Past Classes at Friday Night Waltz


Friday, February 5, 2016

Nick and Melissa teach tango essentials.

7 pm - Tango Essentials
Tango has always been one of the favorites at Friday Night Waltz, one of the unofficial "core dances." In this class, you'll learn the essential steps and timings that combine to form all of the classic tango variations. First, we'll teach you these classic variations, including Promenades, Fans, and Cortes. Then, as a bonus, we'll show you how you can combine the essential steps and timings in new ways to create your own variations that adapt to the music and your partner on the fly.

8 pm - Tango Endings
Tango is famous for its dramatic endings. In this class, you'll learn the many different ways you can elegantly end a tango, including, but certainly not limited to, the classic tango Dip. We'll teach you some of the all-time classics, like the Triple Rocking Corte Dip, as well as some all-new variations, like the simple but flashy Face Loop Dip. Leads, we'll prepare you to stand out on the dance floor, and Follows, we'll prepare you to safely and confidently catch anything your future partners might throw your way


Friday, September 18, 2015

Nick and Melissa teach the origins of Lindy Hop.

7 pm - 1920s Lindy Hop
This is your chance to learn the original Lindy Hop as it was danced in 1928, the year it was named Lindy Hop, by the dancer rumored to have given it its name, the legendary "Shorty" George Snowden. In the short film "After Seben," Snowden and his dancers showed off their new and innovative style of swing dancing, from which Nick and Melissa have reconstructed more than 20 fun social dance variations. In this class, we'll teach you our favorites, all of which can easily be incorporated into your 21st century swing repertoire. No need to know Lindy Hop already, but experience with some kind of swing will help.

8 pm - 1920s Charleston
Just as later Lindy Hop incorporates Charleston Kicks, 1928 Lindy Hop incorporated 1920s Charleston. We’ll start by teaching you the 20s Charleston as it was danced by Snowden and his dancers in "After Seben,” then add some of our favorite 20s Charleston variations from around the world, all of which can easily be incorporated into your swing dancing.


Friday, September 4, 2015

Tag-Team Night! Richard Powers, Mirage Marrou, Nick Enge and Melissa Carvell teach variations in nightclub two-step and cross-step waltz.

7 pm - Tag Team Nightclub Two-Step Variations
Mirage, Richard, Nick and Melissa will alternate teaching quick Nightclub Two-Step variations, each taking only five minutes to master. This is the club two-step that you know and love, one of the most easygoing and playful dances at Friday Night Waltz. If you don't already know NC2S, come at 7pm to learn the basic step, then the fast-paced riffing starts at 7:10.

8 pm - Tag Team Cross-Step Waltz Variations
Learn a host of new cross-step waltz figures in a class that's packed with new moves, with fused elements from other dances. Cross-step waltz is wonderful in its infinite variety, so the class will include a handful of new figures never before taught at Friday Night Waltz. To get the most out of this class, you should be comfortable with basic cross-step waltz.


Friday, July 24, 2015

Nick and Melissa teach shadow and cradle in cross-step waltz.

7 pm - Shadow Figures in Cross-Step Waltz
Learn some of the all-time classic figures in cross-step waltz - the shadow figures. We'll teach you the best ways to get into shadow position, the best ways to get out, and some our favorite variations in shadow, including a flashy and flowing combination of shadow, skaters, and hammerlock positions.

8 pm - Cradle Figures in Cross-Step Waltz
Add even more to your cross-step waltz repertoire with these popular cradle variations. We'll show you our favorite ways to get into and out of cradle, and several other fancy variations involving cradle, including chained inside and outside turns, and a tango-inspired cradle lunge that's the perfect way to end a dance.


Friday, May 1, 2015

Nick and Melissa teach Cinderella waltz variations.

7 pm - Rotary Waltz
Learn the original, 200 year-old rotary waltz. There are very few feelings in the world better than spinning in the arms a partner. Both this class and the following class are open to all levels. Beginners can learn to waltz for the first time, and intermediate dancers can brush up the finer points of their waltzing.

