MonTango - the friendliest tango school in Montreal

The Friendliest Tango School in Montreal for more than 10 years!

Guest Tango Instructors

Karina Colmeiro and Rodrigo Palacios

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These two renowned Argentinian dancers will be with us at MonTango from Oct. 4 to 6 to perform and teach several workshops.

Friday
8-9 p.m.
Drop-in class: A fun figure for everyone.
9 p.m.-1 a.m. Milonga with demonstrations by our guests. DJ Coco.
Class + milonga: $20 members; $25 guests
Milonga only: $12 members; $15 guests

Saturday
12-1:30 p.m.
A strong foundation – learn to use the body and legs effectively as well as the hows and whys of proper dissociation
1:45-3:15 p.m. Giros and sacadas – technique, changes of direction and sacadas for him and her
3:30-5 p.m. Musicality and interpretation – learn to work with phrasing, rhythm and melody as well as how to transfer what we hear to our bodies
$35/workshop or $120/4 workshops (Saturday and Sunday)

Sunday
11:30-1 p.m.
Vals – Specific elements for tango-waltz
1-2 p.m. Drop-in class: Milonga!
2-6 p.m. The Café Domingo milonga with DJ Andrea
Vals workshop: $35 ($30 with package)
Drop-in class + milonga: $18 members; $23 guests
Milonga only: $10 members; $12 guests

To register, contact us at info@montango.ca.

In the meantime, you can watch them dance here:

https://youtu.be/-kLnNgd_HRk
https://youtu.be/w8zLvX1p0tM

More about the dancers:

KARINA COLMEIRO: A purebred dancer, trained in classical ballet and professionalized in contemporary, she has studied several different movement techniques. The dance teacher and choreographer has worked as a dance instructor and as director of contemporary dance and tango shows. Her great achievement has been to bring to tango the fluidity and knowledge of other dances, which add to her milonguera flavour, her musicality, her embrace and and the connection of the music to her feet. Renowned for her great versatility, she has explored different styles of tango, thus enriching the quality of her dancing.
With more than 20 years of teaching experience in tango and other dance forms, Karina has been teaching and dancing around the world for 15 years at numerous festivals and congresses, schools and championships where she generously shares her knowledge, her experiences and her tango.
Karina has the spirit of the milonga in her body, and in her movement a fluidity that removes you from time and space when you watch her.

RODRIGO PALACIOS: An Argentine tango teacher and dancer, he grew up in Buenos Aires surrounded by a family who breathed tango through dance, music and singing. Rodrigo has been dancing since his childhood and at the young age of 14 he began to frequent the legendary Salon Canning where he saw the authentic dancing of the most recognized milongueros and also of those who at that time were leading the new trends of a growing tango scene. In 2000 Robert Duvall invited Rodrigo to have a special role in the movie Assassination Tango. In 2005 and 2006 he worked as a teacher and dancer in one of the most famous dance schools in Japan (Tiempo Iberoamericano). In 2007 he was invited as guest artist by Luis Bravo of Forever Tango for the show held in Buenos Aires.
With more than 20 years of dancing and 15 years of international experience, Rodrigo is recognized as a great teacher and dancer, having been summoned by the most prominent schools and festivals in Argentina, Brazil, Germany, Holland, Belgium, Serbia, Croatia, Spain, Finland, Estonia, Italy, France, Switzerland, Russia, Japan, China, the United States and Australia.

KARINA and RODRIGO share their knowledge with great enthusiasm. Their classes will take you through musicality, body awareness, technique, milonguero skills, evolving concepts and the indisputable richness of this popular dance about which you are so passionate.

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Hebe Hernández and Leandro Haeder

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Hebe Hernández and Leandro Haeder were at MonTango in August 2019, where they gave some amazing performances and taught a number of informative workshops.

The dancers:
HEBE HERNANDEZ
is a graduate of the Colón Theatre's Classical Dance School and the Jorge Donn National School of Dance. She honed her skills through such disciplines as contemporary dance, lyrical jazz, Spanish and Argentine folklore. She joined the ballet companies Ballet Estable del Teatro Colón; the Neoclasico Ballet of Bs. As.; the Municipal Ballet of Avellaneda and several independent companies. In 2010, she began her tango studies with renowned teachers. She has worked in some of the best tango shows in Buenos Aires: Tortoni Café, Tango Sabor, Taconeando, Tango Gala, La Ventana, Tango Madero, Complejo Tango, Esquina Carlos Gardel and several milongas from Argentina, Brazil, Tokyo and Montreal. She has been a three-time finalist at the World Tango Championship. She joined the companies Tango Street, Amor Tango Company, Tango, Adorado Tango and Compañia de Leonardo Cuello. She is currently part of: German Cornejo's Dance Company, which performs in London and Taiwan with the show Tango After Dark and in the television show La Hora del Tango; the company Estampas Porteñas, performing in Lima-Peru with the show Margot; the TANGOASIS show, created and directed by Sol Cerquidez and Fernando Gracia. Last year she performed in milongas and theatres in Montreal with Hernán Gaston Lazart and the Drummondville Symphony Orchestra.

