Queer Tango in September

Hi lovely dancers,


�� Below you will find a summary of our all of our events — and it’s a grand month dear one, as Anahí Caballo, a truly wonderful queer tango dancer, teacher, performer (both tango and folklore) and DJ joins us from Buenos Aires for her first US teaching tour. She will light up all of our events + offer private lessons. 


�� Here you will find Anahi’s full bio, photos, and full details of all events including event descriptions.https://abrazoqueertango.wordpress.com/artist-in-residence/. She is the real deal — if you have a moment, do check it out. 
We are over the moon to welcome Anahi as our Artist in Residence for the month of September, and we invite you to come dance and make magic with us!

SUNDAYS: Beginner and Intermediate Queer Tango Series with Anahi!

Classes limited to 24 dancers

9/4, 11, 18 and 25

3:15-3:30 check in

3:30-4:30 beginner class (no partner or experience needed)

4:30-5:30 practica

5:30-6:30 intermediate class (requires pre-approval)

$70 per series. $20 per class. Students with ID: $35 per series, $9 per class.

SATURDAY September 17th Abrazo, the Queer Milonga at a NEW VENUE for this month only: The DOME, 951 62nd Street, Oakland

Limited to 50 dancers (it’s a bigger space!)

6-7 pm All levels class with Ahani

7-10 pm-ish DJ Anahi rocks the dome.

8:30 pm-ish: Anahi will perform with Mira Barakat and a bit later, a zamba with Andres Ozzuna

-Birthday vals + chacarera !-

$20-$25 sliding Scale General Admission. Students with ID: $10.

THURSDAYs Chacarera Lesson + Practica

Limited to 35 dancers

9/1, 8, 15, 22 and 29

7:15-8 pm Chacarera class the first 3 Thursdays and then Zamba class the last 2 Thursdays.

8-9:15 pm Practica with tango and chacarera music

$15 General. Students with ID: $9

WEDNESDAYS at La Bruja

http://www.labrujatangoberkeley.com/currentinstructors/

Anahí will teach an all-levels class and DJ a 2-hour practica
7-8 pm All levels class
8-10 pm practica

This is a mainstream tango event that queer tango dancers attend and enjoy!

TUESDAY, SEPT. 6th

Anahi teaches at La Pista with Caroline

https://fb.me/e/5xk6kEb88

8-9 Pm Intermediate/advanced class

9-10 pm Practica

This is a mainstream tango event that invited Ahani to teach.

PRIVATE LESSONS

Highly recommended as a great way to take advantage of Anahí’s time with us + support her work in BA. Both Andres and Ivette study with her in Buenos Aires and credit Anahí with making invaluable contributions to their dance. 

Sliding Scale per lesson: $90-$120 + floor fee, or package of 3 lessons $250-290 + floor fee.

Contact Anahí directly to schedule a private lesson: anahi.carballo2@gmail.com

COVID PRECAUTIONS

Proof of vax + booster, Masks (KF94/N95/KN95) required. We will continue limited size events, windows open, fans out, contact tracing in place.

�� REGISTRATION

We suggest you pre-register. Please note in the comment section what you are paying for. 

No refunds or exchanges.

Venmo:abrazo-tango (Karen Curtis)

Paypalabrazoqueertango@gmail.com

 �� Deep bow of gratitude to Anahi for coming to share her love of tango, music, and performance with us! 

Hugs and love to our tango kindred far and wide. Keep dancing!

AbrazoQueerTango

Queer Tango in August

Happy August peeps!

It’s a great month to get your queer tango going! Check out our full newsletter with cool pics, interviews and videos here:

https://mailchi.mp/a3721edf993a/abrazo-queer-tango-august2022-newsletter-15884580

We have have a lovely month ahead — do come dance with us!

This is a mainstream tango events that many queer tango dancers attend:

THURSDAYS: A NEW event coming right at ya: QUEER TANGO PRACTICA. Every Thursday starting August 4th. 7:15-9:15 pm. Practice, socialize, ask questions (experienced queer tango dancers will be available) – this is a dedicated time for the queer tango community to practice and dance! $10 General. $5 students with ID.

SUNDAYS: Beginner and Intermediate Queer Tango Series with a meddly of wonderful teachers: Miranda Lindlow, Jonas and Xiaomin, Elly Fernandez and Karen Johnson from Philly Queer Tango. 

General admission: $67 for 4-wk series ($5 savings.) $129  for both series ($15 savings). Students:  $36 per series, with ID required at the first class.  $9 per class. $5 practica alone.

SATURDAY AUGUST 20th : Abrazo, the Queer Milonga with DJ Gentleman Jack and a pre-milonga class with Elly Fernandez and Karen Johnson. (We end our dance chacarera this month!). $15-20 sliding. Students with ID $9.

COVID REQUIREMENTS

We will continue limited size events, all windows open, fans out + contact tracing in place.

Proof of vaccine + Booster . Mask (KF94/N95/KN95)

REGISTRATION: Not required, but to reserve your place at any event, send payment and write what you are paying for in the comment section!

Venmo: abrazo-tango (Karen Curtis)

Paypalabrazoqueertango@gmail.com

Wherever you are in the world, wishing you an August filled with as much joy as your heart can hold. 

Queer Tango in July

Dear Good People, 

While not unexpected, here we are, living in a country without Roe v. Wade – the consequences stunning and terrible for so many marginalized people, the continued assault on basic human rights to come. So, I write this preview to our tango newsletter with a determined but also tremulous heart, I must say. 

In an increasingly dangerous country, I have over the past few years learned to find strength in what queer tango is and what we create together: tango by and for queer, trans and non-binary people that is both resistance and celebration, our work together serious and joyful because it is the full expression of our beauty and humanity in a country that seems hell-bent on denying both. This is the history of queer tango in the SF Bay Area. We organize. We resist. We dance. All parts necessary on our long road ahead. 

