Tango


June 1,  2017 Newsletter


Sue to DJ Tomorrow, June 2, at Milonga on the Hudson in Edgewater
Jevgeni asked me to DJ at his great Friday night milonga in Edgewater.  This will be my first DJ venture outside of Firehouse.  Yikes! I'm a little nervous, and I need as much support as possible.  Please come on Friday, June 2nd, to enjoy this great New Jersey milonga with music that I know my friends will enjoy.   See below for information. 



You are All welcome to experience this unique Tango event on the Hudson with  Ninah Beliavsky, Jevgeni Davidov and Matthew Liam O’Toole. Join us EVERY FRIDAY! night starting at 8pm for a Pre-Milonga class followed by a Milonga and performances! Bring your friends and let’s Tango!
8.00-9.00pm: Pre-Milonga Class (All levels)
9.00pm-12.00am: Milonga
Snacks and drinks will be provided
For non-members: $14/person at the door
Members: included in your membership
No partner necessary
Students can book instructors for assistantships
For more information please call 201-886-8008
986 River Road, Edgewater, NJ 07020
Hudson Dance Studio in Edgewater
Hudson Dance Studio is conveniently located just minutes aways from George Washington Bridge. We are close to following points of interest:
– across from Edgewater Ferry Terminal
– across from Lukoil gas station
– across from residential white building ‘Admiral Walk’
– on the corner of River Road and Route 5
– a few blocks away from Whole Foods market
– bus 158 stops conveniently in front of the studio, bus stop is called ‘Route 5’

There is parking in front of the studio with about 25 parking spots. Another option to park is municipal parking (free after 6pm) – across from the big white residential building ‘Admiral Walk’ on River Road. You pass the studio on your left and after the intersection parking is on your right. There is parking behind the dance studio on Hudson Avenue and side streets of Hudson Avenue.

June at Firehouse Tango

Next Thursday, June 8 - Sue out - A team takes over - Birthday of Marie Gregoire

Birthday of Marie Gregoire
Birthday of Andrea Kron

See Celebrations below


Sue out -

I'm off to San Francisco.  See below for details



Thursday, June 15 - Firehouse Tango 14th Anniversary Celebration - Monica Paz at Firehouse

Firehouse Tango started in 2003 and has been going strong ever since.  Amazingly, we are still here, celebrating our fourteenth anniversary. 

We are planning to add lots of extra-special delights on Thursday, June 15th.  I will make brisket with potatoes, carrots, and string beans and a turkey. Monica and Johnny will delight us with a performance.  

As always, admission of $15 includes dinner, lesson, dancing and socializing with some of the nicest folks around.  The event is at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 105 Grove Avenue, Maywood, NJ 07607.  For additional information call Sue at 201-826-6602

The schedule for the evening is:
7:00 - 8:00      All-level Argentine Tango lesson with Fran Chesleigh (Pat Altman is visiting family in California)   
8:00 - 10:00     Buffet opens (Sue's home cooking) and recorded music for dancing by DJ Sue
10:00 -            Drawings for door prizes (Really nice ones and lots of them) Performance by Monica Paz and Johnny Tablada)
10:30 - 12:00    Dancing to recorded music by DJ Sue
Admission of $15 includes dinner, lesson, dancing, and socializing with some of the nicest folks around


Thursday, June 22 - Sue out once again

This time, I'll be going to the Hamptons for a family reunion (not mine.)  Johnny will DJ and the wonderful A Team will take over.  Please support them. See below for details.




Thursday, June 29 -

Sue back.  No celebrations.  Just great dancing, eating, and socializing.  



Monica Paz - In New Jersey June 13-17  - Lessons Available 
A few openings for lessons with Monica still available


Monica Paz, our wonderful teacher and friend from Buenos Aires, will be available for limited private lessons in New Jersey from Tuesday, June 13th through Friday, June 16th.  Sign up now while the opportunity still exists.  Happily she will also join us for Firehouse Tango's fourteenth anniversary celebration on Thursday, June 15th.  Additionally, she will be at Los Pitucos Milonga in Oakland on Saturday, June 17th.  

