Roll Up The Rug!




   "Fabulous "Cha Cha" Variations, with a little Blues Blending! 

In this workshop, Ari will quickly review the Cha Cha basics, then introduce a variety of classic and modern combinations that you can blend with blues pulses and which will get you out dancing with the best of them!   Perfect for both beginning dancers or for experienced dancers who want to focus on partnering and connection while learning a whole lot more about blending blues with cha cha!  (Level: Non-Novice Beg, Int, or Adv (Some basic partner dance skills assumed)  


 3:00 - 5:30pm:   "Getting Fancy with the "Foxtrot"

Ari will 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.   







  • 7:30-8:30:   Int/Adv "Night Club 2-Step" Sensations:  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: Non-Novice Beg, Int/Adv:  Basic NC2S Left & Right Turn steps and partnering skills assumed)  All welcome - No partner needed.
  • 8:15-9:15:  "Swinging Outside The Box" - Setting Your Tootsies Free!    Learn the art of "poly-rhythmic improvisation" and the use of alternate 4, 6, and 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.  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
  • 6:30-7:30pm:   "Intro to Latin-Blues Blending"-- Fun Double-Pulse Salsa Variations!  In this very unique class, you will not only learn some fun basic blues steps and stylings, but more significantly, it will introduce you to the core concept of "effortless dance" -- dancing entirely through energy, where both partners can ultimately lead, follow, and listen concurrently.  These concepts will profoundly change the way you think about all of your dancing (not just blues).  Not to be missed!  Perfect for both beginning dancers or for more experienced dancers who want to work on fine-tuning their partnering, connection, and musicality skill, or who would like to try some role-reversal.  This class is also a perfect introduction to the kind of dancing you can experience every 2nd & 4th Friday at Om Culture  (Level: Beg/Int)  All welcome - No Partner Needed.  
  • 7:30-8:30:  "East Coast Swing & Beyond!"  - Transport yourself back to the wonderful mid century era of the 1940's-1960's by learning the most popular dances of that period - the upbeat fun East Coast Swing.   We'll start by reviewing the basic footwork & foundations to the dance, then quickly move on to some fun variations, as well as introduce how to effortlessly transition from one move to another.    Perfect for beg/int level dancers.  Ideal to take in conjunction with the 7:30pm "Night Club 2-Step" class. (Level: Beg/Int All welcome - No partner neede
  • 7:30-8:30:  "An Intro to West Coast Swing - Blues!"  -  Early WCS was originally based on blues music, movement, and connection, and as such, was an incredible way to learn how to add effortless improvisation and styling to your partnership.  In this class, with a very unique approach to dance, you will not only learn the fundamentals 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 6:30pm "Night Club 2-Step" class since these dances are often done in the same venues.   (Level: Beg/Int All welcome - No partner needed)
  • 8:30-9:30:   "Intro to Country 2-Step (& Country Swing)" - Also known as the "Texas 2-Step", Country 2-Step in an enormously popular traveling dance done to fun, upbeat country songs that can also double as swing music when the floor gets crowded.  The fun part is knowing how to navigate between both styles in the same tune.  This class is the perfect introduction to Country 2-Step for social partner dancers, learning some fun, easy-to lead combinations that can be applied to both traveling and stationary movement. (Level: Beg/Int)  All welcome - No partn



SCHEDULE

SATURDAY, April 29th, 2017


AFTERNOON WORKSHOPS


1)  Noon - 2:30pm: "Fabulous "Cha Cha" Variations, with a little Blues Blending! 

In this workshop, Ari will quickly review the Cha Cha basics, then introduce a variety of classic and modern combinations that you can blend with blues pulses and which will get you out dancing with the best of them!   Perfect for both beginning dancers or for experienced dancers who want to focus on partnering and connection while learning a whole lot more about blending blues with cha cha!  (Level: Non-Novice Beg, Int, or Adv (Some basic partner dance skills assumed)  


2)  3:00 - 5:30pm:   "Getting Fancy with the "Foxtrot"

Ari will 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.   



EVENING DANCE & FUNDRAISER


7:00 - 8:00pm:   Pre-dance lesson with Ari Levitt -- "Swing Your Socks Off!"

Ari will quickly review the basics, then learn some fabulous new East Coast Swing variations from Ari's repertoire of fun dance moves. 


8:00 - 11:00pm:  Ballroom Dance with the "Swing Fever Big Band"

Bring a finger food or appetizer to share if you would like to contribute.



LOCATION:

The Olympia Eagles Grand Ballroom,  805 4th Ave. E., Olympia, WA


COST:

WORKSHOPS: $25 for each 2 1/2 hour workshop (workshops include a half hour practice at the end). If you take both workshops the evening dance (with pre-dance lesson) is free.


DANCE:  $10/person (or FREE if you took both workshops) . Everyone 18+ Welcome. 


