On Wednesday, Oct. 21, the Hobart and William Smith Colleges Dance Department, together with the campus Latin American Organization, the Office of Intercultural Affairs and Geneva Tango, are sponsoring a master class and workshop with professional Argentine Tango dancer and instructor Richard Council.
Argentine Tango is a dance that draws on a vocabulary of movements to be used in a physical dialogue between partners, guided by the music’s tempo and feel.
The master class, “Understanding fundamental aspects of non-verbal communication, musicality, partnership and improvisation in Argentine Tango,” will be held in Winn-Seeley Gymnasium from 7 to 9 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
The workshop, titled “Milonga — Developing the complexity of rhythm, its uses in connection and vocabulary and adding variation to elements,” will focus on the rhythmic elements of milonga and possible variations in movements that will fit into those rhythms. Through the use of different connection points within the partnership, dancers can develop simple movements into more complex figures. The event will conclude with a practice where dancers will have the opportunity to partner with Council.
On Friday, Oct. 23, the workshop will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m at the Dance Studio in the Smith Opera House, located at 82 Seneca Street. The $15 entry fee will include both workshop and practice. The event is free for HWS students.
Council began dancing tango in 2001 and has since taught and performed on stage and television throughout the United States and abroad. In 2003 he, with partner Colette Hebert, won the US IDO Argentine Tango Championships in Miami, Fla. They were finalists in the Tango Salon division and semi-finalists in the Stage Performance division of the World Championships held in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 2005. Council has been an invited performer on the “Susana Gimenez Show” in Argentina, the Tango Libertad Festival in Japan and many milongas and theaters in those countries as well as all over the United States. He has taught and performed at the Portland Tango festivals a number of times. In addition, he performed with Hebert in the short film “The Heart of Tango.” Currently he focuses on teaching workshops and classes across North America and performs with his partner Monica Llobet.