Please call me at 201-826-6602 or e mail to reserve time for lessons.  I will be happy to answer any questions that you might have. 

She will also be giving private and group lessons in New York City.  I will publish her schedule as soon as it is available.  

For registration, please contact Monica at:


About Monica 

Monica Paz was born and raised in Buenos Aires, and tango has been her full time profession for almost 20 years.  She specializes in Tango Milonguero style (with its strong chest-to-chest connection) which she loves to dance with the best old milongueros in the best milongas of Buenos Aires.  

Five years ago, Monica realized her dream of  opening her own studio in Buenos Aires (at 30 Riobamba near the Congresso.)  Monica and Osvaldo Natucci (one of the best milongueros in Buenos Aires) also teach private lessons.  If you are in Buenos Aires, I highly recommend checking out these lessons.  

Monica has taught extensively all over the United States and Europe, as well as in Australia and much of South America.   



Monica's web site with interviews of old milongueros  

Monica is passionate about preserving the traditions, codes, and history of tango.  To this end, she continues pursuing her project of interviewing the precious few remaining old milongueros of Buenos Aires.  Their stories and the videos accompanying them, as well as other wonderful videos of Monica can be found on her web site at   Scroll down for English or Spanish selection. 

Monica Paz - In New York City


Hello tangueros,

I am very happy to announce my upcoming visit to NYC. This year my visit will be shorter, however I have A LOT to share with my students. After more than twenty years of dancing with the Milongueros in Buenos Aires and learning from them, I regard them as the connection between Tango in the Golden Age and nowadays. For the Milongueros and for me, Tango is more than a fashionable dance.
“I don't want to teach you just WHAT to do, but HOW to do it: this is my CHALLENGE”. If you feel ready for that, you can find me at the Astoria Tango Club or in my Master Classes and Private Lessons.

Here is the schedule of my visit:

- GUEST INSTRUCTOR at: Astoria Tango Club June 11th and 21st

-SATURDAY of MASTER CLASSES, Saturday June 24th at Champion’s Studios 

Saturday 24   

3:00 to 4:45 PM, Master Class 1:

Get the most of your dance improving your technique.



3:00 a 6:45 PM Master Class 1 & 2:

As a leader or follower, achieve how to express the music in every single movement.



Pre-registration required, first come, first served.   
Master Classes and private lessons will take place at Champion’s studios. 257 West 39th Street, 14th floor.  



-PRIVATE LESSONS:  Few spots available.



Thank you for sharing this information with your fellow tangueros and tangueras! 


Un abrazo milonguero,

Next Thursday - Birthdays of Marie Gregoire and Andrea Kron


Marie Gregoire

Francis and Marie have been Firehouse fans since our beginning.  They've been to Buenos Aires with us many times and are always happy to share their celebrations with us.  
Francis will start the dance with Marie, and then all you guys can cut in to tango with this awesome lady.   As always, we will celebrate Marie's birthday with many delicious goodies brought by Francis and Marie.  Don't miss it.

Andrea Kron

Andrea is new, and this is the first time she is celebrating her birthday with us.  Let's make sure that she will want to do it again.



Last Thursday, June 1st - Birthday of Gay Fallows

Gay returned to Firehouse in between extensive world travels with her husband and our dear friend, Walter Monteblanco. We are thrilled to have her whenever we can. Gay has been a Firehouse friend for years, and we are always happy to celebrate with her. Walter started the birthday dance, and then all of the Firehouse milongueros joined in.

Walter, as usual,  brought a fabulously delicious cake.  Since we forgot to open the champagne that Walter brought a few weeks ago at his birthday celebration, we remembered the two bottles this time.  They disappeared very quickly.




