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"Waltz Week in Vienna" is the ultimate in elegant dance adventures -- a truly incredible travel, play, & workshop experience! 

The week is specifically designed for dancers who not only want to experience the elegance, beauty, and grandeur of waltz season in Vienna, but who would also love to do so in the company of a fun group of like-minded fellow travel-adventurers!

During Waltz Week, we use Vienna as our veritable playground -- exploring the city's beauty, enjoying unique dining opportunities, attending dance classes together, taking part in exchanges with other local dance schools, attending balls, and much more!    

On Saturday we culminate the week with an elegant grand ball at the beautiful Hofburg Imperial Palace, the crown jewel of Vienna's magnificent edifices where waltz balls have been a celebrated tradition since the days of Mozart and Strauss!  

SPECIAL for 2014:  If you have a second week to spare for additional travel & dance adventure, shift into "swing" mode and join Ari & Jodi Feb 24th - Mar 3rd as we explore the world of swing dance in Prague, then take on Europe's largest swing festival, "Rock That Swing", in Munich.  Not to be missed!

But first:

 Join us for an incredible  Waltz Week in Vienna! 

 

Details, pictures, & registration are at:

www.WaltzWeekInVienna.com 

 

 

  New Fall Classes (2015) 

FOUR TUESDAY's:  (Sept 1, 8, 22, 29.  No class on Sept 15)   All classes are held at China Harbor (See directions below) All Tuesday Classes are Beginning Level

  • 6:30-7:30pm:   "Blues for the Body & Soul'' -- An Introduction to Blues Dance!  In this very unique class, you will not only learn some fun basic blues steps and stylings, but more significantly, it will introduce you to the core concept of "effortless dance" -- dancing entirely through energy, where both partners can ultimately lead, follow, and listen concurrently.  These concepts will profoundly change the way you think about all of your dancing (not just blues).  Not to be missed!  Perfect for both beginning dancers or for more experienced dancers who want to work on fine-tuning their partnering, connection, and musicality skill, or who would like to try some role-reversal.  This class is also a perfect introduction to the kind of dancing you can experience every 2nd & 4th Friday at Om Culture  (Level: Beg/Int)  All welcome - No Partner Needed.  
  • 7:30-8:30:  "From Swing to Fox, And Back Again" - An Introduction to Two Fabulous Dances" Transport yourself back to the wonderful big band era of the 1930's-1940's by learning the two most popular dances of that period - the upbeat Swing, and the more relaxed Foxtrot!  We'll start by reviewing the basic footwork & foundations to both, then quickly move on to some fun variations for each, as well as introduce how to effortlessly transition from one to the other within the same musical genre.    Perfect for beg/int level dancers.  Ideal to take in conjunction with the 7:30pm "Night Club 2-Step" class. (Level: Beg/Int All welcome - No partner needed)
  • 8:30-9:30:   "Night Club 2-Step Foundations" - Learn the foundations of this beautiful, flowing, & elegant dance style, starting with the basics, then quickly moving on to the six essential turning steps, peak-a-boos, mix-masters, and even more fun combo's & variations from Ari's repertoire of fun, original moves. Perfect for beg/int level dancers or for more int/adv dancers who want to review the essentials.  Ari first introduced NC2S to Seattle over 25 years ago, is known as one of the country's leading innovators in this style, and actively teaches around the world. CLICK HERE to see an example of Ari's NC2S. (Level: Beg/Int)  All welcome - No partner needed.
  • 9:30-9:55:  Guided Practice for class participants 

FOUR WEDNESDAY's:  (Sept 2, 9, 23, 30.  No class on Sept 16)  All classes are held at China Harbor (See directions below) All Wednesday Classes are Non-Novice Beg/Int Level

  • 6:30-7:30pm:   "Fantastic Cross-Step Waltz Creations (for Int/Adv Dancers)"  - Add such original steps as the "Barber's Combover", the "Seat Belt", the "Neck Strap", the "Double Dutch", the "Copa Catch", and the "Maypole" to your cross-step repertoire! Perfect for int/adv level waltzers. This will be a really fun session; I'm looking forward to it immensely!  It's also the perfect way to prepare for our Fabulous Friday dances at Om Culture   (Level: Non-Novice Beg, Int, or Adv (Some basic waltz and partnering skills assumed)  All Welcome, No Partner needed
  • 7:30-8:30:   Int/Adv "Night Club 2-Step" SensationsLearn a variety of fun, innovative combinations from Ari's library of moves and inventions; beautiful, flowing, and elegant as always.  Ari first introduced NC2S to Seattle over 25 years ago, is known as one of the country's leading innovators in this style, and actively teaches this dance around the world.  Perfect for int/adv level NC2S-ers.  CLICK HERE to see an example of NC2S. (Level: Non-Novice Beg, Int/Adv:  Basic NC2S Left & Right Turn steps and partnering skills assumedAll welcome - No partner needed.
  • 8:15-9:15:  "Swinging Outside The Box" - Setting Your Tootsies Free!    Learn the art of "poly-rhythmic improvisation" and the use of alternate 4, 6, and 8-count rhythms in swing with this fun East Coast Swing based approach to dance that addresses the use of tight partnering, framework, lead/follow connection, and energy to break in and out of 6-count rhythms.  Amazingly simple to do, yet so much fun!     Perfect for both beginning dancers or for experienced dancers who want to focus on partnering and connection while learning a whole lot more about dancing outside the boxI do play a lot of wonderful swing-fusion & swing-blues when I DJ, so it's the perfect way to prepare for our 2nd & 4th Fabulous Friday Dances at Om Culture   (Level: Non-Novice Beg, Int, or Adv (Some basic partner dance skills assumed)  All Welcome, No Partner needed
  • 9:30-9:55: Guided Practice for class participants

 

LOCATION:  

  • All Tuesday & Wednesday classes will be held at China Harbor2040 Westlake Ave N., Seattle, WA.  There is plenty of free parking available.  Doors to the dance hall open at 6:15. Come early to sign in, change shoes, stretch, warm up, etc.  China Harbor has a full bar and dinner menu as well. 

 

COST:

 TUES & WED:  Each Tues or Wed class series includes 4 hrs of instruction, and 1.5 hrs of guided practice following the third class.  Classes are designed to be taken in pairs (ie, take at least two together each night)

  • One 4-week series (4 hrs of instruction!)  = $55 
  • Two 4-week series (8 hrs of instruction!)  = $100  ($10 savings)
  • Three 4-week series (12 hrs of instruction!)  = $150 ($15 savings)
  • STUDENTS (under age 25):  $40 per class series  ($15 savings)
  • Drop-In (with Instructor's Permission after the first class)  = $15 per class 

**PLEASE NOTE:  All students registered for the 'full series' will get a video review of the class material.  Drop-ins, however, will not be sent a video review.

TO REGISTER & PAY:  Click on the "Registration" button in the menu on the top left side of this page to go to the Registration Page.   

Payment can be made from the Payment page using PayPal or a credit card, or by check sent by mail,  or paid at the door just before the first class. Payment by check will help you to avoid the additional online PayPal surcharge. 

Class size is limited, so register early!  

 CLICK HERE to go to the Registration Page

 

Join us for a fabulous, All-Inclusive

"Swing, Rhythm,& Blues" Dance Weekend

 at the beautiful:

Villa Roma Resort & Spa (Catskills, NY)

Sept 18-20, 2015 (Fri-Sun)

CLICK HERE for details

 

  New Fall Classes (2015) 

FOUR TUESDAY's:  (Oct 6, 13, 20, 27)   All classes are held at China Harbor (See directions below) All Tuesday Classes are Beginning Level

  • 6:30-7:30pm:   "Blues Foundations 101'' -- An Introduction to Social Blues Dancing!  In this very unique class, you will not only learn some fun basic blues steps and stylings, but more significantly, it will introduce you to the core concept of "effortless dance" -- dancing entirely through energy, where both partners can ultimately lead, follow, and listen concurrently.  These concepts will profoundly change the way you think about all of your dancing (not just blues).  Not to be missed!  Perfect for both beginning dancers or for more experienced dancers who want to work on fine-tuning their partnering, connection, and musicality skill, or who would like to try some role-reversal.  This class is also a perfect introduction to the kind of dancing you can experience every 2nd & 4th Friday at Om Culture  (Level: Beg/Int)  All welcome - No Partner Needed.  
  • 7:30-8:30:  "From Swing to Fox, And Back Again" - An Introduction to Two Fabulous Dances" Transport yourself back to the wonderful big band era of the 1930's-1940's by learning the two most popular dances of that period - the upbeat Swing, and the more relaxed Foxtrot!  We'll start by reviewing the basic footwork & foundations to both, then quickly move on to some fun variations for each, as well as introduce how to effortlessly transition from one to the other within the same musical genre.    Perfect for beg/int level dancers.  Ideal to take in conjunction with the 7:30pm "Night Club 2-Step" class. (Level: Beg/Int All welcome - No partner needed)
  • 8:30-9:30:   "Night Club 2-Step Foundations" - Learn the foundations of this beautiful, flowing, & elegant dance style, starting with the basics, then quickly moving on to the six essential turning steps, peak-a-boos, mix-masters, and even more fun combo's & variations from Ari's repertoire of fun, original moves. Perfect for beg/int level dancers or for more int/adv dancers who want to review the essentials.  Ari first introduced NC2S to Seattle over 25 years ago, is known as one of the country's leading innovators in this style, and actively teaches around the world. CLICK HERE to see an example of Ari's NC2S. (Level: Beg/Int)  All welcome - No partner needed.
  • 9:30-9:55:  Guided Practice for class participants 

FOUR WEDNESDAY's:  (Oct 7, 14, 21, 28)  All classes are held at China Harbor (See directions below) All Wednesday Classes are Non-Novice Beg/Int Level

  • 6:30-7:30pm:  *NEW*  Int/Adv Waltz: "The Secrets of Cross-Step & Rotary Blending"  - "Cross Step Waltz" & "Rotary Waltz" are the two most common social-partnered waltz styles done in the Seattle community, each one danced to a different tempo.  In this class, we'll quickly review the basics for both waltzes, then learn how to blend these two styles for songs when the tempo's merge and offer you the opportunity to do one, the other, or both within the same song, all the while learning some wonderful new hybrid combinations!  It's the perfect way to push the envelope into new territory, as well as to prepare for our Fabulous Friday Dances at Om Culture   (Level: Non-Novice Beg, Int, or Adv (Some basic waltz and partnering skills assumed)  All Welcome, No Partner needed
  • 7:30-8:30:   More Int/Adv "Night Club 2-Step" SensationsLearn a variety of fun, innovative combinations from Ari's library of moves and inventions; beautiful, flowing, and elegant as always.  Ari first introduced NC2S to Seattle over 25 years ago, is known as one of the country's leading innovators in this style, and actively teaches this dance around the world.  Perfect for int/adv level NC2S-ers.  CLICK HERE to see an example of NC2S. (Level: Non-Novice Beg, Int/Adv:  Basic NC2S Left & Right Turn steps and partnering skills assumedAll welcome - No partner needed.
  • 8:15-9:15: *NEW*  "Hot Blues for Cold Winter Nights!   Put the cool in your steps with these fun, higher-energy, walking blues variations.  Learn to dance to more up-tempo blues music, blending the art of effortless "energy-based" connection with floor movement and styling.  This class will also introduce elements of 1-step "Kizomba" blues, a very beautiful free-style, smooth and relaxed dance form that combine the best spects of tango, bachata, and blues.  Amazingly simple to do, yet so much fun!   Perfect for both beginning dancers or for experienced dancers who want to focus on partnering and connection while learning a whole lot more about dancing  blues outside the box.  (Level: Non-Novice Beg, Int, or Adv (Some basic partner dance skills assumed)  All Welcome, No Partner needed
  • 9:30-9:55: Guided Practice for class participants

 

LOCATION:  

  • All Tuesday & Wednesday classes will be held at China Harbor2040 Westlake Ave N., Seattle, WA.  There is plenty of free parking available.  Doors to the dance hall open at 6:15. Come early to sign in, change shoes, stretch, warm up, etc.  China Harbor has a full bar and dinner menu as well. 

 

COST:

 TUES & WED:  Each Tues or Wed class series includes 4 hrs of instruction, and 1.5 hrs of guided practice following the third class.  Classes are designed to be taken in pairs (ie, take at least two together each night)

  • One 4-week series (4 hrs of instruction!)  = $55 
  • Two 4-week series (8 hrs of instruction!)  = $100  ($10 savings)
  • Three 4-week series (12 hrs of instruction!)  = $150 ($15 savings)
  • STUDENTS (under age 25):  $40 per class series  ($15 savings)
  • Drop-In (with Instructor's Permission after the first class)  = $15 per class 

**PLEASE NOTE:  All students registered for the 'full series' will get a video review of the class material.  Drop-ins, however, will not be sent a video review.

TO REGISTER & PAY:  Click on the "Registration" button in the menu on the top left side of this page to go to the Registration Page.   

Payment can be made from the Payment page using PayPal or a credit card, or by check sent by mail,  or paid at the door just before the first class. Payment by check will help you to avoid the additional online PayPal surcharge. 

Class size is limited, so register early!  

 CLICK HERE to go to the Registration Page

 

  New Fall Classes (2015) 

FOUR TUESDAY's:  (Nov 3, 10, 17, 24)   All classes are held at China Harbor (See directions below) All Tuesday Classes are Beginning Level

  • 6:30-7:30pm:   "Intro to Blues"-- Fun Double-Pulse Variations!  In this very unique class, you will not only learn some fun basic blues steps and stylings, but more significantly, it will introduce you to the core concept of "effortless dance" -- dancing entirely through energy, where both partners can ultimately lead, follow, and listen concurrently.  These concepts will profoundly change the way you think about all of your dancing (not just blues).  Not to be missed!  Perfect for both beginning dancers or for more experienced dancers who want to work on fine-tuning their partnering, connection, and musicality skill, or who would like to try some role-reversal.  This class is also a perfect introduction to the kind of dancing you can experience every 2nd & 4th Friday at Om Culture  (Level: Beg/Int)  All welcome - No Partner Needed.  
  • 7:30-8:30:  "East Coast Swing & Beyond!" Transport yourself back to the wonderful mid century era of the 1940's-1960's by learning the most popular dances of that period - the upbeat fun East Coast Swing.   We'll start by reviewing the basic footwork & foundations to the dance, then quickly move on to some fun variations, as well as introduce how to effortlessly transition from one move to another.    Perfect for beg/int level dancers.  Ideal to take in conjunction with the 7:30pm "Night Club 2-Step" class. (Level: Beg/Int All welcome - No partner needed)
  • 8:30-9:30:   "Night Club 2-Step Foundations" - Learn the foundations of this beautiful, flowing, & elegant dance style, starting with the basics, then quickly moving on to the six essential turning steps, peak-a-boos, mix-masters, and even more fun combo's & variations from Ari's repertoire of fun, original moves. Perfect for beg/int level dancers or for more int/adv dancers who want to review the essentials.  Ari first introduced NC2S to Seattle over 25 years ago, is known as one of the country's leading innovators in this style, and actively teaches around the world. CLICK HERE to see an example of Ari's NC2S. (Level: Beg/Int)  All welcome - No partner needed.
  • 9:30-9:55:  Guided Practice for class participants 

FOUR WEDNESDAY's:  (Nov 4, 11, 18, 25)  All classes are held at China Harbor (See directions below) All Wednesday Classes are Non-Novice Beg/Int Level

  • 6:30-7:30pm:  *NEW*  Int/Adv Waltz: "Cross-Step Creativity"  - "Cross Step Waltz" is one of the most common social-partnered waltz styles done in the Seattle community. We'll quickly review the cross step basics, then learn some simple but beautifully flowing cross step waltz variations from Ari's repertoire of innovative steps that all focus on flow and ease.  Perfect for both beginning dancers, or for intermediate level dancers who want to add some graceful new moves to their repertoire. It's also the perfect way to prepare for our Fabulous Friday Dances at Om Culture   (Level: Non-Novice Beg, Int, or Adv (Some basic waltz and partnering skills assumed)  All Welcome, No Partner needed
  • 7:30-8:30:   More Int/Adv "Night Club 2-Step" SensationsLearn a variety of fun, innovative combinations from Ari's library of moves and inventions; beautiful, flowing, and elegant as always.  Ari first introduced NC2S to Seattle over 25 years ago, is known as one of the country's leading innovators in this style, and actively teaches this dance around the world.  Perfect for int/adv level NC2S-ers.  CLICK HERE to see an example of NC2S. (Level: Non-Novice Beg, Int/Adv:  Basic NC2S Left & Right Turn steps and partnering skills assumedAll welcome - No partner needed.
  • 8:15-9:15: *NEW*  "Fabulous "Cha Cha" Variations, with a little Blues Blending!   Cha Cha is a fun, rhythmic, spicy dance that has found a home not only in the latin community, but also in country-western & swing dance, and even in the blues scene!  In this workshop, we'll quickly review the Cha Cha basics, then introduce a variety of classic and modern combinations that you can blend with blues pulses and which will get you out dancing with the best of them!   Perfect for both beginning dancers or for experienced dancers who want to focus on partnering and connection while learning a whole lot more about blending blues with cha cha!  (Level: Non-Novice Beg, Int, or Adv (Some basic partner dance skills assumed)  All Welcome, No Partner needed
  • 9:30-9:55: Guided Practice for class participants

 

LOCATION:  

  • All Tuesday & Wednesday classes will be held at China Harbor2040 Westlake Ave N., Seattle, WA.  There is plenty of free parking available.  Doors to the dance hall open at 6:15. Come early to sign in, change shoes, stretch, warm up, etc.  China Harbor has a full bar and dinner menu as well. 

 

COST:

 TUES & WED:  Each Tues or Wed class series includes 4 hrs of instruction, and 1.5 hrs of guided practice following the third class.  Classes are designed to be taken in pairs (ie, take at least two together each night)

  • One 4-week series (4 hrs of instruction!)  = $55 
  • Two 4-week series (8 hrs of instruction!)  = $100  ($10 savings)
  • Three 4-week series (12 hrs of instruction!)  = $150 ($15 savings)
  • STUDENTS (under age 25):  $40 per class series  ($15 savings)
  • Drop-In (with Instructor's Permission after the first class)  = $15 per class 

**PLEASE NOTE:  All students registered for the 'full series' will get a video review of the class material.  Drop-ins, however, will not be sent a video review.

TO REGISTER & PAY:  Click on the "Registration" button in the menu on the top left side of this page to go to the Registration Page.   

Payment can be made from the Payment page using PayPal or a credit card, or by check sent by mail,  or paid at the door just before the first class. Payment by check will help you to avoid the additional online PayPal surcharge. 

Class size is limited, so register early!  

 CLICK HERE to go to the Registration Page

 Four TUES's (Nov 3-24) [Beg Level]

  • 6:30-7:30:  Intro to Blues: Fun Double-Pulse Salsa Variations (Beg)
  • 7:30-8:30:  East Coast Swing (Beg)
  • 8:30-9:30:  Night Club 2-Step (Beg)

Four WED's (Nov 4-25) [Int/Adv Level]

  • 6:30-7:30: Cross-Step Waltz Creativity  (Int/Adv)
  • 7:30-8:30: Night Club 2-Step Innovations (Int/Adv)
  • 8:30-9:30 Fabulous "Cha Cha" Variations (Int/Adv)

CLICK HERE for DETAILS

 

 

  New Fall Classes (2015) 

FOUR TUESDAY's:  (Nov 3, 10, 17, 24)   All classes are held at China Harbor (See directions below) All Tuesday Classes are Beginning Level

  • 6:30-7:30pm:   "Intro to Blues"-- Fun Double-Pulse Salsa Variations!  In this very unique class, you will not only learn some fun basic blues steps and stylings, but more significantly, it will introduce you to the core concept of "effortless dance" -- dancing entirely through energy, where both partners can ultimately lead, follow, and listen concurrently.  These concepts will profoundly change the way you think about all of your dancing (not just blues).  Not to be missed!  Perfect for both beginning dancers or for more experienced dancers who want to work on fine-tuning their partnering, connection, and musicality skill, or who would like to try some role-reversal.  This class is also a perfect introduction to the kind of dancing you can experience every 2nd & 4th Friday at Om Culture  (Level: Beg/Int)  All welcome - No Partner Needed.  
  • 7:30-8:30:  "East Coast Swing & Beyond!" Transport yourself back to the wonderful mid century era of the 1940's-1960's by learning the most popular dances of that period - the upbeat fun East Coast Swing.   We'll start by reviewing the basic footwork & foundations to the dance, then quickly move on to some fun variations, as well as introduce how to effortlessly transition from one move to another.    Perfect for beg/int level dancers.  Ideal to take in conjunction with the 7:30pm "Night Club 2-Step" class. (Level: Beg/Int All welcome - No partner needed)
  • 8:30-9:30:   "Night Club 2-Step Foundations" - Learn the foundations of this beautiful, flowing, & elegant dance style, starting with the basics, then quickly moving on to the six essential turning steps, peak-a-boos, mix-masters, and even more fun combo's & variations from Ari's repertoire of fun, original moves. Perfect for beg/int level dancers or for more int/adv dancers who want to review the essentials.  Ari first introduced NC2S to Seattle over 25 years ago, is known as one of the country's leading innovators in this style, and actively teaches around the world. CLICK HERE to see an example of Ari's NC2S. (Level: Beg/Int)  All welcome - No partner needed.
  • 9:30-9:55:  Guided Practice for class participants 

FOUR WEDNESDAY's:  (Nov 4, 11, 18, 25)  All classes are held at China Harbor (See directions below) All Wednesday Classes are Non-Novice Beg/Int Level

  • 6:30-7:30pm:  *NEW*  Int/Adv Waltz: "Cross-Step Creativity"  - "Cross Step Waltz" is one of the most common social-partnered waltz styles done in the Seattle community. We'll quickly review the cross step basics, then learn some simple but beautifully flowing cross step waltz variations from Ari's repertoire of innovative steps that all focus on flow and ease.  Perfect for both beginning dancers, or for intermediate level dancers who want to add some graceful new moves to their repertoire. It's also the perfect way to prepare for our Fabulous Friday Dances at Om Culture   (Level: Non-Novice Beg, Int, or Adv (Some basic waltz and partnering skills assumed)  All Welcome, No Partner needed
  • 7:30-8:30:   More Int/Adv "Night Club 2-Step" SensationsLearn a variety of fun, innovative combinations from Ari's library of moves and inventions; beautiful, flowing, and elegant as always.  Ari first introduced NC2S to Seattle over 25 years ago, is known as one of the country's leading innovators in this style, and actively teaches this dance around the world.  Perfect for int/adv level NC2S-ers.  CLICK HERE to see an example of NC2S. (Level: Non-Novice Beg, Int/Adv:  Basic NC2S Left & Right Turn steps and partnering skills assumedAll welcome - No partner needed.
  • 8:15-9:15: *NEW*  "Fabulous "Cha Cha" Variations, with a little Blues Blending!   Cha Cha is a fun, rhythmic, spicy dance that has found a home not only in the latin community, but also in country-western & swing dance, and even in the blues scene!  In this workshop, we'll quickly review the Cha Cha basics, then introduce a variety of classic and modern combinations that you can blend with blues pulses and which will get you out dancing with the best of them!   Perfect for both beginning dancers or for experienced dancers who want to focus on partnering and connection while learning a whole lot more about blending blues with cha cha!  (Level: Non-Novice Beg, Int, or Adv (Some basic partner dance skills assumed)  All Welcome, No Partner needed
  • 9:30-9:55: Guided Practice for class participants

 

LOCATION:  

  • All Tuesday & Wednesday classes will be held at China Harbor2040 Westlake Ave N., Seattle, WA.  There is plenty of free parking available.  Doors to the dance hall open at 6:15. Come early to sign in, change shoes, stretch, warm up, etc.  China Harbor has a full bar and dinner menu as well. 

 

COST:

 TUES & WED:  Each Tues or Wed class series includes 4 hrs of instruction, and 1.5 hrs of guided practice following the third class.  Classes are designed to be taken in pairs (ie, take at least two together each night)

  • One 4-week series (4 hrs of instruction!)  = $55 
  • Two 4-week series (8 hrs of instruction!)  = $100  ($10 savings)
  • Three 4-week series (12 hrs of instruction!)  = $150 ($15 savings)
  • STUDENTS (under age 25):  $40 per class series  ($15 savings)
  • Drop-In (with Instructor's Permission after the first class)  = $15 per class 

**PLEASE NOTE:  All students registered for the 'full series' will get a video review of the class material.  Drop-ins, however, will not be sent a video review.

TO REGISTER & PAY:  Click on the "Registration" button in the menu on the top left side of this page to go to the Registration Page.   

Payment can be made from the Payment page using PayPal or a credit card, or by check sent by mail,  or paid at the door just before the first class. Payment by check will help you to avoid the additional online PayPal surcharge. 

Class size is limited, so register early!  

