All Festival teachers, artists and DJ's are looking forward to meeting you this summer in the queer tango capital of Europe - BERLIN

There will be Tango Workshops with international renowned teachers, shows, milongas and concerts and many more activities during the 5 day festival.

Confirmed Festival Teacher 2017

↓ Mariana Docampo(Buenos Aires)
↓ Juan Pablo Ramirez & Daniel Miranda
↓ Leonardo Sardella (BA/NYC)
↓ Walter Perez (BA/NYC)
↓ Astrid Weiske (Berlin)
↓ Brigitta Winkler (Berlin/NYC)
↓ Lucas de Buenos Aires (Boston/USA)
↓ Olaya Aramo (Madrid)
↓ Ilai Jess (Berlin)

Orchester at the Gala-Night: Cuarteto Danzarin

Cuarteto Danzarin

Daniel Pacitti – Bandoneón
Ulrike Dinter – Violine
Ludger Ferreiro – Piano
Tomás Roesler – Kontrabass

The german-argentin Ensemble "Cuarteto Danzarín" present authentic and wonderful danceable Tangos, Milongas and Vals. With their repertoire with classic songs like "Gallo ciego", "Desde el alma" oder "Nocturna", they are in the tradition renown Tangoorchester and -quartettes of the golden aera of argentine and uruguayan tangos. The four Danzarínes are well known names in several german and argentine Tango orchesters u.a. bei Puro apronte, the Duo Danzarín or Muzet Royal. As a Quartett they played at renown Festivals like the Queertangofestival Berlin, Tangonale or the Tangofestival Potsdam.

They played concerts in Paris, Istanbul, Zürich and Amsterdam and as well in Buenos Aires.



Mariana Docampo


:: Marianna Docampo (Buenos Aires) ::

Mariana Docampo is the founder of Tango Queer at Buenos Aires and one of the Buenos Aires International Queer Tango Festival organizers. She is a writer and holds a masters of literature from the Buenos Aires University, specializing in gender studies. She has published two fiction books (Al borde del Tapiz and El Molino) and some of her texts form parts of anthologies. She is the author of the paper “What is Tango Queer” published on the internet in 2006 and in many magazines all over the world (Con-versiones Magazine, EA Magazine, Form Magazin in 9 Bögen,among others).

She studied tango with different and famous teachers (tango salón, tango milonguero and tango nuevo styles), and was trained in the most traditional milongas of Buenos Aires. Based on her experience in traditional tango she started researching the possibility of changing roles while dancing. This technique lead her into equal communication dynamics within the dancing couple. Since 2005 she has organized many different seminars, practicas and milongas (Milonga de Mujeres, Prácticas Tango Queer, Milonga El Desvío).

Mariana now teaches tango and organizes the Milonga Tango Queer at Buenos Aires as well as other queer tango events. She was invited to the International Queer Tango Festival of Hamburg in 2006 and to the International Queer Tango Festival of Copenhagen in 2009 and is a beloved guest of the Berlin QueerTango Festival ever since. She has also given tango workshops in Stockholm, Berlin, Nice, Marseille, London and Brighton.


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Juan Pablo Ramirez

Daniel Arroyo

:: Juan Pablo Ramirez & Daniel Miranda (Buenos Aires) ::

Juan Pablo Ramirez is an artist, dancer, and choreographer (Flamenco, Tango, Jazz, Ballet). He was born in Santa Fé, Argentina. Juan started studying Flamenco in 1996. He developed his knowledge taking regular lessons, seminars and workshops in Ballet, Jazz and Spanish dances in Teatro Colon.

Juan participated in the celebrations of the International Day of Dance in 2002. In 2006, Juan moved to Buenos Aires where he performed in outstanding shows in tablaos, restaurants, casinos, social and business events, festivals, and theaters. Juan participated in the opening and closing of the International Queer Tango Festival in Buenos Aires in 2012. In 2013, he started dancing with Daniel Arroyo Miranda, performing at numerous milongas. They participated in the Buenos Aires Tango Festival 2013 as the first same sex tango couple. Juan is well-known for his energetic performances in Buenos Aires - at the famous Salón Canning, La Marshàll, Maldita Milonga, and also at the San Telmo Tango Festival 2014 and the International Queer Tango Festival of Buenos Aires 2013 and 2014.

