November Queer Tango

Our October and November Beginner Tango Series is SOLD OUT. Join our email list for the wait list and to hear about our next classes and events: abrazoqueertango@gmail.com.

We dance on with care and caution:

Vax + proof required. Masks required. Temp checks. Limited size events. Unlimited Joy.

Find out how to provide proof of vaccination and read our full policy: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1hwC5

QUEER TANGO BEGINNER’S SERIES (SOLD OUT) + practica

Finnish Brotherhood Hall | 1970 Chestnut St. Berkeley. 

SCHEDULE

Class limited to 22 dancers |

*Registration recommended to reserve your spot

3:30-3:40 pm Check in 

3:40-4:30 pm: This is a FUN, No-Pressure, introduction to Argentine tango. This class is ideal for beginners, dancers who have not danced in a long long time, and folks who want to learn the other role. 

4:30-5:30 Practica (open to all, even if you don’t take the class. Limited to 30 dancers)

PRO TIP:  Inviting a new dancer is one of the BEST ways to grow our community. Please consider telling a friend or two about about this series.

COST

-4-week series, includes class and practica: $50 ($10 savings) when paid in advance. $55 at the door.

-Walk-ins welcome: $15 per class

-Practica alone: $5

-Students with ID: $25 series, $8 class + practica, $3 practica alone

No refunds or exchanges. 

Covid hit your pocketbook? Don’t worry we got you covered. Email us for a sliding scale / pay what you can voucher: abrazoqueertango@gmail.com

REGISTRATION

*Register via venmo or paypal. Use comment section to note what classes you are attending.

Venmo: abrazo-tango (Karen Curtis) 

Paypal: abrazoqueertango@abrazoqueertango

Long live queer tango!

Queer Tango in September

Hello good people, 

September marks the 10th year of Abrazo Queer Tango. Goodness. To mark the occasion, I’d like to take a moment to review how we began, our origin story, to put down for the record how it is that we arrived at this point. Jump to the end for the queer tango schedule this month.

This is how I remember it and what it meant to me. In early 2010, a group of queer dancers from QueerTango SF (love to Auriel, Winter Held, Amy Little and Marc Vanzwoll) and Tango Fuego (gratitude to Maya Bergman) wanted to dance several times a week, and so we headed out to straight tango venues in small packs, 2-3 at times, 15 peeps deep at others. 

We met wonderful folks, dancers, teachers and organizers who were cool, deep into tango, so talented and supportive from the beginning and still today. We also came face to face with subtle and not so subtle forms of homophobia and transphobia. It was challenging, but we pressed on, arranging “queer tango outings” each week. An email list developed. Favorite teachers and venues identified. We huddled after outings: was this working for everyone, how were folks feeling, what were folks doing to deflect the bigotry and still take in all the joy. A pattern emerged: Some of us had a pretty good time, most of the time, and some of us were taking it on the chin more often than not. 

And then two things happened. A teacher was overheard questioning why we had come to his class — it was one of those nights when we were 15 deep, outnumbering the straight dancers, putting the room on edge. On another night, a trans guy, a beautiful follower with the most genuine embrace, was passed over by several leaders in a beginner’s class at one of our favorite spots. He was not supposed to be alone in class, but a couple of queer tango peeps had cancelled. A few of us taking the intermediate class ran into him outside. He played it off a bit, wished the rest of us a good night, but his eyes were wet around the edges, and he never came out with us again. He quit tango. 

This was a breaking point for me. You’d have to ask others there at the time what motivated them, but I wanted tango without the blah blah blah for myself and my peeps. I didn’t want to organize another tango event that didn’t hold up every queer and trans dancer as beautiful and worthy. The hardest thing about learning tango should be learning tango.

Things moved quickly over the next year. We hosted a free night of tango at Duboce Park Cafe in SF on Tuesdays. A queer milonga in SF on Sept. 10th 2011, organized by myself, Evan and Marc, was a blast that lost money (but we paid our teacher and DJ well). Someone made flyers. Soon after we rented a room at Lake Merritt Dance Center for queer classes, originally on Wednesdays. A day of queer tango workshops followed. Someone figured out wordpress. And Abrazo Queer Tango was born. We had a different name at first, but the mission was the same: let’s learn to pivot in peace, let’s get as big as the European and Buenos Aires queer tango communities, lets come, all of us, as we are and dance as we wish. (In the line of dance people!)