Rage Donor Resource for next steps:

And so my kindred, should a bit of dancing in a room with wide open windows and covid precautions in full-effect be helpful this month, do come dance with us. 

Everything at Finnish Hall | 1970 Chestnut St. Berkeley | 10 min walk from North Berkeley Bart

🌈Beginner and Intermediate Queer Tango Series with Mira Barakat, Sundays. Details: https://abrazoqueertango.wordpress.com/abrazo-queer-tango-classes/

🌈Abrazo, the Queer Milonga July 16th with DJ Jonas and a beginner’s lesson with Jonas and Xiaomin. Details: https://abrazoqueertango.wordpress.com/abrazo-the-queer-milonga/

🌈Coming in August: Queer Tango Practica, every Thursday, 7:15-9:15.

Proof of vaccine + Booster and Mask (KF94/N95/KN95) required.

From our tango heart to yours, much gratitude. Be well and keep dancing.

Long live queer tango | Come as you are | Dance as you wish.

Queer Tango in June

Hello, wonderful dancers,

June is arriving and we are filling this sunny month with queer tango. Yep, we have a slate of classes, extended practicas, a PRIDE queer tango Tea Dance to add some joy to this month–plus of course, our queer milonga.

All events at Finnish Hall | 1970 Chestnut St. Berkeley | 10 min walk from North Berkeley Bart

Read on for all the details, including reminders of our COVID requirements.

  COVID REQUIREMENTS

Proof of up to date vaccination, includes boosters: Digital record, copy, photo, or actual vaccination card are all accepted. Email two days before the event or bring it with you + ID. 

If you were vaccinated in California, you can obtain your digital record here. https://myvaccinerecord.cdph.ca.gov/

Masks: a well-fitted N95, KN95 or KF94 without exhalation valves. No cloth masks. 

Please help us keep Abrazo a safe environment. If you are not feeling 100% well, have had any symptoms in the past 5 days, or if you’ve been exposed to someone who tested positive in the past 5 days, we kindly request that you do NOT attend, even if you are vaccinated and boosted. (See the CDC’s Isolation & Quarantine guidelines.)

THANK YOU for your continued commitment to our collective health and safety by complying with these requirements. Please read our updated COVID Protocols prior to attending an event. 

We will continue:

  • Limited size events
  • Temperature checks, vax + boosted verification
  • Windows open, fans out, contact tracing procedures in place
  • All the tango joy we can fit in the room!

We are very happy to be able to offer the following events: 

🎉 PRIDE queer tango tea dance June 5th

Let’s start off pride month with a queer tango tea dance peeps! 

DJ Douglas brings the music and all of us bring the magic. 

4:30 – 6:30 pm, limited to 35 dancers

$10 (or free if you are taking the beginner’s class on the same day.)

$5 Students with ID

🎉June Beginners Series + 1.5 hour extended practica with Miranda Lindelow

Have a friend that you want to invite to tango? Send them the attached Free Pass for first time dancers.

SUNDAY SCHEDULE (6/5, 6/12, 6/19. NO class on 6/29)

3:15-3:30 : check in (vax card checks, temps, sign in)

3:30-4:30: beginner’s lesson (limited to 20 dancers)

4:30-6 pm, 1.5 hour practica 

In this beginning tango series we’ll be focusing on the key elements of tango for social dancing – connection, embrace, and basic elements. Each class will have a theme plus review elements from past weeks. Welcoming atmosphere, all are welcome, and we will have fun! Stay afterwards for the práctica to dance and practice what you’ve learned.

No partner or experience needed. Walk-ins welcome. This is a beginner friendly, fun class with a supportive and talented teacher.

LOCATION: Finnish Brotherhood Hall. Upstairs room. 1970 Chestnut st. Berkeley, CA. 10 min walking from N. Berk. Bart.

COST

General admission: $49 for 3 classes + all practicas 

$5 practica alone.

If you have to miss one class, you can purchase classes individually: $18 per class.

Students with ID: $25 series, with school ID required at the first class, or $9 per class.

No refund or exchanges. 

Walk-ins welcome all month if there is room in the class. 

Registration: Venmo, paypal – info below. Cash, check at the door — if there is room in the class. 

🎉ABRAZO, THE QUEER MILONGA: Saturday June 18th

Come as you are and dance as you wish, every 3rd Saturday of the month. 

Miranda Lindelow will teach an all-levels class to kick off our Milonga in June. DJ TBA. A good time awaits. 

This is an invitation only event to our Abrazo community, limited to 35 dancers. 

6-7 pm All levels class with Miranda Lindelow. No partner or experience needed.

7-10 pm DJ TBA. Dancing, prancing and merrymaking (in the line of dance!)

8:30 pm Birthday vals.

COST

$15 – 20 Sliding Scale General Admission

$8 Full-Time Students with ID 

Cash, check, Venmo (abrazo-tango [Karen Curtis]) or Paypal (abrazoqueertango@gmail.com)

Please consider joining the Abrazo Work Team to make this milonga possible. Contact our awesome work team coordinator, Kim, to sign up: kim.patrice17@gmail.com

REGISTRATION FOR ALL EVENTS

Registration is not required for Abrazo events, but to secure a place, we suggest that you pre-register. Some events sell out. Please note in the comment section what you are paying for!!

