Sunday, December 14, 2008

Cielo Milonga in 2008

Hola Tanguero/as
Happy Holidays! Please come and join us at Heavenly Bamboo Pavilion to tango out 2008. We have one more Tuesday night milonga left on Dec 30 and below is a video of our very merry milonga on Christmas day!
Here is the schedule:

Tues Dec 30
There Will Be a milonga on Tuesday Dec 30 with a Special Surprise performance and then we hope you will all come to Celebrate Tango at Gayatri's amazing New Year's Eve party on Dec 31 at Dance Manhattan Studios. Lexa and Gayle will be performing a special tango burlesque exhibition that you don't want to miss! And then we'll see you in the New Year @ Cielo!
abrazos y nos vemos
Lexa
Tues Dec 16 & 23 & 30 @ Heavenly Bamboo Pavilion
10 East 39th St (Mad & 5th Ave)
8:30 beg tango class 9:30pm - 1:30am milonga
$14 includes Sushi and Chinese buffet
$8 milonga only



*Special Christmas day Milonga*
*Thursday Dec 25
*
4pm - 8pm DJ Lexa
$14 includes Christmas buffet
$8 milonga only
@ Heavenly Bamboo Pavilion
10 East 39th St (Madison & Fifth Ave)
(a block and two steps from the 4,5,6 train at Grand Central)





Tues Dec 23 Chanukah Milonga with Chinese latkes.
Surprise show with the Spinning Dreidels (also known as the Chanukah Giros!)
We'll also have authentic Driedel gambling/gaming in the back room.
(Nu, with this lousy economy, even Suzie Orman would have to agree that Driedel is a surer thing than the stock market!) So come and try your luck!
Remember the rules of the game:
Nun - nada (Nothing happens)
Gimel - ganz (you take all)
Hey - halb (you take half the pot)
Shin - Put in! (you add to the pot)




Thursday, December 11, 2008

Lexa's Milonga

蕾克丝的舞会

article written about Lexa in China Press by Kaiyu.

The title Reads "LEXA'S MILONGA" (and after that, you're on your own :))


蕾克丝的舞会

【纽约】图/文 孙恺愉
  蕾克丝

  第一次见到蕾克丝,是在纽约每月一次的盛大探戈舞会上。那时候我还是个探戈新生,平常练习都颠颠簸簸,到了正式舞会更是全身僵硬,直冒冷汗。那晚完全是因为看到海报上说舞会里有占星师算命,为了满足好奇心才前往的。

  我买了门票进场后就四处寻找那位占星师,好像跳舞根本不是主题。围着舞池边缘绕了一圈,才发现一块神秘的“地盘”。小圆桌上摆有一台笔记本电脑,旁边有个牌子写着“塔罗占卜”。

  连塔罗都改电脑了?真是连巫师都不落伍。小圆桌旁坐着一位女士,我在她面前走来走去,犹豫半天,和自己斗争了很久,才上前小声地说:“请问这塔罗算命是免费的吗?”我以为,这是包括在门票里的额外服务。

  “不,是要钱的。”蕾克丝回答。我突然觉得很不好意思,说声:“谢谢”就赶紧跑开了。

  那天蕾克丝的衣着很普通,没有特地为跳舞做精致高雅的打扮,我完全不知道她是个杰出的舞者。而且她戴眼镜的样子很严肃,令我问过那个困窘的问题之后便紧张地离开了,不敢再和她说话。

  记不起那天晚上究竟有没有跳舞,倒是这一窘事记忆犹新。

  一晃就是两年,我开始穿梭于纽约大小探戈舞会,成了舞迷们说的,擅长夜间活动的“吸血鬼”。偶然瞥见蕾克丝,差点认不出来。我惊叹着哪里来的潇洒女子,领舞领得这般好。

  蕾克丝如果是以舞者而不是占星师的身份参加舞会,定会西装笔挺,整整齐齐,从手帕领带到鞋,每个细节都不马虎。我从来不主动和她说话,也从来没有人介绍我们认识。于是,我遥望她遥望了两年,没想到过了两年半,我和蕾克丝成为了朋友。

  前段日子,我和S君去观看纽约主办的第二届美国探戈大赛。蕾克丝一箭双雕,拿下社交组第三和表演组冠军。爱拍照的S君在颁奖后抢着和蕾克丝合影,顺便递给她餐馆的名片。不久后,蕾克丝就在S君的餐馆里办起舞会来,由她教授入门课,给大家讲解舞蹈音乐。

  开幕那天,中秋节刚过两天,大家“马后炮”似的一起吃月饼。两个礼拜后是犹太新年第二天,大家又“马后炮”似的一起吃蜂蜜苹果片(犹太人的传统,象征“甜甜的一年”)。因为这种特别的气氛,使蕾克丝的舞会总是和别的地方不同。

   蕾克丝是个千面女郎,只见她一次是很难看出她的多样性的。第一次接触她时,觉得她很冷酷,有点高傲,甚至令人有些害怕。后来在一些细节中,逐渐认识到她 体贴的一面,了解到原来她懂得为别人着想。开幕那晚,她因为怕领舞的人不够,有些女孩会干坐一晚没人请,特地邀几个男生来帮忙。曾经有人怂恿蕾克丝把奖杯 带到舞会宣传一下,她没有这样做,因为有个帮忙陪舞的朋友连续两年和蕾克丝参加同一个比赛,却连连没有入围,蕾克丝不想让他心里难受。

  蕾克丝既有阴柔之美,又有阳钢之俊,容貌无论如何打扮都潇洒,而且满腹文章,知识丰富,气质独特,真所谓“秀外慧中”。

  逐渐认识蕾克丝后,才把她的精彩生活统统挖掘出来。除了做舞迷和探戈老师之外,她还是塔罗专家、作家、诗人和演员。

   蕾克丝的第一份工作是个蛇舞女郎,外号“蛇女诗人”(SnakePoet)。美国知名艺术家安迪·沃荷 (Andy Warhol, 1928-1987)在这个时期曾为蕾克丝摄影。蕾克丝曾经在中央公园,吊在Delacort剧院对面的一棵树上朗读爱伦 坡、莎士比亚、劳伦斯、柯尔律治,以及她自己的诗。1982年,纽约警察用枪口对着这位女诗人和她13英尺的宠物蟒蛇“莉莉”,把她们逐出公园,迫使蕾克 丝不得不在后来的几年间找一份“实在的”工作。

