TO EVERYONE - WE COULDN'T HAVE DONE IT WITHOUT YOU
In 2017, Firehouse Tango continued its tradition of being the
best place to dance Tango in New Jersey and the ONLY place to be
on Thursday nights.
Though many of you thank us, the truth is that it's you, our
dear Firehouse friends, who generate our success. So at the
beginning of the New Year, I want to thank you all for helping
and for bringing wine, food, and goodies. Mostly, thank you for
coming every week, for the pleasure of your company, and for all
of those wonderful tangos.
I wish you all a year filled with good health, love and
friendship and as the song says, "If you have the choice to
sit it out or dance, I hope you dance."
Celebrations - Anniversary of Rafael and Hilda
January 4, 2018 - Anniversary of Rafael and Hilda
One of my very favorite couples. I love them both. They leave
soon, so make sure to take this opportunity to celebrate with
them. They will start the anniversary dance together, then the
tangueros can cut in on Hilda and the tangueras can do the same
for Rafael. Ladies, I'm first, right after Hilda.
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,
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
Anniversary of Rafael and Hilda - See above
No birthdays, just great dancing, eating, and socializing with
Birthday of Estelle Stanger - (No dancing just cake and
singing) Our dear Firehouse Tango friend, who doesn't dance,
but we just love her visits, and we especially love to celebrate
Birthday of Rose Whitehill. Rose is so busy that she comes all
too rarely. However, she's a terrific dancer, and you tangueros
are in for a treat.
Milonga in Edgewater,
NJ - Second and Fourth Fridays
MILONGA ON THE HUDSON
See below - Events
in December and January
See below -
Porro and Al Ko Third Annual New Year's Eve Milonga at Grand
Ballroom in Midland Park
Ring in 2018 with Argentine Tango
TANGO LOCO IX
Fourth New Years Milonga
To Simply Enjoy Dance & Friendship
Authentic Argentine Tango Music provided by
DJ Al Ko
8:00 PM – 1:00 AM
December 31, 2017
Latin interlude - Salsa lesson 10:00 PM
Sunday, December 31, 2017
Champagne at Midnight
$30 before 12/15
$35 12/16 – 12/30
$40 at the door (if
space is available)
Mail checks payable to “Tango Loco” to:
180 Old Tappan Rd.
Bldg 5, Old Tappan, NJ 07675
Grand Ballroom Dance Studio
Midland Park Shopping
Center (around the back)
85 Godwin Ave,
Midland Park, NJ 07432
For additional information call 201-768-0218 or email:
TANGO LOCO MILONGA is a spontaneous event that arises when the
spirit moves us and
we have the opportunity to host extraordinary teachers of dance
for our tango community.
On this night, our
extraordinary teachers are you!
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. Last week, I played holiday music. Next week, who knows?
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.
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Ditkoff - (Thanks
to Mike for letting us know about Triangulo)
It was announced
at last night’s milonga that the Friday afternoon milonga is
moving to Galleto’s, effective January 5 from 4:30 to 8:30.
Eddie and Maura are hosts. (No Richard) You won’t see any
information on the Triangulo website because the milongas won’t
be part of Triangulo.
afternoons are already reserved for Steve Curlen and Carolina
Escalona at Galleto’s. BUT the schedule is inconsistent. They
were open Dec 2 and 16, closed the other December Saturdays and
all January Saturdays. The hours are 4:30-7. 151
W 46th, 11th floor.
No word if Maura
is going to looking for another place for Saturday afternoons.
Happy New Year.
moving, he chooses forward, backward, sideward, or in-place
movement. At the same time, he invites his follower to move
through space, to change weight in place, or to pivot. These
decisions require absolute balance at the moment each of his
prior steps have been completed. If the leader is unconsciously
falling through space himself, there is simply no way he can
maintain any kind of reasonable control over these choices. In
fact, as we so often see, the dance actually ends up controlling
As a follower,
each movement you make is entirely dependent on starting from a
foundation of solid balance. If your leader suddenly requires
you to stop, to reverse direction, to execute ocho,molinete,
or some kind of complex pattern — and you’re not in control of
your balance — it will be virtually impossible for you to comply
with his invitation.
involves two people in an interdependent embrace, trying to
function as a single entity. By the very nature of such a
relationship, even the simplest movement can be extremely
challenging. If either the leader or follower (or both)
compromise the interchange even further by neglecting balance at
the completion of each step, the entire enterprise can easily
What can you do to
increase the chances of success in your dancing? If you’re a
follower, the answer is quite straightforward. Insist on finding
balance at the end of each step you’re asked to take. This
doesn’t necessarily mean coming to an absolute stop. What you do
next is largely up to your leader. But it very definitely does
mean noticing whether you’re being thrown totally off-balance,
and being forced to literally fall into the next
movement. At the same time, make every effort to maintain full
consciousness in ending your steps; don’t pull your leader off
balance by failing to control your own equilibrium.