Venmo: abrazo-tango (Karen Curtis) 

Paypal: abrazoqueertango@gmail.com

Covid hit your pocketbook? Don’t worry, we got you covered. Email us for a pay-what-you-can voucher for any Abrazo event:  abrazoqueertango@gmail.com

No Refunds or Exchanges 

📣 MORE QUEER TANGO NEWS

Dance Dance Dance! So that you can dance it up as much as you can, we gather queer tango news, local and abroad, over here: https://abrazoqueertango.wordpress.com/more-queer-tango-news/

Introduction to Queer Tango with Miranda and Mira! Goodness, what a great way break into tango, switch up your role or re-enter tango after a pandemic break with two wonderful and experienced queer tango teachers. We are so lucky to be in the Bay Area. Saturday June 4th, class + practica, 2-5 pm, over at Finnish Hall. Invite some friends and help grow queer tango! Details and registration: https://www.facebook.com/events/360854556105939?active_tab=about

Bridge to Buenos Aires Queer Tango Tour: Nov 4-11th. Take a queer tango trip to Buenos Aires with queer tango peeps from around the globe and enjoy a welcome asado, guided city tours, queer tango classes, practicas, milongas and cultural events with a fantastic line-up of queer tango teachers: Soledad Nani, Juampy Ramirez, Augusto LaMarshall, Mariana Docampo. Your host for this first-of-it’s-kind queer tango experience, our very own Andres Ozzuna and Anahi Carballo. Details and registration: https://www.bridge2ba.com/

Milonga La Bruja with Live Music on June 8th. This queer-friendly event is organized by Lindsey. Each week a nice group of queer tango peeps meet over at the La Bruja class and practica (Christophere is teaching in June) and on June 8th live music will rock the night. 

🙌 IT TAKES A VILLAGE to keep queer tango going! 

Shout out to Janette and Alisa, Abrazo work team wonder workers, who since our return from the pandemic have been patient, kind, invested in keeping all of us safe and attending to all of the details that make that possible, every month for Sunday classes and our milonga. We are grateful for all that you bring to the Bay Area queer tango community. Special note, Janette is also a kick-ass physical therapist in private practice. Check out her website for all she has to offer: https://nurturinghealthphysicaltherapy.com

WHAT’S UP NEXT AT Abrazo

Our new Queer Tango Practica on Thursdays starts in August at Finnish Hall. Advanced dancers and tango teachers: sign up to be a guided practica host, help grow queer tango, meet new students and DANCE! Abrazoqueertango@gmail.com.

Queer Tango in May at Abrazo

Hello, dear tango community,

May is soon upon us, and we’re warming up the dance floor with 5-week series for both Beginners and Intermediates with Mira, plus our Queer Milonga to get your dance ON!

Mira is back from teaching and performing at the Miami Queer Tango festival, and we are very happy to offer you this extended time to work with her. 

  • Abrazo, the Queer Milonga, Saturday May 21st. Always a beginner’s lesson. No partner needed. 
  • Special guest DJs at our Sunday practicas: DJ Douglas rocks our May 1 practica and DJ Mackerelmint is back (visiting) and charms us on May 22nd! 
  • Check out the attached photos – a few of shots from our last Queer Tango Tea Dance.
  • Quiet as it’s kept, Sophia returns from Grad School for a visit in May!

Read on for all the details, including reminders of our COVID requirements.

All events at Finnish Hall | 1970 Chestnut St. Berkeley | 10 min walk from North Berkeley Bart

  COVID REQUIREMENTS

Proof of up to date vaccination, includes boosters: Digital record, copy, photo, or actual vaccination card are all accepted. Email two days before the event or bring it with you + ID. 

If you were vaccinated in California, you can obtain your digital record here. https://myvaccinerecord.cdph.ca.gov/

Masks: a well-fitted N95, KN95 or KF94 without exhalation valves. No cloth masks. 

Please help us keep Abrazo a safe environment. If you are not feeling 100% well, have had any symptoms in the past 5 days, or if you’ve been exposed to someone who tested positive in the past 5 days, we kindly request that you do NOT attend, even if you are vaccinated and boosted. (See the CDC’s Isolation & Quarantine guidelines.)

THANK YOU for your continued commitment to our collective health and safety by complying with these requirements. Please read our updated COVID Protocols prior to attending an event. 

We will continue:

  • Limited size events
  • Temperature checks, vax + boosted verification
  • Windows open, fans out, contact tracing procedures in place
  • All the tango joy we can fit in the room!

We are very happy to be able to offer the following events: 

MAY BEGINNER AND INTERMEDIATE CLASSES with Mira Barakat

SUNDAY SCHEDULE (5/1, 5/8, 5/15, 5/22, & 5/29)

3:15-3:30 Check in (vax card and temps check, sign in)

3:30-4:30 Beginner lesson (limited to 20 dancers, no partner or experience needed)

4:30-5:30 Practica (limited to 35 dancers) 

5:30-6:30 Intermediate lesson (limited to 20 dancers, pre-approval required*) 

Beginner’s class description: 

In this beginning tango series we’ll be focusing on the key elements of tango for social dancing – connection, embrace, and basic elements. Each class will have a theme plus review elements from past weeks. Welcoming atmosphere, all are welcome, and we will have fun! Stay afterwards for the práctica to dance and practice what you’ve learned. 

COST

5-Week Beginner or Intermediate Series + Practicas $85 ($5 Savings)

Both series + practica: $160 ($10 savings)

Single Class + Practica: $18 

Practica: Free with any class, $5 alone  

Students with ID: $45 beginner series + practicas, $9 per single class, $3 practica alone 

*May intermediate series is invite only – email Abrazo re: criteria to join this class.

Walk-ins welcome all month if there is room in the class. 

REGISTRATION

Venmo, paypal – info below. Cash, check at the door — if there is room in the class. 

ABRAZO, THE QUEER MILONGA: Saturday May 21, 

Come as you are and dance as you wish, every 3rd Saturday of the month. 

Mira Barakat will teach an all-levels class to kick off our Milonga in May. DJ TBA. A good time awaits. 

This is an invitation only event to our Abrazo community, limited to 35 dancers. 

Abrazo the Queer Milonga, 6-10 pm

6-7 pm All levels class with Mira Barakat. No partner or experience needed.

