“People who dance tango feel like they touch upon a mystery that is impossible to convey in words.”
My name is Veronica Toumanova and the above quote is from my article Argentine tango as intimacy practice. I am a professional dancer living in Paris. If you have never tried Argentine tango, my article might make you want to do it. I first touched upon the mystery of tango in year 2000 and it has been my joy and passion ever since.
Performing, Teaching, Dancing
In the past years I had the pleasure to work with various wonderful partners. I love performing. There is nothing quite like the feeling of improvising for a live audience. The closest it comes to is flying. See some of my recent videos
Very recently I started working with a new partner, an Argentinean dancer living in Paris, Pablo Freund. We are very exciting to start performing and teaching together. We danced our first performance on the 8th of December at La Dolce Vita, Paris.
Besides performing, I love teaching people how to dance. To me, teaching is a mix of skill, experience and magic. Since 2007 I have taught in 16 countries. Being fluent in 7 languages helps me to connect to people from different cultures. I believe that one of the reasons why I love teaching tango is because this dance is so much like a language. I also have a sneaking suspicion that I’ve always secretly wanted to be a stand up comedian.
After all these years I still very much enjoy dancing socially. Every time I get ready to go to a milonga, I feel excited. I could tell you I especially love d’Arienzo and Pugliese, but then Di Sarli and Biagi would get jealous.
“Tango connection makes us vulnerable, opens us like a book, invites us to go inside ourselves and share what we find there with another person.” From Why in tango we are not that social
Writing & Lectures
Dancers in various places in the world often greet me with the words “You are that Veronica who writes about tango! I’ve read all your essays!” If you have never read any, beware: they are longreads. See the full list of my writings
From a reader’s review:“Rather than telling you what you should or shouldn’t do, she tells how things work, sketching the consequences of doing or not doing certain things. Based on where you are in tango and what you seek, these essays will help you further making your own way.”
And because sometimes what you need is not a tango class or an essay, but pictures of neural pathways and an honest talk about a difficult issue, I also give lectures based on my writings and research. Learn more about my classes and lectures
Where To Find Me
In Paris I teach monthly technique workshops at Tango Mon Amour and give private classes. I also regularly work in other French cities, London, Brussels, various European countries, Russia, Belorus and Canada. See my full schedule
Talks & Interviews
“I don’t know anyone in tango whose life this dance did not change in some way or another, some way that goes beyond tango itself.” From Why tango changes your life
Interview with Joe Yang from Winconsin Tango, June 2018:
Feeling vs Aesthetics : an interview with Veronica Toumanova
Interview with Chrisa Assis from Toronto, April 2018:
Tango Chat with Veronica Toumanova
Tango Resources I recommend
TANGO TIPS BY THE MAESTROS
A book and an online resource collecting writings from various tango maestros and maestras and covering a great variety of topics. I have contributed a chapter to this book, entitled “Building a Fulfilling Social Life in Tango”. You can order the book as well as find more information on the website.
EL RECODO TANGO
Interested in getting to know more about tango music? El Recodo Tango site (France) has an impressive music collection you can search by virtually any parameters, including lyrics. You can also play a quizz to see what level of music knowledge you have as compared to other players from around the world.
MADAME PIVOT TANGO SHOES
My favorite shoe brand, for two reasons: they have a large collection for vegans like me and their vegan shoes are comfortable, robust and beautiful. Despite being made from quinoa, how amazing is that?
TANGO AGENDA FOR PARIS AND FRANCE
An all-in-one, always up-to-date agenda of tango related activities in Paris and France. If you are planning to visit my city, this is the site to look for events and addresses.
Tango photos of me on this website are by Asya Moiseeva (Paris, 2019)
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