Siempre Tango Ottawa, established in 1999, is Ottawa’s first and longest-running Argentine Tango school. We are devoted to teaching and spreading the word about social Argentine Tango in Ottawa and Gatineau.


Thursday Tango Lab“Full-size” Tango Lab from 6 to 8:15 PM! Check out the schedule and venue info here.
Sunday ClassesNew Turns Class begins Nov. 19. Check out our schedule here.
The Sunday PrácticaOttawa’s tango community will come together for fun and learning until Dec. 10. Come see us at 61 Main Street most Sundays! More info here.
Classes for BeginnersBeginner Bootcamp on November 4. See what choice is right for you on our Beginner Page.


Thursday, Nov. 2Full-size Tango Lab Returns!
Saturday, Nov. 4November’s MIlonga La Capital, with DJ Jewel.
Saturday, Nov. 11The Afternoon Milonga
Thursday, Nov. 23No Tango Lab
Saturday, Dec. 2December’s Milonga La Capital

Send an email to info@siempretango.ca if you have any questions. We’re happy to help.

Weekly Classes

All group classes will be subject to our policies for payments, role balance, health and safety, and conduct. Please read up here.

On Thursdays, we offer Tango Lab for intermediate and advanced tango dancers. Check it out here.

On Sundays, we offer a variety of classes for Beginners and Intermediate tango dancers. See our upcoming offerings here.


About the School

Francis Caron established Siempre Tango in 1999, as Ottawa’s first school dedicated exclusively to Argentine Tango. Over the next 20 years, he and his wife brigitte, with the help of a growing teaching team, would grow the Ottawa tango community into a thriving presence in the local social dance scene.

When Francis and brigitte decided to leave Ottawa in 2019, they bestowed Siempre Tango to Jewel and her teammates.

As the current team navigates the later stages of the COVID-19 pandemic, we continue Siempre Tango’s legacy of bringing people to tango and bringing the best of tango to Ottawa, Gatineau, and the National Capital Region.

Team Members

Jewel Aldea (Team Leader)

Jewel grew up playing tennis, eventually playing at the Division I level. She left tennis to commit to her studies, so when Argentine Tango found her in 2006, she found a place for her inner drive to run wild. She had some years of intense learning, some of not dancing, but always continued learning about tango music.

Jewel started taking classes at Siempre Tango whem she moved to Ottawa in 2015. She began teaching in 2016, working intensively with Francis Caron in both tango and the Alexander Technique. She found that establishing deeply efficient and pleasurable movement habits leaves one free to enter the flow state that lies at the heart of joyful improvisation. Her classes emphasise the physical techinque needed to explore tango’s leading and following, and ways to navigate mental “game” of tango.

As a dancer, Jewel is well-known for her playful musicality. She gladly dances both roles.

Marcel Laurin

Marcel is a dynamic dancer who is credited with being one of the founders of Ottawa’s tango community. After learning ballroom and club salsa, he started learning Argentine Tango in 1997, traveling to Montreal for classes. He and his late wife Daniele Lacroix started teaching in Ottawa and brought in well-known teachers to give workshops for the small-but-growing tango community. Once Francis Caron moved to Ottawa and established Siempre Tango, he asked Marcel if he wanted to join the team, and, as Marcel puts it, “Here we are, just a ‘few’ years later!”

Former Team Members

Francis Caron (Founder)

Originally a musician, Francis began dancing Argentine Tango in 1994 and established Siempre Tango in 1999. His engaging musicality, humour, and eye for detail were highly influential on the growth of Ottawa’s tango community. Francis and his wife brigitte left Siempre Tango in 2019 to begin a new adventure. He is now a teacher and assistant director at the Montreal School of the Alexander Technique. Francis continues to visit Ottawa occasionally to teach both tango and Alexander Technique.

brigitte Caron

As a teacher of the Alexander Technique, brigitte came to tango with an inquisitive mind and a subtle understanding of the relationship between quality of movement, intention, and communication. She was Siempre Tango’s head co-teacher alongside Francis from 2003 to 2019, and established the Ottawa School of the Alexander Technique in 2014. She is now the head of the Montreal School of the Alexander Technique, which opened in 2020.

Mary-Ellen Hurd

Mary Ellen began dancing Argentine Tango in 2000, and taught with Siempre Tango from 2002 to 2019. She became a certified Alexander Technique teacher in 2019, and you’ll occasionally see her mischievous smile at Ottawa milongas.