Our Team

About the School

Francis Caron established Siempre Tango in 1999. It was 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 left Siempre Tango in the hands of Jewel and her teammates.

As the current team heads into the 2020’s, we hope to continue Siempre Tango’s legacy of bringing people to tango and bringing the best of tango to Ottawa.

Team Members

Jewel Aldea (Team Leader)
Jewel grew up playing tennis, eventually playing at the Division I level in university. She’d 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 started an on-and-off relationship with tango… some years of intense learning, some of not dancing, but always listening to the music.

Jewel started taking classes at Siempre Tango whem she moved to Ottawa in 1995. She began teaching in 2016, working intensively with Francis Caron in both tango and the Alexander Technique. She found that deeply efficient and pleasurable movement puts the mind at ease, leaving one free to perceive their partner, the music, and the ebb and flow of the tanda. This flow state lies at the heart of joyful improvisation. Her classes emphasise the physical tools needed to explore tango and ways to navigate mental “game” of tango.

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

Robert Gatien
Robert’s a well-traveled Argentine Tango dancer whose encompassing embrace and rhythmic play make him a sought-after partner. He started his tango journey in 2010 with Siempre Tango and has been on the teaching team since 2015. He enjoys traveling in search of new tango experiences in North America and Europe. He also travels to learn more, and has studied extensively with Horacio Godoy and Cecilia Berra, Fausto Carpino and Stephanie Fesneau, and Carlitos Espinoza and Noelia Hurtado. He’s a methodical, dedicated teacher who is always looking to create those “a-ha” moments where a student has a sudden insight about tango.

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, studying with several teachers who would go on to create Studio Tango Montreal. He and his late wife Daniele Lacroix started teaching in Ottawa, and bringing 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!”

Tiniko Natsvlichvili
Tiniko started Argentine Tango in Ottawa in 2010 and was hooked immediately. She immersed herself by taking local classes and attending tango events in North America, Europe, and Argentina. She began organising locally in 2014, and then moved to Buffalo, NY, organising events there for 4 years before returning to Ottawa. Her most well-known event was the annual ESO! Buffalo Tango Marathon, which brought 200 people together over a weekend to celebrate tango. Tiniko’s been teaching since 2015, and joined the Siempre Tango team in 2019. In her classes, she focuses on applying students’ natural movement, which best allows them to express themselves through tango, and she addresses creativity, musicality, technique, and connection to oneself, one’s partner, and the social scene.

Tiniko enjoys bringing the community together and empowering dancers of all levels to make the most out of their tango journey, and besides teaching at Siempre Tango Ottawa, she also hosts Milonga Querida twice a month on Saturdays. 

Isabelle Oppenheim
Isabelle finds meaning in her life by immersing herself in the study of movement. She is pursuing a Master’s in Dance at UQAM, and is also completing a certificate as a Somatic Movement Educator in Body-Mind Centering®. This call to self-awareness through movement began with her 10-year long passion for Argentine Tango, which is at the centre of her research. She is particularly interested in how increased body awareness can deepen the experience of connecting with another person through dance.

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 administrator at the Montreal School of the 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 taught at Siempre Tango from 2003 to 2019, and is now the head of the Montreal School of the Alexander Technique, opening 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.