WALTZ Demo & Practice Team .


Come join our Brand New 2018
 
Waltz Practice & Demo Group

meeting on Tuesdays at China Harbor

STARTING January 9th, 2018

We're all about learning, practicing, & honing our craft together with a group of fun, like-minded dancers (and possibly performing demo's at Folklife and/or other Seattle dance events)

Please let us know if you are interested in joining our new Tuesday Waltz Practice & Demo Team.
 
Contact Ari and let him know!


Dear friends,
Come join our brand new WALTZ Practice & Demo Group this January! 

If you love social dancing, socializing, and would like to rapidly advance your dance skills and grow your repertoire in the context of a fun group of experienced dancers, I would love to invite you to join our new Waltz Practice group this Fall!  The group meets on Tuesday evenings from 7-9:15pm at the China Harbor Restaurant on Lake Union.  In addition, there is open practice time for group members from 6:30-7pm and 9:15-9:45pm every Tuesday.

Why a Waltz Practice &/or Demo Group?

The primary reason is simply because we love to dance Waltz  It is our hope that by forming a practice & demo group that focusses on "social dance" combinations and elements, we can both increase our own skills, and raise the level of dance in general in the NW.  Creating a core group of high-level waltzers who all know the same language of movement will also provide us with more opportunities to dance & practice the more technical waltz moves on the social dance floor.  
         While the "waltz" group is new this January, we have been doing this same thing with NC2S over the past year, and people in the NC2S group can't speak highly enough about how it has improved their dance, not to mention how fun it is to learn with a group of more advanced dancers!  The innovative "rueda" format that we have developed and used in our NC2S group, and which we will continue to use in the waltz group, has allowed participants to learn and practice new material in a way that immediately translates those moves to the social dance floor.  

As far as demoing goes, members are free to choose to participate or not in any performances we do.  Unlike traditional "performance" teams whose main goal is performing for others, our goal is primarily to become better waltz dancers, to learn some great new waltz moves and combinations that we can immediately incorporate into our social dancing, and to encourage and excite others about learning to dance waltz, building toward our 2018 "Waltz Fest NW" weekend in Seattle! (June  8-11, 2018)

Membership Details

Membership in the Practice & Demo Group is open to dancers of all ages who have been dancing for at least a year who already know the basic cross-step waltz patterns (e.g., left & right turns, twinkles, cross-step basics).  Participation cost is $90.00 per month.  PLEASE NOTE:  if this is more than you can afford, please let us know and we will try to work something out. (e.g., helping out at the classes and/or dances in exchange for a reduced cost). 

Currently we have roughly 40 members in the group including many of the best social dancers in the area.  Group membership is strictly regulated for an even number of leads  & follows, and we do have an active waiting list to maintain that balance.  Please let us know if you are interested in joining or being put on the waiting list.  As openings arise, priority will be given to couples, dance partners of current members, and dancers who have taken waltz or other classes with Ari over the past year. 


Here is an example of the "rueda" technique we have developed in NC2S to rotate partners within a dance when the caller signals.  We will be doing something similar in our Waltz Demo Group to help us build a fun vocabulary of moves, and then to be able to practice them with enough repetition to the point of truly owning them!


  LOGISTICS 

This is open to all int/adv-level dancers who would like to rapidly advance their WALTZ (and other dance) skills in the context of a fun, regular group of like-minded dancers to practice with, as well to perform demos at Folklife and other Seattle venues 


TIMES:  Tuesday's at China Harbor

6:30-7:00pm:  Open floor for warm-up

7:00-9:15pm:  Int/Adv Waltz Group Workshop with Ari & Alyssa (for group members only)  

9:15-9:45pm:  Open practice time for group members

  

LOCATION:  

  • China Harbor2040 Westlake Ave N., Seattle, WA.  There is plenty of free parking available.  Come early to grab a bite (dancers get 25% off the cost of their meals) sign in, stretch, warm up, etc.  
 

COST:  

       $90 monthly, includes: 

  • Open access to all Tuesday group dance events at China Harbor (the 6:30pm warm up, the 7pm workshop & fine-tuning, the 9:15 guided practice and choreo time) 


TO REGISTER & PAY ONLINE:  To register online, 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. 

Group size is limited, so let us know if you are interested in joining!  

 CLICK HERE to go to the Registration Page


STAFF: 

  • Instructors:  Ari Levitt & Alyssa Manning
  • Administrative Assistants:  Jonathan Olds, John Peasley, David "Koz" Kositsky