“Everybody can benefit from tango because it’s a dance, an art form, and a therapy that aims to deepen awareness of our own body and forces us to evaluate how we relate to others. Walter Perez…is a fervent believer in the therapeutic virtues of tango.”

– El Diario, April 13, 2014, Silvina Stern

 

Friends of Argentine Tango (FoAT), founded by Walter Perez in 2013, is a New York-based nonprofit organization that focuses on teaching, promoting and disseminating Argentine tango as a means of enhancing wellness, cultural enrichment, and personal growth. FoAT’s mission is to make the joy of tango accessible to anyone, regardless of age, background, physical ability, or economic resources. FoAT creates and offers programs for schoolchildren, adults, seniors and people with physical and psychosocial challenges, including LGBT seniors at SAGE in Chelsea, JASA Sue Ginsburg Senior Center in the Bronx, YM-YWHA Inwood Y, at Hudson Guild for older adults, and at The Brooklyn Ethical Society for all ages. Since 2013, FoAT has participated in artist-in-residence programs at the Beacon School, PS 59, Leman Manhattan Preparatory School, and Ballet Hispanico. Through New York City Center Department of Education, FoAT was in residency at six public schools in four NYC boroughs, as well as at the Frank Sinatra High School and St. Luke’s Hospital. FoAT has also created programs at community and senior centers such as IATI (International Theater Arts Institute) in the East Village, and Sunnyside Community Services in Queens. They held two special workshops and performances at the Children’s Museum of the Arts (2016).

 

Featured Image Photo Credit: Courtesy of Friends of Argentine Tango