7-10 pm DJ TBA Dancing, prancing and merrymaking (in the line of dance!)

8:30 pm Birthday vals.

COST

$15 – 20 Sliding Scale General Admission

$8 Full-Time Students with ID 

Cash, check, Venmo (abrazo-tango [Karen Curtis]) or Paypal (abrazoqueertango@gmail.com)

Please consider joining the Abrazo Work Team to make this milonga possible. Contact our awesome work team coordinator, Kim, to sign up: kim.patrice17@gmail.com

REGISTRATION FOR ALL EVENTS

Registration is not required for Abrazo events, but to secure a place, we suggest that you pre-register. Some events sell out. Please note in the comment section what you are paying for!!

Venmo: abrazo-tango (Karen Curtis) 

Paypal: abrazoqueertango@gmail.com

Covid hit your pocketbook? Don’t worry, we got you covered. Email us for a pay-what-you-can voucher for any Abrazo event:  abrazoqueertango@gmail.com

No Refunds or Exchanges 

MORE QUEER TANGO NEWS

Dance Dance Dance! We gather queer tango news, local and abroad, over here: https://abrazoqueertango.wordpress.com/more-queer-tango-news/

Chamuyo Queer May 2022 offers an in-person queer tango festival that looks just marvelous. I love this from their promo: “A couple of goals: dance until exhaustion, reunite, and embrace each other. And hold THE CONVERSATORIO.” Valencia, Spain. May 12th to 15th 2022. 

Check out two of the organizers, Maite and Manu, doing the milonga justice: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AhnLb6708TQ

International Queer Tango Festival in Paris and Berlin, back to back queer tango awesomeness this summer: Paris June 30-July 3rd. Berlin July 7-11th. A number of Bay Area queer tango dancers go every year and it is truly a queer tango gathering worth experiencing at least once in your tango life, if not every year!

NYC Womxn Tango is doing some interesting things in the general tango community. If you’re in NYC check them out (and report back!)

The DC Queer Tango Collective is going strong with a new monthly queer tango practica! They will also welcome Gaston Olguin in May – goodness yes. Check it out if you’re back east. He’s lovely to work with. 

Arno Plass, a queer tango dancer from Vienna is traveling the world, documenting the lives and stories of queer tango dancers from around the globe. You can check you this project, Una Tanda Queer Con…, and support his fund raising efforts to translate and distribute his work. 

https://unatandaqueercon.wordpress.com/. Donate at GoFundMe.

Mira Barakat is also teaching Wednesdays at La Bruja in May,organized by the awesome Linsdey! Each week, there is a nice queer tango turn out and the venue is gorgeous. 

IT TAKES A VILLAGE to keep queer tango going! 

Our work trade/volunteer coordinator Kim Patrice is often the first one in and the last one out at our events and in between keeps the wheels turning smoothly by coordinating door folks, set up and clean up crews, managing the vax list, and creating all number of behind the scenes documents to keep the lights on over here at Abrazo. Thank you Kim – deep bow of gratitude for your generous and kind work. 

Reach out to Kim, if you have 30-60 min per month to help out!  kim.patrice17@gmail.com.

See you on the dance floor – Be Well!

April at Abrazo Queer Tango

Hello, dear tango community,

April arrives with a delightful set of events to sweep you onto the dance floor.

  • 3-week Beginners series with Jurni Roco
  • 3-week Intermediate series with Caroline and Christopher 
  • Sunday April 24th we end the month with a Queer Tango Tea Dance 
  • And of course, Abrazo, the queer milonga on April 16

Read on for all the details, including reminders of our COVID requirements.

All events at Finnish Hall | 1970 Chestnut St. Berkeley | 10 min walk from North Berkeley Bart

  COVID REQUIREMENTS

Proof of up to date vaccination*, includes boosters for eligible dancers. Digital record, copy, photo, or actual vaccination card are all accepted. Email two days before the event or bring it with you + ID. 

If you were vaccinated in California, you can obtain your digital record here. https://myvaccinerecord.cdph.ca.gov/

Masks: a well-fitted N95, KN95 or KF94 without exhalation valves. No cloth masks

*See CDC guidance to determine if your vaccinations and boosters are up-to-date. 

Please help us keep Abrazo a safe environment. If you are not feeling 100% well, have had any symptoms in the past 5 days, or if you’ve been exposed to someone who tested positive in the past 5 days, we kindly request that you do NOT attend, even if you are vaccinated and boosted. (See the CDC’s Isolation & Quarantine guidelines.)

THANK YOU for your continued commitment to our collective health and safety by complying with these requirements. Please read our updated COVID Protocols prior to attending an event. 

We will continue:

  • Limited size events
  • Temperature checks, vax + boosted verification
  • Windows open, fans out, contact tracing procedures in place
  • All the tango joy we can fit in the room!

We are very happy to be able to offer the following events: 

APRIL BEGINNER AND INTERMEDIATE CLASSES

SUNDAY SCHEDULE

4/3, 4/10, AND 4/17

3:15-3:30 Check in (vax card and temps check, sign in)

3:30-4:30 Beginner lesson (limited to 20 dancers, no partner or experience needed)

4:30-5:30 Practica (limited to 35 dancers) 

5:30-6:30 Intermediate lesson* (limited to 20 dancers, pre-approval required) 

4/24 3:30-6:30 Tea Dance with DJ Madeleine

TEACHERS

Jurni Roco beginners series 

Caroline and Christopher  intermediate series 

COST

3-Week Beginner or Intermediate Series + Practicas + Tea Dance: $64 ($5 Savings)

Single Class + Practica: $18 

Practica: Free with any class, $5 alone  

Tea Dance alone: $15

Students with ID: $31 beginner series + practicas + Tea dance; $9 per single class, $3 practica alone 

Walk-ins welcome all month, if there is room in the class. 