All Welcome, No Partner needed, No pre-registration required. 

Cash or check at the door only.


QUESTIONS:   Email:  tunafishers2003@yahoo.com

4th Fridays

"Fabulous Variety Dance"

 It's our "Best Of..." mixed music night at Om Culture.  Enjoy beautiful mix of Swing, Fox, Waltz, Ballroom & Latin tunes, plus a healthy mix of other dance styles (wcs, nc2s, fusion, 1-step, etc).  Ari teaches a wonderful all-levels dance class at 7:00 (FREE with dance admission), followed by a fabulous mix of music for your dancing pleasure.

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"LATE NIGHT FUSION SET"

Enjoy late night lyrical & micro-fusion after 10:00pm.  So much fun!

Join our 2nd & 4th Friday

FREE Virtual "Zoom" Dances!


Join our FREE "Virtual Fabulous Friday Dance" at 8pm every 2nd & 4th Friday on Zoom and get your weekend started on a high note (literally and figuratively!)

We begin with a really fun warm-up & mini-lesson, followed by two hours of great variety dance music, then cap it off with a little late night blues and fusion to soothe the soul...

Just click on the invitation below a few minutes before 8pm on Friday. You'll join right away. There is no waiting room. (the link opens at 7:45pm with warm up swing music)
I look forward to seeing you there!

Join Zoom Meeting:
  • Jan 6th (2nd Fri)         LESSON: "Solo Styling, the Hawaiian Way!"
  • Jan 20th (4th Fri)       LESSON: "Swing Rhythm Breaks"
  • Feb 12th (2nd Fri)     *Valentine Party!  LESSON: "Romantic Rhythms & Stylings"
  • Feb 26th (4th Fri)        LESSON: Solo Tango Spins
  • Mar 12th (2nd Fri)      LESSON: Learn how to do "The Camel Walk"
  • Mar 26th (4th Fri)       LESSON:  A Few Fun Charleston Solo Variations
  • Apr 9th (2nd Fri)         LESSON:  One-Pulse "Meringue" Variations and Steps
  • Apr 23rd (4th Fri)        LESSON:  Some Clsssic Vernacular Blues Solo Stylingds
  • May 14th (2nd Fri)        LESSON:  TBA
  • May 28th (4th Fri)        LESSON:  TBA
  • June 11th (2nd Fri)       LESSON:  TBA
  • June 25th (4th Fri)       LESSON:   TBA
  • July 9th (2nd Fri)          *NO ZOOM DANCE TONIGHT*
  • July 25th (4th Fri)        *NO ZOOM DANCE TONIGHT*
  • July 30th (5th Fri)        LESSON:   TBA
  • Aug 13th (2nd Fri)        *NO ZOOM DANCE TONIGHT*
  • Aug 27th (4th Fri)         *NO ZOOM DANCE TONIGHT*
  • Sept 10th (2nd Fri)         LESSON:   TBA
  • Sept 24th (4th Fri)          LESSON:  TBA
  • Oct 8th (2nd Fri)             LESSON:   TBA
  • Oct 22nd (4th Fri)          LESSON: "Monster Mash" 
  • Oct 29th (5th Fri)           LESSON:   TBA
  • Nov 12th (2nd Fri)         LESSON:  TBA  
  • Nov 26th (4th Fri) *Tentative* 1-4pm, Heber's Post-Thanksgiving Dance
  • Dec 10th (2nd Fri)         LESSON: TBA
  • Dec 24th (4th Fri)         *Holiday Party!   LESSON: "Swing Rhythm Variations"
  • Dec 30th (5th Fri)         LESSON: TBA
POSTED MARCH 1st, 2020

= "LIVE" Om Culture Dances Postponed Until Lockdown is Lifted =
.... But join us on Zoom for the next best thing!  (See details above)

In accordance with the latest Seattle King County Public Health recommendations for curtailing the spread of Corona Virus, Roll Up The Rug has decided to postpone its regular 2nd and 4th Friday dances at Om Culture until further notice.  I’m very sorry to have to do this as I know how much these kinds of dances and social events have become an integral part of our lives.  Please know that this decision comes neither lightly nor from a place of panic, but rather from an earnest and genuine concern to protect ourselves and those more vulnerable individuals in our community from contracting or spreading this very virulent and potentially fatal virus. 


The Dept of Health defines those most vulnerable (or at greatest risk) as:

  • People 60 and older
  • People with underlying health conditions including heart disease, lung disease, or diabetes
  • People who have weakened immune systems
  • People who are pregnant

The current recommendations are that people at higher risk of illness stay away from large group gatherings as much as possible, particularly if those gatherings include close contact with others.  They further recommend the following common-sense advice:

  • Stay home if you are sick, or have a chronic condition.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick or at high risk for spreading the virus.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Get a flu shot if you haven't already. 