This quote from Peter Staley sums it up:

“I think it’s a great way to live, to fight for yourself, to fight for your friends, to fight for a community of individuals who are sharing your experience and to fight for dignity and a better life, and there will be a tipping point. There will be victories and they will be joyous.” 

Since that first year, so many talented and beautiful people have put their time, energy and money into making Abrazo Queer Tango what it is today, a volunteer run organization with weekly queer tango classes and a practica, a monthly milonga, special events, and a queer tango festivalito. We are a part of a growing and diverse SF Bay Area queer tango kingdom that is connected with a stunning world wide queer tango community. I’m excited to see what happens from here. Thank you for being a part of us.

If not for COVID, we would do it up so very grand this month dear ones, instead, we are happy to announce our first true beginner’s class + hour long practica since the pandemic started. Seems fitting to start this month in the simple way that Abrazo began. If it’s safe for you, we would love to see you. If not this month, one day it will be so. 

Long live queer tango. 

COVID SAFETY REMINDER:

We dance on with caution and care following the Covid guidance from Alameda County. 

For Abrazo Events, dancers must be fully vaccinated* with proof of status required. 

Mask required

Temperature checks

Class size is limited to 22

*Find out how to provide proof of vaccination and read our full policy: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1hwC5NYb0Cdo2tuB7OcdYs5zR3lklCz45jTdRuB0UOK8/edit?usp=sharing

BEGINNER’S SERIES WITH MIRA BARAKAT

Finnish Brotherhood Hall | 1970 Chestnut St. Berkeley. 

SCHEDULE

September 5, 12, 19 and 26

Class limited to 22 dancers

3:30-3:40 pm Check in 

3:40-4:30 pm: Beginner’s class, new dancers welcome. This is a fun, no pressure, introduction to tango basics ideal for new dancers, rusty dancers who haven’t hit the dance floor in a long while and folks who want to switch roles. 

4:30-5:30 Practica

PRO TIP:  Inviting a new dancer is one of the BEST ways to grow our community. Please consider telling a friend or two about our first beginner series since the start of the pandemic. 

COST

-4-week series, includes class and practica: $55

-Walk-ins welcome: $15 per class

-Practica alone: $5

-Students with ID: $28 series, $8 class + practica, $3 practica alone

No refunds or exchanges

Covid hit your pocketbook? Don’t worry we got you covered. Email us for a sliding scale / pay what you can voucher: abrazoqueertango@gmail.com

Cash or check at the door

Venmo: abrazo-tango (Karen Curtis) 

Paypal: abrazoqueertango@gmail.com

We prefer the above payment options, but can also use eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/beginner-queer-tango-series-tickets-164758317563

Questions, please email us: abrazoqueertango@gmail.com. 

THESE THINGS ARE JUST COOL

This is from Tango Queer Santigo: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=190451882343300&ref=sharing, a short video that features Ariel, now with us in the Bay area, and it’s a beautiful reminder of what queer tango can do for us. 

Humans of Tango: A podcast series with one episode that Features Augusto La Marshall being the shining gem that he is: http://humansoftango.com/e/reflections-of-a-queer-tango-trailblazer/

Lexa Rosean, the legendary butch milonguero who started the first lesbian milonga in NYC,  on Being Queer in Tango before Queer Tango was from her interview by Miranda Lindelow at one of our virtual abrazo milongsas last year. Here’s  an excerpt: https://tigerstango.blogspot.com/2020/12/on-being-queer-in-tango-before.html?fbclid=IwAR2iglef28dfQB86RIgYvetiObrpzsOvMeqMHGILJCXgJiTpbYvfzz32h38

Check out Lexa’s bio: https://abrazoqueertango.wordpress.com/guest-lecturer/

IT TAKES A VILLAGE…

A moment of gratitude to all of the wonderful magic makers who have been working the doors, checking vax cards, taking temperatures and rolling with the punches of set-up and clean-up. We could not be doing this without you, truly. Beverly, Alisa, Lenore, Nik, Douglas, Amy Dewey, Janette, Monika, Gaelle, Sabrina and Karen Goetz. Deep bow of gratitude for making it possible for us to dance and prance with a bunch of new safety protocols. 