In 2014, he travelled to Europe to teach, perform and dance in Paris, Berlin, Den Haag, London, Oslo, Bergen, Rome and Tenerife. Juan then returned to Buenos Aires and started working at the theatre company "Caviar" under the guidance of Jean François Casanovas and Walter Soares. He directed the dance theatre play "Clarusco" in Centro Cultural Borges

Daniel Arroyo is a tango dancer, artist and actor who currently resides in Buenos Aires. Daniel was born in 1994 in Barquisimeto, Venezuela. He started dancing tango at the dance academy "Tango Romance". During the following two years, he took workshops from Pablo Rodrìguez, Noelia Hurtado, Natasha Lewinger, John Erban, Clarissa Sanchez and Yumar Lugo. At the age of 17 he visited Buenos Aires where he met Juan Pablo Ramirez, his current tango partner. In Buenos Aires he continued taking lessons from Aurora Lubiz, Betsabet Flores, Jonatan Spitel, Fernando Galera, Vilma Vega, Virginia Pandolfi, Daniel Naccucchio and Cristina Sosa.

In 2014, Daniel participated in two avant garde dance theatre plays about cabaret, transvestites and tango at "Teatro Maipo" and collaborated with musicians for a dance theatre play about androgyny, cabaret and music from Buenos Aires. He also began studying ballet with a teacher from "Teatro Colón", and Butoh with Gustavo Collini Sartor. Daniel performs with Juan Pablo Ramirez at numerous well-known milongas, for example Los Notable Laureles, Milonga Parakultura, Villa Malcolm, La Marshàll and Porteño y Bailarín.

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Astrid Weiske


:: Astrid Weiske (Berlin) ::

For more than 20 years Astrid has been dancing Tango Argentino and is well known and respected in the tango communities worldwide as an excellent leading woman and excellent teacher. She has developed strong sensitivity in leading, great creativity in improvisation and playful musicality which stand out as key elements in her dance. But Astrid is recognized also for her skills as a follower which greatly expands her knowledge and understanding of the dance.

Since 2005 she has been teaching in Berlin at "PHYNIXtanzt" Studio, traveling as a guest teacher since many years and accepting invitations to Germany, UK, France, Italy, Russia and also abroad to Argentina, and Canada. She has received invitations to teach and perform at several Festivals such as Queertangofestival Copenhagen, Phantastango Festival (Germany) or Queertango Festival Buenos Aires. In 2011 she founded the 1st. intern. Queer Tango Festival in Berlin which was a great success and has since earned an international reputation.

Her teaching is based on awareness and analysis of natural movement in combination with her profound knowledge of technique, structure of the dance and connection between the couple. This creates a constant dialogue between leaders and followers who share the responsibility of listening and responding to each other, based on a strong connection to the music.

Her exploration of the many techniques of tango, from the very classical to the very experimental, leading and following and other dance forms like contact improvisation or modern dance make her believe that there is no "one" Tango. She believes in a creative, liberating variety and connection of ideas, movements and technique by rsepecting the roots of Argentine Tango. She promotes that fusion to reduce borders, allowing people to find their own expression in the dance.


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Brigitta Winkler


:: Brigitta Winkler (Berlin/NYC) ::

Brigitta (Berlin & NYC) is one of the world's most renowned teachers and innovative dancers of tango, inspiring legions of dancers worldwide with her creative approach and musical esthetics. She founded or co-founded the internationally acclaimed Tanzart and PHYNIXtanzt schools in Berlin, TangoMujer, and the Tango Teacher Training Network in North America. Brigitta discovered tango in 1980. In Buenos Aires, she studied with legendary dancers, including Juan Carlos Copes, Antonio Todaro, Pepito Avellaneda, Gustavo Naveira and Eduardo Arquimbau. She was among the first to teach tango in both Europe and the United States during tango's current revival. Brigitta co-founded the highly respected Tanzart studio in Berlin in 1987, the internationally acclaimed performance company Tango Mujer in 1996, and co-created the Teacher Training Networkwith Tomás Howlin in 2008. In between world travels, Brigitta teaches regularly in NYC and PHYNIXtanzt in Berlin.

Brigitta combines over 30 years of international experience in tango dance, instruction and performance with techniques of Body Mind Centering. She is an equally gifted resource for both close embrace and open style tango. Her workshops are insightful, creative, and incredibly fun!

"I do know that tango wouldn’t be what it is in the United States and Europe without her. I do know that she is relevant to women like me right now. She advocates for women to dance on their own terms. We must lead and follow, and we must build a sisterhood in tango. She has participated in and created tango retreats just for women like Tango Donna."