REGISTRATION

Venmo, paypal – info below. Cash, check at the door — if there is room in the class. 

*April intermediate series is invite only – email Abrazo to register for the intermediate classes.

ABRAZO, THE QUEER MILONGA: Saturday April 16th

Come as you are and dance as you wish, every 3rd Saturday of the month. 

Jurni Roco will teach an all-levels class to kick off our Milonga in April. DJ Madeleine returns and plays traditional tango music. This is an invitation only event to our Abrazo community, limited to 35 dancers. 

Abrazo the Queer Milonga has a new time! 6-10 pm

6-7 pm All levels class with Jurni Roco. No partner or experience needed.

7-10 pm DJ Madeleine. Dancing, prancing and merrymaking (in the line of dance!)

8:30 pm Birthday vals.

COST

$15 – 20 Sliding Scale General Admission

$8 Full-Time Students with ID 

Cash, check, Venmo (abrazo-tango [Karen Curtis]) or Paypal (abrazoqueertango@gmail.com)

Please consider joining the Abrazo Work Team to make this milonga possible. Contact our awesome work team coordinator, Kim, to sign up: kim.patrice17@gmail.com

APRIL TEA DANCE 4/24

We end this month with a tea dance, with DJ Madeleine lighting up the afternoon.

3:30-6:30 pm – Limited to 40 dancers – $15 reg. $8 Students

Discounts when purchased with the monthly class pass

REGISTRATION FOR ALL EVENTS

Registration is not required for Abrazo events, but to secure a place, we suggest that you pre-register. Many events sell out. Please note in the comment section what you are paying for!!

Venmo: abrazo-tango (Karen Curtis) 

Paypal: abrazoqueertango@gmail.com

Covid hit your pocketbook? Don’t worry, we got you covered. Email us for a pay-what-you-can voucher for any Abrazo event:  abrazoqueertango@gmail.com

No Refunds or Exchanges 

MORE QUEER TANGO NEWS

Miami International Queer Tango Festival, April 7 -10 features a lovely line up of queer tango teachers: Phi Lee Lam and Walter + Leo from Queer Tango NYC, Astrid Weiske from Queer Tango Berlin, Mira Barakat from Queer Tango SF Bay Area, Mariana Decampo from Queer Tango BsAs, and more! 

Dance Dance Dance! We gather queer tango news, local and abroad, over here: https://abrazoqueertango.wordpress.com/more-queer-tango-news/

IT TAKES A VILLAGE to grow queer tango!  We can’t  keep Queer Tango going strong without the excellent work of our volunteers and work traders. From working the door, to hosting out of town guests, to promotion and donations, our little community keeps the lights and the music going month after month. Thank you so much. Please consider getting involved in actively supporting Abrazo. Reach out to Kim for more information and to sign up: kim.patrice17@gmail.com.

Long live queer tango!

AbrazoQueerTango

Queer Tango in March

In solidarity, love and support for the people Russia and Ukraine who are resisting, protesting and fighting as we write this, we offer a month of queer tango that we hope will hold and lift your spirits and help support the work that you do in this chaotic world.

Abrazo Queer Tango in March

  • Astrid Weiske of Queer Tango Berlin returns to us with a special series and performs at Abrazo, the queer milonga on March 19th.
  • Caroline and Christopher are back teaching early in the month and Lynn Gardiner teaches for the first time at Abrazo.
  • DJ Douglas and DJ Madeleine keep the tango music flowing this month!

Read on for all the details, including reminders of our COVID requirements.

All events at Finnish Hall | 1970 Chestnut St. Berkeley | 10 min walk from North Berkeley Bart 

  COVID REQUIREMENTS

Proof of up to date vaccination*, which includes boosters for eligible dancers. Please pre-clear by sending a photo of your card to us via email or bring it to the door at your first event.

Masks: a well-fitted N95, KN95 or KF94 without exhalation valves is now required. Given the inherent closeness of tango, we will no longer allow cloth or surgical masks (unless they are worn over one of the required masks).

*See CDC guidance to determine if your vaccinations and boosters are up-to-date.

Please help us keep Abrazo a safe environment. If you are not feeling 100% well, have had any symptoms in the past 5 days, or if you’ve been exposed to someone who tested positive in the past 5 days, we kindly request that you do NOT attend, even if you are vaccinated and boosted. (See the CDC’s Isolation & Quarantine guidelines.)

THANK YOU for your continued commitment to our collective health and safety by complying with these requirements. Please read our updated COVID Protocols prior to attending an event. 

We will continue:

  • Limited size events
  • Temperature checks, vax + boosted verification
  • Windows open, fans out, contact tracing procedures in place
  • All the tango joy we can fit in the room!

We are very happy to be able to offer the following events: 

🎉ABSOLUTE BEGINNER’S CLASS | Start the month with Queer Tango | One day only Sunday March 6th

2:15-2:30 Check in (vax, temp check, sign in)

2:30-3:15 Class (limited to 20)

3:15-3:30 Practice, chill

COST:  $12. Students with ID $6.

Who is this class for: 

New to tango, haven’t danced in so long that you feel like a total beginner? We set up this class with you in mind. Our teacher Lynn Gardiner is warm and supportive, well-known for her generous approach as a dancer and teacher. This class will focus on the embrace, walking and a few tango elements to introduce our bodies to the joy of tango. 

Absolute Beginners Special:  

  • Two for one entrance when you register in advance  
  • Refer a new dancer who attends and get ½ off an April Class Series or event. (Your promotion help is greatly appreciated.)

🎉MARCH BEGINNER AND INTERMEDIATE CLASSES

SUNDAY SCHEDULE

3:15-3:30 Check in (vax card and temps check, sign in)

3:30-4:30 Beginner lesson (limited to 20 dancers, no partner or experience needed)

4:30-5:30 Practica (limited to 35 dancers) (DJ Douglass 3/6!)

