March 19-20, 2019: Veronica Toumanova

We are fortunate to host Veronica Toumanova in Ottawa as our first guest teacher of the year!

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 travels regularly to other cities in France, and elsewhere in Europe, Russia, and Canada. 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’s 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: her essays on tango are translated in eighteen languages and shared by tango people all over the world. A collection of 19 of her essays is available in her book Why Tango, which can be purchased on Amazon.

You can see her videos here.



Jewel will be in charge of this event. Want to register? Have questions? Talk to her in person at Tuesday Milongas and Sunday Prácticas, or email her at

To ensure the best experience for all participants, follower’s technique classes will be limited to 25 participants. Please pre-register and pay in full to reserve your spot. 



Tuesday, March 19
Venue: Siempre Tango, 317 Chapel Street

  • 7:00 – 8:00 PM
    Workshop 1: Posture, Grounding, and Connection (All Levels)
    Technique for Leaders and Followers. In this class, we will review the correct and efficient postural alignment and explore the notion of grounding through the standing leg, which will also allow us to connect to our partner while moving together.
  • 8:00 – 8:30 PM
    Potluck Dinner!
    Bring a dish to share with friends. 
  • 8:30 PM – Midnight
    Welcome Milonga. Cover: $10 per person.

Wednesday, March 20
Venue: De La Salle Secondary School, 501 Old St. Patrick Street

  • 6:30 – 8:00 PM
    Workshop 2: Smooth Walk – Free Leg Projection and Making Large Steps (All Levels)
    Technique for Followers. The art of walking can be perfected to infinity and the walk holds delightful surprises when we start studying it in more detail. We will develop the technique of making smooth large backward steps by projecting the free leg, without losing balance and without tensing the upper body.
  • 8:00 – 9:30 PM
    Workshop 3: Pivoting Technique and Front Boleos (Int./Adv.)
    Technique for Followers. We will look closely into the technique for front and back pivots, how to work the legs, align our posture and ground through the standing leg. The second part of the class we will dedicate to mastering a light and whippy wrap-around front boleo.



  • Workshop 1: $25
  • Workshop 2: $35
  • Workshop 3: $35
  • Special until March 5, 2019: All three workshops (paid in full) for $85.

Payment accepted:

  • Cash
  • Cheques (made out to “Jewel Aldea”)
  • E-transfer (contact Jewel first for details)


Private Lessons

Veronica will be giving private lessons on Wednesday, March 20, and possibly Thursday, March 21, depending on demand.

Lessons are $100 per hour for 1 person, $140 per hour for 2 people.  Add a $10 floor fee. Email Jewel to schedule.