  蕾克丝开始学习魔术和超自然艺术。这些年间,她传授占星术、塔罗占卜、犹太教的卡巴拉等 等,并且自己做占星师。她的著作有《超市女魔法师》(The Supermarket Sorceress)、《超市女巫的迷人夜 晚》(The Supermarket Sorceress's Enchanted Evenings)、《魔术烹调原料大 全》(The Encyclopedia of Magickal Ingredients)等等。她还为若干杂志写星座专栏。

  蕾克丝写的几部话剧,包括《囚徒》(The Prisoner)、《游泳》(The Swim)等等,都曾在WOW咖啡屋上演。蕾克丝也在La Mama剧场、Dixon Place、PS122等地方演出她自己的作品。

  蕾克丝的才华多得让人数不清,除了探戈,她还曾经学过爵士舞、芭蕾舞、踢踏舞。去年,她是第一位正式应邀参加布宜诺斯艾利斯Mundial探戈比赛的女性领舞者。

  蕾克丝年长我许多,她年轻的时候,女性地位不高,挣扎了很久才获得今天较为稳定的生活。其实占卜只是类似心理辅导的工作,近来美国经济不景气,她笑说,她的生意倒是好了,大家都来找她。

  蕾克丝从来不叫好朋友让她占卜,我们见面总是聊天跳舞,把工作抛在脑后。原来所谓女巫师,也只是比较有趣的凡人。现在早已没有烧女巫的做法和对巫术迷信的态度了。蕾克丝只是比别人有更细致的感受力和坚强的信念。这是艺术家需要的品质,难怪她拥有那么优美的舞姿。


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Monday, December 8, 2008

Milonga del Cielo

Please join us to welcome Kaiyu home after two months in Taiwan. She will be in desperate need of a tango fix and in case you don't know...

Kaiyu is one of the most wonderful leaders and follows in NY!

Tues Dec 9
8:30 beg class
9pm -1:30am... milonga

Heavenly Bamboo Pavilion
10 East 39 St (Mad/5th Ave) NYC
Host & DJ Lexa
$14 includes sushi & chinese Buffet
food served till 10:30pm
$8 milonga only

nos vemos

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

GoObama!


Election Night Tango Performances by Barack Obama and Sarah Palin (a.k.a. Lexa Roséan and Gayle Madeira)
Performance with the Billionaire Follies in their show "RED WHITE AND BLING!" at the Bleecker Street Theatre (45 Bleecker @ Lafayette St.)

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Election Night Tango

Hello all,
It is true, Lexa and Gayle will become Barack Obama & Sarah Palin for election night. Come see what it would be like if they did tango!
Happy voting!

PLEASE NOTE THERE ARE TWO LARGE TV'S ABOVE BAR IN CIELO SO YOU'LL BE ABLE TO CHECK IN ON THE VOTE COUNT WHILE YOU DANCE :-)

< click on flyer to left to enlarge

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

la Bruja's Choice for Halloween

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Fridays La Belle Epoque Tango Club
@ Ukranian East Village Restaurant

Friday October 31
A Halloween Tango Masquerade
BYOM ( bring your own mask or costume)

A night of the best Tango !
8:15 pm intermediate Tango Class with
Graciela Gonzalez "La Negra"


7:15 pm beginners Tango with Daniela & Luis
(no experience or partner necessary)

8:15 pm intermediate Tango Class
with Graciela Gonzalez

Gain confidence on the dance floor!
Come to the intermediate class and improve your social tango skills one of the most renowned tango dancers in the world!

DJ LUNG KUEI

Do not miss this scary scary night!
- Costume contest
Dancers:
- Daniela & Luis
- Armando & Nuria
-Performances and Scary Acts TBA
- Midnight Ceremony to honor the dead, lead by Lexa

open dance floor - until 2:30 am
Hosts: Daniel Carpi
& Rosa Collantes

Special Bailout price $9.99 ($15 with the classes included)
/ $ 8 (Students with ID & members)

Ukrainian East Village Restaurant
140 2nd Ave ( between 8th & 9th St) 212-924-7077


jc

"Without any doubt, Graciela Gonzalez appears among the most significant pedagogues of the history of the tango. She is characterized by a spirit of innovation which always respects the authentic roots of the tango.

Graciela's method is the fruit of years of study. Her study has been dedicated to the study of the language of the body and to the analysis of sensations received when dancing with milongueros. www.gracielagonzalez.com

Workshops with Graciela Gonzalez
Nov 1 & 2 @ Pearl Studios

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Lexa's Argentine Tango Classes

Dear students and tango friends
for the next two weeks, my beg and adv beg classes will be combined and run from 7:30 - 8:30pm. Please forgive the inconvenience but it will be fun to have a bigger class. Gayle and I will be using the studio to rehearse during the second hour for a special performance on election night. In this new choreography, Gayle will dance as Sarah Palin and I will be dancing as Obama. You can only imagine the moves in this tango...
We will perform on Nov 4 at the Billionaires for Bush benefit and then again later in the evening at Cielo milonga.
nos vemos
Lexa
Every Wednesday

Beg 7:30pm-8:30pm
Adv Beg 8:30pm-9:30pm
889 B'way between 19th - 20th sts #4A

please email TigersTango@gmail.com to reserve a spot.
class $20 (or $75 for 4 weeks)
special discount for couples $30 for both ($120 for 4 weeks)
So, bring your partner and save some $$$

Lexa is also available for private lessons.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Milonga del Cielo

Here's what people are saying about Milonga del Cielo:
"Sensual & delicious"
come and find out why...

Every Tuesday @
Heavenly Bamboo Pavilion
10 East 39 St (Mad/5th Ave)
Host & DJ Lexa
8:30 beg class
9pm -1:30am... milonga

$14 includes sushi & chinese Buffet
food served till 10:30pm
$8 admission after 11pm
nos vemos
Lexa

911 Tango Commute


posted on You Tube by Amy Zheng
"9/11 is being remembered for the loss of life but will be empowered by an expression of the love for living. TangoCommute is turning the tragic events into some positive action while remembering and supporting those who were directly affected by the tragedy since:
Terror is an act of intimidation spreading fear. Tango - on the opposite - is an expression of freedom generating joy Music "Abrazame" - you do not only say to anything abrazame to me. your glance is enough to me to include/understand that your wraths. abrazame, as if outside now the first time as if you wanted to me today just as yesterday, abrazame. If your you go away and you forgot that a day for a long time back, when eramos even young you began to me to love and I gave my life you if you go away.----If your you go away me kedara silence to talk, the shade of your body and solitude seran my companions if you go away, if your you go away Iran with you the time
time and my better age, you seguire keriendo every day but will hope to me to that you return if you go away."

