MonTango - the friendliest tango school in Montreal

The Friendliest Tango School in Montreal for more than 12 years!

Course Descriptions

MonTango Course Descriptions

Fall 2020 courses

WITH PARTNERS:
Registration with partner required; no partner changes.

Tango 1-5 See descriptions below

Milonga 1 See description below

Vals 1 See description below

Advanced tango: Compact figures: Sequences and techniques to dance better while using less space: We will work on close embrace and circular movements while learning dance-floor friendly rhythmic sequences including ochos, a sacada, a gancho, a volcada and more. With Andrea and Wolf.

Advanced milonga: Explore this upbeat dance in more depth by learning how to build up and break down a variety of sequences. With Sandra and Jorge.

WITHOUT PARTNERS:
Advance registration required.

Tango Drills: The fun is moving indoors! We started these follow-the-teacher classes online, then moved them to the park and now we'll teach them in the MonTango studio. The groups will be much smaller and the classes will be a little longer and more in-depth, adding strengthening and stability exercises plus technical tips and feedback on top of our musical drill sequences. With Andrea and Wolf.

Technique for her and him: Improve your basics in order to move more freely and liberate your self-expression. Develop heightened body awareness while you solidify, clean up and understand both roles through essential dynamic exercises and an exploration of simple and complex theories. With Sandra and Jorge.

Yoga: Improve your strength and flexibility in this yoga course that focuses on postural alignment as well as the benefits for tango. Bring your own mat. Note that there is also an online version offered on Zoom. With Andrea.

Tango 1 (beginner 1)

Intro to the principles and basic techniques of Argentine tango. Walking, embrace and musicality plus: basic steps and positions, balanceos and ochos.

Tango 2 (beginner 2)

Principles and basic techniques II: cross system. Ochos, paradas and turns.

Tango 3 (intermediate 1)

Walking sequences, the 3 lanes, direction changes, ochos, giros (left and right turns).

Tango 4 (intermediate 2)

The third lane and new moves: calesita, alteration, barrida, gancho.

Tango 5 (intermediate 3)

Navigating and better managing space: circularity, direction changes, new positions (the diagonal and the "americana" position) and more turns.

Tango 6 (inter-advanced)

Dancing in close embrace: posture, technique and the best moves for dancing in small spaces.

Milonga 1: New rhythms and steps

(prerequisite: Tango 3)

An introduction to the steps and musicality of milonga.

Milonga 2

(prerequisite: Milonga 1 or equivalent)

A deeper exploration of the steps and musicality of milonga lisa (smooth) and an introduction to milonga traspie (double-time).

Vals 1: New rhythms and steps

(prerequisite: Tango 3)

An introduction to the musicality and energy of tango-waltz, using known figures as well as new ones especially well-suited to this musical style.

Vals 2

(prerequisite: Vals 1 or Tango 6)

A deeper exploration of the musicality and energy of tango-waltz, with a focus on interesting new, intricate sequences with specific rhythmic patterns.

Choreographic workshops

Build a number for presentation. In this course, participants will learn and perfect a synchronized group choreography. You will learn new and interesting sequences while working on musical precision and the particularities of tango for performance. The process of working instensively on a choreography, perfecting and synchronizing precise and sometimes complex movements and sequences gives a huge boost to participants' skills and technique. Please note that regular attendance is required for this course.
Next offered in late fall 2020 or winter 2021.

YOGA FOR TANGO

with Andrea Shepherd

A yoga class that underlines the benefits of the different poses and exercises for tango … and for everyday life. You will improve your strength, flexibility, posture and balance. No experience in either yoga or tango is required. The use of props (blocks, blankets and straps) makes the postures available to everyone. Bring your mat and a yoga strap if you have one.

Connexion Tango: Mini-lesson and guided practice

Friday 8:30-10:30 p.m.

Every Friday we offer a two-hour práctica for couples. The teachers will show and give feedback on a simple move, concept or sequence, which you can add to your repertoire. They remain available to answer questions throughout the práctica.

Partners and advance reservations required (by e-mail). No partner changes; attendance is limited to respect distancing guidelines.

$10/person

Private lessons

One-hour private lessons available for individuals or couples.

Struggling with your moves, stability or lead/follow skills? Frustrated with the pace of group classes? Private classes are the best way to improve your dancing, while working at your own rhythm. You can take private lessons with or without a partner, and they may be taken in place of or as a supplement to group classes. You can also use privates to build a choreography for presentation. Package deals available.