Siempre Tango’s 20th Anniversary: Celebrate with Us!

This year, Siempre Tango is turning 20.

Our school would never have lasted were it not for the support of the Ottawa tango community. So, we’ve been preparing events that we hope everyone will enjoy.

July 17-18: Paloma Berríos and Maximiliano Alvarado
(Update: It was enjoyed by all!)

We were so lucky to have these world-renowned teachers visit Ottawa. We look forward to seeing them again next time! You can see their Ottawa performances on their YouTube channel.

August 7: A Special “Pre-Show” Milonga at la Nouvelle Scène

Our Tuesday Milonga is moving for one night only to La Nouvelle Scène, Ottawa’s francophone theatre.

Why? The Payadora Tango Ensemble, featuring Drew Jurecka, is performing as part of Chamberfest. Their performance starts at 10:00 PM. As a special treat, we’re holding our weekly milonga beforehand at the venue. 
More details to come.

August 21: Let’s Dance the Cortinas!

Back by popular demand: Jewel will play danceable cortinas at this playful summer milonga.

August 29: The Redwood Tango Ensemble

We’re happy to be hosting this wonderful tango orchestra once again.

Sometime in October: “The Big Event”

(Update: We’re moving this to 2019!)

We’re going to throw an anniversary party, and it will be big. Details to come.

December 7-9: Tomás Howlin

Our favourite guest teacher returns to Ottawa for his annual visit.

April 26-28, 2019: Micaela Colleen Barrett and Alberto Ramos 

We’re excited that Robert is bringing this musical couple to Ottawa next spring.

Be sure to save the dates. We hope you can join us to celebrate our 20th anniversary!

A Special Summer Offer for Beginners, starting June 24th

Our next session of Tango 1 for absolute beginners starts June 24.

In this six-class series, we’ll touch on fundamentals for beginners to Argentine Tango – the embrace, leader-follower connection, basic walking, the cross, and ochos.

But we’re offering something SPECIAL for Summer 2018:

The cost includes the class AND a 1-hour guided practice during the práctica right after class. Also, you will get free entrance to our Tuesday Milonga (dance social) for the duration of your Tango 1 course.

6 classes + 6 prácticas + 7 milongas for one low price.

Don’t miss out!

Pre-registration is required so we can have equal numbers of leaders and followers. Email Francis to register at

Class: 6:00 to 7:00 PM on June 24, July 8, July 15, July 22, July 29, and August 12
Práctica: 7:00 to 8:00 PM on Sunday right after your class (After 8 PM, you’re free to stay for the rest of the práctica)
Milonga: Tuesdays from 8:30 PM to Midnight

Cost: $120 per person or $110 for full-time university students (HST included)

We’re holding free trial classes this month!

In anticipation of our Spring 2018 Session, we’ll be offering three free trial classes on March 25, March 27, and April 3.

Here’s the information:

  • Venue: 317 Chapel Street / 10 Blackburn Avenue (2 different entrances)
  • Option 1: Sunday, March 25 at 6:15 PM
    Option 2: Tuesday, March 27 at 7:00 PM
    Option 3: Tuesday, April 3 at 7:00 PM
  • No partner necessary.
  • Please reserve your spot by emailing
  • Wear indoor (clean!) shoes that are easier to slide in. If you have dance shoes already, great. Rubber soles aren’t recommended.

We hope to see many new faces.

If you dance tango in ottawa already, do your part to grow the Ottawa tango community. Please invite as many people as you can. Our growing tango community depends on your enthusiasm!

Siempre Tango Wishes You Happy Holidays!

We hope to see you on the dance floor this holiday season.

Tuesday, December 26: We will have a Boxing Day Milonga, from 8:30 PM to midnight.

Sunday, December 31: Ring in 2018 with us! Our New Year’s Milonga will be from 8:30 PM to 12:30 AM. Tickets are on sale now for $15.

Tuesday, January 2: There will be a Free Trial Class at 7:15 PM before the first Tuesday milonga of 2018. Please help your friends discover tango in the New Year.

And after the holidays…

Our Winter Session classes begin on Sunday, January 7. You can see the schedule here. Be sure to reserve your spots soon.

We wish you and yours Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!

The next Fall Mini-Session will be about Musicality!

Our third Fall Mini-Session begins on Sunday, November 12!

The class is called “Expressing Different Orchestras.” Each class will examine renditions of the same song by multiple tango orchestras. Leaders and followers will gain tools to use the figures they know to enjoy tango music on a deeper level.

For more information, see our Mini-Sessions page. Please pre-register by emailing us, or calling (613) 789-9996.

P.S. Did you know we have a YouTube channel with playlists full of popular tango songs that are helpful to know? Simply listening to tango music can improve your dance experience immensely!

Tangoween 2017 Details

This year, we are lucky to be holding our Halloween Milonga on the 31st!

– We’ll start earlier at 8 PM and go all the way until midnight.
– Get your costumes ready! There will be a contest, and 2 prizes will be given, one to the best-dressed male and one for the best-dressed female.
– Since this is a weekday event, we won’t be offering our usual spread of food. We will have some sweet treats for any Trick or Treaters in attendance.
– Cover: $10 , $8 for full-time students

We look forward to seeing everyone there. Don’t miss out!

Thanksgiving 2017 Schedule Changes

Next week, our class schedule will change to accommodate Thanksgiving.

Sunday, October 8
No class and no práctica.

Monday, October 9
No class.

Tuesday, October 10
“Tango with brigitte and Francis” and the Weekly Milonga will take place as usual.

Wednesday, October 11
No class.

The Sunday Práctica, the next Mini-Session (topic TBA), and Monday and Wednesday classes will resume the week of October 15.

We wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving!

Coming July 23: Teaming up with the Embassy of Uruguay to provide Ottawa a Taste of Tango

The Embassy of Uruguay will be hosting Uruguay Day as part of the Ottawa Welcomes the World initiative. They have invited us to participate, so it will be a busy afternoon of tango at the Horticulture Buildling at Lansdowne Park.

(If you didn’t already know, tango is not solely a Argentinian invention. There’s a long history of tango in Uruguay, and many important figures in tango’s history, such as Francisco Canaro, were Uruguayan. Click here to read a short article about how Uruguay and Argentina teamed up in 2009 to bid for tango’s UNESCO Cultural Intangible status.)

  • 3:30 – 4:15 PM: Free tango lesson with Francis and brigitte
  • 4:30 – 5:00 PM: A short milonga
  • 5:00 – 5:30 PM: Dance on live tango music of the uruguayan singer Elbio Fernandez
  • 6:00 – 6:30 PM: A performance by the Friends of the NAC Orchestra to celebrate the centennial of “La Cumparsita”

It will be an all-day immersion into Uruguayan culture, with food and wine tastings, a soccer clinic, and candombe later in the evening.

Of course, we will be heading back to 317 Chapel Street, and there will be a Sunday Práctica as usual at 7:00 PM.

See you on the dance floor!