Friday, September 26, 2008

Omar Vega Feb 13 1959 - Sep 19 2008


R.I.P.
Worlds Greatest dancer and teacher of Milonga Traspie

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Lexa's Milonga

Thanks to all the Heavenly Bodies who showed up at the opening of Cielo. We had a wonderful milonga and will be continuing on a weekly basis. I look forward to seeing you all again next Tuesday!
Nos vemos y abrazos
Lexa

Sunday, August 31, 2008

New Milonga Opening in NYC



















Milonga del Cielo

Special Moon Festival Tango Party
grand opening Tues Sep 16

8:45 beg class
9pm - 1am milonga

Heavenly Bamboo Pavilion
10 East 39 St (Mad/5th Ave)
DJ Lexa
$14 includes sushi & chinese Buffet

food served till 10:30pm
$8 admission after 11pm

Chino Hara will be at Cielo with the Felina tango shoes!
http://www.felinashoes.com

Saturday, July 19, 2008

2008 U.S. Tango Stage Champs



Here it is - Our WINNING choreography!

Gayle Madeira y Lexa Roséan dancing El Choclo by Piazzolla
Lafayette Grill NYC July 17, 2008
2008 U.S. Tango Championship

Friday, July 18, 2008

We are the CHAMPIONS!

WINNERS OF 2008 U.S.A. TANGO CHAMPIONSHIP

STAGE CATEGORY
1ST PRIZE Gayle Madeira y Lexa Roséan USA/USA
2ND PRIZE Mayumi Fujio & David Chiu USA/USA
3RD PRIZE Natalia Atepaeva Vladimir Khorev RUSSIA/RUSSIA





SALON CATEGORY
1ST PRIZE Mariana Parma & Omar Lagos USA/USA
2ND PRIZE Mayumi Fujio & David Chiu
3RD PRIZE Gayle Madeira y Lexa Roséan USA/USA

Kai Cheung has some great pics on his website.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Gayle and Lexa made it to the FINALS!

Hola Milongueros
Gayle Madeira and Lexa Roséan made it to the U.S. Tango Championship Finals in both the Salon and Stage Categories. Please come and cheer us on to win the US Tango Championship! Here's all the info:

Thursday, July 17th 9:00 – 10:00pm
Lafayette Grill, 54 Franklin St (Broadway & Lafayette St), NYC 212
732 5600

Salon Finalists will dance in one or two rounds together, and Judges
will pick 3 couples who may be required to dance again. The three
winning couples will receive 1st 2nd and 3rd place medals and the winning couple receives a trophy and $1000. Champions will perform at the milonga Thursday night and at the Friday Ball.

Stage Finals. Each couple will do their choreography and Judges will pick 3 couples who may be required to dance again. The three winning couples will receive 1st 2nd and 3rd place medals and the the winning couple receive a trophy and if the minimum of 5 entries is reached
$1000 for the 1st place couple.
Champions will perform at the milonga Thursday night and at the Sunday Soiree Finale

Wish us MERDE!!!

nos vemos y abrazos
Lexa

Sunday, July 13, 2008

2ND U.S. TANGO CHAMPIONSHIP

Hola Amigos

As you recall, last year Kumi and I placed third (I was dancing the
lead) in the U.S. tango salon competition. This year I will be dancing
with a new partner, Gayle Madeira and we will be competing in both
SALON and STAGE categories. We would love to have you share these
evenings with us. Here is all the info:




2008 Official Judges:
Nelson Avila, Fernanda Ghi, Junior Cervila
MC: Sid Grant

Wed Jul 16th
101 Lafayette St. (1 block south of canal) 212 431 7134
8:00 -9:00 pm Intermediate Class:
Mario Consiglieri & Anabella Diaz-Hojman

9:00-10:00pm Championship: Salon & Stage Qualifying
10:00-1:00 am Corazon Milonga
Exhibition:
Cyrena Drusine & Eduardo Goytia-1st USA Tango Salon Champions 2007
DJ Yesim 'La Turca'
Advance $17 Door $22 Milonga Only $12


Thursday July 17th
Lafayette Grill 54 Franklin St. (B'way & Lafayette) 212 732 5600
8:00 -9:00 pm Intermediate Class:
Nelson Avila & Madalyn
9:00-10:00pm Championship: Salon & Stage Finals
10:00-2:00 am Championship Celebration Milonga
Exhibition:
Christine Lopez & Jerry Perez-1st USA Tango Stage Champions 2007
DJ Hernan Brizuela
Advance $17 Door $22 Milonga Only $12
Championship Coordinator: Evelyn Meier

nos vemos y abrazos
Lexa

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Rubyfruit is undergoing renovations or maybe closing? Tango Tuesdays will not be happening in July and hopefully by August we will sort this all out or find a new local. Stay tuned for details on our fabulous reopening!!!

LAST DAYS FOR LESBIAN LOUNGE

Page Six

July 1, 2008 --

RUBYFRUIT, the beloved West Village lesbian bar and restaurant, is closing after 15 years - a victim of rising rents and smaller crowds. "It was the first of its kind as a meeting place for local lesbians and those visiting New York from all over the world," owner Debra Fierro told Page Six. "But there have been great strides, and I think lesbians are comfortable anywhere now." The bar, named after Rita Mae Brown's best seller "Rubyfruit Jungle," was written about in Patricia Cornwell's thrillers and hosted Martina Navratilova's retirement party. It once employed as a bartender Tammy Lynn Michaels, who later "wed" Melissa Etheridge. Straights like Liza Minnelli and Ashford and Simpson also dropped in. Fierro is talking with Socialista owner Armin Amiri and others about taking over the space. But her last few weeks at Rubyfruit have her "totally heartbroken. I love this place. When I told some of the women at the bar the other night, they were crying."




