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 musicality.

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 to participants' skills and technique. Please note that regular attendance is required for this course. The course will next be offered in January 2018.

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:

THE FREE LEG: How to exploit the free leg to create such movements as boleos, enganches and volcadas... With Andrea and Wolf. Prerequisite Tango 6 or equivalent. Mondays at 8:30 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.
FREE TRIAL ON SEPT. 5 AT 5:30 P.M.

Friday Practilonga

Fridays 8 p.m.-12 a.m.

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

Saturday technique class and práctica

Saturdays 2-5 p.m.

Technique class, 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.