I was stuck, lost my motivation and in a rut. Learning A.T is a long road. I had given up on taking classes because it seems that they were all the same (this step that step B.S.!) Teacher after teacher...For a while I have been looking for something to get my head back in the game. I needed something different and this is it. Thank you Richard Council. I can't figure what took me so long to realize the importance of really understanding what the music is saying, (the parts that make it up.) Rhythm fixed rhythm pattern, single time, double time, half time melodic rhythm, Adagio, Variation, phrases, and so much more. I'm only posting this for those who might feel the same way I did. These classes give me a new perspective of why I feel, what I feel in the music. Understanding explains a lot! In the past I learned a lot of stuff I had no need for, so it just sat there in my head. Now I am learning to listen, dance and feel the music, in a completely different way that allows me to implement what I already know with more confidence. We all know Richard to be a great guy. But I have found him to be a fantastic teacher, who has surpassed my expectations in every way. Thanks Richard! - Chris
Richard understands the heart and soul of Argentine Tango. He passes on his love of this dance onto his students. I have a tremendous amount of respect for his dancing ability and his teaching and for him as a person. - Nancy
Richard has been coming to Vero Beach for many years and vesting time in teaching our growing Argetnine Tango Community and we say BRAVO! His workshops are informative for the beginner and challenging for the advanced as he with detail explains the foundation of Social Argentine Tango! Vero Beach's Tango Community says, "Thank You Richard!" Here is to your next visit! - Chris
Before taking a private lesson with Richard I was a tentative dancer especially with new partners. Richard gave me the confidence to dance my dance. - Meg
I have always enjoyed the way Richard dances and teaches Tango. May he bless the stage and our dance studios for many years to come...........thank you!! - Brian
I recently took my first workshop with Richard, he is quick to make you feel at ease and is a fantastic teacher..I can't wait to work with him again. - Stella
Great having Richard Council back in town and allow me please to share my experiences! For those of you who are new to our Cleveland Community, I share with you that Richard is a friendly awesome man who genuinely cares about his students, not just at a workshop, but during a milonga and remembers you even after he leaves town. He is a great teacher to establish a baseline with, and on future trips, you can build on aspects of your dance that you are trying to improve. Feel like you want to add more variety to your dance? Skilled in leading and following to the downbeats but want to add quick happy playful steps to your walk? For any leaders and followers struggling with timing and syncopation, Richard incorporates syncopation into many of his steps and basic training, and I encourage you to consider workshop or privates this weekend to receive the benefit of working through this with him! - Joyce
A great tango dancer and performer you have a cheerful way to explain things that overcomes any intimidation we might have. - Adriana
Last Wednesday I was watching Richard Council's Channel on you tube and thinking how much I would like to take a class with you. Two days later I was taking a class with you, and the following morning getting a private lesson in my friends' dining room. It doesn't get any better than that. - Gary
Thank you Richard for the workshop. I did not know what to expect from your classes, but they were just marvelous. I was so excited with the material you presented and hope to take your future classes. - Joseph
Your attention to detail when teaching things like the different parts of a step (and I mean an actual step, as in where the weight goes, not a “move” like those traded secadas) empowered me with the ability to self-evaluate more effectively than other teaching methods have, which is something that I have really been missing. Thank you so much for being such a great tango teacher! - Kristina
Richard, you did a fantastic job at the dance spree -- as always! We always get so much out of your lessons and tips. Thanks!!!! - Judy
You should see Richard live. Unlimited energy! He is unbelievable! - Paul
Thanks for the excellent workshops in Cleveland, Richard. I really enjoyed my private with you. Looking forward to seeing you again soon. - Trinidad
You were amazing, thank you!!! I've never had so much laughter taking a class before. - Veronika
Thank you for some of the best Tango Workshops this weekend in Buffalo. Your coaching was inspirational, challanging, yet taught with clarity, simplicity, kindness and fun! Now to practice, practice, practice. - Diane
"... somewhere between genius and magic..." Richard! Just wanted to officially log that one - that's what came to me watching you dance during our weekend workshops. So looking forward to your next visit to Bend. Genius doesn't rub off, but magic does! - David
Thank you, Richard, for coming to Cleveland! As always, it is a pleasure to learn from a graceful dancer who rocks the Argentine tango House and from an amazing person who cares about his students! We are going to miss you but we will see you soon! - Veronika
Richard, it was beyond great to have you back in Cleveland, workshops were absolutely wonderful. You are the best. You have revived my interest in tango. Hope you come back often. - Chuck and Nancy
Thank you for the most incredible lessons and workshops over the weekend. You have deepened the love I have for Argentine Tango and have inspired me like very few can. - Marc
Exceptional. Richard brings so much credibility as an dancer, both with his skills and as well as his connection to the intangible artistry of a graceful, powerful, and subtle lead. With that as his anchor, he has a rare ability to translate what he teaches to students at all levels of competence - all with wonderful humility, humor and yet a clear, articulate focus. His abililty to encourage and inspire while he teaches makes him truly an expectional instructor. How many times did I use "exceptional"?
He has a very keen ability to read skill level, and then communicate techniques in a very "do-able" language to his students. He has clearly spent much time studying how to break down complex techniques into building blocks that are accessible, and then build his students competence one step at a time.
I took a private with him. I found him very knowledgeable about dance technique, not just A. Tango. He was able to communicate to me from a base of knowledge that I dance from. He respects the past training and gives his interpretation of the execution of a move as well. I learned a lot from him and look forward to his return. I would give him a #10 as an instructor.
I appreciate how he tries to get around to everyone for some individual attention during classes. He's very easy-going and wonderful to work with.
Richard just doesn't teach a routine....he teaches theory. He is very good, and a nice guy. He is my favorite guest instructor.