Support FoAT on Giving Tuesday! 

Friends of Argentine Tango (FoAT) offers the emotional and physical benefits of dance to older New Yorkers in a variety of senior centers and through virtual dance classes. 

 

Dance is a powerful tool for wellness. It lifts spirits and inspires connections. Dance promotes overall health—cardiovascular, fall prevention—and has been demonstrated to benefit people coping with chronic conditions including Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. FoAT’s classes emphasize the social nature of dance, and no one is left out. 

 

FoAT was founded in 2013 by Latin dance teachers/performers Walter Perez and Leonardo Sardella. Their classes bring the JOY of Dance to underserved communities. 

 

Please consider supporting FoAT on Giving Tuesday. Your donations change lives with DANCE.

Walter Perez, FoAT Executive Director and Dance Instructor was named New Yorker of the Week by Spectrum News NY1. 

 

“I humbly appreciate this recognition as New Yorker of the week. FoAT is not just me, but a wonderful team that believes that Latin Social Dance is a tool for wellness. Thanks to all who contribute to keep our mission to bring the joy of dancing to older New Yorkers.” Walter Perez 

Please check our website and Facebook page for our latest news, classes, and events!

www.friendsofargentinetango.org

And contact us directly by email with questions, comments, or simply to say hello at info@friendsofargentinetango.org!

 

We look forward to hearing from you and seeing you at our classes and events!

Abrazos!

 

Walter & Leo

FOAT FALL NEWSLETTER 2021

Hola Amigos-

 

What a difference a year makes! Last year we had no vaccine and all tango was on zoom or not at all.  Starting July ’21 this summer FoAT was again LIVE IN PERSON AND FREE. 

 

  • Tango Night at the Hudson River Museum - July 30th

  • Milonga at Iati Theater – September 3rd

  • “El Montaje”  movie screening at Latea – Mariana Parma (FoAT Faculty) – Sept. 21st.

 

All the free live dance performances featuring our FoAT faculty had live music provided by Latin Grammy winners – Pedro Giraudo and his Quartet  (Rodolfo Zanetti, Nick Danielson, Ahmed Alom Vega) as well as live singers (Sofia Tosello and Pablo Pereyra).

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Hudson River Museum. FoAT Directors and Faculty Walter Pérez, Leonardo Sardellaand Mariana Parma. Photo: Ben Lee

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5 in person and 2 Zoom classes

 

We have restarted our in-person classes for seniors under safety protocols, social distancing and mandatory masking.  We are happy to inform you that we are currently offering the following five free classes in person and two classes on Zoom:

 

 

In-Person Classes – Free

 

Mondays 1:30 - 2:30 – Latin Dance

YM & YWHA of Washington Heights and Inwood, 212-569-6200

 

Tuesdays 1:00 - 2:00 Ritmo Latino

JASA, Sue Ginsburg Senior Center, The Bronx, 718-881-1758 

 

Thursdays 11:00 – 12:00 Latin Social Dance

Hanac JVL, Innovative Senior Center, Astoria 718-396-5002

 

Fridays 10:00 - 11:00 – Stretching for Seniors

STAR Senior Center, Washington Heights, 212-781-8331

 

Fridays 11:00 - 12:00 –Latin Dancing

STAR Senior Center, Washington Heights, 212-781-8331

 

Zoom Classes – Free

 

Monthly Class, next October 18, 10:30-11:30  

Queens Community Center, for seniors coping with Alzheimer’s and Dementia

 

Zoom Latin dance and Exercise Residency for long time associate – 

Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) (see below)

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We hope you will join us this Fall and coming winter as we come together again to experience the thrill of in-person classes and live performances!

 

Upcoming Free Public Tango Events featuring FoAT Faculty

 

  • Thursday, October 21, 1:30 - 2:30pm – MetroTango “De Gardel a Piazzolla” Show for seniors YM & YWHA of Washington Heights and Inwood, 54 Nagle Ave, 212- 569-6200. Call for registration.

  • Saturday, October 23, 7:00 - 11:00pm The New York Queer Tango Weekend, 6th edition, Class 7:00 - 8:00pm, open dancing with live performances 8:00 - 11:00pm at Julia De Burgos Cultural Center 1680 Lexington Ave. For more information go to our Facebook  or www.nymaletango.com

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We appreciate the generous support of our friends and sponsors including:

The Marta Heflin Foundation,

The Argentine Tango Society,

and individual donors!


Your belief in FoAT has helped us do great work this year. Thank you for continuing to support the mission and for enlightening the lives of those we serve together.

Please check our website and Facebook page for our latest news, classes, and events!

www.friendsofargentinetango.org

And contact us directly by email with questions, comments, or simply to say hello at info@friendsofargentinetango.org!

 

We look forward to hearing from you and seeing you at our classes and events!

Abrazos!

 

Walter & Leo

FOAT SUMMER NEWSLETTER 2021

Hola Amigos,

 

We are barely halfway through the year and together we have already accomplished so much for and with our seniors and other program participants!  We want to thank you all for your personal commitment and all that you have done for FoAT so far this year.  Your ongoing support has enabled us to keep our programs running on Zoom and to resume in-person classes as well as to hold special events.  This permits us to be in touch with our seniors and FoAT community and to improve the quality of all of our lives!

Your generosity makes our work possible. Gracias!

As we return to in-person programs, we are evaluating options to ensure maximum safety for our program participants, friends and teaching artists and will let you know our safety protocols when we announce our classes and events. To guide our process we are looking to the CDC and NYS/NYC Department of Health guidelines.

Since the middle of June, we have restarted our in-person classes for seniors at some of our client venues and we will have more classes starting in August.  We also held a month-long weekly Zoom Parkinson’s class and are working on planning future similar classes.  We are happy to inform you that we are currently offering the following five free classes in person and one class on Zoom:

In-Person Classes – Free

 

Mondays 11:00am-12:00pm – Latin Dance and Exercise

STAR Senior Center, Washington Heights, 212-781-8331

 

Mondays 1:30pm-2:30pm – Latin Dance

YM & YWHA of Washington Heights and Inwood, 212-569-6200

 

Thursdays 11:00am-12:00pm – Latin Social Dances and Exercise

Park Slope Center for Successful Aging, 718-832-3726 

 

Fridays 10:00am-11:00am – Stretching for Seniors

STAR Senior Center, Washington Heights, 212-781-8331

 

Fridays 11:00am-12:00pm -– Latin Dancing

STAR Senior Center, Washington Heights, 212-781-8331

 

Zoom Class – Free

 

Tuesdays 1:00pm-2:00pm – Ritmos Latinos

JASA Sue Ginsburg Senior Center, The Bronx, 718-881-1758

 

 

Please check our website for more information about our classes and for schedule updates  www.friendsofargentinetango.org 

We hope you will join us this summer season as we come together again to experience the thrill of in-person classes and live performances!

