Friends
of
Argentine Tango

53 East 97th Street 1A

New York, NY 10029

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Friends of Argentine Tango is a New York based 501(c)3 non-profit organization

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Ana Luiza Cortez ~  Geo Geller ~ Steve Bart

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

FoAT summer Newsletter 2019

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.

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.

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

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.

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 

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

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.