Please consider joining our Abrazo team workers–help keep our community running with a half-hour of time (or more): kim.patrice17@gmail.com 

Be well.

Over at Abrazo Queer Tango in August…

Hello, dear community, 

True summer approaches, and with it, our in-person Abrazo, the queer milonga returns to the Finnish Hall for all fully vaccinated dancers!  But that’s not all, dear ones, oh no–we continue with in-person classes and practicas, a Tea Dance, and more!  Read on for all the good things headed your way.

SUNDAY QUEER TANGO CLASS + EXTENDED PRACTICA WITH JURNI ROCO

Finnish Brotherhood Hall | 1970 Chestnut st. Berkeley. 

Dancers must be fully vaccinated* with proof of status required. Masks required to all events.

Find out how to provide proof of vaccination and read our full policy: 

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1hwC5NYb0Cdo2tuB7OcdYs5zR3lklCz45jTdRuB0UOK8/edit?usp=sharing

*Dancers are considered to be fully vaccinated 14 days after their final vaccine shot per CDC guidance. 

We are adjusting  our policies as new information becomes available. Thanks in advance for your patience. This is new to all of us — let’s make it work together.

Schedule

August 1, 8, 15, 22 (NO August 29th class–see our 3 hour tea dance with DJ Mungai below)

3:30-3:45 pm Check in 

3:45-4:45 An all-levels (no absolute beginner’s/first time timers*) return to in-person tango, focusing on connection, quality of movement, the embrace, dissociation, pivots, walking and common figures. Class limited to 22 dancers. 

*Our next absolute beginner’s series begins 9/5 — you can register now:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/beginner-queer-tango-series-tickets-164758317563

4:45-6:15 pm Practica with DJ Jurni — yep, an hour and a half to dance and socialize!

Walk-ins welcome for classes, if there is space in the limited size class. Walk – ins welcome in the practica of course! We encourage registration and pre-paying for class to reserve your spot. 

COST

-4-week series, includes class and practica: $62 ($10 savings)

-Class + extended 1.5 hour practica: $18

-Practica alone: $10

-Students: $36 series, $9 class + practica, $5 practica alone.

No refunds or exchanges

Covid hit your pocketbook? Don’t worry we got you covered. Email us for a sliding scale voucher: abrazoqueertango@gmail.com

Cash or check at the door

Venmo: abrazo-tango (Karen Curtis)

Paypal: abrazoqueertango@gmail.com

We will return to our regular schedule (3:30 beginner’s class, 4:30 practica and 5:30 intermediate class) in September. 

Questions, please email us: abrazoqueertango@gmail.com. 

ABRAZO, THE QUEER MILONGA IS BACK

Saturday August 21st, 7-11 pm

Finnish Brotherhood Hall | 1970 Chestnut st. Berkeley. 

Yes dear ones, the in-person sweetness of the Abrazo Queer Milonga returns.  Come as you are, dance as you wish.

Dancers must be fully vaccinated with proof of status required. 

Find out how to provide proof of vaccination and read our full vax and mask policy: 

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1hwC5NYb0Cdo2tuB7OcdYs5zR3lklCz45jTdRuB0UOK8/edit?usp=sharing

No partner required. No experience necessary

7-8 pm: Fundamental lessons with Jurni Roco. Beginner’s welcome.

8-11pm:  Dancing. DJ Madeleine takes us there! Birthday Vals at 9:30

COST

$15 General Admission 

$ 7 Full-time students with ID Cash at the door

Covid hit your pocketbook? Don’t worry we got you covered. Email us for a sliding scale voucher: abrazoqueertango@gmail.com

Cash or check at the door

Venmo: abrazo-tango (Karen Curtis)

Paypal: abrazoqueertango@gmail.com

Work trade is available: kim.patrice17@gmail.com 

So that all can dance and make merry, this is a fragrance free event! Thank you.

AFTERNOON TEA DANCE WITH DJ MUNGAI

Sunday August 29, 3:30-6:30, Finnish Hall

Dancers must be fully vaccinated with proof of status required. 

Find out how to provide proof of vaccination and read our full vax and mask policy: 

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1hwC5NYb0Cdo2tuB7OcdYs5zR3lklCz45jTdRuB0UOK8/edit?usp=sharing

DJ Mungai  spins us through an afternoon of dance and merriment at the end-of-August Tea Dance.  Come for an hour or for the full affair–the joy of Tango awaits!  

