I started teaching in 2007 and since then, I have taught in many countries around the world as well as in Paris where I am based.
There is something about watching a person try out something new and eventuallly start to move in an easier way right if front of your own eyes that never ceases to amaze me. I am fascinated by the learning process, the human body, the way our nervous system develops motoric habits and by dance as a whole.
“How do you learn a dance that is more like a language?” From Why your tango teacher desperately wants you to dance but keeps teaching you steps
Workshops around the world
Since 2007 I have taught in France, Sweden, Norway, UK, Italy, The Netherlands, Switzerland, Cyprus, Greece, Germany, Czech Republic, Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, USA and Canada. Being fluent in seven languages allows me to teach with a very high level of precision in students’ original language, where possible.
During my travels I come in contact with many different cultures and very different tango communities, big and small. Yet, when it comes to learning tango, I find that people run into remarquably similar kinds of problems.
“How come that are you able to improve with some teachers and not with others, who seem just as competent? Which part of the learning process depends on you as a student and which on your teacher? And how can you recognise that your teacher-student relationship is going nowhere?” From Why sometimes you learn nothing from the best teachers
Workshops in Paris
In Paris I am one of the teachers and co-founder of Tango Mon Amour. I teach both roles, although my main focus on working with women, followers and leaders. I teach followers technique, mixed technique and classes for couples with my partner on vocabulary, embrace, connection and musicality.
I currently work with the exceptional female leader Asya Moiseeva who is Russian-born but lives in Paris. We teach and perform together.
“To a dancer going back to basics is what constitutes the most rigorous, most efficient learning. Dancers know that quality lies in the details and the details are always in the basics.” From Why we always go back to basics
Workshop summary videos
On my YouTube channel “verotango” you will find some workshop summaries for various topics.
Private tango classes in Paris and elsewhere
Throughout my years of being a professional dancer I have nourished and enriched my teaching methods through my own experience with Argentine tango but also through my experience practicing yoga, taking ballet classes, contemporary and modern dance, as well as bodywork techniques such as Pilates and Gyrotonics. I like to check my teaching methods against data from various neuroscience research on how human brain learns movement.
This background allows me to adapt a personalised approach when teaching private classes. I will always first assess where you are as a student in your development and in which direction you would like to evolve. Then I will choose tools and exercises to help you grow organically towards your goals. I teach both in person and online. Living far away from Paris doesn’t mean you can’t take private classes with me!
Stefan C., Switzerland:“It feels like tons of things in which I felt stuck for long time just all sort of condense at the same time. There’s a new intensity in connection, confidence replacing insecurity and hesitance. There is more time, more possibilies and a vastly increased capacity for musicality. Suddenly I’m dancing the music I always wanted. There are phrases, stories that make sense. And somehow this is effortless. I’m not planning, or counting or whatever. I’m just with the lady and somehow things just happen to work out right with the music. It’s magic.”
Ilyas L., France:“After our class on posture, that same week I went to dance. The first day was so-so. The day after it got worse, seriously worse… I just couldn’t feel my back. In the dance, I mean. Nothing was working. Nothing. I couldn’t make a turn, couldn’t walk, couldn’t even disscociate a bit. My partner also was telling me: “I don’t feel you. I don’t get your lead”. It felt horrible and frustrating. I thought: first thing in the morning I call this Toumanova person and tell her: I don’t know what the hell you have done to me, but I want my money back, I want my dance back, I want my posture back, probably erroneous but at least before I was able to have fun and enjoy it! Then I decided to give it a try the next day. I don’t know what happened. Something clicked. Planets aligned. It was there. That next night we went dancing and… IT WAS WORKING BETTER THAN EVER!!!!”
Marcie M., USAI have taken classes with different teachers in the US, Europe and South America and you are by far the best. Nobody explains technique like you do. How do people learn to dance if they don’t take classes with you?!
Marina P., Russia:I met Veronica in 2014 when she came to teach workshops in my city of Tomsk (Russia). And I believe those were the most useful workshops I have ever attended. Her workshops gave a structure to my knowledge of tango and, most importantly, her pedagogical approach turned out to suit me perfectly and confirmed once again that I was moving in the right direction. Right now I am using my knowledge in my own teaching and hope to meet Veronica again soon.”
Sergei V., Russia:“Veronica is very sensitive to each student’s specific needs. In a class she is able to really become that student and therefore offer solutions and improvements that hit precisely the right points. Her classes are not about just tango or just people: it is about a specific tango specifically in you. She is also capable of explaining and demonstrating things with very good imagery, so that you immediately can incorporate the images she gives you into your dance. Besides, she is a great source of all kinds of tango tips and tricks: how many followers was I able to enchant just by slightly changing the position of my right hand!”
Aleksey V., USA:“Veronica’s pedagogical skills are outstanding! She has a way of explaining things and providing useful tools, regardless of what type of learner you are.”
Mélanie T., France:“Veronica is not only an accomplished dancer, she is a beautiful human being able to transmit the knowledge of intelligent movement. Dance is about understanding your body and your energy. Passionately, generously, she invites each one of us to create our own tango, one that matches our inner self.”
Galina Z., Belarus:“A solid, well-founded pedagogical approach, well-structured information, beautiful language and a gentle attitude towards the students create this very special atmosphere that is the mark of Veronica’s classes.”
Gerlinde M., Austria:“Veronica was suggested to me by my German tango teacher when I went to Paris for a longer period – deservedly so. In her courses she starts with simple exercises and before you know it you are learning rather complex movements (and they still feel easy). Thanks to her cheerful personality she makes sure that even the teaching of subtleties or dry body physics still seem light and entertaining. Highly recommended!”