 CLICK HERE to go to the Registration Page

 

Four TUES's (Dec 1-22) [Beg Level]
  • 6:30-7:30: Night Club 2-Step  (Beg)
  • 7:30-8:30:  Intro to Blues-Based  "West Coast Swing" (The Original)  (Beg)
  • 8:30-9:30:  Intro to the "Texas 2-Step" & "Country Swing" (Beg)

Four WED's (Dec 2-23) [Int/Adv Level]

  • 6:30-7:30: Waltzing in 4/4 Time - An Intro to "Waltz/Fox" Blending   (Int/Adv)
  • 7:30-8:30: Night Club 2-Step Creativity (Int/Adv)
  • 8:30-9:30 WCS Made Fabulous - Cool Patterns for Int/Adv Social Dancers  (Int/Adv)

CLICK HERE for DETAILS

 

  New Winter Classes (2015) 

FOUR TUESDAY's:  (Dec 1, 8, 15, 22)   All classes are held at China Harbor (See directions below) All Tuesday Classes are Beginning Level

  • 6:30-7:30pm:   "Night Club 2-Step Foundations" - Learn the foundations of this beautiful, flowing, & elegant dance style, starting with the basics, then quickly moving on to the six essential turning steps, peak-a-boos, mix-masters, and even more fun combo's & variations from Ari's repertoire of fun, original moves. Perfect for beg/int level dancers or for more int/adv dancers who want to review the essentials.  Ari first introduced NC2S to Seattle over 25 years ago, is known as one of the country's leading innovators in this style, and actively teaches around the world. CLICK HERE to see an example of Ari's NC2S. (Level: Beg/Int)  All welcome - No partner needed.
  • 7:30-8:30:  "An Intro to West Coast Swing - Blues!"  Early WCS was originally based on blues music, movement, and connection, and as such, was an incredible way to learn how to add effortless improvisation and styling to your partnership.  In this class, with a very unique approach to dance, you will not only learn the fundamentals of WCS, but more importantly, you'll come away with a much deeper understanding of the fundamental language of energy & flow in dance that can be applied to any style you do!  Not to be missed!  Ideal to take in conjunction with the 6:30pm "Night Club 2-Step" class since these dances are often done in the same venues.   (Level: Beg/Int All welcome - No partner needed)
  • 8:30-9:30:   "Intro to Country 2-Step (& Country Swing)" - Also known as the "Texas 2-Step", Country 2-Step in an enormously popular traveling dance done to fun, upbeat country songs that can also double as swing music when the floor gets crowded.  The fun part is knowing how to navigate between both styles in the same tune.  This class is the perfect introduction to Country 2-Step for social partner dancers, learning some fun, easy-to lead combinations that can be applied to both traveling and stationary movement. (Level: Beg/Int)  All welcome - No partner needed.
  • 9:30-9:55:  Guided Practice for class participants 

FOUR WEDNESDAY's:  (Dec 2, 9, 16, 23)  All classes are held at China Harbor (See directions below) All Wednesday Classes are Non-Novice Beg/Int Level

  • 6:30-7:30pm:  *NEW*  "Cross-Step Waltzing in 4/4 Time" (A New Concept in Waltz/Fox Blending)  - "Cross Step" waltz is not only one of the most common social-partnered waltz styles done in Seattle, but also one that is so diverse, it can even be applied to non-waltzing 4/4 tempos, such as slow foxtrots, 1-steps, or late night blues ballads.  In this class, after quickly reviewing our cross-step basics, we'll learn some beautiful new variations from Ari's repertoire of innovative steps, then dive straight into musicality, where you'll learn to transition between 3/4 and 4/4 timing in the same dance.  Perfect for intermediate level dancers who want to add some versatility to their dance, as well as some great new moves to their repertoire. It's also the perfect way to prepare for our Fabulous Friday Dances at Om Culture   (Level: Non-Novice Beg, Int, or Adv (Some basic waltz and partnering skills assumed)  All Welcome, No Partner needed
  • 7:30-8:30:  Int/Adv "Night Club 2-Step" CreativityLearn a variety of fun, innovative combinations from Ari's library of moves and inventions; beautiful, flowing, and elegant as always.  Ari first introduced NC2S to Seattle over 25 years ago, is known as one of the country's leading innovators in this style, and actively teaches this dance around the world.  Perfect for int/adv level NC2S-ers.  CLICK HERE to see an example of NC2S. (Level: Non-Novice Beg, Int/Adv:  Basic NC2S Left & Right Turn steps and partnering skills assumedAll welcome - No partner needed.
  • 8:15-9:15: *NEW*  "West Coast Swing Made Easy!" - Cool Concepts & Patterns for Int/Adv Social Dancers:   West Coast Swing is one of the smoothest & sexiest forms of social dance on the scene today, one which has evolved tremendously over the past 30 years both in regard to the music it's danced to and the character of movement in the dance.  The way to learn this dance, however,  is not to start with styling (as is so frequently taught today), but rather, with a strong foundation in dance frame function, and in an understanding of how to create effortless energy and flow of movement, which Ari is a well-known master at teaching through fun 'non-dance' gaming and play.  If you haven't taken a WCS class from Ari, they have been acknowledged by many of his students as being "complete game-changers", not to mention an incredibly fun & easy entry into understanding the subtle nuances of this fabulous dance!  Ideal to take in conjunction with the 7:30pm "Night Club 2-Step" class since these dances are often done in the same venues  (Level: Non-Novice Beg, Int, or Adv (Some basic partner dance skills assumed)  All Welcome, No Partner needed
  • 9:30-9:55: Guided Practice for class participants

 

LOCATION:  

  • All Tuesday & Wednesday classes will be held at China Harbor2040 Westlake Ave N., Seattle, WA.  There is plenty of free parking available.  Doors to the dance hall open at 6:15. Come early to sign in, change shoes, stretch, warm up, etc.  China Harbor has a full bar and dinner menu as well. 

 

COST:

 TUES & WED:  Each Tues or Wed class series includes 4 hrs of instruction, and 1.5 hrs of guided practice following the third class.  Classes are designed to be taken in pairs (ie, take at least two together each night)

  • One 4-week series (4 hrs of instruction!)  = $55 
  • Two 4-week series (8 hrs of instruction!)  = $100  ($10 savings)
  • Three 4-week series (12 hrs of instruction!)  = $150 ($15 savings)
  • STUDENTS (under age 25):  $40 per class series  ($15 savings)
  • NEW "Roll Up The Rug" Students & Meet Up Members:  Save $25 on a 2 or 3 class bundle! (Be sure to mark the "New Student" Box on the registration page)
  • Drop-In (with Instructor's Permission after the first class)  = $15 per class 

**PLEASE NOTE:  All students registered for the 'full series' will get a video review of the class material.  Drop-ins, however, will not be sent a video review.

TO REGISTER & PAY:  Click on the "Registration" button in the menu on the top left side of this page to go to the Registration Page.   

Payment can be made from the Payment page using PayPal or a credit card, or by check sent by mail,  or paid at the door just before the first class. Payment by check will help you to avoid the additional online PayPal surcharge. 

Class size is limited, so register early!  

 CLICK HERE to go to the Registration Page

 

  New JANUARY Classes (2016) 

FOUR TUESDAY's:  (Jan 5, 12, 19, 26)   All classes are held at China Harbor (See directions below) All Tuesday Classes are Beginning Level

  • 6:30-7:30pm:   "Beginning Night Club 2-Step" - Learn the foundations of this beautiful, flowing, & elegant dance style, starting with the basics, then quickly moving on to the six essential turning steps, peak-a-boos, mix-masters, and even more fun combo's & variations from Ari's repertoire of fun, original moves. Perfect for beg/int level dancers or for more int/adv dancers who want to review the essentials.  Ari first introduced NC2S to Seattle over 25 years ago, is known as one of the country's leading innovators in this style, and actively teaches around the world. CLICK HERE to see an example of Ari's NC2S. (Level: Beg/Int)  All welcome - No partner needed.
  • 7:30-8:30:  "West Coast Swing Basics + Blues Foundations!"  Early WCS was originally based on blues music, movement, and connection, and as such, was an incredible way to learn how to add effortless improvisation and styling to your partnership.  In this class, you'll learn sugar pushes, left & right side passes, check turns, neck wraps, and a variety of other fun combinations foundational to WCS.  You'll also come away with a much deeper understanding of the fundamental language of 'blues-styling' energy & flow that can be applied to any dance you do!  This will be new material from the December class.  Ideal for all levels, and to take in conjunction with the 6:30pm "Night Club 2-Step" class since these dances are often done in the same venues.   (Level: Beg/Int All welcome - No partner needed)
  • 8:30-9:30:   "Intro to Country 2-Step:  New Moves for the New Year" - Also known as the "Texas 2-Step", Country 2-Step in an enormously popular traveling dance done to fun, upbeat country songs that can also double as swing music when the floor gets crowded.  The fun part is knowing how to navigate between both styles in the same tune.  This class is the perfect introduction to Country 2-Step for social partner dancers, learning some fun, easy-to lead combinations that can be applied to both traveling and stationary movement.  This will be new material from the December class (you do NOT have to have taken the December class to join) (Level: Beg/Int)  All welcome - No partner needed.
  • 9:30-9:55:  Guided Practice for class participants 

FOUR WEDNESDAY's:  (Jan 6, 13, 20, 27)  All classes are held at China Harbor (See directions below) All Wednesday Classes are Non-Novice Beg/Int Level

  • 6:30-7:30pm:  *NEW*  "Beautiful & Flowing Cross-Step Waltz  -  "Cross Step Waltz" is one of the most common social-partnered waltz styles done in the Seattle community, and one of the fastest growing genres of waltz across the country. In this class, we'll quickly review the cross step basics, then learn some simple but beautifully flowing cross step waltz variations from Ari's repertoire of innovative steps that all focus on flow and ease.  Perfect for intermediate level dancers who want to add some versatility to their dance, as well as some great new moves to their repertoire. It's also the perfect way to prepare for our Fabulous Friday Dances at Om Culture   (Level: Non-Novice Beg, Int, or Adv (Some basic waltz and partnering skills assumed)  All Welcome, No Partner needed
  • 7:30-8:30:  Int/Adv "Night Club 2-Step" CreativityLearn a variety of fun, innovative combinations from Ari's library of moves and inventions; beautiful, flowing, and elegant as always.  Ari first introduced NC2S to Seattle over 25 years ago, is known as one of the country's leading innovators in this style, and actively teaches this dance around the world.  Perfect for int/adv level NC2S-ers.  CLICK HERE to see an example of NC2S. (Level: Non-Novice Beg, Int/Adv:  Basic NC2S Left & Right Turn steps and partnering skills assumedAll welcome - No partner needed.
  • 8:15-9:15: *NEW*  "Cool NEW West Coast Swing Combo's!" -  West Coast Swing is one of the smoothest & sexiest forms of social dance on the scene today, one which has evolved tremendously over the past 30 years both in regard to the music it's danced to and the character of movement in the dance.  In this class we'll learn a variety of fun, new 6&8 count variations such as pinwheels, whip's, and turbines that  can also be applied to other dances, such as NC2S & Swing.  Ari is well-known as a master of fusing elements from various dance styles, as well as for his ability to teach complex moves in a very simple and understandable way using a physics-based methodology that de-emphasizes the need to memorize footwork and patterns.  If you haven't taken a WCS class from Ari, they have been acknowledged by many of his students as being "complete game-changers", not to mention an incredibly fun & easy entry into understanding the subtle nuances of this fabulous dance!  Ideal to take in conjunction with the 7:30pm "Night Club 2-Step" class since these dances are often done in the same venues  (Level: Non-Novice Beg, Int, or Adv (Some basic partner dance skills assumed)  All Welcome, No Partner needed
  • 9:30-9:55: Guided Practice for class participants

 

LOCATION:  

  • All Tuesday & Wednesday classes will be held at China Harbor2040 Westlake Ave N., Seattle, WA.  There is plenty of free parking available.  Doors to the dance hall open at 6:15. Come early to sign in, change shoes, stretch, warm up, etc.  China Harbor has a full bar and dinner menu as well. 

 

COST:

 TUES & WED:  Each Tues or Wed class series includes 4 hrs of instruction, and 1.5 hrs of guided practice following the third class.  Classes are designed to be taken in pairs (ie, take at least two together each night)

  • One 4-week series (4 hrs of instruction!)  = $55 
  • Two 4-week series (8 hrs of instruction!)  = $100  ($10 savings)
  • Three 4-week series (12 hrs of instruction!)  = $150 ($15 savings)
  • STUDENTS (under age 25):  $40 per class series  ($15 savings)
  • NEW "Roll Up The Rug" Students & Meet Up Members:  Save $25 on a 2 or 3 class bundle! (Be sure to mark the "New Student" Box on the registration page)
  • Drop-In (with Instructor's Permission after the first class)  = $15 per class 

**PLEASE NOTE:  All students registered for the 'full series' will get a video review of the class material.  Drop-ins, however, will not be sent a video review.

TO REGISTER & PAY:  Click on the "Registration" button in the menu on the top left side of this page to go to the Registration Page.   

Payment can be made from the Payment page using PayPal or a credit card, or by check sent by mail,  or paid at the door just before the first class. Payment by check will help you to avoid the additional online PayPal surcharge. 

Class size is limited, so register early!  

 CLICK HERE to go to the Registration Page

 

  New FEBRUARY Classes (2016) 

FOUR TUESDAY's:  (Feb 9, 16, 23, March 1)   All classes are held at China Harbor (See directions below) All Tuesday Classes are Beginning Level

  • 6:30-7:30pm:   "Beginning Night Club 2-Step" - Learn the foundations of this beautiful, flowing, & elegant dance style, starting with the basics, then quickly moving on to the six essential turning steps, peak-a-boos, mix-masters, and even more fun combo's & variations from Ari's repertoire of fun, original moves. Perfect for beg/int level dancers or for more int/adv dancers who want to review the essentials.  Ari first introduced NC2S to Seattle over 25 years ago, is known as one of the country's leading innovators in this style, and actively teaches around the world. CLICK HERE to see an example of Ari's NC2S. (Level: Beg/Int)  All welcome - No partner needed.
  • 7:30-8:30:  "West Coast Swing Basics + Blues Foundations!"  Early WCS was originally based on blues music, movement, and connection, and as such, was an incredible way to learn how to add effortless improvisation and styling to your partnership.  In this class, you'll learn sugar pushes, left & right side passes, check turns, neck wraps, and a variety of other fun combinations foundational to WCS.  You'll also come away with a much deeper understanding of the fundamental language of 'blues-styling' energy & flow that can be applied to any dance you do!  This will be new material from the December class.  Ideal for all levels, and to take in conjunction with the 6:30pm "Night Club 2-Step" class since these dances are often done in the same venues.   (Level: Beg/Int All welcome - No partner needed)
  • 8:30-9:30:   "Intro to Country 2-Step:  New Moves for the New Year" - Also known as the "Texas 2-Step", Country 2-Step in an enormously popular traveling dance done to fun, upbeat country songs that can also double as swing music when the floor gets crowded.  The fun part is knowing how to navigate between both styles in the same tune.  This class is the perfect introduction to Country 2-Step for social partner dancers, learning some fun, easy-to lead combinations that can be applied to both traveling and stationary movement.  This will be new material from the December class (you do NOT have to have taken the December class to join) (Level: Beg/Int)  All welcome - No partner needed.
  • 9:30-9:55:  Guided Practice for class participants 

FOUR WEDNESDAY's:  (Feb 10, 17, 24, March 2)  All classes are held at China Harbor (See directions below) All Wednesday Classes are Non-Novice Beg/Int Level

  • 6:30-7:30pm:  *NEW*  "Country 2-Step" & "Cross-Step Waltz Blending"  -  "Cross Step Waltz" is one of the most common social-partnered waltz styles done in the Seattle community, and one of the fastest growing genres of waltz across the country. Country 2-step is on of the most popular and verisatile dances of the south and midwest.  As far as traveling dances go, it's amazing how many siliarities there are between the two.  In this class, we'll quickly pick up on the country 2-step basics, then learn some simple but beautifully flowing waltz variations from Ari's repertoire of innovative steps that can easily be applied to the country 2-step.  For anyone who knows a little waltz, you're already halfway there!.  Perfect for intermediate level dancers who want to add some versatility to their dance, as well as some great new moves to their repertoire. It's also the perfect way to prepare for our Fabulous Friday Dances at Om Culture   (Level: Non-Novice Beg, Int, or Adv (Some basic waltz and partnering skills assumed)  All Welcome, No Partner needed
  • 7:30-8:30:  Int/Adv "Night Club 2-Step" CreativityLearn a variety of fun, innovative combinations from Ari's library of moves and inventions; beautiful, flowing, and elegant as always.  Ari first introduced NC2S to Seattle over 25 years ago, is known as one of the country's leading innovators in this style, and actively teaches this dance around the world.  Perfect for int/adv level NC2S-ers.  CLICK HERE to see an example of NC2S. (Level: Non-Novice Beg, Int/Adv:  Basic NC2S Left & Right Turn steps and partnering skills assumedAll welcome - No partner needed.
  • 8:15-9:15: *NEW*  "Cool NEW West Coast Swing Combo's!" -  West Coast Swing is one of the smoothest & sexiest forms of social dance on the scene today, one which has evolved tremendously over the past 30 years both in regard to the music it's danced to and the character of movement in the dance.  In this class we'll learn a variety of fun, new 6&8 count variations such as pinwheels, whip's, and turbines that  can also be applied to other dances, such as NC2S & Swing.  Ari is well-known as a master of fusing elements from various dance styles, as well as for his ability to teach complex moves in a very simple and understandable way using a physics-based methodology that de-emphasizes the need to memorize footwork and patterns.  If you haven't taken a WCS class from Ari, they have been acknowledged by many of his students as being "complete game-changers", not to mention an incredibly fun & easy entry into understanding the subtle nuances of this fabulous dance!  Ideal to take in conjunction with the 7:30pm "Night Club 2-Step" class since these dances are often done in the same venues  (Level: Non-Novice Beg, Int, or Adv (Some basic partner dance skills assumed)  All Welcome, No Partner needed
  • 9:30-9:55: Guided Practice for class participants

 

LOCATION:  

  • All Tuesday & Wednesday classes will be held at China Harbor2040 Westlake Ave N., Seattle, WA.  There is plenty of free parking available.  Doors to the dance hall open at 6:15. Come early to sign in, change shoes, stretch, warm up, etc.  China Harbor has a full bar and dinner menu as well. 

 

COST:

 TUES & WED:  Each Tues or Wed class series includes 4 hrs of instruction, and 1.5 hrs of guided practice following the third class.  Classes are designed to be taken in pairs (ie, take at least two together each night)

  • One 4-week series (4 hrs of instruction!)  = $55 
  • Two 4-week series (8 hrs of instruction!)  = $100  ($10 savings)
  • Three 4-week series (12 hrs of instruction!)  = $150 ($15 savings)
  • STUDENTS (under age 25):  $40 per class series  ($15 savings)
  • NEW "Roll Up The Rug" Students & Meet Up Members:  Save $25 on a 2 or 3 class bundle! (Be sure to mark the "New Student" Box on the registration page)
  • Drop-In (with Instructor's Permission after the first class)  = $15 per class 

**PLEASE NOTE:  All students registered for the 'full series' will get a video review of the class material.  Drop-ins, however, will not be sent a video review.

TO REGISTER & PAY:  Click on the "Registration" button in the menu on the top left side of this page to go to the Registration Page.   

Payment can be made from the Payment page using PayPal or a credit card, or by check sent by mail,  or paid at the door just before the first class. Payment by check will help you to avoid the additional online PayPal surcharge. 

Class size is limited, so register early!  

 CLICK HERE to go to the Registration Page

   New MARCH Classes (2016) 

FOUR TUESDAY's:  (March 8, 15, 22, 29)   All classes are held at China Harbor (See directions below) All Tuesday Classes are 'All Level'

  • 6:30-7:30pm:   "Beginning Night Club 2-Step" - Learn the foundations of this beautiful, flowing, & elegant dance style, starting with the basics, then quickly moving on to the six essential turning steps, peak-a-boos, mix-masters, and even more fun combo's & variations from Ari's repertoire of fun, original moves. Perfect for beg/int level dancers or for more int/adv dancers who want to review the essentials.  Ari first introduced NC2S to Seattle over 25 years ago, is known as one of the country's leading innovators in this style, and actively teaches around the world. CLICK HERE to see an example of Ari's NC2S. (Level: Beg/Int)  All welcome - No partner needed.
  • 7:30-8:30:  "West Coast Swing Basics + Blues Foundations!"  -  Early WCS was originally based on blues music, movement, and connection, and as such, was an incredible way to learn how to add effortless improvisation and styling to your partnership.  In this class, you'll learn sugar pushes, left & right side passes, check turns, neck wraps, and a variety of other fun combinations foundational to WCS.  You'll also come away with a much deeper understanding of the fundamental language of 'blues-styling' energy & flow that can be applied to any dance you do!  This will be new material from the February class.  Ideal for all levels, and to take in conjunction with the 6:30pm "Night Club 2-Step" class since these dances are often done in the same venues.   (Level: Beg/Int All welcome - No partner needed)
  • 8:30-9:30:   "Intro to Country 2-Step:  Fabulous Fun!" - Also known as the "Texas 2-Step", Country 2-Step in an enormously popular traveling dance done to fun, upbeat country songs that can also double as swing music when the floor gets crowded.  The fun part is knowing how to navigate between both styles in the same tune.  This class is the perfect introduction to Country 2-Step for social partner dancers, learning some fun, easy-to lead combinations that can be applied to both traveling and stationary movement.  This will be new material from the February class (you do NOT have to have taken the February class to join) (Level: Beg/Int)  All welcome - No partner needed.
  • 9:30-9:55:  Guided Practice for class participants 

FOUR WEDNESDAY's:  (March 9, 16, 23, 30)  All classes are held at China Harbor (See directions below) All Wednesday Classes are Non-Novice Beg/Int Level

  • 7:30-8:30:   *NEW*   Fabulous Foxtrot, PLUS Introduction to "Laminu" [3 Weeks Foxtrot, +1 Week Laminu]  - Transport yourself back to the wonderful big band era of the 1930's-1940's by learning two wonderful dances of that period - the very popular and fabulous "Foxtrot", and the much less well-known "Laminu".  Laminu was a dance style popularized on the West Coast in the Balboa communities.  It offers you a fun way to dance to the very slow big band ballads of the period, with moves and stylings most closely related to Foxtrot, Balboa, & Cha Cha (believe it or not).  Today, the dance is celebrating a new resurgence in popularity, particularly in Europe where it is being re-introduced into small pocket-communities of swing, balboa, and Lindy dancers.  Ari is bringing the dance directly back from Vienna, where it was taught to rave reviews by Axel & Sandra during one of the Waltz Week swing dances.   CLICK HERE to see an example of Laminu

      In the first weeks of this class, we'll start by reviewing the basic footwork & foundations of Foxtrot as well as introduce some fun traveling and turning variations.  In the last week we'll focus on Laminu steps and musicality.  Fun!   Perfect for intermediate level dancers who want to add some versatility to their dance, as well as some great new moves to their repertoire. It's also the perfect way to prepare for our Fabulous Friday Dances at Om Culture   (Level: Non-Novice Beg, Int, or Adv (Some basic waltz and partnering skills assumed)  All Welcome, No Partner needed

  • 7:30-8:30:  Int/Adv "Night Club 2-Step" Creativity:  Learn a variety of fun, innovative combinations from Ari's library of moves and inventions; beautiful, flowing, and elegant as always.  Ari first introduced NC2S to Seattle over 25 years ago, is known as one of the country's leading innovators in this style, and actively teaches this dance around the world.  Perfect for int/adv level NC2S-ers.  CLICK HERE to see an example of NC2S. (Level: Non-Novice Beg, Int/Adv:  Basic NC2S Left & Right Turn steps and partnering skills assumed)  All welcome - No partner needed.
  • 8:30-9:30: *NEW*  "Cool NEW West Coast Swing Combo's!" -  West Coast Swing is one of the smoothest & sexiest forms of social dance on the scene today, one which has evolved tremendously over the past 30 years both in regard to the music it's danced to and the character of movement in the dance.  In this class we'll learn a variety of fun, new 6&8 count variations such as pinwheels, whip's, and turbines that  can also be applied to other dances, such as NC2S & Swing.  Ari is well-known as a master of fusing elements from various dance styles, as well as for his ability to teach complex moves in a very simple and understandable way using a physics-based methodology that de-emphasizes the need to memorize footwork and patterns.  If you haven't taken a WCS class from Ari, they have been acknowledged by many of his students as being "complete game-changers", not to mention an incredibly fun & easy entry into understanding the subtle nuances of this fabulous dance!  Ideal to take in conjunction with the 7:30pm "Night Club 2-Step" class since these dances are often done in the same venues  (Level: Non-Novice Beg, Int, or Adv (Some basic partner dance skills assumed)  All Welcome, No Partner needed
  • 9:30-9:55: Guided Practice for class participants

 

LOCATION:  

  • All Tuesday & Wednesday classes will be held at China Harbor2040 Westlake Ave N., Seattle, WA.  There is plenty of free parking available.  Doors to the dance hall open at 6:15. Come early to sign in, change shoes, stretch, warm up, etc.  China Harbor has a full bar and dinner menu as well. 