The most important thing right now is for everyone to stay safe, to take care of each other, to prepare for events being cancelled or postponed, and to actively monitor the latest WHOCDCCanadian Public Health, and State Health Department recommendations.


We need to be especially vigilant about this because although we may not personally be in one of those high-risk categories mentioned above, there is a good chance that we will come into primary or secondary contact with others who are.  Our Om Culture dances usually draw in a fairly large contingent of dancers and putting these dances on hold until further notice will hopefully help to keep ourselves, our community, our friends, and our loved ones that much the healthier and safer in the days to come.


So be safe out there.  We look forward to starting up the Om Culture dances once the virus has run it’s course and the danger has passed, and we want to see you there as healthy and happy as ever!   :)


Ari



UPCOMING "Live" DANCES for 2021:

[New Dates TBA once the lockdown is over]


UPCOMING DANCES for 2020: 

  • Jan 10th (2nd Fri)       LESSON: "Latin-Blues"
  • Jan 24th (4th Fri)        LESSON: "Swing"
  • Feb 14th (2nd Fri)    *Valentine Party!  LESSON: "Romantic Rumba"
  • Feb 28th (4th Fri)       NO LESSON; Dance starts at 8pm
  • Mar 13th (2nd Fri)      LESSON: Intro to "Boogie Woogie"
  • Mar 27th (4th Fri)       NO LESSON; Dance starts at 8pm
  • Apr 10th (2nd Fri)       LESSON: "Bachata"
  • Apr 24th (4th Fri)        LESSON: "Intro to Traveling Blues"
  • May 8th (2nd Fri)       *Waltz Fest NW Party!  LESSON: "Waltz Basics"
  • May 22nd (4th Fri)      *NO DANCE TONIGHT due to Folklife Festival (come  dance to Blues at the Armory!)
  • May 29th (5th Fri)      LESSON: "Swing"
  • June 12th (2nd Fri)       LESSON: "Night Club 2-Step"
  • June 26th (4th Fri)       LESSON: "Summer Blues"
  • July 10th (2nd Fri)       LESSON: "Cha Cha"
  • July 26th (4th Fri)        LESSON: "Bachata"
  • July 31st (5th Fri)       LESSON: "Swing"
  • Aug 14th (2nd Fri)        LESSON: "Country 2-Step"
  • Aug 28th (4th Fri)        LESSON: "Night Club 2-Step"
  • Sept 11th (2nd Fri)      LESSON: "Waltz"
  • Sept 25th (4th Fri)        LESSON: "Night Club 2-Step"
  • Oct 9th (2nd Fri)           LESSON: "Blues"
  • Oct 23th (4th Fri)       *Black Cat Halloween Ball!  LESSON: "Monster Mash"   7:30 Wine & Cheese, bring finger food to share!
  • Oct 30th (5th Fri, tentative)      LESSON: "Swing"
  • Nov 13th (2nd Fri)       LESSON:  Tango-Fusion  
  • Nov 27th (4th Fri)        1-4pm, Heber's Post-Thanksgiving Potluck and Dance (bring yummy food!).  No evening dance that night
  • Dec 11th (2nd Fri)       LESSON: "Connection Skills"
  • Dec 25th (4th Fri)       *Holiday Party!   LESSON: "Swing"

SEATTLE CLASSES

We have great things in store for you!

PLEASE NOTE 
All classes and workshops are on hold during the coronavirus outbreak.  Once the quarantine is lifted, if you would like Ari to come to your community to put on a workshop, feel free to get in touch using the CONTACT US page here.  
Ari will also be scheduling special one-off workshops in Seattle and will keep you posted via this website, email, and FB.  To get onto Ari's email list, please sign up on the CONTACT US page.  

Workshop Schedule

(See Times, Location, and Cost above)



Sun, Dec 19, 2021 (10am to 12pm) 

   "Fantastic Cross-Step Waltz Innovations"  (for Int/Adv Dancers)  

Add such original steps as 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 our first full workshop after more than a year of no classes, and also the perfect way to brush up your repertoire and prepare for our Fabulous Friday & Sunday dances at Om Culture   


Level: Non-Novice Beg, Int, or Adv (Some basic waltz and partnering skills assumed)  

No Partner needed



Sun, Jan 2, 2022 (10am to 12pm)

    "The Art of "Freestyle" 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.   If you've never done WCS, this is definitely the class for you!  If you've never taken one of Ari's "free-style" WCS classes, you don't want to miss this!  

        Using Ari's very unique approach to understanding effortless partnered movement, and borrowing from "Fusion" techniques, you will not only learn a whole different approach to WCS that will have you free styling in no time at all, 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!    


Level:  All welcome - No partner needed



Sun, Jan 16, 2022 (10am to 12pm): 

   "Hot Blues for Cold Winter Nights!"   

