MonTango - the friendliest tango school in Montreal

The Friendliest Tango School in Montreal

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. The course, which starts in January 2018, will last 15 weeks and the number will be presented at MonTango's 10th-anniversary celebrations in April.

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.

Fall 2017 mini-session (Nov. 20-Dec. 14):

THE 5 ESSENTIAL CONNECTIONS: The connections we seek in tango go beyond the lead-follow relationship with our partner. Through fundamental movements and useful sequences we will explore how to bring all the connections together for a more fluid, enjoyable and satisfying tango experience. All levels; with Andrea & Wolf. Mondays at 7 p.m.

WOMEN’S TECHNIQUE: Learn to use your feet and legs correctly in order to give you power and support, liberating your movements and making you a more stable and beautiful dancer. With Andrea (2 weeks all-levels technique; 2 weeks inter-advanced adornos; those who wish to take the adornos classes are strongly encouraged to take the full session.) Tuesdays at 7 p.m

HOW TO PLAY THE GAME: Tango is not just elegant and passionate; it is playful and fun! From surprising figures to musical creativity to making floorcraft an amusing challenge, we will surprise you with the lighter side of this dance that is seen by some as much too serious. Prerequisite Tango 5 or equivalent (2 weeks with Andrea & Jean-Sébastien; 2 weeks with Andrea & Wolf) Thursdays at 7 p.m.

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

Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m.

TANGO-FIT

with Andrea Shepherd

Get in shape for and through tango in this course that uses strengthening and stretching exercises as well as drills to improve your dancing. A great way to spend your lunch hour! Andrea has been teaching tango for over 15 years and is certified as both a fitness instructor and yoga instructor.

Thursdays at noon

Friday Práctica and Milonga

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

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

Saturday workshop and práctica

Saturdays 2-5 p.m.

Workshop, 2-3 p.m.
Exercises and drills to improve your balance, strength, technique and musicality. Partners not required.

Práctica, 3-5 p.m. 
Come with or without a partner to practice your dancing under the supervision of one of our teachers. Note that the práctica is free for technique class participants as well as for current MonTango students.

The Sunday open class

Sundays from 12 to 1 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.

Private lessons are THE way to correct your mistakes, improve your technique and learn faster. You can also use private lessons to build a choreography for presentation.