Sunday, June 22, 2008

ABC News: Takes Two to Tango ... Two Guys, That Is

After you read this article...
come to Rubyfruit this Tuesday and celebrate Tango Pride.
Take your first tango lesson and get ready for Gay Buenos Aires!
ABC News: Takes Two to Tango ... Two Guys, That Is

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Dance Parade NYC



Lexa Roséan and Gayle Madeira (both East Village Tangueras) are honored to have been invited as the official tango couple on the Dance Manhattan float in the Dance Parade on Saturday May 17. Come and check out our estilo!





The Route:

The Parade will kick off at 1pm at 28th and Broadway. Then we will boogie our way down Broadway, hula, swing and irish step our way past Union Square and into University Place. At Eighth Street we will Salsa, Tango and Waltz East into Saint Marks Street. Our House, Techno and Disco floats will have afternoon shoppers wigglin as they watch us get down in the heart of the East Village. A straight shot from there brings us to DanceFest in Tompkins Square Park.

At DanceFest we will come together and celebrate watching free dance performances, be able to take free dance lessons and enjoy a Dance Party.


Nos vemos!

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Tangostars May/Jun 08

Feliz Cumpleaños Taurus
The Bull will have plenty of fun but after May 10, things get tricky with travel and on the dance floor. Jupiter and Mercury take an awkward backstep causing annoying delays on a trip but even worse, they destroy your timing with the cabeceo. Best to stay calm and seated at your table. Take your pleasure in the milonga by enjoying a juicy Argentine steak. Don’t be surprised when the one you most wish to dance with finds you and comes to sit right by your side!
Best Milonga Dates:
May 4, 5, 12, 13, 18
Jun 8, 9, 13, 28, 29


Feliz Cumpleaños Gemini
The Twins are clear about whom they want to tango with but the rest of life’s dance has you moving in different directions simultaneously and it will be hard to make up your minds. What is promised is passion and an exciting ride with many high kicks and lifts as well as low dips. In June, Mercury takes you through an insane Nuevo journey but you’ll discover a clever way of moving that leads you more directly to your heart’s desire.
Best Milonga Dates:
May 6, 7, 14, 15, 20
Jun 2, 3, 11, 12, 30

Cancer
Borges said: “The Falklands thing was a fight between two bald men over a comb.” Your thing will be a fight between you and that horrible man with the bad toupee over the line of dance. He will bump into you hard and destroy the sanctity of your embrace. Then this malevo with the bad breath will hurl insults at you even though he was clearly in the wrong. Stay cool and keep your mouth shut but your cuchillo ready. If he stabs you once more with the stiletto of his partner, you then have the permiso to cut into him deep.
Best Milonga Dates:
May 8, 9, 17, 18, 22
Jun 4, 5, 13, 14, 20

Leo
Como dice Borges: "El infinito tango me lleva hacia todo". (The infinite tango takes me towards everything. ") and these months you will find work, money, housing, guidance, friendship, love, and sex through tango. You will even find a new psychotherapist (and certainly the milongas are crowded with them!) There is no need for you to look anywhere else to make your dreams come true.
Best Milonga Dates:
May 10, 11, 20, 21, 25
Jun 6, 7, 16, 17, 22



Virgo
Sudden insights into your dance make you happy but it will take long hours of practice to create the muscle memory you desire. Add more practices to your schedule or come to the milonga early and take advantage of the space on the floor. By June, you will be ready to show off your new moves with confidence.
Best Milonga Dates:
May 12, 13, 22, 23, 27
Jun 8, 9, 18, 19, 23

Libra
A great milonguero spoke these words of wisdom: “In my tango youth, I used to think that if we had a great tango connection, then we would have great sex together. I was often wrong about that. In my middle years, I discovered that sometimes it did transfer. (And sometimes not.) I felt grateful for any good fit whether in the bed or on the dance floor.” In my golden years, I discovered the secret clues that bring passion in both these arenas. You will now learn the same.
Best Milonga Dates:
May 3, 14, 15, 24, 25
Jun 11, 12, 21, 22, 27

Scorpio
There is one move that you keep coming back to because you enjoy the friction and the feeling of it. Perhaps it is the # 3 of the basico when the thigh of the leader rubs against the thigh of the follower. Perhaps it is a deep secada where the thigh of the leader presses into – well you get the idea… For each of you it will be something different, but you will repeat this movement over and over until it becomes more complex and layered and you have found a way to infuse your core figure into every step of your life. It will be sexy and joyous.
Best Milonga Dates:
May 17, 18, 27, 28, 31
Jun 13, 14, 23, 24, 28

Sagittarius
Borges said: “Being with you and not being with you is the only way I have to measure time.” That is how you feel about the tango. Your milongas are measured and few as your home and work life picks up at a pace faster than the traspie. You relish every moment of the embrace and when you are not in it, you absentmindedly dream of it as you methodically go through your days until the next wail of the bandaneon relieves your suffering heart.
Best Milonga Dates:
May 6, 10, 11, 20, 21
Jun 6, 7, 16, 17, 30

Capricorn
Borges said: “I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.” Your heavenly collection is You Tube. Each day you discover a clip even more divine until your computer freezes and forces you into purgatory. Then you must go to a milonga immediately and find a living savior to redeem you through the dance. Remember Memorex is good but live tango is best!
Best Milonga Dates:
May 8, 12, 13, 22, 23
Jun 5, 8, 9, 18, 19

Aquarius
Great ideas are stirring within you but you must keep your plans secret until June 20th. In the meantime, woo all your followers and leaders away from your competitors. Give them dances, compliments, even loan them money. Do whatever it takes, because when you open the doors to your new milonga, they’ll all come running to support their favorite milonguero/a.
Best Milonga Dates:
May 6, 7, 10, 25, 26
Jun 2, 3, 7, 21, 22

Pisces
You need a dark secluded place. A place where no one knows your face… At Confitera Ideal or any milonga you go – you can meet your tango teacher and everyone you know! But if you go to the spot that I am thinking of, you will be free...to gaze at me and talk of love. Just knock three times and whisper low that you and I were sent by Jose. Ole!
Best Milonga Dates:
May 1, 8, 13, 27, 28
Jun 4, 5, 9, 23, 24