Our Faculty are performing in two free live public Tango events in July:

 

Public Tango Events with FoAT Faculty – Free

Thursday, July 29, 5:30-7:30 – Milonga at Iati Theater

Milonga on East 4th St with Iati Theater, 64 east 4th Street (bet. 2nd and 3rd Ave), Manhattan Class, milonga and live performances with FoAT Faculty!

Mariana Parma, Leonardo Sardella and Walter Perez, performing with

Pedro Giraudo Quartet.

Friday, July 30, 8:00 (doors open at 7:30) – Tango Night at the Hudson River Museum

Live music and dance performance with Latin Grammy Winner, Pedro Giraudo and his orchestra and FoAT Faculty!  During the performance, join these virtuoso musicians, singers, and dancers for a short tango lesson and performance with the band in the Amphitheater!

Hudson River Museum, 511 Warburton Ave., Yonkers, NY.  Doors open at 7:30 pm.  No reservations required.  Capacity is currently capped at 150 attendees per performance; seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.  The venue is accessible by public transportation and free parking is available. Please check the Hudson River Museum website for additional information. www.hrm.org/events/tango-night-2021/

We appreciate the generous support of our friends and sponsors including:

The Marta Heflin Foundation,

The Argentine Tango Society,

and individual donors!

 

 

If you believe in our mission and wish to contribute to furthering our work, 

please consider making a tax-deductible donation

Please check our website and Facebook page for our latest news, classes, and events!

www.friendsofargentinetango.org

And contact us directly by email with questions, comments, or simply to say hello at info@friendsofargentinetango.org!

 

We look forward to hearing from you and seeing you at our classes and events!

Keep in touch for more dancing events during this summer.

Abrazos!

 

Walter & Leo

FOAT spring NEWSLETTER 2021

Dear Friends, FoAT welcomes spring with optimism and hope for a gradual return to what we love: joining together in dance with our community! We are encouraged by the decreasing rate of COVID-19 positive tests and hospitalizations as more and more people are vaccinated while, at the same time, the city is opening! Indeed, this past week, the CDC eased restrictions for mask wearing and gathering for fully vaccinated people. Our faculty are fully vaccinated and excited to transition back to in-person classes and events this summer! 

Safety is our top priority as we return to in-person programs and events

As we return to in-person programs, we are evaluating options to ensure maximum safety for our program participants, friends and teaching artists and will let you know our safety protocols when we announce our classes and events. To guide our process we are looking to the CDC and NYS/NYC Department of Health guidelines.

We continue to offer virtual programs for seniors and are adding a weekly class for Parkinson’s  

Senior Centers – We continue serving our seniors through our free weekly virtual programs.  Please contact the centers directly to obtain login information and assistance.

 

  • Mondays, 1 - 2 pm 

YM & YWHA of Washington Heights and Inwood

Info: (212) 569-6200

 

  • Tuesdays, 10 - 11 am 

Hanac Harmony, Astoria, Queens

Info: (718) 396-5002

 

  • Tuesdays, 1 - 2 pm

JASA Sue Ginsburg Senior Center, The Bronx

Info: (718) 881-1758

 

  • Fridays, 10:30-11:30 & 2-3 pm STAR Senior Center, Washington Heights 

Info: (212) 781-8331

 

 

Tango For Parkinson’s – Thursdays, 11 - 12 pm – starting May 20!  

The emotional and physical benefits of Tango dance for people living with Parkinson’s are well documented and we are excited to restart a weekly class for PD – in a virtual Zoom format – on May 20!  When we initially started this program at the Argentinian Consulate in January 2020, it was well received and we look forward to seeing our past participants as well as new friends! Please contact us for more information and also to provide suggestions as to what content you’d like for us to include – tango movements, styles, music, history – to further your knowledge of tango and enrich your experience! 

 

Contact: Info@friendsofargentinetango.org and/or check our website: www.friendsofargentinetango.org.

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Special events are an important component of engagement with the FoAT community

Mother’s Day Celebration – On Tuesday, May 11, we held our annual Mother’s Day Event in partnership with Hanac Harmony Innovative Senior Center.  As a virtual event this year, there was a Mother’s Day slide show presented by Hanac followed by performances and a Latin exercise and dance class– all led by Walter, Leo and Mariana Parma!  It was great to see many of our regular participants as well as additional people who joined to celebrate Mother’s Day with FoAT and Hanac!

We continue to organize events and would love to see you so please check our website and Facebook page for the latest news and information! And, if you are aware of any outdoor sites that may be suitable for a FoAT event, please let us know!

FoAT can’t thank you enough for your

ongoing support as we navigate through the pandemic 

It is due to the generous support of our friends and donors that helped us sustain FoAT over the past year.  We hope that our programs served to further our mission to improve the well being of our program participants.  As teaching artists who are passionate about our work, we are extremely grateful that we could continue to provide our programs in a safe way to members of our community.  

 

We appreciate the generous support of our friends and sponsors including:

 

The Marta Heflin Foundation,

The Argentine Tango Society,

and individual donors!

Please check our website and Facebook page for our latest news, classes, and events!

www.friendsofargentinetango.org

 

And contact us directly by email with questions, comments, or simply to say hello at info@friendsofargentinetango.org!

spring 2021 newsletter

Dear Friends, Welcome to FoAT’s first newsletter of 2021!  We are incredibly grateful to all of you for standing by and supporting FoAT throughout 2020.  It is because of you that we were able to continue to serve the FoAT community over the course of the pandemic and to keep moving forward. Gracias!  

It has been a year since we have seen most of you in person.  Over this period, there has been countless uncertainty and suffering in the world and within our community – NYC was the US epicenter during the first few months of the pandemic.  With heavy hearts, we extend our condolences to those members and families in our community that have experienced illness and loss of loved ones.  We have been in touch with many of you and look forward to the time when we can meet with everyone in our community safely again.  We are optimistic that with widespread effective vaccination and continued practices of social distancing and mask wearing, we will be able to do so in the coming months. 

