“Queer in Tango before Queertango: A Conversation with Lexa Roséan” at Abrazo, the virtual queer milonga. December 19th.
Lexa Roséan, milonguero and psychoanalyst talks to Miranda Lindelow about being a legendary butch milonguero in straight and queer milongas and why the queertango community needs a close embrace.
One of the great pathfinders for queer dancers of Argentine tango, Lexa Rosean began dancing tango in 1995. Her dancing has earned her national and international recognition: in 2008, Lexa (with dance partner Gayle Madeira) won the US Argentine Tango Championship and became the first woman leader to be invited to dance in the Mundial (World Tango competition in Buenos Aires), paving the way for other same sex tango couples to compete in her footsteps. She placed third in the Salon category of the US competition for three years in a row (2007-2009).
Lexa has been dancing, teaching, organizing, and DJ’ing Argentine tango events since 1995. She organized and hosted the first-ever lesbian milonga, which was held at the famed Rubyfruit Bar and Grill in NYC’s West Village. In 2015, Lexa received her Master’s degree in psychoanalysis at the New York Graduate School of Psychoanalysis (NYGSP), and her thesis on Argentine Tango and Psychoanalysis was awarded the McAloon Award for Excellence. Lexa has also written a blog that charts her early tango journey: http://tigerstango.blogspot.com/.
Miranda Lindelow has been organizing and teaching queer tango since 2006. In 2010 she started the first queer milonga in Paris and since 2016 she teaches queer tango in San Francisco.
November 21, at Abrazo, the virtual queer milonga, Pierre Baston presents The Dawn of Tango: “African Roots”
This presentation is an interactive discussion with images, music, video and text revealing the seminal (and surprising) black contribution to tango music and dance. From Argentina’s 19th-century African candombe dance parties, to the milongas and Mundiales (World Tango Championships) of today: see the connection, and learn about the long-concealed black influences on the dance we love.
Our guest lecturer, Pierre Baston studied African history as an undergraduate at Yale University, and earned a Masters Degree in Film Directing from the American Film Institute. He has pursued his passion for tango in many visits to Argentina since 2001 and holds 2 certificates from the Master’s Program of the Escuela Argentina de Tango in Buenos Aires. An inventor, Pierre has been awarded several patents in the US, Japan and Argentina for his innovative travel brewers for coffee, tea, and mate, Argentina’s national drink. Pierre teaches and organizes tango in his native Philadelphia.