Seligmann Homestead, home of Tango under the Tent
Hello and welcome to tango under the tent. We are a group of Argentine tango enthusiasts dedicated to having fun and enjoying the dance. We are located in the Hudson Valley in Orange County, about 40 miles north of NYC. We intend for this website to be a useful resource to anyone that may choose to utilize it. Any ideas about content would be greatly appreciated. Please contact us by e-mail and share your links, thoughts, criticisms, or whatever. We promote all tango forums and hope that there are many options for those looking to learn the dance or just attend a Milonga. We welcome the camaraderie of fellow enthusiasts and invite them to join us at our weekly Milongas. They are small, friendly events that offer different guest instructors each week. Learn a new step, improve an old, or just come and enjoy the music and the people. Beginners are always invited and multiple senior dancers are always on hand to get a new dancer onto the floor. Donations are accepted from anyone who attends and several private sources have offered funding for the cultural promotion of Argentine dance. The group puts all of its donations into a kitty which it then uses to bring in tango maestros so that participants can be exposed to the best for very small costs.
TANGO UNDER THE TENT OFFICERS
Jerry Neri, MD
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
This website launched on February 16th, 2008 + In the summer of 2006 Randi and Jerry opened their home for tango enthusiasts.
They had created a rather unique environment for dance by creating a beautiful dance floor under a large tent with a beautiful view and exotic landscapes. The dance floor was surrounded by small tables and the entire tent was magically aglow with candles and soft lights The sound system was formidable for an outdoor venue. Food and drink was abundant with many guests bringing a favorite dish, a cake, or a bottle of wine. The tent was opened from April until October and enclosures (sides) and heaters took the chill out of nights when the temperatures dropped. Dancers kept bringing new music and there was plenty for every taste from DArienzo to Canaro to Di Sarli to Diaz and Gotan. Tandas were developed by several DJs and Instructors and the dancers selected the music for the moment. Experienced dancers able to teach were present to help get new dancers on the floor and maybe assist an intermediate dancer to learn a new step or improve the eloquence of their dance. Since inception, more and more people interested in learning or dancing Argentine tango came to these Milongas. Dancers came from Pennsylvania, New Jersey and NYC. A group of interested dancers assembled and decided to continue the event as a year-round venue. While the tent remained operational during most months, a venue was needed for the very cold months. A place was sought that would be centrally located .The goals became clear. Create a year round forum, maintain a charming ambience, and develop a broader view of tango and tango music. Milongas were hosted every Saturday night from April until the end of October at The Tent. During cold weather months, Milongas occurred on the first, second, fourth, (and fifth) Saturday's of the month. Milongas begun at 8:00 P.M. and usually till about Midnight. Free lessons started at 7:30 P.M.. On occasion the event changed to a Sunday for various special occasions. When The outdoor tent reopened in April, the Milongas were hosted every Saturday evening from 8 P.M. until the last dancers took off their shoes. Occasionally a tango DJ would enchant us with special evenings of music or a well known tango personality would liven our evenings with the passion that is tango. The group continued to grow and actively welcomed newcomers. Expert tango instructors were available every week to assist and teach people of all abilities. Many of these instructors teach at nearby studios and offer private or group lessons for anyone wanting to pursue the dance with more passion. Membership was at 182 when Tango under the Tent officially filed for not-for-profit status with the New York Division of Corporations. When this process is complete, tax exempt status will be sought. On January 11th, 2009 we officially conducted our fist meeting, appointed a Board of Directors, and elected Officers. We also developed a clear Mission Statement, Vision Statement, and Value Statement. The important thing about this venue is that it is purely a not-for-profit endeavor.
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