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Action County: April Rose and Luciano Paulino

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FRISCO ” April Rose and Luciano Pualino became tango partners after meeting in Tea Kwon Do class. The athletic pair is now trying to grow the unique dance here in Summit County.

Many may not realize that traditional Argentine Tango is not like the typical choreographed dancing you see in ball rooms or on television. The dance is completely improvised, which is what attracted Rose to it.

“I describe it as having a conversation, one partner leads and the other has to know how to react,” said Rose.

Paulino, who is originally from Brazil, has been dancing for 13 years and started dancing tango eight years ago. He was introduced to dancing through his mother, who he danced with in Brazil because she didn’t have a partner.

“I didn’t think that I would like it, but it’s the social part of the dance ” it’s about going out and having fun,” said Paulino.

After meeting Rose, they began teaching tango at the Summit School of Dance in September.

Rose is a Colorado native, born in Woody Creek. She had a background in jazz and African dancing but got into dancing tango through Paulino.

“I went to a tango dance in Aspen with him and absolutely fell in love with it,” said Rose. “I just love anything physical, it gives me a physical challenge. Trying to learn the steps and coordinate, then from there I just fell in love with the music.”

With traditional Argentine tango, which is different from European ballroom tango, there is no competition at all. Instead, the dance is showcased at parties called milongas.

“It’s just a great environment and people just have fun dancing,” said Paulino.

Paulino and Rose attend milongas all over the state including Denver, Aspen and Glenwood Springs.

You can catch the duo teaching their Argentine Tango class Monday and Wednesday nights at the Summit School of Dance in Frisco.

Larisa Graham can be reached at (970) 668-4617, or at

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