5:30-6:30 Intermediate lesson* (limited to 20 dancers, pre-approval required) 

TEACHERS

3/6: Caroline and Christopher, both classes

3/13, 20 and 27: Astrid Weiske from Queer Tango Berlin, both classes. 

Read more about Astrid’s 25 years of teaching Queer Tango HERE. We are delighted to welcome back this wonder of queer tango!

COST

4-Week Beginner or Intermediate Series + Practica: $67 ($5 savings)

Single Class + Practica: $18 

Practica: Free with any class, $5 alone  

Students with ID: $31 beginner series; $9 per single class, $3 practica alone 

Walk-ins welcome all month, if there is room in the class. 

REGISTRATION

Venmo, paypal – info below. Cash, check at the door — if there is room in the class. 

*March intermediate series is invite only – email Abrazo to register for the intermediate classes.

  ABRAZO, THE QUEER MILONGA with Astrid Weiske, Saturday March 19th

Come as you are and dance as you wish, every 3rd Saturday of the month. 

We are excited to announce that Astrid Weiske will teach an all-levels class and also perform in March. DJ Madeleine returns and plays traditional tango music. This is an invitation only event to our Abrazo community, limited to 35 dancers. 

Abrazo the Queer Milonga has a new time! 6-10 pm

6-7 pm All levels class with Astrid Weiske. No partner or experience needed.

7-10 pm DJ Madeleine. Dancing, prancing and merrymaking (in the line of dance!)

8:30 pm Astrid performs with a special guest + our birthday vals.

COST

$15 – 20 Sliding Scale General Admission

$8 Full-Time Students with ID 

Cash, check, Venmo (abrazo-tango [Karen Curtis]) or Paypal (abrazoqueertango@gmail.com)

Check out Astrid’s last performance at Abrazo with Pier Voulkas, so lovely: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=huv-ZD1fuVY

Please consider joining the Abrazo Work Team to make this milonga possible. Contact our awesome work team coordinator, Kim, to sign up: kim.patrice17@gmail.com

REGISTRATION FOR ALL EVENTS

Registration is not required for Abrazo events, but to secure a place, we suggest that you pre-register. Many events sell out. Please note in the comment section what you are paying for!!

Venmo: abrazo-tango (Karen Curtis) 

Paypal: abrazoqueertango@gmail.com

Covid hit your pocketbook? Don’t worry, we got you covered. Email us for a pay-what-you-can voucher for any Abrazo event:  abrazoqueertango@gmail.com

No Refunds or Exchanges 

🎉 PRIVATE LESSONS WITH ASTRID WEISKE

Ready for more?  Astrid is offering private lessons.  Reach out to her directly for more information and scheduling at info@queertango-berlin.de

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📣 MORE QUEER TANGO NEWS

Astrid Weiske is also teaching on Wednesdays March 16 and March 23 at La Bruja in Berkeley: https://tangomango.org/index.php?eventid=21967&date=2022-03-16. 7-8 pm class, 8-10 pm practica. Berkeley City Club, 2315 Durant St. 

March 5th and 12th: Michele Ellis-Richards will be conducting a workshop for women who want to lead. There will be a beginner class from 1:00pm-2:30pm and an intermediate class from 2:30pm-4:00pm at Alma Del Tango Studio in San Anselmo, CA. Reserve your spot at TangowithMitch@gmail.com.

Mitch has been dancing argentine tango for over 14 years and is the 2018 GayGames Gold Medalist. Her love of tango has grown over the years and she now enjoys sharing her knowledge and experience with others by teaching. 

Miami International Queer Tango Festival, April 7 -10 features a lovely line up of queer tango teachers: Phi Lee Lam and Walter + Leo from Queer Tango NYC, Astrid Weiske from Queer Tango Berlin, Mira Barakat from Queer Tango SF Bay Area, Mariana Decampo from Queer Tango BsAs, and more! 

Dance Dance Dance! We gather queer tango news, local and abroad, over here: https://abrazoqueertango.wordpress.com/more-queer-tango-news/

IT TAKES A VILLAGE to grow queer tango!  Last month we welcomed Elly Fernandez and Karen Johnson from Queer Tango Philly – our first out of town guests since the start of the pandemic. There are many moving parts that go into making something like this possible, and we’d like to thank Citabria for providing housing, Roberta Lee for ongoing promotion help, Nicole Roberts for graphic design, Ivette for photos and promo help, and Lindsey for working the door. We can’t have events like this without your excellent work. Thank you so much. Lastly, thank you to Elly and Karen for traveling across the country to share so much with us. Join their email list here: phillyqueertango@gmail.com

We are back in February

Dear friends,

February is here! We’ve missed you all, but are optimistic that new precautions and reduced rates of infection will allow us to be dancing again this month. We have out-of-town guest teachers, our milonga and extended practicas to welcome you back to Abrazo.  

All events at Finnish Hall | 1970 Chestnut St. Berkeley | 10 min from North Berkeley Bart 

  NEW COVID REQUIREMENTS

To ensure we’re doing all we can to keep our community safe and healthy, Abrazo events will now require:

Proof of up to date vaccination*, which includes boosters for eligible dancers. Please pre-clear by sending a photo of your card to us via email or bring it to the door at your first event.

Masks: a well-fitted N95, KN95 or KF94 without exhalation valves is now required. Given the inherent closeness of tango, we will no longer allow cloth or surgical masks (unless they are worn over one of the required masks).

*See CDC guidance to determine if your vaccinations and boosters are up-to-date. 

Please help us keep Abrazo a safe environment. If you are not feeling 100% well, have had any symptoms in the past 5 days, or if you’ve been exposed to someone who tested positive in the past 5 days, we kindly request that you do NOT attend, even if you are vaccinated and boosted. (See the CDC’s Isolation & Quarantine guidelines.)

