Dancer. Teacher. Choreographer. Rose performs all of these roles with equal passion. A dancer since childhood, she trained in ballet, jazz, tap and ballroom before finding her love for Argentine Tango. Since 1999 Rose has studied with tango luminaries in San Francisco and Buenos Aires including Christy Cote, Chelsea Eng, Oscar Mandagaran and Georgina Vargas of Forever Tango, Carlos Gavito, captain of Forever Tango, Mariam Larici and Leonardo Barrionuevo, choreographers on So You Think You Can Dance.
Rose graduated with high honors from Ballroom Dance Teachers College where she studied under Diane Jarmalo. She has since co-authored the syllabus for DVIDA, writing four manuals for Argentine Tango for Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum. She also wrote the curriculum for master teachers on how to teach Argentine Tango.
As a principal dancer in Christy Cote’s LiberTango Dancers she performed at such events as the 49ers half time show and the Ethnic Dance Festival. In 2014, Rose joined Tango Con’Fusion, the all-women’s dance company, and taught and performed at Johanna Copes’ Lady’s Tango Week in Buenos Aires, an event that draws dancers from all over the world. In May of 2015 she danced with the Debbie Goodwin Dance Company in their debut performance in the San Francisco Performing Arts Festival.
Rose was a co-choreographer for two Alma del Tango student performances, “Tango Magic” in 2014, and “Moment to Moment,” in 2015. And, she was a guest artist in the 2013 student show, “Close Embrace: A Tango Love Story.” She also teaches at Alma del Tango in Marin.
Rose is married to dancer Anton Koukareko. The couple has 3 children together.
"I love the opportunity to perform and create with women who inspire me and whom I value their friendship. It's so much fun to be able to truly come up with any idea and be able to see it come to life on such talented dancers. We can switch roles and switch genres of dance but we all share the same love of Tango as me"
This was my first performance with TCF, though as a guest artist, what fun it was to be on stage with that many incredible women from the bay area tango world!
I loved how this piece developed, my first time performing it was in Women's stories and then we took it to Buenos Aires.
I enjoyed choreographing with Debbie a piece for 3 dancers, it added a fun challenge and the end result was a piece that was both playful and sweet.
La Yumba is actually my Derecho Viejo choreography: Stands out as one of my favorite pieces from start to finish. It was so much fun to choreograph with Christy Cote who has long been my mentor and friend. We set out to create a show tango piece with 2 strong female roles and I was very happy with it in completion. Like so many of TCF pieces it didn't stop there but continued to to develope , adapting it to La Yumba with Otros Aires and then performing with 4 dancers and then 8!
After the isolation of COVID but still at a time when we were still slow to interact with others, it felt so good to get back to dancing, creating and seeing Debbie!