Authentic Argentine Tango, group and private lessons
tango, milonga and vals

Jorge "Gem" Duras has been dancing tango for 23 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.

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.

Pricing and Locations

Standard pricing: Each 1 hr drop-in class is $20, each additional drop-in at any location the same week is $10, with the week starting on Monday. Practica alone $20, or free with class. Ask for private rates and one time new student class card.

Dance more, get better!

Milford Mondays
privates available weekdays

7:00-8:00 pm: Essentials
8:00-9:00 pm: Intermediate
9:00 - 10:30: MiniMi Milonga/Practica
Standard pricing
Milford Center for the Arts: 40 Railroad Avenue, South, Milford, CT. Directions...

No activity Tuesdays

Norwalk Wednesdays
privates available Sundays

7:00-8:00 pm: Essentials/Beginners
8:00-9:00 pm: Intermediate/Advanced
9:00-10:00 pm: Performance/Choreography (by invitation only)
Standard pricing
Dance Dimensions:
15 Cross Street, Norwalk, CT. Directions...

Stamford Thursdays

at Latin Moves

8:30-9:30 pm: Essentials
9:30-10:30 pm: Intermediate
Standard Pricing
Latin Moves: 480 West Main Street, Stamford, CT. Directions...

at Stamford Adult Ed
new 8-week session starts in February, 2018
. Register here...

7:15 - 8:15 pm: Beginners.
Runs for 8-weeks twice a year during the school semester.
Rippowam Middle School: 381 High Ridge Road, Stamford, CT. Directions...

Middletown Fridays

7:30 pm - 8:30 pm: Essentials
8:30 - 9:30 pm: Intermediate
9:30 - 10:30 pmPractica
Standard pricing
First Church of Christ: 190 Court Street, Middletown, CT . Directions...

Danbury Saturdays

11:00 am - 12:00 pm - Essentials
12:00 - 1:00 pm- Intermediate. Standard pricing.
Vitti's Dance Sudio: 10 Precision Road, Danbury, CT. Directions...

Chappaqua Select Sunday Workshops

Special Workshops once or twice a month. For details please check
Dance Emotions: 75 South Greeley Ave, Chappaqua, NY. Directions...

Enfield Select Sunday Workshops

6:00-7:00 pm: Essentials, 7:00-8:00 pm: Intermediate, various topics, 8:00-9:00 pm: Advanced. $20 first hour, $10 each additional hour.
EdanSe Ballroom: 127 Pearl Street, Enfiled, CT. Directions...

Stamford Select Sunday Workshops
at Latin Moves (check the calendar for dates)

6:00-7:00 pm: Beginners
7:00-8:00 pm: Beginners II.
$20 first hour, $30 both hours
Latin Moves: 480 West Main Street, Stamford, CT. Directions...


Private Lessons:

The fastest and most technically detailed way to learn! We offer private instruction for all levels, for individuals or couples and small groups. We would be happy to address specific technical details or choreograph a dance.

We can also teach you to dance an incredible tango that will be unforgettable on your wedding or commitment day!

For detailed information please contact us.

Instruction at Special Events:

How about a one hour fun tango class at a birthday or holiday party? How about your wedding? An introductory but fun tango class can definitely lighten up any mood, and create connection between the participants of your event.

How about preparing a wedding dance?

For detailed information please contact us.

Sample Workshop Themes:

Paradas and Pasadas: The Art of Interruption

Learn the art of elegant interruptions and the beauty of strong responses.

Sensational Sacadas

Invade your partner's space and make each other's legs fly. Subtle or dramatic, we will cover follower and leader sacadas and exciting combinations.

Planeos and Enrosques

Wind and Unwind - let your feet paint elegant circles on the floor!

Volcadas and Carpas

Fall into the arms of your partner: Dramatic leans and legs!

Hooked on Ganchos

How to lead and follow creative ganchos and make them sexy!

Cool Colgadas

Suspend in the air with a fragile balance! Enter a world of possibilities with one of the most dynamic tango figures!

Milonga Traspie

Spice up your milonga and tango of any tempo with rhythmic steps - learn the beauty and FUN of traspie!

What is new?

Stamford Adult Ed beginner session starts in February 2018.
Register here...

Perfect occasion to start dancing Argentine Tango! Total beginner session starts in October. Thursdays, 7:15 - 8:15 pm.

Specials for new students

$50, discounted intro private lesson, one hour. Only dancers who never took a private from Gem please. (Studio rental $10-$25 due at the lesson)

Buy $60 worth of tango for: $40 ($20 discount for any group class mix and match) Only students who never took a group class please.

$120 class card. Covers 8 classes, 4-week grace period. Save $40! One time only for new students please.

You don't have to open a PayPal account when you make the purchases above. The specials are not walid for workshops, special classes, and Stamford or Milford Adult Ed sessions.

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


Gem Duras and Dale Ellison perform in Charleston, SC


Gem Duras and Sarah Bell perform in Milford, CT


Gem Duras and Dale Ellison perform in Charleston, SC


Gem Duras and Linda Mejia perform in Wilton, CT


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


Gem Duras and Valentina Molina perform at the Crystal Theater


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


Tango Sueño Performance Group at the 2011 CT Tango Fest


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