8 pm - The Cinderella Variations
Over the past century, there have been many different stage and screen interpretations of the classic fairy tale Cinderella, most of which have depicted a romantic first waltz by Cinderella and the Prince. In this class, we'll teach you some of the elegant waltz variations that have been featured in these interpretations, including the newly-released Disney film from 2015, the 2013 Broadway show, the 1997 Disney film featuring Brandi, the 1950 Disney animated feature, and even the original 1899 silent film by Georges Méliès.


Friday, May 24, 2015

Tag-Team Night! Mirage Marrou, Richard Powers, Nick Enge and Melissa Carvell teach variations in swing and waltz.

7 pm - Tag Team Swing Variations
Mirage, Richard and Nick will alternate teaching quick swing variations, with Melissa partnering. Each variation will only take about five minutes to master. Swing can be one of the most playful dances at Friday Night Waltz, and we'll play around with some of the most entertaining swing figures. To get the most out of this class, you should be comfortable with either 6-Count Swing footwork, or a Lindy Hop swingout.

8 pm - Tag Team Waltz Variations
Mirage, Richard and Nick will alternate teaching these as well. Learn a host of new rotary and Viennese waltz figures, spins, handholds and dips. Richard especially likes the new ones that he picked up at a wedding last weekend. To get the most out of this class, you should be comfortable with basic rotary waltz.


Friday, April 10, 2014

Nick and Melissa teach new moves in salsa and west coast swing.

7 pm - New Variations in Salsa
Learn fun and flashy new variations in salsa, never before taught at Friday Night Waltz. In their travels to other dance communities, Nick and Melissa have picked up many new variations in salsa, which they’ll teach for the first time tonight.

8 pm - West Coast Swing in 2015
Learn the most popular west coast swing variations in 2015. While hundreds of new west coast swing variations are taught each year, only a few actually survive to become modern classics, thriving around the world. Tonight we’ll teach you these lucky few variations, the best of the best in 2015.


Friday, December 12, 2014

Nick and Melissa teach The 12 Days of Cross-Step Waltz.

7 pm - The 12 Days of Cross-Step Waltz, Part I
"On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me..." Join us as we explore twelve new and classic variations in cross-step waltz, each inspired by a gift in "The Twelve Days of Christmas." 12 drummers drumming, 11 pipers piping, 10 lords a-leaping, 9 ladies dancing, 8 maids a-milking, 7 swans a-swimming...

8 pm - The 12 Days of Cross-Step Waltz, Part II
In the second hour, we'll continue our Christmas countdown, with 6 geese a-laying, 5 gooooooold rings, 4 calling birds, 3 French hens, 2 turtle doves, and a partridge in a pear tree. Whether new or old, all of the variations we teach tonight will be "keepers," easy variations you'll want to do again and again (no re-gifting required). And with the song, you'll have an easy way to remember them all!


Friday, November 28, 2014

It's Black (Light) Friday, as Nick and Melissa take you to the club with new figures in nightclub two step and four count swing.

7 pm - New Figures in Nightclub Two Step
If you want to dance to today's pop music, nightclub two step is the best place to begin, as you can dance it to about a third of the Top 40 music charts. It's also an amazingly flexible dance, with hundreds of variations adapted from other dance forms. In this class, we'll show you some of our all-time favorite figures in nightclub two step, focusing on ones that are new to Friday Night Waltz. Everything in this class will be taught from the ground up, so you don't need any prior experience. Just come prepared to dance and have fun!

8 pm - New Figures in Four Count Swing
In the second hour, we'll show you one of our favorite ways to dance to another third of the Top 40 charts: four count swing. While the footwork itself is trivially simple, this gives you the opportunity to do flashy and fun figures. In this class, we'll introduce some new swing figures that have never been taught at Friday Night Waltz. And as a bonus, we'll teach you Pretzel, one of the all-time classic flashy swing figures. Don't worry - this class will also be taught from the ground up, so no prior experience is necessary. Even if this is your first time swing dancing, we'll have you movin' and groovin' in under an hour!