 

COST:

 TUES & WED:  Each Tues or Wed class series includes 4 hrs of instruction, and 1.5 hrs of guided practice following the third class.  Classes are designed to be taken in pairs (ie, take at least two together each night)

  • One 4-week series (4 hrs of instruction!)  = $55 
  • Two 4-week series (8 hrs of instruction!)  = $100  ($10 savings)
  • Three 4-week series (12 hrs of instruction!)  = $150 ($15 savings)
  • STUDENTS (under age 25):  $40 per class series  ($15 savings)
  • NEW "Roll Up The Rug" Students & Meet Up Members:  Save $25 on a 2 or 3 class bundle! (Be sure to mark the "New Student" Box on the registration page)
  • Drop-In (with Instructor's Permission after the first class)  = $15 per class 

**PLEASE NOTE:  All students registered for the 'full series' will get a video review of the class material.  Drop-ins, however, will not be sent a video review.

TO REGISTER & PAY:  Click on the "Registration" button in the menu on the top left side of this page to go to the Registration Page.   

Payment can be made from the Payment page using PayPal or a credit card, or by check sent by mail,  or paid at the door just before the first class. Payment by check will help you to avoid the additional online PayPal surcharge. 

Class size is limited, so register early!  

 CLICK HERE to go to the Registration Page




 SPECIAL SPRING PROMOTION 


Take any 4, 6, or 8 class series with "Roll Up The Rug" between now and June (2016), and earn credits toward FREE PRIVATE LESSONS with Ari! 

 

Complete 4:  Get 1/2 off on a single 1 hr private lesson with Ari ($45 value)

Complete 6:  Get a FREE 1/2 hr private lesson with Ari ($50 value)

Complete 8:  Get a FREE 1 hour private lesson with Ari ($90 value)


Private lessons will take place at Ari's home/studio in the Eastlake neighborhood of Seattle, unless otherwise arranged.  Cannot be combined with other special offers.  There is no limit on number of private lessons earned.  Promotion ends June 15th, 2016, but you may redeem your private lesson through Dec 30, 2016


A student described a private lesson with Ari as: “An invaluable experience that will completely change the way you think about the language of dance -- making it understandable, effortless, playful, and fun!”.  It will be a game-changer for you!



   New MARCH Classes (2016) 

FOUR TUESDAY's:  (March 8, 15, 22, 29)   All classes are held at China Harbor (See directions below) All Tuesday Classes are 'All Level'

  • 6:30-7:30pm:   "Beginning Night Club 2-Step" - Learn the foundations of this beautiful, flowing, & elegant dance style, starting with the basics, then quickly moving on to the six essential turning steps, peak-a-boos, mix-masters, and even more fun combo's & variations from Ari's repertoire of fun, original moves. Perfect for beg/int level dancers or for more int/adv dancers who want to review the essentials.  Ari first introduced NC2S to Seattle over 25 years ago, is known as one of the country's leading innovators in this style, and actively teaches around the world. CLICK HERE to see an example of Ari's NC2S. (Level: Beg/Int)  All welcome - No partner needed.
  • 7:30-8:30:  "West Coast Swing Basics + Blues Foundations!"  -  Early WCS was originally based on blues music, movement, and connection, and as such, was an incredible way to learn how to add effortless improvisation and styling to your partnership.  In this class, you'll learn sugar pushes, left & right side passes, check turns, neck wraps, and a variety of other fun combinations foundational to WCS.  You'll also come away with a much deeper understanding of the fundamental language of 'blues-styling' energy & flow that can be applied to any dance you do!  This will be new material from the February class.  Ideal for all levels, and to take in conjunction with the 6:30pm "Night Club 2-Step" class since these dances are often done in the same venues.   (Level: Beg/Int All welcome - No partner needed)
  • 8:30-9:30:   "Fabulous BLUES - Solo & Partnering Movement & Connection!" - If you missed any of this past weekend's ravely-reviewed Blues Workshops with Flouer Evelyn, or if you attended any of her classes and would like to review and develop the material further, this is the perfect opportunity to do so!   Blues is a dance style that provides lots of opportunities for self expression, and we'll be working to develop that with isolations, playful solo footwork, and body musicality.  We'll also review many of the partnering excersizes covered over the weekend, focusing on blues connection from a kinesthetic and creative point of view, then broadening our ideas of what we can use to create connection, and how to apply it to musicality.   (Level: All Levels)  All welcome - No partner needed.
  • 9:30-9:55:  Guided Practice for class participants 

FOUR WEDNESDAY's:  (March 9, 16, 23, 30)  All classes are held at China Harbor (See directions below) All Wednesday Classes are Non-Novice Beg/Int Level

  • 7:30-8:30:   *NEW*   Fabulous Foxtrot Fusion, PLUS Introduction to "Laminu" [3 Weeks Foxtrot, +1 Week Laminu]  - Transport yourself back to the wonderful big band era of the 1930's-1940's by learning two wonderful dances of that period - the very popular and fabulous "Foxtrot", and the much less well-known "Laminu".  In this session, For three weeks, we'll be integrating foxtrot with moves from other dance styles to create new unique and playful fox "fusion" patterns. In the final week, we'll introduce Laminu. Laminu was a dance style popularized on the West Coast in the Balboa communities.  It offers you a fun way to dance to the very slow big band ballads of the period, with moves and stylings most closely related to Foxtrot, Balboa, & Cha Cha (believe it or not).  Today, the dance is celebrating a new resurgence in popularity, particularly in Europe where it is being re-introduced into small pocket-communities of swing, balboa, and Lindy dancers.  Ari is bringing the dance directly back from Vienna, where it was taught to rave reviews by Axel & Sandra during one of the Waltz Week swing dances.   CLICK HERE to see an example of Laminu

      In the first weeks of this class, we'll start by reviewing the basic footwork & foundations of Foxtrot as well as introduce some fun traveling and turning variations.  In the last week we'll focus on Laminu steps and musicality.  Fun!   Perfect for intermediate level dancers who want to add some versatility to their dance, as well as some great new moves to their repertoire. It's also the perfect way to prepare for our Fabulous Friday Dances at Om Culture   (Level: Non-Novice Beg, Int, or Adv (Some basic waltz and partnering skills assumed)  All Welcome, No Partner needed

  • 7:30-8:30:  Int/Adv "Night Club 2-Step" Creativity:  Learn a variety of fun, innovative combinations from Ari's library of moves and inventions; beautiful, flowing, and elegant as always.  Ari first introduced NC2S to Seattle over 25 years ago, is known as one of the country's leading innovators in this style, and actively teaches this dance around the world.  Perfect for int/adv level NC2S-ers.  CLICK HERE to see an example of NC2S. (Level: Non-Novice Beg, Int/Adv:  Basic NC2S Left & Right Turn steps and partnering skills assumed)  All welcome - No partner needed.
  • 8:30-9:30: *NEW*  "Cool NEW West Coast Swing Combo's!" -  West Coast Swing is one of the smoothest & sexiest forms of social dance on the scene today, one which has evolved tremendously over the past 30 years both in regard to the music it's danced to and the character of movement in the dance.  In this class we'll learn a variety of fun, new 6&8 count variations such as pinwheels, whip's, and turbines that  can also be applied to other dances, such as NC2S & Swing.  Ari is well-known as a master of fusing elements from various dance styles, as well as for his ability to teach complex moves in a very simple and understandable way using a physics-based methodology that de-emphasizes the need to memorize footwork and patterns.  If you haven't taken a WCS class from Ari, they have been acknowledged by many of his students as being "complete game-changers", not to mention an incredibly fun & easy entry into understanding the subtle nuances of this fabulous dance!  Ideal to take in conjunction with the 7:30pm "Night Club 2-Step" class since these dances are often done in the same venues  (Level: Non-Novice Beg, Int, or Adv (Some basic partner dance skills assumed)  All Welcome, No Partner needed
  • 9:30-9:55: Guided Practice for class participants

 

LOCATION:  

  • All Tuesday & Wednesday classes will be held at China Harbor2040 Westlake Ave N., Seattle, WA.  There is plenty of free parking available.  Doors to the dance hall open at 6:15. Come early to sign in, change shoes, stretch, warm up, etc.  China Harbor has a full bar and dinner menu as well. 

 

COST:

 TUES & WED:  Each Tues or Wed class series includes 4 hrs of instruction, and 1.5 hrs of guided practice following the third class.  Classes are designed to be taken in pairs (ie, take at least two together each night)

  • One 4-week series (4 hrs of instruction!)  = $55 
  • Two 4-week series (8 hrs of instruction!)  = $100  ($10 savings)
  • Three 4-week series (12 hrs of instruction!)  = $150 ($15 savings)
  • STUDENTS (under age 25):  $40 per class series  ($15 savings)
  • NEW "Roll Up The Rug" Students & Meet Up Members:  Save $25 on a 2 or 3 class bundle! (Be sure to mark the "New Student" Box on the registration page)
  • Drop-In (with Instructor's Permission after the first class)  = $15 per class 

**PLEASE NOTE:  All students registered for the 'full series' will get a video review of the class material.  Drop-ins, however, will not be sent a video review.

TO REGISTER & PAY:  Click on the "Registration" button in the menu on the top left side of this page to go to the Registration Page.   

Payment can be made from the Payment page using PayPal or a credit card, or by check sent by mail,  or paid at the door just before the first class. Payment by check will help you to avoid the additional online PayPal surcharge. 

Class size is limited, so register early!  

 CLICK HERE to go to the Registration Page



   New MARCH Classes (2016) 

FOUR TUESDAY's:  (March 8, 15, 22, 29)   All classes are held at China Harbor (See directions below) All Tuesday Classes are 'All Level'

  • 6:30-7:30pm:   "Beginning Night Club 2-Step" - Learn the foundations of this beautiful, flowing, & elegant dance style, starting with the basics, then quickly moving on to the six essential turning steps, peak-a-boos, mix-masters, and even more fun combo's & variations from Ari's repertoire of fun, original moves. Perfect for beg/int level dancers or for more int/adv dancers who want to review the essentials.  Ari first introduced NC2S to Seattle over 25 years ago, is known as one of the country's leading innovators in this style, and actively teaches around the world. CLICK HERE to see an example of Ari's NC2S. (Level: Beg/Int)  All welcome - No partner needed.
  • 7:30-8:30:  "West Coast Swing Basics + Blues Foundations!"  -  Early WCS was originally based on blues music, movement, and connection, and as such, was an incredible way to learn how to add effortless improvisation and styling to your partnership.  In this class, you'll learn sugar pushes, left & right side passes, check turns, neck wraps, and a variety of other fun combinations foundational to WCS.  You'll also come away with a much deeper understanding of the fundamental language of 'blues-styling' energy & flow that can be applied to any dance you do!  This will be new material from the February class.  Ideal for all levels, and to take in conjunction with the 6:30pm "Night Club 2-Step" class since these dances are often done in the same venues.   (Level: Beg/Int All welcome - No partner needed)
  • 8:30-9:30:   "Fabulous BLUES - Solo & Partnering Movement & Connection!" - 

  • “The Secrets to Effortless Frame, Connection, and Partnering” (A Very Special Group-Private Master-Class Series): In this class series, we dive in much more deeply to the aspects of dance that make for incredible, effortless, and flowing connection with your partner by exploring  how we use subtle energy, tension, and nuance in frame to communicate to one another on the dance floor.  The perfect class for all level of dancers (from beginners to advanced, but especially for folks with more advanced footwork skills)  This is a topic that will take whatever level of dance you’re at now, and increase your “wow” factor by many-fold.  Because the focus will be on connection rather than footwork, it’s a whole new approach to dance and partner awareness that will be a game changer for any dance style you do, and you’re partner will love you for it and notice the changes immediately. 

  • If you missed any of this past weekend's ravely-reviewed Blues Workshops with Flouer Evelyn, or if you attended any of her classes and would like to review and develop the material further, this is the perfect opportunity to do so!   Blues is a dance style that provides lots of opportunities for self expression, and we'll be working to develop that with isolations, playful solo footwork, and body musicality.  We'll also review many of the partnering excersizes covered over the weekend, focusing on blues connection from a kinesthetic and creative point of view, then broadening our ideas of what we can use to create connection, and how to apply it to musicality.   (Level: All Levels)  All welcome - No partner needed.
  • 9:30-9:55:  Guided Practice for class participants 

FOUR WEDNESDAY's:  (March 9, 16, 23, 30)  All classes are held at China Harbor (See directions below) All Wednesday Classes are Non-Novice Beg/Int Level

  • 7:30-8:30:   *NEW*   Fabulous Foxtrot Fusion, PLUS Introduction to "Laminu" [3 Weeks Foxtrot, +1 Week Laminu]  - Transport yourself back to the wonderful big band era of the 1930's-1940's by learning two wonderful dances of that period - the very popular and fabulous "Foxtrot", and the much less well-known "Laminu".  In this session, For three weeks, we'll be integrating foxtrot with moves from other dance styles to create new unique and playful fox "fusion" patterns. In the final week, we'll introduce Laminu. Laminu was a dance style popularized on the West Coast in the Balboa communities.  It offers you a fun way to dance to the very slow big band ballads of the period, with moves and stylings most closely related to Foxtrot, Balboa, & Cha Cha (believe it or not).  Today, the dance is celebrating a new resurgence in popularity, particularly in Europe where it is being re-introduced into small pocket-communities of swing, balboa, and Lindy dancers.  Ari is bringing the dance directly back from Vienna, where it was taught to rave reviews by Axel & Sandra during one of the Waltz Week swing dances.   CLICK HERE to see an example of Laminu

      In the first weeks of this class, we'll start by reviewing the basic footwork & foundations of Foxtrot as well as introduce some fun traveling and turning variations.  In the last week we'll focus on Laminu steps and musicality.  Fun!   Perfect for intermediate level dancers who want to add some versatility to their dance, as well as some great new moves to their repertoire. It's also the perfect way to prepare for our Fabulous Friday Dances at Om Culture   (Level: Non-Novice Beg, Int, or Adv (Some basic waltz and partnering skills assumed)  All Welcome, No Partner needed

  • 7:30-8:30:  Int/Adv "Night Club 2-Step" Creativity:  Learn a variety of fun, innovative combinations from Ari's library of moves and inventions; beautiful, flowing, and elegant as always.  Ari first introduced NC2S to Seattle over 25 years ago, is known as one of the country's leading innovators in this style, and actively teaches this dance around the world.  Perfect for int/adv level NC2S-ers.  CLICK HERE to see an example of NC2S. (Level: Non-Novice Beg, Int/Adv:  Basic NC2S Left & Right Turn steps and partnering skills assumed)  All welcome - No partner needed.
  • 8:30-9:30: *NEW*  "Cool NEW West Coast Swing Combo's!" -  “Take It To The Next Level:  Learning To Play With Musicality” - learn how to move to various rhythms & textures within the music; develop the art of polyrhythms; learn to connect to the energetics & lyrical quality of a song's phrasing;  anticipate and play with rhythm breaks.  Each week we tackle a different element of musicality & musical awareness, then learn how to adapt them to the various social dance styles you're already doing today. Because we will be applying these techniques to both WCS and NC2S, as well as to other dance styles like swing & blues, this is the perfect class to take in conjunction with the 7:30 & 8:30 Tuesday sessions. It will add a whole new dimension to your partnering and play, and a whole new level of awareness and appreciation  for the music you already listen and dance to now.   :)
  • Ari is well-known as a master of fusing elements from various dance styles, as well as for his ability to teach complex moves in a very simple and understandable way using a physics-based methodology that de-emphasizes the need to memorize footwork and patterns.  If you haven't taken a WCS class from Ari, they have been acknowledged by many of his students as being "complete game-changers", not to mention an incredibly fun & easy entry into understanding the subtle nuances of this fabulous dance!  Ideal to take in conjunction with the 7:30pm "Night Club 2-Step" class since these dances are often done in the same venues  (Level: Non-Novice Beg, Int, or Adv (Some basic partner dance skills assumed)  All Welcome, No Partner needed
  • 9:30-9:55: Guided Practice for class participants

 

LOCATION:  

  • All Tuesday & Wednesday classes will be held at China Harbor2040 Westlake Ave N., Seattle, WA.  There is plenty of free parking available.  Doors to the dance hall open at 6:15. Come early to sign in, change shoes, stretch, warm up, etc.  China Harbor has a full bar and dinner menu as well. 

 

COST:

 TUES & WED:  Each Tues or Wed class series includes 4 hrs of instruction, and 1.5 hrs of guided practice following the third class.  Classes are designed to be taken in pairs (ie, take at least two together each night)

  • One 4-week series (4 hrs of instruction!)  = $55 
  • Two 4-week series (8 hrs of instruction!)  = $100  ($10 savings)
  • Three 4-week series (12 hrs of instruction!)  = $150 ($15 savings)
  • STUDENTS (under age 25):  $40 per class series  ($15 savings)
  • NEW "Roll Up The Rug" Students & Meet Up Members:  Save $25 on a 2 or 3 class bundle! (Be sure to mark the "New Student" Box on the registration page)
  • Drop-In (with Instructor's Permission after the first class)  = $15 per class 

**PLEASE NOTE:  All students registered for the 'full series' will get a video review of the class material.  Drop-ins, however, will not be sent a video review.

TO REGISTER & PAY:  Click on the "Registration" button in the menu on the top left side of this page to go to the Registration Page.   

Payment can be made from the Payment page using PayPal or a credit card, or by check sent by mail,  or paid at the door just before the first class. Payment by check will help you to avoid the additional online PayPal surcharge. 

Class size is limited, so register early!  

 CLICK HERE to go to the Registration Page 

 Join us on

Tuesday, April 5th, 2016  (7-9pm)

for a very special 2-hr workshop & guided practice:

"From The Best of Vienna to the Best of Seattle!"
 
Exploring 'Viennese Waltz', 'Laminu', & More!"

Freshly returned from teaching at "Waltz Week in Vienna", and in response to numerous requests from many of his students eager to learn the actual Viennese Waltz style being done in the great ballrooms of Austria today, in this workshop Ari first breaks down the essential steps, partnering, movement, and musicality elements of the beautifully flowing, rapidly turning Viennese waltz.  He will then show you the secrets to creating the kind of effortless rotation, flow, and floor craft that you'll find on the dance floors of the Hofburg Palace.  Finally, as an added bonus, Ari demonstrates how these kinds of waltz techniques can be applied to other fabulous dances popular in Vienna & around the world today, such as Swing, Foxtrot, & Laminu! 

 Perfect for all "non-novice" dancers (comfort with basic turning waltz steps & partnering concepts recommended). No partner needed. 

Join us on

Wednesday, April 6th, 2016  (7-9pm)

for a very special 2-hr workshop & guided practice on:

"The Art of Incorporating Blues & Fusion into any Partner Dance"

 Lessons from the Mission Fusion Dance Exchange

Bar none, I have always said that blues is the best way to learn and to deepen your appreciation of partnering & of musicality on the dance floor, and 'fusion' is the natural extension of applying those elements to more modern, lyrical music.  

In the first hour of this fabulous workshop, we'll introduce the concepts of blues & fusion-style connection, solo movement, and energy "fugue-ing" to your dance.  During the second hour, we'll continue to explore how blues & fusion musicality, free-styling, playful improvisation, and flexible connection can be applied to swing, to Latin, to ballroom, or to virtually any other social dance style you know!  This workshop will truly open all new kinds of possibilities for play & partnering on the dance floor!

Ari just taught a similar workshop to rave reviews at the Mission Fusion Extravaganza in San Francisco, and is excited to be able to share these wonderful concepts & techniques with all of our fabulous dancers in Seattle!  

 Perfect for all-levels of dancers.  No previous experience required. No partner needed.  

 DETAILS

TIME: (Same schedule applies to both the April 5th & April 6th sessions)

  • 6:45pm:  Doors open - come early to register or pay as needed, stretch, warm up, etc
  • 7:00-9:00pm:  Workshop is underway!
  • 9:00-9:45pm:  Post-Workshop Dance & Guided Practica, with Ari

LOCATION:  

  • Both Tuesday's & Wednesday's workshops will be held at China Harbor2040 Westlake Ave N., Seattle, WA.  There is plenty of free parking available.  Doors to the dance hall open at 6:45. Come early to sign in, change shoes, stretch, warm up, etc.  China Harbor has a full bar and dinner menu as well, and we have coupons for a 25% discount on your meal

COST (per workshop): 

  • PRE-REGISTRATION SPECIAL:  only $20.00 for the first 20 leads & 20 follows who pre-register each night, 
  • REGULAR PRICE, or AT-THE-DOOR:  $25.00  You can pay with a credit card or Paypal online, or with Cash or Check at the door.


TO PRE-REGISTER & PAY:  Click on the "Registration" button in the menu on the top left side of this page to go to the Registration Page.   

Payment can be made from the Payment page using PayPal or a credit card, or paid at the door by cash or check just before the first class. Payment by cash or check will help you to avoid the additional online PayPal surcharge. 

Class size is limited, so register early!  

 CLICK HERE to go to the Registration Page 

  Join us in PORT TOWNSEND April 28th, 2016 for two fabulous workshops on

A History of 'Solo & Partnered' Blues Musicality & Movement 

with Ari Levitt  


Thursday, April 28th, 2016: 

·  7:00-8:00pm:  Part I: "History of Blues”  fun, informative!

·  8:15-9:15pm: “Part II: "Blues & Beyond - the best!

·  9:15-10:00pm:  FREE Guided Practice

WHERE:

Quimper Grange, 1219 Corona St, Port Townsend, WA

COST:     

Pre-Register on line OR just show up at the door!

Suggested Price: $15/class, or $25 for both classes. 

Pay by Credit Card or PayPal online, or by cash or check at the door. 

There will be a Pay-What-You-Can option at the door!

DESCRIPTION:

A fabulous two-hour, 200-year journey through time with blues music & movement, that will greatly inform the way you appreciate and dance to modern blues, swing, ballroom, & fusion music today.  In each session, we'll talk about a specific period in the history of blues, the different kinds of blues music you would hear then, and give you some very concrete ways to identify, appreciate, and dance to that music.  In Workshop #1, we'll explore the early blues era from 'Delta' to 'Jouk' that will lay the foundation for Workshop II.  In workshop II, we'll dive into 'Ballroomin' & 'Rent' blues, as well as explore the frontiers of modern 'fusion' music that is the natural extension of blues today.  This is a phenomenal workshop for not only better understanding how dance movement is directly (and historically) related to the music you hear, but also how this kind of musicality can be applied to any form of dance that you do today.   

All levels welcome - No partner needed.  

