MonTango - the friendliest tango school in Montreal

The Friendliest Tango School in Montreal for more than 12 years!

MonTango Instructors

Andrea Shepherd and Wolfgang Mercado-Alatrista

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Andrea Shepherd and Wolfgang Mercado-Alatrista are the owners, teachers and artistic directors at MonTango.

Andrea has been dancing since age 4, when she took her first ballet class. She studied classical ballet throughout her teenage years, with Mme. Helena Voronova’s Ballets de la Jeunesse. She also touched on jazz, tap and acrobatics. In her 20s Andrea discovered Latin dance, throwing herself into the world of salsa, merengue and the other Latin "club dances." She took her first tango class in 1997 at Graffiti Tango. The following year she joined a class at the just-opened Académie de Tango Argentin, where before long she was assisting her teacher, Santiago Giménez, with his classes. Andrea worked on her tango through taking and teaching classes at l’Académie as well as through workshops with a variety of masters, most notably Carlos Gavito, Pablo Verón and Hernán Obispo.

Andrea is a former copy editor whose teaching experience also includes nine years in Concordia University’s Journalism department. In 2010 she was certified as a fitness instructor by the YMCA. She also began practising yoga regularly, which enriches her dancing, her teaching and her life. In 2017 she became a certified yoga instructor and has continued her teacher training since then. Andrea's tango DJing – be it traditional, alternative or, most often, a mix of both – has gained a steady and enthusiastic following over the years. In 2016, she won first place in a local DJ competition held at Tango Social Club.

Wolf, born in Argentina and raised in Peru, has dance in his blood. He grew up surrounded by dance, influenced especially by his mother, who taught Spanish dance. In his youth he spent years studying and performing the creole dances of Peru.

Not long after his arrival in Montreal in 1999, Wolf discovered La Tangueria, where he both studied and taught with Paul Montpetit and Laura Steinmander. Through the Tangueria and his work as coordinator of the Société Culturelle Argentine Québec Canada (SCAQC), Wolf observed and participated in a number of workshops given by a variety of renowned tango masters, most notably Julio Méndez.

A dedicated athlete throughout his youth, Wolf worked as a personal trainer at the YMCA for more than a decade, contributing to his deep understanding of the body, with particular expertise in posture and alignment. He has also pursued university-level studies in kinesiology.

Tango brought Andrea and Wolf together in 2003, and after a few years of teaching together at various places in and around Montreal, they opened their own studio, MonTango, in 2008.

In their years together – as a couple in dance, business and life – Andrea and Wolf have honed their skills, with the help of workshops in Montreal and Buenos Aires with a variety of masters. Andrea and Wolf’s dance style blends the best elements of traditional and modern techniques. The couple are known for the passion they convey when they dance, and their school for its warm, welcoming and unintimidating atmosphere.

Andrea and Wolf are frequently invited to teach and perform at various events. Andrea, Wolf and the MonTango team performed at Festivalissimo in 2010 and 2011, and Andrea and Wolf were invited in 2011 to teach and perform at the Festival International de Tango de Montréal. In January 2013, the couple won first place in the Argentine tango three-dance event, professional category, at the Chic de la Danse competition. They perform regularly with Montreal musicians El Trio Argentino and Fiestango and they have directed four Historias de Tango shows, featuring the MonTango professional team as well as some of the school's students, at the Corona Theatre in April 2013, the Rialto Theatre in 2015 and 2017 and the F.C. Smith Auditorium in 2019.

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Jean-Sébastien Viard

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Jean-Sébastien turned to tango after many years of salsa, ballroom and Latin dances, and quickly grew into a strongly committed and very musical social dancer. He teaches in Montreal and DJs there or abroad on a regular basis. As a DJ, he uses a high quality repertoire that is mostly drawn from tango's Golden Age. His tanda arrangements are made with careful balance and a particular concern for the dancers’ creative/emotional experience. As a teacher, Jean-Sébastien is very sensitive to technique and musicality and he is a talented dance diagnostician. At the core of his teaching philosophy is a nurturing and caring connection with his students, which fosters their individual connection to the music, their own creativity and their partners.

Jean-Sébastien has been teaching at MonTango since 2013.

Juliana Erimina

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Juliana was born in Moscow, Russia. The daughter of an artist and a dressmaker, she spent her childhood in an artistic environment, using music and a pencil as her tools of fun and joy.

In her teens, Juliana became a huge fan of break dance after seeing a movie of the same name, and so she began to break dance on the streets of Moscow to earn pocket money. She also participated in experimental dance in a local dance studio. After moving to Montreal, Juliana majored in Film Animation at Concordia University – finally getting her foot in the door to an artistic profession.

She continued dancing on the side until 2007, when destiny led her to Andrea and Wolf’s classes. She had wanted to learn tango for five years before she came across an ad for MonTango’s very first session of classes and became part of the school’s tiny first group of students. As it does for many, tango quickly grew into an addiction for her. Meanwhile, Andrea and Wolf immediately saw Juliana’s potential, and after two years she began assisting with classes. Dedicated, determined and talented, she has since become an integral part of the MonTango team.

Juliana is not new to teaching. She has taught drawing to young people of all ages, and finds the teaching experience highly rewarding and emotionally fulfilling. She strives to improve herself daily as both a teacher and a dancer. In December 2010 she made her first pilgrimage to Buenos Aires, where she studied intensively with various tango masters.

Corinne Krikorian

Corinne Krikorian

Passionate about dance from a young age and about tango since 2003, Corinne started her journey in Montreal learning from experienced Argentine teachers such as Julio Otero and Tomás Howlin. She moved to Buenos Aires to deepen her knowledge and trained with renowned tango masters such as Gustavo Naveira, Tate Di Chiazza, Mariana Dragone and Caroline Bonaventura to mention a few. 

Since her return, she has devoted herself entirely to teaching Argentine tango. She also teaches abroad focusing mostly on technique and connection, essential elements to master this dance.

As an event organizer she operates a very popular milonga (tango dance evening) on Thursday nights recently baptised “Chez COCO” as well as regular milongas at the Rialto Theatre. A lover of art through all its forms, she looks to promote all sorts of artists within the tango community by organizing special events. Inspired by her masters, she hopes to transmit her passion and love for tango and help her students to discover the wonders of this incredible dance.

Corinne and MonTango have collaborated on several projects in recent years, and in 2017 she joined MonTango's teaching team.

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