Workshop & Class Descriptions

PLEASE NOTE:


This was the Class Listing for our 2017 Fest, and is just here so you can get a sense of what was offered previously. 


Details for 2018 will be updated soon.   


Registration will open in early March





WORKSHOP & CLASS DESCRIPTIONS




--------------------------- FRIDAY EVENING, June 9th ---------------------------

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 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 10th -------------------

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:  “Setting it Free”, with Ari & Alyssa

       In this two-hour session, you will learn to expand your waltz horizons in a way that that will not only allow you to gain a much deeper understanding of the fundamental language of energy & flow in the dance, but will also teach you how 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   Do 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   Really Setting it Free - An Intro to “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:  Cross-Step Waltz "Crossing Figures", with Lilli Ann

       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   "The Adaptable and the Beautiful"   

Crossing figures can be created from basic waltz or live in a category all their own.  We will explore some easier crossing figures then transition them to spacious looping turns.  Creative opportunities and satisfying results. 


B)  3:15-4:15   "Pure Joy - Free Spins, Rollaways" 

Explore the freedom and delight in spins, and how to lead and follow them so they feel effortless. 

We will have fun with several entrances and exits and how to make sure they resolve at the end of a musical phrase for that smooth delicious transition.




--------------------------- SATURDAY EVENING, June 11th ---------------------------

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: Sons of Norway Hall, 23905 Bothell-Everett Hwy, Bothell 
  • COST: Lesson & Dance $15 (cash or check at the door only)
  • 9-11pm: Stay and enjoy the "Waltz of the Roses Ball", featuring the Valse Cafe Orchestra (Come Festive!)



------------------- SUNDAY MORNING & AFTERNOON, June 12th -------------------

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 Faster Waltz's”, with Dean 

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 Art of the Spin"  

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 Beauty of the 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)
  • 10am-12pm:  Workshop (See 
  • 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 22nd ------------------------

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

6:30-7:30pm, Pre-Dance Lesson: "Dance as Creative Collaboration", with Zachariah & Lynn 

In this class we focus on becoming one of those dance partners who just feels great to dance with.  Someone who doesn't fret about moves or how the dancing looks to the imaginary bystanders. Someone who just dances with you beautifully, the way the music says to dance, doing everything possible to make sure you both have a great time.  Please get there a few minutes early as we will start promptly at 6:30pm as scheduled.  Stay for the "Waltz etcetera" 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 $10 (cash or check at the door, in the jar)
  • 7:30-9:30pm:  Stay & Enjoy the "Waltz etcetera" Community Dance ($10, cash or check at the door)