COST 

$12 General admission

$ 6 Students with ID 

IT TAKES A VILLAGE…

A moment of gratitude to Kim Wallace, our new Worktrade Wonder  coordinator, for taking on the huge role of organizing and training a new and returning group of work trade wonders to host our Sunday classes and work the milonga. It’s a job that requires constant attention to detail, mad organizational skills, and a big dose of patience and care. Thank you Kim for sharing all of this with us!

Wherever you are in the world, we wish you moments and joy and community this August,

Love live queer tango.

AbrazoQueerTango

Abrazo Queer Tango in July

Hello, dear community,

First, a huge thanks to all of you who donated to Abrazo during the month of June.  We surpassed our matching goal and brought in $1290 in funds, $1000 of which was matched by our amazing donor. THANK YOU. 

AQT is all volunteer-run, and 100% of funds go towards paying for our dance space, paying our teachers and DJs, providing discounts to students and dancers who need it, and supporting our community of queer tango teachers world-wide. Thank you for your support.

In other happy news, July is now upon us, and that means, dear ones, the long-awaited moment has arrived: in-person classes are back!  

JULY: a careful and joyful RETURN TO FINNISH HALL

Abrazo returns to in-person classes + practica every Sunday starting July 4th with Mira Barakat

We want to create a space where folks can feel safe to go back to dancing and so we set up the following protocol. 

-Dancers must be fully vaccinated* with proof of status required. 

Find out how to provide proof of vaccination and read our full policy: 

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1hwC5NYb0Cdo2tuB7OcdYs5zR3lklCz45jTdRuB0UOK8/edit?usp=sharing

-Masks: As the events are limited to fully vaccinated dancers, wearing a mask is not required but dancers are certainly welcome to wear them. If you prefer NOT to wear a mask, we encourage confirming that your partner is comfortable dancing with someone without a mask, and we encourage being respectful and understanding if they are not comfortable with it. 

-Class size is limited to 22 dancers.

*Dancers are considered to be fully vaccinated 14 days after their final vaccine shot per CDC guidance. 

We may adjust things as new information becomes available. Thanks in advance for your patience. This is new to all of us — let’s make it work together.

Sunday Schedule

3:30-3:45 pm Check in.

3:45-4:45 Tango Class! An all-levels return to tango (sorry, no first-timers/absolute beginners at this time) working on the fundamentals of tango: connection to ourselves, the floor and our partner, hitting everything we need to re-start our tango: embrace, dissociation, pivots, and walking. 

Walk-ins welcome, if there is space in the limited size class. We encourage registration, via paying for class, to reserve your spot.

4:45-6:15 pm Practica with DJ Mira — yep an hour and a half to dance and socialize!

COST

-4-week series, includes class and practica: $62 ($10 savings) No refunds or exchanges.

-Class + extended 1.5 hour practica: $18

-Practica alone: $10

-Students half off full price events: $36 series, $9 class + practica, $5 practica alone.

Covid hit your pocketbook? Don’t worry we got you covered. Email us for a sliding scale voucher: abrazoqueertango@gmail.com

Venmo: abrazo-tango (Karen Curtis)

Paypal: abrazoqueertango@gmail.com

We will return to our regular schedule (3:30 beginner’s class, 4:30 practica and 5:30 intermediate class) very soon dear kindred. To get back into it, we are starting off slow and easy.

Questions, please email us: abrazoqueertango@gmail.com. 

SUNDAY CLASS HOSTS: WORKTRADE WONDERS NEEDED!

With a return to in-person classes, we return to a world of needing worktrade wonders to join as hosts! Starting in July, we’re looking for volunteers to support our fabulous teachers during class and practica. As always, our wonderful worktraders get free classes and practicas. For more information or to sign up, contact Kim: kimwallace213@yahoo.com

PRIDE GOODIES FROM WOODEN TABLE BAKING COMPANY. 

June is departing, but we know our community doesn’t need a calendar to help us feel pride!  And we might want special treats all year round. Our friends at Wooden Table Baking Company always come through with the best savory and sweet options. Please support this queer-trans-immigrant owned business and give yourself and friends delicious ways to celebrate.

RAINBOW Alfajores. Yes please!

Pride Cookie Package. So sweet!

Rainbow Chocolate Lollipop.  New and oh so cute!

