People who dance tango feel like they touch upon a mystery that is impossible to convey in words.
I dance tango. Do you?
My name is Veronica Toumanova and the above quote is from my article Argentine tango as intimacy practice. I am a professional tango dancer living in Paris. I first touched upon this mystery in year 2000 and tango has been my joy and passion ever since.
To me, tango is about connection and beauty. It is about developing skills that allow us to create this connection and to dance beautifully. It is also about a deeply personal transformation through the art of dance. Ever since I started working with tango, I have been looking for ways to help others discover their capacity for beauty, connection and inner transformation. Some of it is about technique and movement. Some of it is about knowledge of our body and brain. And some of it is about magic: the felt sense, the authenticity, the human factor, the love for dance, the flow.
“Tango, in a way, is like the path to enlightenment: there are guru’s of every kind, you will have to find the one right for you.” From Why years of tango will not make you an advanced dancer and what will
I love performing and I believe there is nothing quite like the feeling of improvising a tango for a live audience. I originally started to train to become a tango professional because I loved performing. The closest it comes to is flying. For the past years I have performed in many countries with various partners. Here you can see some of my recent performance videos.
Teaching is a very large part of my professional occupation and I love it. 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 complex yet can be also simple, and that you never stop learning and discovering new depth to it.
“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
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.
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
I have so far released two books containing my essays, a series entitled “WHY TANGO“. The second volume has just been published in Nov 2021! See all the details on my Books page.
“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.” From a reader’s review
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
Online Workshops & Webinars
Since the COVID crisis I have been offering classes, workshops and webinars online. Have a look at my Online Teaching page to see the free video materials & talks to help your solo practice, learn more about online private classes and also purchase materials from past workshops and webinars.
Where To Find Me
In Paris I teach technique workshops and couple workshops for Tango Mon Amour. I give private classes and teach online as well. My work regularly takes me to other French cities as well as London, various European countries, Russia, Belorus and Canada. See my full schedule
Talks & Interviews
NEW! NEW! NEW! An interview for TanGossip, available in English and French, April 2022: INTERVIEW WITH VERONICA TOUMANOVA
Online discussions for Dance in Conversation, with Ieva Kelpsaite and Sergio Acosta, 2021: Love is not enough: practicing tango with a partner
Online discussion in Tango Lounge with Filippo Monici, July 2020:
Tango and Personal Development: how tango affects your life and makes you undergo psychological transformations
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
MADAME PIVOT VEGAN 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. Considering they are made from celery and quinoa, how amazing is that?
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.
TANGO PARTNER APP
To immediately find local tango friends wherever you are in the world, check the Tango Partner app. You can use it to find locals dancers, ask for recommendations, connect with local teachers, share a taxi, register together to events, or simply go out for a drink.
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.
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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