Put the cool in your steps with these fun, higher-energy, walking blues variations.  Learn to dance to more up-tempo blues music, blending the art of effortless "energy-based" connection with floor movement and styling.  This class will also introduce elements of Tango-Blues blending -- a very beautiful free-style, smooth and relaxed dance form that combine the best spects of tango, bachata, and blues.  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 blues outside the box.  


Level: Non-Novice Beg, Int, or Adv (Some basic partner dance skills assumed)  

No Partner needed





All Welcome, No Partner needed, No pre-registration required. 

Cash or check at the door only.



December 2021 

Two-Week Tuesday Balboa Intensive

2 TUESDAY's:  (Dec 28th, Jan 4th)   four hours of class

All classes are held at Ari's Home/Studio (Must pre-register for directions)

PLEASE NOTE:  Due to snow and hazardous driving conditions, the Tues, Dec 28th class has been cancelled.  We will make Jan 4th class a one time workshop.  See you there! (Posted 12/27/21)

  • 7:00-9:00pm:  

    "Beginning Balboa Intensive- The perfect starter kit that covers all of the Balboa essentials (and a great way to get you prepped for the January & February balboa class series!). 

  • 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! Perfect for beginners and for folks who have had some Balboa in the past but would like to brush up!  CLICK HERE to see an example of Pure-Bal.
  • Level: Non-Novice Beginner (some basic East Coast Swing and partner skills assumed).  Also perfect for intermediate and/or advanced dancers who would like to review the basics. No partner needed
  • 9:00-9:30pm:  Guided Practice for class participants

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January 2022  
Three-Week Balboa & Tango Intensives  

All classes are held at Ari's Home/Studio (Must pre-register for directions)

3 TUESDAY's:  (Jan 11th, 18th, 25th)   six hours of class

  • 7:00-9:10pm:  

    "THE ART of BAL-SWING" - When the original "pure" Balboa of the 1920's & 30's met up with Lindy, Shag, and Swing of the 1940's & 50's, a new dance form was created called "Bal-Swing" that added more complex flourishes and swing out moves to the Balboa mix.  One of the funnest dance forms there is today, Bal-Swing contains moves that can be applied to almost any dance form you do, including WCS, NC2S, Foxtrot, Waltz, and Tango.    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, some basic Balboa, East Coast Swing, & partnering skills assumed.  No partner needed)


  • 9:00-9:30pm:  Guided Practice for class participants

3 THURSDAY's:  (Jan 13th, 20th, 27th)   six hours of class
  • 7:00-9:10pm:   "Tango'd Up in Blues" - Tango is one of the most popular dance forms being done in Seattle today.  For folks who have a little Swing, WCS, Blues, Ballroom, or Fusion under their belts, and would like to take their dance to a whole new level by incorporating some fun Tango combos into the mix, this is the perfect class for you!  Learn how to garnish and embellish your other dance styles by seamlessly adding a few beautiful Tango moves into the repertoire!  (No tango or blues experience necessary).  
    • (Level: Non-Novice; 

      some basic social dance & partnering skills assumed.  No tango experience needed.  No partner needed)


  • 9:00-9:30pm:  Guided Practice for class participants



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FEBRUARY 

Three-Week Balboa & Tango Intensives  

All classes are held at Ari's Home/Studio (Must pre-register for directions)

3 TUESDAY's:  (Feb 1st, 8th, 15th)   six hours of class 

  • 7:00-9:10pm:  

    "Bigger Better BAL-SWING VARIATONS" - For folks who are comfortable with the balboa basics, come and learn some great new bal-swing combos that will put the "wow" in your step, and elicit more than a few "oohs" or "aahs" from those watching on the edge.  While this is the perfect continuation class for those in the January "Bal-Swing" session, you do NOT have to have taken that series to join.  We will be learning a wide variety of new material for all involved. 

     

    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, some basic Balboa, East Coast Swing, & partnering skills assumed.  No partner needed)


  • 9:00-9:30pm:  Guided Practice for class participants

3 THURSDAYS's:  (Feb 3rd, 10th, 17th)    six hours of class
  • 7:00-9:10pm:   "Fun with TANGO FUSION:  For folks who have a little Swing, Blues, Latin, Fusion, or Ballroom under their belts and would like to take their dance into new territory by incorporating some fun Tango movement into the mix, this is the perfect class for you!  In the first hour, we'll start small, and in the second hour we'll work our way to big!  While this is the perfect continuation class for those in the January "Tango" session, you do NOT have to have taken that series to join.  It's the perfect way to build confidence and push the envelope into new music and dance territory, all the while gaining insight into innovative and playful ways to solo and partner!    
    • (Level: Non-Novice; 

      some basic social dance & partnering skills assumed.  No partner needed)