Aries
Borges said: “The original is unfaithful to the translation.” So don’t fret about copying the estilo of your teachers for you will soon surpass the masters. However, the size of your head is now more inflated than an Argentine ego. There is not much humility in the origin of the tango but perhaps you can find some lost in translation.
Best Milonga Dates:
May 2, 3, 10, 11, 16
Jun 6, 7, 11, 25, 26

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Lexa's Argentine Tango Classes

Every Wednesday
7pm - 8:15pm All Levels
Focus on close embrace, connection, balance, and new steps
All classes @
9 Great Jones (3rd St) Bell #1
between Broadway & Lafayette.
Red Door next to Acme Restaurant
NYC

Every Tuesday
8:45 - 9:45pm Beginner
9:45 - 10:45 guided practica
@ Rubyfruit downstairs
531 Hudson (@ Charles St)
NYC
$20 per class (includes practica & milonga and one drink on Tuesdays.)
NO PARTNER NECESSARY

Private lessons also available by appointment.
email
tigerstango@gmail.com

Rubyfruit Report

The practica y milonga are growing slowly and I am happy to report that tonight was a very good night at Rubyfruit. We had many new beginners including some very hot eye candy from Albert Einstein school of medicine. The doctorboys are on their way to Buenos Aires and wanted to get a head start on their tango. La Marshall - look out! We were also blessed with a visit from two Cubano Mambo Kings who are now ready to master the tango. There were gay boys from Uruguay y an amazing mina from Netherlands who stopped by to dance. (Be sure to look for her in the milongas on Wed & Th as her following is exquisite!) Along with the core group of dedicated regulars we were visited by a very sexy and mysterious man and woman couple. They experienced their first tango lesson and say they will be back. It was a very satisfying tango night. We danced until 1:30am and would have gone later except the bartender was tired and needed to call it a night. Nos vemos la proxima vez!

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

NYC's first Lesbian Milonga!


THEN...













NOW...


THINGS CHANGE ONLY TO REMAIN THE SAME

Tango Tuesdays @ RUBYFRUIT
8:45 pm - 9:45 pm Lesson
with Master Instructor
Lexa Roséan
9:45 - 10:45pm Practica
Milonga till 1 am
531 Hudson St.
NYC
212 929 3343


Queer design but Heterosexual friendly.

tango death and rebirth

The faces of my students
the eager faces of my students are a beacon of light
a budding spring
reminding me of my own tango youth.
reminding me of the hope I once held for my dance and my life.
reminding me that I can still inspire in others what I no longer carry within.

Dancing and Depressed.

Tonight the Egyptian asked me if I was tired.
"No I am not tired. "I said even though I was resting out the tanda.
"Then perhaps you are in love. It is the same, you know - tired and in love.
Being in love makes you dizzy." he smiled.
"Yes, I know" I smiled back.
I was feeling dizzy.
I had gotten a bit drunk before the milonga (something I never do) because I lost a job earlier in the afternoon and it seemed appropriate to get inebriated. If I had been tired or in love, these feelings were quickly supplanted by the onset of deep panic.
A long long time ago, my astrologer told me that I needed to dance in order to avoid committing suicide. So I began to dance.
It saved my life for several decades.
I am now wondering if this is still an effective remedy.

It was only in the elevator on the way out that I found my lost sense of humor, dignity, and desire to live.
A gentleman and two ladies accompanied me down. The ladies buzzed about my dapper hat and I made some comment back to them. The gentleman was taken aback and he said:
"Your voice is higher than I expected. I thought you were a -"
"The ladies buzzed again and chuckled deeply.
"Shall I lower my voice for you?" I asked while straightening my corbata. And I did so speaking in a deep husky range.
"I thought you were a -
You are dressed like a -
I thought you were a -" he repeated.
"I AM" I said in my best basso.
"It is ok, the ladies assured him. It takes a woman to know these things."
In that moment I ceased to feel so depressed for being such a loser.
At least I was recognized for the milonguero I am.

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Dr. Ninah Beliavsky cordially invites you to a

BOOK CELEBRATION – Concert - DANCE


Imagination, Cognition and Language Acquisition:

A Unified Approach to Theory and Practice


  • Dr. Clyde Coreil, Editor-in-Chief
  • Dr. Ninah Beliavsky, Associate Editor

    The Program will include a violin-piano recital by Yuri and Daniel Beliavsky

    and a special performance of Argentine tango by

    Ninah Beliavsky

    Lexa Roséan and Daniel Rafael.




    Saturday, March 29, 2008

    MARILLAC AUDITORIUM

    6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

    St. John’s University

    8000 Utopia Parkway

    Jamaica, NY 11439

    Refreshments will be served

    Admission is Free

    Sponsored by the Department of Languages and Literatures and

    St. John’s College

For More information contact Dr. Ninah Beliavsky beliavsn@stjohns.edu

or call 718-990-5262


Saturday, March 22, 2008

PeekaBoo I see YOU

Gayle and I have decided to share this because it is so lovely - at least the moments you can see. Tiger is still in training and at present just cannot resist entering the forbidden zones - in this case - dancing out of camera range. This was our first public tango exhibition. We are dancing to Alma De Bohemio by Pedro Laurenz. March 21 2008 La Belle Epoque Milonga @ Ukranian Restaurant NYC


Lyrics courtesty of planet-tango.com
Peregrino y soñador,
cantar,
quiero mi fantasía
y la loca poesía
que hay en mi corazón!
Lleno de amor y de alegría,
volcaré mi pasion.

Siempre sentí
la dulce ilusión
de estar viviendo
mi pasión.

Si es que no vivo lo que sueño
Yo sueño todo lo que canto,
por eso mi encanto
es el amor.
Mi pobre alma de bohemio
quiero acariciar
y como una flor
perfumar.

Y en mis noches de dolor
a hablar
me voy con las estrellas,
y las cosas más bellas
despierto he de soñar.
Porque les confío a ellas
toda mi sed de amar.

Siempre sentí
la dulce ilusión
de estar viviendo
mi pasión.

Yo busco en los ojos celestes
y en renegridas cabelleras
pasiones sinceras,
dulce emoción.
Y en mi eterna vida errante
llena de ilusión,
yo quiero dar todo
mi corazón.

