Classes & Workshops


New 2017 Fall 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:  (Sept 11, 18, 25, 26, Oct 2, 9)   All classes are held at the Mercer Island J.C.C. (See directions below) All Monday Classes are Beginning Level

  • 7:00-8:00pm:  "Intro to Swing Dancing"  - We'll quickly review the basic swing steps and partnering, then learn some fabulous new East Coast Swing variations from Ari's repertoire of fun, playful dance moves.    Perfect for beg/int level dancers.  Ideal to take in conjunction with the 8:15pm "Blues" class to build your repertoire and dance skills.   (Level: Beg/Int All welcome - No partner needed

     

  • 8:15-9:15:  "Learn to dance the Blues!"  - Learn the true art of partner dancing with this fun blues-based introduction to steps, styling, and lead/follow connection.

    Using Ari's very unique approach to understanding effortless partnered movement, you will not only quickly learn the foundations of Blues, 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 7:00pm "Swing" class to help reinforce many of the concepts introduced there.   (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 2 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)  = $65 
  • Both 5-week series (Swing AND Blues)  = $120  [SAVE $10]
  • 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 -


TUESDAY's (Sep 5-Dec 12):  "NC2S Practice & Demo Group" 

This is open to all int/adv-level dancers who would like to rapidly advance their NC2S (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.   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
    • 7:00-9:15pm:  NC2S Group Class 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 (price goes down the longer you are in the group). 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 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


FOUR WEDNESDAY's:  (Sept 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:   "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, or for anyone who wants to get into the Tuesday "NC2S Practice & Demo" Group.  CLICK HERE to see an example of NC2S. (Level: Beg/Int)  All welcome - No partner needed.
  • 7:35-8:35pm:  "Fun With 4 & 8 Count Swing Variations- Learn the art  of using fun 4 & 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, and shows you how to blend blues, balboa, latin and other dance styles into your swing repertoire.  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 box. I 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
  • 8:40-9:40pm:  "Unique Waltz Variations (& Intro to Waltz Rueda)" - In this class, we'll quickly review the basics of cross-step waltz, then learn some wonderful new combinations that will allow you to twirl and glide effortlessly on the dance floor! As a special treat, we'll also explore the new world of "rueda" waltz -- the perfect way to push the envelope into new waltz 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
  • 9:30-9:55pm:  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 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  

**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!