Berlin Meets Auckland 8-12 March 2018

Welcome to Auckland, Astrid Weiske from Berlin…

For some, Astrid will need no introduction… if you’ve visited Berlin with your tango hat on, you will most definitely have heard her name or seen her dancing; perhaps even had a tanda with her. Astrid is a well-known and loved organiser of QueerTangoFestival in Berlin, an annual event that attracts 300-400 dancers from all over the world. The emphasis and popularity of the festival is open role for lead and follow.




Versatile, energetic and with outstanding musicality, Astrid has agreed to share her knowledge with us for a few short days in Auckland.

  • Thursday 8 March 7:30pm-8:30pm
    Pasion Por Tango Studio, 4 Poynton Terrace, Newton, Auckland
    Welcome Class for All Levels “Fundamentals of lead and follow” followed by Tango Mahi practica.
    $15.00 for the class includes free practica. Practica only is $5:00 from 8:30pm.
  • Friday 9 March 9:00pm-12:30am (10 March)
    Viva Latino,10 Newton Road, Newton, Auckland Central
    Casatango Milonga – Your hosts Nigel and Cecile Bale
    Improv. performance by Astrid Weiske and Denise McCombe
    $15.00 milonga entry.
  • Saturday 10 March    Pasion Por Tango Studio, 4 Poynton Terrace, Newton, Auckland
    11:30am-1:00pm  Class for All Levels “Posture, Bodywork, Embrace, Connection” Classic Technique for both roles!
  • 1:45pm-3:15pm   Class for Intermediate/Advanced “A Matter of Give and Take—Sacadas for both roles”

$20.00 each class or $35 for both.

Private Lessons are available after the conclusion of this class. Bookings essential – contact Denise

  • Sunday 11 March     Pasion Por Tango Studio, 4 Poynton Terrace, Newton, Auckland
    12:00pm-1:30pm  Class for All Levels “Ocho Odyssey” Playing with different ocho variations, with musicality”

2:15pm-3:45pm   Class for Intermediate “Vals – Playing with different vals rhythms and new ideas in turns”
$20.00 each class or $35 for both.

  • Monday 12 March      Pasion Por Tango Studio, 4 Poynton Terrace, Newton, Auckland
    From 10:00am.… Private Lessons by arrangement in advance. Please contact Denise McCombe to book your spot. Astrid teaches both roles!!!
    Lessons are one hour. Denise 027 77 444 75 or
    $80 includes floor fee

Astrid Weiske (Berlin)

For more than 20 years Astrid has been dancing Tango Argentino and is well known and respected in the tango communities worldwide as an excellent leading woman. She has developed strong sensitivity in leading, great creativity in improvising and playful musicality which stand out as key elements in her dance. But Astrid is recognized also for her skills as a follower which expand her knowledge of the dance much more. Since 2005 she has been teaching in Berlin at “PHYNIXtanzt” Studio and traveling ever since as a beloved and renown guest teacher to London, Paris, St. Petersburg, Buenos Aires, New York, San Francisco, Hawaii and Montreal.
She’s been invited to teach and perform at the Queertangofestival Copenhagen, Phantastango Festival (Germany) and Queertango Festival Buenos Aires.
In 2011 she founded the first international Queertangofestival in Berlin with great success and international renown. Her teaching is based on awareness and analysis of natural movement in combination with her profound knowledge of technique, structure of the dance and awareness of connection in the couple. She creates a constant dialogue between leaders and followers who share the responsibility of listening and reacting to each other, based on a strong connection to the music.
Her exploration of the many techniques of tango, from the very classical to the very experimental, leading and following, and including other dance forms like contact improvisation or modern dance leads her to believe that there is no “one” Tango. She believes in a creative, liberating variety and connection of ideas, movements and technique by respecting the roots of Argentine Tango. She promotes that fusion to reduce borders and let people find their own expression in the dance.


Venue for all classes is Pasion Por Tango Studio, 4 Poynton Terrace, Newton, Auckland.

It is not necessary to bring a partner to the classes.

All enquiries to Denise McCombe