Inês Gomes & Rui Barroso

Inês has been dancing tango for almost 6 years and she is now finishing her degree in dance at the Superior School of Dance in Portugal (Escola Superior de Danća). This degree has given her a solid background in Classical and Contemporary Dance.

Rui has been dancing and teaching tango for more than 14 years (as long as he has been teaching Martial Arts). He started to learn Ballroom Dancing when he was 13 years old and at the age of 17 he was already teaching and investing in Salsa and Argentine Tango. Nowadays, Rui has his own dance school in Portugal called THE STREAM and teaches regularly in Coimbra, Lisbon and Leiria.

Together, Rui & Inês have learned tango from some of the best tango teachers and dancers of our times. Mariano “Chicho” Frumboli & Juana Sepulveda (open embrace technique), together with Sebastian Arce & Mariana Montes (close embrace technique) have been their primary guidelines. But also other Argentine teachers and dancers have had a major impact on the development of Rui & Inês; such  as Alejandra Mantiñan, Adrian Veredice & Alejandra Hobert, Esteban Moreno & Claudia Codega, Pablo Villarraza & Dana Frigoli, Pablo Rodriguez & Noelia Hurtado, Pablo Inza, Julio Balmaceda & Corina de la Rosa, Gastón Torelli & Moira Castellano.

In Portugal (Lisbon) they have also learnt from Juan Capriotti & Graciana Romeo (Argentine dancers and teachers living in Portugal), for whom they have worked as tango teachers and dancers for 2 years (2008/2009 & 2009/2010).

Therefore, Rui & Inês possess extensive experience as teachers and dancers, with the best education, both technical and pedagogical, that Portugal and Argentina can offer in the areas of dance in general and tango in particular.

Due to a profound reflection on the natural and organic movement of the human body, this Portuguese couple has developed a teaching method of tango dancing, founded on a sensitive communication between the couple which is both innovative and effective, allowing anyone to easily learn how to dance tango.

In their teaching method, Rui & Inês harmonise the different styles of traditional tango (milonguero and salón) with the new overviews around it (tango nuevo), providing their students with tools that allow them to dance with anyone, no matter the style that person is comfortable with, and to the sound of any kind of music, be it either the traditional sounds of the tango orchestras from the 30’s or the 50’s, the electro tango of Gotan Project and Bajofondo, or that amazing Reggae from Bob Marley!

In fact, Rui & Inês believe that uniqueness in tango does not come from specialisation in a particular style but from the ability to dance all of them. Being unique as a leader or as a follower comes from being able to adapt to different circumstances, music and partners. And if the dance partner allows it, one can, during a tanda of four tangos, actually dance in four completely different ways. Furthermore, according to Rui & Inês, one can actually use the technique of all different tango styles and perspectives in harmony during the same song. That is why they often like to explore the different kinds of close and open embraces in their workshops. In addition, they often mix the different embraces in one sequence in order to teach students to manage the changing of embrace in the middle of the dance without losing stability. This will open alternatives to music interpretation and creation of different feelings and energies in the dance.

Due to this new look on tango, Rui & Inês have been travelling lately around Europe teaching and performing. They have already been in England (London and Brighton), Germany (Düsseldorf), Switzerland (Basel), Spain (Béjar) and Latvia (Riga) and hope to visit many more different cultures to share what they know and always learn a bit more!