El Contrapunto – Queer & Open Role Tango Marathon Berlin

3-5 May, 2024

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A weekend where embraces matter and stereotypes are optional.

Berlin has a flourishing queer & open role tango scene, including the milongas Atípica, MilongAMIGÅ, Tango zum Glück, Weibermilonga and the annual Queertango Festival. It also harbors a diverse tango scene in general, with 2 to 9 milongas every day of the week. We invite you here, to return or to arrive for the first time, and to share your tango with us.

El Contrapunto is a new tango marathon for queer and open role dancers of varying levels of experience and diverse styles of dancing. We value a social, cheerful atmosphere as well as a respectful ronda.


Thursday (May 2): Pre-milonga (with 1,5 hs open class) from 19 to 01 hs
Friday (May 3): Marathon from 19 to 03 hs
Saturday (May 4): Marathon from 13 to 03 hs
Sunday (May 5): Marathon from 13 to 18 hs & Afterparty Milonga Atípica until 24 hs

Our pre-milonga will happen at a different venue: Haus der Sinne. It starts with an open class by Malin Backström from Stockholm (19-20:30) and continues with tandas of DJ Maria August until 01:00. Marathon participants get a discount.

Our afterparty Milonga Atípica is a monthly queer milonga in Berlin, hosted by Yana Khalilova and Victoria Penta at the tango studio Mala Junta. It will start early and last long this time (16-24 hs). The DJs are Yana Khalilova (16-20:00) and Asya Mooiseva (20-00:00). Marathon participants get a discount.


150 € per person

This includes the marathon milongas at Ballhaus Kuchus, as well as snacks, water, tea and coffee and a variety of soft drinks and alcoholic beverages throughout the event. It also includes a discount on the pre-milonga and the afterparty.

As to the snacks, we are striving to provide a variety of food of high quality. It will come mostly from local vendors and be prepared with love by members of our community. More details later!

The Marathon ist fully booked. You can still register for the waiting list.

We are still immensely looking forward to hearing from you ♥.

If we can offer you a spot from the waiting list later on, we will let you know.

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Venue: Ballhaus Kuchus

Ballhaus Kuchus, also called Ahorn-Club, with its wooden floor will be home to our dancing feet. It’s a historic ballroom, built in 1908 and located in Berlin-Kreuzberg, close to the city center. The venue has been host to tango before, including a queer dancing school. We are immensely looking forward to welcoming you there!

Address: Wilhelmstraße 115, 10963 Berlin (Google Maps)


Ala Malisa

Ala Malisa (Poland) took her first steps into dancing with modern dance at an early age. She has studied classical ballet, jazz and contemporary dance and contact improvisation and took part in various theatre dance performances as dancer and choreographer.

In 2012, Ala met Tango and started her tango education in Poland before continuing her studies in Argentina and Germany. Shortly after she got hypnotized by the beauty of the tango music and this lead her to begin of DJing.

While Djing she loves to enliven dancers with energy sets from the golden era de cuarenta on which she mosty bases her performances. Her aim is to increase the energy on the floor by creating powerful tandas that touches the heart and inspire to high spirited dancing. A fan of not only crazy beat but also songs
with a large emotional load. She has been DJing in many tango marathons and festivals around Europe. Her DJing program included Turkey, Poland, France, Hungary, Germany and Lithuania. Nowadays living in Berlin and cocreating the local tango scene as dancer, teacher, TDJ and organiser of montly Milonga Cristal.

Asya Moiseeva

Asya is a very special person in the world of Argentine tango. She is one of very few female leaders who have started dancing tango as a leader from the beginning, when she first fell in love with tango in 2010. In 2014 she also started DJing and teaching, while still living in St. Petersburg, Russia.

She has been a popular DJ in the past 8 years, both in Paris where she lives, as well as all over Europe and beyond. As a DJ, she feels the audience sharply and knows how to react to the dance floor energy. Making you want to dance is her highest priority.

Her dancing can best be described as mesmerizing. She is a sensitive, musical, technically expert leader who knows how to connect deeply to the follower. As a teacher she speaks from her own experience, from her own integrated movement, focusing on comfort in the embrace and the subtle movements that make leading feel like magic.

Asya has been working together with Veronica since the summer of 2021, teaching workshops for Tango Mon Amour, Paris, and developing her own artistic signature as a performer.

Deborah Maus

Debbie about herself: I have been actively involved in the tango DJ community since 2015 and have lived out my passion for traditional tango music in Berlin and on international stages. I enjoy the trust of regular milonga-goers and tango marathon enthusiasts. With a dedication to sound quality, I carefully select my music pieces and create a musical arc throughout the evening. With a dancer’s perspective, I use the rhythm, melody, wit and drama of each tango piece to shape the energy on the dance floor. I am especially helped by my favourite orchestras Pedro Laurenz, Rodolfo Biagi, Anibal Troilo, Osvaldo Pugliese and Carlos di Sarli.

Fabiano Borretti

Fabianos exquisitely curated tandas range mostly from the 30s to 50s. Since he moved to Berlin from London a few years ago, you may have already enjoyed his djing at some favorite places, such as Milonga Atipica or the Queertangomarathon Hamburg.

Daniela Feilcke-Wolff

Daniela Feilcke-Wolff started her career as tango-DJ in Potsdam & Berlin. She djs at regular milongas like the famous “Café Domínguez” and also at festivals & marathons. Daniela is well known for her carefully composed tandas which reflect the need of the dancers and also the traffic situation on the dancefloor. As a very skilled dancer she leads & follows and assimilates the musical perspective of both roles. Her heart belongs to the Golden Age, especially to the 40ties!

Maria August

Maria comes from the Berlin queer & open role tango and has been organizing & teaching in Berlin for years. Her tandas alternative between the comfort of the Golden Age and versions by modern orchestras, always staying within a danceable range. Acoustic tandas of vaious genres round up the experience.

Live Music

Duo Garufa

Duo Garufa presents “Tango and its edges.”

The singer, Catalina Sophie, and the guitarist, Julián Croatto, musicians with roots from the Rio de la Plata, invite you, with this show, to travel with them through the vast world of tango. 

She comes from a background in jazz and he from one of erudite music. They met in Berlin in 2019, in search for a musical project which would reflect their family origins in Argentina and Uruguay, as well as their love for this rich cultural heritage. Together they have managed to develop their own music as a duo, with a wide range of tangos, milongas and waltzes in their repertoire.