Moving forward together in 2021!

Upcoming Event, Community Programs & Message from Walter Perez

Tribute to Maestro Astor Piazzolla on his 100th Birthday

On March 11 at 1:00 pm, a group of Argentine immigrant tango

artists (Karina Romero - Jorge Carmona, Sandra Antognazzi - Walter Perez, Mariana Parma - Leonardo Sardella, and Mariela Marco) will hold a brief performance outdoors at the Maestro’s childhood home in the East Village in NYC to celebrate his legacy to Tango.  The event will also be broadcast on our Facebook page.

Community Programs

Once the senior centers and other venues reopen and gatherings are permitted, we are ready to resume in person classes and events.  In the meantime, we have five ongoing virtual programs with senior centers located in Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, and The Bronx.  In March, we will be adding a monthly class through the Riverdale Y.  Regardless of where you live, please join us in a virtual class -- we would love to see you and get moving together!  Call the contact number provided and/or refer to the senior center website to obtain additional information and class access codes.  Also, please check our website for program additions – including an upcoming Parkinson’s workshop series – as well as for program changes and events.  

Virtual Classes

 

NEW!  Monday, March 22, 2:00 - 3:00 pm

Latin Dance Lesson

Riverdale Y Senior Center – Contact: (347) 913-4395 

 

Mondays: 3:00 – 4:00 pm

Latin Dance with Walter Perez

YM & YWHA of Washington Heights and Inwood – Contact: (212) 569-6200

 

Tuesdays: 10:00 – 11:00 am

DancExercise

HANAC Harmony Innovative Senior Center – Contact: (718) 396-5002

 

Tuesdays: 1:00 – 2:00 pm

Ritmos Latinos

JASA Sue Ginsburg Senior Center – Contact: (718) 881-1758

 

Fridays:  10:30 – 11:15 am

Star Senior Center

Ritmos Latinos – Contact: (212) 781-8331

 

Fridays: 1:00 – 2:00 pm

Latin Dance & Exercise

Park Slope Center for Successful Aging – Contact: (718) 832-3726

Message from FoAT Founder and Artistic Director: 

Walter Perez

Remember resilience.

 

Social dancing was my way of coping with grief, a happy activity that not only helped ease my sadness, but also kept me going.

 

I was 21 years old when I started this type of therapy.  

I experienced much more than steps, biomechanics, musicality and confidence.

Social dancing helped me explore my sexuality,to navigate different dance communities while learning the cultural and etiquette codes of each of them.

I built a body that communicates with others through physical contact, music interpretation and expression of feelings.

 

But the overall experience was to develop a sense of belonging and respect to a great tribe, the social dance.

 

It is not about competition, about being better than others; on the contrary, social dance is about being proud to be part of a community that shares its historical and cultural baggage with anyone beyond their dance skills.

It is very nice to see young athletic dancers fly at super-fast speeds, but it's not what I expect at social gatherings.

 

Could we get PTSD from our pandemic experience and the long-term effects of the coronavirus on mental health? Yes, especially if we got very sick or lost someone. What about our social skills? Are you reaching out to communicate? How do we get back to social dancing? Are you ready to dance with a stranger, change partners as we used to do it?

 

Most people are incredibly resilient, even those of us who are feeling really anxious or struggling right now. We will conquer this pandemic all together, let’s keep the social supports that will help the most vulnerable to overcome this adjustment process to a new reality.

 

I will wait to complete my vaccination before thinking about social dance, but I am planning to stay active in communicating with my social dance tribe. 

We will return but we need to discuss how we do it safely.

We will be in touch again – virtually and in person -- soon…

 

As an organization, the Board and teaching artists continue to monitor the environment, work on program development and are evaluating our options for resuming and expanding our work.  We will reach out to you with additional plans for moving forward.

 

Thank you to all of you for your ongoing support!

 

We greatly appreciate the continued financial support of our friends and sponsors including:

 

The Marta Heflin Foundation,

The Argentine Tango Society,

and individual donors like you!

Check our website for our latest news, classes, videos and more! www.friendsofargentinetango.org 

 

And reach out to us by email at info@friendsofargentinetango.org!

 

With warm regards, Abrazos

Walter & Leo

holiday greetings,

FoAT celebrates the holiday season with all of you in our thoughts and good wishes and we look forward to sharing times together again in classes and milongas – and, of course, embracing again – as soon as it is safe to do so! 

 

It is through support from friends like you that enables FoAT, through its collaboration with NYC dancers and artists, to connect to the community around us to serve the most vulnerable in our midst: our seniors and those with disabilities including Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.  

While our programs had to be scaled back in 2020 as a result of the pandemic, still, several hundred people participated in our classes.

 

FoAT held 186 classes (in person pre-pandemic and virtual beginning in April) and held 3 Valentine’s Day events.  This included a robust program offering of 11 in person classes per week from January to March.  Several other program additions were in the works but had to be put on hold.  With donor support, FoAT was fortunate to continue to provide our community with virtual Latin Social Dance and Exercise programs beginning in April.  We are committed to remaining nimble and creative to serve more people in 2021 through expansion of virtual programming, socially distanced outdoor classes, and eventually indoor classes as conditions change in the coming year.

 

Support Friends of Argentine Tango this holiday season so that we can continue to provide our programs to those most in need.

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This year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we were unable to host our annual fundraiser: the FoAT Gala & Milonga; an event that brings together our wonderful community for an evening of dancing, dining, and connecting socially.  We rely on donations from this fundraiser to provide a substantial portion of our operating funds to provide vital programs for the elderly and those with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s living in NYC – throughout the Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn and Manhattan communities.

In lieu of FoAT’s Annual Fundraising Gala, we are reaching out to you directly.  

As you determine your year-end, tax-deductible contributions, please consider making a donation to FoAT.

We are grateful for your generosity, your trust, and most importantly, your commitment to our mission to contribute to improving the quality of life of vulnerable New Yorkers though FoAT’s unique dance and exercise classes and social dance events.

 

Thank you for your donations! 

We wish all of you a very Happy and Healthy Holiday Season!  

Please stay in touch with us – we miss you and would love to hear from you!

Gracias! Your support makes our work possible.

