The Queer Tango Festivalito 2020

Due to COVID-19 and the March 10th statement from the Alameda Public Health Department, we are cancelling our 2020 Festivalito with Gaston Olguin and the rest of our March events. ((

Though we are very sorry to cancel this event, a year in the making, we feel our first priority as a social dance community is to keep each other safe. There will be plenty of time to dance and come together again. We will of course refund everyone who has pre-paid for our festival. Gaston will give private lessons. Contact Dina:


Please consider supporting our gofundme campaign to recover the loss of income for both Gaston and Abrazo.

We will split the profits 70/30 with Gaston to cover the cost of his flight (he came here from Buenos Aires on his own dime) and cover part of his lost income. Your donation will also ensure Abrazo can fund a 2021 festival—as the income from each festival funds the next as well as our weekly classes.

I want to thank Gaston so very much for coming back to the Bay Area —without a guarantee of income—to teach, work, dance and make magic with us. It is such pleasure to have such a talented, lovely teacher with us!

I also want to thank the Abrazo team: Frida for her constant support and encouragement, Sophia for being the most awesome Volunteer/ Work Trade Manager, Dina, Citabria y Andres, Sabrina, Ken, Lily and a gaggle of wonderful work trade wonders who were ready to make this festival rock.


Folks who paid via check: we will not cash your check.

Folks who paid in cash: we will give it back to you

Folks who paid via Venmo: please send a request for a payment from abrazo-tango (Karen Curtis)

Folks who paid via EventBrite: please request a refund.


$210 pass:

Folks who can afford not to take a refund or a full refund: 1) Thank you very much. We will use this donation to pay Gaston and Abrazo at our pre-arranged profit split, as if our festival had gone ON!

If there is an issue, please email us: We will take care of it.

This situation is evolving and changing quickly and we will be on contact soon!

As always, wishing you all the joy your heart can hold.

Abrazo Queer Tango



San Francisco Bay Area Queer Tango Festivalito | Cancelled as of 3/12/2020

March 18 – 22, 2020

We invite you to 4 days and 5 nights of queer tango everything with Gaston Olguin, a stunning dancer in both roles and an inspiring teacher from Buenos Aires.

*Workshops for dancers at all levels
*Social Events
*Live Music
*Private lessons
Pre-Festivalito Queer Tango event on Sunday, March 15, 2020

Wednesday, March 18 | The Festival Begins!

6:30-8:30 pm   Party, dancing, meet and greet at Wooden Table Café

Wooden Table Café is an Argentinian and queer owned café in the heart of historical downtown Oakland, a few blocks from 19th St. Oakland Bart Station.

This is a free event to meet everyone, dance and enjoy life. Coffee, tea and savory and sweet treats available for purchase at the café.

Wooden Table Café: 2300 Broadway street, Oakland, CA 94612

Thursday, March 19 
All Workshops at Finnish Hall – 1970 Chestnut St, Berkeley, CA 94702
(Down Stairs Cafe Room on Thursday)

5:30-6:00 pm    Registration, meet and be merry
6:00-7:30 pm    WS1 
Fundamentals for the Basic Steps | Sequences for beginners and an all-level primer on the body mechanics of tango; concepts that will anchor our tango weekend with Gaston.
(Beginner/ All-Level Fundamentals)

Practica between workshops

8:00-9:30 pm    WS2
Dissociation Technique, Giro and Contragiro | Integrate the body awareness and control necessary for fluid, efficient turns. This class is highly recommended as a primer for Gaston’s sacada class and to develop your giros.
(Beginner/ Intermediate)

9:30-11:00 pm    Practilonga with DJ

Friday, March 20
All Workshops and evening milonga at Finnish Hall, upstairs room.

5:30-6:00 pm    Registration, meet and be merry

6:00-7:30 pm    WS3
Sacadas with Different Dynamics | Develop quality sacadas to create dynamic moments in your dance.
(Beginner/ Intermediate)

Practica between workshops

8:00-9:30 pm    WS4
Walking, Ochos and Crosses for all Directions | Take time to explore the natural movements of tango, a dance too precious not to revisit the fundamentals of walking, ochos and crosses, especially with Gaston.
(Beginner/All Levels Fundamentals)

9:30-12:00 am    Moonlight Milonga + performance. DJ Mungai. 