LEANDRO HAEDER began his tango studies at age 20, with such great references as: Gabriel and Viviana Bordon; Daniel Juárez and Alejandra Armenti; Silvio The via; Géraldine Rojas and Ezequiel Paludi; Jesus Velázquez and Jorge Torres, among others. He joined the Tango troops in Adelante, Bien de tango, Corporación Tangos and Compañía de Tango Sur, among others. He has performed in a large number of milongas in Buenos Aires, including Salon Canning, La Viruta, Cachirulo, Gricel, La Nacional, Yira Yira ... as well as in different milongas from Japan, Australia, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam and Canada. His role as a teacher and dancer has spread to a large part of the world tango community.

Sandra Naccache and Jorge López

Guest teachers Sandra Naccache and Jorge López split their time between Montreal, Buenos Aires and international tours. Since 2017, they teach regularly at MonTango during their stays in Montreal.

Montango is proud to host these two high-calibre dancers. Sandra and Jorge perform and teach around the world in milongas, festivals and special events. They have worked in several dance companies and have appeared in movies and on TV as guest teachers and choreographers. Sandra and Jorge are known in Montreal for the quality of their dancing and teaching. The couple, charismatic, unique and efficient, have a wealth of knowledge and experience and take great joy and pride in sharing their passion.

Sandra and Jorge describe their teaching method as follows:
"Our mission is delivering to our students the authentic essence of tango. A complete dancer must develop strong body mechanics and awareness, coordination, technique and core strength in order to feel free to move and find harmony in the couple. With technique comes artistry and from a comprehensive understanding of movement, students can create. To help achieve that, we offer organized structured lesson plans, detailed analysis and breakdown of each pattern and movement, which allows our students to feel instant results, from beginners to advanced."

Sandra and Jorge were most recently at MonTango in spring/early summer 2019 and will return in the fall.

Veronica Toumanova

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Veronica has been dancing tango since 2000 and actively teaching and performing since 2007. She lives in Paris and is one of the founders and teachers of Tango Mon Amour. She teaches in Paris and travels regularly to others cities of France, as well as elsewhere in Western and Eastern Europe, Russia and Canada. Veronica has Russian origins, but started dancing tango while living in The Netherlands. Her experience in modern dance and classical ballet allowed her to build a solid technique, further enriched by her experience with various bodywork techniques. She has worked with different partners, performing and teaching in France, Sweden, Norway, UK, Italy, The Netherlands, Cyprus, Greece, Germany, Czech Republic, Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Canada and the USA. Veronica is an elegant dancer with a strong personality and a refined sense of music. In her teaching she emphasizes musicality, connection in the couple and the quality of movement. She is also a popular tango blogger, often invited to give conferences about the topics she touches upon in her writing. Her essays on tango are translated into 18 languages and shared by tango people all over the world.

Veronica first came to Montreal – and to MonTango – in the spring of 2017. She returned in March 2019 as the featured guest dancer at Tanguerafest.

Veronica's website: www.verotango.com

Find her essays at: www.verotango.com/p/essays.html

A collection of nineteen essays is available in a book called ​WHY TANGO, which can be purchased on Amazon.

Veronica's performance videos: www.verotango.com/p/performing.html

 

Pamela Ramos Aracena and Theddy Lizama

Pamela Ramos Aracena and Theddy Lizama, from Chile, have each been dancing for 14 years, having begun their training separately.

Pamela, metropolitan champion in both stage and salón tango in 2011, began doing European tours in 2010, dancing in festivals in Lyon, Lille, Montpellier and Paris, France; in San Remo, Venice, Rome and Genoa in Italy and Kehl and Strasburg, Germany.

Theddy was both Latin American tango champion and metropolitan champion in salón tango in 2010. In 2006 he joined the "Proyectango" company, with whom he performed in the best theatres in Chile.

Pamela and Theddy have been dancing together since 2013, fusing the salón, milonguero and escenario styles. Together the couple spent six months teaching at the Contratango school in Bari, Italy, and they also worked in France and Yugoslavia. In 2013 they organized the "Campeonato Nacional de Milonga" in Chile. In 2016 they were invited to Montreal to participate in the Montreal International Tango Festival. They returned the following year for the show "Te Amo Tango" at Place des Arts and to participate once more in the festival. Their stay in North America also took them to New York and Pittsburgh.

MonTango invited Pamela and Theddy to teach some classes in fall 2017 and, seeing the couple's impressive talent and generosity as teachers, welcomed them back for more classes and performances in 2018.

Juliana Maggioli

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From Brazil, Juliana considers Buenos Aires her second home after having studied tango there for 10 years, with both contemporary and old-school "maestros."

She has participated in many festivals in Argentina and Brazil in recent years, and she recently toured Europe and Asia, working with such partners as Maximiliano Cristiani and Pablo Rodriguez.

A few years ago, Juliana worked with Enrique de Fazio, one of the Hermanos Macana, at the IXth Congreso de Cultura Latina in Brazil. Known for her ornaments and a specialist in women's technique workshops, Juliana has recently delved into show tango, though she still believes the milonga is where the real tango lives.

Juliana is organizer of the Mucho Tango Milonga in São Paulo, Brazil.

Juliana was so popular as our guest dancer at Tanguerafest 2016 that we invited her back in 2017 and 2018.

Watch her dance here:
https://youtu.be/jVaGHiB44Vo
https://youtu.be/s4gMSDpwftM