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,
                                                                Steve Turi

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...
                                                                Terri Lopez
Sue out on June 8th and 22nd - A Team takes over
June 8, Sue in San Francisco and June 22nd in the Hamptons
Twice this month, I will play hooky.  June 8th I'm passing up Firehouse for my granddaughter Amanda's high school graduation, and on the 22nd, I'll be in the Hamptons.  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) 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? Johnny Tablada DJ's

Not to worry.  While we are away, your tangos, milongas and valses will be spun by fabulous guest DJ, Johnny Tablada. Many of our tangueras have had the pleasure of dancing with Johnny, who comes to Firehouse every Thursday.  Now, you can enjoy listening to his incredible music, as well.     I promise you will not be disappointed. Johnny has an amazing and extensive knowledge of Argentine Tango. 


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.  

Cortinas on Demand

I'm waiting for more suggestions for cortinas.  Let me know if you have some favorite non tango music, and I will try to play it. This week's cortinas were by Abba (requested by Johnny and Diane).

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.  ​
Reader's Corner
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From Filippo Ross 


Hi Sue,

I hope all is well and that you had a pleasant Memorial Day. 

I’m writing to inform you of our new time  for our monthly milonga. If you could include in your newsletter it would be greatly appreciated. 

Every 1st Saturday of Every Month

8pm - 11pm

Thank you!

Filip Ross Art Dance Studio
540b Grand Avenue
Englewood, NJ 07631
ig: filiprossartdancestudio
Tango Tip of the week

Hi everybody, Fran here with your Tango Tip of the Week. Two Tango teachers walk into a bar:


"Don't they serve those really huge drinks here?"


"What's your problem?"


"The usual."




"What else? They fight tooth and nail to get you to give them exactly what they want, when they want it ..."


"I know; and they fight even harder to keep you from giving them what they really need."


"I'm going to have a double."


"Do you think they serve triples?"


(Big collective sigh.)


The majority of dance teachers I know really do want their students to learn how to dance. The problem is that today we live in what is euphemistically called "a buyer's market." Everything is upside down. In this "Alice in Wonderland" world, it's no longer the teacher who determines the lesson plan -- it's the student.


"Give us what we want, or we'll pick up, and go somewhere else."


I distinctly remember, when the first wave of teachers from Argentina came to New York as a result of the popularity of "Tango Argentino." Their almost instant assessment of students here was that what we really, really needed first and foremost was to learn how to walk. And that's exactly what they tried to focus on in teaching us. They’d say: "It took us at least three years before we could walk like Tango dancers. Let's get started right now."


We, in the other hand, wanted instant access to all those impressive figures the stars were showing us during the show. And we wanted them right now, immediately. We could learn to "walk" later ... well, maybe.


Eventually, even the most determined Argentine teachers' practical need to earn a living won out, and those that kept coming back to this country essentially decided to cave in and give us what we wanted -- even if it meant that we'd be without the foundations necessary to execute those fancy stage figures with any reasonable degree of proficiency.


In fact, that's pretty much where things are today. Recently, my attention was drawn to a promotional flier for an upcoming series of workshops being held by a famous Argentine performance couple for "everyone from beginners to advanced dancers." From the description on the flier, one could only conclude that even a mediocre student should expect to become an expert within two or three weeks. All it would cost would be something in the neighborhood of $300 to $400. What a bargain!


On the day of the first workshop, I happened to be at the venue, a dance studio where I hold a regular event of my own. In my opinion, the students arriving for the workshop were for the most part the usual delusional overachievers who had long ago drunk the "Kool Aid." But among this crowd I suddenly noticed several of my own students.




"Oh no," I wanted to shake these people by the shoulders, and say. "What are you doing here? Don't you realize that this is going to be a huge waste of time and money? Not to mention the fact that it will actually take your social Tango backwards rather than forwards?"


Fortunately, I elected to just keep my mouth shut, and simply offer them my best wishes as they headed for (what I conceive of as) the fast track to a fool's paradise. Who am I to get in the way of my students' pipe dreams and fantasies?


