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  • What is queer tango?
    In short, queer tango is like traditional Argentine tango but without the dance roles being gender specific; anyone can lead and anyone can follow. As a result within a dance it is possible (but not necessary) to swap roles resulting in some steps and movements that are unique to queer tango. Find out more about the history of queer tango.
  • What is QTL?
    QTL stands for Queer Tango London. We are a group of tango dancers who enjoy dancing and promoting queer tango. We aim to provide a safe dancing space for anyone who wishes to dance or learn tango.
  • Where do you meet?
    Please check our what's on page for more details and information about specific events.
  • Do I have to identify as LGBTQ+ to come?
    Not at all. All are welcome at QTL but a lot of LGBTQ+ people do join us.
  • Do I need any dance experience?
    No though obviously it will help! QTL welcomes new dancers and we enjoy introducing people to the dance. Each year we run three 6 week long beginners courses and these are taught with complete beginners in mind. Alternatively talk to one of our Team who will be happy to help you with your first steps.
  • When is your next beginners course?
    We normally three 6 week beginners programmes a year. These start at the beginning of January, just after Easter and in September. Check our What's on page or join our mailing list for more details.
  • Do I need to bring a partner?
    No, QTL encourages people to dance and learn from each other and the best way to do that is to dance with multiple people! None of our classes or workshops require you to bring a partner.
  • What should I wear?
    Anything comfortable that doesn't restrict your movement. For your feet try and find a pair of shoes with a leather or suede sole, failing that anything that lets you twist on the balls of your feet. If you only have trainers you'll be better off in a pair of socks for your first couple of classes!
  • What type of tango do you do?
    QTL's focus is on Argentine tango as a social, improvised dance. In some of our classes you may learn a few patterns or moves but there is no set choreography such as you may find in ballrooom tango.
  • What kind of music do you play?
    At QTL practicas you will hear a diverse range of music. Classic recordings from the golden age of tango are mixed in with some more modern tango songs and occasionally some more mainstream music that has the appropriate beat and rhythm to dance to. We occasionally have live music so look out for our events!
  • What is a QTL Member?
    Becoming a QTL Member is simple - just sign up to our mailing list using the form at the bottom of the page. As a QTL Member you will receive - ​ ​ Regular updates about our events. Discounted rates at our Bishopsgate Institute events. Additional perks as we think of them!
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