Juan Carlos Copes

May 31, 1931 —

Juan Carlos Copes being honored in Buenos Aires city hall

He was studying to become an engineer, but he knew that tango was what he wanted to do from the first time he saw the dance.  Copes left the milongas, created tango for the stage, and took it around the world.  He celebrated his 80th birthday with many tango figures at Teatro Cervantes, received the Golden Gobbi from the Academia Nacional del Tango for his distinguished career, and then was honored by the city legislature on June 17.  He was there with his wife Myriam, his daughter Johana, and his grand-daughter.

Juan Carlos was one of the master teachers I invited to the International Argentine Tango Congress at Northwestern University in June 1995.  He gave me this autographed photo with Maria Nieves on the first day of classes.

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