If you’re a
leader, begin to recognize that your follower’s balance — and
the basis for every step she takes — is your responsibility.
Yes, she does indeed have to find her own stasis as she
completes each movement; but it’s up to you to avoid hindering
that process — or actually preventing it — by constantly sending
her precariously past the point of no return in an attempt to
execute a complex pattern or to maintain a rigid adherence to
the insistent cadence of the music.
Dancing Tango at
any level is difficult. Whether you’re a leader or a follower,
please start making your dance feel more comfortable for both
yourself and your partner, by putting balance at the top of your
list of skills to master.
Fran and Pat now offer
a new class in American Social Dance
Hi everybody, Fran here with your
Tango Tip of the Week. Pat and I hope you’re all enjoying your
holidays. As we approach the New Year, you may be considering a
few special resolutions for 2018. In keeping with that
tradition, we’d like to propose a few that will go a long way
toward helping improve your Tango.
Here are some of our Top Tips for
· I will make every effort to
master the skill of lead/follow.
· I will search for conscious
balance at the end of every step I take with every partner.
· I will attempt to maintain
the line of dance at all times.
· I will put my follower’s
continuous comfort ahead of all other considerations.
And a few for followers:
· I will remember to bring
myself to a stop at the end of every step I am invited to take.
· I will keep my own balance
during every dance.
· I will execute every step
with positive energy and conviction.
· I will learn to speak the
language of adornment, and use it sparingly.
Here are a few for everyone:
· We will dance with the
partner in front of us rather than some ideal who doesn’t exist.
· We will never teach.
· We will take regular
· We will have lots of fun,
dancing Tango no matter what our skill level.
All these suggestions are things
Pat and I try to incorporate into our own Tango as best we can.
We’ve talked about them again and again in our weekly Tango Tips
(and will, of course, repeat them as often as possible). As your
teachers, we want you to become as good as you can at dancing
social Tango. As your friends, we want every day to be made a
little better for having Tango in your life.
Happy New Year, everybody! We look
forward to the great pleasure of your company in 2018.
Saturdays with Fran and
Pat at Dardo Galletto Studios
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) www.franchesleigh.com
If you’d like a
private lesson, you can visit our website at www.franchesleigh.com,
call Fran directly at 212-662-7692,
or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org Join us on Facebook atwww.facebook.com/franchesleighllc
Jersey since 2009.
Simply Social Dancing - January and February
Latin Night at La
Ave, Moonachie NJ
There is no La
Havana event in December.
Monthly class: 3rd
Women's Exercise &
8:00 to 9:00 am
Stretching to support your dancing
9:00 to 10:00 am
for Latin, West Coast Swing, & Tango dancing
201 694 7087 Lisa
Latin Night at La
110 Moonachie Ave,
7:00 to 10:00 pm
Mostly Salsa and
Argentine Tango... some Bachata, Merengue,
Rumba, & Cha Cha.
beginnerArgentine Tango lesson to start.
includes 2 house drinks or 1 drink & 1 Latin
201 964 9515
Restaurant for Dinner & Dance
299 Paramus Rd,
6:00 to 9:00 pm
A mix of music for
all types of partner dancing.
A beginner dance
lesson to start off the night.
$35.00 for dinner
and dancing / Cash bar
201 652 0201
201 694 7087
Nelson and Madalyn Avilla Milonga in Astoria
We wish you all a wonderful Holiday Season
and hope you will join us January
when we continue our La Milonga Tango
HOME Restaurant and Lounge
28-49 Steinway Street
Best Wishes, Madalyn and Nelson
Our cancelation policy - We STILL rarely cancel
Even though we had to cancel once last 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 www.firehousetango.com
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.
The following folks helped set up, break down and clean up
before and after the milonga. Without them, there would be no
Hilda and Rafael
and thanks to all the other
folks who helped. It really makes our job much easier, and
we certainly appreciate it.
And of course,
without Terri Lopez and Steve Turi we would have to close up
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 -
Nina Grynyk - Crepes with
cabbage and with jam
Flo - Cheesecake
Ingrid Jacob - Tiramisu
And these people brought wine
Jesse & Cathy
Al & Lilian
Slava & Naum
New Jersey and New York