  • 9:00-9:30pm:  Guided Practice for class participants



LOGISTICS


TIMES: 
  • 6:45pm:  Doors open, warm-up and stretch
  • 7:00-9:00pm:  Class  
  • 9:00-9:30pm:  Guided Practica

LOCATION:  

  • Ari's Home Studio.  You must pre-register online to get the address.  Ari's home studio is located in the Eastlake neighborhood of Seattle, just off of I-5 at the I-5 & 520 intersection
CLASS SIZE:  

Class sizes are limited to 6 leads and 6 follows, so register soon!  
Vax + Mask only (please bring proof of vaccine to the first class) 

COST: 

       2-WEEK DECEMBER SESSION (4+ hr's of instruction):

  •     Both Classes (4+ hrs of instruction @ $12.50/hr)  = $50 (SAVE $10)
  •     1st Class ONLY (2 hrs of instruction @ $15/hr) = $30 (space available only)

       3-WEEK JANUARY SESSION (6+ hr's of instruction):

  •     All Three Classes ( 6+ hrs of instruction @ $11.50/hr)  = $70 (SAVE $20)
  •     1st Class ONLY (2 hrs of instruction @ $15/hr) = $30 (space available only)
  •     1st & 2nd Class ONLY (4+ hrs of instruction @ $12.50/hr) = $50 (space available only, SAVE $10)

  • STUDENTS (under age 25):  
    • $35 per 2-wk class series  (SAVE $25)
    • $55 per 3-wk class series  (SAVE $35)
      **PLEASE NOTE:  all participants will get a video review of the steps from the classes they paid for.  


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


Om Sunday

Workshop Schedule

All at Om Culture, 2210 N. Pacific St, Seattle.

Workshop: 10am-12pm, followed by 

Afternoon Tea Dance 12-2pm

No Pre-Registration needed.  Just show up!

CLICK HERE for details 


COST:  Workshop + Dance (10am-2pm):  $25

Dance Only (12-2pm):  $10


Sun, Jan 2, 2022 (10am to 12pm)

    "The Art of Freestyle Blues, Fusion, and West Coast Swing" 

        Using Ari's very unique approach to understanding effortless partnered movement and lead & follow roles, you will not only learn a whole different approach to dance, you'll come away with a much deeper understanding of the fundamental language of energy & flow in partnering that can be applied to any style you do!  Not to be missed!    


Sun, Jan 16, 2022 (10am to 12pm): 

   "Hot Blues for Cold Winter Nights!"   

Put the cool in your steps with these fun, higher-energy, walking blues variations. 


Sun, Jan 30, 2022 (10am to 12pm): 

   "Mambo Magic & Fun Salsa Combo's"    

Get your "Salsa" on at Om Culture! We'll start with a thorough review of the basics, then break into some fun partner combo's and stylings.  


Sun, Feb 6, 2022 (10am to 12pm): 

   "Fabulous Night Club 2-Step Innovations!"   

Learn a variety of fun, innovative combinations from Ari's library of moves and inventions; beautiful, flowing, and elegant as always.


Sun, Jan 16, 2022 (10am to 12pm): 

   "Sensational Sliding & Gliding Waltz Creations!"   

We'll quickly review the cross step basics, then learn some simple but beautifully flowing cross step waltz variations from Ari's repertoire of innovative steps that all focus on flow and ease.  


COST:  Workshop + Dance:  $25

Dance Only:  $10

December 2021 
All classes are held at Ari's Home/Studio (Must pre-register for directions)
Vax & Booster + Mask required

2-hr Beginning Balboa Intensive


Tues, Jan 4th, 7:00-9:00pm: 

"Beginning Balboa Intensive- The perfect starter kit that covers all of the Balboaessentials (and a great way to get you prepped for the January & February balboa class series!).

        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! Perfect for beginners and for folks who have had some Balboa in the past but would like to brush up!  CLICK HERE to see an example of Pure-Bal.

  • Level: Non-Novice Beginner (some basic East Coast Swing and partner skills assumed).  Also perfect for intermediate and/or advanced dancers who would like to review the basics. No partner needed

  • 7:00-9:00pm:  Workshop
  • 9:00-9:30pm:  Guided Practice


=================================


January 2022  
Three-Week Balboa & Tango Intensives  

All classes are held at Ari's Home/Studio (Must pre-register for directions)

Vax & Booster + Mask required


3 TUESDAY's:  (Jan 11th, 18th, 25th)   six hours of class

  • 7:00-9:10pm:  

    "THE ART of BAL-SWING" - When the original "pure" Balboa of the 1920's & 30's met up with Lindy, Shag, and Swing of the 1940's & 50's, a new dance form was created called "Bal-Swing" that added more complex flourishes and swing out moves to the Balboa mix.  One of the funnest dance forms there is today, Bal-Swing contains moves that can be applied to almost any dance form you do, including WCS, NC2S, Foxtrot, Waltz, and Tango.    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, some basic Balboa, East Coast Swing, & partnering skills assumed.  No partner needed)