 

Walter & Leo

 

 

Please visit our website www.friendsofargentinetango.org for additional information 

Fall Newsletter 2020

Dear Friends,

 

We hope that you are doing well under the circumstances and are staying strong and optimistic as we enter 2021.  As a consequence of the effects of the pandemic over the course of most of this year, our world has changed and presented all of us with unprecedented challenges on many fronts.  FoAT recognizes that, in these uncertain and trying times, our role has never been more critical as a provider of free access of social dance and exercise programs to members of our communities – which are primarily composed of seniors who are at high risk of illness and social isolation.  

 FoAT continues to pursue its mission to serve its community through its

Virtual Dance & Exercise Programs

 

In March, when the senior and community centers discontinued their in-person programming due to the pandemic, FoAT became keenly aware of the negative impact this would have on its program participants who had come to rely on FoAT programs to enhance their physical, emotional and social well-being.  In response, FoAT’s dedicated team of professional teaching artists swiftly and creatively adapted many of our in-person programs to develop virtual Dance & Exercise Programs so that our seniors could keep enjoying the benefits of dancing and exercising as they participated from the safety of their homes.  Indeed, the programs also serve to provide a social component (albeit, virtual), which is vital during this period of stay-at-home and social distancing measures. 

Our virtual Dance & Exercise Programs have been well received and attended and we are working to expand the number of programs and types of formats to reach more community members

 

  • Weekly virtual classes –Through our partnerships with JASA “Sue Ginsburg” (Bronx), Hanac Harmony (Queens) and Park Slope Center for Successful Aging (Brooklyn), we have been able to provide numerous weekly virtual classes.

  • “Latin Rhythms” mini residencies – Our new partnership with the Brooklyn Public Library has enabled us to provide three “Latin Rhythms” mini residencies, free of charge and open to the general public during the summer and we are in a process of installing new residencies starting in December.

  • “Social Argentine Tango for Seniors” educational videos – This fall we once again pivoted to ensure that we continue to fulfill our mission of providing access to the art of Social Argentine Tango and began working on a series of educational videos as part of our program “Social Argentine Tango for Seniors”, which is made possible in part with public funds from Creative Learning, supported by the New York Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and administered by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC). LMCC serves, connects and makes space for artists and community. 

  • Argentine Tango for Parkinson’s – This program, which we started in January 2020 was off to a great start this year but has been suspended until we can dance together in person again later next year.  We look forward to seeing our friends who previously joined us in this program and expect to expand the program as well.  We will keep you posted!

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Partnerships with other organizations, funding grants and individual donations have been critical to providing our programs

We need your help to continue to provide and expand our virtual Dance & Exercise programs and support our teaching artists

As a small, dance nonprofit, FoAT runs on a very tight budget and we rely on the generosity of our friends and educational grants to fund our activities. We continue to be extremely proactive in applying for grants and developing community partnerships and have garnered some support through these means.  But we also rely heavily on donations from our friends who support our mission.

Funds raised to support FoAT go directly into operational costs such as insurance, administrative personnel, promotional material, web maintenance and artists remuneration. FoAT’s teaching artists are highly trained professional dance instructors and performers who are dedicated to their art and to the people they serve.  This modest compensation is important because, as we all know, it's very difficult to make a living by dancing in New York City, especially during this pandemic. Donations to FoAT enable our organization to bring quality dance programs and experienced teaching artists to the underserved members of our community.

All our virtual classes are posted on our web page – just call for registration to our three ongoing weekly classes and get the passwords. Any new classes will be added to that schedule bar so check the web site for classes www.friendsofargentinetango.org

FoAT is grateful for our wonderful and committed community who have supported our work through the years and helped us continue through these trying times

We appreciate the continued financial support of our friends and sponsors including: 

The Marta Heflin Foundation,

The Argentine Tango Society,

and individual donors like you.

If you believe in our mission and programs,

please consider making a tax-deductible donation

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Your goodwill and compassion gives us strength and hope. FoAT’s family wishes you all a Healthy and Happy Thanksgiving!

JUNE newsletter

FoAT stands in solidarity for a more equitable and inclusive society

 

FoAT and the agencies it works through have always promoted inclusiveness and fairness. The current political, social and health crisis have shown that for many of the underserved communities our outreach programs service that is not the case. FoAT and its staff will continue to serve everyone who wishes to participate in its programing regardless of race, age, national origin, sexual orientation or economic resources. We acknowledge the frustration felt from long standing inequities and hope that we are part of the healing process.

 

Our Deepest Sympathies

 

Our hearts are filled with sorrow and grief for the families and friends of our Latino community from Washington Heights and Inwood, affected by the highest death rates in Manhattan. We pay tribute to our clients in these neighborhoods: Cothoa Luncheon Club, Mary McLeod Bethune, S.T.A.R., YM & YWHA of Washington Heights & Inwood, and especially Isabella. To us they are not statistics we know their faces – it is personal. Mercedes Velasquez and Yvette Suarez are gone along with others. Our Deepest Sympathies to those who have lost loved ones.    

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Safety has been our driving directive since the beginning of the pandemic

Many of our clients are in the highest risk groups for Covid 19, so it will not be safe for in person classes any time soon. That is why we have gone virtual, thanks to the support of many of our long time clients, FoAT classes are available to you without cost on Facebook Live and Zoom


FoAT started with virtual classes at the middle of April with Hanac Harmony Senior Center on Facebook Live. There are two ways that we are teaching virtual classes: Facebook Live and Zoom ( zoom this is the most common platform). To participate in the classes on Zoom you need to download the free application on your computer or phone. To see the class on facebook live you just need to send a friend request to Hanac Harmony’s facebook group page, these classes are posted on their wall and you can see it anytime.

