Elizabeth Sadowska - Argentine Tango
All advanced level tango classes are taught by Elizabeth Sadowska, the founder of Rhythm & Motion studio. Elizabeth is a full-time, professional dance instructor with over 20 years of experience. She has formal training in many forms of dance. Her extensive training and experience have given her a thorough understanding of body movement and form as it relates to dance. This adds a rich dimension and makes her classes unique in Toronto. She focuses on proper technique, strong fundamentals and improvisation. Elizabeth has traveled to Argentina several times to train and immerse herself in the dance, music and culture of tango. In addition, she has traveled to cities in both Canada and the United States to keep her knowledge and skills up to date in the ever evolving tango. She also traveled to the US to teach workshops with Alex Krebs.
Elizabeth is fanatic about tango and shares her enthusiasm and deep passion for tango with her students.
Alexander De Ronov - Ballroom & Latin / Salsa
Alexander has been dancing for the last nineteen years and teaching for the past ten years.
His knowledge extends to Ballroom & Latin, Salsa and Argentine Tango.
His personality and teaching style make every class educational and a whole lot of fun.
He teaches many workshops at the studio including: Salsa, Bachata, Merengue, Cha Cha, and Swing.
Stephen Murgatroyd & Yurate Banis - Ballroom & Latin
Stephen and Yurate are both certified with the CDTA (Canadian Dance Teachers Association). They were competitive ballroom dancers during the 1980's and 90's competing throughout Canada and the United States. Stephen and Yurate are well known and respected teachers in the GTA area.
Rob started to explore his love for dance in 2003, and after 2 years of trying different social dances he discovered Argentine Tango and has never looked back. His passion to continue learning and discovering the dance has taken him all the way to the roots of where it all started, Buenos Aires, as well as many other venues across North America.
He strongly believes that understanding the fundamentals opens up many possibilities to truly experience the beauty of Tango. Rob teaches the Level 1 and Level 2 Beginner classes. He is well-known for his supportive and clear teaching style, where the beginner can learn the basics of tango in a relaxed and friendly environment. He teaches a Tango Intensive for Beginners several times a year.
Linda Smith has been dancing Argentine Tango since 2006. She trained in Toronto and Buenos Aires with a long list of brilliant teachers, and has been a teaching assistant for the advanced classes at Rhythm and Motion since 2011. She teaches a technique class once a month (Tango Drills), where students come to upgrade the fundamental elements of their dancing. With Rob Horvatek, she teaches the Intensive Beginner class, offered several times a year. She also gives private lessons where she specializes in refining each student's technique, connection and musicality. In addition to her teaching, she has performed demos at a variety of social occasions, including fundraisers and special events.
Tatiana completed Hatha yoga teacher training courses, which included studying of Physiology and Anatomy, meditation and breathing techniques. She is certified by Toronto Downward Dog Yoga Centre and Moscow Ashtanga Yoga Centre. Having studied the benefits of both, Iyengar Yoga (principles of proper alignment) and Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga (movements linked to breath), Tatiana brings her experience of both these traditions into her teaching.
Sandra has been dancing since she was 6 years old, starting with ballet, and soon after Latin, where she found her passion and success, travelling all over Europe competing. Later, she also got involved with other types of dancing, such as Salsa, Bachata, Brazilian Zouk and Argentine Tango, and also has over 10 years of experience teaching dance. Her love of dance and understanding of movement and body dynamics make her an enthusiastic, patient and passionate teacher, who focuses on technique, precision and beauty of dance.
Elizabeth Sadowska is fully certified with the CDTA, (Canadian Dance Teachers Association).
She received many years of formal dance training in both Europe and Canada. Although trained in ballet, modern and jazz, "partner" dancing has always been her passion. She competed in many ballroom and Latin dance competitions at the national and international level.
Her successes include winning the Ontario Amateur Latin Dance Championships for 4 consecutive years. She competed in the British Open Dance Championships, the most prestigious dance competition in the world which is held in Blackpool, England. She also resided in Los Angeles where she partnered Robert Cordoba (3 times U.S. Open Swing champion). While in L.A. she trained with top American coaches and champions.
Additionally, she has been featured in a wide spectrum of performances, ranging from international tours to local shows with many recent salsa and Latin dance champions. But in 1995 she discovered Argentine Tango which has become her true passion.
She has taken several extensive trips to Buenos Aires, Argentina where she studied the art of authentic Argentine Tango and immersed herself in the culture, dance, music and tango. Throughout the years she has studied with many Argentine Tango "maestros". She is well versed in all styles of Argentine Tango including close embrace, open, salon, milonguero and nuevo.
She is not only a fabulous dancer but also an amazing teacher. She's passionate about sharing her knowledge with her students. She is the only one in the city that implemented a structured and progressive Argentine Tango program consisting of eight levels. And Rhythm and Motion is the only professional dance studio in the city that offers this kind of program.
There are other classes (usually drop-in) in the city, but are mostly held in the church basements or community halls and not in the professional dance studio.
