Queer Tango

Are you a man that likes to follow or woman who likes to lead?  Queer Tango events are a great place to learn an alternative role; to lead or follow and/or switch.

“Queer Tango is a global movement to create inclusive and diverse space for Argentine Tango dancers. This means celebrating gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender dancers. It also means celebrating any dancers who want to experiment with different approaches to gender and roles while dancing Argentine Tango, such as women who want to lead, men who want to follow, and dancers who want to change roles while dancing. Queer Tango is inclusive, which means that people are welcome to dance tango in any roles they want, including the traditional ones.” Definition from Rainbow Argentine Queer Tango

Join the Queer Tango Facebook Page to get the latest SF Queer Tango updates.

Check out the New SF Bay Area Queer Tango Calendar

Visit: Abrazoqueertango.wordpress.com/– For up-to-date information



Abrazo, the Queer Milonga.  Every 3rd Saturday of the month we gather to dance and prance!  Beginner / fundamentals class at 7. Great DJs, good eats. 7-  11 pm. No partner necessary. Everyone Welcome. $15 general, $7 Students with ID, $5 Never been to a tango dance special. Details HERE. Questions: abrazoqueertango@gmail.com.

Location: Finnish Brotherhood Hall, 1970 Chestnut St. in Berkeley (Second Floor)

Workshops, Classes and Practicas

Queer Tango Classes on Wednesdays in Oakland
No partner or experience needed–our Queer Tango series has Beginner and Intermediate level classes, and we go deep every Wednesday. Beginner/Fundamentals class 7:15 -8:15  with Jonas Aquino. Intermediate class 8:15-9:15 with a rotation of great teachers. Details HERE.

Location: Lake Merrritt Dance Center (Hall 2.) 200 Grand Ave. Oakland 

Gay Games Team Tango Practica: Sundays, 3:30-5:30
Anyone who wants to come to practice is welcome!  **You do not have to be a participant of the Gay Games–this practica is open to all, and Maya, Auriel and Winter available to answer questions, coach and encourage. All contribute funds to cover the cost of the room, $5-10. Come dance with us! For more info, contact amalia.bergman@gmail.com, or winterheld55@yahoo.com

Location: Finnish Hall, 1970 Chestnut St. Berkeley

Competitions, Performance, Music, Festivals, Misc. info!

Orchestra Q! Yep,  the Bay Area has it’s own queer tango orchestra made up of local tango dancers and musicians. They started jamming together in the Fall of 2012, and you can find out more about them and their upcoming gigs HERE! 

Queer Teachers Available for privates or small groups

Maya: amalia.bergman@gmail.com

Winter & Auriel: qtsfinfo@yahoo.com

Kate (Proxima Centauri): kolszewska@yahoo.com

Citabria & Andrea: Citabria@LightOnYourFeet.com


Super Queer Friendly Tango Classes

Dan & Pier at the Beat in Berkeley every Thursday: The Next Practica!  Yep, our queer tango favorites Dan y Pier have class every Thursday at the Beat in Berkeley and LOTS of queer tango dancers go. 8-9 Fundamentals class. 9-10 Progressive Class. Practica 9-11–actually, you can practice starting at 8 in the side room! http://users.lmi.net/thebeat/danAndPier.htm The Beat: 2560 9th St. in Berkeley at Dwight.

Dan & Christy Tuesdays SF at the Metronome Dance Collective – 1830 17th Street at DeHaro

Allegro Ballroom: A GREAT place to practice whenever you want. $10 bucks per hour. Bring a partner, some music, pick a room and tango away! Lots of queer and same sex dancers go to the Allegro and it’s a cool space. 5855 Christie Ave. Emeryville, CA 94608.

Tango Follower’s Extreme with Luz Castineiras on Tuesdays in Oakland. Yep, Luz who has taught several queer tango classes, has a great class 7:30-9 for follower’s technique AND a practica 9-11:15 with great music. It’s all at Studio 1924: 1924 Franklin St, Oakland. Link: http://www.tangomango.org/index.php?eventid=8347&date=2013-10-01

Tuesday Night Tango in Palo Alto.  South Bay peeps are covered! Progressive series with Leslie Gordon. http://www.tntango.com. This class is assisted by a lovely queer tango dancer, Rich, who leads and follows!

Lisette Perelle: Tuesdays 8pm class, 9 pm practica at Just Dance Ballroom, and Thursdays 12 noon at Studio 1924. See www.TangoMango.org for more details. Lisette has taught a number of queer tango classes, workshops, has performed at the queer tango festival and is an all-around lovely person.


Please check TangoMango.org for up-to-date information and details on milongas and classes.