Workshop & Class Descriptions




WORKSHOP & CLASS DESCRIPTIONS 2018

PLEASE NOTE:  Class topics below are tentative, and will be updated as the dates draw near




--------------------------- FRIDAY EVENING, June 8th ---------------------------

At Om Culture (Seattle)
Just show up at the door


8:00-8:30pm, Pre-Dance Lesson: "A Turning Waltz Taster", with Ari & Alyssa 

This informative 1/2 hour lesson will give you all of the tools you'll need to get started mastering the fundamentals of the turning waltz basic.  A great introduction to the dance for beginners, and a wonderful review of the concepts for the more advanced dancers (who may also consider taking the class in 'role-reversal' mode to challenge themselves further).   Please get there a few minutes early as we will start promptly at 8pm as scheduled.  Stay for the "Fabulous Friday Dance" to follow from 8:30 on.

    • LOCATION: Om Culture, 2210 N. Pacific St, Seattle, WA
    • COST: Lesson & Dance $10 (cash or check at the door only)
    • 8:30-10:45pm:  Stay & Enjoy the "Fabulous Friday Mixed Dance" at Om Culture
    • 10:45-12am:  Linger for the "Late Night Lyrical Dance Set"...


---------------- SATURDAY MORNING & AFTERNOON, June 9th -------------------

At China Harbor (Seattle)
You may register online (preferred), or at the door 15 minutes before class starts
You may pay online using PayPal or a Credit Card, or at the door with cash or check only


1) 10:00am - 12:15pm: MORNING WORKSHOP #1:  “The Fluid Language of Waltz”, with Ari & Alyssa

       In this two-hour session, you will learn the secrets of effortless movement and flow in your dance, and then expand your horizons in a way that that will allow you to create, play, and innovate effortlessly with any dancer at any level  (BONUS: these are concepts that can easily be applied to any style you do, not just waltz).  Level: Non-novice Beg/Int (basic waltz steps and partnering skills assumed)  


A)  10:00-11:00   Doing it with a “Latin” Twist...  

In this class, you'll learn how to both blend some fun Latin stylings into your favorite cross-step waltz patterns and how to spice up your waltz by transforming salsa moves into beautiful flowing Waltz variations.  


B)  11:15-12:15   Setting it Free - An Intro to Fluid "Fusion" Waltz

Fusion waltz is a beautiful dynamic free-flowing waltz form that utilizes connection & energetics more than rote steps, but can also borrow moves from latin, swing, balboa, blues, or any other of your favorite dance styles and blend them into the graceful flowing movements & rhythms that we recognize as waltz.   It's easy to learn and lots of fun to do!  (CLICK HERE to see an example of fusion waltz with Ari & Alyssa). 



- - LUNCH - -
(at China Harbor, 12:15-2pm)
Bring your own, or join us for a group sit-down meal


2) 2:00 - 4:15pm: AFTERNOON WORKSHOP #2:  Fabulous Cross-Step Waltz Combo's

       Learn some fun new steps and combinations to take your cross-step waltz to the next level. (Level: Non-novice Beg/Int. Basic waltz steps and partnering skills assumed)  


A)  2:00-3:00   "Raveling & Traveling Cross-Step"   

These are fun, flowing combinations that allow you to both rotate and travel.


B)  3:15-4:15   "Shadow's, Spins, & Rollaways" 

These are combinations that put the "Aaah" into your dance, and will add fun intricate motions to your steps.  Great for follow's styling as well!




--------------------------- SATURDAY EVENING, June 9th ---------------------------

At the Sons of Norway Hall (Bothell)

Just show up at the door
Come "festive" for the lesson & dance
Feel free to bring a treat to share with the group for the dance


7:00-8:00pm, Pre-Dance Lesson: "Sliding & Gliding Waltz Variations", with Jodi & Ari 

In this fun, innovative lesson, we'll first review the basics of right-turning cross-step waltz, then quickly move on to learn how to improvise using a variety of sliding and gliding techniques that will send you floating across the dance floor. A great introduction to the dance for beginners, and a wonderful review of the concepts for the more advanced dancers (who may also consider taking the class in 'role-reversal' mode).   Please get there a few minutes early as we will start promptly at 7pm as scheduled.  Stay for the fabulous "Waltz of the Roses" Ball to follow!

  • LOCATION: TBD 
  • COST: TBD
  • 9-11pm: Stay and enjoy the "Waltz of the Roses Ball", featuring the Valse Cafe Orchestra (Come Festive!)



------------------- SUNDAY MORNING & AFTERNOON, June 10th -------------------

At the Century Ballroom (Seattle)
You may register online (preferred), or at the door 15 minutes before class starts
You may pay online using PayPal or a Credit Card, or at the door with cash or check only
Come for the lesson, stay for the "Waltz Cafe" & "Happy Hour" to follow


3) 10:00am-12:00pm: MORNING WORKSHOP #3:  “The Art of the Fast Waltz” 

Explore the art of faster Rotary & Viennese style waltz's in the this fun, hands-on workshop that will well-prepare you for the Waltz Cafe this afternoon.   Please get there a few minutes early as we will start promptly at 10am as scheduled.  (Level: Non-novice Beg/Int. Basic waltz steps and partnering skills assumed)


A)  10:00-10:55am   "The Effortless Art of Rotation"  

In this class, we'll quickly review the fundamentals of faster rotary turns and add a few fun variations in for spice...

B)  11:00am-12:pm:  "The Magic of Viennese Waltz"

Taking it up a notch, we'll explore some of the wonderful steps and styling that make the Viennese Waltz the "grand dame"of the waltz family.  The perfect way to prepare for some of Seattle's upcoming Waltz Balls, or for "Waltz Week in Vienna" 2018

  • LOCATION: The Century Ballroom, 915 East Pine St., Seattle, WA (2nd Floor, Free street parking on Sunday.  Plan to stay for lunch and the "Waltz Cafe" dance after the workshop)
  • 10:00am-12:00pm:  Workshop as per above
  • 12:00-1:00pm:  Lunch on your own or with group members (many local options available)
  • 1:00-3:30pm:  Stay & Enjoy the fabulous "Waltz Cafe" Tea Dance in the Main Ballroom (Cost: $9)
  • 3:30-5:00pm:  Join us for a no-host "Happy Hour" & social at the Tin Door restaurant (Century Ballroom)


----------------------- MONDAY EVENING, June 11th ------------------------

At the Lake City Community Center (Seattle)
Just show up at the door

6:30-7:30pm, Pre-Dance Lesson: "Introductory Waltz Class" 

Come and enjoy an introductory waltz class. Stay for the "Waltz eclectic" dance to follow from 7:30-9:30pm.

  • LOCATION: Lake City Community Center, 12531 28th Ave NE., Seattle, WA (Free parking on the street)
  • COST: Lesson & dance $10 (cash or check at the door)
  • 6:30-7:30pm:  Stay & Enjoy the "Waltz Eclectic" Community Dance from 7:30-9:30pm afterwards