  • 9:00-9:30pm:  Guided Practice for class participants

3 THURSDAY's:  (Jan 13th, 20th, 27th)   six hours of class
  • 7:00-9:10pm:   "Tango'd Up in Blues" - Tango is one of the most popular dance forms being done in Seattle today.  For folks who have a little Swing, WCS, Blues, Ballroom, or Fusion under their belts, and would like to take their dance to a whole new level by incorporating some fun Tango combos into the mix, this is the perfect class for you!  Learn how to garnish and embellish your other dance styles by seamlessly adding a few beautiful Tango moves into the repertoire!  (No tango or blues experience necessary).  
    • (Level: Non-Novice; 

      some basic social dance & partnering skills assumed.  No tango experience needed.  No partner needed)


  • 9:00-9:30pm:  Guided Practice for class participants



=================================




FEBRUARY 

Three-Week Balboa & Tango Intensives  

All classes are held at Ari's Home/Studio (Must pre-register for directions)

Vax & Booster + Mask required


3 TUESDAY's:  (Feb 1st, 8th, 15th)   six hours of class 

  • 7:00-9:10pm:  

    "Bigger Better BAL-SWING VARIATONS" - For folks who are comfortable with the balboa basics, come and learn some great new bal-swing combos that will put the "wow" in your step, and elicit more than a few "oohs" or "aahs" from those watching on the edge.  While this is the perfect continuation class for those in the January "Bal-Swing" session, you do NOT have to have taken that series to join.  We will be learning a wide variety of new material for all involved. 

     

    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, some basic Balboa, East Coast Swing, & partnering skills assumed.  No partner needed)


  • 9:00-9:30pm:  Guided Practice for class participants

3 THURSDAYS's:  (Feb 3rd, 10th, 17th)    six hours of class
  • 7:00-9:10pm:   "Fun with TANGO FUSION:  - For folks who have a little Swing, Blues, Latin, Fusion, or Ballroom under their belts and would like to take their dance into new territory by incorporating some fun Tango movement into the mix, this is the perfect class for you!  In the first hour, we'll start small, and in the second hour we'll work our way to big!  While this is the perfect continuation class for those in the January "Tango" session, you do NOT have to have taken that series to join.  It's the perfect way to build confidence and push the envelope into new music and dance territory, all the while gaining insight into innovative and playful ways to solo and partner!    
    • (Level: Non-Novice; 

      some basic social dance & partnering skills assumed.  No partner needed)


  • 9:00-9:30pm:  Guided Practice for class participants



LOGISTICS


TIMES: 
  • 6:45pm:  Doors open, warm-up and stretch
  • 7:00-9:00pm:  Class  
  • 9:00-9:30pm:  Guided Practica

LOCATION:  

  • Ari's Home Studio.  You must pre-register online to get the address.  Ari's home studio is located in the Eastlake neighborhood of Seattle, just off of I-5 at the I-5 & 520 intersection
CLASS SIZE:  

Class sizes are limited to 6 leads and 6 follows, so register soon!  
Vax + Mask only (please bring proof of vaccine to the first class) 

COST: 

       2-WEEK DECEMBER SESSION (4+ hr's of instruction):

  •     Dec 28th class cancelled due to snow.
  •     Jan 24th date ONLY (2.5 hrs of instruction) = $25 

       3-WEEK JANUARY SESSION (6+ hr's of instruction):

  •     All Three Classes ( 6+ hrs of instruction @ $11.50/hr)  = $70 (SAVE $20)
  •     1st Class ONLY (2 hrs of instruction @ $15/hr) = $30 (space available only)
  •     1st & 2nd Class ONLY (4+ hrs of instruction @ $12.50/hr) = $50 (space available only, SAVE $10)

  • STUDENTS (under age 25):  
    • $35 per 2-wk class series  (SAVE $25)
    • $55 per 3-wk class series  (SAVE $35)
      **PLEASE NOTE:  all participants will get a video review of the steps from the classes they paid for.  


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


Workshop Schedule

(See Times, Location, and Cost above)



Sun, Dec 19, 2021 (10am to 12pm) 

   "Fantastic Cross-Step Waltz Innovations"  (for Int/Adv Dancers)  

Add such original steps as 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 our first full workshop after more than a year of no classes, and also the perfect way to brush up your repertoire and prepare for our Fabulous Friday & Sunday dances at Om Culture   


Level: Non-Novice Beg, Int, or Adv (Some basic waltz and partnering skills assumed)  

No Partner needed



Sun, Jan 2, 2022 (10am to 12pm)

    "The Art of Freestyle Blues, Fusion, and West Coast Swing" 

Blues, Fusion, & WCS are not only some of the most diverse and funnest forms of dance on the scene today, but they are hugely popular in Seattle, across the country, and growing strong.   If you've never done these dance styles, this is definitely the class for you!  If you've never taken one of Ari's "free-style" concept classes, you don't want to miss this!  

