Classes & Workshops


New 2019 Dance Classes

  New MONDAY Classes (on Mercer Island)

Meet New People; Learn to Dance with Ease -


FIVE MONDAY's:  (Apr 22-May 20)   All classes are held at the Mercer Island J.C.C. (See directions below) All Monday Classes are Beginning Level.  

  • 7:30-8:30pm:  

     "Country 2-Step" & "Swing" Blending - Awesome!   In this innovative, new, and very applicable class, you'll learn the similarities and differences between "Swing" and "Country 2-Step" (often thought of as "traveling" swing), as well as how to blend the two together in some fun innovative patterns. Perfect for int/adv level dancers. 

     (Level: Beginning All welcome - No partner needed

     


  • 8:35-9:35:  "Learn to Dance the Blues!  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.   (Level: Beginning 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 7:30 & 8:35 classes are designed to be taken together (You'll learn so much more!). 

  • One 5-week series (Country -OR- Blues)  = $65  [SAVE $10]  
  • Both 5-week series (Country -AND- Blues)  = $125  [SAVE $25]
  • 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 Stand-Alone Workshops & WED Class Series (Seattle)

focusing on fun new steps and great combinations -


*New* TUESDAY Stand-Alone Workshops:   Introducing our NEW Group-Private 2-hour Stand-Alone Workshops + Wine, Cheese, & Dance-Party Socials! 

     TIMES: 7-9pm: Workshop;  9pm-Close: Dance party & social!

     LOCATION:  All workshops held at Ari's home/studio in the Eastlake neighborhood of Seattle. 

Must Pre-register to get directions

     CLASS SIZE:  Class size is limited to 6-7 leads and 6-7 follows, so register soon!
  • May 7th:  "Fun Tango Tricks for Non-Tango Dancers"
  • Embellish what you know of dance by learning to cut the floor with some flashy argentine tango footwork and spicy tango stylings that are easily inserted into your regular dance steps and can be applied to almost any dance you do!.  A great and simple way to broaden your dance horizons   :) (Level: int/adv. All welcome. No partner needed)

  • May 14th"Cool New WCS Combo’s" - This is a great steps-based workshop to learn some fun new WCS combinations guaranteed to wow folks on the dance floor.  (Int/Adv level - must be comfortable with sugar push, L & R side pass, and whip turn)  (Level: Int/Adv, All welcome.  No partner needed)
  • May 21st:  "Dance Magic 101:  The Art of Hidden Hand Changes & Illusions" - In this class, we’ll embellish our ability to play and improvise by learning to use “hidden hand changes”, “illusions”, and “upper extremity sorcery”, which can be applied to almost any partnered movement you do, and can take you places you never dreamed of going.  It’s definitely the kind of thing that can both dramatically elevate the level of fun & play with your partner, and  make people watching go “wow!” (Level: Int/Adv, All welcome.  No partner needed)
  • May 28th:  "Micro Magic 101: A Marvelous Intro To Micro-dancing"  - Double your dance repertoire by learning to lead & follow at the level of a whisper.  So fun and innovative, and yet fairly easy to do once you learn and gain confidence with the concepts.  This class is the perfect starter kit to micro, and something that will greatly inform virtually every dance you do!  (Level: All levels, All welcome.  No partner needed)
  • (Wed) June 12th:  "Fun Fancy Moves For Small Backroom Spaces"  In this class we explore fun new ways to stretch, glide, swivel, turn, play, and style without significantly traveling.  These are great moves & concepts that can be applied to virtually any dance style you do!  (Level: Int/Adv, All welcome.  No partner needed)
** NOTE:  Because of our current registration numbers, all single follows will be placed on a waiting list.   All leads and lead-follow pairs will be admitted without delay
  • (Wed) June 19th:  "LIFTS, DIPS, & LIABILITIES - lifts without lifting, dips without dropping"  - Embellish your dance repertoire with some great new moves, plus learn how to safely execute and transition into lifts & dips while protecting yourself and your partner from injury or harm.  PLEASE NOTE: The focus of this class is on safety, not flash. No one will be lifted off the floor or dropped to the floor during this class!  (Level: All levels, All welcome.  No partner needed)
  • (Wed) June 26th:  "Cool New Blues Combos"  In this class we explore fun new ways to improve your blues repertoire, adding some creative steps, stylings, and combo's to the fold!  (Level: Int/Adv, All welcome.  No partner needed)
** NOTE:  Because of our current registration numbers, all single follows will be placed on a waiting list.  All leads and lead-follow pairs will be admitted without delay
  • (Wed) July 3rd:  "Intro to Double-Pulse Blues"  The ubiquitous "double-pulse" or "salsa" blues step pattern is an extremely versatile dance rhythm that can also be done to a wide variety of music, Latin and non-Latin alike.  In this class we’ll cover the essential building-blocks of double-pulse stepping, then quickly move on to explore more fun, creative combinations against a backdrop of both traditional latin and contemporary music. (Level: Int/Adv, All welcome.  No partner needed)