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Walter Perez


:: Walter Perez (BsAs/NYC) ::

Walter began dancing Tango in his hometown of Buenos Aires in 1993. Since then, he has dedicated his career to studying Argentine Tango and the broad spectrum of Latin dances. Walter has trained in various styles and techniques with renowned Tango instructors such as: Juan Carlos Copes, Graciela Gonzalez and Pupy Castello,Pepito Avellaneda,Efrain Ordonez,Jose Garofalo, Rodolfo Dinzel, Osvaldo Sotto and Lorena Hermosida, Jorge Torres. He has performed in Argentina with several dance companies (Neotango, Los Tangueros, De rifilon) and participated on Television variety shows (Susana Gimenez,Video Match,Las tres Marias). During 1999 and 2000 he toured in Argentina and Uruguay with the show Tangou (artistic director:Anibal Pachano)

In 2000,he moved to NY ,where he teaches and performs Credits: All that Tango, Red, Tango and Flamenco Fusion, The Trip, Let’s Speak Tango.“ Tango first century” 2009 , “Spotlight on Tango” just to name a few. He was the founder and Artistc director of “manoAmano” tango dance company presentations: 2010:Roiseland Ballroom, Lafayette Grill, Cielo (Cipriani Wall street), Fundraiser 20th gala for Latin Commission on Aids, 6 th Anniversary Cinemarosa, Queens Museum, Museo del Barrio. Presently he is the director and choreographer with Leonardo Sardella of “Malevaje” Malevaje has been teaching and performing since 2011: La Marshall,BA; QTF San Francisco; QTF Mexico; QT Boston; Dallas; Malmi; Copenhagen; Iceland. We are based in NYC where we run our Malevaje NYC Queer Milonga and Tango Bro,Brooklyn.


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Leonardo Sardella


:: Leonardo Sardella ::

Leonardo started dancing professional Tango in his hometown of Buenos Aires in 2000. He has trained with renowned Tango instructors such as Juan Carlos Copes, Rodolfo Dinzel, Osvaldo Sotto and Lorena Hermosida, Javier Rodriguez, Angel Coria, Jorge Firpo and Aurora Lubiz, Maria and Carlos Rivarola, Cristina Cortez He has performed in Argentina with several dance companies such as: Tango Desire, EV Tango, Bien De Tango, Raza Tango, Tango del Vicentenario, Open Tango.

He has participated in tango shows for : Boca Tango, Sabor a Tango, La Ventana, Bar Sur, Madero Tango among others. He was assistant choreographer in the Malena Eternamente Tango musical and choreographer and principal dancer of the show Cacho Castagna. He has also danced in major theaters such as the Nacional Cervantes, Nacional de la Plata, Teatro Colon and Nacional San Martin. Presently he is the director and choreographer with Walter Perez of “Malevaje”.

In 2011,he moved to NY, where he teaches and performs at Milongas: La Nacional, Session 73 and, Dancesport with Helen “La Vikinga”. He also participated with Malevaje at: La Marshall, BA; Queer Tango Festival San Francisco; Queer Tango Festival Mexico; Boston Queer Community, Arthur Murray studios in Handem and for Hispanic Federation, (Get Up, Get Moving); Dallas; Malmo; Copenhagen and Iceland. We are based in NYC where we run our Malevaje NYC Queer Milonga and Tango Bro, Brooklyn.


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Lucas de Buenos Aires

:: Lucas de Buenos Aires (Boston/Buenos Aires) ::

Lucas De BuenosAires was taught tango in true porteño fashion, first by family in Buenos Aires, and then in its milongas. A lifetime later, that knowledge and passion continues to be explored and shared. Lucas continues to study both in Buenos Aires and through frequent travel, seeking exposure to everything from traditional canyengue to intercambio/fusion.

Since beginning to teach in Buenos Aires, Lucas has brought tango to the people of Barcelona, Berlin, Boston, Gothenburg, London, Mexico City, Milan, New York, Paris, Portland, Reykjavik, Rome, San Francisco, Seattle, St. Petersburg, Stockholm, The Hague, and Zurich. An avid follower and leader, this versatile dancer has been a guest artist, repeat instructor and performer at International Festivals in Berlin, London, Mexico, New York, San Francisco, Montreal, Stockholm, Buenos Aires, at both the "Festival Internacional de Tango Queer " and "The Marathon," the Portland Alternative Tango Festival, and most recently in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Lucas De BuenosAires specializes in original and creative classes, such as "World Cup Tango (Tango lessons from Fútbol)", "Can't even Think Straight (Navigation for switch dancers)", "Boleos for Boys", "What's up with Biagi?" and the well known "First Steps to Tango Heaven" in Berlin.