        Using Ari's very unique approach to understanding effortless partnered movement and lead & follow roles, you will not only learn a whole different approach to dance, you'll come away with a much deeper understanding of the fundamental language of energy & flow in partnering that can be applied to any style you do!  Not to be missed!    


Level:  All welcome - No partner needed



Sun, Jan 16, 2022 (10am to 12pm): 

   "Hot Blues for Cold Winter Nights!"   

Put the cool in your steps with these fun, higher-energy, walking blues variations.  Learn to dance to more up-tempo blues music, blending the art of effortless "energy-based" connection with floor movement and styling.  This class will also introduce elements of Tango-Blues blending -- a very beautiful free-style, smooth and relaxed dance form that combine the best spects of tango, bachata, and blues.  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 blues outside the box.  


Level: Non-Novice Beg, Int, or Adv (Some basic partner dance skills assumed)  

No Partner needed



Sun, Jan 30, 2022 (10am to 12pm): 

   "Mambo Magic & Fun Salsa Combo's"    

Get your "Salsa" on this Sunday at Om Culture! We'll start with a thorough review of the basics, then break into some fun partner combo's and stylings.  Perfect for both beginning dancers, or for more experienced dancers who want to focus on effortless flow and connection in their partnership. 


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



Sun, Feb 6, 2022 (10am to 12pm): 

   "Fabulous Night Club 2-Step Innovations!"   

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 30 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 non-novice beg/int level NC2S-ers.  CLICK HERE to see an example of NC2S. 


Level: Non-Novice Beg, Int/Adv:  Basic NC2S Left & Right Turn steps and partnering skills assumed


Sun, Feb 20, 2022 (10am to 12pm): 

   "Sensational Sliding & Gliding Waltz Creations!"   

"Cross Step Waltz" is one of the most common social-partnered waltz styles done in the Seattle community. We'll quickly review the cross step basics, then learn some simple but beautifully flowing cross step waltz variations from Ari's repertoire of innovative steps that all focus on flow and ease.  Perfect for both beginning dancers, or for intermediate level dancers who want to add some graceful new moves to their repertoire.   


Level: Non-Novice Beg, Int, or Adv (Some basic waltz and partnering skills assumed)  



All Welcome, No Partner needed, No pre-registration required. 

Cash or check at the door only.




January 2022  
Three-Week Balboa & Tango Intensives  

All classes are held at Ari's Home/Studio (Must pre-register for directions)

Vax & Booster + Mask required


3 TUESDAY's:  (Jan 11th, 18th, 25th)   six hours of class

  • 7:00-9:10pm:  

    "THE ART of BAL-SWING" - When the original "pure" Balboa of the 1920's & 30's met up with Lindy, Shag, and Swing of the 1940's & 50's, a new dance form was created called "Bal-Swing" that added more complex flourishes and swing out moves to the Balboa mix.  One of the funnest dance forms there is today, Bal-Swing contains moves that can be applied to almost any dance form you do, including WCS, NC2S, Foxtrot, Waltz, and Tango.    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, some basic Balboa, East Coast Swing, & partnering skills assumed.  No partner needed)


  • 9:00-9:30pm:  Guided Practice for class participants

3 THURSDAY's:  (Jan 13th, 20th, 27th)   six hours of class
  • 7:00-9:10pm:   "Tango'd Up in Blues" - Tango is one of the most popular dance forms being done in Seattle today.  For folks who have a little Swing, WCS, Blues, Ballroom, or Fusion under their belts, and would like to take their dance to a whole new level by incorporating some fun Tango combos into the mix, this is the perfect class for you!  Learn how to garnish and embellish your other dance styles by seamlessly adding a few beautiful Tango moves into the repertoire!  (No tango or blues experience necessary).  
    • (Level: Non-Novice; 

      some basic social dance & partnering skills assumed.  No tango experience needed.  No partner needed)


  • 9:00-9:30pm:  Guided Practice for class participants



=================================




FEBRUARY 

Three-Week Balboa & Tango Intensives  

All classes are held at Ari's Home/Studio (Must pre-register for directions)

Vax & Booster + Mask required


3 TUESDAY's:  (Feb 1st, 8th, 15th)   six hours of class 

  • 7:00-9:10pm:  

    "Bigger Better BAL-SWING VARIATONS" - For folks who are comfortable with the balboa basics, come and learn some great new bal-swing combos that will put the "wow" in your step, and elicit more than a few "oohs" or "aahs" from those watching on the edge.  While this is the perfect continuation class for those in the January "Bal-Swing" session, you do NOT have to have taken that series to join.  We will be learning a wide variety of new material for all involved. 