Saturday, March 21
All Events at Finnish Hall

12:30-1:00 pm    Coffee, tea and treats from Wooden Table Café

1:00-2:30 pm    WS5
Weight Change Combinations with Contra-Direction | A fundamental skill that never gets its own class; leading and following grounded and graceful weight changes in full communication with our partners.
(Beginner/ All-Level Fundamentals)

Practica between workshops

3:00-4:30 pm    WS6
Adornments Technique, exercises and Improvisation | A Gaston favorite – get ready to be creative and playful with adornos for both roles. (Intermediate)

8:00-12 pm Gala Milonga, downstairs Auditorium
Performance, live music Orchestra Quinta Tango and DJ Scott plus a special performance with Gaston and Scott Boddye.

Sunday, March 22
Yep, Finnish Hall all day and into the night, upstairs room.

12:30-1:00 pm   Coffee, tea and treats from Wooden Table Café

1:00-2:30 pm    WS7 
Fluid Role | An in-depth exploration of improvisation – let your own personality design the dance. (Beginner/Intermediate)

2:30-3:30 pm    Extended Practica, go deep with what you learned over the weekend

3:30-5:00 pm    WS8
Out off Axis Turns | Gaston has a wonderful technique for shared axis turns, a movement that can create circular magic within our dance. (Advanced; 3 plus years of regular tango experience in the role you intend to take this workshop. Pre-registration is required.)

5:00-9:30 pm    Sunset Milonga  with DJ Jurni!

1 to 4 Workshops    $25 each
5 to 8 Workshops    $20 each

Practicas: Free on the day you attend a workshop, otherwise $5.

-Wednesday Side Walk Milonga at Wooden Table Café — Free
-Thurs Practilonga  $10
-Friday Opening Milonga + performance, DJ Mungai   $20
-Sat Gala Milonga + live music Orchestra Quinta Tango, DJ Scott+ performance $20
-Sunday Sunset Milonga, DJ Jurni $15


All Access pass available After Feb 16th   $210 (save $20)

**Ways to pay**
-or avoid fees and pay with cash, check or Venmo: abrazo-tango (Karen Curtis)

Purchase individual workshops and milongas
-Bay Area folks:
register and pay in person at our Sunday classes or milonga: cash, check or Venmo.
-Out of towners: Email us at

Additional Student Pricing for students with ID:
$15 workshops. $10 Milongas. ½ off practicas. Student registration is in person only and available throughout the festivalito.  We will need to see your ID at the door.

Private lessons: 1-2 people, $90 each plus floor fee. 3+ privates are 80 each plus floor fee. Booking is limited and first come first serve. Contact Dina to reserve your spot:

All purchases are for individual use. Packages may not be shared, exchanged or refunded.

So that all may enjoy, this is a fragrance free event.


We strive to keep our events affordable, work trade is available and SO VERY MUCH appreciate. It takes a village to make this work! Email our work-trade / volunteer Coordinator, Sophia:

Host Housing: spare room, bed, comfy couch for an out of town guest? Help our traveling tango kindred and contact Dina:

Few things in life rival a queer tango festival–something magical happens when you dance for days and nights on end with queer tango kindred from far and wide. If this March works for you dear kindred, come to us, dance until your heart is full.

Long Live Queer Tango!




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  5. I am very excited that Solidad will be here! I just met her in November at BA. She is an incredible teacher! I am interested. Please send me info on , inexpensive lodging and fees for workshops

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  8. I’d like to attend two workshops, WS2 and WS6, as well as the practilonga, and all the milongas. I believe the total is 120.00USD. It looks like your Eventbrite link is only for the complete 199.00 pass. I can PayPal you 120.00, or if you can honor prices listed on your schedule now, I could pay cash at the door. Let me know. I’m looking forward to attending the festival this year.

    Thank you. Susan

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