 ZOOM DANCING IS STILL A THING! … AND OTHER CLASS OPPORTUNITIES

Jurni Roco teaches in person classes and DJs in Grass Valley, Sacramento, and Santa Rosa. She hosts a weekly milonga on Wednesdays in Grass Valley starting with a class at 5pm. Details: joanroco70@gmail.com

Mira Barakat teaches private lessons for individuals and couples from her home studio in Oakland and offers zoom classes each week. In July, Mira is offering a series of in-person workshops every other Saturday at Finnish Hall, 4-6:30pm. July 10: Tango Fundamentals, July 24: Connection & Partnering. August 7: Classic Figures. Details & class descriptions. Vaccinated dancers only! Register here.  More info: more: mirabarakat.com or mirab3@gmail.com.

Miranda Lindelow is available for private classes and small group classes, in person and on zoom. Starting June 30th, Miranda will be giving group classes every Wednesday in Oakland. Zoom classes on Tuesdays will continue. Hit up Miranda for all the details peeps: karinmirand@gmail.com, (415) 225-5983

There are so many great ways to get your queer tango on in the Bay Area. Check out our More Queer Tango News page for info on local and world-wide queer tango options.  

IT TAKES A VILLAGE…

And we’ve got a pretty amazing one. THANK YOU to Kim, Jonathan, Beverly, Alisa, all of our work-trade wonder guest hosts, Mira Barakat and Jurni Roco for making a return to in-person classes possible. Your talent runs deep and it is so kind of you to share it with us.

Also, a deep bow of gratitude to Madeleine, DJ Mackerelmint, Miranda Lindelow, Mira Barakat, Gigi, and all the dancers and teachers who contributed segments to our virtual milonga, for making the pandemic times a bit brighter with such lovely and sweet queer tango ZOOM events and classes. More than I can describe went on behind the scenes to get these events to happen — thank you magic makers for bringing your love and talent to our community.

Sophia, our volunteer coordinator (though that has never been a sufficient title) is taking off for Grad school in Chicago this month — don’t worry peeps, she’ll be back, and will still have a hand in Abrazo as we move forward. We wish her so well in her new adventure. Since January, Sophia has kept the ball rolling at Abrazo, managing everything from our fundraiser to class invites and newsletters (including this one) to making magic with Gigi on the zoom for the Tango Diaries. Thank you so much Sophia for your generous and awesome work. Our room is so much brighter with you in it. 

Long live queer tango!

Dear queer tango community,

Classes, QT Diaries, a fundraiser–oh my!  It’s June and we have many exciting updates!  As vaccination rates rise, we are peeking out from our doors and getting ready to dip our tango toes onto the dance floor once more!  Read on for all the details….

JUNE CLASSES on zoom with LEXA ROSEAN 

We’ll continue on-line in the zoom room for all our June gaieties.  Lexa will teach all three June classes–do not miss this wonderful guest teacher series!  As always, the last Sunday in June we will not hold classes in honor of the Pride Festival.

All classes through this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/992052580

JUNE QUEER TANGO DIARIES: ANYTHING GOES   

Saturday June 19th, 7 pm – 8 pm PST

In honor of our fabulous month of Pride, Queer Tango Diaries presents “Anything Goes”.  Any diary entry about Queer Tango is welcome, or another offering, if you are so inspired.  Join us on the third Saturday to celebrate all that makes Queer Tango a delight, a puzzle, a thing you just can’t quit (and wouldn’t want to anyway).

For submissions and other details, contact our illustrious host Gigi: gigi.gamble@gmail.com

JUNE MATCHING DONATION OPPORTUNITY

We have a HUGE opportunity to fund Abrazo, thanks to a generous, anonymous donor from our community.  Every dollar donated–up to $1000–will be matched in the month of June.  

We cannot overstate what a big chance this is for Abrazo to have the funds to continue paying our teachers, supporting queer tango teachers who have lost income during COVID closures, and to otherwise keep our doors open.  If you’re able to donate even a few dollars, you can double your impact and allow us to keep offering all the Queer Tango delights we can muster.

To donate, you can send directly to the AQT accounts through the info below–please note “donor match” so we know what it’s for. 

