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.

End-of-fall mini-session 2018:

WOMEN'S TECHNIQUE: An intensive 5-week session with Andrea and Corinne. Exercises to improve your strength, flexibility, stability and elegance; solidifying your basics (walk, ochos, turns, etc.) and adornos. All levels; options will be given for tangueras of different levels. Wear comfortable clothes in which you can move and stretch freely. We will work barefoot, in socks and, of course, in tango shoes.
•Weeks 1 & 2: with Andrea
•Weeks 3 & 4: with Corinne
•Week 5 (3-6 p.m.): a special activity with Andrea and Corinne: Adornos! Two hours of intensive work on the what, when and how of tanguera embellishments, followed by an hour of wine, cheese and chat.
Saturday 3-5 p.m.; Nov. 3-Dec. 1 ($140/session or $35/class)

TRADITIONAL MOVES FOR THE DANCE FLOOR: Inter-advanced (Tango 4 or +). Come discover some of the best-known and most popular moves in Buenos Aires. This mini-session is open to dancers having completed at least a year of classes and practice. With Jean-Sébastien and guest teacher Magali Suarez from Buenos Aires.
Wednesdays 7-8:30, Nov. 21-Dec. 12

CONNECTIONS: All levels. Improve all aspects of your tango dancing through this exploration of the 5 essential connections: our partner, ourselves, the floor, the music and the other dancers. We will work on all of this using simple, useful sequences, fun exercises and technique training. With Andrea and Wolf.
Thursdays 7-8:30, Nov. 22-Dec. 13

DANCE THE MUSIC LIKE A PRO! Inter-advanced (Tango 5 and +). A good connection with the music is one of the qualities that will make you stand out on the dance floor. Using a different style of music every week, we will share our best tricks, techniques and sequences for learning to play with the music to the max. With Andrea and Wolf.
Thursdays 8:30-10 p.m., Nov. 22-Dec. 13

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.