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, 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.

Queer Tango in October

Over here at Abrazo, during this crazy ass times, we are working the zoom to bring you a bit of inspiration, a break from the stress, and a chance to connect with your queer tango community.

ZOOM is where the magic is happening

One-click link for all Abrazo events:

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 and Password: abrazo2020

SUNDAY VIRTUAL QUEER TANGO CLASSES 

3:30-4:30 (Pacific standard time / San Francisco)

Carlos Blanco and Rey Flores from Queer Tango Mexico: October 4th

Miranda Lindelow from the SF Bay Area: October 11, 18 25

ABRAZO , THE VIRTUAL QUEER MILONGA 

Saturday October 17th | 8-9:30 PM (pacific standard time/ San Francisco)

Our Halloween milonga won’t be spooky but you can expect some surprises and treats:

Live music performance: Natalie Bril (Buenos Aires)

Live dance performance: Aramo (Spain)

Queer Dairies created and edited by Gigi Gamble: unguarded stories and voices from our community

Guest lecturer: Mariana Docampo on her new book, Tango Queer In Buenos Aires

Invocation: Jurni starts off off with a centering moment to breath, dance and connect.

Of course we will birthday vals and toast. Plus DJ sets from DJ Mackerelmint and  DJ Madeleine make the night hum sweet and lovely.

COST for all Abrazo events*

Sliding Scale for those who have stable and sufficient income: $5-$15 per event*

Venmo: abrazo-tango (Karen Curtis)

Paypalabrazoqueertango@gmail.com

*All Abrazo events are free if your income has been affected by COVID-19. Please come as our guest.

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

Wherever you are in the world, we invite you to come dance with us.

Long live queer tango!

Queer Tango in September

As we enter the fall, a bit of tango !

We take to zoom, our portal to meet, greet, find our tango legs and hearts, and connect with our dance community. We have some events created with you in mind dear one!

Full details below, these are the highlights!

Our Sunday virtual queer tango classes welcome Augusto LaMarshall on September 6. The godfather of queer tango joins us from Buenos Aires. Our very own Mira Barakat, shows us how resilient tango can be, and she returns to teach September 13, 20 and 27th.

Live performances take center stage at Abrazo, the virtual queer milonga on September 19th:

Ezgi Turmus & Ezgi Sarıkaya perform live from Turkey

Fifi Tango sings live from Buenos Aires

ZOOM is where the magic is happening

One-click link for all Abrazo events: 

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

SUNDAY VIRTUAL QUEER TANGO CLASSES 

3:30-4:30 (Pacific standard time / San Francisco)

Augusto LaMarshall from TangoQueer Buenos Aires: September 6th

Mira Barakat from the SF Bay Area September 13, 20, 27

ABRAZO , THE VIRTUAL QUEER MILONGA 

Saturday September 19th | 8-9:30 PM (pacific standard time/ San Francisco)

Full details soon, but we will have live music sets from Fifi Tango, a  live performance from the oh so lovely Ezgi Turmus & Ezgi Sarıkaya, a new series, The Tango Dairies, edited by Gigi and of course our birthday vals and toast. DJ sets from DJ Mackerelmint and  DJ Madeleine make the night hum sweet and lovely.

COST for all Abrazo events*

Sliding Scale for those who have stable and sufficient income: $5-$15 per event.

*All Abrazo events are free if your income has been affected by COVID-19. Please come as our guest.

Venmo: abrazo-tango (Karen Curtis)

Paypalabrazoqueertango@gmail.com

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

Wherever you are in the world, we invite you to come dance with us.

Long live queer tango!

Queer Tango in August

Over here at Abrazo, we are as committed as ever to bringing you moments of joy and relief in the good company of your peeps. 

We have a line-up of virtual events in August, taking full advantage of the zoom to bring you international teachers and performers + our local wonderful queer tango teachers every week.

Here are the highlights, details below. 

Our virtual queer tango classes welcome Augusto LaMarshall! Yes, oh yes, the godfather of queer tango from Buenos Aires returns to us for two Sundays (8/2, 8/9) to inspire us with his deep knowledge of tango. 

Our very own Miranda Lindelow brings back her unique and invigorating brand of zoom queer tango three Sundays: 8/13, 8/20 and 8/27!

Live performances have rocked our virtual queer milongas during the pandemic, and this month we are so very thrilled to announce that one of the most exciting and lovely queer tango dance couples, Yana and Victoria from Berlin, will perform live. They share such a beautiful, musical and connected dance, and we are so happy to bring you this bit of joy. 

ZOOM is where the magic is happening

One-click link for all Abrazo practicas, classes and milongas: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/992052580?pwd=YTFSc3Q3MDVLMThVdkYyVThUa3JtZz09Or, 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

SUNDAY VIRTUAL QUEER TANGO CLASSES 

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

Augusto LaMarshall from TangoQueer Buenos Aires: August 2 and 9

Miranda Lindelow from Sweden by way of Paris and now in SF: August 13, 20, 27

ABRAZO , THE VIRTUAL QUEER MILONGA 

Saturday August 15 | 8-9:30 PM (PDT/ SF)

More details soon, but we will have live music sets, DJ sets, a live performance from the stunning Yana and Victoria, a music presentation by our very own Gigi and of course our birthday vals and toast. DJ Mackerelmint and  DJ Madeleine round off our night of magic!

