"If you can walk you can Tango." Leonardo Sardella
diversity, accessibility and Inclusion
The Friends of Argentine Tango dance programs were developed to bring Tango to a wide range of individuals and groups. The focus is on dancing as a relaxing social activity and as an opportunity for healthy exercise. It's time for fun without the anxiety many people feel in classes that emphasize performance and proficiency.
Tango can, and should, be accessible to a diverse audience. Inclusion means getting the people who usually sit on the sidelines to join in the dance. The differences that divide people - age, sexuality, ethnicity, and ability - fall away when two people take a walk to the music. Diversity, accessibility, and inclusion are at the heart of FoAT's mandate.
"Tango is all about the embrace." Walter Perez
Tango for wellness and well being
Dance has many physical benefits - from maintaining bone density and enhancing balance in older people to encouraging children to get away from screens and move around. Wellness is rooted in the mind and body together, and nothing unites them better than dance.
Simply moving with another person in an embrace, while responding to music is a magical experience. There are deep emotional and psychological benefits to dancing with partners and in a group. Tango, with its roles and traditions, builds confidence while teaching respect for others and comfort in differences. FoAT offers all dance program participants a welcoming embrace.
Crafted to match the interest of children in different age group as well as the needs of the institution hosting these classes.
Programs may be offered in a variety of format.
1. Residency of 10 to 20 classes meeting once or twice a week for 10 weeks *
2. Mini-residency of 4-6 classes *
3. Workshops and master classes.
* Residency usually concludes with a student performance and may also feature an exhibition dance performed by the teachers.
“I learned how to communicate more in a group. This experience inspired me to work harder to be on stage one day”
Saniya, High School Student at Frank Sinatra School
older adult program
A gentle style of tango based on embracing one’s partner and walking gracefully.
The hot moves of Argentine Tango not only keep the aging body in shape, they also help sharpen the aging brain. Studies presented at the Society for Neuroscience have shown that Tango may offer a boost in brainpower that could offset the declines that can come with old age. Tango dancing is beneficial to the elderly because it incorporates elements found in standard neurological rehabilitation programs. Not only do dancers gain improvements in balance and motor coordination, an added benefit of tango is that its movements are performed to music, which is known to facilitate performance of ambulatory activities. Tango dancing is an ideal leisure activity for the elders as it satisfies three basic requirements of exercise adherence: it’s fun, it’s a group activity, and it has a tangible goal that can be perceived not only by the dancer, but by his or her family and friends.
Foat's Present & past programs
Queens Community house
children museum of the arts
groove with me
heights & hills
ym & ywha
Marta Heflin Foundation
lower manhattan Cultural council
New York State Council on the arts
Tango for Wellness is made possible in part with public funds from Creative Engagement / Creative Learning, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and administered by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.