Friday, October 17, 2014

Nick and Melissa teach salsa and rumba in preparation for Tuesday Night Salsa.

7 pm - Sweetheart Variations in Salsa
In this beginner-to-intermediate salsa class, we'll quickly ramp up from the basic step to some of our favorite figures in salsa: the sweetheart variations. You'll learn several variations of sweetheart, as well as windows and mixmaster. And while these variations look quite flashy, they're all based on the same easy footwork, accessible to anyone. In addition, these three figures show up in pretty much every other social dance form there is, from Latin to swing to waltz. So as a bonus, we'll demonstrate a few of the ways these figures can be adapted into other FNW dances throughout the night.

8 pm - Rumba
As the slowest of the Latin dances, rumba is both deeply sensual and easily adaptable. Stealing variations from salsa, nightclub two step, tango, and waltz, the possibilities are nearly endless. In this beginner-to-intermediate class, we'll teach you the basics and some of our favorite variations, stolen from other FNW dances. Along the way, in addition to teaching you the specific moves, we'll show you the basic concepts that allow you to adapt almost any kind of social dance vocabulary into rumba.


Friday, October 10, 2014

Special Class Theme: Nick and Melissa teach ALL the dances done at Friday Night Waltz.

7 pm - Do ALL the Dances, Part I: Swing and Latin
In this special night of classes, we'll give you a crash course in ALL the dances done at Friday Night Waltz. In the first hour, we'll look at swing and the Latin dances. You'll learn the basic footwork of swing, along with simple modifications that will allow you to dance it to any tempo of music. You'll also learn how to cha cha and salsa, and discover that tango doesn't have to be hard. Along the way, we'll throw in some club two step and one step, and maybe even a little bachata.

8 pm - Do ALL the Dances, Part II: Waltz
In the second hour, we'll take a look at all the waltzes. You'll learn the slow, relaxing cross-step waltz, and the faster, exhilarating rotary waltz. In addition, you'll learn easy ways to survive the polka and schottische, the most energetic dances on the floor. By the end of the second hour, you'll be well prepared to dance to every song on the set list.

Special Music Theme: Mix ALL the dancers!

In this special night of DJed music, one third of the dances in the first two sets will be easy mixers and set dances, accessible to any skill level. Don't worry if you don't know them - we'll be teaching all of them on the fly! Come join us as we mix and mingle with everyone. The rest of the evening will be the usual mix of Friday Night Waltz music.


Friday, September 12, 2014

Nick and Melissa teach easy figures in west coast swing and salsa.

7 pm - More Easy West Coast Swing
After the success of our west coast swing classes last Friday, we (Nick and Melissa) spent the weekend working out 50 new west coast swing variations. Join us as we teach our new favorites, including some rediscovered WCS classics, and some all-new innovations. Everything in this class will be taught from the ground up, so you don't need any prior west coast swing experience, and you don't need to know what we taught last week. Just come prepared to dance and have fun!

8 pm - Salsa Doesn't Have to Be Hard
As sexy, slotted dances, west coast swing and salsa have a lot in common. In the second hour, we'll take the new west coast swing variations from the first hour and adapt them to salsa. Don't worry - this class will also be taught from the ground up, so no prior experience is necessary. The moves are flashy, but simple, so even if this is your first time salsa dancing, we'll have you burning up the dance floor in under an hour!


Friday, September 5, 2014

Nick and Melissa make west coast swing easy.

