About Gem Duras

Jorge "Gem" Duras has been dancing tango for 22 years and teaching professionally since 2003. In 1990's he studied with the original cast members of the famous show Forever Tango, in particular the legendary Carlos Gavito. He then visited Buenos Aires numerous times to study advanced technique, ballet and stage tango with younger Forever Tango stars Francisco Forquera and Jesus Velazquez, receiving his tango certificate. Over many years he became familiar with the styles of such important and diverse dancers as Mariano "Chicho" Frumboli, Gustavo Naveira, Susana Miller, Javier Rodriguez, Osvaldo Zotto, Norberto "Pulpo" Esbrez, Geraldine Rojas, Carlos Rivarola, Juan Carlos Copes, Dana Frigoli and Milena Plebs. As a result he is able to teach and guide the students in various tango styles such as Salon, Milonguero, Nuevo and beyond.

In his classes he emphasizes the "non-verbal communication" and "partner connection" aspect of tango to enable the students to dance with others at local tango events and throughout the world including Buenos Aires. Although he offers choreography and performance classes for more advanced students to train them for weddings, special events and shows, the essence of tango "where the two partners become one" is never forgotten. Gem follows the current trends in tango by visiting Buenos Aires multiple times each year and inviting Argentine guests to the Connecticut Tango Festival, which he organizes annually with Tango Sueño co-founder Dale Ellison.

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on the WTNH Morning News

Gem Duras was interviewed on the ABC affiliate station WTNH during the CT Tango Fest 2015, accompanied by the dancing of Analia Carreño and Luis Ramirez.

CTNow video feature

CT Tango Fest opening Milonga was featured on CTNow, a sister publication of Hartford Courant. The video exceprts show various dancers during the pre-milonga class as well as Gem Duras and Dale Ellison performing and teaching.

recent performance videos

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Gem Duras and Dale Ellison perform in Charleston, SC

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Gem Duras and Sarah Bell perform in Milford, CT

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Gem Duras and Dale Ellison perform in Charleston, SC

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Gem Duras and Linda Mejia perform in Wilton, CT

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Gem Duras and Dale Ellison perform to Paris, Texas at Vitti's Dance Studio

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Gem Duras and Valentina Molina perform at the Crystal Theater

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Dale and Gem's performance for Yale Tango Club in New Haven in 2009

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Tango Sueño Performance Group at the 2011 CT Tango Fest

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Dale and Gem's performance at the Rhythm Club in Norwalk, CT