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:  (Apr 17, 24, May 1, 3, 15)   All classes are held at the Mercer Island J.C.C. (See directions below) All Monday Classes are Beginning Level

  • 7:00-8:00pm:  "Fabulous Foxtrot, 101"  - Transport yourself back to the wonderful big band era of the 1930's-1940's by learning on of most popular dance of that period - the fabulous Foxtrot!  We'll start by reviewing the basic footwork & foundations to this fluid and elegantly flowing dance, then quickly move on to some fun variations, as well as introduce how to effortlessly transition from one move to the next.    Perfect for beg/int level dancers.  Ideal to take in conjunction with the 8:15pm "West Coast Swing" class to build your repertoire and dance skills.   (Level: Beg/Int All welcome - No partner needed)

     

  • 8:15-9:15:  "An Intro to West Coast Swing!"  - West Coast Swing is not only one of the smoothest, sexiest, an funnest forms of swing dance on the scene today, but is hugely popular in Seattle, across the country, and growing strong.  Using Ari's very unique approach to understanding effortless partnered movement, you will not only quickly learn the foundations of WCS, 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 "Fabulous Foxtrot" class to help reinforce many of the concepts introduced there.   (Level: Beg/Int All welcome - No partner needed)


TWO STAND-ALONE MONDAYS:  (May 22, June 5, "Make-Up" Classes)  

   Monday, MAY 22: 
  • 7:00-8:00pm:   "Fabulous SALSA!" -  Learn how to dance the very popular "Salsa" with this fun step-by-step introduction to classic salsa footwork, styling, and lead/follow connection. 
  • 8:15-9:15pm:   "Intro to Merengue & Cha Cha" - Take your Latin up a notch by adding Merengue & Cha Cha to your repertoire.   
   Monday, June 5: 
  • 7:45-8:40pm:  "Intro to Cross Step Waltz"    Learn to effortlessly twirl and glide across the floor with the ever-popular waltz.  Easy to learn; fun to do -- it's just like flying!   CLICK HERE to see an example of cross-step waltz. 
  • 8:45-9:45pm:   "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.  


LOCATION:  

  • All Monday classes will be held at 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 (Salsa OR Cha Cha/Merengue)  = $65  [SAVE $10]
  • Both 5-week series (Salsa AND Cha Cha/Merengue)  = $120  [SAVE $30]
  • 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 2-Hour WEDNESDAY Stand-Alone Workshops (Seattle)

- focusing on fun new steps and great combinations -


TIMES:

6:45pm:  Doors open, Drop-in registration, or Sign-In (if pre-registered)

7:00-9:30pm:  Workshop & Practica (format may vary slightly week to week, with practice intermingled throughout the lesson, or just at the end) 


DATES & TOPICS:


WEDNESDAY's:  (May)  OPEN WORKSHOPS:  All classes are held at China Harbor (See directions below) and are Int-Adv Level

  • May 3rd (7:00-9:30pm):  "Intro to Bachata"  We begin by reviewing the foundations of this very popular Latin dance, then quickly move on to learn some fun new bachata variations that will allow you and your partner to navigate any dance floor.  Not to be missed!    (Level: All levels All welcome - No partner needed)  
  • May 10th (7:00-9:30pm): Intro to "Freestyling" Swing   In this class, we'll quickly review the foundations of East Coast Swing partnering, and then dive into a fusion approach to free styling your swing -- using play, musicality, & a variety improvisational devices that will allow you come away with a much deeper understanding of the fundamental language of swing connection that can also be applied to virtually any style of dance you do!  Ari is a master at teaching fusion & connection, and in 2 hours you will achieve a rather sophisticated and profound understanding of how to free-style and play with swing music, and so much more.  Not to be missed!    (Level: All levels All welcome - No partner needed) 
  • May 17th (7:00-9:30pm):  "Fantastic Cross-Step Waltz Creations (for Int/Adv Dancers)"   Add such original steps as the "Barber's Combover", the "Seat Belt", the "Neck Strap", the "Double Dutch", the "Copa Catch", and the "Maypole" to your cross-step repertoire!  Perfect for int/adv level waltzers.  It's also the perfect way 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


  • May 24th (7:00-9:30pm):  Learning the Secrets of "Micro-Blues"   While most people can appreciate the connection involved when dancing with your partner using large movements or steps, if you really want to experience amazing connection, you need to do so at the level of a whisper.  This is the world of "micro"dancing -- it's somewhat counter-intuitive, but an incredible way to literally double your dance vocabulary and triple your connection awareness by learning how to quiet your movements, and appreciating how to lead & follow through breath signals, through body isolations, through poly-rhythms, and through punctuated stillness.  So easy to learn, so applicable to any dance, and so much fun to do!! Not to be missed!    (Level: All levels All welcome - No partner needed)  
  • May 31st (7:00-9:30pm):  "Spring Into Blues" (The Art of Conversational Dance!)  In this fun, innovative workshop, we'll first review some of the basics of blues movement, partnering  & connection, then learn how to improvise using some fun, simple concepts of "conversational" partnering that will serve you well in every dance form that you do.  Amazingly simple to do, yet so much fun!

TUESDAY's:   Closed Practice for NC2S Demo Team (at China Harbor)  

  • TUESDAY's (7:00-9:30pm):  "NC2S Dance Demo & Practice Group" (CLASSES FOR GROUP MEMBERS ONLY.  Please ask Ari about joining the team!)    This is for int/adv-level dancers who would like to learn, practice, & hone their NC2S skills together with a group of fun, like-minded social dancers, with an eye to possibly performing demo's at Folklife and/or other Seattle events.  In the first hour, we focus on learning fun, new combinations and steps as a group.  In the second hour, we work on more advanced variations and stylings for individuals, with coaching by Ari & Alyssa.    CLICK HERE for more details

FORMAT:  
Each class is a 2-hour, stand-alone workshop, followed by (or intermingled with) a 1/2 hour of guided practice.  Class topics will vary week to week as per the schedule below.  This format will allow us to dive more deeply into a single subject, as well as to allow you time for more personalized attention, feedback, and practice!  Feel free to pre-register online or just drop-in!  (Level for all sessions: Non-Novice Beg, Int, or Adv)  All Welcome, No Partner needed

LOCATION:  

All Tuesday & Wednesday classes will be held at 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:

       WEDNESDAY:  Sign up for any class individually (they are designed as stand-alone drop-ins) You can pre-register online, or just show up at the door 15 minutes early.

  • Per Workshop (2 hrs of instruction, 1/2 hr guided practice)  = $25 
  • STUDENTS (under age 25, with student ID):  $20  ($5 savings)

     Payment can be made from the Payment page using PayPal or a credit card, or paid at the door by cash or check just before the first class.  Payment by cash or check will help you to avoid the additional online PayPal surcharge. 


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.  


Class size is limited, so register early!  

 CLICK HERE to go to the Registration Page


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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!