Traveler and dreamer,
to sing,
I want (to sing) my fantasy
and the mad poetry
that there is in my heart!
Filled with love and joy,
I'll empty out my passion.

I always felt
the sweet illusion
to be living
my passion.

If I don't live what I dream
I dream all that I sing,
that's why my charm
is love.
My poor bohemian soul
I want to caress
and like a flower
permeate with perfume.

And in my nights of pain
to speak
I go (to speak) with the stars,
and the most beautiful things
awake, I'm going to dream
Because I trust in them
all my thirst for love.

I always felt
the sweet illusion
to be living
my passion.

I look for in the light blue eyes
and in black long hairs;
sincere passions,
sweet emotion.
And in my eternal wandering life
filled with illusion,
I want to give all
my heart.


An additional note: While you are watching the empty stage, take notice of the lovely chandeliers. Although they shed light, they are rooted in "nights of pain". It is rumored they were purchased with gold teeth collected from murdered Jews in Ukranian concentration camps during the Holocaust.

Gayle Madeira y Lexa Roséan Performance


Gayle and Lexa's first exhibition.
Unfortunately the tango did not get recorded well and we are out of frame too much to show you -
but here is the milonga.

la Mulateada
di Sarli
Mar 21 2008
La Belle Epoque milonga @ Ukranian Restaurant


Friday, March 21, 2008

Lexa y Gayle Perform at La Belle Epoque Milonga

Lexa and Gayle will be performing Argentine tango at the Ukrainian milonga
When: This Friday, March 21
Where: Ukrainian East Village Restaurant, 140 2nd Ave (between 8th & 9th St)
Go through the restaurant to the back and down the stairs. Ask a server where the tango is if you have problems finding it.
What time: Performance will be around 10:45
If you would like to come for lessons, they are 7-8:00pm beginner; 8:00-9:00pm intermediate; dancing is from 9pm-2:30am
How much: $12, ($15 including lessons)
Come hang out, have food & drink and watch some tango!

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Tango Purim Party


אורחים מיוחדים במסיבת פורים - נינה בליאבסקי יחד עם דניאל רפאל ולקסה רוזין במופע מיוחד טנגו ארגנטינאי

Daniel Raphael, Lexa Roséan and Ninah Beliavsky will be dancing tango exhibitions at an Israeli Purim Party on Thursday March 20. So, nu it's $20 admission and you have to be an Israeli to get in. (but we think we can get a limited # of non holylanders in as friends, so contact me if you are interested in attending.)tigerstango@gmail.com

Central Queens Y, 67-09 108th St., Forest Hills, NY, 11375
Thursday Mar 20 8pm
To get to the 108 st Y, by subway
Trains E, F, G, R, & V stops at the "Forest Hills-71st Ave" station located on Queens BLVD. From there, it is a short walk to the Y.

אורחים מיוחדים במסיבת פורים - נינה בליאבסקי יחד עם דניאל רפאל ולקסה רוזין במופע מיוחד טנגו ארגנטינאי

הכניסה לערב זה $20 לאדם

8:00 בערב

WWW.ISRAELIM.COM

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Monday, March 17, 2008

Gayle y Lexa perform @ opening of Rubyfruit Milonga

Tango Tuesdays @ RUBYFRUIT
8:45 pm - 9:45 pm Lesson
9:45 - 10:45pm Practica
Milonga till 2 am
531 Hudson St.
NYC
212 929 3343

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Tango Shoe Sale

Last Chance to buy NeoTango Shoes for $150
Ladies, Felina Shoes has been providing beautiful NeoTango shoes from Argentina to New York Tango dancers for a while for the price of $150.
Due to increase in cost, the price of NeoTango shoes will be increased to $170 effective march 14, 2008.
As many of you know, the price of NeoTango has increased to $170 everywhere else, but FELINA SHOES has been absorbing these increases for the past months.
Thank you for your understanding and we hope that you will continue to support and patronize us.
We shall continue to strive to provide you with our courteous, prompt and efficient service.

From Argentina to your feet...

www.felinashoes.com
917.364.5594

Monday, March 10, 2008

Tango Heaven

Tonight I was lucky enough to dance with both Jennifer Olson and Melina Sedo and it was divine. Just a head's up to all NY tangueros not to miss the workshops with these heavenly creatures and their dashing cohorts. Here are links to their workshop schedules.
Melina Sedó & Detlef Engel @ Ripley Greer
Jennifer Olson and Damian Lobato @ Dance Manhattan
These two amazing couples will also be around in the milongas this week!

Tango Dancer Wanted

Tiger is passing along this message from Maya:
I (MAYA) work with annette hollander (mezzo soprano) as her accompanist for classical part of repertoire and gokhan somel who accompanies her jazz singing. we are planning to add some tango songs too. so while two of them are performing a tango song i would like to dance.
i need a partner who is willing to practice 2-3 times a week and to perform 1 or 2 numbers in a show with us.
If you are interested please contact Maya @ mayagalt@gmail.com

Monday, March 3, 2008

2nd STOCKHOLM INTERNATIONAL QUEERTANGOFESTIVAL
20-23 March 2008


Dear queertango dancer! Stockholm proudly offer the second queertangofestival.
Now with more artists, teachers and DJ:s from Buenos Aires och Europa. Ute
&Marga, Augusto&Miguel, Maurizio&Martin&Helen La Vikinga, Charlotte & Katja,
Scarlett, Karo and Luis.

Venue: Skeppsholmsgården, Skeppsholmen

Our artists and teachers will also host the milongas. For example: on Friday is
The Magic Buenos Aires Night and on Saturday Queer Tango Femme Fatales Night!


Registration and info/full programme:

http://www.queertango.se

a.. 7 hours Workshops on each level
b.. 4 instructor led practicas.4 hours. All levels
c.. 4 Milongas/ Tango Party/ Tango Shows!
d.. 3 Tango Café practicas daytime
e.. Packages for different levels, also beginners!


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La Vikinga will sell her wonderfully own designed shoes from Fabios shoes
directly from Buenos Aires.

Would you like to volunteer DJ at the TangoCafé write a letter!

There are still some cheap bed available!




WELCOME!

