Raphael was born in 1984 in France and started dancing at the age of 9. At the age of 14 he meets tango and devotes himself to it. Three years later he leaves France for Italy and Spain for tango studies. In Italy Pedro Monteleone becomes his first mentor and encourages him to become a professional. At 19 his steps lead him to Buenos Aires, where he lives for more than 12 years working as a tango dancer, choreographer and teacher, dancing with tangueras such as Guillermina Quiroga, Fatima Vitale, Natalia Ochoa and Veronica Salmeron, who he danced with for 4 years and cooperated as assistant choreographer.
Along his career he has studied tango near great maestros such as:
Osvaldo Zotto y Lorena Ermocida, Miguel Angel Zotto, Natalia Games y Gabriel Angio, Geraldine Rojas y Javier Rodriguez, Roberto Herrera, Damian Essel y Nancy louzan, Cristian Marquez y Virginia Gomez, Leo Calvelli y Eugenia Usandivaras, Mariano Frumboli “Chicho”, Marijo Alvarez , Alejandra Martinian y Gustavo Russo , Leandro Oliver y Laila Rezk, Fernando Galera y Vilma Vega, Pablo Villaraza y Dana Frigoli, Carlos y Rosita Perez, Julio Balmaceda y Corina de la Rosa, Pedro Monteleone, Horacio Godoy, Pancho Martinez Pey, Pupi Castello , Roberto Reis.
At 2004 he gets the 3rd place at the Argentine Tango Championship in Tango Salon category with his partner at the time Fatima Vitale and at 2008 he becomes principal dancer and choreographer at Sabor a Tango theatre.
Until 2012 he danced in various milongas such as El Salon Canning, La Nacional, Porteno y Bailarin etc and casas de tango such as Che Tango, Café Tortoni, La Ventana, Piazzolla Tango, Taconeando, Sabor a Tango, Homero Manzi etc, and toured around the world with compania Sabor a tango.
Through his 20 year-old career he has been dancing and teaching all over the world:
Buenos Aires (Argentina) Asuncion (Paraguay), Turin, Sicily, Milan, Rome, Aosta (Italy), Madrid (Spain), Paris (France) San Paolo (Brazil), Guayaquil (Ecuador), Lima (Perou), Chile, Tunisia – Carthage, Athens (Greece).
In 2016 he moves to Greece where meets his partner Danae Zevgadina. Together they teach and dance in milongas and theatres such as Pallas Theater and Cine-Kerameikos. One year later they open their own tango school, La Galeria del Tango, in the centre of Athens.