Richard’s CV

Richard Putko

Richard Putko

1999 June Certificate of Teaching part One C&G 7307 from West Herts College in Watford.
1989 June Ballroom and Latin American Gold Award (with Hons) from Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance.
1988 November Ballroom and Latin American Silver Award (with Hons) from Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance

 Experience International

2017 Spain, Benidorm. August
Doing small group sessions in Altea, Benidorm and Alicante for Salsa and Argentine Tango. I also attended various venues in Benidorm for Salsa and Tango
2016 Cuba-Havana, Trinidad
Teaching various clients in Havana and in Trinidad de Cuba. Videoing some basic steps with Cuban Bailarina in Havana.
Studying dance movements with various teachers and teaching my Salsaduende style to them
2015 Cuba-Havana. December. I was teaching classes part time for Salsa and Argentine Tango at venues for over 3 weeks. I did some show dancing in Restaurante Europa and Lluvia de Oro in Calle Obispo with local professional bailarinas.

2015 Spain- Benidorm & Altea Dec/Jan. Teaching private lessons in Tango plus Salsa for clients from Russia, Spain and Germany. A good experience with promising students.
2014 Cuba, Havana & Trinidad de Cuba. Studying Salsa styles and teaching classes at Club Amigo Costa Sur. I also gave private Tango lessons to dancers from the resort show.
2013 Thailand, Pattaya August.Teaching privately at Citin Garden Resort and various Bars in Jomtien. Mainly tourists from Russia and a few local people. Salsa, Bachata and Merengue
2013 Spain, Madrid (June) Workshops for Salsa and Tango for private group of 14 students
2012 Cuba. Havana & Trinidad de Cuba teaching special classes for Salsa and Tango in Hotels and dance studios.

Salsa at Casa del Tango Havana from Salsaduende on Vimeo.

2011 Dominican Republic (August) Some teaching in Sosua, Cabarete and Puerta Plata

Maria and me at Playa Dorada, DR from Salsaduende on Vimeo.

2011 France (June) Paris..3 days assorted teaching in various places in Tango and Salsa.

Paris Salsa pics from Salsaduende on Vimeo
2010 Czech Republic Prague..a few hours teaching in the centre of the city, mainly Tango and one salsa class
2007 Cuba Havana and Santiago de Cuba Private lessons at Casa Granda and further study in Cuban style dances.
2006 Mexico,Cancun,Teaching basic Cuban style Salsa in various clubs and hotels in this metropolitan resort.
2005 Argentina Buenos Aires, Teaching Salsa in San Telmo and studying Tango with some of the maestros.

Argentine Tango BA from Salsaduende on Vimeo.

2004 France Paris, France Weekend teaching in the city as well as studying Argentine Tango.

2003 Dominican Republic Teaching at Playa Dorado and in Porto Plata as well as a dance demo at Villa Dorado with Fun Club dancer.
2002 Cyprus Pafos December Some teaching in with people at King Jason Apts and also in several bars in the town.
1999 Antigua St Johns, Private coaching for International artist Nick Maley during August, plus a class at a local bar near St Johns.
1999 USA California, Sunnyvale,  where I did several classes at a local dance centre during December and January.

1998 Spain Blanes …several exhibitions and classes during June.

Carmela and me Blanes demo from Salsaduende on Vimeo.

1998 Cuba Havana,  for 2 weeks. I did some performing at the Hotel Sevilla with Los Candelas. Stayed at at Hotel Plaza. Did some classes for tourists there.
1997 France Paris, Dance exhibitions and coaching in for a weekend.

 United Kingdom 

Dance evenings for International Students House, London. I began courses in Latin dances for West Herts College, Stanmore College and also work for YMCA centres local to Watford. SalsaDuende also ran the first hotel run Salsa weekend in England at the Royal Pier Hotel, Sandown in 1999 and then ran a Salsa weekend at the prestigious Hotel Piccadilly in Bournemouth for August 2000. I have run dance parties for silver weddings, corporate functions e.g. Glaxo UK, Action Computers and a regularly participated in Watford Council events since 1995 Latest projects At present I am running a regular course on Sunday nights in Watford where I specialise in Salsa for beginners and advanced students. Some of my time is taken up with private lessons some of whom I can’t name, however, I was teaching former top model and writer, Jilly Johnson and husband Ashley ; Jive and Argentine Tango which they did very well.
I also taught Cherie Blair and daughter Katherine in my class at Champneys in July 2006. They were good fun and did very well. Until 2008 I was the official Latin dance teacher for international health centre “Champneys” in Tring Hertfordshire, where I ran a regular dance evenings most. I have run a dance night for the SIGNPOST charity in Watford and we had a fun evening teaching Salsa and Merengue for many of the hard working volunteers.
This year will be some more Argentine dance workshops in and around Watford. I keep running regular dance classes plus party events for Salsa.

Training :
I have studied Salsa, Lambada, and Argentine Tango with some of the most experienced teachers in the world. I spent over one year training with Elder Sanchez (Salsotecha) and learned Lambada with Brazilian dancer Karinna Rebello for a year.
I continue to study Argentine Tango with a variety of top professionals both here and overseas. In 2002, I had several private classes with Tamar Parada, recognised as one of the foremost teachers and dancers in the world.
I had some lessons in Bachata in Dominican Republic with local bailador, Jose in 2003.
In July/August 2005 I went to Buenos Aires to study Tango and to give Salsa lessons. I went to many teachers and was enthused with methods for Tango teaching.
In Cuba I have received coaching with professionals from Casa Son in Havana and also at studios in Trinidad de Cuba as well as Santiago de Cuba.

Aims :
To promote the study of Latin American dance in the authentic style. I aim to teach with fun and help students achieve their full potential.on. I believe that dancing is a wonderful hobby that can be enjoyed by everyone.
My aim is to develop all my students to the best of their ability in a fun and relaxed way.
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