Articles & Blogs

Articles About Queer Tango and Related Subjects:
Tango with open roles and Queer Tango are dance practices/styles, which are constantly evolving, and so are the ways in which people write about them.

Juliet McMains: “Rebellious Wallflowers and Queer Tangueras: The Rise of Female Leaders in Buenos Aires’ Tango Scene” – a review by Ray Batchelor, June 2019.
Lead, Follow, or Switch? published by, June 2019.
Chamuyo Internatinal Queer Tango Meeting – Review by Margaret Trotter/Queer Tango London, May 2019.
All-women Argentina tango festival calls for end to machismo by Charis McGowan/Al Jazeera, March 12, 2019.

Dancing to Change the World: Is the Dancing of Queer Tango Good Politics? by Ray Batchelor, December 2018.
Queer Tango: A gender-norm-defying dance class where anyone can lead or follow by Samantha Schmidt, The Washington Post, December 2018.
A New Trend: Open Role Tango Events in Mainstream Tango by Birthe Havmoeller, July 15, 2018.
Queer Tango Space – Minority Stress, Sexual Potentiality, and Gender Utopias [by Juliet McMains] – a review by Ray Batchelor, July 15, 2018.

Tango in the Theater by El Victrolero Castizo, September, 2017
Where’s my mermaid trousers? A wardrobe for both roles by Eleanor Durrant, London, November 15, 2017.
HISTORY OF QUEER TANGO – It depends on who you ask… by Ray Batchelor, Queer Tango London, September 27, 2017.
10 Dogme Rules For The Dance Style of ‘Queer Tango’, a manifesto by Birthe Havmoeller, Denmark, July 24, 2017.
Queers in Straight Tango Classes – How to Make Them Feel Welcome?! by Sophie, July 2017.
7 reasons why tango leaders should learn to follow, a post by Sophia de Lautour (May 2017) which includes: ‘Seven Reasons Why Men Should Follow in Social Dancing*’
by Rik Panganiban and ‘Learning to lead is easier if you know how to follow tango
by Elizabeth Wartluft (October, 2013)
Most beginner female leaders are already 5x better dancers than your local tango hotshot by Irene Yung/Irene and Man Yung’s blog, May 7, 2017.
How ‘queer tango’ is steaming up dance floors in Buenos Aires by Meaghan Beatley/, April 12, 2017.
Learn exceptional Argentinean dance moves at Queer Tango Budapest by Annamária Jász March 23, 2017.
Queer Tango’s ‘Image Problem’: Men, Intimacy and Pictures from the Past by Ray Batchelor, January 19, 2017.

Queer tango has arrived! But what is it exactly? by Endre Szeghalmi, December 27, 2016
Tango and the gender question by Yessika Gonzalez, December 26, 2016 (first published by Global Voices)
8 Stunning Photos Of Tango Dancers Breaking The Mold. Photo of Lucia He. Dec 7, 2016
Lady Leading: the Ripple Effect by Sharna Fabiano, October 10, 2016
Dos para bailar el tango, no importa el sexo en Argentina by, September 2016
En el tango queer no importa el género de los bailarines, El Telégrafo, Ecuador, Lunes, 12 Septiembre 2016
Argentina’s queer tango: When the woman leads on the dance floor published at, September 11, 2016
The history of the tango is actually kind of gay by Olivia Goldhill, August 13, 2016
Tango Queer: A Gay Friendly Milonga In Buenos Aires by Alexander Mogavero, July 29, 2016
Interview with tango dancer Rodrigo from Montevideo: what’s gay life like in Uruguay? by Nomadic Boys aka Stefan and Sebastien, 12/05/2016
Dancing with Women by Sharna Fabiano, April 27, 2016
Queer Tango in Buenos Aires by Jeanny Gering, April 16, 2016
Can Two Women (or Men) ‘Dance’ Together? by Laura Riva,

Was there a Tango Golden Age? by Olaya Aramo; translated by Ray Batchelor, December 23, 2015
Tango queer, un baile nuevo para un mundo nuevo by Jose Durán Rodríguez, 30/08/15
Leading FAQ by MsHedgehog, a UK blogger

Uncovering the Histories and Pre-Histories of Queer Tango: contextualizing and documenting an innovative form of social dancing by Ray Batchelor, London, 2014 (published online in 2016)
What Is Queer Tango? by Ray Batchelor/ Queer Tango in London, November 19, 2014
Cheek to Cheek to Cheek – Tango Stars Perform at Dardo Galletto Studios by Alistair Macaulay/The New York Times, September 26, 2014
Death of ‘Queer Tango’ Teacher Horrifies St Petersburg LGBT Community. Article by QUEERUSSIA, September 2014
Queer Tango Instructor Murdered in St. Petersburg, Throat Slashed. Article by
Queer-Tango Teacher Ekaterina Khomenko Murdered in St. Petersburg. Article by September 2014
Men Dancing Tango With Men by Paul’s Space/, March 2014
Take the Lead: A Beginner’s Adventure at Queer Tango Festival by Kris, a Canadian blogger, June 12, 2014 at
The Full Package – Why Queer Dancers Dance Both Roles by Benjamin Layer/ 2014
Following gaucho tradition, two male dancers paired to tango – In gaucho tradition, 2 male dancers pair to perform By Phyllis A.S. Boros, March 24, 2014
Females Leading by Daniela Borgialli/, February 2014

