Classes & Workshops


New 2018 Winter Dance Classes

For full class descriptions, see the "Class Descriptions" page

  New MONDAY Classes (on Mercer Island)

Meet New People; Learn to Dance with Ease -


FIVE MONDAY's:  (April 16, 23, May 7, 14, 21)   All classes are held at the Mercer Island J.C.C. (See directions below) All Monday Classes are Beginning Level

  • 7:00-8:00pm:  "Beginning Night Club 2-Step"  - Learn the foundations of this beautiful, flowing, & elegant dance style.  Perfect for beg/int level dancers.  Ideal to take in conjunction with the 8:15pm "WCS" class

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

     


  • 8:15-9:15:  "West Coast Swing Foundations"  -  Learn the true art of WCS 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!)

  • One 5-week series (Swing OR Blues)  = $70 [SAVE $5]  
  • Both 5-week series (Swing AND Blues)  = $130  [SAVE $20]
  • 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.

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 -


SIX TUESDAY's:  (Apr 3, 17, 24, May 8, 15, 22)  All classes are held at China Harbor (See directions below)  See class levels below

  • 6:30-7:00pm:  Come early for warm-up, review, answering any question you might have, or free coaching
  • 7:00-8:00pm:   "Int/Adv Cross-Step Waltz" - Take your waltz to a whole new level with some fun, original moves like the 'Tandem Turbine', the 'Double Dutch', or the 'Slingshot'.  PLUS learn how to effortlessly flow and glide with fabulous styling. Perfect for int/adv dancers.  CLICK HERE to see an example of this unique kind of WALTZ. (Level: Int/Adv)  All welcome - No partner needed.


TUESDAY's (April 9-May 22): 

"Cross Step Waltz Practice Circle & Demo Group

This is open to all int/adv-level dancers who would like to rapidly advance their Cross-Step Waltz (and other dance) skills in the context of a fun, regular group of like-minded dancers to practice with, as well the option to perform demos at Folklife and other Seattle venues.   Contact Ari to join the group.  Must be pre-approved to participate.  CLICK HERE for more details about the group.

TIMES:  Tuesday's at China Harbor

    • 6:30-7:00pm:  Open floor for warm-up, review, & coaching
    • 7:00-8:00pm:  Int/Adv WALTZ Class with Ari & Alyssa  
    • 8:00-9:15pm:  WALTZ Demo Group Choreo Practice with Ari & Alyssa  
    • 9:15-9:45pm:  Open guided practice time & coaching 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 8:00pm choreography, guided practice & coaching 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 during the first class of each month.  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


SIX WEDNESDAY's:  (Apr 4, 18, 25, May 9, 16, 23)  All classes are held at China Harbor (See directions below)  See class levels below

  • 6:30-7:30pm:   "Int/Adv Night Club 2-Step" Learn some fun combo's & variations from Ari's repertoire of fun, original moves. Perfect for int/adv dancers.  CLICK HERE to see an example of NC2S. (Level: Beg/Int)  All welcome - No partner needed.
  • 7:35-8:35pm:  "Int/Adv Swing-Fox Blending- Learn the art of blending blues, swing, & foxtrot concepts that will allow you to 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 class.  (Level: Int, Adv (basic partner dance skills assumed)  All Welcome, No Partner needed
  • 8:40-9:40pm:  "Unique Master's Series, Part 2" for Advanced Dancers Only - Each week in class we'll take one element of movement and then learn how to apply it to at least three different dance styles (i.e., swing, salsa, waltz, blues, NC2S, etc). The focus here will not be on learning rote patterns, per se, but in rethinking the way we partner, co-create, and communicate movement on the dance floor to allow for more deliciousness, trust, creativity, and effortless play with our partners! In the process, we'll explore such concepts as dynamic framework; making your movement effortless and flowing; redefining “connection”; communicating through energy & tension; creating invisible lead & follow; and learning how to build new moves by re-purposing dance elements you already know. In essence, we'll be diving deeply into the common language of ALL of dancing that will allow you to play and innovate to ANY music, not just memorize steps from one particular style or pattern. Perfect to take in conjunction with the 7:35 class.  CLICK HERE to see an example of Ari & Alyssa doing this with NC2S. (Level: Experienced Dancers. CLICK HERE or go to the "Wed Masters Class" link on the menu on the left side of this page to see specifics) You do NOT have to have taken Part 1 to joins us for Part 2. (Level: Adv)  Pre-Registration is required, No drop-in's allowed
  • 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 Wednesday class series includes 6 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 6-week series (6 hrs of instruction!)  = $80 (SAVE $10 compared to drop-in)
  • Two 6-week series (12 hrs of instruction!)  = $155  (SAVE $25)
  • Three 6-week series (18 hrs of instruction!)  = $235 (SAVE $35)
  • STUDENTS (under age 25):  $55 per class series  (SAVE $35)
  • DROP-INS (with Instructor's Permission after the first class):  = $15 per class  
  • SPECIAL: For First-Time Students/MeetUp members, get $15 off your 2nd Wed class, or $25 off your 3rd Wed class at the door or online (based on price of $80/class. Cannot be combined with any other discounts).

**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


 

"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!