You must take Workshop #1 to participate in Workshop #2

  CLICK HERE to see an example of "Ballrooming Blues" from the Roll Up the Rug Video page 

CLICK HERE to pre-register online (You can also register and pay at the door before class) 

   New APRIL-MAY Classes (2016) 

FOUR TUESDAY's:  (April 19, 26, May 3, 10)   All classes are held at China Harbor (See directions below) All Tuesday Classes are 'All Level'

  • 6:30-7:30pm:   "Beginning Night Club 2-Step" - Learn the foundations of this beautiful, flowing, & elegant dance style, starting with the basics, then quickly moving on to the six essential turning steps, peak-a-boos, mix-masters, and even more fun combo's & variations from Ari's repertoire of fun, original moves. Perfect for beg/int level dancers or for more int/adv dancers who want to review the essentials.  Ari first introduced NC2S to Seattle over 25 years ago, is known as one of the country's leading innovators in this style, and actively teaches around the world. CLICK HERE to see an example of Ari's NC2S. (Level: Beg/Int)  All welcome - No partner needed.
  • 7:30-8:30:  "West Coast Swing Basics + Blues Foundations!"  -  Early WCS was originally based on blues music, movement, and connection, and as such, was an incredible way to learn how to add effortless improvisation and styling to your partnership.  In this class, you'll learn sugar pushes, left & right side passes, check turns, neck wraps, and a variety of other fun combinations foundational to WCS.  You'll also come away with a much deeper understanding of the fundamental language of 'blues-styling' energy & flow that can be applied to any dance you do!  This will be new material from the February class.  Ideal for all levels, and to take in conjunction with the 6:30pm "Night Club 2-Step" class since these dances are often done in the same venues.   (Level: Beg/Int All welcome - No partner needed)
  • 8:30-9:30:   "Making It Magical! - The Secrets to Effortless Partnering" (a brand new 'group-private' master-class):     In this class series, we dive in much more deeply to the aspects of dance that make for incredible, effortless, and flowing connection with your partner by exploring  how we use subtle energy, tension, and nuance in frame to communicate to one another on the dance floor.  The perfect class for all level of dancers (from beginners to advanced, but especially for folks with more advanced footwork skills who want to fine tune to a point where your lead and follow becomes invisible)  This is a topic that will take whatever level of dance you’re at now, and increase your “wow” factor by many-fold.  Because the focus will be on connection rather than footwork, it’s a whole new approach to dance and partner awareness that will be a game changer for any dance style you do.  It's like taking a private lesson with Ari in a group setting, and your partners will love you for it and notice the changes immediately.   (Level: All Levels)  All welcome - No partner needed.
  • 9:30-9:55:  Guided Practice for class participants 

FOUR WEDNESDAY's:  (April 20, 27, May 4, 11)  All classes are held at China Harbor (See directions below) All Wednesday Classes are Non-Novice Beg/Int Level

  • 7:30-8:30:   *NEW*   Take Your Dance To The Next Level:  "Creating Musicality!" - Using the music that you already know and love to dance to today, learn how to identify and move to the various rhythms & textures within the music; develop the art of polyrhythms; learn to connect to the energetics & lyrical quality of a song's phrasing;  learn to anticipate and play within rhythm breaks.  Each week in this series we tackle a different element of musicality & musical awareness, then learn how to adapt them to the various social dance styles you're already doing today. Because we will be applying these techniques to both WCS and NC2S, as well as to other dance styles like swing & blues, this is the perfect class to take in conjunction with the 7:30 & 8:30 Tuesday sessions. It will add a whole new dimension to your partnering and play, and a whole new level of awareness and appreciation for the music you already love to listen to and dance to now.   :)
         Perfect for beginning, intermediate, or advanced level dancers who want to add versatility to their dance, as well as some great new moves to their repertoire. It's also the perfect way to prepare for the kind of fabulous music you will be hearing during our Fabulous Friday Dances at Om Culture   (Level: Beg, Int, or Adv)  All Welcome, No Partner needed
  • 7:30-8:30:  Int/Adv "Night Club 2-Step" Creativity:  Learn a variety of fun, innovative combinations from Ari's library of moves and inventions; beautiful, flowing, and elegant as always.  Ari first introduced NC2S to Seattle over 25 years ago, is known as one of the country's leading innovators in this style, and actively teaches this dance around the world.  Perfect for int/adv level NC2S-ers.  CLICK HERE to see an example of NC2S. (Level: Non-Novice Beg, Int/Adv:  Basic NC2S Left & Right Turn steps and partnering skills assumed)  All welcome - No partner needed.
  • 8:30-9:30: *NEW*  "Cool NEW West Coast Swing Combo's!" -  West Coast Swing is one of the smoothest & sexiest forms of social dance on the scene today, one which has evolved tremendously over the past 30 years both in regard to the music it's danced to and the character of movement in the dance.  In this class we'll learn a variety of fun, new 6&8 count variations such as pinwheels, whip's, and turbines that  can also be applied to other dances, such as NC2S & Swing.  Ari is well-known as a master of fusing elements from various dance styles, as well as for his ability to teach complex moves in a very simple and understandable way using a physics-based methodology that de-emphasizes the need to memorize footwork and patterns.  If you haven't taken a WCS class from Ari, they have been acknowledged by many of his students as being "complete game-changers", not to mention an incredibly fun & easy entry into understanding the subtle nuances of this fabulous dance!  Ideal to take in conjunction with the 7:30pm "Night Club 2-Step" class since these dances are often done in the same venues  (Level: Non-Novice Beg, Int, or Adv (Some basic partner dance skills assumed)  All Welcome, No Partner needed
  • 9:30-9:55: Guided Practice for class participants

 

LOCATION:  

  • All Tuesday & Wednesday classes will be held at China Harbor2040 Westlake Ave N., Seattle, WA.  There is plenty of free parking available.  Doors to the dance hall open at 6:15. Come early to sign in, change shoes, stretch, warm up, etc.  China Harbor has a full bar and dinner menu as well. 

 

COST:

 TUES & WED:  Each Tues or Wed class series includes 4 hrs of instruction, and 1.5 hrs of guided practice following the third class.  Classes are designed to be taken in pairs (ie, take at least two together each night)

  • One 4-week series (4 hrs of instruction!)  = $55 
  • Two 4-week series (8 hrs of instruction!)  = $100  ($10 savings)
  • Three 4-week series (12 hrs of instruction!)  = $150 ($15 savings)
  • STUDENTS (under age 25):  $40 per class series  ($15 savings)
  • NEW "Roll Up The Rug" Students & Meet Up Members:  Save $25 on a 2 or 3 class bundle! (Be sure to mark the "New Student" Box on the registration page)
  • Drop-In (with Instructor's Permission after the first class)  = $15 per class 

**PLEASE NOTE:  All students registered for the 'full series' will get a video review of the class material.  Drop-ins, however, will not be sent a video review.

TO REGISTER & PAY:  Click on the "Registration" button in the menu on the top left side of this page to go to the Registration Page.   

Payment can be made from the Payment page using PayPal or a credit card, or by check sent by mail,  or paid at the door just before the first class. Payment by check will help you to avoid the additional online PayPal surcharge. 

Class size is limited, so register early!  

 CLICK HERE to go to the Registration Page

   New APRIL-MAY Classes (2016) 

[NEW] FOUR MONDAY's:  (May 2, 9, 16, 23)   All Monday classes are held at the Mercer Island JCC (See directions below)  Monday Classes are 'All Level'

  • 7:00-8:00pm:   "Blues Dancing Foundations - Fabulous & Fun"
    Learn the true art of partner dancing with this fun blues-based introduction to steps, styling, and lead/ follow connection! Perfect for both beginning dancers or experienced dancers who want to focus on effortless flow and connection in their partnership
    CLICK HERE to see an example of fun & playful Blues Dance with Ari. (Level: Beg/Int)  All welcome - No partner needed.
  • 8:15-9:15:  "Intro to East Coast Swing Basics"  -  The perfect introduction to swing dancing!  Take the energy up a notch, now adding 6-count swing steps, turns, and traveling moves to the mix. Great to take in conjunction with the 7pm “Blues Foundations” class since these dances are often done in the same venues.  CLICK HERE to see an example of fun, improvisational Swing Dancing with Ari  (Level: All Levels)  All welcome - No partner needed.
  • 9:15-9:45:  Guided Practice for class participants 

FOUR TUESDAY's:  (April 19, 26, May 3, 10)   All Tuesday classes are held at China Harbor (See directions below) All Tuesday Classes are 'All Level'

  • 6:30-7:30pm:   "Beginning Night Club 2-Step" - Learn the foundations of this beautiful, flowing, & elegant dance style, starting with the basics, then quickly moving on to the six essential turning steps, peak-a-boos, mix-masters, and even more fun combo's & variations from Ari's repertoire of fun, original moves. Perfect for beg/int level dancers or for more int/adv dancers who want to review the essentials.  Ari first introduced NC2S to Seattle over 25 years ago, is known as one of the country's leading innovators in this style, and actively teaches around the world. CLICK HERE to see an example of Ari's NC2S. (Level: Beg/Int)  All welcome - No partner needed.
  • 7:30-8:30:  "West Coast Swing Basics + Blues Foundations!"  -  Early WCS was originally based on blues music, movement, and connection, and as such, was an incredible way to learn how to add effortless improvisation and styling to your partnership.  In this class, you'll learn sugar pushes, left & right side passes, check turns, neck wraps, and a variety of other fun combinations foundational to WCS.  You'll also come away with a much deeper understanding of the fundamental language of 'blues-styling' energy & flow that can be applied to any dance you do!  This will be new material from the February class.  Ideal for all levels, and to take in conjunction with the 6:30pm "Night Club 2-Step" class since these dances are often done in the same venues.   (Level: Beg/Int All welcome - No partner needed)
  • 8:30-9:30:   "Making It Magical! - The Secrets to Effortless Partnering" (a brand new 'group-private' master-class):     In this class series, we dive in much more deeply to the aspects of dance that make for incredible, effortless, and flowing connection with your partner by exploring  how we use subtle energy, tension, and nuance in frame to communicate to one another on the dance floor.  The perfect class for all level of dancers (from beginners to advanced, but especially for folks with more advanced footwork skills who want to fine tune to a point where your lead and follow becomes invisible)  This is a topic that will take whatever level of dance you’re at now, and increase your “wow” factor by many-fold.  Because the focus will be on connection rather than footwork, it’s a whole new approach to dance and partner awareness that will be a game changer for any dance style you do.  It's like taking a private lesson with Ari in a group setting, and your partners will love you for it and notice the changes immediately.   (Level: All Levels)  All welcome - No partner needed.
  • 9:30-9:55:  Guided Practice for class participants 

FOUR WEDNESDAY's:  (April 20, 27, May 4, 11)  All Wednesday classes are held at China Harbor (See directions below) All Wednesday Classes are Non-Novice Beg/Int Level

  • 6:30-7:30:   *NEW*   Take Your Dance To The Next Level:  "Creating Musicality!" - Using the music that you already know and love to dance to today, learn how to identify and move to the various rhythms & textures within the music; develop the art of polyrhythms; learn to connect to the energetics & lyrical quality of a song's phrasing;  learn to anticipate and play within rhythm breaks.  Each week in this series we tackle a different element of musicality & musical awareness, then learn how to adapt them to the various social dance styles you're already doing today. Because we will be applying these techniques to both WCS and NC2S, as well as to other dance styles like swing & blues, this is the perfect class to take in conjunction with the 7:30 & 8:30 Tuesday sessions. It will add a whole new dimension to your partnering and play, and a whole new level of awareness and appreciation for the music you already love to listen to and dance to now.   :)
         Perfect for beginning, intermediate, or advanced level dancers who want to add versatility to their dance, as well as some great new moves to their repertoire. It's also the perfect way to prepare for the kind of fabulous music you will be hearing during our Fabulous Friday Dances at Om Culture   (Level: Beg, Int, or Adv)  All Welcome, No Partner needed
  • 7:30-8:30:  Int/Adv "Night Club 2-Step" Creativity:  Learn a variety of fun, innovative combinations from Ari's library of moves and inventions; beautiful, flowing, and elegant as always.  Ari first introduced NC2S to Seattle over 25 years ago, is known as one of the country's leading innovators in this style, and actively teaches this dance around the world.  Perfect for int/adv level NC2S-ers.  CLICK HERE to see an example of NC2S. (Level: Non-Novice Beg, Int/Adv:  Basic NC2S Left & Right Turn steps and partnering skills assumed)  All welcome - No partner needed.
  • 8:30-9:30: *NEW*  "Cool NEW West Coast Swing Combo's!" -  West Coast Swing is one of the smoothest & sexiest forms of social dance on the scene today, one which has evolved tremendously over the past 30 years both in regard to the music it's danced to and the character of movement in the dance.  In this class we'll learn a variety of fun, new 6&8 count variations such as pinwheels, whip's, and turbines that  can also be applied to other dances, such as NC2S & Swing.  Ari is well-known as a master of fusing elements from various dance styles, as well as for his ability to teach complex moves in a very simple and understandable way using a physics-based methodology that de-emphasizes the need to memorize footwork and patterns.  If you haven't taken a WCS class from Ari, they have been acknowledged by many of his students as being "complete game-changers", not to mention an incredibly fun & easy entry into understanding the subtle nuances of this fabulous dance!  Ideal to take in conjunction with the 7:30pm "Night Club 2-Step" class since these dances are often done in the same venues  (Level: Non-Novice Beg, Int, or Adv (Some basic partner dance skills assumed)  All Welcome, No Partner needed
  • 9:30-9:55: Guided Practice for class participants

 

LOCATION:  

  • All Monday classes will be held at the Stroum Jewish Community Center (SJCC)2801 East Mercer Way, Mercer Island, WA.  (Just off 1-90 at the East Mercer Way exit).  Classes will be held in the upstairs Performing Arts Auditorium.  There is plenty of free parking available.  Doors to the auditorium open at 6:45pm. Come early to sign in, change shoes, stretch, warm up, etc.  
  • All Tuesday & Wednesday classes will be held at China Harbor2040 Westlake Ave N., Seattle, WA.  There is plenty of free parking available.  Doors to the dance hall open at 6:15. Come early to sign in, change shoes, stretch, warm up, etc.  China Harbor has a full bar and dinner menu as well. 

 

COST:

MON:  [JCC SPECIAL PRICES for this first series of May Classes]  Each Monday class series includes 4 hrs of instruction, and 2 hrs of guided practice (1/2 hr following the second class each night).  Classes are designed to be taken in pairs (ie, take at least two together each night)  CLICK HERE to register for the JCC classes on the JCC site

  • One 4-week series (4 hrs of instruction!)  = $50 ($5 savings)
  • Two 4-week series (8 hrs of instruction!)  = $80  ($20 savings)
  • Drop-In (with Instructor's Permission after the first class)  = $15 per class 

**PLEASE NOTE:  All students registered for the 'full series' will get a video review of the class material.  Drop-ins, however, will not be sent a video review. 

TUES & WED:  Each Tues or Wed class series includes 4 hrs of instruction, and 4 hrs of guided practice (1/2 hour prior to the 1st class & following the third class each night).  Classes are designed to be taken in pairs (ie, take at least two together each night)

  • One 4-week series (4 hrs of instruction!)  = $55 
  • Two 4-week series (8 hrs of instruction!)  = $100  ($10 savings)
  • Three 4-week series (12 hrs of instruction!)  = $150 ($15 savings)
  • STUDENTS (under age 25):  $40 per class series  ($15 savings)
  • NEW "Roll Up The Rug" Students & Meet Up Members:  Save $25 on a 2 or 3 class bundle! (Be sure to mark the "New Student" Box on the registration page)
  • Drop-In (with Instructor's Permission after the first class)  = $15 per class 

**PLEASE NOTE:  All students registered for the 'full series' will get a video review of the class material.  Drop-ins, however, will not be sent a video review.

TO REGISTER & PAY FOR MON CLASSES:  CLICK HERE to register for the JCC classes on the JCC site.   

TO REGISTER & PAY FOR TUES & WED CLASSES:  Click on the "Registration" button in the menu on the top left side of this page to go to the Registration Page.   

Payment for Tues & Wed classes can be made from the Payment page using PayPal or a credit card, or by check sent by mail,  or paid at the door just before the first class. Payment by check will help you to avoid the additional online PayPal surcharge. 

Class size is limited, so register early!  

 CLICK HERE to go to the Registration Page

  Join us Monday, June 20th, 2016 in Victoria, B.C. for:

"The Art of Blues"           ...for Humans, and Beyond"

 A fabulous inter-species workshop for dancing with 2, 4 or 6 legs! 

Join us for a fabulous WEST COAST PREMIER WORKSHOP - "The Art of Blues" For Humans, & Beyond!:  an understanding of how the same lead & follow framework that invites effortless movement on the dance floor can be applied across species to learn to connect with and to "dance" with horses, and how the same skills that allow you to commune with horses can be applied to the kind of partnered movement you would experience on the dance floor!  

It's a whole new way to appreciated movement and dance --  an amazing experience that is not only incredibly fun, but one that will give you profound insight into the invisible art of inviting effortless movement in your partners, whether they have two left feet or one...

--- A "Roll Up The Rug" & "Mary's Farm" Collaborative --- 

 SPECIALTY WORKSHOPS:

Join us in April 5th at China Harbor for 

From the Best of Vienna to the Best of Seattle!

Tuesday, April 5th, 2016 (7-9pm)

Freshly returned from teaching at "Waltz Week in Vienna", in this workshop Ari teaches you the secrets of the Viennese Waltz as done in the great ballrooms of Austria, and shows how waltz techniques can be applied to other fabulous dance styles as well!

-- AND --

Join us in April 6th in Eastlake (Seattle) for 

Incorporating 'Blues' & 'Fusion' Elements into any Partner Dance!

[SOLD OUT]

Wednesday, April 6th, 2016 (7-9pm)

Explore musicality, free-styling, playful improvisation, and flexible framework -- the hallmarks of blues & fusion -- as we apply these techniques to swing, Latin, ballroom and other partner dance styles!

CLICK HERE for Details


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Join us in Port Townsend for 2 fabulous workshops on:

A History of Solo & Partnered Blues Musicality & Movement!

Thursday, April 28th, 2016 (7-9pm)

A fabulous two-hour, 200-year journey through time with blues music & movement, that will greatly inform the way you appreciate and dance to modern blues, swing, ballroom, & fusion music today.

CLICK HERE for Details

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Join us for a very special:

Campbell Miller WORKSHOP Weekend!

May 13-15, 2016 is our fabulous "Workshop & Dance" Weekend, with special guest (and Texas's finest), Campbell Miller.  Not to be missed!

CLICK HERE for Details

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Join us for a fun & fabulous:

Mexico Dance ADVENTURE Retreat!

APRIL 9-16, 2016

in beautiful Chacala, Mexico (near Puerto Vallarta)

CLICK HERE for Details

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Join us for a fun & fabulous:

ALASKA Dance CRUISE!

August 28 - September 4, 2016

Join fellow dancers for a week of fabulous cruising adventure, dance classes, dancing & socializing, with SPECIAL dance events planned on-shore exclusively for our group in Juneau & Victoria.  Plus so much more!

CLICK HERE for Details

 SPECIALTY WORKSHOPS:

Join us in Port Townsend for 2 fabulous workshops on:

A History of Solo & Partnered Blues Musicality & Movement!

Thursday, April 28th, 2016 (7-9pm)

A fabulous two-hour, 200-year journey through time with blues music & movement, that will greatly inform the way you appreciate and dance to modern blues, swing, ballroom, & fusion music today.

CLICK HERE for Details

==========================================

Join us for a very special:

Campbell Miller WORKSHOP Weekend!

May 13-15, 2016 is our fabulous "Workshop & Dance" Weekend, with special guest (and Texas's finest), Campbell Miller.  Not to be missed!

CLICK HERE for Details

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Join us for a fun & fabulous:

ALASKA Dance CRUISE!

August 28 - September 4, 2016

Join fellow dancers for a week of fabulous cruising adventure, dance classes, dancing & socializing, with SPECIAL dance events planned on-shore exclusively for our group in Juneau & Victoria.  Plus so much more!

CLICK HERE for Details

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Join us for a West Coast Premier of:

Inter-species Blues!

JUNE 20th, 2016

in beautiful Victoria, BC

CLICK HERE for Details

   Join us in PORT TOWNSEND April 28th, 2016 for two fabulous workshops on

A History of 'Solo & Partnered' Blues Musicality & Movement 

with Ari Levitt 

 


Thursday, April 28th, 2016: 

·  7:00-8:00pm:  Part I: "History of Blues”  fun, informative!

·  8:15-9:15pm: “Part II: "Blues & Beyond - the best!

·  9:15-10:00pm:  FREE Guided Practice

WHERE:

Quimper Grange, 1219 Corona St, Port Townsend, WA

COST:     

Pre-Register on line OR just show up at the door!

Suggested Price: $15/class, or $25 for both classes. 

Pay by Credit Card or PayPal online, or by cash or check at the door. 

There will be a Pay-What-You-Can option at the door!

DESCRIPTION:

A fabulous two-hour, 200-year journey through time with blues music & movement, that will greatly inform the way you appreciate and dance to modern blues, swing, ballroom, & fusion music today.  In each session, we'll talk about a specific period in the history of blues, the different kinds of blues music you would hear then, and give you some very concrete ways to identify, appreciate, and dance to that music.  In Workshop #1, we'll explore the early blues era from 'Delta' to 'Jouk' that will lay the foundation for Workshop II.  In workshop II, we'll dive into 'Ballroomin' & 'Rent' blues, as well as explore the frontiers of modern 'fusion' music that is the natural extension of blues today.  This is a phenomenal workshop for not only better understanding how dance movement is directly (and historically) related to the music you hear, but also how this kind of musicality can be applied to any form of dance that you do today.   

All levels welcome - No partner needed.  

You must take Workshop #1 to participate in Workshop #2

  CLICK HERE to see an example of "Ballrooming Blues" from the Roll Up the Rug Video page 

CLICK HERE to pre-register online (You can also register and pay at the door before class)

   New APRIL-MAY Classes (2016) 

[NEW] FOUR MONDAY's:  (May 2, 9, 16, 23)   All Monday classes are held at the Mercer Island JCC (See directions below)  Monday Classes are 'All Level'

  • 7:00-8:00pm:   "Blues Dancing Foundations - Fabulous & Fun"
    Learn the true art of partner dancing with this fun blues-based introduction to steps, styling, and lead/ follow connection! Perfect for both beginning dancers or experienced dancers who want to focus on effortless flow and connection in their partnership
    CLICK HERE to see an example of fun & playful Blues Dance with Ari. (Level: Beg/Int)  All welcome - No partner needed.
  • 8:15-9:15:  "Intro to East Coast Swing Basics"  -  The perfect introduction to swing dancing!  Take the energy up a notch, now adding 6-count swing steps, turns, and traveling moves to the mix. Great to take in conjunction with the 7pm “Blues Foundations” class since these dances are often done in the same venues.  CLICK HERE to see an example of fun, improvisational Swing Dancing with Ari  (Level: All Levels)  All welcome - No partner needed.
  • 9:15-9:45:  Guided Practice for class participants 

FOUR TUESDAY's:  (April 19, 26, May 3, 10)   All Tuesday classes are held at a PRIVATE HOME/STUDIO in the Eastlake neighborhood of Seattle (See directions below) All Tuesday Classes are 'All Level'

  • 6:30-7:30pm:   "Beginning Night Club 2-Step" - Learn the foundations of this beautiful, flowing, & elegant dance style, starting with the basics, then quickly moving on to the six essential turning steps, peak-a-boos, mix-masters, and even more fun combo's & variations from Ari's repertoire of fun, original moves. Perfect for beg/int level dancers or for more int/adv dancers who want to review the essentials.  Ari first introduced NC2S to Seattle over 25 years ago, is known as one of the country's leading innovators in this style, and actively teaches around the world. CLICK HERE to see an example of Ari's NC2S. (Level: Beg/Int)  All welcome - No partner needed.
  • 7:30-8:30:  "West Coast Swing Basics + Blues Foundations!"  -  Early WCS was originally based on blues music, movement, and connection, and as such, was an incredible way to learn how to add effortless improvisation and styling to your partnership.  In this class, you'll learn sugar pushes, left & right side passes, check turns, neck wraps, and a variety of other fun combinations foundational to WCS.  You'll also come away with a much deeper understanding of the fundamental language of 'blues-styling' energy & flow that can be applied to any dance you do!  This will be new material from the February class.  Ideal for all levels, and to take in conjunction with the 6:30pm "Night Club 2-Step" class since these dances are often done in the same venues.   (Level: Beg/Int All welcome - No partner needed)
  • 8:30-9:30:   "Making It Magical! - The Secrets to Effortless Partnering" (a brand new 'group-private' master-class):     In this class series, we dive in much more deeply to the aspects of dance that make for incredible, effortless, and flowing connection with your partner by exploring  how we use subtle energy, tension, and nuance in frame to communicate to one another on the dance floor.  The perfect class for all level of dancers (from beginners to advanced, but especially for folks with more advanced footwork skills who want to fine tune to a point where your lead and follow becomes invisible)  This is a topic that will take whatever level of dance you’re at now, and increase your “wow” factor by many-fold.  Because the focus will be on connection rather than footwork, it’s a whole new approach to dance and partner awareness that will be a game changer for any dance style you do.  It's like taking a private lesson with Ari in a group setting, and your partners will love you for it and notice the changes immediately.   (Level: All Levels)  All welcome - No partner needed.
  • 9:30-9:55:  Guided Practice for class participants 

FOUR WEDNESDAY's:  (April 20, 27, May 4, 11)  All Wednesday classes are held at a PRIVATE HOME/STUDIO in the Eastlake neighborhood of Seattle  (See directions below) All Wednesday Classes are Non-Novice Beg/Int Level

  • 6:30-7:30:   *NEW*   Take Your Dance To The Next Level:  "Creating Musicality!" - Using the music that you already know and love to dance to today, learn how to identify and move to the various rhythms & textures within the music; develop the art of polyrhythms; learn to connect to the energetics & lyrical quality of a song's phrasing;  learn to anticipate and play within rhythm breaks.  Each week in this series we tackle a different element of musicality & musical awareness, then learn how to adapt them to the various social dance styles you're already doing today. Because we will be applying these techniques to both WCS and NC2S, as well as to other dance styles like swing & blues, this is the perfect class to take in conjunction with the 7:30 & 8:30 Tuesday sessions. It will add a whole new dimension to your partnering and play, and a whole new level of awareness and appreciation for the music you already love to listen to and dance to now.   :)
         Perfect for beginning, intermediate, or advanced level dancers who want to add versatility to their dance, as well as some great new moves to their repertoire. It's also the perfect way to prepare for the kind of fabulous music you will be hearing during our Fabulous Friday Dances at Om Culture   (Level: Beg, Int, or Adv)  All Welcome, No Partner needed
  • 7:30-8:30:  Int/Adv "Night Club 2-Step" Creativity:  Learn a variety of fun, innovative combinations from Ari's library of moves and inventions; beautiful, flowing, and elegant as always.  Ari first introduced NC2S to Seattle over 25 years ago, is known as one of the country's leading innovators in this style, and actively teaches this dance around the world.  Perfect for int/adv level NC2S-ers.  CLICK HERE to see an example of NC2S. (Level: Non-Novice Beg, Int/Adv:  Basic NC2S Left & Right Turn steps and partnering skills assumed)  All welcome - No partner needed.
  • 8:30-9:30: *NEW*  "Cool NEW West Coast Swing Combo's!" -  West Coast Swing is one of the smoothest & sexiest forms of social dance on the scene today, one which has evolved tremendously over the past 30 years both in regard to the music it's danced to and the character of movement in the dance.  In this class we'll learn a variety of fun, new 6&8 count variations such as pinwheels, whip's, and turbines that  can also be applied to other dances, such as NC2S & Swing.  Ari is well-known as a master of fusing elements from various dance styles, as well as for his ability to teach complex moves in a very simple and understandable way using a physics-based methodology that de-emphasizes the need to memorize footwork and patterns.  If you haven't taken a WCS class from Ari, they have been acknowledged by many of his students as being "complete game-changers", not to mention an incredibly fun & easy entry into understanding the subtle nuances of this fabulous dance!  Ideal to take in conjunction with the 7:30pm "Night Club 2-Step" class since these dances are often done in the same venues  (Level: Non-Novice Beg, Int, or Adv (Some basic partner dance skills assumed)  All Welcome, No Partner needed
  • 9:30-9:55: Guided Practice for class participants

 

LOCATION:  

  • All Monday classes will be held at the Stroum Jewish Community Center (SJCC)2801 East Mercer Way, Mercer Island, WA.  (Just off 1-90 at the East Mercer Way exit).  Classes will be held in the upstairs Performing Arts Auditorium.  There is plenty of free parking available.  Doors to the auditorium open at 6:45pm. Come early to sign in, change shoes, stretch, warm up, etc.  
  • All Tuesday & Wednesday classes will be held at a Private Home/Studio in the Eastlake Neighborhood of Seattle.  You will need to register online in order to get the address.  Doors open at 6:15. Come early to sign in, change shoes, stretch, warm up, etc.