FoAT is currently teaching these classes:

 

Hanac Innovative Senior Center (on going since May, contact Maria Ordenana for info: mordenana@hanac.org)

Tuesdays, 12 - 12:45 pm via Zoom
Saturdays, 3 - 3:45 pm via Zoom
Wednesdays, 2 - 2:30 pm via Facebook Live

 

Jasa Sue Ginsburg, The Bronx (on going since May,contact Victor Morell for info: vmorell@jasa.org)
Tuesdays, 1 - 2:00 pm via Zoom


Brooklyn Public Library (starts June 2nd ) Library classes require preregistration – no fees
To register please email: jvigo@bklynlibrary.org
Web Link to this event: https://www.bklynlibrary.org/calendar/latin-dance-cumbia-virtual-20200601
Mondays, 12 - 1:00 pm Latin Dance - Cumbia & Bachata with Leo Sardella
Thursdays, 1 - 2:00 pm Salsa & Merengue with Walter Perez
Mondays, 1 - 2:00 pm Latin Rhythms with Leo Sardella (contact Catherine Skrypek for info: cskrypek@bklynlibrary.org)

All our classes are posted on our web page and any new classes will be added to that schedule bar so check

the web site for classes

 www.friendsofargentinetango.org

FoAT is grateful for our wonderful and committed community 


We appreciate the continued financial support of our friends and sponsors including: 
The Marta Heflin Foundation 
The Argentine Tango Society, 
and individual donors like you

 

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If you believe in our mission and programs, please consider making a tax-deductible donation. Your goodwill and compassion gives us strength and hope. Gracias!

April newsletter

The wellbeing and safety of our participants

and staff is our top priority

 

We hope that you and your loved ones are remaining healthy and safe. During this time of uncertainty, we are so grateful to be connected with the FoAT community and for its continued support. Over the past weeks our staff and board have been working to understand the crisis and what it means for us and the FoAT community, which includes our cherished and devoted program participants.

 

On March 11, we made the decision to cancel all of our classes and activities as a preventive measure to safeguard the health of our seniors, Parkinson’s participants, teachers and community. We took this action before the government and public health agencies mandated it, because we perceived an inability to provide our programs safely.  

 

 

2020 got off to a great start …

 

FoAT began the year with the continuation of its 8 core community and senior center programs as well as the introduction of its newest program: Argentine Tango for Parkinson’s held at the Argentine Consulate.  The Parkinson’s group class was a huge success from the participants, volunteers and teachers’ perspectives!  The therapeutic dance and movement program – a 10-week class series meeting for 1 ½ hours once a week – partnered participants with trained volunteers.  Walter Perez and Leo Sardella, along with Laure Lion, led the class through seated exercises and provided instruction on tango steps and musicality. During January and February we had 23 registered Parkinson’s participants and 20 volunteers from our NY tango community.  FoAT would like to thank the dedicated volunteers who included many professional tango dancers and our board members. This was truly an inclusive and positive experience for all! The program was so well received that we had to start a wait list for the next session rather than overwhelm the classes and compromise the ratio of volunteers to participants.

 

Our goal is to continue with the program in the future. Unfortunately due to the virus threat, we had to cancel the last two scheduled classes with only a day’s notice.  This was a great disappointment to all. It all happened so quickly and we were all taken off guard.  As a result, we didn’t get a chance to have a proper ending to the classes and lessons. There were no exchanges of appreciation, well wishes, expressions of joy at having met, nor plans to get together again. This was a great loss to many of us.  We were anticipating our first milonga with our new friends on National Parkinson’s Day this Saturday, April 11th,  but needless to say, the event could not happen. Our new Tango community that had so naturally developed over the previous months was abruptly stopped.    

Planning for FoAT’s future with continued strength and enthusiasm

 

At FoAT, we are committed to continuing engagement with our FoAT community and to find creative ways to work together in the midst of the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic. Shortly, we will be sharing digital content – photos, videos, tango music playlists, etc. – on the FoAT website as well as on our social media pages. We are also working to develop more ways to keep you learning and connected. Our intention is to resume our programs when it is safe to do so. Our special events and Fall Gala will happen in some form as well.

 

Supporting and sustaining FoAT and our community

 

Like many of you, FoAT is confronting complex and difficult decisions. Keeping our community safe and supported while continuing to engage and learn remain our priorities.  We are working diligently to manage through this crisis and its many impacts and are searching for every way we can to support our greatest asset: the people who make up the FoAT community

– our staff, the program participants/students we serve and our volunteers. To this end, FoAT is working on several fronts: short term financial support for its staff and development of virtual programs.

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First, FoAT has made the decision to continue paying our dedicated teachers the salaries they would have earned over the months of March and April. Artists have been hit hard by the social distancing recommendations. They cannot teach classes, private lessons or perform. These are their primary sources of income and all that has had to stop. We are doing the right thing by paying our staff, but it is at a cost to our finances. We are in the process of applying to all the COVID-19 funds available for nonprofits.

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Your financial support – no matter how small

will sustain FoAT during this time of crisis

 

If you believe in our mission and programs that have benefited our seniors, children and people coping with disabilities and/or have personally benefited from participation in our programs, please consider making a tax-deductible donation

 

Your goodwill and compassion in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic

gives us strength and hope.

In this season of Faith,

We wish everyone health, safety and peace of mind.

 

We extend to you all a virtual abrazo.

Argentine Tango for Parkinson’s 

New Program

We are delighted to introduce our newest service program – Argentine Tango for Parkinson’s. Friends of Argentine Tango in collaboration with the Argentine Consulate in NY is offering a new free program - Tango for Parkinson’s.  

 

We did our first volunteer training with a therapist from Fox Parkinson’s organization and have a second session of training set for January 2. It is not too late to volunteer and train for this program. Reach out to FoAT for details about volunteering as a dance partner. 

 

The program starts on the 9th of January at the Argentine Consulate so spread the word. We have raised $1,124 through a Giving Tuesday campaign on Facebook. But the program still needs additional financial support to grow, volunteers and the message to get out to those who would benefit from participation. 

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FoAT - Year in Review

As we look back on the last year, it’s gratifying to see all that FoAT has accomplished. We’d like to take this opportunity to share some of the highlights with you:

• Over 8,000 seniors from Manhattan, LIC, Astoria, The Bronx, Forest Hills and Brooklyn were served.

 

• We taught 332 Classes within  3 residencies for seniors and  2 for teens.

 

• Provided DJing services  and performance entertainment to seniors 21 times. 19 shows for special occasions performed by our staff including: Valentine's Day, St. Patrick's Day, Easter, Mother's Day, Father's Day,

the 4th of July,  Labor Day, Halloween, Thanksgiving, &  Christmas.

 

• Invited to teach and perform at Lincoln Center’s Midsummer Night Swing.

• We proudly promote local, national and international Tango artists. We collaborated with Spring Tango Weekend – workshops and milonga. Featuring  (Johana Copes, Analia Centurion, Mariana Parma, Jeremias Fors, Leonardo Sardella, and Walter Perez).

