The bandoneón is melancholically playing, the dancers proudly staring straight past their partners and gracefully crossing their legs. Tango is all the rage in Berlin. The city has long since established itself as an important tango metropolis – in many people’s eyes the most important one after Buenos Aires. Whether classic tango argentino or modern tango nuevo, whether in a historical ballroom or in unusual places out-of-doors, Berlin’s tango scene offers a wide range of possibilities for all tango afficionados.
Tango Dance Evenings
There are dance evenings and tango nights nearly every day of the week in Berlin, where beginners can practice their first steps and profis demonstrate their skills. Milongas (dance evenings for the tango argentino, often including introductions for beginners) are offered by dance schools such as the Tango Room or Berlin Milongueros. Here you can also find out when and where the next milongas in Berlin will take place - partly in the cool ambience of old factory halls, partly in the open air.
Tango Courses & Workshops
You can participate in tango workshops and courses almost every day. Depending on the weather, there is dancing directly on the Spree at Monbijou Park opposite the Bode Museum (near Monbijou Bridge). And milongas are also held at Pfefferberg during the warm summer months, organised by the Urquiza dance school. At the Mala Junta dance school you can join in at any time and learn the basics or deepen your passion for tango. Tango tanzen macht schön (Dancing tango makes you beautiful) is the motto of the dance school of the same name, which teaches beginners and advanced students the art of tango dancing in a huge loft-space. The Nou Tango School in Mitte likes to invite local and international DJs to the milonga. There are also often live performances by orchestras and musicians. In the Kulturbrauerei, a cultural center in Berlin Prenzlauerberg, the sounds of Tango Argentino can also be heard. Berlin dates, courses and workshops can be found at tangosociety.de.
Tango metropolis Berlin
Das Video gehört zur Folge „Tango-Metropole Berlin“ von dem Podcast Berlin Unboxed, den visitBerlin betreibt. Der Podcast stellt die Tangoszene in Berlin vor. In dem Video ist ein Standbild von tanzenden Menschen zu sehen sowie das visitBerlin Logo im linken unterem Eck. Die Untertitel des Videos können im YouTube Player unter Einstellungen an- und ausgeschaltet werden. Für eine Transkription sollte das Video direkt auf YouTube angeschaut werden.
With our podcast Berlin Unboxed we take you behind the scenes of the city. In the episode about the tango metropolis Berlin we talked to the editorial team of Tangosociety. Learn more about the history of tango and how Berlin became the second largest tango metropolis worldwide. Feel invited and dance along.
Tango festivals & open air in summer
In summer, Berlin's dance scene celebrates outdoors. Almost all tango schools invite you to workshops and regular milongas, sometimes you dance in the studio, sometimes under the stars. We have put together a small selection for you here
- Top-class: The Embrace Festival takes place from 23 to 29 May in Berlin and features 15 DJs and live music accompaniment. The numerous workshops require registration in advance. Tickets for dance cafés and milongas are available on site.
- It's Summer in the City - Time to dance - from 14 July to 30 July 2023, on Breitscheidplatz near the Memorial Church. Every Monday to Thursday from 6 pm, Friday & Saturday from 5 pm and Sunday from 12 pm is danced in alternation tango, swing and salsa.
- There will also be an Open Air Milonga at Pfefferberg on a few Sundays: 28 May, 6 August and 17 September, each from 4 - 9 pm.
- The LGBTQ+ scene invites you to the 11th International Queer Tango Festival in Berlin from 6 to 10 July 2023.
- Not for free, but including three brunches, six DJs and a footbath is the High Noon Tango Marathon from 4 to 6 August. Click here to register.