Classes & Workshops


New 2018 FALL Dance Classes

  New MONDAY Classes (on Mercer Island)

Meet New People; Learn to Dance with Ease -


FIVE MONDAY's:  (Nov 12, 19, 26, Dec 3, 10)   All classes are held at the Mercer Island J.C.C. (See directions below) All Monday Classes are Beginning Level.  

  • 7:30-8:30pm:  "Beginning Night Club 2-Step"  - Learn the foundations of this beautiful, flowing, & elegant dance style.  Ideal to take in conjunction with the 8:35pm "WCS" class

    .  CLICK HERE to see an example of fun NC2S  (Level: Beg/Int All welcome - No partner needed

     


  • 8:35-9:35:  "West Coast Swing Foundations"  -  Learn one of the most popular dances done in the NW today with this fun introduction to steps, styling, and lead/follow connection!  (Level: Beg/Int All welcome - No partner needed

LOCATION:  

  • SJCC3801 East Mercer Way, Mercer Island, 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.  

COST:

       MONDAY:  Each Monday class series includes 5 hrs of instruction and 1.5 hrs of guided practice following the second class.  Although you may take either individually, the 7:00 & 8:15 classes are designed to be taken together (You'll learn so much more!). If you are starting on Oct 1st, please feel free to register online, but then pay with cash or check at the door just before the first class.

  • One 5-week series (Swing OR Foxtrot)  = $7[for 5 weeks]$60 if starting Oct 1st  
  • Both 5-week series (Swing AND Foxtrot)  = $130 [for 5 weeks]; $110 if starting Oct 1st
  • DROP-INS (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.  If you are starting on Oct 1st, please feel free to register online, but then pay with cash or check at the door just before the first 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

New TUES & WED Classes (Seattle)

focusing on fun new steps and great combinations -


FIVE TUESDAY's:  (Nov 13, 20, 27, Dec 4, 11)  All classes are held at China Harbor (See directions below) 

  • 6:15-6:30pm:  Come early for stretching, warm-up, answering any question you might have, coaching, etc...
  • 6:30-7:30pm:   "Tasty FOXTROT Garnishes" - After quickly reviewing the basics, we'll introduce some cool new moves & combinations to spice up your Foxtrot.  Learn Hollywood & Ballroom stylings, hitting breaks, breaking rhythms, and more!  If you're familiar with basic foxtrot, it's the perfect way to push the envelope into new dance territory!  (All Levels)  All welcome - No partner needed.
  • 7:35-8:35pm:  "New WEST COAST SWING Combinations" - This is a great steps-based class to learn some fun new combinations to wow folks on the dance floor.  WCS is not only one of the smoothest & sexiest forms of swing dance on the scene today, but is hugely popular in Seattle, across the country, and growing strong.  Not to be missed!  Ideal to take in conjunction with the 8:40pm "NC2S Combo's" class.  CLICK HERE to see an example of WCS (Level: Int/Adv All welcome - No partner needed
  • 8:40-9:40pm:   "Fun NIGHT CLUB 2-STEP Innovations" - In this class, we will be borrowing elements from the 7:35 WCS class and applying them to NC2S -- the perfect way to expand your repertoire and to hone your skills.  For those taking this class alone, you'll still learn a variety of fun, innovative 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.  Perfect for int/adv level NC2S-ers, and to take with the 7:35 WCS class.  CLICK HERE to see an example of NC2S. (Level: Int/Adv)  All welcome - No partner needed.


FIVE WEDNESDAY's:  (Nov 14, 21, 28, Dec 5, 12)  All classes are held at China Harbor (See directions below)  See class levels below

  • 6:30-7:30pm:   "BALBOA II: Intro to Bal-Swing" - For folks who have taken Balboa I (or who feel very comfortable with pure-bal), this class will introduce a wide variety of balboa and bal-swing variations to play with.  It's the perfect way to push the envelope into new swing & balboa territory!  (Level: Non-Novice; must have completed Balboa I)  All welcome - No partner needed.
  • 7:35-8:35pm:  "The Art of SWING Blending" - Learn the art of blending blues, swing, balboa & foxtrot concepts that will allow you to seamlessly co-create delicious new dance conversations with your partner on the dance floor.  The strong emphasis on the lead & follow language of dance (which is NOT steps) will introduce you to concepts such as tight partnering, functional framework, connection, energy dynamics, and musicality that you can not only apply to every dance you do, but will teach you how to blend blues, foxtrot, laminu, fusion, and other dance styles into your normal dance repertoire.  Perfect for experienced dancers who want to dance outside the box. Also perfect to take in conjunction with the 8:40 fusion class.  (Level: Int, Adv (basic partner dance skills assumed)  All Welcome, No Partner needed
  • 8:40-9:40pm:  "What's New in BLUES" - Blues is one of the newest and coolest styles to hit the dance scene, and like tango or fusion, it focusses much more on partnering, musicality, energy, and improv rather than on rote steps or patterns. In this class you'll not only learn how to co-create and communicate movement on the dance floor to allow for more deliciousness, trust, creativity, and effortless play with your partner, we'll explore such concepts as dynamic framework; making your movement effortless and flowing; redefining “connection”; communicating through energy & tension; creating invisible lead & follow; musicality; and learning how to build new moves by re-purposing dance elements you already know. Perfect to take in conjunction with the 7:35 class.  (Level:All-level dancers)  
  • 9:40-9:55pm:  Guided Practice for class participants


LOCATION:  

  •  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: Each Tuesday & Wednesday class series includes 4 hrs of instruction, and 1 hr of guided practice following the third class.  Classes are designed to be taken in pairs (ie, take at least two together each night)

  • One 5-week series (5 hrs of instruction!)  = $65  (SAVE $10)
  • Two 5-week series (10 hrs of instruction!)  = $130  (SAVE $20)
  • ALL ACCESS PASS  (Save up to 1/2 price per session!)  = $180 (SAVE $180+)
    • Take 3, 4, 5, or all 6 Tues & Wed China Harbor classes for the price of 3
  • STUDENTS (under age 25):  $40 per class series  ($35 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.  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



NEW "All-Access" Pass!

  Take 3, 4, 5, or all 6 of our Tues & Wed China Harbor classes for one low price! (Save $65-$165 per session; Mix and match however you choose) 


"Role-Reversal Option" 

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.  On the registration page, please register for the role you would like to dance in the class (ie, if you are typically a "follow" but would like to take the class as a "lead", please register as a lead)


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"After understanding the importance of connection, Ari began teaching me how to have a conversation without words; to listen to the lead and to the music and to recognize opportunities for back-leading and interjecting my own expression. When done fluidly, the conversation goes back and forth and truly becomes a creation of two dancers.  This is why Ari’s lessons are so important for both leads and for follows.  It is this understanding of 'close-connection' that will not only make you a better dancer, but more importantly, a better dance-partner. For this reason, I highly encourage you to attend his classes and experience this kind of connection for yourself." 

-- W.E., Sept 2010

"Ari's workshops are amazing!  I've learned more about partnering in this one session than I have in all my years of group classes" --  K. B., April 2012

"Without a doubt, the BEST teacher I have ever taken lessons from, and I've taken from lots of teachers!" -- A.M., March, 2015

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Swing, Blues, Balboa, Lindy, WCS, Night Club 2-Step, Hustle, Waltz (Rotary, Cross-Step, Fusion, Viennese), Foxtrot, Salsa, Merengue, Cha cha, Rhumba, One-Step, Styling, Connection, Lifts & Drops, and more!