QTL is a London based Argentine tango organisation. We offer regular, friendly and inclusive practicas where anyone can dance in a safe and accepting environment. At some of our events we have live music or a class supplied by one of our guest teachers. In addition to our home events we engage with the wider tango community at joint events and offer queer tango teaching throughout London.
We support all dancers, from complete beginners to seasoned professionals of all genders and sexualities. Whether you're new to just following / leading, new to tango or even completely new to dance we can help guide you on your first tango steps at any of our events. If you are a complete beginner look out for our special new dancer classes or just talk to one of the team and we will soon have you dancing.
Queer Tango London was founded by classically-trained former ballet dancer, Tim Flynn in 2008. From September 2011, he ran weekly prácticas (spaces where tango is practiced) at Bar Code, a gay bar in Vauxhall, London. He began monthly “El Corázon” milongas (tango balls) mostly at the nearby Tea House Theatre in Vauxhall Gardens. He arranged for a succession of guest teachers to come to Queer Tango London including Ute Walter, Astrid Weiske and Sergio Segura. He organised a trip to meet up with queer tango friends in Paris in 2013. With his colleagues, Carolyn, Robin Summerhill and Ray Batchelor, he ran three international queer tango festivals in London, “Festivalito de Primavera” in 2013, 2014 and 2015 with guest teachers who including Alejandro Figliolo and Lucas de BuenosAires.
In 2014, Queer Tango London moved to the Two Brewers, a gay pub in south London best known for its popular drag shows. Here, Tim Flynn introduced six-week courses for absolute beginners which proved popular and continued his programme of distinguished queer tango guest teachers including Helen La Vikinga from Buenos Aires, Walter Perez and Leo Sardella from New York, and Juan Pablo Ramirez and Daniel Arroyo Miranda – “Juampy & Danny”, also from Buenos Aires. In a further innovation, in 2016 he organised a season of classes given by Buenos Aires-based maestro, Gaston Enrique Olguin. Tim delivered most of the other classes himself.
In September 2016, Tim Flynn stood down as the leader of Queer Tango London, handing control of the organisation over to Ray Batchelor. Ray instigated an on-line discussion among interested parties which led to the present arrangement whereby Queer Tango London is run by the QTL Team.
In the summer of 2017, the team elected to move Queer Tango London a more centrally-located venue, Vauxhall Gardens Community Centre, where it has been running successfully since October of that year.