Classes & Workshops


New 2018 Winter 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 -


SIX MONDAY's:  (Feb 19, 26, Mar 5, 12, 19, 26)   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"  - 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 8:15pm "Blues" class

    .   (Level: Beg/Int All welcome - No partner needed

     


  • 8:15-9:15:  "Blues Dance De-mystified!"  - Learn the true art of partner dancing with this very informative "blues-dance" survey course that will teach you how to dance to a variety of blues stylings (slow blues, walking blues, jump blues, etc).  As with all of our classes, a major emphasis will be placed on lead/follow connect.  Perfect for both beginning dancers or experienced dancers who want to focus on mastering effortless flow and connection in their partnership. CLICK HERE to see an example of fun & playful Blues Dance with Ari. (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 6 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 6-week series (Swing OR Blues)  = $75 [SAVE $15]  
  • Both 6-week series (Swing AND Blues)  = $145  [SAVE $35]
  • 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 (Jan 9-> Feb->Mar 27): 

"Cross Step Waltz Practice Circle

This is open to all int/adv-level dancers who would like to rapidly advance their Cross-Step Waltz (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 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:  WALTZ 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:  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:  (Feb 7, 14, 21, 28)  All classes are held at China Harbor (See directions below)  See class levels below

  • 6:30-7:30pm:   "Night Club 2-Step Foundations, Part 2" 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.  You DO NOT have to have been in Part 1 to  take Part 2.  CLICK HERE to see an example of NC2S. (Level: Beg/Int)  All welcome - No partner needed.
  • 7:35-8:35pm:  "Fun With Swing & Foxtrot Fusion, Part 2- 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 non-novice 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 You DO NOT have to have been in Part 1 to  take Part 2  (Level: Non-Novice Beg, Int, or Adv (Some basic partner dance skills assumed)  All Welcome, No Partner needed
  • 8:40-9:40pm:  "Unique Master's Series" for Advanced Dancers Only - Each week in class we'll take one element of movement and apply it to at least three different dance styles (i.e., swing, salsa, waltz, 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 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. 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: 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 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!)  = $60  
  • Two 4-week series (8 hrs of instruction!)  = $110  (SAVE $10)
  • Three 4-week series (12 hrs of instruction!)  = $160 (SAVE $20)
  • STUDENTS (under age 25):  $45 per class series  ($15 savings)
  • DROP-INS (with Instructor's Permission after the first class):  = $15 per class  
  • SPECIAL: For First-Time Students/MeetUp members, get $20 off your 2nd class, or $30 off your 3rd class at the door or online (based on price of $60/class. Cannot be combined with any other discounts).

**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!