Veronica Toumanova and Melina Mistral: Sept. 29 – Oct. 2

We are privileged to welcome Veronica Toumanova and Melina Mistral to Ottawa this fall. They have each made visits to Ottawa as individuals, but we are excited that they’ll be coming to see us together! We’re collaborating to offer a full program of workshops, a special edition of Milonga La Capital featuring a performance by our guests, and a guided práctica.

Veronica and Melina first met in Montreal in 2017. They were surprised by their complementary pedagogies and the pleasure of dancing together, and eventually they decided to offer their workshops and performances together in Paris in 2020, just before the start of the pandemic. As soon as the borders reopened, they collaborated in Paris for a second series of workshops in July 2022. We’re glad to be part of their first time teaching together in North America.

For their individual bios, scroll down or click here.

To see them in action together, click here.

To register, please fill out this form.


Thursday, September 29EventVenueA la carte price
7:00 – 9:00 PMWorkshop 1
Tango Lab Takeover: Musicality and Expression (All levels)
Bronson Centre (211 Bronson Avenue)$35
Friday, September 30EventVenueA la carte price
6:30 – 8:00 PMWorkshop 2
The Walk, Embrace, and Connection (Beg-Int)
61 Main Street7$38
Saturday, October 1EventVenueA la carte price
1:30 – 3:00 PM Workshop 3
Posture, Alignment, and Technique for Everyone (All levels)
61 Main Street$38
6:30 – 7:30 PMWorkshop 4
Milonga! (All levels)
430 Churchill Avenue$20
7:45 – 11:45 PMMilonga La Capital, with performance by Veronica and Melina at 9:45 PM$23 ($15 for those who attend class)
Sunday, October 2EventVenueA la carte price
1:00 – 2:30 PMWorkshop 5
Sacadas for Both Roles (Int-Adv)
61 Main Street$38
2:45 – 4:15 PMWorkshop 6
Milonguero Moves in Close Embrace (Int-Adv)
4:30 – 6:30 PMThe Sunday Práctica with Veronica and Melina (All levels)$12


Beginner track (Workshop 2 and 3)$65
Intermediate-Advanced track (Workshop 2, 3, 5, and 6)$130
The whole shebang (Workshop 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6)$175


To register, please fill out this form.

Jewel will send payment information with your confirmation email!


Both Veronica and Melina will be available for private lessons during their stay. You may choose to learn with one of them or both of them (particularly for couples). They will have spots available on Friday afternoon (2) and Saturday morning (2). Booking priority will be given to those who attend workshops. Contact Jewel for pricing and to book your lesson times.


Veronica Toumanova

Veronica is a professional dancer and teacher based in Paris. She is the co-founder of Tango Mon Amour, and is well-known for her technique seminars and for her essays about the tango experience. Fluent in several languages, she has also taught and performed in Italy, Russia, Sweden, the Netherlands, France, Switzerland, Canada, the United States, Czech Republic, Greece, Cyprus, Germany, Great Britain, Ukraine, Belarus, Norway, and Argentina. Veronica started dancing tango since 2000, and starting teaching in 2007. Her experience with modern, contemporary, and classical dance has created her solid technical basis for tango. In her teaching, she emphasizes musicality, connection in the couple and the quality of movement. Visit her YouTube channel for performance videos and demos!

Melina Mistral

Praised for her elegant and powerful dancing, respected for her pedagogy and dedication to teaching, Melina Mistral is undeniably passionate about Argentine Tango. Based in Montreal, she regularly travels to the Americas and Europe to give workshops and performances. Melina draws on her pre-tango practice of martial arts and sport, as well as ballet and Pilates, for her knowledge of the body. She has partnered several teachers in her career, including Leandro Haeder, Ney Melo, Phi Lee, Raphaël Baron, and Marcelo “El Chino“ Gutierrez. Recently, her “Take the Lead” courses for women who are to lead have been very successful in Montreal and in the U.S. You can see her in action on her YouTube channel.