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.

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.
In fall 2018 we will launch two new choreography courses:

Choreographic workshop for tangueras. Join this women's choreography class with Andrea. The number we will build will be previewed during Tanguerafest in March and then performed in our show Una Historia de Tango on April 26 and 27, 2019.
•Tuesdays: Nov. 6-April 23 (break from Dec. 25 to Jan. 15), 6:30-8 p.m.
•Saturdays: Jan. 26; Feb. 23; March 23; April 6 and 20, 2 p.m.
•$380 per person, payable in 1, 2 or 4 instalments
Inter-advanced level; leading experience a plus. Partners not required.

Choreographic workshop for couples. With Andrea et Wolf. The number we build will be presented in the show Una Historia de Tango on April 26 and 27, 2019.
•Tuesdays, 8-9:30 p.m., Jan. 22 to April 23.
•Saturdays: Jan. 26; Feb. 23; March 23; April 6 and 20, 2 p.m.
•$355 per person, payable in 1 or 2 instalments
Advanced level: prerequisite Tango 6 or at least two years of regular classes and practice. Partners required.

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.

Hiver 2019 :

TECHNIQUE AND ADORNOS FOR TANGUERAS – Balance, Elegance and Expression: An intensive 4-week session with Corinne Krikorian. Increasing our knowledge and understanding of technique and practicing it regularly helps us greatly to make changes that will improve the quality of our dance and our pleasure! An intensive session of 4 workshops of two hours each in which the first hour is dedicated to working thoroughly and meticulously on all the elements to improve our strength, stability and elegance, followed by a second hour where we will- explore embellishments and musicality! Open to women who have completed Tango 3 or more or who took the 2018 fall technical session for women.
Saturday 4-6 p.m., Jan. 5 to 26; $115 per person; $35 drop-in

ADVANCED CONCEPTS – Your tango is richer than you think: Prerequisite Tango 6 or equivalent. This four-week mini-session will take place Saturdays in February, from 4-5:30. It will allow you to enrich your vision of tango dancing. We will start with well-integrated movements, adding new interpretations and resolutions. Both roles will learn to reinforce their ability to control, exchange and create in order to increase their dancing pleasure. With Corinne and Jean-Sébastien. 
Saturday 4-5:30 p.m., Feb. 2-23

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.)

To return in spring 2019

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.