Sterrenbeeld Gemini


(22 May to 21 June)

Dancing together comes naturally to Gemini being a twin couple 24/7. Unfortunately Gemini generally don't make good tango dancers because it takes two to tango and three's a crowd. Gemini are very musical but somehow during a dance they don't seem to be able to stick to either the rhythm or the melody. Non-Gemini followers may also experience some schizophrenia in the directions given by a Gemini leader. When both leader and follower are Gemini, you will see them alternating between outside parallel walking and 'ochos en espejo'.

Tango choreographer

Juan Carlos Copes

famous Gemini
in Argentine tango

Juan is born on 31 May 1931 in Buenos Aires. As a young man he doubted between taking up Tango or electronic engineering. But in 1951 he won a dancing contest at the Luna Park sports center, out of more than 300 couples. That night proved to be a turning point in his life. Copes' first professional performance was with the Francisco Canaro orchestra in 1955. In 1958 Juan debuted in Europe and the United States. Copes starred on stage as well as on television e.g. The Ed Sullivan Show from 1962 to 1964. Maria Nieves was his dance partner for a large part of his dance career. In her he found his Stradivarius, Copes once said. After his return to Argentina in the mid-sixties he created the modern tango show concept in Buenos Aires. Juan's footwork will remind you of Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly, two kings of musical. For Juan Carlos Copes, they were his great examples. As a choreographer his credits are numerous regarding stage productions and movies. In 1983 Copes choreographed 'Tango Argentino' on Broadway, which contributed to worldwide revival of Argentine tango as a dance form. Through the years Juan Carlos Copes has become an internationally recognized artist who took Argentine tango to many stages as a dancer, a choreographer and also as a speaker in seminars and congresses.