Venmo: abrazo-tango (Karen Curtis)

Paypal: abrazoqueertango@gmail.com  

JULY: a careful and joyful  RETURN TO FINNISH HALL with Mira Barakat

Starting in July, Abrazo will return to in-person classes and practica for fully vaccinated dancers, if the covid situation continues to improve. Yes dear friends, the (non-virtual) tango embrace awaits. The exact format is still in the works. Look for an email mid June.

In order to participate, you must bring proof of full vaccination  and sign the Finnish Hall waiver upon arrival.  We will continue to follow any guidelines from Alameda County

Questions or to reserve your spot in class or the practica (recommended as capacity will be limited) please email: abrazoqueertango@gmail.com

SUNDAY CLASS HOSTS: WORKTRADE WONDERS NEEDED!

With a return to in-person classes, we return to a world of needing worktrade wonders to join as hosts!  Starting in July, we’re looking for volunteers to support our fabulous teachers during class and practica.  As always, our wonderful worktraders get free classes and practicas. For more information or to sign up, contact Sophia: slanzaweil@gmail.com

PRIDE GOODIES FROM WOODEN TABLE BAKING COMPANY. 

Did you know that over at Wooden Table Baking Company, our very own Andres is baking up the best pride decorated treats!? We invite you to support this queer-trans-immigrant owned business and give yourself and friends 

RAINBOW Alfajores. Yes please!

Pride Cookie Package. So sweet!

Rainbow Chocolate Lollipop.  New and oh so cute!

Be well, dear kindred. See you soon. 

Sophia

Dancing into March

Beloved tango community,

How is it already March? It’s hard to believe that a year ago we were dancing towards a festivalito, and now we are all experts on zoom classes and the solo tanda. The ups and downs of the last year have been a lot to manage for us all, but we’re glad that through the challenges our wonderful queer tango community continues to come together and grow.

As spring approaches, we are thrilled to continue our weekly Sunday classes in March, welcoming back our very own Mira Barakat!

Mira says:

In this drop-in friendly, all-levels virtual series, we will develop a theme in each class together, including strong personal posture and technique; ochos, pivots and giros; and exploring the reasons why we move and how we connect to the music. I will share some of my favorite topics and material from these months of teaching solely online. There will be time for questions, exploration, and a bit of socializing.

Same zoon link. Same sliding scale. Boom.

Be well, keep dancing!

Long live queer tango!

ps: Our regular room over at the Finnish Hall, that beautiful upstairs room with hardwood floors and large windows is now available for pod rentals. See the website for details: http://www.finnishhall.org/meeting-room.

pps: Queer Tango Zurich has a new interesting newsletter out: https://madmimi.com/s/8a1ef11

Queer Tango in February

Beautiful friends, 

Somehow we are here in the second month of 2021–so much has changed, while so much is the same. For every bright moment, there are still a hundred challenges ahead. Steady through it all, the community of music, dance, art, and support that we have built continues on. This month, Abrazo brings you a few options to dance into happy, with friends old and new.


SUNDAY VIRTUAL QUEER TANGO CLASSES 

3:30-4:30 (PST/ SF)

We offer you an hour, every Sunday, to take a break and reconnect with tango. This month, our very own Miranda Lindelow hosts our February classes, certain to take you deeper into connection and musicality!

Come as you are, dance as you please.


ZOOM is where the magic is happening

One-click link for all Abrazo practicas, classes and milongas: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/992052580?pwd=YTFSc3Q3MDVLMThVdkYyVThUa3JtZz09

Or, use the meeting ID and password at https://zoom.us/join

Meeting ID: 992 052 580

Password: abrazo2020

Tips on using zoom: 

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1wOAuaD525OooMqrgK3v8n4x_qrGTxNQtdAnvn3tpJkw


COST for all Abrazo events*

Sliding Scale: $5-$15 per event.

Venmo: abrazo-tango (Karen Curtis)

Paypal: abrazoqueertango@gmail.com

*All Abrazo events are free if your income is lost due to COVID-19. Please come as our guest.

What do we do with the money: We pay all our teachers, performers, lecturers, artists and musicians; we donate to queer tango teachers around the globe, and pay our monthly expenses. 


WAIT THERE’S MORE

Several queer tango teachers have online classes and private lessons. We made a list of everyone we know about here: https://abrazoqueertango.wordpress.com/more-queer-tango-news

Please consider supporting them, take the tango tuition challenge: send what you would normally spend on lessons each week to a teacher of your choice.