FOUR WEDNESDAY's:  (May 8-29)   All Wednesday classes are held at Ari's Home/Studio (Must pre-register for directions)

  • 6:30-7:30pm:  

    "BALBOA I - Intro to Pure Bal" Balboa is a delightful partnered swing dance from the 1920's & 30's, typically done to faster swing music, rags, and Charleston's.  Put a new "zip" & "pop" into your swing by adding some simple, fun, balboa steps and combos to your repertoire -- It's the perfect way to push the envelope into new swing territory and to learn to dance quietly & effortlessly to fast swing or jazz music! CLICK HERE to see an example of Pure-Bal. 

     (*Don't be intimidated by the dancing.  All of those dancers started with classes like this one!).

     (Level: Non-Novice, some basic East Coast Swing and partnering skills assumed.  All welcome. No partner needed)

  • 7:35-8:35pm:   "BALBOA II: Intro to Bal-Swing" - For folks who have taken Balboa I (or who feel very comfortable with pure-bal), this ongoing 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! 

    CLICK HERE to see an example of Bal-Swing (*Don't be intimidated by the dancing.  All of those dancers started with classes like this one!).

     
     
    (Level: Non-Novice; must have completed Balboa I, No partner needed)
  • 8:40-9:40pm:  "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
  • 9:40-9:55pm:  Guided Practice for class participants


LOCATION:  

  • Ari's Home Studio.  You must pre-register online to get the address.  Ari's home studio is located in the Eastlake neighborhood of Seattle, just off of I-5 at the I-5 & 520 intersection.

COST: 

TUESDAY STAND-ALONE WORKSHOPS:

  • One Workshop (2 hrs of instruction, + dance practice & social)  = $25 
  • Two Workshop Bundle (4 hrs of instruction, + dance practice & social)  = $40  (SAVE $10)
  • Three Workshop Bundle (6 hrs of instruction, + dance practice & social)  = $60  (SAVE $15)
  • Four Workshop Bundle (8 hrs of instruction, + dance practice & social)  = $80  (SAVE $20)
  • Five Workshop Bundle (10 hrs of instruction, + dance practice & social)  = $100  (SAVE $25)
  • Six Workshop Bundle (12 hrs of instruction, + dance practice & social)  = $120  (SAVE $30)

WEDNESDAY CLASSES:  Each 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 4-week series (4 hrs of instruction!)  = $55  (SAVE $5)
  • Two 4-week series (8 hrs of instruction!)  = $110  (SAVE $10)
  • Three 4-week series (12 hrs of instruction!)  = $150  (SAVE $30)
  • Drop-In (with Instructor's Permission after the first class)  = $15 per class  

SPECIAL DISCOUNTS:
  • STUDENTS (under age 25):  
      • $20 per Tuesday Drop in  ($5 savings for single drop-in)
      • $40 per Wednesday class series  ($15-30 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.  Students will All-Access passes will get video's of the classes they attend.


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-$225 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)

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! 


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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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