 

• We had a wonderful fund raising event: "Noche Argentina" a Gala & Milonga at La Nacional. The highlight of the evening was an amazing show - "Traditions" which included live music, vocals and dances from Argentina performed by our faculty and  local Argentinean Artists (Emiliano Messiez - keyboard; Mariela Marco - vocalist; Viviana Rettori,  Jose Rojas, and Agostina Macibob - dancers). 

• We continue to promote inclusion supporting  the fifth edition of NY Queer Tango Weekend. 

 

• Seniors with Dementia and Alzheimer's Program continues at Queens Community House, Forest Hills,  Queens.

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The FoAT Family: the directors, board members, faculty, and volunteers  thank you from the bottom of our hearts for continuing to believe in the healing power of dance and for embracing our mission.

 

Gracias to all, and we wish you the happiest of holidays!

 

SPONSORS

The Martha Heflin Foundation

Argentine Tango Society

 

None of this would be possible without the support of our Friends,

who generously donate their time, abilities and financial support.

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THANK YOU

Dear member of The Friends of Argentine Tango family,

 

On October 4th, many of you celebrated both our shared love for tango and the important work that FoAT is doing, at our fabulous Gala and Milonga.

 

We hope, if you joined in the festivities, that you enjoyed the evening of great food, entertainment, dancing and camaraderie. We hope too, that you came away with a new appreciation of why we consider tango to be so much more than just a dance, and whywe understand the importance of making its many benefits available to those who are not otherwise likely to encounter this wonderful dance: schoolchildren, seniors and those with physical or emotional challenges.

 

We are very proud to be involved in such life-changing work....but, we could never achieve this success if it weren’t for the support of friends like you.

 

Exciting plans for the future include:

 

  • Expansion of existing programs to include the Queens Community House/Latin Dance and exercise programs for people living with moderate to early late stage Alzheimer’s Disease or related degenerative disorder.

 

  • Development of a unique program for people coping with Parkinson’s Disease, to be held at the Argentinean consulate.

 

As a young non-profit with a clear mission and a dedicated,

hands-on tango teaching faculty, we make the most of what

we have to work with. Grants and donations from dedicated

friends like you make up 100% of our operating budget.

 

Please, won’t you show your support while taking pride in being

a part of all we are accomplishing by making a fully tax

deductible gift to Friends of Argentine Tango, and being as

generous as you can?

 

Your participation in the critical work we are doing will make

such a meaningful difference! We look forward to seeing you

at a future event and thanking you personally for your

generosity.

 

Gracias,

 

The FoAT Family

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FoAT summer Newsletter 2019

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FoAT at Lincoln Center’s  Midsummer Night Swing - July 11th 

 

Mariana Parma and Leonardo Sardella will be teaching a second residency “Tango Fundamentals” to girls at Groove With Me. The two month long weekly program starts March 19th. Groove With Me is a youth development organization using free dance classes and performance opportunities to attract and engage girls during their idle after-school hours. It serves 250+ girls and young women who reside in East Harlem and the South Bronx. This program is sponsor by Bebe Winkler.

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Leo & Walter to dance for Pride Month

 

In the spirit of inclusion, our staff will be featured at two Tango performances this June to celebrate Pride Month. Don’t miss Leo Sardella and Walter Perez dancing together, as only they can, at La Nacional  on Thursday, June 27th and at Astoria Sunday, June 30th.

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Spring Tango Weekend and Gala Show at La Nacional a Triumph

 

The Milonga Gala Show on Saturday, April 20th at La Nacional was a great success. The New York tango community came out strongly to support the event.  Our mission to provide the highest level of teaching and performing was more than met that night. Our faculty members Leo Sardella, Walter Perez and Mariana Parma paired up in collaboration with visiting dance stars Johana Copes, Analia Centurion and Jeremias Fors for a spectacular night of dancing and live music. The success of this event inspires us to schedule our Fall Gala at the La Nacional venue. The date is already set for Friday October 4th, so mark your calendars and save the date

Tango Performances at Senior Centers Expands

 

Our participation at the senior centers we service now regularly includes holiday tango dance performances. Easter, Mother’s Day, Older American’s Month and Father’s Day all had dance performances.

For June, we have more events for seniors with performances, food and dancing:

  • June 10, Father’s Day Celebration at Hanac Iakovos, Astoria 9:30 - 10:30am

  • June 17, Father’s Day Celebration at Inwood Y, Manhattan 1:30 - 3pm

  • June 21, Culminating event at Park Slope Center for Successful Aging, Brooklyn

     2 - 3pm

  • June 25, Su-Casa “Tango for Wellness” program culminating event at Hudson Guild 9:30 - 11:30am

  • June 26, Su-Casa “Latin Social Dance” program culminating event at Cothoa 

     Luncheon Club 11am - 1pm

 

New Class Wednesdays 10:30-11:30am in June “Latin dancing and exercise” with Leo at Hanac Innovative Center

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Although it takes two to tango, it takes many Friends of Argentine TANGO to sustain our mission to make Latin social dances accessible to everyone.

 

HOW YOU CAN HELP:

 

  • Make a tax-deductible contribution

  • Volunteer your time and talents

  • Forward this Newsletter to friends and colleagues encouraging them to become supporters of Friends of Argentine Tango. 

 

Stay connected… we will have more exciting events this summer!

 

To learn more about our programs, please visit us at:

www.friendsofargentinetango.org

Renewing Senior Residency added to 10 Ongoing Programs

 

In response to last fall’s strong turnout, we return for a new cycle of classes to Park Slope Center for Successful Aging in Brooklyn.  Our popular Latin Dance and Exercise Program starts March 29th. For a complete listing of programs and schedules see our web site www.friendsofargentinetango.org.

FoAT SPRING Newsletter 2019

Friends of Argentine Tango

Spring Newsletter 2019

 

Mariana Parma and Leonardo Sardella will be teaching a second residency “Tango Fundamentals” to girls at Groove With Me. The two month long weekly program starts March 19th. Groove With Me is a youth development organization using free dance classes and performance opportunities to attract and engage girls during their idle after-school hours. It serves 250+ girls and young women who reside in East Harlem and the South Bronx. This program is sponsor by Bebe Winkler.

Tango Performances at Senior Centers

 

We continue to celebrate special dates by performing for our seniors.

