Welcome to Tangonova


“This is how to dance the tango!
Feel the blood rise to your face with every beat;
While an arm winds like a snake
Around a waist that is about to break.
This is how to dance the tango!”


Founded by dance instructor Margaret Spore, Tangonova is dedicated to establishing an authentic tango presence in Nova Scotia. Intimate, improvisational and challenging. Argentine tango is truly the dance of fearless passion.

To inquire about classes at any level in Argentine tango, contact Margaret at 902-229-8585.  Tangonova will offer a new session  for beginners starting in January  2017.  Express your interest now, so as not to miss out. Singles and couples welcome.

Halifax SPRING Milonga Schedule 2018

SPRING Halifax Milonga* calendar 2018  = Argentine Tango Social Dance Events* 

 LOCATIONS Milonga 1313 /Tangonova:  Spring  Location : 1313 Hollis St, parking lot north side. Usually 8-11 pm or 9-midnight. Summer location = Halifax waterfront!! Check this site calendar for details re start time and pre-milonga class offerings. Milonga Comunidad /YouTwo Can Tango/  at Ft Massey Church, 8:30-11:30 pm. Check their web site for details.

MILONGA DATES/all Saturdays; (See above location details, if not listed below)

March 31 Milonga 1313 with pre-event Intro tango Class (8 pm)/milonga 9-midnight!

April 14 Milonga Comunidad/ 8:30-11:30 pm (I think)

April 28  Rhapsody Milonga: live music of Rhapsody  Quintet, Parish Hall, St George Round Church, 2222 Brunswick/8:30-11 pm

May 5 SPECIAL Tomas Howlin Milonga, Parish Hall, St George Round Church, 2222 Brunswick/Time TBA

May  19 Milonga 1313/ 8:30 -11:30 pm

June 2 SPECIAL Tomas Howlin Milonga, same as May 5.

June 16 Milonga 1313/8:30 -11:30 pm

SUMMER Mid-June thru August = look for tango on the Halifax waterfront. Foot of Morris at  Lower Water St/across Cunard parking lot. Likely Saturday evenings. Details TBA

Tangonova Milonga 1313 Details (for other milongas details,  check East Coast Tango FB page)

COST = $10 at the door/$78:30 -11:30 pm. Start time = Varies/ 8:30-11:30 or 9-midnight/check web or tangonova  FB events listing /or get on my email list.

Regular  DJ = Leggy Peggy (mostly traditional tango recordings  from the golden age of tango with  a few contemporary sets. Requests honoured, especially from guests, so not always predictable.)      Guest DJs : Michael Scott, Kirill Rosen, occassional  out of town visitors.

BYOB (glasses provided)

Help with set up  appreciated. Call Margaret for more info/lessons/suggestions/ etc. 902-229-8585



*The word Milonga has two meanings, often confusing for beginner dancers! 1) Milonga, as used here, is a gathering/ tango dance party: an event where people are dancing to recordings of tangos, vals or milonga (see second meaning). USE: I am going to the milonga tonight. 2) Milonga, also refers to the name of a dance form  in the tango genre (tango, vals, and milonga)  with  an upbeat 2/4 rhythm. Historically the milonga dance form pre-dates tango, and has more Afro- Caribbean roots.  USE: Let’s take that milonga class so  we can dance the milonga set at next Saturday’s milonga.

Milonga Event Format:  Tango is a traveling dance that moves counter clockwise along the line of dance. Ideally couples “navigate” respectfully  on the dance floor, not passing one another or colliding or stalling the flow. Music is played by a DJ in tandas (sets) of 3-4 songs of one type (tango, vals or milonga). The end of the tanda (set) is marked by a cortina (curtain) – a short  non-tango riff of 25-35 seconds. This is the time to escort one another off the dance floor and switch partners, if you like. When a couple choose to dance together, it is customary to dance out the full tanda, not rotating until the cortina. Should either  person decide to end the partnership mid-tanda,  it would be considered rude for him or her  to then acquire a new partner for that same tanda. These are customs not rules. If you are planning to dance at milongas in Buenos Aires, additional codigos (codes) may apply, useful to know  and readily available on the internet.