January Classes


Shoe Policy

In order to preserve the House of Four Winds dance floor — one of the best in the area — our new contract requires that participants wear dance shoes, not street shoes, at our practicas and classes.  Not to worry, however: if you don’t have dance shoes you can still participate in our practicas and classes wearing either socks or shoe covers, which we will provide.


Thursday Classes

Beginning and intermediate classes are taught by several teachers — Lisette Perelle, Glenn Corteza, and Julian Ramil are old friends from the Bay Area.  No partner required.  $10 for one class; $15 for both classes; practica free with a paid class, $5 otherwise.   From 7 – 10 pm at the House of Four Winds.

Jan. 4: Lisette Perrele Lisette has been our teacher for several years.  She’s an elegant dancer and patient teacher who concentrates on the techniques necessary for smooth, powerful and beautiful dancing. She works with the whole body, focusing on connection, alignment, lines and beautifying steps.

Jan. 11:  Lisette Perelle

Jan. 18:  Katya Sazonchik  Katya ran a dance school in Russia and has taught many styles of dance, including Argentine tango.  Now living in Monterey, she will add a new dimension to our tango instruction.

Jan. 25:  Lisette Perelle



 Class Schedule

 Note also the addition of a short practica following the Fundamentals Class.

  • Fundamentals: 7-8 pm.  For beginners and anyone wanting to polish their basic skills.
  • Short practica: 8-8:15 pm. For all levels.
  • Intermediate: 8:15-9:15 pm. For dancers already proficient with the basic steps. (See below.)
  • Practica: 9:15-10 pm. For all levels.

Classes are at the House of Four Winds.  See below for biographies and prices.


Am I Ready for Intermediate Class?

For those of you who are fairly new to tango, we’d like to remind you that it is in your best interest to focus on mastering the fundamentals before moving on to the intermediate level.  The fundamentals include:

•    For everyone, walking smoothly to the beat of the music;

•    For men, the ability to lead clearly and confidently, and to change systems from parallel to cross system;

•    For women, the techniques for the cross, ochos, and molinetes. The intermediate class assumes functional knowledge of these fundamentals.  If you have any doubts about whether the intermediate class is appropriate for you, please ask the teacher for advice.


Lisette Perelle


Dancing since the age of 5, Lisette began her training in gymnastics. From there her education continued to Hula, Ballet, Jazz, Modern, Ballroom, Argentine Tango and Theater. She received her B.A. Degree from Northeastern University in Speech Communications concentrating in Television and Film production. She has worked in the film industry for over 14 years and has won Canada’s Lotus award for Producer of the Best PSA commercial in 1996. Her Minor was Theater.

She danced and performed with Northeastern Dance Theater Company in 1986-88 where she did choreography under the direction of Sarah Umberger. She was very involved in theater since childhood where she not only acted, sang and danced, but also choreographed numbers for the musicals, “Ghetto” and “Working”. She has since done choreography for a music video for the singer Jenifer Taylor. She was a member of the Argentine performance company called Ballet Pampa Argentina under the direction of Pampa Cortes for 2 years. She has starred in 2 tango film shorts, “Burn” and “Tango in the Park” as well as performed on television for KQED in San Francisco. Lisette trained in Argentine tango with Julian “Miller” Ramil, Pampa and Valeria Cortes, Fabian Salas, Mariana Flores and Eduardo Cappussi, Julio Balmeceda and Corina de la Rosa, Mariano “Chicho” Framboli, Mariana Dragone, Sabastian Arce and Mariana Montes, Carlos Gavito, El Flaco Danny Garcia, Omar Vega, Daniel Juarez and Alejandra Armenti and many others. She spends extensive time in Buenos Aires each year training as well as teaching. She has taught tango in the Bay Area including San Francisco, Oakland, Berkeley, Monterey, Santa Cruz, Sacramento and Mendocino. She has also taught in Palm Beach, Florida and Buenos Aires, Argentina. She has not only performed in her home state of California, but also in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Presently, she is teaching locally in the Bay Area and is currently Directing and Shooting her own Documentary on tango. She is an elegant dancer and patient teacher who concentrates on the techniques necessary for smooth, powerful and beautiful dancing. She works with the whole body focusing on connection, alignment, lines and beautifying steps. To see Lisette dancing, go to her website at lisetteperelle.com


Glenn Corteza

Glenn Corteza is one of San Francisco’s best teachers. He focuses on the essentials of social dancing and promotes mastery of the basics. Students enjoy his classes on musicality and core building fundamentals which includes ear training, mastering rhythms, and dance technique. Students get a broader perspective of the dance and not just memorization of flashy sequences. He promotes creativity and incorporates exercises to build on each individuals potential to improvise on their own. Glenn’s classes are fun and he keeps the it light and simple. His outrageous comments and humorous visual analogies will have you laughing while learning.  Glenn has been dancing for 14 years and has studied with many of the Argentine masters. He has performed on stage productions, appeared on commercials, and performed in many public and private events. He is also a member of the group,  Quinteto del Bailongo, where he plays the double-bass. .


Julian Ramil

Julian Ramil has been dancing the Argentine tango in San Francisco since the community began establishing in the Bay Area in the early 1990’s. With his numerous years of experience competing and coaching in martial arts as well as studying several dance genres (ballroom, ballet, jazz, modern, and social dances of other Latin American countries), Julian developed a dynamic style of dancing and unique teaching method that has inspired and facilitated the development of a young generation of dancers in the Bay Area. In 2001 he started his formal music studies, and after a few years decided to focus on the bandoneon, the main instrument of Argentine Tango. He was a member of the first San Francisco Tango Orchestra directed by Roman Rosso and recently performed as second bandoneonist with the Seth Asarnow’s Sextet in the theatrical production of Tango Adamor, which brought him invaluable knowledge of the deeper essence of ArgentineTango. Julian’s music experience and continuing tango dance studies (with teachers Gustavo Naveira, Nestor Ray, Susana Miller, Jorge Torres and Mariela Franganillo among others) have led to a personal goal to bring more awareness of the nuances and the unique characteristics of Argentine Tango music and dance to the milongas.

Classes and Practicas

Beginners welcome, no partner needed

Thursday Class and Practica

Classes and practicas are at the House of the Four Winds

  • Classes:
    • Fundamentals Class 7-8:00 pm
    • Short practica 8-8:15 pm
    • Intermediate Class 8:15-9:15 pm
    • Practica 9:15-10:00 pm
    • 1 Class $10/ Both Classes $15
    • Practicas  – no charge with class
    • Full time students & active military $5
  • Practica only – $5


Tuesday Practica

Practica with Charlie at The House of the Four Winds 7-10pm   $5

The House of the Four Winds, 540 Calle Principal, Monterey

Contact Charlie 831-601-7199 or  tangomontereybay@yahoo.com

Beginning July Classes with Sheldon Utley will take place on Mondays The Thursday Practica will remain on Thursdays The times for both nights will remain the same as previously New location: (insert the map) The Monterey American Legion Hall 1089 Johnson St, Monterey