Welcome to Queer Seattle Tango

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Why Queer Tango?

To offer a safe and welcoming space for learning and dancing tango for LGBTQ individuals and couples, anyone who enjoys dancing with same-sex partners, people everywhere on the gender spectrum, and everyone who appreciates the opportunity to dance outside narrowly defined traditional gender roles.

We believe that anyone can learn to dance with a partner and that the surest and fastest route to deep skills of safe and fun connection and joyous mutual improvisation is to start by learning the basics of both roles. Queer Seattle Tango is proud to offer open role dance lessons and workshops that are hosted, run, and attended by people who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, or queer, and our allies.

We run weekly series tango classes in Seattle at two levels: Intro to Tango (absolute beginners welcome!) and Deep Tango (min. 6 months regular tango practice). Topics vary from session to session. We also offer occasional special-topics workshops with world-class visiting instructors and travel to perform and teach open-role master classes nationally and abroad.


Introduction to Open Role Tango
with Max Kepler and Seattle Open Role Dance

"Dance for the connection, the music, the moment."

Learn the foundations of tango in a fun and welcoming environment. From elegant walking to playful embellishments, gain vocabulary quickly and incorporate the secrets of connection to become a successful dancer in Seattle and anywhere you might travel. All are welcome. Come single or with a pal or partner.

Cross-walk and Parallel Systems of Tango
Wednesdays, 8:45-9:45pm
Oct 19-Nov 16, 2016
Seven Star Women's Kung Fu
525 21st Avenue, Seattle, WA 98122 Map / Directions
$70 for the five-week session if paid by 10/17, $80 after. You must register in advance to participate. Drop-in is allowed for the first class by advance request, with permission of the instructor.

Email Max to register or request permission to drop in.


Do I need a partner? Most students come solo to class. You are welcome to bring a partner, but be aware that we work collaboratively in this class and rotate partners. This builds both partnering skills and community, providing you with opportunities to make connections for future friendship and potential regular practice partners. Moving with a diversity of peers of different shapes, sizes, and styles also increases balance, adaptibilty, and creative thinking skills. Tango is a social dance nd students gain confidence through their own learning efforts. Within a few short weeks they have the skills to tango with friends and strangers alike!

Who can attend this class series?
This class is open to all who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, gender-fluid, gender-queer, etc, as well as to our straight-identified allies. This class is especially open to all open-minded individuals who want to gain body awareness, learn to move fluidly and musically with a partner, and quickly become excellent dancers. People with disabilities are welcome and encouraged to attend. Email us at dancekepler@gmail.com to request accomodations.


Deep Tango

Women's Tango Leading and Performance Group
with Max Kepler and guest artists

Improve your leading, balance, and groundedness and learn to move with power, assertiveness, and conviction. Topics vary each session based on the needs and interests of our continuing students.

Tuesdays, 8:30-9:30pm
$60 for a 4-class pass
$15/class drop-in for returning students, with instructor permission

Prior tango experience required (in either role). Regular participants will be invited to give creative input and participate in performances.

Classes are held at a private studio in the Central District.
Email Max at dancekepler@gmail.com with questions or to request to register.


Private Instruction

Private lessons are a great way to accelerate your learning.

You get direct coaching with immediate feedback, and your lessons can be tailored specifically to your skills and interests. Queer Seattle Tango has a limited number of spots available for individuals, couples, or small groups. Tuition for private lessons is $100 per 55 minute session, good for 1-4 students concurrently.

Email dancekepler@gmail.com for scheduling.
Visit Max's dance bio to learn more about Max's teaching style and philosophy.