The QTL Team
QTL continues to exist thanks to the hard work and dedication of all of the QTL Team.
As a registered charity we are run by a group of 7 Trustees who provide their time and experience to ensure QTL continues to exist and grow. We do it all, from teaching lessons, DJing, arranging guest teachers, finances, marketing, and a whole host of other ad hoc task and responsibilities. Find out more about our trustees below.
Along with the trustees we would also like to thank all our regular members for their continued support and input. More than just a class, QTL strives to be a community and it's you that make that happen!
Dr Ray Batchelor, a former academic, is an historian of queer tango. He dances, teaches, campaigns, researches, writes and lectures, co-editing and contributing to The Queer Tango Book, curating The Queer Tango Image Archive and co-organising The Queer Tango Salon: Connecting Bodies of Knowledge. He has been a part of Queer Tango London since 2011.
Tom Cottle began dancing in 2012. After a few experiences at mainstream tango classes where he felt something wasn't quite right, he eventually found his way to Queer Tango London and realised what was missing; following. Since the formation of the QTL team in 2016, he has been QTL's resident modern and mixed DJ.
Gawaine Preston has been dancing Argentine tango for several years, but only came to queer tango in 2016. He started dancing with QTL as it adds another dimension to tango – he particularly enjoy the intercambio and role-swapping. He enjoys dancing tango because of the technical challenge and the chance to dance with so many people.
Born in Buenos Aires, Claudio studied tango with Lora Hudson. He dances both roles and prefers to follow but he loves to lead milonga. He is QTL's resident 'Golden Age' DJ.
Gordon discovered Queer Tango via a YouTube video a few years ago and it has now become a passion, dancing regularly with Queer Tango London. The challenge of mastering both roles has taken time but it is most rewarding and a far cry from his experiences of dancing ballroom whilst at a co-ed school. You will find Gordon at the QTL welcome desk.