 

COST:

MON:  [JCC SPECIAL PRICES for this first series of May Classes]  Each Monday class series includes 4 hrs of instruction, and 2 hrs of guided practice (1/2 hr following the second class each night).  Classes are designed to be taken in pairs (ie, take at least two together each night)  CLICK HERE to register for the JCC classes on the JCC site

  • One 4-week series (4 hrs of instruction!)  = $50 ($5 savings)
  • Two 4-week series (8 hrs of instruction!)  = $80  ($20 savings)
  • Drop-In (with Instructor's Permission after the first class)  = $15 per class 

**PLEASE NOTE:  All students registered for the 'full series' will get a video review of the class material.  Drop-ins, however, will not be sent a video review. 

TUES & WED:  Each Tues or Wed class series includes 4 hrs of instruction, and 4 hrs of guided practice (1/2 hour prior to the 1st class & following the third class each night).  Classes are designed to be taken in pairs (ie, take at least two together each night)

  • One 4-week series (4 hrs of instruction!)  = $55 
  • Two 4-week series (8 hrs of instruction!)  = $100  ($10 savings)
  • Three 4-week series (12 hrs of instruction!)  = $150 ($15 savings)
  • STUDENTS (under age 25):  $40 per class series  ($15 savings)
  • NEW "Roll Up The Rug" Students & Meet Up Members:  Save $25 on a 2 or 3 class bundle! (Be sure to mark the "New Student" Box on the registration page)
  • Drop-In (with Instructor's Permission after the first class)  = $15 per class 

**PLEASE NOTE:  All students registered for the 'full series' will get a video review of the class material.  Drop-ins, however, will not be sent a video review.

TO REGISTER & PAY FOR MON CLASSES:  CLICK HERE to register for the JCC classes on the JCC site.   

TO REGISTER & PAY FOR TUES & WED CLASSES:  Click on the "Registration" button in the menu on the top left side of this page to go to the Registration Page.   

Payment for Tues & Wed classes can be made from the Payment page using PayPal or a credit card, or by check sent by mail,  or paid at the door just before the first class. Payment by check will help you to avoid the additional online PayPal surcharge. 

Class size is limited, so register early!  

 CLICK HERE to go to the Registration Page

  Join us Monday, June 20th, 2016 in Victoria, B.C. for:

"Inter-Species Blues"           Dancing for Humans, and Beyond...

 An amazing workshop for dancing with 2, 4 or 6 legs! 

Join us for a fabulous WEST COAST PREMIER WORKSHOP - "Inter-Species Blues" For Humans, & Beyond! -- an understanding of how the same lead & follow framework that invites effortless movement on the dance floor can be applied across species to learn to connect with and to "dance" with horses, and how the same skills that allow you to commune with horses can be applied to the kind of partnered movement you would experience on the dance floor!  

It's a whole new way to appreciated movement and dance --  an amazing experience that is not only incredibly fun, but one that will give you profound insight into the invisible art of inviting effortless movement in your partners, whether they have two left feet or one...

--- A "Roll Up The Rug" & "Mary's Farm" Collaborative --- 

   Continuing APRIL-MAY Classes

[NEW] FOUR MONDAY's:  (May 2, 9, 16, 23)   All Monday classes are held at the Mercer Island JCC (See directions below)  Monday Classes are 'All Level'

   CLICK HERE to register for the JCC classes on the JCC site

  • 7:00-8:00pm:   "Blues Dancing Foundations - Fabulous & Fun"
    Learn the true art of partner dancing with this fun blues-based introduction to steps, styling, and lead/ follow connection! Perfect for both beginning dancers or experienced dancers who want to focus on effortless flow and connection in their partnership
    CLICK HERE to see an example of fun & playful Blues Dance with Ari. (Level: Beg/Int)  All welcome - No partner needed.
  • 8:15-9:15:  "Intro to East Coast Swing Basics"  -  The perfect introduction to swing dancing!  Take the energy up a notch, now adding 6-count swing steps, turns, and traveling moves to the mix. Great to take in conjunction with the 7pm “Blues Foundations” class since these dances are often done in the same venues.  CLICK HERE to see an example of fun, improvisational Swing Dancing with Ari  (Level: All Levels)  All welcome - No partner needed.
  • 9:15-9:45:  Guided Practice for class participants 

FOUR TUESDAY's:  (April 19, 26, May 3, 10)   All Tuesday classes are held at a PRIVATE HOME/STUDIO in the Eastlake neighborhood of Seattle (See directions below) All Tuesday Classes are 'All Level'

  • 6:30-7:30pm:   "Beginning Night Club 2-Step" - Learn the foundations of this beautiful, flowing, & elegant dance style, starting with the basics, then quickly moving on to the six essential turning steps, peak-a-boos, mix-masters, and even more fun combo's & variations from Ari's repertoire of fun, original moves. Perfect for beg/int level dancers or for more int/adv dancers who want to review the essentials.  Ari first introduced NC2S to Seattle over 25 years ago, is known as one of the country's leading innovators in this style, and actively teaches around the world. CLICK HERE to see an example of Ari's NC2S. (Level: Beg/Int)  All welcome - No partner needed.
  • 7:30-8:30:  "West Coast Swing Basics + Blues Foundations!"  -  Early WCS was originally based on blues music, movement, and connection, and as such, was an incredible way to learn how to add effortless improvisation and styling to your partnership.  In this class, you'll learn sugar pushes, left & right side passes, check turns, neck wraps, and a variety of other fun combinations foundational to WCS.  You'll also come away with a much deeper understanding of the fundamental language of 'blues-styling' energy & flow that can be applied to any dance you do!  This will be new material from the February class.  Ideal for all levels, and to take in conjunction with the 6:30pm "Night Club 2-Step" class since these dances are often done in the same venues.   (Level: Beg/Int All welcome - No partner needed)
  • 8:30-9:30:   "Making It Magical! - The Secrets to Effortless Partnering" (a brand new 'group-private' master-class):     In this class series, we dive in much more deeply to the aspects of dance that make for incredible, effortless, and flowing connection with your partner by exploring  how we use subtle energy, tension, and nuance in frame to communicate to one another on the dance floor.  The perfect class for all level of dancers (from beginners to advanced, but especially for folks with more advanced footwork skills who want to fine tune to a point where your lead and follow becomes invisible)  This is a topic that will take whatever level of dance you’re at now, and increase your “wow” factor by many-fold.  Because the focus will be on connection rather than footwork, it’s a whole new approach to dance and partner awareness that will be a game changer for any dance style you do.  It's like taking a private lesson with Ari in a group setting, and your partners will love you for it and notice the changes immediately.   (Level: All Levels)  All welcome - No partner needed.
  • 9:30-9:55:  Guided Practice for class participants 

FOUR WEDNESDAY's:  (April 20, 27, May 4, 11)  All Wednesday classes are held at a PRIVATE HOME/STUDIO in the Eastlake neighborhood of Seattle  (See directions below) All Wednesday Classes are Non-Novice Beg/Int Level

  • 6:30-7:30:   *NEW*   Take Your Dance To The Next Level:  "Creating Musicality!" - Using the music that you already know and love to dance to today, learn how to identify and move to the various rhythms & textures within the music; develop the art of polyrhythms; learn to connect to the energetics & lyrical quality of a song's phrasing;  learn to anticipate and play within rhythm breaks.  Each week in this series we tackle a different element of musicality & musical awareness, then learn how to adapt them to the various social dance styles you're already doing today. Because we will be applying these techniques to both WCS and NC2S, as well as to other dance styles like swing & blues, this is the perfect class to take in conjunction with the 7:30 & 8:30 Tuesday sessions. It will add a whole new dimension to your partnering and play, and a whole new level of awareness and appreciation for the music you already love to listen to and dance to now.   :)
         Perfect for beginning, intermediate, or advanced level dancers who want to add versatility to their dance, as well as some great new moves to their repertoire. It's also the perfect way to prepare for the kind of fabulous music you will be hearing during our Fabulous Friday Dances at Om Culture   (Level: Beg, Int, or Adv)  All Welcome, No Partner needed
  • 7:30-8:30:  Int/Adv "Night Club 2-Step" Creativity:  Learn a variety of fun, innovative combinations from Ari's library of moves and inventions; beautiful, flowing, and elegant as always.  Ari first introduced NC2S to Seattle over 25 years ago, is known as one of the country's leading innovators in this style, and actively teaches this dance around the world.  Perfect for int/adv level NC2S-ers.  CLICK HERE to see an example of NC2S. (Level: Non-Novice Beg, Int/Adv:  Basic NC2S Left & Right Turn steps and partnering skills assumed)  All welcome - No partner needed.
  • 8:30-9:30: *NEW*  "Cool NEW West Coast Swing Combo's!" -  West Coast Swing is one of the smoothest & sexiest forms of social dance on the scene today, one which has evolved tremendously over the past 30 years both in regard to the music it's danced to and the character of movement in the dance.  In this class we'll learn a variety of fun, new 6&8 count variations such as pinwheels, whip's, and turbines that  can also be applied to other dances, such as NC2S & Swing.  Ari is well-known as a master of fusing elements from various dance styles, as well as for his ability to teach complex moves in a very simple and understandable way using a physics-based methodology that de-emphasizes the need to memorize footwork and patterns.  If you haven't taken a WCS class from Ari, they have been acknowledged by many of his students as being "complete game-changers", not to mention an incredibly fun & easy entry into understanding the subtle nuances of this fabulous dance!  Ideal to take in conjunction with the 7:30pm "Night Club 2-Step" class since these dances are often done in the same venues  (Level: Non-Novice Beg, Int, or Adv (Some basic partner dance skills assumed)  All Welcome, No Partner needed
  • 9:30-9:55: Guided Practice for class participants

 

LOCATIONS:  

  • All Monday classes will be held at the Stroum Jewish Community Center (SJCC)3801 East Mercer Way, Mercer Island, WA.  (Just off 1-90 at the East Mercer Way exit).  Classes will be held in the upstairs Performing Arts Auditorium.  There is plenty of free parking available.  Doors to the auditorium open at 6:45pm. Come early to sign in, change shoes, stretch, warm up, etc.  
  • All Tuesday & Wednesday classes will be held at a Private Home/Studio in the Eastlake Neighborhood of Seattle.  You will need to register online in order to get the address.  Doors open at 6:15. Come early to sign in, change shoes, stretch, warm up, etc.

 

COST:

MON:  [JCC SPECIAL PRICES for this first series of May Classes]  Each Monday class series includes 4 hrs of instruction, and 2 hrs of guided practice (1/2 hr following the second class each night).  Classes are designed to be taken in pairs (ie, take at least two together each night)  CLICK HERE to register for the JCC classes on the JCC site

  • One 4-week series (4 hrs of instruction!)  = $50 ($5 savings)
  • Two 4-week series (8 hrs of instruction!)  = $80  ($20 savings)
  • Drop-In (with Instructor's Permission after the first class)  = $15 per class 

**PLEASE NOTE:  All students registered for the 'full series' will get a video review of the class material.  Drop-ins, however, will not be sent a video review. 

TUES & WED:  Each Tues or Wed class series includes 4 hrs of instruction, and 4 hrs of guided practice (1/2 hour prior to the 1st class & following the third class each night).  Classes are designed to be taken in pairs (ie, take at least two together each night)

  • One 4-week series (4 hrs of instruction!)  = $55 
  • Two 4-week series (8 hrs of instruction!)  = $100  ($10 savings)
  • Three 4-week series (12 hrs of instruction!)  = $150 ($15 savings)
  • STUDENTS (under age 25):  $40 per class series  ($15 savings)
  • NEW "Roll Up The Rug" Students & Meet Up Members:  Save $25 on a 2 or 3 class bundle! (Be sure to mark the "New Student" Box on the registration page)
  • Drop-In (with Instructor's Permission after the first class)  = $15 per class 

**PLEASE NOTE:  All students registered for the 'full series' will get a video review of the class material.  Drop-ins, however, will not be sent a video review.

TO REGISTER & PAY FOR MON CLASSES:  CLICK HERE to register for the JCC classes on the JCC site.   

TO REGISTER & PAY FOR TUES & WED CLASSES:  Click on the "Registration" button in the menu on the top left side of this page to go to the Registration Page.   

Payment for Tues & Wed classes can be made from the Payment page using PayPal or a credit card, or by check sent by mail,  or paid at the door just before the first class. Payment by check will help you to avoid the additional online PayPal surcharge. 

Class size is limited, so register early!  

 CLICK HERE to go to the Registration Page

 SPECIAL SPRING PROMOTION 


Take any 4, 6, or 8 class series with "Roll Up The Rug" between now and June (2016), and earn credits toward FREE PRIVATE LESSONS with Ari! 

 

Complete 4:  Get 1/2 off on a single 1 hr private lesson with Ari ($45 value)

Complete 6:  Get a FREE 1/2 hr private lesson with Ari ($50 value)

Complete 8:  Get a FREE 1 hour private lesson with Ari ($90 value)


Private lessons will take place at Ari's home/studio in the Eastlake neighborhood of Seattle, unless otherwise arranged.  Cannot be combined with other special offers.  There is no limit on number of private lessons earned.  Promotion ends June 15th, 2016, but you may redeem your private lesson through Dec 30, 2016


A student described a private lesson with Ari as: “An invaluable experience that will completely change the way you think about the language of dance -- making it understandable, effortless, playful, and fun!”.  It will be a game-changer for you!

 SPECIAL SPRING PROMOTION:  


Take any 4, 6, or 8 classes with "Roll Up The Rug" between now and June (2016), and earn credits toward FREE PRIVATE LESSONS with Ari! 

 

CLICK HERE for details 

 EASTSIDE CLASSES:

Four MON's (May 2-23) [All Levels]

  • 7:00-8:00: Blues Dancing Foundations  (Beg)
  • 8:15-9:15:  Intro to East Coast Swing - Fun!  (Beg)
CLICK HERE for DETAILS

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SEATTLE CLASSES - "Fun New Steps & Fancy Combinations"

Take the entire three-week series, or take any individual class as a two hour stand-alone workshop).  Each 2-hour class will focus on introducing new steps & combinations in one genre of dance.  Classes will be followed by a 45 minute guided practice & social.  

   TUESDAY SERIES:  "Getting Latin!"

  • May 17th (7:00-9:00pm):   "Spicing Up Your Salsa" - awesome!
  • May 24th (7:00-9:00pm):  "Getting Your Bachata On" 
  • May 31st (7:00-9:00pm):   "Beautiful, Romantic Rhumba" 

   WEDNESDAY SERIES:  "Celebrating Swing!"

  • May 18th (7:00-9:00pm):   "Swing Your Socks Off" - fun! 
  • May 25th (7:00-9:00pm):  "Intro to 'Slow Swing' Laminu" 

  • June 1st (7:00-9:00pm):   "Balboa Basics For Swing Dancers" 
CLICK HERE for DETAILS

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SEATTLE CLASSES:

Four TUES's (April 19-May 10) [Beg Level]

  • 6:30-7:30: Intro to Night Club 2-Step  (Beg)
  • 7:30-8:30:  Intro to West Coast Swing - Blues  (Beg)
  • 8:30-9:30:  Making It Magical - The Secrets To Effortless Partnering (All Levels)
CLICK HERE for DETAILS

Four WED's (April 20-May 11) [Int/Adv Level]

  • 6:30-7:30: Taking It To The Next Level, With Musicality!"   (All Levels)
  • 7:30-8:30: Night Club 2-Step Creativity (Int/Adv)
  • 8:30-9:30 WCS - Cool Concepts & Patterns for Int/Adv Social Dancers  (Int/Adv)

CLICK HERE for DETAILS

   Join us in PORT TOWNSEND May 26th, 2016 for two fabulous workshops on:

"Swing Your Socks Off"

with Ari Levitt 

…this workshop focuses on fun new steps & great combinations!


 Thursday, May 26th, 2016: 

·  7:00-8:00pm:  Part I: "Fancy Footwork”  fun, informative!

·  8:15-9:15pm: “Part II: "Crazy Combo's - the best!

·  9:15-10:00pm:  FREE Guided Practice

WHERE:

Quimper Grange, 1219 Corona St, Port Townsend, WA

COST:     

Pre-Register on line OR just show up at the door!

Suggested Price: $15/class, or $25 for both classes. 

Pay by Credit Card or PayPal online, or by cash or check at the door. 

There will be a Pay-What-You-Can option at the door!

DESCRIPTION:

Learn some great new East Coast Swing steps and fancy combinations to launch you into a fabulous summer of dance.  Learn such fun variations as the "Turbine", the "San Juan Shuffle", the "Double-Dutch" and other great moves that will add a little spice your your ECS.  Not to be missed!   

All levels welcome - No partner needed.  

You must take Workshop #1 to participate in Workshop #2

  CLICK HERE to see an example of "Fun Swing Variations" from the Roll Up the Rug Video page 

CLICK HERE to pre-register online (You can also register and pay at the door before class)

  Join us for our second annual

Dance & Spa Retreat

    at Harrison Hot Springs Resort in beautiful British Columbia, Canada

Sun-Tues, June 14-16, 2015

Three wonderful days of workshops, live music, dancing, dining, hot springs, and R&R, with dance-connection guru Ari Levitt, & special guest instructor, author, and Stanford professor, Richard Powers (& his lovely wife Tracey)!

 PLEASE NOTE:

Single Leads are needed to help take follows off of the waiting list!

Due to an initial lead/follow imbalance in registration, we will need to put all further single follows on a waiting list for the retreat (please complete the registration page none-the-less.  When a space opens up, we will be happy to honor the price that corresponds with the date you registered).   All single leads and lead/follow couples will still be admitted right away.  Our sincerest apologies for any inconvenience this might cause.

If you are on the waiting list, please go ahead and make your reservations for a room at the resort (Those group prices will only be available to us through mid-May).  You can always cancel your reservation with a full refund up to three days before the event. 

Come on, leads!  We have follows waiting for you to get them in!

    COME AND ENJOY... 

  • Three wonderful days of interactive dance workshops, wellness, and R&R with Ari LevittRichard Powers, and company, including several very unique sessions on partnering & connection, fun & informative fireside & hot tub discussion panels, and opportunities for each participant to teach as well as to learn from each other in our unique "un-conference" session!
  • Two night's of LIVE MUSIC & DANCING in the resort's world-famous and historic "Copper Room", including a:
    • Sunday Night after-dinner dance party from 8-10pm (with complimentary drinks and snacks), followed by a fireside chat with Richard, and late night hot tubbing.
    • Monday Night semi-formal group dinner & dance to live music from 6-10pm, with a late night DJ'd after-party until 11:00pm
  • Five delicious meals, including breakfast, lunch, & dinner on Monday; breakfast & lunch on Tuesday; and two tea/coffee breaks per day. 
  • Five indoor & outdoor natural hot spring pools for early morning to late night soaking (open until 1:00am!) for guests staying at the resort
  • Numerous rest, relaxation, and fitness opportunities, including morning walks, yoga, stretching, hot springs soaks, guided meditations, workout/fitness room, fireside chats, lakeside activities, hikes, and more!

 

   NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRICE ARE:

  • Your transportation to & from Harrison Hot Springs
  • Your Room  (You must reserve your room separately through the hotel.  Group discount rates will be available for all "Roll Up The Rug" participants. See details below)
  • Spa treatments  (Harrison Hot Springs is a world-class spa facility. All spa amenities and treatments are available for an additional cost.  Please check the Harrison Hot Springs website for more details)

 

  

PRE-EVENT WEEKEND IN SEATTLE:

    FRIDAY  (June 12th)
  • "Fabulous Friday" Dance at Om Culture:   Lesson is 7:30; Variety Dance is 8:30-10:30pm; Late Night Blues & Fusion from 10:30 on.   Not to be missed! -- fabulous DJ'd music and atmosphere, with dancing in the round, typically well attended by Seattle best social dancers!   LOCATION:  Om Culture, 2210 N. Pacific St, Seattle, WA.  COST:  $15 lesson & dance, $10 dance only
  • Late Night Fusion & Blues at Om Culture, 10:30 on...  (see above) 

   SATURDAY (June 13th)


AT HARRISON HOT SPRINGS:

   SUNDAY  (June 14th, morning to late night)
  • [OPTIONAL]  Meet for coffee and snacks in Seattle, drive or carpool to Harrison Hot Springs, B.C.  (carpooling details to be arranged individually.  contact Ari if you need a ride)
  • 11:00am-6:00pm:  Hike, bike, golf, mineral bath soaks, R&R, dinner on your own...
  • 4:00pm:  Official resort check in is 4pm.  You can check into your room earlier if it is available.  If it's not available, you can still leave your luggage with the concierge and go enjoy the resort amenities!   (Changing rooms are available at poolside)
  • 5:00-6:00pm:  Camp check-in and/or registration
  • 6:00-8:00pm:  Meet & greet; introductions; games; group workshop with Ari
  • 8:00-10:00pm:  Copper Room dance to live music (bar drink & snacks included)
  • 10:15-11:15pm:  Late night program: "Fireside Chat with Richard"
  • 10:15-11:45pm:  Ballroom available for late night music, practice, dancing
  • 10:00pm-late:  After hours hot tubbing, spa activities, more fireside stories, free-time (on your own). 
  MONDAY  (June 15th, full day)
  • Early morning walks, watsu, yoga, stretching, spa, hot springs soak (Schedule TBA on Sunday)
  • 8:00-9:15am:  [GROUP BREAKFAST]
  • 10:00-12:00pm: Morning Dance Workshops with Richard
  • 12:00-1:30pm: [GROUP LUNCH]
  • 1:30-3:30pm:  Afternoon Dance Workshops With Ari
  • 3:30-7:30pm: Free time (spa, walks, talks, practices, hot springs chats)
  • 7:30-10:00pm:  Copper Room Group Dinner & Dance Party, Live Big Band (business casual attire)
  • 10:15-11:45pm:  Ballroom available for late night music, practice, dancing
  • 10:00pm-late:  After hours hot tubbing, spa activities, free-time (on your own). 
      TUESDAY (June 16th, morning and afternoon, ends at 4:30pm)
    • Early morning walks, watsu, yoga, stretching, spa, hot springs soak (Schedule TBA on Sunday)
    • 8:00-9:15am:  [GROUP BREAKFAST]
    • 9:30-10:00:  Room Checkout (luggage storage available)
    • 10:00-12:00pm: Morning Dance Workshops with Richard
    • 12:00-1:30pm: [GROUP LUNCH]
    • 1:30-3:30pm:  Afternoon Dance Workshops with Ari, Wrap Up
    • 3:45-4:30pm:  Special Group-Dance Activity  (TBA)
    • 4:30-6:00pm:  Last chance to enjoy the resort before you leave! (hot springs, swimming, walks, etc).  Changing rooms available at poolside.
    • 6:00pm + :  Optional group dinner and dancing for those staying an extra night (To be arranged on site -- not included in the weekend package)

      WHAT TO EXPECT FROM THE CLASSES:

    Classes will draw concepts and material from a variety of dance styles (ie, blues, tango, ballroom, fusion...) and will focus almost entirely on techniques that can make your dance connection and partnership that much more of a rich and profound experience in any dance you do (as apposed learning lots of moves and steps-based patterns for a specific style)

    What makes this retreat such a unique experience is not only the knowledge of your instructors, but the material they will be teaching and the way they will be presenting it.  During the course of the camp, you will be taken on a personal journey, utilizing a variety of social dance styles, to emphasize those critical elements of energy & connection that are so fundamental to improving your ability to communicate (or "converse") on the dance floor...in ANY style of dance!  
     
    If you have taken mostly "steps-based" classes or workshops in the past, this might be one of the most important experiences you will have in order to 
    get you to that next level of enjoying your dancing, of fluidly improvising with alternate rhythms, of connecting profoundly to the music, and of truly appreciating and celebrating your partnerships, both on the dance floor and off. 