 

 

St. Valentine’s Day

  • Hanac Innovative

  • Hanac Ravenswood

  • Isabella 

 

St. Patrick’s Day

  • Hanac Iacovos

Gala Show at La National

sponsored by FoAT

Save the date - Saturday April 20th

 

FoAT is sponsoring an amazing event - a Milonga Gala Show on Saturday April 20th at La Nacional. This is part of the Spring Tango Weekend (April 19-21) that includes special workshops and a farewell milonga at Astoria Tango Club. Our faculty: Mariana Parma, Leonardo Sardella and Walter Perez along with special guest artists: Johana Copes, Analia Centurion and Jeremias Fors will provide an exciting night of teaching and performing. Live music will be in charge of Pablo Estigarribia trio.

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Although it takes two to tango, it takes many Friends of Argentine TANGO to sustain our mission to make Latin social dances accessible to everyone.

 

HOW YOU CAN HELP:

 

  • Make a tax-deductible contribution

  • Volunteer your time and talents

  • Forward this Newsletter to friends and colleagues encouraging them to become supporters of Friends of Argentine Tango. 

 

Stay connected… we will have more exciting events this summer!

 

To learn more about our programs, please visit us at:

www.friendsofargentinetango.org

FoAT  2018 year in review

As the year comes to a close, we want thank you for being such a good friend to Friends of Argentine Tango. Your support allowed free Tango & Latin Social dance programming to thrive in Manhattan, The Bronx, Queens, and Brooklyn, so we thought you would like to share in some of FoAT's highlights from 2018. Aside from our weekly classes at nine senior centers (FoAT taught more than 400 classes in 2018!), the past twelve months marked some special achievements for us:

Grants
 

We obtained a non-restricted  $5,000 grant from The Marta Heflin Foundation in 2018. All of us at Friends of Argentine Tango wish to extend a heartfelt THANK YOU to Ron Walker, Director of the Marta Heflin Foundation.

Residencies

 

Aside from participating in our third Dance Parade residency, FoAT had 2 new residencies in 2018:

An 8-week "Tango Fundamentals" class for teenage girls held at Groove With Me in Latin Harlem, taught by faculty members Mariana Parma and Leonardo Sardella. This residency was made possible by a generous grant from FoAT Board Member Bebe Winkler. 

A 6-week “Latin Social Dances” class at the Park Slope Center for Successful Aging taught by Walter Perez. This program concluded on October 11th during Latin Heritage Week with a special performance by Mariana Parma and Walter Perez.

New ongoing programs
 

During 2018 we added 3 new adult programs to our existing 5. We are happy to welcome three HANAC senior centers to our fold: HANAC JVL Innovative, HANAC Archbishop and HANAC Ravenswood. We also received a recognition award from New York City's Public Advocate, Letitia James, for our HANAC programs.

Bringing shows to seniors and students 

 

In 2018 FoAT branched out into producing tango shows for a number of our clients; we performed at the Hanac Harmony JVL Innovative Senior Center, the  Hanac Ravenswood Senior Center, the Hanac Iakovos Senior Center, Heights & Hills Park Slope Senior Center, Isabella Senior Center, and the Cothoa Luncheon Club Senior Center. 

These spectacular shows, featuring live and recorded music and 2 - 4 dancers were very warmly received – especially when the event included the opportunity for audience members to dance with the artists! Thanks to all the wonderful NY Artists that collaborated with us this year: Polly Ferman, Daniel Binelli, Hector Pablo Pereyra, Emiliano Messiez, Emilio Teubal, Javier Sanchez, Maurizio Najt, Mariana Parma, Karina Romero, Ana Padron, Ana Pipoyan, Alda Reuter, Audrey Martinez, Diego Blanco.

 

We were also invited back by the Leman Manhattan Preparatory school to again present an International Dance show for their students.

Extra Curricular
 

Aside from their ongoing responsibilities with FoAT, Executive Director Walter Perez and Program Director Leonardo Sardella, are both in the vanguard of the art and culture of Argentine Tango and are committed to disseminating and promoting tango as an inclusive dance form in the wider community; they are tireless festival organizers, teachers, choreographers, performers and representatives of the Queer Tango culture at the local, national, and international level.

 

This year Walter and Leonardo participated in:


Male Tango, (IATI theatre) which was recognized with two HOLA (Hispanic Organization of Latin Actors) awards (Outstanding performance in musical theater: Walter Perez & Leonardo Sardella and Outstanding Musical production, IATI Theater) and Two Latin ACE Awards (Asociación de Cronistas de Espectáculos de NY) nominations (Best Director - Musical Theater: Walter Perez, and Best  Theater: IATI Theater)

 

Lincoln Center's Midsummer Night Swing - teaching and performing with renowned Argentine electronic tango band Tanghetto

 

Capital Pride at Argentine Embassy in Washington D.C. - Walter and Leonardo were invited again this year to perform for Capital Pride at the Argentine Embassy.

 

Berlin Queer Tango Festival - this year was our fifth teaching and performing at the festival

 

NY Fuerzafest Festival - In 2016, the Hispanic Federation launched FUERZAfest, the first LGBTQ+ Latino Arts Festival in the Northeast, which not only celebrates a vibrant  but addresses the critical issues impacting it. Walter and Leo continue to participate and perform at this unique 13-day festival. 

 

NY QUEER TANGO Weekend - organizers/teachers/performers of the 4th annual festival which gathered local international tango artists in NYC in September 2018 

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How Can YOU Help FoAT?

 

DONATE

As a small non-profit, FoAT expands and contracts programs as a direct consequence of incoming donations. The competition to get grants from foundations is fierce, so we rely primarily on the generosity of individuals. Please become a donor to FoAT. We’re a 501c3 so your donations are tax deductible.

For donations go to our web www.friendsofargentinetango.org click on donate or you can send a check payable to Friends of Argentine Tango, 53 east 97 street 1A, NY NY 10029.

 

 

VOLUNTEER

Become an active participant in FoAT’s hands-on programs. We’re always looking for dance partner/dance class assistants—especially in our programs for seniors and people coping with dementia. You don’t have to be a great dancer to help share the benefits of dance. Volunteering with FoAT can be challenging, but it is also rewarding and you will be making a difference. As the old saying goes, “change one life and you change the world”. As a FoAT dance volunteer, you will be changing lives for the better.