A consummate club kid since the age of 13, Lucas has never shied away from adventure. Lucas continues to seek opportunities for creative expression and made a first appearance on the big screen in a 2014 feature film.

Talk to me through: www.ilovetango.com or FB: LucasDeBuenosAires

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Olaya Aramo


:: Olaya Aramo ::

Olaya Aramo is a queer tango dancer and teacher based in Madrid. Along with Caroline Betemps, they were the Spanish queer tango pioneers in 2010. Since then, Olaya has taught and performed in cities like Barcelona, Oviedo, Salamanca, Valencia, Bilbao, Paris and Berlin. Aramo studied tango with traditional and queer teachers including Sebastián Acosta, Martín Bel, Carolina Bonaventura, Inés Bogado, Lucas De BuenosAires, Soledad Cantarini, Lucas Fernandes, Cecilia González, Lorena González, Sebastián Jiménez, Yana Khalilova, Soledad Nani, Ariadna Naveira, Jennifer Olson, Diego Pérez, Charlotte Rivero, Astrid Weiske, etc.

With a background in philosophy and a PhD in Sociology, Aramo taught feminist theory at Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Tango Queer Madrid organizes activities at queer and feminist events in Madrid such as KOALA Queer, Jornadas Poliamorosas, Ladyfest, Orgullo Trans, Fuck Patriarchy, Jornadas sobre Diversidad Sexual de la Universidad Carlos III. Aramo is also part of the Queer Tango Project and Congreso Internacional de Filosofía de la Danza.

Olaya Aramo is interested in how contact improvisation may contribute to the development of a queer milonguero tango style, in terms of a fundamental connection and of taking tango queer's political aim of breaking gender roles to a Kinesthetic level. She uses some principles of contact improvisation to expand tango and specific queer tango techniques such us backleading, frontfollowing and roles dilution, opening up new possibilities for future tango. She studied CI at Formación CI Estudio 3 in Madrid and has learned contact improvisation, contactango and release technique with Adriana Pegorer, Cristiane Boullosa, Diana Bonilla, Patricia Gracia, Joerg Hassmann, Katja Mustonen, Urs Stauffer, Gabriele Koch or Leilani Weis.

Queer tango is a popular dance and a form of social art with political aspirations for her. Aramo loves the traditional milonguero and salon styles, always seeking maximum connection, neatness, a comfortable embrace, and an emotional and playful relationship with the music and partner in both roles.

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Ilai Jess



:: Ilai Jess::

Ilai danced his first tango steps with Lucas De BuenosAires at a private party in Berlin. Ilai accepted Lucas' invitation to participate in his classes while he was replacing Astrid Weiske during an engagement of hers abroad. Astrid agreed to develop Ilai's talent further. Since the very first week of tango, Ilai has taken every class from beginner to advanced in Astrid Weiske's tango school. After six months he started assisting Astrid, first in the beginners' class, soon followed by her intermediate and advanced classes.

Paying close attention to Astrid's creative way of teaching technique, musicality and figures, he developed a precise eye for details. He fully replaced Astrid for the first time during her absence in 2013.

Ilai combines the knowledge from his studies of drama therapy and psychology with his experience leading theatre workshops- resulting in an atmosphere of growth for the students in which curiosity overtakes the need for perfection. He continues to explore the technical aspects of Tango- but never technique for technique alone, instead he focuses on the exact connection of the embrace, body posture and movement. His classes focus on the quality of the tango together as a couple and on improving the repertoire both on a technical and an improvisational level.

The traditional tango in all its variety continues to fascinate Ilai. He has taken classes with Sergio Seguro, Soledad Nani, Walter Perez & Leo Sardella, Nancy Lavoie, Miranda Lindelöw and Eric Jørissen.

Ilai especially loves to teach the Tango Newbies – and has done so many times teaching the FUNdamentals workshops in Berlin and teaching the Dutch Queers in Nijmegen their very first Tango moves at the Beyond the Binary Festival 2015. After teaching the famous „First steps to Tango heaven“ for the second time at the Queer Tango Festival Berlin 2016, he will teach at the Prague Pride Week to bring Queer Tango to Prague.


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