"If they want to learn how to dance," I thought, "I'll be there to show them the way. If they want to build castles in the air, who am I to tell them not to."


In the meantime, however, since I don't drink, I need an outlet for my frustration. And you're it. You really do want to learn how to dance social Tango, don't you? Yes, you may flirt with the dark side from time to time, but you will come back to reality, won't you?


Remember, I'm counting on you to do the right thing.

Fran and Pat’s Guided Saturday Practica at Dardo Galletto

The longest-running and friendliest practica in NYC! Come join our happy group of social tango dancers, whose sole purpose is to enjoy dancing and to practice what they’re learning. Everyone dances! Essential Tango Therapy! Pat and I will be on hand to answer any questions you may have, and help you with material you’re working on. Plus you get a new “must-have” move each week! No partner required, all levels. Dardo Galletto Studios, 151 West 46th Street, 11th floor, (bet. 6th & 7th Aves)


If you’d like a private lesson, you can visit our website at, call Fran directly at 212-662-7692, or email him at Join us on Facebook at

Monica Paz at Los Pitucos Milonga Saturday, June 17


Los Pitucos Milonga on Saturday, June 17th is going to be a real treat - we are very fortunate to have Monica Paz, the world renowned Tango instructor from Buenos Aires. She will conduct two pre Milonga workshops - for beginners and for intermediate/advanced.

If you ever though of checking us out - this is the time! Monica’s teaching is focusing of Milonguero style dancing which is the close embrace danced in Buenos Aires. You are guaranteed to benefit greatly from her teaching.

So please reserve the date - 

Saturday, June 17th in Oakland, NJ.
The workshops will start at 6:00pm, and the social dancing at 8:00pm.

More information about the event and our Milonga on our website -
More information about Monica and her Tango career at

Please spread the word and bring a friend!

See you there,



May at Simply Social Dancing


Latin Night at La Havana 59
110 Moonachie Ave, Moonachie NJ 

Tuesday, May 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

For reservations and directions:
201 964 9515



June at Simply Social Dancing

Latin Night at La Havana 59
110 Moonachie Ave, Moonachie NJ  

Tuesday, June 27th
7:00 to 10:00 pm

Mostly Salsa and Argentine Tango... some Bachata, Merengue, Rumba, & Cha Cha.
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:
Biagio's Restaurant for Dinner & Dance
299 Paramus Rd,  Paramus  NJ

Sunday, June 11th
6:00 to 9:00 pm

A mix of music for all types of partner dancing.

$35.00 for dinner and dancing (includes tip) / Cash bar
For this event, reservations are very important. 
It allows our host to prepare the room and enough food!







Our cancelation policy - We STILL rarely cancel




Even though we had to cancel once this year because of a blizzard, 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 absolutely necessary (only about eight or nine times in all these years - including, unfortunately, the Thursday that I was in Florida, 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.




A final thank you

The following folks helped set up, break down and clean up before and after the milonga. Without them, there would be no Firehouse Tango.

  • Tsypoyra Sartan
  • ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Nina 
  • Steve Turi
  •  Lynn Gross
  • Herb Kahn
  • ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Steve Maisch

And of course, without Terri Lopez and Steve Turi  we would have to close up shop.


A reminder that Firehouse Tango does not supply wine - Your fellow tangueros bring it. Therefore, if you drink it, please make sure to bring a bottle every so often.

The folks below brought food and wine this week  - See list of Passover contributions above.  
  • Nina Grynyk - Chicken & Veggie Wraps
  • Ingrid Jacob  - Rhubarb Cake

And these people brought wine 
  • Barbara Lombardi
  • Mary Pagano
  • George Ngo
  • Carl Schaefer
  • Adrienne Burton
  • Lorenzo
  • Edna Negron
  • Francis & Marie
  • Eduardo Campos

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