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:



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!”


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.


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/


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.

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