Classes & Workshops


New 2018 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 17, Oct 1, 8, 15, 22)   All classes are held at the Mercer Island J.C.C. (See directions below) All Monday Classes are Beginning Level

  • 7:00-8:00pm:  

     "Swing Your Socks Off!" - We'll quickly review the basics, then learn some fabulous new East Coast Swing variations from Ari's repertoire of fun, playful dance moves.  Not to be missed!  Great to take as a solo class or in conjunction with the 8:15 pm Foxtrot class to help reinforce and build on all of the elements you will learn there.   Perfect for singles, couples, family, friends, and more.  (Level: Beg/Int All welcome - No partner needed

     


  • 8:15-9:15:  "Fabulous Foxtrot"  - Come learn this fabulous fun, flowing, & elegant partner dance that will not only allow you to float across the dance floor, but which can also be blended with other dance styles such as swing, waltz, rumba, or blues.   Perfect for beg/int level dancers.  Ideal to take in conjunction with the 7:00pm "Swing" class (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 Foxtrot)  = $70 [SAVE $5]  
  • Both 5-week series (Swing AND Foxtrot)  = $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 -


FOUR TUESDAY's:  (Sept 4, 11, 18, 25)  All classes are held at China Harbor (See directions below)  Taught by Ari & Alissa!

  • 6:15-6:30pm:  Come early for stretching, warm-up, answering any question you might have, coaching, etc...
  • 6:30-7:30pm:  "Int/Adv West Coast Swing Combo's"  - 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 7:30pm "NC2S Combo's" class.   (Level: Int/Adv All welcome - No partner needed
  • 7:30-8:30pm:   "Int/Adv Night Club 2-Step Combo's" Learn a variety of fun, innovative combinations from Ari's library of 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, and actively teaches this dance around the world.  Perfect for int/adv level NC2S-ers.  CLICK HERE to see an example of NC2S. (Level: Int/Adv)  All welcome - No partner needed.
  • 6:30 or 7:30-9:30pm:  "NC2S Practice Circle & Demo Group" - Advanced moves and combo's practice session. See details below.  


TUESDAY's:  (Fall Session: Sept 4-Dec 18, no class Oct 30, Nov 6)   

"NC2S Practice Circle & Demo Group"  (6:30-9:30, or 7:30-9:30 option)

One of the quickest ways to learn and master your dancing in a fun group setting!  The group is open to all int/adv-level dancers who would like to rapidly advance their Night Club 2-step (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 our Friday Dances 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

    • 6:15-6:30pm:  Open floor for warm-up, review, & coaching
    • 6:30-7:30pm:  Int/Adv WCS Combo's Class with Ari & Alyssa 
    • 7:30-8:30pm:  Int/Adv NC2S Combo's Class with Ari & Alyssa  
    • 8:30-9:30pm:  NC2S Demo Group Choreo Practice with Ari & Alyssa  
    • After 9:30pm:  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:  

     FOR 6:30 or 7:30 CLASSES ONLY, SEE PRICE LIST BELOW WEDNESDAY LISTINGS;

     FOR NC2S DEMO GROUP MEMBERS, THE TWO OPTIONS ARE:

  • $90 monthly (2 hours):  Includes the 7:30pm NC2S Adv Combo's Class, the 8:30pm Demo Group, and the 9:30pm Open Practice.   Price drops $5 each month you're in the group per session (if there are 12 or more couples signed up)
  • $120 monthly (all night):  Includes open access to all of Tuesday's classes and events (the 6:15pm warm up, 6:30 WCS Combo's Class, the 7:30pm NC2S Combo's Class, the 8:30pm Demo Group, and the 9:30pm Open Practice)  Price drops $5 each month you're in the group per session (if there are 12 or more couples signed up)

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 5, 12, 19, 26)  All classes are held at China Harbor (See directions below)  See class levels below

  • 6:30-7:30pm:   "BALBOA Boogaloo" 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!  (Level: Non-Novice, some basic East Coast Swing and partnering skills assumed)  All welcome - No partner needed.
  • 7:35-8:35pm:  "Int/Adv Swing-Fox-Blues 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" for Int/Adv 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 musicality; 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) (Level: Int/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 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 4-week series (4 hrs of instruction!)  = $55 
  • Two 4-week series (8 hrs of instruction!)  = $100  ($10 savings)
  • Three 4-week series (12 hrs of instruction!)  = $150 ($15 savings)
  • STUDENTS (under age 25):  $40 per class series  ($15 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


 

"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!