In Buenos Aires, Tango Queer lets the dancers switch roles. October 04, 2013. By Kate Linthicum, a reporter at The Los Angeles Times
Leaders in high heels – an interview with Helena Ivezic (Zagreb) and Milena Gnjatovic (Belgrade) by Gancho Magazine, September 2013
Learning to lead is easier if you know how to follow tango by Elizabeth Wartluft, October 2013
Male couples in the running, a first World Tango by Sandeep Nehra, 2013?
Open to Possibilities (an interview with Karen, author of Abrazo Queer Tango) by, October 2013
Tango reverts to same-sex beginnings during Annual Buenos Aires Tango Festival by Jess Moor/ Mon, Aug 26, 2013
Queer Tango: Twirls, Dips, and Tangoing Tips by Krista Burton, July 29, 2013
Tango same-sex pairs shake up World Cup in Argentina, cross-posted from Yahoo News by Tango Crítica – Argentine Tango News for the US and World
Practicing in high heels will make you a better man by Eric Gebhart, April 2013

Angelina’s Tango Blog: Leading ladies, a comment to a posting at Angelina’s Tango Blog by LadyLeader, February 2012
Queer-Tango Die andere Seite des Mondes by Frauke Hinrichsen /, March 2012

Cheek to cheek to cheek to cheek (interview with Miriam Ginestier and Viva Delorme) by Deanne Smith, 2011. Published at
Queer Tango/ Gay Tango/Gender Neutral Tango: Alternatives to Traditional Gender Roles in Tango, a post published (in 2011?) by the blog Tango Voice – The Voice of Tango Argentino for North America
Queer Tango in Argentina by Sarah M. Langdon, November 2011
Same-sex tango for “straight” people* by Terpsichoral Tangoaddict at Tango Addiction, August 2011
TANGO – gay cradle in Hamburg by Ute Walter /, 2011
What Men can learn from Leading Ladies by Tango Therapist (blog), 2011

Can Two Men Tango? by, May 2010
Notes on Tango (as) Queer (Commodity) by Marta E. Savigliano / University of California, 2010
Pairing Up to Tango, in Every Combination by Erik Piepenburg / The New York Times, October 2010
The Indy Eye: Queer Tango Festival, photos by Kate Redburn, November 2010
The gay milongas and the shifting of tango practice in Buenos Aires by Elizabeth Wartluft, March 2010
Why we need Feminist Tango by Violet Saraza, March 2010

Queer Tango in Buenos Aires by Evan Namerow March, 2009
Queer tango throws out leader-follower rules by Mary Ellen Hunt, June, 2009
Research Note – Queer/Tango: Gender performance, objects of desire, and inhabited essence … delinked by Violet Saraza
What is Tango Queer? by Mariana Docampo / Queer Tango (blog), 2009

Tango and Internal Mindfulness or A Different Approach to Dancing Tango, interview with Ute Walter by Tanja Thimm. Published in Tangodanza, No 3, 2008. (p. 28-31)
TANGOING GENDER. POWER AND SUBVERSION IN ARGENTINE TANGO. Conference paper by Ute Walter and Marga Nagel. Conference.10 November 2008. Institute for Cultural Inquiry (ICI) Berlin
The Performance of Tango: Gender, Power and Role Playing. Master of Arts thesis, Ohio, by Marissa E. Guillén, June 2008.

Thwarting Roles, Marga Nagel & Ute Walter are dancing queer by Tanja Thimm. Published in Tangodanza, No 1, 2007. (p. 7-10)
We are in your lives … All the time… A discussion on queer Tango in Buenos Aires, New York and Berlin. Moderation, translation and text by Elke Koepping. Published at 2007

Gay Tango Hits New York City by Michael T. Luongo. Published in Gay City News, Volume 5, Number 17 | April 27 – May 3, 2006


Further Reading About Queer Tango and Related Topics:
Tango posts published by the bloggers below will usually be in the first language of the authors. Feel free to submit your blog, if we haven’t spotted it yet.
LadyLeader – a tango blog by Leena Paloranta, Finland
Lo De Lexa – Lexa’s Argentine Tango Blog
The Tango Advocate – a blog by sfqueertanguero aka Marc Vanzvoll, USA
Tangolazarett – a blog by Elke Koepping, Germany – a blog by Sharna Fabiano, USA