    This is the vital, rich stuff that all beginning dancers, and even most intermediate or advanced dancers have not really been exposed to, but are usually very eager to learn once they become aware of these elements.  And this is what this weekend is about.  It's a very unique, very special opportunity to take your dance to the next level with two masterful teachers, and it really doesn't matter whether you come to this from a beginning, intermediate, or advanced level of dance.  This weekend will blow your mind, and will truly change the way you think about and appreciate partner dancing for long time to come!

     FEATURED INSTRUCTORS:

    ARI LEVITT, MD:  "Partnering, Connection, Conversation, & Musicality"  In Ari's classes, we will be using blues, swing, fusion, and a few other dance styles to focus on many of the much broader and deeper concepts of partner connection, fun, and play that can be applied to just about any dance genre you do.  If you've ever taken a workshop before with Ari in one of these topics, you know that you are nigh guaranteed a rich, transformative experience, with a plethora of wonderful concepts and ideas to take home with you that will give you much to think about for both your dancing on the floor, and, in the case of our "wellness" theme for this retreat, the applications of those lessons to life off the floor... 

    RICHARD POWERS:  "Collaborative Dance Partnering with Tango and Blues"  This series of classes will quickly take partnered dancing from the basics (including if you have never danced), to new possibilities that Richard's Stanford students are currently finding very exciting (including his most advanced students).  No dance experience is required, just a fun-loving attitude and lots of enthusiasm, but the more partnered dancing that you happen to know, the more you'll get out of the class.         

      ADDITIONAL INSTRUCTORS & WELLNESS COACHES:

    We are very privileged to have with us several talented wellness coaches who will be leading us in some wonderful extra-dance-curricular group activities, as well as providing opportunities for private coaching or instruction.  Check the calendar for group activity times and locations.  For private coaching, please see each teacher for prices and availability at the retreat.

     Jan Klimek, Yoga Instructor & Therapist:

    • Jan is an experienced, long-time yoga instructor, holding certificates and specializing in a number of different sports and non-sports specific yoga modalities, including "yoga for golfers", and "yoga for cancer survivors".  She is proud to have been practicing, studying and teaching yoga for many years to a wide range of individual, across all demographics and ability levels.  She currently works as a yoga instructor at the Fairmont Hot Springs in B.C., Canada, and is very much looking forward to meeting all of you both on the dance floor and on the yoga matts!

     Tracey Powers, Outdoor Running/Walking/Fitness:  

    • An avid marathon runner and cross-trainer, Tracey will be leading morning runs and/or "walk & talks" (depending on the ambition of the group) on Mon & Tues.  A perfect way to get the adrenalin going, then have a little soak in the hot tubs before classes begin!

      TO REGISTER FOR THIS EVENT:

    1. Simply go to the Roll Up The Rug website Registration & Payment pages to complete your registration & payment for the weekend.  Spaces are limited, so please do this sooner than later!  All prices are listed in Section A below.
    2. Contact the Harrison Hot Springs Spa & Resort to reserve your room.  Room prices and contact information are detailed in Section B below   (When you call HHS, be sure to ask for or push the voicemail prompt for "Group Reservations" and just tell then you are with "Roll Up The Rug") 

     PLEASE NOTE: 

    SPACE IS LMITED:  We have 35 lead & 35 follow spots guaranteed.  We will fill up those spots first to ensure a balanced Lead-Follow ratio.  We sold out last year, so be sure to register early! 

    LEAD-FOLLOW BALANCE:  We will do our best to keep the Lead - Follow ratio as balanced as possible.  The may require creating a waiting list if there is an imbalance one way or the other. Our sincerest apologies for any inconvenience this might cause.

     PLEASE NOTE:

    Due to an initial lead/follow imbalance in registration, we will need to put all further single follows on a waiting list for the retreat (please complete the registration page none-the-less.  When a space opens up, we will be happy to honor the price that corresponds with the date you registered). 

    All single leads and lead/follow couples will still be admitted right away.  Our sincerest apologies for any inconvenience this might cause.

    If you are on the waiting list, please go ahead and make your reservations for a room at the resort (Those group prices will only be available to us through mid-May).  You can always cancel your reservation with a full refund up to three days before the event. 

    Come on, leads!  We have follows waiting for you to get them in!

     PRICING, REGISTRATION & PAYMENT 

    (Spaces are limited, so register early!  Rooms will sell out as the summer nears)

    A)  Dance & Wellness Spa Package

    • Early Bird (April 15 - May 29th):         $320  (SAVE $25)
    • Regular Bird (After May 29th):            $345 

    **Remember: Our group discount for the hotel rooms is only good through May 14th.  After then it's on a space available basis at the regular seasonal rates. 

    Go to the Registration & Payment pages to complete your Registration & Payment. 

    **Due to the disproportionate US-Canadian dollar exchange rate, Canadian citizens will receive a additional discount on the Payment Page to help offset your cost of paying in US dollars (Remember to use Canadian Payment option on the Payment Page)

     

    B)  Hotel Room Rates  

    To qualify for our specially discounted group rates, you must book your room directly through the hotel "Group Reservations" desk and say you are with "Roll Up The Rug" (See directions below)  Rates are the same for single or double occupancy.  Click Here to view the various room descriptions on the Harrison Hot Springs Webpage:

       Prices are in Canadian Dollars   ($1 US = $1.26 Canadian)

    SINGLE/DOUBLE ROOMS per night (1 or 2 beds)

    • Main Hotel      C$111.00 (plus tax)   (about $88 US, or $44/pp, plus tax)
    • West Wing      C$121.00 (plus tax)   (about $95 US, or $48/pp, plus tax)
    • West Tower    C$131.00 (plus tax)   (about $103 US, or $52/pp, plus tax)
    • East Tower     C$141.00 (plus tax)    (about $111 US, or $56/pp, plus tax)
    • Main Family Rm   C$131.00 (plus tax)   (about $103 US, or, $52/pp, plus tax)
    • Main Jr Suite   C$131.00 (plus tax)   (about $103 US, or, $52/pp, plus tax)

    TRIPLE ROOMS per night (3 beds)

    • Main Hotel      C$131.00 (plus tax)   (about $103 US, or $34/pp, plus tax)
    • West Wing      C$141.00 (plus tax)   (about $111 US, or $37/pp, plus tax)
    • West Tower    C$151.00 (plus tax)   (about $119 US, or $39/pp plus tax)
    • East Tower     C$161.00 (plus tax)   (about $127 US, or, $42/pp, plus tax)
    • Main Family Rm   C$151.00 (plus tax)   (about $119 US, or, $39/pp, plus tax)
    • Main Jr Suite   C$151.00 (plus tax)   (about $119 US, or, $39/pp, plus tax)

    QUAD ROOMS per night (4 beds)

    • Main Hotel                      N/A
    • West Wing      C$161.00 (plus tax)        (about $127 US, or $32/pp, plus tax)
    • West Tower    C$171.00 (plus tax)        (about $135 US, or $34/pp, plus tax)
    • East Tower     C$181.00 (plus tax)        (about $142 US, or $36/pp, plus tax)
    • Main Family Rm   C$171.00 (plus tax)   (about $135 US, or, $34/pp, plus tax)
    • Main Jr Suite                  N/A

    **Please feel free to arrive early and/or to stay an extra night as you wish.  To do so, you would simply need to make those arrangements with the hotel when you book your room.

     

     TO RESERVE YOUR ROOM:

    To reserve your room using our special group discounted rate, contact Harrison Hot Springs "Group Reservations" via any of the methods below:

    • By Direct Fax:  604-796-3682
    • By Phone (Toll Free):  800-663-2266 (at prompt, press 2 for group reservations)
    • By Reservations Email:  res@harrisonresort.com  
      • Please use the group code 41M86F to access your discounted rates

    Whichever way you contact them, be sure to let them know the following:

    1. Your name and contact information (email, phone, address)
    2. That you are with "Roll Up The Rug" 
    3. Your arrival and departure dates
    4. Your preferred room location from the list above (Main Hotel, West Tower, West Wing, East Tower)
    5. The number of persons sharing your room (If more than one, please indicate your preference for a single bed or for separate beds.  Please also let them know the name(s) of the person or persons you will be sharing your room with)
    6. Your form of payment
    7. Any special needs you might have

     

                * PLEASE NOTE:

    1. Our group hotel rate will be guaranteed through Tuesday, May19th. Reservations received after Tuesday, May 19, 2014 will be provided on a space available basis at prevailing rates.  
    2. As per hotel policy, hotel reservations must be guaranteed by a credit card or by an advanced deposit received 30 days prior to arrival. Individual Cancellations must be made 72 hours prior to arrival or one night's charge will be forfeited.    
    3. Cancellation refund policy for the "Roll Up The Rug" instruction, meal, and dance package:  1)  Full refund if cancelled by May 15th (1 month prior to the retreat);  2)  Full refund minus $50 from May16th to June 4th (10 days before the retreat);  3)  1/2 full refund from June 5th to June13th  4)  Full refund minus $200 after June 14th (at this point, we would have already paid HHS for your spot)
       

       LOCATION:

    Harrison Hot Springs Resort & Spa 

    100 Esplanade Avenue
    Harrison Hot Springs, British Columbia, VOM 1KO, Canada

    (Click Here for their web page)

      • Fax:  604-796-3682
      • Phone (Toll Free):  800-663-2266 (at prompt, press 2 for group reservations)
      • Reservations Email:  res@harrisonresort.com  

     

    GUESTROOM AMENITIES:

    All rooms feature flat-screen TVs, in-room coffee makers, wireless Internet and beverage coolers. Views from the guestrooms range from Harrison Lake to the Resort Gardens, from Mt. Cheam to the village of Harrison Hot Springs and all rooms feature access to the spa's five hot mineral poolsfitness room and tennis courts.

    Our British Columbia hotel accommodations include the East TowerMain HotelWest Tower, and West Wing. View our Interactive Map to see the resort's layout or visit our Discover Harrison Hot Springs page to find directions, weather, and local information.

     

     GETTING THERE:

    Travel time from Seattle to Harrison Hot Springs is just under 3 hrs, and less than 2 hrs from Vancouver.  A current passport will be required to cross the USA/CANADA border.  We are planning to organize a group travel caravan from Seattle to B.C. on Sunday.  Full travel details and route recommendations will be provided closer to the event date. 

     

    ** BE SURE TO HAVE YOUR PASSPORT FOR THE BORDER CROSSING **

     BREAKFAST BUFFET 

     Monday & Tuesday, 7:45-8:45 AM

    •    Assorted Fruit Juices
    •    Fresh Seasonal Fruit and Berries
    •    Fresh Baked Croissants, Muffins & Danish Pastries
    •    Sliced Bread for Toasting, Sweet Butter, Preserves & Honey
    •    Assorted Breakfast Cereals
    •    Warm Oatmeal with Brown Sugar
    •    Yogurt
    •    Scrambled Eggs with Red Pepper & Scallions
    •    Crispy Bacon, Fraser Valley Maple Breakfast Sausage
    •    Home Fried Hash Brown Potatoes - Ketchup
    •    Gourmet Regular and Decaffeinated Coffee or Tea

     

    MORNING COFFEE BREAK
     Monday & Tuesday, 10:00 AM

    Gourmet Regular and Decaffeinated Coffee and Tea

      LUNCH BUFFET 

     Monday & Tuesday, 12:00-1:30 PM
     

    MONDAY:  Pizza Lunch    

    •   Two Types of Pizza:
                 1)  Grilled Chicken, Pesto, Feta & Sun-Dried Tomato
                 2)  Portabella Mushroom, Spinach, Olive & Asiago Cheese
    •   Caesar Salad, with Herb Croutons & Parmesan Cheese
    •   Marinated Tomato Salad with Red Onion, Feta Cheese & Basil
    •   Soup of the Day
    •   Gluten-Free Option (Chef's Choice) 
    •   Assorted Pastries, Tiramisu Mousse with Biscotti
    •   Gourmet Regular and Decaffeinated Coffee or Tea

     TUESDAY: Sandwich Buffet Lunch

    •   Market Salad 
    •   Potato Salad
    •   Soup of the Day
    •   Fresh Vegetable Tray
    •   Assorted Sandwiches and Wraps
            (Gluten-Free & Vegetarian Options Available, Chef's Choice)
    •   A Variety of Fresh Pastries from the Harrison Bake Shop
    •   Gourmet Regular and Decaffeinated Coffee or Tea

     

    AFTERNOON COFFEE BREAK
     Monday & Tuesday, 3:00 PM

    Gourmet Regular and Decaffeinated Coffee and Tea

      Monday Night Dinner & Dance

    **NOTE:  These are examples from 2014.  The 2015 menu selections will be available 30 days prior to the event.

    Doors to the Copper Room open at 6:00pm, Dinner begins at 6:30pm, Music begins at 7:00pm

     

    DINNER MENU (from 2014 camp)

     Butter Lettuce & Radicchio Salad
     Asparagus, Radishes & Feta Cheese & Lemon Vinaigrette

    **

     Sorbet

    ** 
     Beef Tenderloin  
    (with Red Wine Jus, Mashed Potatoes & Seasonal Vegetables)

    -OR-

     Wild Salmon  (with Salsa Cru, Parsleyed Potatoes & Seasonal Vegetables)

    -OR-

     Pork Tenderloin  (with Apple Chutney, Mashed Potatoes & Seasonal Vegetables)

    -OR-

     Pappardelle Pasta  (with Mixed Mushrooms, Goat Cheese, Smoked Tomato Arugula Sauce) 

    **

     New York Cheesecake
    Pear Compote, Toasted Walnuts

    **

     Coffee or Tea 
     No host cash bar and beverage service available

     

    **Copper Room Dress Code:  Smart/Casual (No Shorts, Sneakers, or T-Shirts). Clean, Well-Pressed Jeans are Acceptable.

      INSTRUCTOR BIO'S

     ARI LEVITT, MD:

    An incredibly versatile dancer & world-class instructor, Ari is well-known for his fun, energetic, and delightful classes that can't help but inspire students with a love and passion for dance.  He has been teaching and performing nationally, and internationally for over 25 years; is the co-founder and director of "Waltz Week in Vienna" & "The New Zealand Dance Adventure"; and is one of this country's leading innovators and instructors in the areas of cross-step waltz, as well as "fusion" -style blues, waltz, swing, &  night club 2-step.
     
    When not dancing, Ari is a physician on faculty at Singularity University's prestigious "Future Med", and is a pioneer in the burgeoning field of "Experiential Wellness Medicine" which, among other things, uses dance movement, technique, & connection as a modality for diagnosing and treating patients.
    You can learn more about Ari at
     
    www.rolluptherug.comwww.waltzweekinvienna.com, or www.futureMed2020.com.

    Here are links to a few of Ari's YouTube videos that you may find interesting:

     

    RICHARD POWERS

    Richard has been teaching contemporary and historic social dance for over 35 years.  He leads workshops around the world and is currently a full-time instructor at Stanford University's Dance Division.  You can read more about Richard on his web page at http://richardpowers.com/

    While Richard is best know to most today for his work in historic dance and for his resurrection of the cross-step waltz, his overarching trajectory since 1970 has really been on the enhancement of creativity in interdisciplinary environments.

    To this end, in addition to his pursuit of creativity in dance, Richard is also a graphic designer & design engineer, and the recipient of 8 U.S. and international patents as well as 25 Art Directors Show awards for graphic design. In the world of dance, Richard has choreographed for dozens of stage productions and films, and has taught workshops across the U.S. and abroad. When he lived in Cincinnati, he was founder and Director of Co-Works, Inc., a large and long-lived artists' intermedia collaborative, and was recipient of the Post-Corbett Award for Performing Artist, Cincinnati's foremost arts recognition.

    More recently, Richard was selected by the Centennial Issue of Stanford Magazine as one of Stanford University's most notable graduates of its first century.

    At the retreat, in addition to teaching classes, Richard will offer cozy storytelling sessions by the fireplace, drawing from the chapters on holistic wellness from his new book, Waltzing: A Manual for Dancing and Living.  Topics will include the essential benefits of music, physical activity, connection, play, mindfulness, acceptance and conditional learning. 

     EASTSIDE CLASSES:

    Four MON's (Nov 7-28, 2016) [All Levels]

    • 7:00-8:00: Blues Dancing Foundations  (Beg)
    • 8:15-9:15:  Intro to East Coast Swing - Fun!  (Beg)
    CLICK HERE for DETAILS

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    SEATTLE CLASSES - "Fun New Steps & Fancy Combinations"

    Take the entire three-week series, or take any individual class as a two hour stand-alone workshop).  Each 2-hour class will focus on introducing new steps & combinations in one genre of dance.  Classes will be followed by a 45 minute guided practice & social.  

       TUESDAY SERIES:  "Getting Latin!"

    • May 17th (7:00-9:00pm):   "Spicing Up Your Salsa" - awesome!
    • May 24th (7:00-9:00pm):  "Getting Your Bachata On" 
    • May 31st (7:00-9:00pm):   "Beautiful, Romantic Rhumba" 

       WEDNESDAY SERIES:  "Celebrating Swing!"

    • May 18th (7:00-9:00pm):   "Swing Your Socks Off" - fun! 
    • May 25th (7:00-9:00pm):  "Intro to 'Slow Swing' Laminu" 

    • June 1st (7:00-9:00pm):   "Balboa Basics For Swing Dancers" 
    CLICK HERE for DETAILS

     SPECIALTY WORKSHOPS:

    Join us for a very special:

    Campbell Miller WORKSHOP Weekend!

    May 13-15, 2016 is our fabulous "Workshop & Dance" Weekend, with special guest (and Texas's finest), Campbell Miller.  Not to be missed! 

    CLICK HERE for Details

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    Join us in Port Townsend for 2 fabulous workshops:

    - Focusing on Fun New Steps & Great Combinations -

    "Swing Your Socks Off"

    Thursday, May 26th, 2016 (7-9pm)

    Learn some great new East Coast Swing steps and fancy combinations to launch you into a fabulous summer of dance.  Learn the "Turbine", the "San Juan Shuffle", the "Double-Dutch" and other great moves that will add a little spice your your ECS.  Not to be missed!

    CLICK HERE for Details

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    Join us for a fun & fabulous:

    ALASKA Dance CRUISE!

    August 28 - September 4, 2016

    Join fellow dancers for a week of fabulous cruising adventure, dance classes, dancing & socializing, with SPECIAL dance events planned on-shore exclusively for our group in Juneau & Victoria.  Plus so much more!

    CLICK HERE for Details

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    Join us for a West Coast Premier of:

    Dancing with Horses!

    JUNE 20th, 2016

    in beautiful Victoria, BC

    CLICK HERE for Details

     Join us for our upcoming WEST COAST PREMIER workshop:   

    "Inter-Species Blues"

    June 20th in Victoria, BC

    CLICK HERE for descriptions fans details

     Fri-Sun, May 13-15, 2016

    Join us for a very special Dance & Workshop Weekend with world class instructor and performer

     Campbell Miller's

    SEATTLE DANCE WEEKEND

    CLICK HERE for Detais

      New MONDAY Classes (Mercer Island)

    [NEW] FOUR MONDAY's:  (May 2, 9, 16, 23)   All Monday classes are held at the Mercer Island JCC (See directions below)  Monday Classes are 'All Level'

      CLICK HERE to register for the JCC classes on the JCC site

    • 7:00-8:00pm:   "Blues Dancing Foundations - Fabulous & Fun"
      Learn the true art of partner dancing with this fun blues-based introduction to steps, styling, and lead/ follow connection! Perfect for both beginning dancers or experienced dancers who want to focus on effortless flow and connection in their partnership
      CLICK HERE to see an example of fun & playful Blues Dance with Ari. (Level: Beg/Int)  All welcome - No partner needed.
    • 8:15-9:15:  "Intro to East Coast Swing Basics"  -  The perfect introduction to swing dancing!  Take the energy up a notch, now adding 6-count swing steps, turns, and traveling moves to the mix. Great to take in conjunction with the 7pm “Blues Foundations” class since these dances are often done in the same venues.  CLICK HERE to see an example of fun, improvisational Swing Dancing with Ari  (Level: All Levels)  All welcome - No partner needed.
    • 9:15-9:45:  Guided Practice for class participants 

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      New TUES/WED Classes (Seattle)

    focusing on fun new steps and great combinations -

    [NEW] THREE TUES's &/or WED's (Take the entire three-week series, or take any individual class as a two hour stand-alone workshop)

    Each 2-hour class will focus on introducing new steps, combinations, & styling in one genre of dance. Classes will be followed by a 45 minute guided practice & wine & cheese social.  After a single class or three-week series, you'll come away with a host of new moves that will prepare you for a summer of fabulous dancing!

    DATES & TOPICS:   All Tuesday & Wednesday classes will be held from 7-9pm at a PRIVATE HOME/STUDIO in the Eastlake neighborhood of Seattle (You will need to register for the class online in order to get directions).  Class levels are "non-novice beg/int" (Some familiarity with basic social dance and partnering is expected).  Class sizes are space-limited so sign up soon!

       TUESDAY SERIES:  "Getting Latin!"

    • May 17th (7:00-9:00pm):   "Spicing Up Your Salsa" - awesome!
    • May 24th (7:00-9:00pm):  "Getting Your Bachata On" 
    • May 31st (7:00-9:00pm):   "Beautiful, Romantic Rhumba" 

       WEDNESDAY SERIES:  "Celebrating Swing!"

    • May 18th (7:00-9:00pm):  "Swing Your Socks Off!" - fun ECS 
    • May 25th (7:00-9:00pm):  "Intro to Swing-Laminu" - slow & saucy!
    • June 1st (7:00-9:00pm):   "Balboa Basics For Swing Dancers" 


    LOCATIONS:  

    • All Monday classes will be held at the Stroum Jewish Community Center (SJCC)3801 East Mercer Way, Mercer Island, WA.  (Just off 1-90 at the East Mercer Way exit).  Classes will be held in the upstairs Performing Arts Auditorium.  There is plenty of free parking available.  Doors to the auditorium open at 6:45pm. Come early to sign in, change shoes, stretch, warm up, etc.  
    • All Tuesday & Wednesday classes will be held at a Private Home/Studio in the Eastlake Neighborhood of Seattle.  You will need to register online in order to get the address.  Doors open at 6:45. Come early to sign in, change shoes, stretch, warm up, etc.

     

    COST:

    MON:  [JCC SPECIAL PRICES for this first series of May Classes]  Each Monday class series includes 4 hrs of instruction, and 2 hrs of guided practice (1/2 hr following the second class each night).  Classes are designed to be taken in pairs (ie, take at least two together each night)  CLICK HERE to register for the JCC classes on the JCC site

    • One 4-week series (4 hrs of instruction!)  = $50 ($5 savings)
    • Two 4-week series (8 hrs of instruction!)  = $80  ($20 savings)
    • Drop-In (with Instructor's Permission after the first class)  = $15 per class 

    TUES & WED:  Each single Tues or Wed class is a stand-alone 2-hr workshop in one genre of dance, followed by a 45 minute guided practice and wine & cheese social.  Take an individual class as a drop-in, or take an entire 3-week series!

    • One single 2-hr workshop (& guided practice) (2.75 hrs of instruction!)  = $25 
    • One 3-week series (Either Tues or Wed)  = $65  ($10 savings)
    • Two 3-week series (Both Tues & Wed)  = $130 ($20 savings)
    • STUDENTS (under age 25):  $20 per stand-alone class  ($5 savings)

    **PLEASE NOTE:  All students registered for the 'full series' will get a video review of the class material.  Drop-ins, however, will not be sent a video review.

    TO REGISTER & PAY FOR MON CLASSES:  CLICK HERE to register for the JCC classes on the JCC site.   

    TO REGISTER & PAY FOR TUES & WED CLASSES:  Click on the "Registration" button in the menu on the top left side of this page to go to the Registration Page.   

    Payment for Tues & Wed classes can be made from the Payment page using PayPal or a credit card, or paid by cash or check at the door just before the first class. Payment by cash or check will help you to avoid the additional online PayPal surcharge. 

    Class size is limited, so register early!  

     CLICK HERE to go to the Registration Page 

    One (1) Four-Week Class Series (4 hrs of instruction)

    $ 57.50 USD

    Please be sure you've marked the class you're signing up for on the registration page

    $55+ $2.50 (PayPal fee). If you want to avoid the paypal fee, please talk to Ari about paying by cash or check.

     

    Two (2) Four-Week Class Series (SAVE $5) (8 hrs of instruction)

    $ 109 USD

    This price is for one person taking two classes. If you are paying for two people taking two classes, select this option, then on the check-out page change the number of items in your cart from 1 to 2.  

    Please be sure you've marked the classes you're signing up for on the registration page

    $105 + $4.00 (PayPal fee)If you want to avoid the paypal fee, please talk to Ari about paying by cash or check.

     

    Three (3) Four-Week Class Series (SAVE $10) (12 hrs of instruction)

    $ 161 USD

    This price is for one person taking three classes. If you are paying for two people taking three classes, select this option, then on the check-out page change the number of items in your cart from 1 to 2.  

    Please be sure you've marked the classes you're signing up for on the registration page

    $155 + $6 (PayPal fee). If you want to avoid the paypal fee, please talk to Ari about paying by cash or check. 