COST for all Abrazo events*

Sliding Scale for those who have stable and sufficient income: $5-$15 per event.

*All Abrazo events are free if your income has been affected by COVID-19. Please come as our guest.

Venmo: abrazo-tango (Karen Curtis)

Paypal: abrazoqueertango@gmail.com

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

Wherever you are in the world, we invite you to come dance with us.

Long live queer tango!

 

A bit of joy in July

Greetings dear dancers,

If a dance break would do you right, we’ve got you covered!

Over here at Abrazo, we have a line-up of virtual events in July that we hope will bring you a bit of joy: Sunday classes, our milonga with live music + live dance performances, and a steady stream of great playlists from our DJs Madeleine and Lily.

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

SUNDAY VIRTUAL QUEER TANGO CLASSES 

July 5 – July 26 | 3:30-4:30 (PDT)

With Mira Barakat

“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 dancing to great music from our wonderful Abrazo DJs!”

A new Playlist from DJ Mackerelmint

“Everybody’s a little wild in today’s list; even Canaro is sounding spry. I also tucked in a couple chacareras, since that’s what we’ve been working on most recently. Maybe those energetic cadences were running in the back of my mind and influencing the tone of the entire playlist — I wouldn’t be surprised!”

ABRAZO , THE VIRTUAL QUEER MILONGA 

Saturday July 18th | 8-9:30 PM (PDT)

DJ + Live music sets from Mira Barakat and Itza Gutierrez! Live dance performance from Carlos Blanco and Rey Flores. A surprise panel —  soon to be announced!  And of course our birthday vals for our July peeps.

COST for all Abrazo events*

Sliding Scale for those who have stable and sufficient income: $5-$15 per event.

*All Abrazo events are free if your  income has been affected by COVID-19. Please come as our guest.

Venmo: abrazo-tango (Karen Curtis)

Paypal: abrazoqueertango@gmail.com

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

WAIT THERE’S MORE

There are many great opportunities to learn from teachers locally and abroad over zoom. Taking classes and/or sending a donation, helps them out a lot during these tough times.

Jurni Roco offers weekly virtual tango classes Monday and Thursdays + private lessons. Contact her for details: joanroco70@gmail.com

Mira Barakat offers weekly virtual tango classes Tuesdays and Thursdays + private lessons. Find out more here: https://www.facebook.com/mirabarakat.tango/ or email for details: mirab3@gmail.com

Miranda Lindelow offers weekly virtual queer tango classes Tuesdays + private lessons. Contact her for details: karinmirand@gmail.com

Augusto Balizano offers weekly virtual tango classes for Escuela Mundial de Tango GE + private lessons. Contact him for details: augustotango@hotmail.com. +5491154583423

Carlos Blanco and Rey Flores offer weekly virtual classes (spanish) + private lessons. Contact them for details: https://www.facebook.com/tangoqueermx/ or reyreyfa@hotmail.com. To support via paypal: tangoqueermx@gmail.com

Leo Sardella offers weekly virtual tango classes through the Astoria Tango Club: http://astoriatangoclub.com/?fbclid=IwAR16VAegMxma7kslGmtPSTXojaI5_WDnxDCwdScrdUByfCkPADU-WbS7Kc0

If you know of queer tango teachers offering virtual classes or who are in need of support, please send us an email with info, links and details.

Wooden Table Cafe, Yep that gem of a cafe owned and operated by our very own Andres y Citabria, is making a comeback, keeping it sweet, savory and tasty in downtown Oakland. You can order online for pick up and do check out the NEW MEAL DEALS, a grab and go that is so very yummy. And of course, you can send their cookies, truffles and gifts anywhere in the world! Check out all the goodness here: https://woodentablebaking.com/

UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN 

Wherever you are in the world dear kindred, may you find some joy and community this month.

And if you are in the USA, a special message from our front line nurse: wear your MASK!

Big love, be well.

Abrazo Queer Tango

Abrazo Queer Tango stands in solidarity with Black Lives Matter and the movement to end violence and systemic racism against black people. All support and love for those flooding the streets in protest, demanding justice for George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade, and so many others. 

We follow the leadership of black movements – here’s where you can donate and learn more. 

We commit ourselves to confronting racism in tango and to center the often unrecognized black roots of tango.

We ask that we all extend ourselves to the black and brown people within our dance community and to the parents of black and brown children. We see you. We love you. Let us know if you need anything from us – we are a deeply resourced community. 

Lastly dear kindred, we will continue to carve out a place for community to gather and for joy to reign. 

Long live queer tango.