Elizabeth also understands that practice is absolutely essential to mastering any skill, so she offers a free weekly practica to the registered students.
Our studio is availabe to rent for a variety of functions from weddings, birthday parties to bridal or baby showers.
We have two rooms. The main, big studio has hardwood floors, mirrors, 11 feet ceilings and lots of natural sunlight. A sound system is available if needed. There is fully-equipped kitchen, small studio and lounge on a 2nd floor. There is Green Park parking just next door.
Main studio (1st floor, 1000sq ft) : $30 + HST per hour
Small studio (2nd floor, 250sq ft) : $20 + HST per hour
Elizabeth's one-of-a-kind modular approach to teaching tango is a well thought-out structure that ensures you learn everything - from the fundamentals to the flare - at your own pace. I particularly appreciate Elizabeth's delightful sense of humour, her highly skilled guidance, her uncompromising standards and most importantly, her mother's excellent baking.
Over the past few years, I've taken lessons with Elizabeth and her colleagues at R & M and have been amazed at the consistent quality of excellence in the instruction. There's a definite method and with her guidance and exepertise, I've improved quite a bit. I also found that she was "right on" in her teaching when I went to Buenos Aires and could fit into classes and evening milongas there, no problem. I always look forward to her lessons.
Great and best studio for Argentine Tango (AT) in Toronto. Highly skilled instructors, giving special attention to techniques. In my view, AT is an improvised dance thus techniques are very important. This studio fulfill this requirement. Instructors and assistants are very friendly and helpful.This is the only studio, I came across which operate a proper structured course for AT.
Elizabeth is One of a Kind! Her classes are inspiring and challenging! She makes you think....she is demanding and, above all, encouraging! And her sense of humour carries the day!!!!! If you miss her class, you missed a treat!
Jacqueline (student of 2 years)
I've been taking dance classes at Rhythm and Motion for more than ten years now, and I love the place! The students are so friendly and nice, and all the instructors are equally friendly, patient and talented.
For a student - especially when you're just getting started - you need a good instructor - one who takes the time to explain everything carefully and thoroughly. As we all know, there's a big difference between being a fabulous performer on the dance floor and being a good instructor. It takes a rare kind of talent to be able to teach well!
By now, I've taken classes and workshops with dozens of teachers. But nobody beats Elizabeth for sheer teaching talent. She takes the time to figure out the essentials of every technique in such detail that she can explain them clearly - step by step - so that EVERYBODY can understand them, no matter how experienced they are.
With any luck, I'll be taking dance classes at Rhythm and Motion Dance Studio for at least another ten years!
With deep passion for the Argentine Tango, I did an intensive search to find a dancing school. I had tried a couple good places, but somehow they did not appeal me much as I knew exactly what I was looking for. When I hit Rhythm & Motion's website, viewed some videos, I was convinced! No doubt, Elizabeth was the one I wanted to take the lessons with, and the floor at Rhythm & Motion was where I would love to dance on! Rhythm & Motion's teaching system was looked 'layered' at first, but I soon realize that Argentine Tango is a difficult dance, so the drilling technique teaching at Rhythm & Motion provides me the most important ingredient for the 'spicy' Argentine Tango! The class atmosphere is so relaxing; the teachers are professional, friendly and helpful, yet the lessons are serious and profound! After six months taking lessons there, I am happy thinking that I have done something too good for my life!
Learning to dance Argentine Tango with Elizabeth Sadowska is a most enjoyable experience. Elizabeth and her staff bring their professionalism and high caliber of teaching, which they combine with their passion and commitment to improve the skills of their students at every session. I strongly recommend anyone considering learning to dance Tango to visit Elizabeth's studio. You will not be disappointed.
After years of taking dance instruction from many different dance instructors I can testify that Elizabeth is the best and most fun Argentine Tango instructor in all of Ontario Canada.
The Rhythm & Motion Dance Studio is probably the best overall dance studio in all of Toronto and the most enjoyable place to learn all the social dances including Ballroom , Latin and Argentine Tango dances.
I have taken several sessions of dance classes at Rhythm and Motion and each time I have been fortunate to have had the same instructor, Alexander, because he possesses all the qualities of an excellent instructor. He explains and demonstrates new steps to his students in a way that is easy to understand and he does not progress to new steps until the participants have mastered the basic steps. He also makes his classes interesting and exciting.
In addition, his humourous interjections not only make people laugh but they also make his students feel relaxed so that they can learn more easily.
I am already looking forward to my next session.
Rhythm and Motion has become my source for everything related to dancing. This studio offers the best dance instruction, well thought out instruction programs, fun practicas, socials and milongas and even the finest dancing shoes in the city. It's a joy to be part of this dancing community. Thanks for putting it all together.
My name is Silvia and I am from Argentina. I enjoy taking Argentinean Tango lessons with Rhythm & Motion Dance Studio. Elizabeth is an excellent teacher and explains every technique very well. She has a lot of patience with her students and she has always been a very positive person. I recommend her and her studio to anyone who is interested in learning Argentinean Tango.