7 pm - West Coast Swing Doesn't Have to Be Hard, Part I
For the first time ever, learn west coast swing at Friday Night Waltz! In this relaxed introduction to one of the most popular dances in the world, we'll look at the basic six-count footwork of west coast swing, and the most popular variations thereof: the sugar push, side pass, and inside turn. In the process, we'll show that west coast swing doesn't have to be hard. (Really!) While we all may ultimately aspire to have the smooth moves of Jordan and Tatiana, we guarantee that with the tips and tricks you'll learn in this class, you can also have a great time with just an hour of practice.

8 pm - West Coast Swing Doesn't Have to Be Hard, Part II
In this second easygoing hour, we'll expand your repertoire to include variations of the eight-count whip, the second essential footwork pattern in west coast swing. In addition, we'll show you how to seamlessly mix six and eight count figures to add variety and musicality to your dancing. The end result: you'll have even more fun!


Friday, August 1, 2014

Nick and Melissa teach bachata and mazurka clandestina.

7 pm - Bachata
Popular around the world, bachata is a Latin dance that combines the sultry sex appeal of salsa with the relaxed elegance of nightclub two step. A wide variety of different social dance variations can be adapted to bachata, allowing you to turn up the heat on all your favorite figures. It's also a great dance for a hot night, as demonstrated here in Hanoi.
Notes from Class

8 pm - Mazurka Clandestina, Part III
Since learning mazurka clandestina (also called tango mazurka) two weeks ago, Nick and Melissa have invented more than 20 new variations for it, based on tango, salsa, and other dances. We'll teach you some of our favorite new figures, and as a bonus, show you how to adapt any mazurka clandestina variation into traditional social tango in 4/4 time. Although based on the same concepts, this class will be independent from Richard's two classes in mazurka clandestina, meaning you don't need to know anything from those classes to succeed in this one, and everything we teach aside from the basic step will be completely new. Here's one of our favorite new variations, adapted from tango.
Notes from Class


Friday, June 20, 2014

Nick and Melissa teach a cornucopia of waltzes.

7 pm - Even More Ways to Waltz
In this class, we'll explore ways to adapt other dance forms to waltz time, including swing, club two step, salsa, and tango. We'll teach the basic footwork and at least one variation of each dance, and show ways to transition between them and incorporate them into your cross-step and rotary waltzing.
Notes from Class

8 pm - Waltzing in 4/4 Time
In the second class, we'll explore ways that we can adapt cross-step and rotary waltz footwork to 4/4 time, including cross-step foxtrot, rutscher, and four-count and eight-count waltz. Using these tricks, new and old, you'll be able to waltz to every song on the set list tonight. For this class, we'll assume basic knowledge of cross-step and rotary waltz.
Notes from Class


Friday, May 23, 2014

Nick and Melissa teach new innovations in Cross-Step and Rotary Waltz.

7 pm - New Innovations in Cross-Step Waltz
Nick and Melissa were recently in Austin, Texas, leading a waltz weekend at University of Texas. Tonight we'll reprise our popular Austin classes in new waltz innovations, starting with our favorite new variations in cross-step waltz, never before taught at Friday Night Waltz, including new figures involving inside turns, grapevines, and pivots.
Notes from Class

8 pm - New Innovations in Rotary Waltz
In the second hour, we'll look at some new rotary waltz innovations that we taught for the first time or invented while in Austin, incorporating windows, mixmaster, an easy double turn, and a unique concluding dip.
Notes from Class


Friday, May 2, 2014

Nick and Melissa teach two Waltz Mixers.

7 pm - Royal Boston Waltz Mixer
This is a brand new waltz mixer, adapted from a classic choreography by Richard Powers and Ryan and Monica Shen Knotts, incorporating all three kinds of waltz - right turning, left turning, and cross-step waltz - in addition to swing moves, all while frequently changing partners. This is the perfect opportunity to brush up on all three waltz forms at once, while simultaneously meeting new people!
Notes from Class

8 pm - Spanish Waltz Mixer
Also called the Spanish Dance, this is a unique waltz mixer for couples, in which two couples dance together, then move onto other couples. We'll teach you the original 19th century version as it is still danced around the world today, then add some fun 21st century variations. Both classes will assume a knowledge of basic rotary waltz, and both mixers will be played later in the evening.
Notes from Class


Friday, April 11, 2014

Nick and Melissa teach Latin Waltz and Tango.

