MonTango - the friendliest tango school in Montreal

The Friendliest Tango School in Montreal for 10 years!

Course Descriptions

MonTango Course Descriptions

Tango 1 (beginner 1)

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

Tango 2 (beginner 2)

Principles and basic techniques II. Walking, embrace and musicality plus: giros (turns), paradas (stops) and decorations.

Tango 3 (beginner-intermediate)

Perfecting, improvising and embellishing. Variations in the walk (parallel and cross systems), ochos, giros and barridas (sweeps).

Tango 4 (intermediate 1)

Introduction to close embrace. Technique, musicality and figures including milonguero-style ochos and giros and the calesita.

Tango 5 (intermediate 2)

Mastering the close embrace. Technique, musicality and movements including ocho cortado, giros, alterations, ornaments and new combinations.

Tango 6 (inter-advanced)

Introduction to advanced movements. An introduction to such moves as sacadas, barridas and boleos.

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.

Group Choreography

(prerequisite: Tango 6 or equivalent; partners required)

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. This course will next be in fall 2018.

Themed classes

Every session we offer themed courses for students who have completed some or all of their basic levels (Tango 1-6). As well as learning increasingly complex movements and sequences, you will work on musicality, posture, changes of embrace, mastering your axis and other high-level concepts.

End-of-summer mini-session 2018:

MILONGA! with Gonzalo Robinson from Buenos Aires Prerequisite Milonga 1 or equivalent. In this three-week course, you will learn steps and techniques for dancing milonga lisa (single time) and milonga traspie (double-time). Gonzalo, known for his charisma and generosity, will be assisted by one of MonTango's instructors, who will also offer translation as needed. Tuesday, Aug. 14, 21 and 28, 7-8:30 p.m.
$70 for the session or $25 drop-in (advance registration required without partner).

FLOWY DANCING with Jean-Sébastien Viard : Prerequisite Tango 4 or equivalent. In this three-week course, you will learn how to release tension from your upper and lower body and thus add fluidity and ease to your dancing. Friday, Aug. 24 and 31 and Sept. 7, 6:30-8 p.m.
$70 for the session or $25 drop-in (advance registration required without partner).

Fall 2018 :

ADVANCED CONCEPTS – Fantasy movements in turns, with Andrea and Jean-Sébastien. Prerequisite Tango 6 or equivalent. Take your turns to a new level by adding other moves to create new combinations – some wild and fancy and others for reduced spaces. Mondays at 8:30, Sept. 10-Nov. 5.

WOMEN'S TECHNIQUE: An intensive 5-week session with Andrea and Corinne. Exercises to build your strength, flexibility and stability; drills to reinforce your basics (walk, pivots, etc.) and, of course, adornos: what, when and how. We will finish with a special activity where you will have the chance to put your new skills into practice! Saturday 3-5 p.m.; Nov. 3-Dec. 1 ($140/session or $35/class)


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 if you have one. (We have a few to lend.)

Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m.

Friday Práctica and Milonga

Fridays 8 p.m.-1 a.m.

We kick off our weekly Friday soirée with a one-hour supervised practice and a mini-lesson for everyone at 8:30 p.m., to get everyone on the dance floor with a little something new.

The Sunday open class

Sundays from 1 to 2 p.m.

A one-hour inter-advanced drop-in class precedes the Sunday afternoon milonga. The level is intermediate-advanced, and we suggest you have a minimum of one year of regular classes and practice before coming to this class. Themes change monthly and are announced in advance in our monthly newsletter and on our Facebook page.

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.