In Tango Queer nobody takes for granted neither your sexual orientation

nor your choice of taking either one role or the other.

Ph. Andrea Bravo

Tango Queer

Tango Queer is a tango environment open for everyone. It is a meeting point to socialize, exchange, learn, and practice Tango as a new way of communication.

In Tango Queer nobody takes for granted neither your sexual orientation nor your choice of taking either one role or the other. What is “normal” here is the difference and when you dance you do it with whomever you want to and taking the role you prefer.

Tango Queer

Tango Queer is a tango environment open for everyone. It is a meeting point to socialize, exchange, learn, and practice Tango as a new way of communication.

In Tango Queer nobody takes for granted neither your sexual orientation nor your choice of taking either one role or the other. What is “normal” here is the difference and when you dance you do it with whomever you want to and taking the role you prefer.

Ph. Andrea Bravo

Who we are

Tango Queer was created in 2005 by Mariana Docampo and a group of students and friends. Together, they discussed ideas for a tango scene liberated from the norms and codes of traditional tango, which govern or limit the possibilities for communication between people.

In the beginning, Tango Queer was a tango class followed by a practica at the bar Simón en su Laberinto in San Telmo, plus a lesson and weekly practica taught by Mariana at Casa Brandon. In 2007, Mariana opened the Milonga Tango Queer at Buenos Aires Club, which continues to run at this location every Tuesday.

Tango Queer organizes many activities, parties and cultural events throughout the year. Since 2006, Tango Queer has been involved with the organization and running of the International Queer Tango Festival of Buenos Aires, and welcomed dancers to its dedicated space there.

Ph. Carlos Villamayor

Mariana Docampo

Ph. Kevin Carrel Footer

Who we are

Tango Queer was created in 2005 by Mariana Docampo and a group of students and friends. Together, they discussed ideas for a tango scene liberated from the norms and codes of traditional tango, which govern or limit the possibilities for communication between people.

In the beginning, Tango Queer was a tango class followed by a practica at the bar Simón en su Laberinto in San Telmo, plus a lesson and weekly practica taught by Mariana at Casa Brandon. In 2007, Mariana opened the Milonga Tango Queer at Buenos Aires Club, which continues to run at this location every Tuesday.

Tango Queer organizes many activities, parties and cultural events throughout the year. Since 2006, Tango Queer has been involved with the organization and running of the International Queer Tango Festival of Buenos Aires, and welcomed dancers to its dedicated space there.

Ph. Carlos Villamayor

Mariana Docampo

Ph. Kevin Carrel Footer

Tango Queer Manifesto

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Tango Queer
Manifesto

Role exchange

Queer Tango proposes the possibility for people that dance tango to freely choose the role they want to take up and what gender they prefer to dance with.
To be able to perform this way, the teaching technique used is exchanging roles. This means for everyone to learn to lead and follow. Dancers have the power to choose to dance the role they prefer or to exchange roles, depending on the person they are dancing with and the moment they decide to do so.
This technique allows exploring the dynamics in more equal relationships. Here, the symbolic power that lays on the leading role vanishes when either person can take up either role, indistinctly.

Tango as a symbol

Tango itself as a dance is not only music and movement.  Tango has to do with communication between two persons.  It is a language established between two bodies that flow with sensuality.  For a few minutes – the minutes a song lasts – strong emotions are conveyed among the dancers.  That is why Tango is related to feelings, senses and the way we express what we feel.  However, in its original form, Tango is a dance for export as an argentine emblem. 

Queer...

…characterizes itself in not asking for, or claiming something, but just grabbing it.  It does not negotiate, but acts upon.  Queer is a confrontational movement, undisciplined, and subversive towards conservative foundations. It offers a liberated environment where sensibility can be developed and in which people can express themselves in the way they truly feel. By doing this, they can overcome the shame imposed on them by the established social mandates.

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