Thank you for continuing to commit to our collective health and safety by complying with these requirements. Please read our updated COVID Protocols prior to attending an event. 

We will continue:

  • Limited size events
  • Temperature checks
  • Windows open, fans out, contract tracing procedures in place
  • All the tango joy we can fit in the room

We are very happy to be able to offer the following events in February

FEBRUARY 4 WEEK BEGINNER SERIES 

Jurni Roco teaches February 6, 20, and 27

Elly Fernandez and Karen Johnson of Philly Queer Tango teach Feb 13

3:15-3:30 Check in (vax card and temps check, sign in)

3:30-4:30 Beginner lesson (limited to 20 dancers)

4:30-6:00 Extended practica with alternative and traditional music (limited to 35 dancers)

🎉FEBRUARY 13TH: SPECIAL GUEST TEACHERS FOR THE BEGINNER AND INTERMEDIATE CLASS

We are delighted to welcome two gems, Elly Fernandez and Karen Johnson from Philly Queer Tango. Check out their bio: https://abrazoqueertango.wordpress.com/guest-teacher/

3:15-3:30 Check in (vax card and temps check, sign in)

3:30-4:30 Beginner lesson (limited to 20 dancers)

4:30-5:30 Practica (limited to 35 dancers)

5:30-6:30 Intermediate lesson* (limited to 14 dancers, pre-approval required) 

*This is our only intermediate class of the month. Cost includes practica, if there is room – to guarantee practica entrance, COME EARLY!

COST

4 Week Beginner Series: $67 for the series and practica ($5 savings)

Single Class + practica $18 

Practica: Free with any class, $8 alone  

Students with ID: $31 beginner series; $9 per single class, $4 practica alone 

REGISTRATION

Venmo, paypal – info below. Cash, check at the door — if there is room in the class. 

  ABRAZO, THE QUEER TANGO MILONGA | SATURDAY 2/19 

Our first Abrazo Milonga of the year! Join us for an all-levels class with our own Jurni Roco, and dance until your heart is full to the traditional and alternative mix by DJ Jonas. This is an invitation only event to our Abrazo community.

Abrazo the Queer Milonga has a new time! 6-10 pm

6-7 pm All levels class with Jurni Roco. No partner or experience needed.

7-10 pm Dancing, prancing and merrymaking. Birthday vals at 8:30.

DJ Jonas: Traditional and alternative tango music.

COST

$15 – 20 Sliding Scale General Admission

$8 Full-Time Students with ID 

Cash, check, Venmo (abrazo-tango [Karen Curtis]) or Paypal (abrazoqueertango@gmail.com)

Please consider joining the Abrazo Work Team to make this milonga possible: kim.patrice17@gmail.com 

REGISTRATION FOR ALL EVENTS

Registration is not required for Abrazo events, but to secure a place, we suggest that you pre-register. Most events sell out. Please note in the comment section what you are paying for!!

Venmo: abrazo-tango (Karen Curtis) 

Paypal: abrazoqueertango@gmail.com

Covid hit your pocketbook? Don’t worry, we got you covered. Email us for a pay-what-you-can voucher for any Abrazo event:  abrazoqueertango@gmail.com

No Refunds or Exchanges 

📣 MORE QUEER TANGO NEWS

The super talented Phi Lee of NYC Queer Tango is teaching this summer at the Philadelphia Tango festival – which, while not being a queer tango festival (and please do experience a queer tango festival at least once in your life) does “highlight the contributions of women in tango with an all-female teaching cast, offering a rich diversity of workshop topics aimed at all genders, levels and roles.” June 2-5, 2022. Plus Abrazo can hook you up with discount passes for 3 or more QT dancers who register together.  

Dance Dance Dance! We gather queer tango news, local and abroad, over here: https://abrazoqueertango.wordpress.com/more-queer-tango-news/

IT TAKES A VILLAGE to grow queer tango!  

Thank you to Jonathan of Tangofix SF, Cat, Kim, Alisa and Frida for their work in getting us covid ready. We would not be up and ready for February without their excellent work. Thank you to Sophia, who even from afar, continues to make all the wheels turn smoothly over here at Abrazo. So grateful. It takes a bunch of folks to sustain and grow queer tango. If you’re interested in joining our merry team of volunteers and work traders please contact Kim at kim.patrice17@gmail.com! All are welcome and needed. 

Wherever you are in the world, wishing you a February with some joy and pleasure.

January Pause

Dear good people, 

TAKING A PAUSE

The numbers are not on our side right now with Omicron, and we are going to take a pause as we don’t feel we can provide a reasonably safe dance space. We are canceling all events Jan 1 – Jan 29. We plan to return in Feb.

 We will require boosters to attend abrazo events starting on Jan 30. More details soon re registration for Jan 30th and February. Please send your boosted vax cards or CA badge. 

In taking this break now, we hope to do our part in limiting the spread of Omicron in the Bay Area, protect our more vulnerable dancers, and give our dance community a chance to get boosted. Look for a full set of new policies soon. Thank you to Jonathan, Cat, Alisa, Kim and Sabrina for your research and analysis during this challenging time. We could not pull this off without your invaluable work. 

REFUNDS

Both of our beginner and intermediate classes and tea dance were sold out for January. We will of course refund everyone. 

Please send a request via paypal or venmo. Please note your full name in the comment section and what you paid for. Abrazo intends to pay Mira for 1/2 of her January teaching gig and Jurni who was set to teach our pre-milonga class in January. We are committed to supporting our teachers who make their living teaching tango! If you would like to contribute to that, consider taking less than a full refund. No worries if this does not work for you. 

