Throughout the months of July and August: Tango Classes at the Princess Milonga with Miguel and Michelle Coppini, tango teachers from Buenos Aires

What’s new in Waterloo?

Every Friday night from 8 to 9pm, take advantage of this learning opportunity and dance better than ever!!

Miguel and Michelle Coppini are professional tango maestros from Buenos Aires with over 20 years of experience. They are inspiring, methodical and patient and have guided both beginners and experienced students to dance with more confidence, grace and skill.

The classes are suitable for all levels and will have a structural approach, focussing on leading and following skills, technique, as well as classic and new combinations.

After the class, enjoy a friendly milonga where you can practice to wonderful tango music and enjoy light refreshments.

We look forward to seeing you there!!

Class and milonga: $15; Milonga only (from 9 to 11:30pm): $10

The Princess Cinema is located at 46 King Street North, Waterloo.  There is free on-street parking, but it can be scarce on Friday nights.  There is free off-street parking in the lot just south of the Waterloo Public Library,1 block west of King on Albert, and the lot on Regina, 1 east of King and 2 blocks to the south (just below the train tracks).

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A big thanks to Al for this useful parking information.  🙂

Need more info?  Send an email to: miguelymichelletango(at)gmail.com

Tango Structure: A Solid Foundation for Improvisation

El Molinete, el Sandwichito and Ochos:  these are some common tango figures, learned and passed down from milonguero to milonguero.  The names are descriptive and metaphorically represent the movement of the couple, the positions of the feet or an outline drawn on a soft floor.

Do you think of them as complete figures?  Or can you decifer them into their components?  Do you have a figure-based or structural perspective of tango?

Did you know that Back Ochos are simply combinations of two back crosses, the first in one direction and the second in the opposite direction?

Tango can be considered a figure-based system, composed of a myriad of specific combinations.  These figures can be performed flawlessly through memorization and repetition, particularly if both members of the couple know the figure.

However, tango can be so much more!!!  One of the delights and defining characteristics of Argentine tango is that it is an evolving, improvised dance.  It is possible to create a truly personal, creative and even original experience with every song.  The path towards tango improvisation involves learning and understanding the underlying structure of tango.

Studying tango from a  structural perspective means focussing on effective leading and following in each step, recognizing the three steps of tango in all of their forms, mastering the turn (el giro) and changes of direction.  It includes the integration of elements such as sacadas, ganchos, colgadas and volcadas.   It is applicable to all styles of tango and respects the differences in each.  Both beginners and advanced dancers alike can benefit from a structural understanding of tango.  Each can grow and improve in her way, embarking on a path towards  improvisation.

Interested in learning more? Check out our class schedule.  In July, we are teaching in Waterloo,  Toronto and Hamilton.  Come join us — you will have a great time!!

Win a free one hour private tango class with Miguel and Michelle

Our regular classes are back on schedule after the break to support the 2011 Toronto Tango Festival.  Join us on Thursday at 7pm at La Coqueta (179 Dundas St. East, near Jarvis) for a one hour class about sacada and gancho combinations and sequences.

This Saturday night, June 18 is a special one for Palermo Tango Club.  Join us to celebrate its 3rd anniversary with its wonderful host, Linda Walsh Casas and a great group of tangueros.  We will have our regular class at 8:15pm, but please come at 8pm when the music starts.  You can warm up and pick our brains with your questions and concerns before the official class begins.  Linda always has a raffle for door prizes around 11pm and guests win great prizes like wine and free tickets to the milonga.  This week, someone will win a free 1 hour private class with us and it could be you! Come and check out the class and milonga if you have not yet dared to before. There never was a better time!!

Miguel Coppini and Michelle S. de Coppini give classes in tango structure and systems

Are you curious about the structure of tango?  Do you see patterns and want to understand how to decifer them?

Join Miguel Coppini and his partner, Michelle on a voyage of discovery of the sometimes hidden world of tango dancing.  With explicit and clear descriptions and explanations, you can more easily understand, speak and manipulate the secret language of tango structure and systems.

Where and when?? Check out our classes on Thursdays and Saturdays in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. 

Thursdays: class from 7 to 8pm at 179 Dundas Street East, at Jarvis (Habeeba Dance Studio), followed by the practica of La Coqueta.

Saturdays from 8:15 to 9:15pm at 95 Danforth Avenue, at Broadview ((Joy of Dance Centre). followed by Palermo Tango Club milonga. 

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Miguel and Michelle Coppini

We are back on schedule with regular classes on Thursdays and Saturdays

Ready for clear explanations?  Curious about the structure and systems of tango? 

Join us on Thursdays at 7pm at La Coqueta (179 Dundas Ave. East) and Saturdays at Palermo Tango Club (Joy of Dance Centre, 95 Danforth Ave. East) for tango classes that will expand your tango horizons.

Questions?  Comments?  Feel free to comment here or send us an email at:  miguelymichelletango (at) gmail.com

This Thursday at La Coqueta: A systematic approach to turns

From 7 to 8pm on Thursday, May 5, join us at La Coqueta (179 Dundas Street East, 2nd floor) for a class dedicated to unveiling the mysteries of giros/turns in Tango, Vals and Milonga.  We will develop the turn concept from a structural and systematic point of view.

We look forward to seeing you there!

New classes at La Coqueta in Toronto starting April 28

On Thursday, April 28th from 7 to 8pm, we will be teaching at La Coqueta in Toronto.  The studio is located at 179 Dundas Street East (at Jarvis) on the second floor.

The class topic is Milonga: Rhythmic Essentials and Variations.

We look forward to seeing  you there!

Miguel and Michelle Coppini teaching tango improvisation in Toronto

As newbies to the blogging world, we want to use this medium, however clumsily at first, to create a space in which we can share ideas, resources and information about Argentine tango.

We are full-time tango professionals from Buenos Aires*.  We are passionate, methodical and effective tango teachers.  Our goal is to provide you with what you need to succeed in your tango; our approach is personalized and focussed on your growth.

We are currently teaching on Saturday nights at Palermo Tango Club (Joy of Dance Studio, Danforth and Broadview) from 8:15 – 9:15pm.  Classes cost $18 per person and include the milonga afterwards.  Come join us!!

*check out About to discover more.