‘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.

A queer dance champion’s guide to experiencing queer tango in Buenos Aires By Charis McGowan/ BBC, 16 June 2024


Queer Tango and the War in Ukraine: Actions and Re-actions in an Imperfect World by Ray Batchelor, April 2022.

New York Queer Tango Weekend is back! by October 18, 2021
Dancing Cheek to Cheek Again: New York’s Tango Scene Rebounds by Marina Harss/The New York Times, 15th October, 2021.

Queer Tango – Leading Dance in a New Direction by Cassam Looch/, July 17, 2020.
„Das Stereotyp der folgenden Frau entspricht nicht meinem Selbstbild“ – interview (in German from July 2019) with Astrid Weiske. Published by Tango-Guide Berlin, March 2020.
Uncommonly queer? As it seems to dissolve into the mainstream, who needs queer tango? by Ray Batchelor for the DSA Conference “Dancing in Common” (2019) published March 2020.
In Buenos Aires, Queer Tango Takes a Revolutionary Dance Back to Its Roots – In traditional tango, men lead and women follow. Queer tango is creating a new paradigm by Juan Relmucao / Atlas Obscurea, February, 2020.

So you want to “help” queers learn tango… Amy Groshek.
Fenómeno. Furor por el tango queer: un baile contra el machismo y los prejuicios por Miguel Frías, Clarí / Viva, octubre 20, 2019.
“Tango Hembra”, un movimiento que busca defender a la danza del machismo por Iván Pérez Sarmenti, CNN Publicado, octubre 14, 2019.
‘A Caricature of the Patriarchy’: Argentine Feminists Remake Tango, Ernesto Londoño/New York Times, October, 2019.
Tango sin violencia machista. El movimiento Feminista del Tango presentó el protocolo contra las violencias en las milongas. Por Milciades Peña, augosto, 2019.
Argentina Queer Tango: Dance and Sexuality Politics in Buenos Aires by María Mercedes Liska. Review by Şengül Yıldız Alanbay, Dance Research Journal (Cambridge University Press, Volume 51, Number 2, August 2019).
Milongas sin machismo. Presentaron un protocolo para actualizar los “códigos de la milonga” y brindar herramientas para actuar en casos de violencia. Por Milciades Peña, Junio 2019.
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.
Long due post on gender and roles in tango by Melina Sedo. March 7, 2019.

Dancing to Change the World: Is the Dancing of Queer Tango Good Politics? by Ray Batchelor for the Conference: PoP MOVES: Memory, Migration & Movement, At l’Université de Paris Nanterre. December 2018.
Queer Tango: A gender-norm-defying dance class where anyone can lead or follow by Samantha Schmidt, The Washington Post, December 2018.
Liliana Furió: “Tenemos que ser muy astutas y resistir desde un lugar de mucha colectividad”, [interview in Spanish] por Anahí Pérez Pavez,, November 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.
The Closure of Milonga Queer in Buenos Aires? by Ray Batchelor, June 30, 2018.

Ladies Leading Ladies. Get Inspired Ladies – learn the twin arts of leading & following by Tango Nomads, 2017.
Where’s my mermaid trousers? A wardrobe for both roles by Eleanor Durrant, London, November 15, 2017.
When Gomez tangoed with Lurch: a queer tango perspective on “humorous” historical representations of men dancing tango with each other by Ray Batchelor, October 2017.
Tango in the Theater by El Victrolero Castizo, September, 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.
[Latour’s post 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.
Queer Tango’s ‘Image Problem’: Men, Intimacy and Pictures from the Past by Ray Batchelor, November 2016.
Lady Leading: the Ripple Effect by Sharna Fabiano, October 10, 2016
Tango teas, trousers and autonomy: images of women dancing with each other in the early 20th century by Ray Batchelor, October, 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.
High Heels, Dancing and Politics: Queer Tango takes a view by Ray Batchelor, May 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, April 13, 2016.
Uncovering the Histories and Pre-Histories of Queer Tango: contextualizing and documenting an innovative form of social dancing by Ray Batchelor, March 24, 2016.
Le Tango, à l’origine, se dansait-il entre hommes? Article published by Dominique Lescarret and
Ways That Women Help Women In Tango by Mitra Martin, February 17, 2016.
Let us ‘queer’ the old tango songs! by Birthe Havmoeller, Denmark, January 31, 2016.
Vadim Kozin: The tragic life of a gay tango singer in Russia revealed (+ Music Video) published at
Islam, homosexuality and tango are not incompatible. – Global Tangos: Travels in the Transnational Imaginary by Melissa A. Fitch (Bucknell University Press 2015) Reviewed by Ray Batchelor, January 2016.

Was there a Tango Golden Age? by Olaya Aramo; translated by Ray Batchelor, December 23, 2015.
Tango is like homelessness by Ray Batchelor, December 2015.
Tango queer, un baile nuevo para un mundo nuevo by Jose Durán Rodríguez, 30/08/15
Leading FAQ by sHedgehog, a UK blogger.
Dancing Tango by Kathy Davis – A New Book! – Dancing Tango: Passionate Encounters in a Globalizing World by Kathy Davis (New York University Press 2015) reviewed by Ray Batchelor, February 10, 2015.
Uncovering the Histories and Pre-Histories of Queer Tango: Contextualizing and Documenting an Innovative Form of Social Dancing by Ray Batchelor, January 2015.

What Is Queer Tango? by Ray Batchelor/ Queer Tango in London, November 19, 2014.
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).
Buenos Aires Beyond (Homo)Sexualized Urban Entrepreneurialism: The Geographies of Queered Tango accademic paper by J. Miguel Kanai, October 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. By Kate Linthicum, a reporter at The Los Angeles Times. October 04, 2013.
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.

Tango Queer: territorio y performance de una apropiación divergente por Sofia Cecconi.
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.

The leading ladies of tango think men are just dandy. The thing is, men are used to leading. Rachel Howard, Special to The Chronicle, December 2006.
Gay Tango Hits New York City by Michael T. Luongo. Published in Gay City News, Volume 5, Number 17 | April 27 – May 3, 2006.