CHARLOTTE RIVERO/TANGOVERKSTAN -ROLES IN MOTION
+46 73 770 25 15

Saturday, March 1, 2008

TangoStars Mar/Apr 2008

Feliz Cumpleaños Pisces
You are not prepared for what’s coming – yet you have dreamed and waited your whole life for it. They don’t often play Libertango in the milongas. Yes, it is your freedom being offered. Now is not the time to play the planchadora! Get off the wall and grab the tango that’s meant for you. Continue to dance it outside the milonga for it resonates within your heart and your soul wants to soar with it through all the moments of your life.
Best Milonga Dates:
Mar 6, 7, 14, 15, 24, 25
Apr 2, 3, 11, 12, 21, 30

Feliz Cumpleaños Aries
The organizers are a breed of their own and you are about to become one or marry into the species. Get ready to go to all the milongas and I mean ALL of them. Of course you will only stay until the announcements and then run to the next. The malevos make you dizzy until the Vernal equinox (Mar 21) and then, their sharpened knives and tongues are no match for your own warlike tactics. Competition is good for you – the fiercer, the better!
Best Milonga Dates:
Mar 5, 8, 9, 17, 18, 22
Apr 4, 5, 14, 17, 18, 23

Taurus
Remember the codas in the milonga. No man/no woman belongs to only one. You must share your partners even though this feels as if it will kill you. You must also completely resist killing others and patiently wait your turn. Trust in the prosperity principle and know that there are enough partners in the dance to go around. On a personal note, you can be as possessive as you like with a lover.
Best Milonga Dates:
Mar 6, 10, 11, 19, 20, 25
Apr 6, 7, 15, 16, 20, 21

Gemini
Pluto gives you the gift of a glimpse of how fully your life could be lived, and your visage reflects the lightness and elegance of Aroma de Amor, but behind the playful and carefree Biagi vals - a flash in your eyes reveals the underbelly of your emotions and the fear that this newfound happiness will be snatched away. There in your soul lays a dark obsessive side wailing to di Sarli’s Tormenta. How can such pleasure and pain coexist on the same face? Only the twin could dance such a dance.
Best Milonga Dates:
Mar 9, 12, 13, 21, 22, 31
Apr 8, 9, 17, 18, 23, 24

Cancer
You and your partner dance an inspired dance and the dream to travel to tango Mecca comes as fierce as a March lion. You must go to Bs As at the top of the month and return at the end all warm and rested like a lamb. Don’t wait until April, as you will be showered with work and family responsibilities that require you to be focused and stay at home.
Best Milonga Dates:
Mar 14, 15, 23, 24, 29, 30
Apr 10, 11, 12, 20, 21, 26

Leo
How many times are you going to drag yourself to the same milonga and wait for the same orquesta to play so you can dance with the same tired old one!? Let go of it all and allow yourself to embrace something and someone new. It is time to learn and push the limits of all you know in tango and beyond. Allow yourself to dream a life bigger than the one you presently dance to.
Best Milonga Dates:
Mar 4, 17, 18, 26, 27, 31
Apr 13, 14, 22, 23, 28, 29

Virgo
Usually when you fall in love, your tango gets kind of sloppy. Not this time. Saturn in a close embrace with your sign makes you the master of discipline and Pluto’s quick traspie through your house of sex keeps that deep smile fixed on your lips. You’ll play the fool (but flawlessly) as you follow your feelings and your steps will match your heartbeat in perfect time.
Best Milonga Dates:
Mar 1, 6, 7, 19, 20, 30
Apr 2, 15, 16, 25, 26, 30

Libra
Your apartment has been transformed and you feel a deep gratification in all you have creatively accomplished. In April you receive the chance to make the same renovation in your dance. Your new partner will take some work and imagination to transform but once it happens you will CLICK like you’ve never clicked before on the dance floor. Move over Dorothy and surrender those Ruby Slippers, as YOU now own the exclusive rights on the phrase “There’s no place like home.”
Best Milonga Dates:
Mar 3, 8, 9, 21, 22, 31
Apr 4, 5, 18, 19, 28, 29

Scorpio
Your day job is reminiscent of the music of Florindo Sassone and you wish the dj would pull the plug on all the histrionics! But by night you are transformed into a di Sarli lullaby. It is dreamy as your tango extends way beyond the milonga into the wee hours where romance and good old-fashioned sex keep you up all night. Unfortunately, you still have to get up in the morning and face the drama and Jalousie of your co-workers.
Best Milonga Dates:
Mar 6, 7, 10, 11, 24, 25
Apr 2, 6, 7, 20, 21, 30

Sagittarius
You dream of the Motherland and like all immigrants, you want to recreate the warn feeling of home. Argentine tango suits your soul and like a pied piper you will play a tune so seductive as to lure the children of the milonga away from their regular hang outs and into your new barrio. Aside from being fun, this amusement will also be lucrative. Use your cunning and creativity to pull it off.
Best Milonga Dates:
Mar 8, 9, 12, 13, 26, 27
Apr 4, 5, 8, 9, 23, 24

Capricorn
The Devil arrives in the seediest of tango clubs and gives you the cabeceo. It is not wise to refuse this personal invitation to dance. The orquesta is not just playing some tango but a milonga candombe. You’d better grab his horns and sige el baile – go on dancing. Get with the earth, down and dirty with the mud. Let the blackness of your heart reveal itself and emerge into the light. El Diablo will show you how to turn your leaden feet into gold.
Best Milonga Dates:
Mar 1, 2, 10, 28, 29, 30
Apr 6, 7, 11, 12, 25, 26

Aquarius
The orange flower perfumes the air and you follow the scent to find the source of this sweetness. The butterfly lands on the tip of your nose and makes you feel like a clown in a dream. A portal has opened for you to experience the most exquisite tango of your life. To dance it will also bring you unbearable pain. Do not be afraid of this embrace for it will transform your soul.
Best Milonga Dates:
Mar 3, 4, 12, 13, 18, 31
Apr 1, 8, 9, 14, 28, 29

Friday, February 22, 2008

Lexa dances at St. John's University

Dear Friends,
The Book Celebration- Concert and Dance -has been rescheduled.
Please save Saturday, March 29, 2008, 6pm.
Stay tuned for more information and details.


DUE TO THE SNOW STORM, ST. JOHN'S UNIVERSITY WILL BE CLOSED TODAY. THIS EVENT WILL BE RESCHEDULED IN APRIL. STAY TUNED FOR FURTHER DETAILS.