Wooden Table Cafe: Our favorite Argentine cafe and bakery, run by Andres and Citabria, has lots of goodies you can send to everyone you wish you could hug: https://woodentablebaking.com/. The cafe, over in the heart of downtown Oakland, is open and serving up sweet and savory goodies to eat and drink. You can order online for pick up or order in and enjoy outdoor seating. 

Queer Tango Resources SF Bay Area: https://www.facebook.com/groups/88504309052/ Folks post all things queer tango, events, videos, and of course there’s a bit of tango chit chat going on. 


Be safe, dear friends.

-Sophia (on behalf of AQT)

Abrazo Queer Tango

Happy New Year! 2021, finally.

Dear Kindred,

I have so much hope and energy for 2021, and I wish you all so much love and joy – as much as your heart can hold – as we enter a new year.  

I wanted to let you know that I’m taking a leave from organizing queer tango in 2021 as a family member has a new health issue that needs my full attention and time. A network of wonderful friends and a fantastic health care team supports us, and I plan to return to tango organizing in the future.

I know many of you are also managing illness, taking care of family, dealing with job loss and working on so many fronts. This really has been a difficult year in so many ways. My hope is that our little tango community still offers you a change to recharge, fill up with joy and connect with your peeps!

Abrazo will continue of course – but there will be some temporary changes.

Our milonga will take a pause, but will return in grand fashion in person or on zoom on 12/31/21, if not before. Save the date dear one – it’s gonna be a party.

Our weekly queer tango classes will continue with Mira and Miranda rotating teaching each month, January – April.  Our next series starts Sunday 1/3 with Mira. Same zoom link that you can find over here:  https://abrazoqueertango.wordpress.com/abrazo-queer-tango-classes/.

Every Sunday, we invite you to come  find your tango legs and heart with a gaggle of dear peeps. So much is still possible!

Sophia, our volunteer coordinator (that’s not a big enough title,) will be the abrazo administrator running the day-to-day business in 2021. Please contact Sophia with any questions throughout the year at: slanzaweil@gmail.com

Thank you in advance to Mira, Miranda and Sophia! Please support them!

A moment of gratitude for folks who made magic for us in 2020.

I want to thank DJ Madeleine and DJ Mackerelmint for giving our tango community such a gift in 2020: the music, the zoom, and their thoughtful and creative work to co-produce our virtual milonga and weekly classes.  We had no idea what tango would be in the virtual world, and with their support, it turned into something beautiful, international, diverse and for me, inspiring and joyful. I’m also grateful for the behind the scenes, but constant, work of Ivette to help Abrazo work with so many Spanish speaking guest artists at our milonga. We held 10 virtual queer milongas, welcoming a local and international group of queer tango artists, singers, teachers, musicians and performers, many of whom stayed up crazy late, to light up our virtual milonga with their stunning talent.  Deep bow of appreciation.

The thank you list that could follow would be too much for a single email. It would include so many of you: folks who donate money, time, care, talent, counsel. Folks who came to our events despite the peculiar idea of ‘virtual queer tango’ and sent notes of support and encouragement. All of us keep our little tango community growing and so very bright, and it is a great pleasure of my life to work and dance with all of you.

Below are some nuts and bolts to stay connected queer tango

So dear kindred, I end this note with my wishes for you. May 2021 bring you joy, wherever you are in the world, even in these peculiar and challenging times. Magic is still all around, may you find it in 2021.

Be well, dance on!

Karen, your dancing goat over at AbrazoQueerTango

Queer Tango in December

I’m so happy 2020 is about to be over. We are going out on a sweet high note my kindred, putting on our favorite queer tango track and kicking back.


ABRAZO, THE VIRTUAL QUEER MILONGA 

Saturday December 19  | 8-9:30 PM (PST/ San Francisco)

Every 3rd Saturday of the month, we  bring you queer tango talent and joy from around the globe, live music, guest lectures, artist, and dancers. We decided to go deep for December, seeing that 2020 was more than a little rough, and hope you will enjoy this sparkling group of queer tango magic makers.

Guest Musician: Itza Gutierrez (Canada by way of Mexico)

Guest Artist: Luna Beller-Tadiar (New York)

Guest Lecturer: Queer in Tango before Queertango: A Conversation with Lexa Roséan (New York)

Guest Performer: Anahí Carballo (Buenos Aires)

Invocation: Our very own Jurni takes us into a night of queer tango magic!