 

Join the FoAT BOARD of DIRECTORS

If you are serious about volunteering your time and expertise, please consider applying to become a member of the FoAT Board of Directors. We are looking for board members with experience in fundraising, promotion and other categories. Please contact Walter Perez for more information.

FoAT Fall Newsletter 2018

Friends of Argentine Tango

November 2018 Update

 

 

FoAT Program News

FoAT has reached the five-year mark since our founding and the Friends of Argentine Tango have exceeded expectations on many levels. FoAT now has 11 ongoing programs including: HANAC Innovation Senior Center Latin Dancexercise, Star Senior Center Latin Social Dances, JASA Bronx Latin Rhythms, ISABELLA Fall Dancexercise and the YM & YWHA Latin Dance Mix.

The latest addition to the FoAT roster of programs is ‘Tango Fundamentals’ for young girls in conjunction with Groove with Me—an impressive organization dedicated to fostering self-confidence, leadership skills, and creativity through dance classes and performance opportunities that offer a positive alternative and safe place to grow in a world where young women often confront adversity. The FoAT class was made possible because of the generosity of FoAT board member, Bebe Winkler. FoAT’s Leo Sardella and Mariana Parma teach this class in Groove with Me’s Spanish Harlem studio.

The FoAT Difference: 2 X 4 at Isabella on November 21

The mission of FoAT is to bring the benefits of dance—physical, psychological, emotional, and social—to underserved communities through outreach to seniors, school-aged children, plus people coping with dementia and with other disabilities. Our focus is on active participation. Although our instructors are all performers, they are dedicated to removing the barrier between performer and audience during FoAT activities.

 

On November 21, we’ll present a unique event combining an innovative Tango performance and audience participation in dance.  The show is called 2 X 4 and it brings together two master musicians and four extraordinary dancers for an experience that upends Tango stereotypes and explores the true nature of the music and dance we all love.

 

Internationally acclaimed Polly Ferman (piano) and Daniel Binelli (Bandoneon) join FoAT’s faculties: Mariana Parma, Karina Romero, Leonardo Sardella and Walter Perez at the Isabella Institute for Older Adults, at 515 Audubon Avenue in Manhattan for an evening that includes a performance, a lesson, dinner and social dancing, too.

 

This event exemplifies FoAT’s mission.

 

“ I’m very happy that we’re celebrating Thanksgiving with an interactive Tango night at Isabella where the show is only part of the experience. With dinner and audience participation with a class and social dancing this is a Friends of Argentine Tango event start to finish.” Walter Perez

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How Can YOU Help FoAT?

 

DONATE

As a small non-profit, FoAT expands and contracts programs as a direct consequence of incoming donations. The competition to get grants from foundations is fierce, so we rely primarily on the generosity of individuals. Please become a donor to FoAT. We’re a 501c3 so your donations are tax deductible.

For donations go to our web www.friendsofargentinetango.org click on donate or you can send a check payable to Friends of Argentine Tango, 53 east 97 street 1A, NY NY 10029.

 

 

VOLUNTEER

Become an active participant in FoAT’s hands-on programs. We’re always looking for dance partner/dance class assistants—especially in our programs for seniors and people coping with dementia. You don’t have to be a great dancer to help share the benefits of dance. Volunteering with FoAT can be challenging, but it is also rewarding and you will be making a difference. As the old saying goes, “change one life and you change the world”. As a FoAT dance volunteer, you will be changing lives for the better.

 

Join the FoAT BOARD of DIRECTORS

If you are serious about volunteering your time and expertise, please consider applying to become a member of the FoAT Board of Directors. We are looking for board members with experience in fundraising, promotion and other categories. Please contact Walter Perez for more information.

The Spring has Been a Busy and Exciting Time for FoAT!
    

Letitia James Honored Walter Perez and the FoAT Program at
HANAC On May 4, 2018 Letitia James, New York City’s Public Advocate, honored Walter Perez, of Friends of Argentine Tango, for his extraordinary work at the HANAC Innovative Senior Center in Astoria, Queens. He was presented with an official certificate recognizing the contribution that FoAT makes to the Astoria community.

     May 4 was to be the final session in the program bringing the benefits of dance and music to seniors. The farewell party featuring Walter Perez and fellow Tango artists: Mariana Parma, Hector Pablo “Pulpo” Pereyra, Javier Sanchez, and Emilio Teubal, turned into a celebration of an extended run, as the program will now continue through July, on Thursdays at 27-40 Hoyt Avenue South in Astoria.
     The certificate took Walter by surprise. “FoAT operates under-the-radar so getting this kind of recognition is both surprising and
heartwarming—it’s good to know that the City appreciates our modest contribution to the lives of New Yorkers.” The dance program at the HANAC Center is one of many FoAT programs in New York City.

 


New Program in SAGE in Harlem


FoAT began a new program at SAGE in Harlem in collaboration with the annual New York Dance Parade. Salsa classes taught by FoAT’s fabulous Audrey Martinez are at 2pm on Fridays. Students will participate in the famed New York Dance Parade on May 19.
 


News for Tango Fans


Tango fans can see Walter and Leo will perform in MALE Tango on Friday and Saturday, May 18th & 19th at 8pm / Sunday May 20th at 3pm at iati Theater. Spend an evening with the guys and experience the Tango from a different perspective! They have also been invited to participate in Fuerza Fest—the Latin LBGT dance festival.
 


SAVE THE DATE!


July 5 Midsummer Swing Tango Night…
Leo andWalter are the featured dance instructors at the annual Tango night during New York’s best outdoor dance festival. The band is Tanghetto, an Electrotango group from Buenos Aires; the DJ is New York’s own Ilene Marder; and Leo and Walter will teach the introductory class. Bring your friends who don’t dance Tango—yet. This will be a special night of dancing under the stars.

 


Support FoAT


Help Friends of Argentine Tango with a generous donation and/or
volunteering your time. FoAT is a 501C3 non-profit so donations are tax deductible. Your contributions go directly to programs that bring the pleasures and benefits—social, emotional, and physical—of dance to communities outside the usual dance schools. FoAT has ongoing programs serving individuals coping with dementia and other disabilities, older New Yorkers, and school aged children. FoAT is dedicated to making dance
accessible to diverse and underserved communities in New York. Volunteers to help during dance for seniors classes don’t need any dance education experience, just the willingness to dance and enjoy helping others.