Argentine Tango at Vitti’s with Jorge “Gem” Duras
11 am – 12:00 pm: Argentine Tango essentials for all levels
12:00 – 1:15 pm: Intermediate and advanced tango
$25 one class, $40 both classes **special introductory rate for new students $15 per class**
Call (475) 655-5235 (Gem)
Jorge “Gem” Duras has been dancing tango for 20 years and teaching professionally for 12. He initially studied with the original cast members of the famous show Forever Tango in 1995, in particular the legendary Carlos Gavito. He then visited Buenos Aires numerous times to study advanced tango technique, ballet and stage tango with younger Forever Tango stars Jesus Velazquez and Francisco Forquera becoming a certified tango instructor and dancer. Over many years he became familiar with the styles of such important and diverse dancers as Mariano “Chicho” Frumboli, Gustavo Naveira and Susana Miller among others. As a result he established his expertise to train his students in various tango styles such as Salon, Milonguero, Nuevo, Stage and beyond.
Gem recently performed and taught at the Stardust weekend upstate New York, and performed at the New Year’s Celebration event organized by Akademi Tango, in Ankara-Turkey. He teaches tango full time throughout CT as well as Westchester, NY and as a guest in Charleston SC. With Tango Sueño co-founder Dale Ellison, he organizes and directs the Connecticut Tango Festival. He travels several times a year to Buenos Aires to follow the current trends in tango. www.tangosueno.com
Tango Classes at Vitti’s is for everyone interested learning the authentic way of dancing tango as it is done in Buenos Aires. Each class features the fundamentals, various strength exercises and a fun step with correct styling. The first hour covers the essentials of tango for social dancing and establishing a good foundation for more advanced concepts. Beginners as well as those with tango experience are welcome. The second hour builds on the first one and introduces more complicated tango idioms and patterns that can be used for exhibitions or social dancing. Accompanied by music from the dance halls of Argentina, you will experience everything that is necessary to capture the passion and emotional essence that the Tango is famous for. Singles are welcome, no partner required as we switch partners during group classes.