We will also take in a few surprises, a birthday vals and the sweet and true tunes from DJs Madeleine and DJ Mackerelmint.

Long live queer tango!


SUNDAY VIRTUAL QUEER TANGO CLASSES 

3:30-4:30 (Pacific time/ SF)

We offer you an hour, every Sunday, to take a break from the blah blah blah. This month, an international + hometown line up of teachers awaits you:

Dec. 6th : Mariana Docampo of Tango Queer Buenos Aires

Dec. 13th:  Jathan Rafael Sánchez of Tango Queer Mexico

Dec. 20 and 27th: Miranda Lindelow  of Queer Tango in the SF Bay Area

Our teachers have been so very creative and impressive in developing zoom tango classes: a mix of solo drills, exercises, musicality instruction, sequences to play with and move to + plenty of time to say hello and catch up with your tango peeps. 


ZOOM is where the magic is happening

One-click link for all Abrazo practicas, classes and milongas: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/992052580?pwd=YTFSc3Q3MDVLMThVdkYyVThUa3JtZz09

Or, use the meeting ID and password at https://zoom.us/join

Meeting ID: 992 052 580

Password: abrazo2020

Tips on using zoom: 

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1wOAuaD525OooMqrgK3v8n4x_qrGTxNQtdAnvn3tpJkw


COST for all Abrazo events*

Sliding Scale: $5-$15 per event.

Venmo: abrazo-tango (Karen Curtis)

Paypal: abrazoqueertango@gmail.com

*All Abrazo events are free if your income is lost due to COVID-19. Please come as our guest.

What do we do with the money: We pay all our teachers, performers, lecturers, artists and musicians; we donate to queer tango teachers around the globe, and pay our monthly expenses. 


Queer Tango in November

Dancing, celebrating and jumping up and down on zoom all month long!

ABRAZO, THE VIRTUAL QUEER MILONGA 

Saturday November 21  | 8-9:30 PM (PST/ San Francisco)

The zoom will light up with a live dance performance from Liliana Chenlo & Roxane Camargo (Buenos Aires); musical guest, guitarist and singer, Maleva Santomil (Buenos Aires); and Pierre Baston (Philadelphia) will present a special lecture The Dawn of Tango: “African Roots.” We felt we could also use a bit of art, and  so our very own artist and queer tango dancer Nicole Roberts (SF/ Buenos Aires) will present a couple of her pieces (beautiful images of queer tango) and discuss her work. 

DJs Mackerelmint and Madeleine make music magic and work the zoom! Of course we will have our birthday vals, and one never knows what alternative songs will blast out. 

All for love: Abrazo, the virtual queer milonga. Saturday November 21.


SUNDAY VIRTUAL QUEER TANGO CLASSES 

3:30-4:30 (PST/ SF)

We offer you an hour, every Sunday, to take a break from the blah blah blah. This month, an international + hometown line up of teachers awaits you:

Nov 1: Astrid Weiske of Queer Tango Berlin

Nov 8: Carlos Blanco and Rey Flores of Tango Queer Mexico

Nov 15, 22 and 29: Mira Barakat of Queer Tango in the SF Bay Area

Our teachers have been so very creative and impressive in developing zoom tango classes: a mix of solo drills, exercises, musicality instruction, sequences to play with and move to + plenty of time to say hello and catch up with your tango peeps. 


ZOOM is where the magic is happening

One-click link for all Abrazo practicas, classes and milongas: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/992052580?pwd=YTFSc3Q3MDVLMThVdkYyVThUa3JtZz09

Or, use the meeting ID and password at https://zoom.us/join

Meeting ID: 992 052 580

Password: abrazo2020

Tips on using zoom: 

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1wOAuaD525OooMqrgK3v8n4x_qrGTxNQtdAnvn3tpJkw


COST for all Abrazo events*

Sliding Scale: $5-$15 per event.

Venmo: abrazo-tango (Karen Curtis)

Paypal: abrazoqueertango@gmail.com

*All Abrazo events are free if your income is lost due to COVID-19. Please come as our guest.What do we do with the money: We pay all our teachers, performers, lecturers, artists and musicians; we donate to queer tango teachers around the globe, and pay our monthly expenses.