Mylène Pelletier, founding director
Mylène Pelletier, native of New Brunswick and holder of five Canadian Championship titles in Rhythmic Sportive Gymnastics (group level), started her tango career in Montreal in 1996. While completing her Bachelor’s degree in Theatre from Concordia University and attending classes at the Ecole de Mime Omnibus of Montreal, Mylène traveled to Argentina to perfect her technique with masters such as Roberto Herrera, Graciela Gonzalez, Chicho Frumboli, Lorena Ermocida and Estaban Moreno among others. Over the course of the last twelve years, Mylène has dedicated herself to teaching, choreography and performing as well as the development of the technical aspects of the dance itself in the Montreal community. She has participated as interpreter and/or choreographer in several productions and television shows such as Conquerant de l’inutile where she shared the stage with Gilles Pelletier, Carmen Tango directed by Réal Bossé, An Opera-Tango directed by Mark Richter, L’Auberge du Chien Noir, Le Plaisir croît avec l’Usage, Tango Macadam, Tango Obsession and Mental Block. Mylène has toured throughout the province of Quebec with the Romulo Larrea Ensemble and performed on the stage of the Grand Théâtre de Québec with the Larrea group accompanied by the Symphonic Orchestra of Québec. She has recently choreographed with Simon Alarie for the video “Fancy footwork” of the musical group Chromeo, and most recently has taught at the Cirque du Soleil.
Teaching the Argentinian tango is a privilege and an important responsibility for Bernard. Much more than communicating knowledge, it represents the transmission of passion and the opportunity to accompany the students in their interior and external transformation. He has experimented that passion without interruption since 1999 focussing on what he considers being the three pillars of the Argentinian tango: the intimate connection, the search for elegance and the best musical interpretation. While being in contact with some of the famous milongueros of Buenos Aires, he has developed his own particular style, elegant, precise and inspiring. Bernard has been teaching since 2002, mainly alongside Caroline Demers. Together, in 2003, they founded the school Tango Rico in Chambly. Bernard also created the famous Portail du tango argentin (www.milonga.ca) and the Tango Express, a bi-mensual electronic bulletin that covers the tango news in Québec.
A classical dancer for over thirty years, Diane received her training in Montreal with Esther Lambert. Amongst her interests for dance she integrated herself intensively in ballroom dancing for some time. In May 2005, a dream of hers came true, that of discovering the beauty of Argentinean Tango. She has received her training from Mylène Pelletier and has participated in various workshops offered by visiting teachers such as: Pablo Veron, Cecilia Gonzalez, Julio Mendez, Pulpo and Louisa.
Originally from the south shore of Montreal, Christian had his first contact with the world of dance during his studies at the collège St-Laurent while participating in a theatre production and a the competition “Cégep en spectacle”. In 2005, he discovered Argentinean Tango and quickly became very passionate about this dance. Receiving from the beginning his teachings from Mylène Pelletier, Christian has also participated to workshops by Jorge Torres, Antonio « Junior » Cervila and the couple Natalia Games and Gabriel Angio. Furthermore he now participates to Air de Tango’s Friday night milongas as an occasional DJ.
Allyson Manta( Brierley) is the original founder of La Tangueria, giving over her loft apartment to create the tango bar and studio on the Blvd. St.Laurent in 1990. She is a founding member of the Montreal tango community. She is delighted to be back in Montreal, a city she loves passionately, to bring the wealth of her travels and experience to the teaching staff at Aire de Tango.
Allyson has spent the last 20 years traveling Asia, the United States, Mexico and Europe with Cirque du Soleil fulﬁlling such functions as dance trainer, coach, choreographer and artistic direction. Upon landing in Las Vegas for work on Mystere, she built another tango community from the arid sands of the desert, with her partner, Gabriel Manta. This partnership ﬂourished with choreographies for artists on cruise ships and shows and of course another tango bar and studio!
Her studies are ongoing and she always relishes the opportunity to study with Jorge Torres and Gustavo Naviera and Giselle, Julio Balmaceda and Corina de la Rosa, to name a few. Her style is simple, elegant and effortless.
She brings her strong ideo-kinesthetic and bio-mechanical knowledge to the teaching of this complex and expressive dance. She is an experienced certiﬁed Hatha yoga teacher, and modern dancer of the Hawkins tradition.
In 2007 she wrote and directed Leading Ladies of Tango, a production that played in San Francisco and featured the Tango Mujer dance company and the Tango con Fusion dance company.
She loves to introduce the neophyte to this gorgeous dance as well as work with the advanced dancer on ﬁne tuning technique for social or stage dancing.
She welcomes all those who hear the strains of the bandoneon in their hearts to join her on the dance ﬂoor.
With a strong background in international and Quebec folk dancing, Olivier Arseneault turned to Tango Nuevo in 2006 under the direction of Bulent Karabagli at Tango Fabrika. He progressed quickly and joined the Air de Tango performance group in 2008 along as his partnership with Mylène Pelletier. With this group, he performed on various stages both in Quebec and outside the province. Since 2009, Olivier has been invited to teach at Air de Tango. His genuine love of dance and his remarkable exchange in the duet make his style unique.
Bobby Thompson a été attiré par le tango argentin il y a plus de vingt ans pendant quʼil dansait toujours avec des compagnies de danse professionnelles. Il a enseigné chez Graffiti Tango pendant cinq années et cʼest en 1997 quʼil a co-fondé Studio Tango Montréal et en est resté
co-directeur jusquʼen décembre 2014. Studio Tango Montréal jouit toujours dʼune excellente réputation grâce à la qualité exceptionnelle de lʼéquipe de ses professeurs.
Bobby prend un grand plaisir à démontrer à ses étudiants le chemin pour arriver à entrainer tout le corps afin dʼen faire ressortir lʼélégance naturelle du tango. Il porte une attention particulière à la technique avec humour et un sens du partage de sa longue expérience artistique. Il travaille à ce que chacun trouve son tango, en communiant avec la musique propre à cette
danse, de façon individuelle ou en compagnie de sa ou de son partenaire.
Tomas Howlin, professeur réputé partout en Amérique du Nord, a dit:
“Avec son chaleureux sourire, Bobby apporte 25 années dʼexpérience de
tango partout où il enseigne. Il est accessible et agréable comme
professeur, vous sortirez de ses classes avec des informations claires et
précises en ayant le sentiment dʼavoir fait un pas en avant avec votre
FRÉDERIC LECLAIR, teacher in training
Frédéric Leclair became the part of the team of Air de Tango in 2016.
Frédéric is an experienced dancer and has a good understanding of the body in movement coming from his almost 30 years background in martial arts.
OLGA PLAKHOVA, teacher in training
Olga Plakhova became the part of the team of Air de Tango in 2016.
Olga has been teaching since 2013, danced for the tango play “Oblivion”, which was on stage in Russia and Lithuania, performed at the festivals and gave classes in Europe, Russia and Canada.