Classes & Workshops


Monday, Feb 11th ALERT:
Due to snow and dangerous driving conditions, Monday's classes at the JCC have been canceled (The JCC is on modified hours and closes at 6pm tonight).  We hope to see you back for our new class series in March.  Make up-classes will be scheduled and posted soon.  In the meantime, please stay safe & warm, and off the roads.  

New 2019 Dance Classes

  New MONDAY Classes (on Mercer Island)

Meet New People; Learn to Dance with Ease -


FIVE MONDAY's:  (Mar 11- Apr 15)   No Class Mar 18. All classes are held at the Mercer Island J.C.C. (See directions below) All Monday Classes are Beginning Level.  

  • 7:30-8:30pm:  "Intro to 'Shadow' Waltz"  - 

    Learn to effortlessly twirl and glide across the floor with Cross-Step Waltz using some of the funnest patterns there are - Shadow Waltzing!   Easy to learn; fun to do; elegant & beautiful as always --It's like floating on air!   Perfect for singles, couples, family, friends, and more.  Perfect to take in conjunction with the 8:35pm Swing Sampler class.  CLICK HERE to see an example of cross-step waltz. 

      (Level: Beginning All welcome - No partner needed

     


  • 8:35-9:35:  "Fun Swing Sampler - Learn Lindy, ECS, & Shag"  - The ideal starter kit to a variety of today's most popular swing styles!  Learn how to dance Lindy Hop, East Coast Swing, Shag, and more with this fun step-by-step introduction to footwork, styling, and lead/follow connection.  CLICK HERE to see an example of lindy hop (shown here much faster than we'll be dancing it, but fun nonetheless).   (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 7:00 & 8:15 classes are designed to be taken together (You'll learn so much more!). 

  • One 5-week series (Waltz -OR- Latin Sampler)  = $65  [SAVE $10]  
  • Both 5-week series (Waltz -AND- Latin Sampler)  = $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 & WED Classes (Seattle)

focusing on fun new steps and great combinations -


FOUR TUESDAY's:  (Mar 5-Apr 2, no class Mar 19)   Tuesday 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:   "Fabulous WALTZ Combos!" - After quickly reviewing the basics, we'll introduce some cool new combinations & steps to spice up your Waltz for 2019.  Learn new tandem footwork, shadows, hidden hand-changes, rhythm breaks, and more!  If you're familiar with basic partnering and left & right turning cross-step waltz, it's the perfect way to push the envelope into new dance territory (and a great prep for Vienna in February!)  (Level: int/adv. All welcome. No partner needed)
  • 7:35-8:35pm:  "Awesome NIGHT CLUB 2-STEP Innovations" - learn a variety of fun, innovative moves and inventions from Ari's repertoire of NC2S; 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.  CLICK HERE to see an example of NC2S. (Level: Int/Adv, All welcome.  No partner needed)
  • 8:40-9:40pm: *NEW*  "Fabulous Foxtrot + Intro to "Laminu"  Transport yourself back to the wonderful big band era of the 1930's-1940's by learning two wonderful dances of that period - the very popular and fabulous "Foxtrot", and the much less well-known "Laminu".  Laminu was a dance style popularized on the West Coast in the Balboa communities.  It offers you a fun way to dance to the very slow big band ballads of the period, with moves and stylings most closely related to Foxtrot, Balboa, & Cha Cha (believe it or not).  Today, the dance is celebrating a new resurgence in popularity, particularly in Europe where it is being re-introduced into small pocket-communities of swing, balboa, and Lindy dancers.  Ari is bringing the dance directly back from Vienna, where it was taught to rave reviews during one of the Waltz Week swing dances.   CLICK HERE to see an example of Laminu
  • 9:40-9:55pm:  Guided Practice for class participants


FOUR WEDNESDAY's:  (Mar 6-Apr 3, no class Mar 20)  Wednesday's classes are held at China Harbor (See directions below)  See class levels below

  • 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:  

  • TUES & WED CLASSES:  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  (SAVE $5)
  • Two 4-week series (8 hrs of instruction!)  = $110  (SAVE $10)
  • ALL ACCESS PASS to Tues/Wed Classes  = $170 (SAVE $195+)
    • Take 3, 4, 5, or all 6 Tues & Wed classes for only the price of 3
  • Drop-In (with Instructor's Permission after the first class)  = $15 per class  

SPECIAL DISCOUNTS:
  • STUDENTS (under age 25):  $40 per class series  ($35 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)


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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!