Dr. Ninah Beliavsky cordially invites you to a

BOOK CELEBRATION


Imagination, Cognition and Language Acquisition:

A Unified Approach to Theory and Practice


  • Dr. Clyde Coreil, Editor-in-chief
  • Dr. Ninah Beliavsky, Associate Editor

    The Program will include a violin-piano recital by Yuri and Daniel Beliavsky and a special performance of Argentine tango

    by Ninah Beliavsky and Lexa Roséan.

    FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2008

    MARILLAC AUDITORIUM

    6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

    St. John’s University

    8000 Utopia Parkway

    Jamaica, NY 11439

    Refreshments will be served

    Admission is Free

    Sponsored by the Department of Languages and Literatures and

    St. John’s College

    ___________________________________

The book is dedicated to Lev Semenovich Vygotsky, a Russian educational psychologist who died in 1934 at the age of 37. In words of tribute written especially for this publication, Dr. Gita Lvovna Vygotsky, daughter of Lev Vygotsky and Dr. Yelena Kravtsova, granddaughter of Lev Vygotsky, refer to him as "one of the most famous and influential psychologists of the twentieth century….Although he spent only the last ten years in pursuit of his scientific dreams, Vygotsky remains one of the most quoted and most respected of psychologists."

This sentiment is echoed by Dr. Beliavsky in the foreword, who suggested that "by joining the visionary forces of two great educators, Lev Vygotsky and Howard Gardner [of Harvard University], we can….develop a universal approach of furthering children's abilities as we nurture their individual intelligences." Dr. Beliavsky refers to Vygotsky's concept of the "Zone of Proximal Development" and to Gardner's theory that all individuals have at least eight intelligences—mathematical, linguistic, musical, spatial, bodily-kinesthetic, interpersonal and intrapersonal. —that should be used to measure one's "I.Q." or intelligence quotient.

Dr. Clyde Coreil is a Professor of English as a Second Language at New Jersey City University and is the editor of the Journal of Imagination in Language Learning and Teaching. He holds a M.F.A. degree in playwriting from Carnegie Mellon University and Ph.D. in Linguistics from the Graduate Center at the City University of New York. The new publication by N.J.C.U. is the second of a two-volume study of the relation between education and the imagination. The first, Multiple Intelligences, Howard Gardner and New Methods of College Teaching was edited by Dr. Coreil in 2003 after a conference at which Dr. Gardner was keynote speaker. ccoreil@njcu.edu

Dr. Ninah Beliavsky is Associate Professor at St. John's University. She teaches English as a Second Language and Hebrew Language at the Department of Languages and Literatures. She holds an M.A. and a Ph.D. from Northwestern University and a B.A. in linguistics and psychology from the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee and Madison. She also studied in Tel Aviv University in Israel and in Sorbonne University in France. Ninah's interests include child language acquisition and bringing music, art and dance into her language classroom. In July 2007, Ninah won second place in the First USA Tango Stage Championship.

Yuri Beliavsky has had a distinguished career as a concert violinist. He performed and recorded with the Grand Symphony Orchestra of Soviet Union Radio and Television, the Jerusalem Symphony, and the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. Between 1972 and 1974, Yuri made several recordings with the Jerusalem Symphony, among them Mozart's Concerto No.3 in G-Major, K. 216, Bartok's Violin Concerto No.1, and Bruch's Kol Nidre, which was recorded just before Yuri joined the Israeli army during the Yom Kippur War. In 1986-87, Yuri created a series of special programs for WFMR, the Classical Radio Station in Milwaukee, called "A Historical Perspective on the Art of Violin Playing since the Beginning of the Recording Era." His lectures have been aired in New York ,on the Russian Radio- Davidzon- station. Yuri also lectures in the New York public libraries and concretizes regularly. bedany32@aol.com

Daniel Beliavsky, Ph.D., began his professional performance career at the age of 15, when he debuted with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Maestro Zdenek Macal. He has been a soloist with orchestras in the USA and Europe, most notably the Moscow State Symphony Orchestra and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. Daniel Beliavsky is a Steinway Artist and one of only 16 Steinway Supporting Personalities in the United States. His discography includes the world-premiere recording of composer Lukas Foss' complete works for solo piano, Ecstasy and Poetry (Schubert and Chopin ) and From Italy to Russia (Scarlatti, Bach, Mussorgsky) on the Sonatabop.com label. Daniel had recently received his Doctorate in Music Theory and Composition from New York University. He is an Assistant Professor and teaches at Montclaire College and Queensborough College. deb228@nyu.edu

Lexa Roséan writer, poet, playwright, and performer - teaches and dances Argentine Tango and in 2007, she placed 3rd dancing the lead in the U.S. Tango Salon Championship and was the first woman leader officially invited to dance in the Mundial Competition in Buenos Aires. Lexa teaches group lessons on Tues and Wed evenings and has her own milonga. She is also available for private tango lessons.

Judischer Tango: Ich hab' kein Heimatland (I have no Motherland)

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Goose and Gander

Ok, maybe it's just me, but if a fella invites me to dance,
I expect him to lead.
This week in the milongas, I've had a lot of guys running after me on the dance floor, waving their arms, jumping up and down in front of my face and yelling: 'Oh pick me! Pick me! Lead me!".
Is this a new technique? Should the ladies employ it as well to get dances? No offense guys but if a lady tried to corner me like that I'd run away too. Call me old fashioned but I prefer the cabeceo and I practice it as both a leader and a follower. If you gents want to follow, you should let yourselves in for the WHOLE experience and that includes wallflowering. I want you to sit and bat your eyelashes at me or wink from across the room and wait for my nod of the head. I want to find you with my eyes when the music is right for you to be in my arms. As far as I'm concerned, inviting someone to dance when you intend to lead is like offering a ride. Inviting someone to dance when you intend to follow is like asking for one. Call me a bull headed macha, but that's how I see it.
p.s. I also like my followers in heels!

Monday, February 4, 2008

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Saludos Performance Photos

Here are some photos from Saludos performance at Dance Manhattan. This was a performance workshop taught by the amazing Brigitta Winkler and assisted by Candy Korman.
The group: Lexa, Gayle, Fred, Natalie, Mike, and Shu-Shia.