Argentinian dancer and choreographer Juan Carlos Copes, legend of tango, died on Saturday January 16, at the age of 89 from complications related to Covid-19, his family announced.
“Everything went very quickly, my father died…. It will always shine among the stars and forever in the history of dance tango ”, announced on Facebook his daughter Johana Copes. The octogenarian was infected in December by the new coronavirus.
Juan Carlos Copes, born May 31, 1931 in Buenos Aires, made himself famous for having made tango known as a full-fledged choreographic style and brought this popular dance to the big international stages.
A legendary couple with Maria Nieves
He had formed a legendary tango couple with Maria Nieves. They had been married from 1964 to 1973, but continued to dance together until 1997. “I knew I had found my Stradivarius”, he told Agence France-Presse in 2016, referring to their beginnings.
His daughter Johana followed in her father’s footsteps and was his dance partner for almost twenty years. Juan Carlos Copes ended his career in 2015.
“He shone on the illuminated Broadway signs and was applauded in Europe. He formed an unforgettable dance couple with Maria Nieves and put on unique shows ”, greeted the Argentinian Ministry of Culture on Twitter.
“We say goodbye to the great Juan Carlos Copes, legend of danced tango (…) choreographer, trainer of generations of artists and who brought innovative tango shows to the whole world”, declared, also on Twitter, ProTango Argentina, one of the biggest associations of promotion of the tango.