7 pm - Latin Waltz (a.k.a Swaltza)
Latin waltz is an easy and fun way to dance to waltz music by borrowing steps and figures from salsa (in fact, Latin waltz is simply salsa in waltz time). We'll teach you the basic step and some fun figures, and show you how you can dance them to almost any waltz song, as well as the more traditional salsa tunes. This class is appropriate for all skill levels.
Notes from Class

8 pm - Tango Doesn't Have to Be Hard
Always want to dance the tango, but never sure that you'll remember the steps? In this class, we'll erase your worries by showing that tango doesn't have to be hard. We'll teach you the most basic categories of steps and rhythms that define social tango, and give partnering tips to help you lead and follow everything. This class is also appropriate for all skill levels.
Notes from Class


Friday, March 21, 2014

Nick and Melissa teach Cross-Step Waltz Inside Turns and Redowa.

7 pm - Inside Turns in Cross-Step Waltz
Many different families of cross-step waltz variations are based on inside turns - cradle position figures, cross-body inside turns, and inside free spins and rollaways. Tonight will look at some of our favorite figures involving inside turns, new and old. For this class, we'll assume you have knowledge of the basic cross-step waltz - there's a great intro waltz class downstairs if you don't.
Notes from Class

8 pm - Redowa
Described as the closest thing to human flight, the Redowa zooms effortlessly across the dance floor, passing everyone by on the outside lane. A variation of the basic rotary waltz footwork, this 19th century dance form quickly becomes a 21st century favorite of all who learn it. Don't miss out on the high-flying fun! For this class, we'll assume you have knowledge of the basic rotary waltz - there's a great intro waltz class downstairs if you don't.
Notes from Class


Friday, March 14, 2014

Nick and Melissa teach intro Rotary Waltz and Kerry Sets.

7 pm - Introductory Rotary Waltz
Learn the original, 200 year-old rotary waltz. There are very few feelings in the world better than spinning in the arms of a partner.
Notes from Class

8pm - Kerry Sets
With stomping, shouting, and a partner change on the fly, Richard Powers' adaptation of fast polka sets from Ireland is one dance you certainly won't want to miss! Just in time for St. Patrick's Day! Highly social, no experience necessary.
Notes from Class


Friday, February 28, 2014

Nick and Melissa teach variations from the Viennese Ball Opening Polka and Waltz.

7 pm - New Cross-Step Waltz Variations from the Opening Polka
For the grapevine sequences in the polka, we adapted two classic and two newly invented cross-step waltz variations, the Double Double and Tripled Single Pivots, and the Pretzel and Shadow Grapevine. Tonight we'll teach them in their original form, in cross-step waltz.
Notes and Videos from Class

8 pm - New Viennese Waltz Variations from the Opening Waltz
For the waltz, we invented many new variations, including turns for the lead, a rollaway for both partners, and several new variations from swing including the double swing out and the Texas Tommy. Here's your chance to learn these new and exciting waltz variations directly from the inventors.
Notes and Videos from Class


Friday, January 10, 2014

Nick and Melissa teach pivots in Cross-Step Waltz and The 2014 Tango.

7 pm - Pivots in Cross-Step Waltz
In this intermediate cross-step waltz class, we'll look at some of the most beloved cross-step waltz variations: the pivot variations. You'll learn pivot turns and pivot rollaways, along with our personal favorite, the triple single pivots in hemiola timing (4 against 3). This class will be accessible to those who already know a basic turning and traveling cross-step waltz.
Notes from Class

8 pm - The 2014 Tango
In 1914, in Paris, throughout Europe, and around the world, dancers were enthralled by the tango, in the midst of the so-called "tangomania." A century later, here at Friday Night Waltz, we aim to relive a bit of this Argentine joie de vivre, teaching you a newly choreographed tango sequence - The 2014 Tango - which incorporates some of our favorite tango variations, new and old. No prior tango experience is required for this class, but some general social dance experience will help.
Notes and Video from Class


Friday, December 6, 2013

Nick and Melissa teach introductory cross-step waltz and rotary waltz.