Venmo: abrazo-tango (Karen Curtis)

Paypalabrazoqueertango@gmail.com

Canceling our classes is hard. We decided this in the last 12 hours given the rapidly changing covid situation. Big love to our new dancers this fall who shared so much of themselves with us. You are all a joy to work with — truly the sweetest group of new dancers. We also had a  wonderful group of intermediate dancers working hard and doing deep together. So it’s hard to stop during such a great flow, but tango waits for all and we will be back at Finnish Hall soon enough. Until then, consider checking out Mira’s online class in January.

Tango Technique & Musicality
EVERY THURSDAY
5:30pm Pacific Time (45 min)

In this class, we will do a short body warm up, exercises to strengthen tango posture & technique, and we will learn how to respond to different styles of tango music with our movement. Rotating topics, including walking, ochos, giros, spiral movement, melodic & rhythmic dancing technique, milonga, vals, and more! Suitable for tango dancers who want to continue improving and for non-tango dancers wanting to try something new and stay active. No partner required!

Suggested donation: $10-20 

Venmo: @Mira-Barakat Paypal: mirab3@gmail.com

Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/414444194

To join: simply click the link above a few minutes before the start time to join the class.

More info: mirabarakat.com

Questions: mirab3@gmail.com

Please be safe and well and keep dancing!! 

Love and hugs.

Queer Tango in December!

Hello dancers, 

December begins with lights twinkling and music calling us to the dance floor. And what a sweet month we have ahead!  Caroline and Christopher join us for two weeks, and Mira Barakat returns to teach our pre-milonga lesson on 12/18. Read on below for details on classes, Abrazo, the queer milonga with DJ Mungai, and our New Year’s Tea Dance to start 2022 off right.

PANDEMIC PRECAUTIONS

We continue to dance with care and caution — thankful for the continued improving Covid situation in the Bay Area– and still following all of our safety precautions to decrease risk.

  • Vax + proof required
  • Masks required
  • Limited sized events
  • Open windows, fans, temp checks, contract tracing procedures in place (just in case)

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

DECEMBER CLASSES + PRACTICA

Three Beginner Classes | Sunday 12/5, 12/12 with Caroline & Chris, Saturday 12/18 with Mira Barakat

Two Intermediate Classes in December with Caroline and Chris 12/5 and 12/12

Sunday Dec 12/5 and 12/12 with Caroline and Chris (NEW start time for beginners!)

3:15-3:30: Check in and warm up

3:30-4:30: Beginner’s Class (Limit 22 dancers) 2 spots open

4:30-5:30: Practica (Limit 35 dancers)

5:30-6:30: Intermediate Class (Limit 12 dancers).  You need approval to join this class.  Email us!

Saturday Dec 18th

6-7 pm Beginner’s Class (the 3rd in the series) with Mira Barakat

NO CLASSES 12/19 AND 12/26 — JOIN US JAN 2nd FOR THE NEW YEAR’S TEA DANCE

COST

Beginner’s class: $15 per class, $40 series (3 classes + practica + milonga)

Intermediate class: $18 per class, $36 series (2 classes)

Practica alone: Free with any class, $5 alone

Students with ID 

$8 per class or $20 beginner series, $30 intermediate series, $3 practica alone

REGISTRATION

Venmo, paypal – info below. Cash, check at the door — if there is room in the class. 

  ABRAZO, THE QUEER MILONGA (NEW TIME!)

Join us for our holiday shindig on Saturday 12/18 with DJ Mungai

6-7pm: Beginner’s class with Mira Barakat 

7-10 pm: Dancing, prancing and making merry

Birthday vals at 8:30

Limited to 35 dancers

COST

General: $15 – 20 sliding scale

Students with ID: $8

🎉 NEW YEAR’S TEA DANCE

Sunday January 2, 2022

4:30-7:00 pm: Come dance in the new year with your tango peeps. Following the beginner’s class, the tea dance is open to 35 dancers. DJ: Douglas.

   REGISTRATION FOR ALL EVENTS

Registration is not required for Abrazo events, but to secure a place at any event, we suggest that you pre-register.  Most events sold out last month. Please note in the comment section what you are paying for!!

Venmo: abrazo-tango (Karen Curtis) 

Paypal: abrazoqueertango@gmail.com

Covid hit your pocketbook? Don’t worry, we got you covered. Email us for a pay-what-you-can voucher for any Abrazo event:  abrazoqueertango@gmail.com

No Refunds or Exchanges

📣 TANGO NEWS FROM AROUND THE GLOBE

Ezgi Turmus and Ezgi Sarikaya have announced a 2022 European Tour. 

TangoQueerer Stockholm is hosting a queer tango weekend April 9-10!! 

Details and other tour dates: https://www.facebook.com/ezgiyezgi

They are beautiful dancers — take a peek: https://www.facebook.com/ezgiyezgi/videos/537784224189461

Sharna Fabiano, former member of TangoMujer Dance Company, has a new book out, Lead & Follow: The Dance of Inspired Teamwork, that describes how tango principles of Connection, Collaboration, and Co-Creation can be applied in professional teams and work environments. Available anywhere you buy books. More information at https://www.sharnafabiano.com/book/

Dance Dance Dance! We gather queer tango news, local and abroad, over here: https://abrazoqueertango.wordpress.com/more-queer-tango-news/

IT TAKES A VILLAGE to grow queer tango!

Wooden Table Baking Company and Wooden Table Cafe, owned by Bay Area queer tango dancers Andres and Citabria, have supplied Abrazo with cash, cookies, housing for visiting teachers, dance space, tea and coffee since…the beginning. The pandemic was not kind to their business: let’s show them some love.  Plenty of time to order your holiday goodies (they ship everywhere!) (https://woodentablebaking.com/) and visit their cafe at Oakland 2300 broadway — outdoor seating + savory and sweet treats!

Wherever you are in the world dear one, we wish you a December of love, dancing and joy!