     

    STUDENT PRICE (under age 25): PER CLASS SERIES (Save $15)

    $ 42 USD

    This is the price for taking one class series. If you are signing up and paying for two or more series, select this option, then on the check-out page change the number of items in your cart from 1 to 2 or 3.

    $40 + $2.00 (PayPal fee)If you want to avoid the paypal fee, please talk to Ari about paying by cash or check.

     

    [NEW STUDENT & MEETUP MEMBER SPECIAL] Two (2) Four-Week Class Series [SAVE $25]

    $ 88 USD

    This Special applies to FIRST-TIME STUDENTS and/or MEETUP MEMBERS only (ie, you are a new student to "Roll Up The Rug" and/or a "Seattle/Eastside Swing, Ballroom & Blues" Meetup member who has not taken a previous class with "Roll Up The Rug")

    The price is for one person taking two classes. If you are paying for two people taking two classes, select this option, then on the check-out page change the number of items in your cart from 1 to 2.  

    Please be sure you've marked the classes you're signing up for on the registration page

    $85 + $3.00 (PayPal fee)If you want to avoid the paypal fee, please talk to Ari about paying by cash or check.

     

     

    [NEW STUDENT & MEETUP MEMEBER SPECIAL] Three (3) Four-Week Class Series [SAVE $25]

    $ 145 USD

    This Special applies to FIRST-TIME STUDENTS and/or MEETUP MEMBERS only (ie, you are a new student to "Roll Up The Rug" and/or a "Seattle/Eastside Swing, Ballroom & Blues" Meetup member who has not taken a previous class with "Roll Up The Rug")

    The price is for one person taking three classes. If you are paying for two people taking three classes, select this option, then on the check-out page change the number of items in your cart from 1 to 2.  

    Please be sure you've marked the classes you're signing up for on the registration page

    $140 + $5.00 (PayPal fee)If you want to avoid the paypal fee, please talk to Ari about paying by cash or check.

     

     

    ONE (1) PORT TOWNSEND WORKSHOP

    $ 16 USD

    One (1) Port Townsend Workshop

    $15 + $1 PayPal Fee

     

    BOTH (2) PORT TOWNSEND WORKSHOPS

    $ 26.50 USD

    Both (2) Port Townsend Workshops

    $25 + $1.50 PayPal Fee

     

    Private Lesson 5 Hour Bundle (SAVE $50!)

    $ 415.50 USD

    This special 5-hour lesson bundle drops the hourly rate to $80/hr (save $50!)

    $400 + $15.50 PayPal Fee   If you would like to avoid the PayPal fee, please talk to Ari about paying by cash or check

     

    Private Lesson (1 hr)

    $ 93.75 USD

    The hourly rate for private lessons is $90/hr

    NOTE:  If you want to pay for two, three, or four hours of private lessons, then select this 1 hour option and when you are ready to complete your purchase, go to the "checkout cart" page and change the item number from one to however many hours you wish to purchase (two, three, four, etc).  The price will change accordingly.

    $90 + $3.75 PayPal Fee  If you would like to avoid the PayPal fee, please talk to Ari about paying by cash or check.

     

    SINGLE Stand-Alone Two Hour Workshop (May-June Class Series)

    $ 26 USD

    Learn new steps & combinations in one of our May-June two-hour workshop sessions from 7-9pm, then stay for the guided practice to follow -- too much fun!

    Check the "CLASSES" page for dates and topic details. 

    If you are either 1) paying for two workshops for yourself, or 2) paying for two or more people to take one workshop, please change the number on your checkout cart from 1 to 2 (or to whatever number is appropriate).  Many thanks!

    $25 + $1 PayPal fee

     

    All Three TUES or WED Classes in our May-June Stand-Alone Workshop Series [SAVE $10]

    $ 68 USD

    Sign up for all three of our Tues or Wed classes in our new May-June Series

    Check the "CLASSES" page for dates and topic details. 

    If you are either 1) paying for two workshops for yourself, or 2) paying for two or more people to take one workshop, please change the number on your checkout cart from 1 to 2 (or to whatever number is appropriate).  Many thanks!

    $65 + $3 PayPal fee

     

    All Six TUES & WED Classes in our May-June Stand-Alone Workshop Series [SAVE $20]

    $ 136 USD

    Sign up for all six of our Tues AND Wed classes in our new May-June Series

    Check the "CLASSES" page for dates and topic details. 

    If you are either 1) paying for two workshops for yourself, or 2) paying for two or more people to take one workshop, please change the number on your checkout cart from 1 to 2 (or to whatever number is appropriate).  Many thanks!

    $130 + $6 PayPal fee

     

    DANCING WITH HORSES (Victoria, BC) - WEST COAST PREMIER

    $ 26 USD

    Monday, June 20th, 2015,  6:30-9:30pm

    "Dancing with Horses" Workshop - West Coast Premier

    Cost:  $25 + $1 (PayPal Fee)

     ** Be sure to SCROLL all the way down the page for full information about this event!

     Join us for our second annual

    Dance & Spa Retreat

        at Harrison Hot Springs Resort in beautiful British Columbia, Canada

    Sun-Tues, June 14-16, 2015

    Three wonderful days of workshops, live music, dancing, dining, hot springs, and R&R, with dance-connection guru Ari Levitt, & special guest instructor, author, and Stanford professor, Richard Powers (& his lovely wife Tracey)!

    PLEASE NOTE:

    Single Leads are needed to help take follows off of the waiting list!

    Due to an initial lead/follow imbalance in registration, we will need to put all further single follows on a waiting list for the retreat (please complete the registration page none-the-less.  When a space opens up, we will be happy to honor the price that corresponds with the date you registered).   All single leads and lead/follow couples will still be admitted right away.  Our sincerest apologies for any inconvenience this might cause.

    If you are on the waiting list, please go ahead and make your reservations for a room at the resort (Those group prices will only be available to us through mid-May).  You can always cancel your reservation with a full refund up to three days before the event.  

    Come on, leads!  We have follows waiting for you to get them in!

       COME AND ENJOY...  

    • Three wonderful days of interactive dance workshops, wellness, and R&R with Ari LevittRichard Powers, and company, including several very unique sessions on partnering & connection, fun & informative fireside & hot tub discussion panels, and opportunities for each participant to teach as well as to learn from each other in our unique "un-conference" session!
    • Two night's of LIVE MUSIC & DANCING in the resort's world-famous and historic "Copper Room", including a:
      • Sunday Night after-dinner dance party from 8-10pm (with complimentary drinks and snacks), followed by a fireside chat with Richard, and late night hot tubbing.
      • Monday Night semi-formal group dinner & dance to live music from 6-10pm, with a late night DJ'd after-party until 11:00pm
    • Five delicious meals, including breakfast, lunch, & dinner on Monday; breakfast & lunch on Tuesday; and two tea/coffee breaks per day. 
    • Five indoor & outdoor natural hot spring pools for early morning to late night soaking (open until 1:00am!) for guests staying at the resort
    • Numerous rest, relaxation, and fitness opportunities, including morning walks, yoga, stretching, hot springs soaks, guided meditations, workout/fitness room, fireside chats, lakeside activities, hikes, and more!

     

       NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRICE ARE:

    • Your transportation to & from Harrison Hot Springs
    • Your Room  (You must reserve your room separately through the hotel.  Group discount rates will be available for all "Roll Up The Rug" participants. See details below)
    • Spa treatments  (Harrison Hot Springs is a world-class spa facility. All spa amenities and treatments are available for an additional cost.  Please check the Harrison Hot Springs website for more details)
    TENTATIVE SCHEDULE:   
     
    PRE-EVENT WEEKEND IN SEATTLE:

        FRIDAY  (June 12th)
    • "Fabulous Friday" Dance at Om Culture:   Lesson is 7:30; Variety Dance is 8:30-10:30pm; Late Night Blues & Fusion from 10:30 on.   Not to be missed! -- fabulous DJ'd music and atmosphere, with dancing in the round, typically well attended by Seattle best social dancers!   LOCATION:  Om Culture, 2210 N. Pacific St, Seattle, WA.  COST:  $15 lesson & dance, $10 dance only
    • Late Night Fusion & Blues at Om Culture, 10:30 on...  (see above) 

       SATURDAY (June 13th)


    AT HARRISON HOT SPRINGS:

       SUNDAY  (June 14th, morning to late night)
    • [OPTIONAL]  Meet for coffee and snacks in Seattle, drive or carpool to Harrison Hot Springs, B.C.  (carpooling details to be arranged individually.  contact Ari if you need a ride)
    • 11:00am-6:00pm:  Hike, bike, golf, mineral bath soaks, R&R, dinner on your own...
    • 4:00pm:  Official resort check in is 4pm.  You can check into your room earlier if it is available.  If it's not available, you can still leave your luggage with the concierge and go enjoy the resort amenities!   (Changing rooms are available at poolside)
    • 5:00-6:00pm:  Camp check-in and/or registration
    • 6:00-8:00pm:  Meet & greet; introductions; games; group workshop with Ari
    • 8:00-10:00pm:  Copper Room dance to live music (bar drink & snacks included)
    • 10:15-11:15pm:  Late night program: "Fireside Chat with Richard"
    • 10:15-11:45pm:  Ballroom available for late night music, practice, dancing
    • 10:00pm-late:  After hours hot tubbing, spa activities, more fireside stories, free-time (on your own).  
      MONDAY  (June 15th, full day)
    • Early morning walks, watsu, yoga, stretching, spa, hot springs soak (Schedule TBA on Sunday)
    • 8:00-9:15am:  [GROUP BREAKFAST]
    • 10:00-12:00pm: Morning Dance Workshops with Richard 
    • 12:00-1:30pm: [GROUP LUNCH]
    • 1:30-3:30pm:  Afternoon Dance Workshops With Ari 
    • 3:30-7:30pm: Free time (spa, walks, talks, practices, hot springs chats)
    • 7:30-10:00pm:  Copper Room Group Dinner & Dance Party, Live Big Band (business casual attire)
    • 10:15-11:45pm:  Ballroom available for late night music, practice, dancing
    • 10:00pm-late:  After hours hot tubbing, spa activities, free-time (on your own). 
        TUESDAY (June 16th, morning and afternoon, ends at 4:30pm)
      • Early morning walks, watsu, yoga, stretching, spa, hot springs soak (Schedule TBA on Sunday)
      • 8:00-9:15am:  [GROUP BREAKFAST]
      • 9:30-10:00:  Room Checkout (luggage storage available)
      • 10:00-12:00pm: Morning Dance Workshops with Richard
      • 12:00-1:30pm: [GROUP LUNCH]
      • 1:30-3:30pm:  Afternoon Dance Workshops with Ari, Wrap Up
      • 3:45-4:30pm:  Special Group-Dance Activity  (TBA)
      • 4:30-6:00pm:  Last chance to enjoy the resort before you leave! (hot springs, swimming, walks, etc).  Changing rooms available at poolside.
      • 6:00pm + :  Optional group dinner and dancing for those staying an extra night (To be arranged on site -- not included in the weekend package)
      WORKSHOP TOPICS 

       WHAT TO EXPECT FROM THE CLASSES:

      Classes will draw concepts and material from a variety of dance styles (ie, blues, tango, ballroom, fusion...) and will focus almost entirely on techniques that can make your dance connection and partnership that much more of a rich and profound experience in any dance you do (as apposed learning lots of moves and steps-based patterns for a specific style)

      What makes this retreat such a unique experience is not only the knowledge of your instructors, but the material they will be teaching and the way they will be presenting it.  During the course of the camp, you will be taken on a personal journey, utilizing a variety of social dance styles, to emphasize those critical elements of energy & connection that are so fundamental to improving your ability to communicate (or "converse") on the dance floor...in ANY style of dance!  
       
      If you have taken mostly "steps-based" classes or workshops in the past, this might be one of the most important experiences you will have in order to 
      get you to that next level of enjoying your dancing, of fluidly improvising with alternate rhythms, of connecting profoundly to the music, and of truly appreciating and celebrating your partnerships, both on the dance floor and off.  

      This is the vital, rich stuff that all beginning dancers, and even most intermediate or advanced dancers have not really been exposed to, but are usually very eager to learn once they become aware of these elements.  And this is what this weekend is about.  It's a very unique, very special opportunity to take your dance to the next level with two masterful teachers, and it really doesn't matter whether you come to this from a beginning, intermediate, or advanced level of dance.  This weekend will blow your mind, and will truly change the way you think about and appreciate partner dancing for long time to come!

      FEATURED INSTRUCTORS:

      ARI LEVITT, MD:  "Partnering, Connection, Conversation, & Musicality"  In Ari's classes, we will be using blues, swing, fusion, and a few other dance styles to focus on many of the much broader and deeper concepts of partner connection, fun, and play that can be applied to just about any dance genre you do.  If you've ever taken a workshop before with Ari in one of these topics, you know that you are nigh guaranteed a rich, transformative experience, with a plethora of wonderful concepts and ideas to take home with you that will give you much to think about for both your dancing on the floor, and, in the case of our "wellness" theme for this retreat, the applications of those lessons to life off the floor... 

      RICHARD POWERS:  "Collaborative Dance Partnering with Tango and Blues"  This series of classes will quickly take partnered dancing from the basics (including if you have never danced), to new possibilities that Richard's Stanford students are currently finding very exciting (including his most advanced students).  No dance experience is required, just a fun-loving attitude and lots of enthusiasm, but the more partnered dancing that you happen to know, the more you'll get out of the class.         

       ADDITIONAL INSTRUCTORS & WELLNESS COACHES:

      We are very privileged to have with us several talented wellness coaches who will be leading us in some wonderful extra-dance-curricular group activities, as well as providing opportunities for private coaching or instruction.  Check the calendar for group activity times and locations.  For private coaching, please see each teacher for prices and availability at the retreat.

       Jan Klimek, Yoga Instructor & Therapist:

      • Jan is an experienced, long-time yoga instructor, holding certificates and specializing in a number of different sports and non-sports specific yoga modalities, including "yoga for golfers", and "yoga for cancer survivors".  She is proud to have been practicing, studying and teaching yoga for many years to a wide range of individual, across all demographics and ability levels.  She currently works as a yoga instructor at the Fairmont Hot Springs in B.C., Canada, and is very much looking forward to meeting all of you both on the dance floor and on the yoga matts!

       Tracey Powers, Outdoor Running/Walking/Fitness:   

      • An avid marathon runner and cross-trainer, Tracey will be leading morning runs and/or "walk & talks" (depending on the ambition of the group) on Mon & Tues.  A perfect way to get the adrenalin going, then have a little soak in the hot tubs before classes begin!

       TO REGISTER FOR THIS EVENT:

      1. Simply go to the Roll Up The Rug website Registration & Payment pages to complete your registration & payment for the weekend.  Spaces are limited, so please do this sooner than later!  All prices are listed in Section A below.
      2. Contact the Harrison Hot Springs Spa & Resort to reserve your room.  Room prices and contact information are detailed in Section B below   (When you call HHS, be sure to ask for or push the voicemail prompt for "Group Reservations" and just tell then you are with "Roll Up The Rug") 

      PLEASE NOTE:  

      SPACE IS LMITED:  We have 35 lead & 35 follow spots guaranteed.  We will fill up those spots first to ensure a balanced Lead-Follow ratio.  We sold out last year, so be sure to register early!  

      LEAD-FOLLOW BALANCE:  We will do our best to keep the Lead - Follow ratio as balanced as possible.  The may require creating a waiting list if there is an imbalance one way or the other. Our sincerest apologies for any inconvenience this might cause.

      PLEASE NOTE:

      Due to an initial lead/follow imbalance in registration, we will need to put all further single follows on a waiting list for the retreat (please complete the registration page none-the-less.  When a space opens up, we will be happy to honor the price that corresponds with the date you registered).  

      All single leads and lead/follow couples will still be admitted right away.  Our sincerest apologies for any inconvenience this might cause.

      If you are on the waiting list, please go ahead and make your reservations for a room at the resort (Those group prices will only be available to us through mid-May).  You can always cancel your reservation with a full refund up to three days before the event.  

      Come on, leads!  We have follows waiting for you to get them in!

      PRICING, REGISTRATION & PAYMENT 

      (Spaces are limited, so register early!  Rooms will sell out as the summer nears)

      A)  Dance & Wellness Spa Package

      • Early Bird (April 15 - May 29th):         $320  (SAVE $25)
      • Regular Bird (After May 29th):            $345  

      **Remember: Our group discount for the hotel rooms is only good through May 14th.  After then it's on a space available basis at the regular seasonal rates.  

      Go to the Registration & Payment pages to complete your Registration & Payment.  

      **Due to the disproportionate US-Canadian dollar exchange rate, Canadian citizens will receive a additional discount on the Payment Page to help offset your cost of paying in US dollars (Remember to use Canadian Payment option on the Payment Page)

       

      B)  Hotel Room Rates   

      To qualify for our specially discounted group rates, you must book your room directly through the hotel "Group Reservations" desk and say you are with "Roll Up The Rug" (See directions below)  Rates are the same for single or double occupancy.  Click Here to view the various room descriptions on the Harrison Hot Springs Webpage:

         Prices are in Canadian Dollars   ($1 US = $1.26 Canadian)

      SINGLE/DOUBLE ROOMS per night (1 or 2 beds)

      • Main Hotel      C$111.00 (plus tax)   (about $88 US, or $44/pp, plus tax)
      • West Wing      C$121.00 (plus tax)   (about $95 US, or $48/pp, plus tax)
      • West Tower    C$131.00 (plus tax)   (about $103 US, or $52/pp, plus tax)
      • East Tower     C$141.00 (plus tax)    (about $111 US, or $56/pp, plus tax)
      • Main Family Rm   C$131.00 (plus tax)   (about $103 US, or, $52/pp, plus tax)
      • Main Jr Suite   C$131.00 (plus tax)   (about $103 US, or, $52/pp, plus tax)

      TRIPLE ROOMS per night (3 beds)

      • Main Hotel      C$131.00 (plus tax)   (about $103 US, or $34/pp, plus tax)
      • West Wing      C$141.00 (plus tax)   (about $111 US, or $37/pp, plus tax)
      • West Tower    C$151.00 (plus tax)   (about $119 US, or $39/pp plus tax)
      • East Tower     C$161.00 (plus tax)   (about $127 US, or, $42/pp, plus tax)
      • Main Family Rm   C$151.00 (plus tax)   (about $119 US, or, $39/pp, plus tax)
      • Main Jr Suite   C$151.00 (plus tax)   (about $119 US, or, $39/pp, plus tax)

      QUAD ROOMS per night (4 beds)

      • Main Hotel                      N/A
      • West Wing      C$161.00 (plus tax)        (about $127 US, or $32/pp, plus tax)
      • West Tower    C$171.00 (plus tax)        (about $135 US, or $34/pp, plus tax)
      • East Tower     C$181.00 (plus tax)        (about $142 US, or $36/pp, plus tax)
      • Main Family Rm   C$171.00 (plus tax)   (about $135 US, or, $34/pp, plus tax)
      • Main Jr Suite                  N/A

      **Please feel free to arrive early and/or to stay an extra night as you wish.  To do so, you would simply need to make those arrangements with the hotel when you book your room.

       

       TO RESERVE YOUR ROOM:

      To reserve your room using our special group discounted rate, contact Harrison Hot Springs "Group Reservations" via any of the methods below:

      • By Direct Fax:  604-796-3682
      • By Phone (Toll Free):  800-663-2266 (at prompt, press 2 for group reservations) 
      • By Reservations Email:  res@harrisonresort.com  
        • Please use the group code 41M86F to access your discounted rates

      Whichever way you contact them, be sure to let them know the following:

      1. Your name and contact information (email, phone, address)
      2. That you are with "Roll Up The Rug" 
      3. Your arrival and departure dates
      4. Your preferred room location from the list above (Main Hotel, West Tower, West Wing, East Tower)
      5. The number of persons sharing your room (If more than one, please indicate your preference for a single bed or for separate beds.  Please also let them know the name(s) of the person or persons you will be sharing your room with)
      6. Your form of payment 
      7. Any special needs you might have.  

       

                  * PLEASE NOTE

      1. Our group hotel rate will be guaranteed through Tuesday, May19th. Reservations received after Tuesday, May 19, 2014 will be provided on a space available basis at prevailing rates.   
      2. As per hotel policy, hotel reservations must be guaranteed by a credit card or by an advanced deposit received 30 days prior to arrival. Individual Cancellations must be made 72 hours prior to arrival or one night's charge will be forfeited.    
      3. Cancellation refund policy for the "Roll Up The Rug" instruction, meal, and dance package:  1)  Full refund if cancelled by May 15th (1 month prior to the retreat);  2)  Full refund minus $50 from May16th to June 4th (10 days before the retreat);  3)  1/2 full refund from June 5th to June13th  4)  Full refund minus $200 after June 14th (at this point, we would have already paid HHS for your spot)
         

        LOCATION:

      Harrison Hot Springs Resort & Spa 

      100 Esplanade Avenue
      Harrison Hot Springs, British Columbia, VOM 1KO, Canada

      (Click Here for their web page)

        • Fax:  604-796-3682
        • Phone (Toll Free):  800-663-2266 (at prompt, press 2 for group reservations) 
        • Reservations Email:  res@harrisonresort.com  

       

      GUESTROOM AMENITIES:

      All rooms feature flat-screen TVs, in-room coffee makers, wireless Internet and beverage coolers. Views from the guestrooms range from Harrison Lake to the Resort Gardens, from Mt. Cheam to the village of Harrison Hot Springs and all rooms feature access to the spa's five hot mineral poolsfitness room and tennis courts.

      Our British Columbia hotel accommodations include the East TowerMain HotelWest Tower, and West Wing. View our Interactive Map to see the resort's layout or visit our Discover Harrison Hot Springs page to find directions, weather, and local information. 

       

       GETTING THERE:

      Travel time from Seattle to Harrison Hot Springs is just under 3 hrs, and less than 2 hrs from Vancouver.  A current passport will be required to cross the USA/CANADA border.  We are planning to organize a group travel caravan from Seattle to B.C. on Sunday.  Full travel details and route recommendations will be provided closer to the event date. 

       

      ** BE SURE TO HAVE YOUR PASSPORT FOR THE BORDER CROSSING **

       Menu Items 

      BREAKFAST BUFFET 
       Monday & Tuesday, 7:45-8:45 AM

      •    Assorted Fruit Juices
      •    Fresh Seasonal Fruit and Berries
      •    Fresh Baked Croissants, Muffins & Danish Pastries
      •    Sliced Bread for Toasting, Sweet Butter, Preserves & Honey 
      •    Assorted Breakfast Cereals
      •    Warm Oatmeal with Brown Sugar
      •    Yogurt
      •    Scrambled Eggs with Red Pepper & Scallions
      •    Crispy Bacon, Fraser Valley Maple Breakfast Sausage
      •    Home Fried Hash Brown Potatoes - Ketchup
      •    Gourmet Regular and Decaffeinated Coffee or Tea

       

      MORNING COFFEE BREAK
       Monday & Tuesday, 10:00 AM

      Gourmet Regular and Decaffeinated Coffee and Tea

       LUNCH BUFFET 
       Monday & Tuesday, 12:00-1:30 PM
       

      MONDAY:  Pizza Lunch     

      •   Two Types of Pizza:
                   1)  Grilled Chicken, Pesto, Feta & Sun-Dried Tomato
                   2)  Portabella Mushroom, Spinach, Olive & Asiago Cheese
      •   Caesar Salad, with Herb Croutons & Parmesan Cheese
      •   Marinated Tomato Salad with Red Onion, Feta Cheese & Basil
      •   Soup of the Day
      •   Gluten-Free Option (Chef's Choice) 
      •   Assorted Pastries, Tiramisu Mousse with Biscotti
      •   Gourmet Regular and Decaffeinated Coffee or Tea

       TUESDAY: Sandwich Buffet Lunch 

      •   Market Salad 
      •   Potato Salad
      •   Soup of the Day
      •   Fresh Vegetable Tray
      •   Assorted Sandwiches and Wraps
              (Gluten-Free & Vegetarian Options Available, Chef's Choice)
      •   A Variety of Fresh Pastries from the Harrison Bake Shop
      •   Gourmet Regular and Decaffeinated Coffee or Tea

       

      AFTERNOON COFFEE BREAK
       Monday & Tuesday, 3:00 PM

      Gourmet Regular and Decaffeinated Coffee and Tea

       Monday Night Dinner & Dance

      **NOTE:  These are examples from 2014.  The 2015 menu selections will be available 30 days prior to the event.

      Doors to the Copper Room open at 6:00pm, Dinner begins at 6:30pm, Music begins at 7:00pm

       

      DINNER MENU (from 2014 camp)

       Butter Lettuce & Radicchio Salad
       Asparagus, Radishes & Feta Cheese & Lemon Vinaigrette

      ** 

       Sorbet

      ** 
       Beef Tenderloin  
      (with Red Wine Jus, Mashed Potatoes & Seasonal Vegetables)

      -OR- 

       Wild Salmon  (with Salsa Cru, Parsleyed Potatoes & Seasonal Vegetables)

      -OR- 

       Pork Tenderloin  (with Apple Chutney, Mashed Potatoes & Seasonal Vegetables)

      -OR- 

       Pappardelle Pasta  (with Mixed Mushrooms, Goat Cheese, Smoked Tomato Arugula Sauce) 

      ** 

       New York Cheesecake
      Pear Compote, Toasted Walnuts

      ** 

       Coffee or Tea 
       No host cash bar and beverage service available

       

      **Copper Room Dress Code:  Smart/Casual (No Shorts, Sneakers, or T-Shirts). Clean, Well-Pressed Jeans are Acceptable.

       INSTRUCTOR BIO'S

       ARI LEVITT, MD:

      An incredibly versatile dancer & world-class instructor, Ari is well-known for his fun, energetic, and delightful classes that can't help but inspire students with a love and passion for dance.  He has been teaching and performing nationally, and internationally for over 25 years; is the co-founder and director of "Waltz Week in Vienna" & "The New Zealand Dance Adventure"; and is one of this country's leading innovators and instructors in the areas of cross-step waltz, as well as "fusion" -style blues, waltz, swing, &  night club 2-step.
       