7 pm - Cross-Step Waltz
Learn the newest, most creative form of waltzing. A slow, easy-going waltz that turns and travels, cross-step waltz is the perfect introduction to the wonderful world of social waltzing.

8 pm - Rotary Waltz
Learn the original, 200 year-old rotary waltz. There are very few feelings in the world better than spinning in the arms a partner. As a bonus, we'll explore how the dances are related to and different from each other, and teach some easy transitions between them.


Friday, November 8, 2013

Nick and Danielle teach introductory cross-step waltz and rotary waltz.

7 pm - Cross-Step Waltz
Learn the newest, most creative form of waltzing. A slow, easy-going waltz that turns and travels, cross-step waltz is the perfect introduction to the wonderful world of social waltzing.

8 pm - Rotary Waltz
Learn the original, 200 year-old rotary waltz. There are very few feelings in the world better than spinning in the arms a partner. As a bonus, we'll explore how the dances are related to and different from each other, and teach some easy transitions between them.


Friday, August 2, 2013

Nick and Danielle teach Lindy Charleston and rotary waltz rueda.

7 pm - Lindy Charleston
Whether you're looking to spice up your Lindy and jitterbug, or just want to learn an energetic new dance form, you'll love these Lindy Charleston variations. You'll learn the classic Charleston kicks, and several fun variations thereof, including hand-to-hand Charleston and tandem Charleston. As we'll be focusing on the Lindy Charleston variations themselves, this class should be accessible to anyone with good rhythm and high energy (i.e., prior lindy hop experience isn't necessary). For a demo of Lindy Charleston, see: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LaHSss0Q6HY

8 pm - Rotary Waltz Rueda
This new rotary waltz mixer, borrowed from our friends at Waltz & Such in San Diego, is as versatile as the cross-step waltz mixer, meaning that it allows you to dance different freestyle waltz variations with each partner. We'll teach you the mixer, and then we'll teach you some of our favorite rotary waltz variations, which will be useful not only in the mixer, but in all of your rotary waltzing throughout the evening.


Friday, May 24, 2013

Nick and Danielle teach bluesy waltz and club two step.

7 pm - Bluesy Waltz
Bluesy waltz is a dance form that improvisationally incorporates elements from a multitude of different dance forms to create a uniquely sultry and satisfying social dance experience. In this class, you'll learn many different steps that can be used to interpret bluesy music in waltz time, with an emphasis on musicality and partnering. For an example of the possibilities, see: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xS2OHJRf07I

8 pm - Club Two Step
In this class, you'll learn the basics of club two step, along with some of our favorite variations - the kinds of simple yet satisfying variations that you'll remember and use again and again.


Friday, May 3, 2013

Nick and Danielle teach easy and fun mixers.

7 pm - Easy Social Dance Mixers
In the first hour, we'll look at a variety of easy social dance mixers which give you the chance to dance with many different partners in one song. We'll look at the Paul Jones Mixer, the Chaos Mixer, the Oklahoma Mixer (for trios), 't Smidje, and La Bastringue. A great introduction to social dancing for beginners, and an opportunity for anyone to learn some new mixers.

8 pm - Oslo Waltz Mixer
In the second hour, we'll look at the Oslo Waltz, a waltz mixer that is popular around the world. We'll teach/review the basic rotary waltz step, then put that step into the Oslo Waltz. A great introduction to waltzing for beginners, and an opportunity for anyone to learn a new mixer.


Friday, April 12, 2013

Nick and Danielle teach polka and role reversal in cross-step waltz.

