Ari Levitt, MD
Ari has been partnering, teaching, and performing dance in the Greater Seattle area, nationally, and internationally for over 25 years. An award-winning dancer, teacher, and performer, his breadth of styles include Lindy Hop, Swing, Balboa, Blues, Ballroom, One-Step, NC2S, WCS, Salsa, Tango, & Latin. He has been instrumental in creating several innovative new dance styles, including "Fusion Waltz", "Fusion Swing", & "Fusion Night Club 2-Step" which he has been busy introducing in workshops throughout the country. He is the co-founder and director of "Waltz Week in Vienna", "New Zealand Dance Adventure", and the first international "Wellness & Dance Spa Retreat" at Harrison Hot Springs (BC). When off the dance floor, Ari enjoys kayaking, sailing, hang-gliding, travel, music, film, and poetry.
*Fun Fact* As an entrepreneur, Ari spent four years on the start-up team of IMVU, the Silicon Valley-based company that not only re-defined the experience of avatar-based 3D instant messaging, but was instrumental in re-shaping the model for how start-ups themselves are created. (You can read more about IMVU in the NY Times' bestseller, "The Lean Startup" by Eric Ries)
*Fun Fact* As a physician, Ari is one of the country's leading pioneers & experts in the burgeoning field of social dance therapy -- using movement, connection, and dance techniques as a modality for diagnosing and treating patients. In addition to patient work, he is a faculty member and Director of Experiential Medicine for "Exponential Medicine", the medical wing of Singularity University, which brings together the country's top experts, inventors, clinicians, & entrepreneurs to explore and push the boundaries of new and emerging medical technologies (www.FutureMed2020.com).
Ari Levitt is a world-class instructor, better known as the fun, energetic, and delightful teacher who can't help but infect his students with his own love and passion for dance, while at the same time instilling in them a much deeper understanding of the subtlety, nuance, and playfulness of lead-follow skills and close-connection in dance partnering.