      When not dancing, Ari is a physician on faculty at Singularity University's prestigious "Future Med", and is a pioneer in the burgeoning field of "Experiential Wellness Medicine" which, among other things, uses dance movement, technique, & connection as a modality for diagnosing and treating patients.
      You can learn more about Ari at
       
      www.rolluptherug.comwww.waltzweekinvienna.com, or www.futureMed2020.com.

      Here are links to a few of Ari's YouTube videos that you may find interesting:

       

      RICHARD POWERS

      Richard has been teaching contemporary and historic social dance for over 35 years.  He leads workshops around the world and is currently a full-time instructor at Stanford University's Dance Division.  You can read more about Richard on his web page at http://richardpowers.com/

      While Richard is best know to most today for his work in historic dance and for his resurrection of the cross-step waltz, his overarching trajectory since 1970 has really been on the enhancement of creativity in interdisciplinary environments.

      To this end, in addition to his pursuit of creativity in dance, Richard is also a graphic designer & design engineer, and the recipient of 8 U.S. and international patents as well as 25 Art Directors Show awards for graphic design. In the world of dance, Richard has choreographed for dozens of stage productions and films, and has taught workshops across the U.S. and abroad. When he lived in Cincinnati, he was founder and Director of Co-Works, Inc., a large and long-lived artists' intermedia collaborative, and was recipient of the Post-Corbett Award for Performing Artist, Cincinnati's foremost arts recognition.

      More recently, Richard was selected by the Centennial Issue of Stanford Magazine as one of Stanford University's most notable graduates of its first century.

      At the retreat, in addition to teaching classes, Richard will offer cozy storytelling sessions by the fireplace, drawing from the chapters on holistic wellness from his new book, Waltzing: A Manual for Dancing and Living.  Topics will include the essential benefits of music, physical activity, connection, play, mindfulness, acceptance and conditional learning. 

      The perfect setting for fun interactive learning, dining, dancing, and R&R! 

        New TUES/WED Classes (Seattle)

      focusing on fun new steps and great combinations -

      FOUR TUESDAY's:  (Sept 6, 13, 20, 27)   All classes are held at China Harbor (See directions below) All Tuesday Classes are Beginning Level

      • 6:30-7:30pm:  "Fabulous Foxtrot, 101"  - Transport yourself back to the wonderful big band era of the 1930's-1940's by learning on of most popular dances of that period - the fabulous Foxtrot!  We'll start by reviewing the basic footwork & foundations to this fluid and elegantly flowing dance, then quickly move on to some fun variations, as well as introduce how to effortlessly transition from one to the other.    Perfect for beg/int level dancers.  Ideal to take in conjunction with the 7:30pm "Night Club 2-Step" class. (Level: Beg/Int All welcome - No partner needed)
      • 7:30-8:30pm:   "Night Club 2-Step Foundations" Learn the foundations of this beautiful, flowing, & elegant dance style, starting with the basics, then quickly moving on to the six essential turning steps, peak-a-boos, mix-masters, and even more fun combo's & variations from Ari's repertoire of fun, original moves. Perfect for beg/int level dancers or for more int/adv dancers who want to review the essentials.  Ari first introduced NC2S to Seattle over 25 years ago, is known as one of the country's leading innovators in this style, and actively teaches around the world. CLICK HERE to see an example of Ari's NC2S. (Level: Beg/Int)  All welcome - No partner needed.
      • 8:30-9:30pm:   "An Introduction to Blues Dance!"  In this very unique class, you will not only learn some fun basic blues steps and stylings, but more significantly, it will introduce you to the core concept of "effortless dance" -- dancing entirely through energy, where both partners can ultimately lead, follow, and listen concurrently.  These concepts will profoundly change the way you think about all of your dancing (not just blues).  Not to be missed!  Perfect for both beginning dancers or for more experienced dancers who want to work on fine-tuning their partnering, connection, and musicality skill, or who would like to try some role-reversal.  This class is also a perfect introduction to the kind of dancing you can experience every 2nd & 4th Friday at Om Culture  (Level: Beg/Int)  All welcome - No Partner Needed.  
      • 9:30-9:55:  Guided Practice for class participants 

      FOUR WEDNESDAY's:  (Sept 7, 14, 21, 28)  All classes are held at China Harbor (See directions below) All Wednesday Classes are Non-Novice Beg/Int Level

      • 6:30-7:30pm:   "Fantastic Cross-Step Waltz Creations (for Int/Adv Dancers)"  - Add such original steps as the "Barber's Combover", the "Seat Belt", the "Neck Strap", the "Double Dutch", the "Copa Catch", and the "Maypole" to your cross-step repertoire! Perfect for int/adv level waltzers. This will be a really fun session; I'm looking forward to it immensely!  It's also the perfect way to prepare for our Fabulous Friday dances at Om Culture   (Level: Non-Novice Beg, Int, or Adv (Some basic waltz and partnering skills assumed)  All Welcome, No Partner needed
      • 7:30-8:30pm:   Int/Adv "Night Club 2-Step" Sensations:  Learn a variety of fun, innovative combinations from Ari's library of moves and inventions; beautiful, flowing, and elegant as always.  Ari first introduced NC2S to Seattle over 25 years ago, is known as one of the country's leading innovators in this style, and actively teaches this dance around the world.  Perfect for int/adv level NC2S-ers.  CLICK HERE to see an example of NC2S. (Level: Non-Novice Beg, Int/Adv:  Basic NC2S Left & Right Turn steps and partnering skills assumed)  All welcome - No partner needed.
      • 8:30-9:30pm:  Blues-ing Up Your "West Coast Swing" - Setting Your Soul Free!    Learn the art of "poly-rhythmic improvisation" and the use of alternate 4, 6, and 8-count rhythms in West Coast Swing with this fun blues-based approach to dance that addresses the use of tight partnering, framework, lead/follow connection, and energy to break in and out of 6-count rhythms.  Amazingly simple to do, yet so much fun!     Perfect for both non-novice beginning dancers or for experienced dancers who want to focus on partnering and connection while learning a whole lot more about dancing outside the box. I do play a lot of wonderful blues-based WCS music when I DJ, so it's the perfect way to prepare for our 2nd & 4th Fabulous Friday Dances at Om Culture   (Level: Non-Novice Beg, Int, or Adv (Some basic partner dance skills assumed)  All Welcome, No Partner needed
      • 9:30-9:55: Guided Practice for class participants

       

      LOCATION:  

      • All Tuesday & Wednesday classes will be held at China Harbor2040 Westlake Ave N., Seattle, WA.  There is plenty of free parking available.  Doors to the dance hall open at 6:15. Come early to sign in, change shoes, stretch, warm up, etc.  China Harbor has a full bar and dinner menu as well. 

       

      COST:

       TUES & WED:  Each Tues or Wed class series includes 4 hrs of instruction, and 1.5 hrs of guided practice following the third class.  Classes are designed to be taken in pairs (ie, take at least two together each night)

      • One 4-week series (4 hrs of instruction!)  = $55 
      • Two 4-week series (8 hrs of instruction!)  = $105  ($5 savings)
      • Three 4-week series (12 hrs of instruction!)  = $155 ($10 savings)
      • STUDENTS (under age 25):  $40 per class series  ($15 savings)
      • Drop-In (with Instructor's Permission after the first class)  = $15 per class  

      **PLEASE NOTE:  All students registered for the 'full series' will get a video review of the class material.  Drop-ins, however, will not be sent a video review.

      TO REGISTER & PAY:  Click on the "Registration" button in the menu on the top left side of this page to go to the Registration Page.   

      Payment can be made from the Payment page using PayPal or a credit card, or by check sent by mail,  or paid at the door just before the first class. Payment by check will help you to avoid the additional online PayPal surcharge. 

      Class size is limited, so register early!  

       CLICK HERE to go to the Registration Page

        New TUES/WED Classes (Seattle)

      focusing on fun new steps and great combinations -

      FOUR TUESDAY's:  (Oct 4, 11, 18, 25)   All classes are held at China Harbor (See directions below) All Tuesday Classes are Beginning Level

      • 6:30-7:30pm:  "Foxtrot Favorites from Fabulous Films" Learn great new moves from great old movies!  Transport yourself back to the wonderful big band era of the 1930's-1940's by learning some great moves from some of the most popular dance films of the period.  We'll start by reviewing the basic Foxtrot footwork & foundations,, then quickly move on to some fun combinations danced in some of the films of the period.  Perfect for beg/int level dancers.  Ideal to take in conjunction with the 7:30pm "Night Club 2-Step" class. (Level: Beg/Int All welcome - No partner needed)
      • 7:30-8:30pm:   "Night Club 2-Step Foundations" Learn the foundations of this beautiful, flowing, & elegant dance style, starting with the basics, then quickly moving on to the six essential turning steps, peak-a-boos, mix-masters, and even more fun combo's & variations from Ari's repertoire of fun, original moves. Perfect for beg/int level dancers or for more int/adv dancers who want to review the essentials.  Ari first introduced NC2S to Seattle over 25 years ago, is known as one of the country's leading innovators in this style, and actively teaches around the world. CLICK HERE to see an example of Ari's NC2S. (Level: Beg/Int)  All welcome - No partner needed.
      • 8:30-9:30pm:   "Blues, With A Tango Twist" Blending Two Great Dances in One!  Blues and Argentine Tango share many widely overlapping features and are often seen danced on the floor together in many late night blues parties or social dances.  Each emphasizes and builds upon connection to your partner; Each has a potential for wonderful, playful, sophisticated footwork that can crossover to either dance; Each  utilizes a backdrop of beautifully expressive slow & sultry music as a canvas for the dancers to innovate.  While tango is a difficult dance to master, blues provides the perfect entry level to learning the foundations of both dances as it is much more relaxed & forgiving to do, and it's much easier to blend with other dances you may already know.  This class is the perfect introduction to Tango-Blues fusion, with a focus on tango movements (ochos, ganchos, boleos, etc) that can easily be applied to blues music and styling -- Not to be missed!  Perfect for both beginning dancers or for more experienced dancers who want to work on fine-tuning their partnering, connection, and musicality skill, or who would like to try some role-reversal.  This class is also a perfect introduction to the kind of dancing you can experience every 2nd & 4th Friday at Om Culture  (Level: Beg/Int)  All welcome - No Partner Needed.  
      • 9:30-9:55:  Guided Practice for class participants 

      FOUR WEDNESDAY's:  (Oct 5, 12, 19, 26)  All classes are held at China Harbor (See directions below) All Wednesday Classes are Non-Novice Beg/Int Level

      • 6:30-7:30pm:   "Fantastic Cross-Step Waltz Creations (for Int/Adv Dancers)"  - Add such original steps as the "Barber's Combover", the "Seat Belt", the "Neck Strap", the "Double Dutch", the "Copa Catch", and the "Maypole" to your cross-step repertoire! Perfect for int/adv level waltzers. This will be a really fun session; I'm looking forward to it immensely!  It's also the perfect way to prepare for our Fabulous Friday dances at Om Culture   (Level: Non-Novice Beg, Int, or Adv (Some basic waltz and partnering skills assumed)  All Welcome, No Partner needed
      • 7:30-8:30pm:   Int/Adv "Night Club 2-Step" Sensations:  Learn a variety of fun, innovative combinations from Ari's library of moves and inventions; beautiful, flowing, and elegant as always.  Ari first introduced NC2S to Seattle over 25 years ago, is known as one of the country's leading innovators in this style, and actively teaches this dance around the world.  Perfect for int/adv level NC2S-ers.  CLICK HERE to see an example of NC2S. (Level: Non-Novice Beg, Int/Adv:  Basic NC2S Left & Right Turn steps and partnering skills assumed)  All welcome - No partner needed.
      • 8:30-9:30pm:  "West Coast Swing:  Fun, New, Whip-Turn Variations!"    Learn the art of West Coast Swing with this fun blues-based approach to dance that addresses the use of tight partnering, framework, lead/follow connection, and energy to break in and out of 6-count rhythms.  This month we will be exploring fun new whip-turn variations.  Perfect for both non-novice beginning dancers or for experienced dancers who want to focus on partnering and connection while learning a whole lot more about dancing outside the box. It's the perfect way to prepare for our 2nd & 4th Fabulous Friday Dances at Om Culture   (Level: Non-Novice Beg, Int, or Adv (Some basic partner dance skills assumed)  All Welcome, No Partner needed
      • 9:30-9:55: Guided Practice for class participants

       

      LOCATION:  

      • All Tuesday & Wednesday classes will be held at China Harbor2040 Westlake Ave N., Seattle, WA.  There is plenty of free parking available.  Doors to the dance hall open at 6:15. Come early to sign in, change shoes, stretch, warm up, etc.  China Harbor has a full bar and dinner menu as well. 

       

      COST:

       TUES & WED:  Each Tues or Wed class series includes 4 hrs of instruction, and 1.5 hrs of guided practice following the third class.  Classes are designed to be taken in pairs (ie, take at least two together each night)

      • One 4-week series (4 hrs of instruction!)  = $55 
      • Two 4-week series (8 hrs of instruction!)  = $105  ($5 savings)
      • Three 4-week series (12 hrs of instruction!)  = $155 ($10 savings)
      • STUDENTS (under age 25):  $40 per class series  ($15 savings)
      • Drop-In (with Instructor's Permission after the first class)  = $15 per class  

      **PLEASE NOTE:  All students registered for the 'full series' will get a video review of the class material.  Drop-ins, however, will not be sent a video review.

      TO REGISTER & PAY:  Click on the "Registration" button in the menu on the top left side of this page to go to the Registration Page.   

      Payment can be made from the Payment page using PayPal or a credit card, or by check sent by mail,  or paid at the door just before the first class. Payment by check will help you to avoid the additional online PayPal surcharge. 

      Class size is limited, so register early!  

       CLICK HERE to go to the Registration Page

      SPECIALTY WORKSHOPS:

      Join us for a very special:

      Harrison Hot Springs - Dance & Spa Retreat!

      Feb 18-20, 2017 is our fabulous "Workshop & Dance" Weekend, at Harrison Hot Springs in B.C..  Not to be missed! 

      CLICK HERE for Details

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      Join us in Port Townsend for 2 fabulous workshops:

      - Focusing on Fun New Steps & Great Combinations -

      "Swing Your Socks Off"

      Thursday, May 26th, 2016 (7-9pm)

      Learn some great new East Coast Swing steps and fancy combinations to launch you into a fabulous summer of dance.  Learn the "Turbine", the "San Juan Shuffle", the "Double-Dutch" and other great moves that will add a little spice your your ECS.  Not to be missed!

      CLICK HERE for Details

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      Join us for a fun & fabulous:

      ALASKA Dance CRUISE!

      August 28 - September 4, 2016

      Join fellow dancers for a week of fabulous cruising adventure, dance classes, dancing & socializing, with SPECIAL dance events planned on-shore exclusively for our group in Juneau & Victoria.  Plus so much more!

      CLICK HERE for Details

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      Join us for our 2nd Annual:

      Mexico Dance Retreat!

      APRIL 1-8, 2017

      in beautiful Chacala, Mexico

      CLICK HERE for Details

        New TUES/WED Classes (Seattle)

      focusing on fun new steps and great combinations -

      FOUR TUESDAY's:  (Oct 4, 11, 18, 25)   All classes are held at China Harbor (See directions below) All Tuesday Classes are Beginning Level

      • 6:30-7:30pm:  "Foxtrot, Footloose & Fancy-Free" - fun with 'silver twinkles' and 'waterfall turns'    Transport yourself back to the wonderful big band era of the 1930's-1940's by learning on of most popular dances of that period - the fabulous Foxtrot!  We'll start by reviewing the basic footwork & foundations to this fluid and elegantly flowing dance, then quickly move on to some fun variations, as well as introduce how to effortlessly transition from one to the other.  This month we focus on "silver twinkles" and "traveling waterfall turns".  Perfect for beg/int level dancers.  Ideal to take in conjunction with the 7:30pm "Night Club 2-Step" class. (Level: Beg/Int All welcome - No partner needed)
      • 7:30-8:30pm:   "Night Club 2-Step Foundations" Learn the foundations of this beautiful, flowing, & elegant dance style, starting with the basics, then quickly moving on to the six essential turning steps, peak-a-boos, mix-masters, and even more fun combo's & variations from Ari's repertoire of fun, original moves. Perfect for beg/int level dancers or for more int/adv dancers who want to review the essentials.  Ari first introduced NC2S to Seattle over 25 years ago, is known as one of the country's leading innovators in this style, and actively teaches around the world. CLICK HERE to see an example of Ari's NC2S. (Level: Beg/Int)  All welcome - No partner needed.
      • 8:30-9:30pm:   "Blues, With A Tango Twist" Blending Two Great Dances in One!  Blues and Argentine Tango share many widely overlapping features and are often seen danced on the floor together in many late night blues parties or social dances.  Each emphasizes and builds upon connection to your partner; Each has a potential for wonderful, playful, sophisticated footwork that can crossover to either dance; Each  utilizes a backdrop of beautifully expressive slow & sultry music as a canvas for the dancers to innovate.  While tango is a difficult dance to master, blues provides the perfect entry level to learning the foundations of both dances as it is much more relaxed & forgiving to do, and it's much easier to blend with other dances you may already know.  This class is the perfect introduction to Tango-Blues fusion, with a focus on tango movements (ochos, ganchos, boleos, etc) that can easily be applied to blues music and styling -- Not to be missed!  Perfect for both beginning dancers or for more experienced dancers who want to work on fine-tuning their partnering, connection, and musicality skill, or who would like to try some role-reversal.  This class is also a perfect introduction to the kind of dancing you can experience every 2nd & 4th Friday at Om Culture  (Level: Beg/Int)  All welcome - No Partner Needed.  
      • 9:30-9:55:  Guided Practice for class participants 

      FOUR WEDNESDAY's:  (Oct 5, 12, 19, 26)  All classes are held at China Harbor (See directions below) All Wednesday Classes are Non-Novice Beg/Int Level

      • 6:30-7:30pm:   "Fantastic Cross-Step Waltz Creations (for Int/Adv Dancers)"  - Add such original steps as the "Barber's Combover", the "Seat Belt", the "Neck Strap", the "Double Dutch", the "Copa Catch", and the "Maypole" to your cross-step repertoire! Perfect for int/adv level waltzers. This will be a really fun session; I'm looking forward to it immensely!  It's also the perfect way to prepare for our Fabulous Friday dances at Om Culture   (Level: Non-Novice Beg, Int, or Adv (Some basic waltz and partnering skills assumed)  All Welcome, No Partner needed
      • 7:30-8:30pm:   Int/Adv "Night Club 2-Step" Sensations:  Learn a variety of fun, innovative combinations from Ari's library of moves and inventions; beautiful, flowing, and elegant as always.  Ari first introduced NC2S to Seattle over 25 years ago, is known as one of the country's leading innovators in this style, and actively teaches this dance around the world.  Perfect for int/adv level NC2S-ers.  CLICK HERE to see an example of NC2S. (Level: Non-Novice Beg, Int/Adv:  Basic NC2S Left & Right Turn steps and partnering skills assumed)  All welcome - No partner needed.
      • 8:30-9:30pm:  "West Coast Swing:  Fun, New, Whip-Turn Variations!"    Learn the art of West Coast Swing with this fun blues-based approach to dance that addresses the use of tight partnering, framework, lead/follow connection, and energy to break in and out of 6-count rhythms.  This month we will be exploring fun new whip-turn variations.  Perfect for both non-novice beginning dancers or for experienced dancers who want to focus on partnering and connection while learning a whole lot more about dancing outside the box. It's the perfect way to prepare for our 2nd & 4th Fabulous Friday Dances at Om Culture   (Level: Non-Novice Beg, Int, or Adv (Some basic partner dance skills assumed)  All Welcome, No Partner needed
      • 9:30-9:55: Guided Practice for class participants

       

      "Role-Reversal Special" 

      If you are an advanced-level dancer, and would like to GREATLY improve your lead, follow, & connection skills, you are invited to take any of the above classes in "role-reversal" mode at a discounted rate (larger discounts apply for more classes taken; see pricing below).  On the registration page, please register for the role you would like to dance in the class (i.e., if you are typically a "lead" but would like to take the class as a "follow", please register as a follow)  See pricing below for discount information. 


      LOCATION:  

      • All Tuesday & Wednesday classes will be held at China Harbor2040 Westlake Ave N., Seattle, WA.  There is plenty of free parking available.  Doors to the dance hall open at 6:15. Come early to sign in, change shoes, stretch, warm up, etc.  China Harbor has a full bar and dinner menu as well. 

       

      COST:

             TUES & WED:  Each Tues or Wed class series includes 4 hrs of instruction, and 1.5 hrs of guided practice following the third class.  Classes are designed to be taken in pairs (ie, take at least two together each night)

      • One 4-week series (4 hrs of instruction!)  = $55 
      • Two 4-week series (8 hrs of instruction!)  = $105  ($5 savings)
      • Three 4-week series (12 hrs of instruction!)  = $155 ($10 savings)
      • STUDENTS (under age 25):  $40 per class series  ($15 savings)
      • DROP-INS (with Instructor's Permission after the first class):  = $15 per class  
      • ROLE REVERSAL DISCOUNT: (for advanced-level dancers only)
        • One 4-week series (4 hrs of instruction!)  = $50  ($5 savings)
        • Two 4-week series (8 hrs of instruction!)  = $95  ($15 savings)
        • Three 4-week series (12 hrs of instruction!)  = $140 ($25 savings)

      **PLEASE NOTE:  All students registered for the 'full series' will get a video review of the class material.  Drop-ins, however, will not be sent a video review.


      TO REGISTER & PAY:  Click on the "Registration" button in the menu on the top left side of this page to go to the Registration Page.  If you are signing up for the "role reversal" option, please register for the role you would like to dance in the class.

      Payment can be made from the Payment page using PayPal or a credit card, or by check sent by mail,  or paid at the door just before the first class. Payment by check will help you to avoid the additional online PayPal surcharge. 

      Class size is limited, so register early!  

       CLICK HERE to go to the Registration Page

      SPECIALTY WORKSHOPS:  

      Join special guest:

      Flouer Evelyn

      for a fabulous day of 

      "Blues Workshops"

      Saturday, Oct 22, 2016 

      Learn the fabulous art of 'ballroom' blues, as well as steps, styling, connection, & musicality.  

      CLICK HERE for Details

      ===============================

      Join us for a very special:

      Harrison Hot Springs - Dance & Spa Retreat!

      Feb 18-20, 2017 is our fabulous "Workshop & Dance" Weekend, at Harrison Hot Springs in B.C..  Not to be missed! 

      CLICK HERE for Details

      ===================================

      Join Ari in GLENWOOD SPRINGS,  COLORADO for a full dance & workshop weekend:

      Sept 29-Oct 2, 2016

      NC2S, Waltz & Blues   "Dance Extravaganza" Weekend 

      in Glenwood Springs, CO

      CLICK HERE for Details

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      Join Ari in EUGENE OREGON for a wonderful dance & workshop weekend:

      Nov 11-14, 2016

         "Danceable Feast" 

      in Eugene OR

      CLICK HERE for Details

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      Join Ari in ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO for a wonderful WALTZ dance & workshop weekend:

      Nov 25-27, 2016

         "Albuquerque Rolls Up The Rug" Thanksgiving Weekend 

      in Albuquerque, NM

      CLICK HERE for Details

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      Join us for our 2nd Annual:

      Mexico Dance Retreat!

      APRIL 1-8, 2017

      in beautiful Chacala, Mexico

      CLICK HERE for Details on last years event.  2017 details will be coming out soon

      MERCER ISLAND JCC CLASSES - Meet New People! Learn New Skills!" 

         MONDAY 6-WEEK SERIES:  "Fun with Swing & Blues"  (Nov 7-Dec 12, 2016) - BEGINNING LEVEL  *special discount pricing available*

      • 7:00-8:00pm:   "Blues Foundations" - the ideal starter class for ALL of your dancing!
      • 7:30-8:30pm:  "Swing Dance 101" - the perfect intro to swing dancing!
      CLICK HERE for DETAILS

      SEATTLE CLASSES - "Fun New Steps & Fancy Combinations"