7 pm - Polka
Everybody loves to Polka, but classes in Polka are surprisingly rare. In one of these rare classes, we'll briefly finesse the basic Polka step, then quickly move on to some of our favorite intermediate Polka variations, including Underarm Turns, and footwork variations like the Reverse Polka and Waltz Galop.

8 pm - Role Reversal in Cross-Step Waltz
Leads will follow, and follows will lead, in this class on role reversal in Cross-Step Waltz. You'll get the opportunity to dance Cross-Step Waltz in reversed roles, as we give tips on following for the leads and tips on leading for the follows. We'll also teach you some of our favorite, never-before-taught role reversal innovations from the Waltz Lab, which allow you to get into and out of role reversal in creative ways.


Friday, March 15, 2013

Nick and Danielle teach Latin waltz and easy tango.

7 pm - Latin Waltz
Latin Waltz is an easy and fun way to dance to waltz music by borrowing steps and figures from Salsa (in fact, Latin Waltz is simply Salsa in waltz time). We'll teach you the basic step and some fun figures, and show you how you can dance them to almost any waltz song, as well as the more traditional salsa tunes. This class is also appropriate for all skill levels.

8 pm - Tango Doesn't Have to Be Hard
Always want to dance the Tango, but never sure that you'll remember the steps? In this class, we'll erase your worries by showing that Tango doesn't have to be hard. We'll teach you the most basic categories of steps and rhythms that define social Tango, and give partnering tips to help you lead and follow everything. This class is appropriate for all skill levels.


Friday, November 2, 2012

Nick and Danielle teach introductory cross-step waltz and rotary waltz.

7 pm - Cross-Step Waltz
Learn the newest, most creative form of waltzing. A slow, easy-going waltz that turns and travels, cross-step waltz is the perfect introduction to the wonderful world of social waltzing.

8 pm - Rotary Waltz
Learn the original, 200 year-old rotary waltz. There are very few feelings in the world better than spinning in the arms a partner. As a bonus, we'll explore how the dances are related to and different from each other, and teach some easy transitions between them.


Friday, May 11, 2012

Nick and Danielle teach introductory and intermediate cross-step waltz.

7 pm - Introductory Cross-Step Waltz
It's been called "the best partner dance in the world." Whether you're new to cross-step waltz, or just want more chances to dance it, join us as we explore one of the newest, most creative, and most satisfying ways to glide across the floor in the arms of another.

8 pm - Intermediate Cross-Step Waltz
In our second hour of cross-step waltz, we'll take a look at some of the all-time classic cross-step waltz moves, along with some brand-new variations. As an added bonus, we'll show how all of these figures can be danced not only in 3/4 time, but also in 4/4 time, as Cross-Step Foxtrot and Cross-Step One Step.


Friday, April 20, 2012

Nick and Danielle teach bluesy waltz and partnered Tokyo Polka.

7 pm - Introductory Cross-Step Waltz
Did you love the bluesy waltzes Nick played last week - for example, "Not the Same," the last waltz of the night? What about Scott's special request of blues? Want to learn how to combine the two? Popularized by Campbell and Chris of Austin, TX, "bluesy waltz" improvisationally incorporates elements from a multitude of dance forms to create a uniquely sultry and satisfying social dance. We'll teach you what they taught us! For a taste of the potential, see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xS2OHJRf07I

8 pm - Partnered Tokyo Polka
Have you seen those crazy couples who dance the Tokyo Polka in closed position, spinning across the floor together? Here's your chance to learn this fun and exciting variation of the Bay Area's newest dance craze, straight from one of those crazy couples. We'll review the basic dance, teach the follow's footwork, then put it all together. Time permitting, we'll explore the potential for partnering other popular line dances.




For more, including descriptions of 25 different waltzes and hundreds of variations thereof, see Waltzing: A Manual for Dancing and Living a book by Richard Powers and Nick Enge.


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