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
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:
-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.
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!
-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: email@example.com
Venmo: abrazo-tango (Karen Curtis)
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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: email@example.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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.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: firstname.lastname@example.org, (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!