Soledad, the Queer Tango Festivalito

We invite you to four days and four nights of queer tango everything—workshops, performances, milongas, and practicas—with an inspiring teacher and dancer who reminds us how beautiful and playful tango can be.

The Queer Tango Festivalito
San Francisco Bay Area
March 21 – March 25
Pre-festivalito queer events with Soledad begin March 17th.

Come forget your name on the street.

Free to cheap cheap housing, first come first serve, for our out of town guests. Contact us for details:

Wednesday March 21 Pre-festivalito street milonga at Wooden Table Café. 2300 Broadway St. 6-9:30 pm. Free.

All other Festivalito events are at the Finnish Hall 1970 Chestnut st. in Berkeley. 10 min walk from N. Berkeley Bart

Thursday, March 22nd (Downstairs Café)
5-6:00 Meet and mingle, registration and hugs

6-7:30 Workshop 1 :: Sensitivity :: Dance like a cat—be reactive, sensitive and able to adjust your body’s tension to dance the light and shade of tango. (All-levels)

8-9:30 Workshop 2 :: The Walking Intensive :: One of Soledad’s most popular workshops for dancers at every level who want to master a fluid, grounded walk. (All-levels)

9:30-11:30 Practilonga + welcome tea and goodies with Sole

Friday, March 23rd (Upstairs Meeting Room)
6-7:30 Workshop 3 :: Communication :: At its core, tango is a dance of expression and communication. In this class, Soledad teaches students how to integrate clarity and creativity into our dance while being in full communication with our partners. (Beginner/Intermediate)

8-9:30 Workshop 4 :: Social Tango :: We dance not only with our partners, but also with a moving floor of dancers. Come learn creative, musical steps to circulate well on a crowded floor. (All-levels)

9:30-12 Opening Milonga + Performance.

Saturday, March 24th (Main Floor Auditorium)
12:30-1: Morning tea/coffee and goodies by Wooden Table Cafe

1-2:30 Workshop 5 :: Finding the Spiral :: Come explore a core movement of tango, a coordinated and fluid movement of your shoulders, torso and hips, that is the key to many tango movements and steps. This is Soledad’s tango body intensive. (Beginner/Intermediate)

3-4:30 Workshop 6 :: Milonga 1 :: The happy dance—Milonga! In this class, students will learn milonga sequences that are natural and comfortable, beginning with basic concepts and adding playfulness and musicality for dancers at all levels. (Beginner/Intermediate)

6:30-8 Workshop 7 :: Playful Ochos :: In open and close embrace, from traditional tango to tango nuevo, we will explore the dynamic possibilities of ochos. (Beginner/Intermediate. Suggested pre-requisite: WS 5, Finding the Spiral.)

8:00- 12:00 Gala Milonga + Performance

Sunday, March 25th (Main Floor Auditorium)
12:30-1 pm: Morning tea/coffee and goodies by Wooden

1-2:30 pm Workshop 8 :: Soledad’s favorite steps :: Musical, sweet and playful—every year we learn a new way to delight in the dance. (Beginner/Intermediate)

3-4:30 pm Workshop 9 :: Milonga 2 :: The happy dance with one of the most musical dancers in tango shoes. Sole will progress to challenging, creative sequences and concepts of the milonga. (Intermediate/Advanced only please. Partner required, limited rotation.)

4:30-9:30 pm Sunset Milonga (Finnish Hall upstairs meeting room)

Additional pre-festivalito events with Soledad:

-Saturday, March 17th: Abrazo, the Queer Milonga. 7-8pm pre-milonga class with Sole, 8-11pm Milonga. $15
-Sunday, March 18th: Queer Tango Chacarera Class, 2:30-3:30 with Sole followed by a Queer Tango Tea Dance, 4:30-6:30. $15

Festivalito Prices

1 to 4 Workshops $25 each
5 to 9 Workshops $20 each

Wednesday Street Milonga at Wooden Table Café. Free!
Thurs Practilonga + Welcome Tea with Sole: $10
Friday Opening Milonga with performance: $20
Saturday Gala Milonga with performance: $20
Sunday Sunset Milonga: $15

Full Access Everything Pass: $230
Early Bird Dec 31-Feb 18th: $210

Student Discount for FULL-TIME students with ID:
$15 workshops. $10 Milongas. Free practicas. No preregistration. Student discount is available throughout the festivalito. We will need to see your ID at the door.

Privates for 1-2 people: $90 plus floor fee. 3+ privates are $80 plus floor fee. Booking is limited and first come first serve. Contact Bridget to reserve your spot:

All purchases are for individual use. Packages may not be shared, exchanged or refunded.

How to pay/register for Early Bird discounts:

Bay Area folks: register and pay in person at our Sunday classes or milonga, cash or check.
Out of towners: email us at


We strive to keep our events affordable and work trade is available. Email Sophia at for details.

HUGE thank you to the Bay Area Queer Tango community for donating your time, skills and love to make this festivalito possible and affordable!

So that all may dance and enjoy, this festivalito is fragrance free.

The Bay Area queer tango community is large and lovely and we invite you to come experience tango with Soledad!

Soledad’s 2018 North American Tour is brought to you in partnership by Abrazo Queer Tango, Austin Queer Tango, Queer Tango Montreal and NYC Queer Tango Club.

Take flight with us!

Austin Queer Tango Festival with Sole: March 9 -11
San Francisco Bay Area March 21-25
Montreal March 29- April 4 Soledad QT Festivalito Montreal
New York City: multiple dates 4/7-4/22 with NYC Queer Tango Club

Long live queer tango!


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