     

    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, some basic Balboa, East Coast Swing, & partnering skills assumed.  No partner needed)


  • 9:00-9:30pm:  Guided Practice for class participants

3 THURSDAYS's:  (Feb 3rd, 10th, 17th)    six hours of class
  • 7:00-9:10pm:   "Fun with TANGO FUSION:  - For folks who have a little Swing, Blues, Latin, Fusion, or Ballroom under their belts and would like to take their dance into new territory by incorporating some fun Tango movement into the mix, this is the perfect class for you!  In the first hour, we'll start small, and in the second hour we'll work our way to big!  While this is the perfect continuation class for those in the January "Tango" session, you do NOT have to have taken that series to join.  It's the perfect way to build confidence and push the envelope into new music and dance territory, all the while gaining insight into innovative and playful ways to solo and partner!    
    • (Level: Non-Novice; 

      some basic social dance & partnering skills assumed.  No partner needed)


  • 9:00-9:30pm:  Guided Practice for class participants



LOGISTICS


TIMES: 
  • 6:45pm:  Doors open, warm-up and stretch
  • 7:00-9:00pm:  Class  
  • 9:00-9:30pm:  Guided Practica

LOCATION:  

  • Ari's Home Studio.  You must pre-register online to get the address.  Ari's home studio is located in the Eastlake neighborhood of Seattle, just off of I-5 at the I-5 & 520 intersection
CLASS SIZE:  

Class sizes are limited to 6 leads and 6 follows, so register soon!  
Vax + Mask only (please bring proof of vaccine to the first class) 

COST: 

       2-WEEK DECEMBER SESSION (4+ hr's of instruction):

  •     Dec 28th class cancelled due to snow.
  •     Jan 24th date ONLY (2.5 hrs of instruction) = $25 

       3-WEEK JANUARY SESSION (6+ hr's of instruction):

  •     All Three Classes ( 6+ hrs of instruction @ $11.50/hr)  = $70 (SAVE $20)
  •     1st Class ONLY (2 hrs of instruction @ $15/hr) = $30 (space available only)
  •     1st & 2nd Class ONLY (4+ hrs of instruction @ $12.50/hr) = $50 (space available only, SAVE $10)

  • STUDENTS (under age 25):  
    • $35 per 2-wk class series  (SAVE $25)
    • $55 per 3-wk class series  (SAVE $35)
      **PLEASE NOTE:  all participants will get a video review of the steps from the classes they paid for.  


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


FRONT PAGE (HOME PAGE):

Om Sunday

Workshop Schedule

All at Om Culture, 2210 N. Pacific St, Seattle.

Workshop: 10am-12pm, followed by 

Afternoon Tea Dance 12-2pm

No Pre-Registration needed.  Just show up!

CLICK HERE for details 


COST:  Workshop + Dance (10am-2pm):  $25

Dance Only (12-2pm):  $10


Sun, Jan 2, 2022 (10am to 12pm)

    "The Art of Freestyle Blues, Fusion, and West Coast Swing" 

        Using Ari's very unique approach to understanding effortless partnered movement and lead & follow roles, you will not only learn a whole different approach to dance, you'll come away with a much deeper understanding of the fundamental language of energy & flow in partnering that can be applied to any style you do!  Not to be missed!    


Sun, Jan 16, 2022 (10am to 12pm): 

   "Hot Blues for Cold Winter Nights!"   

Put the cool in your steps with these fun, higher-energy, walking blues variations. 


Sun, Jan 30, 2022 (10am to 12pm): 

   "Mambo Magic & Fun Salsa Combo's"    

Get your "Salsa" on at Om Culture! We'll start with a thorough review of the basics, then break into some fun partner combo's and stylings.  


Sun, Feb 6, 2022 (10am to 12pm): 

   "Fabulous Night Club 2-Step Innovations!"   

Learn a variety of fun, innovative combinations from Ari's library of moves and inventions; beautiful, flowing, and elegant as always.


Sun, Jan 16, 2022 (10am to 12pm): 

   "Sensational Sliding & Gliding Waltz Creations!"   

We'll quickly review the cross step basics, then learn some simple but beautifully flowing cross step waltz variations from Ari's repertoire of innovative steps that all focus on flow and ease.  


COST:  Workshop + Dance:  $25

Dance Only:  $10

Winter 1 Class Series
Sundays (1/16, 1/23, 1/30, 2/6, no 2/13, 2/20)
with Ari Levitt & Meli Varga

3pm • Beginning Cross-Step Waltz 

Waltz, with its characteristic glides and twirls, has been called the “world’s most romantic dance.” Waltz, danced in 3/4 time, is a must for every dancer’s repertoire, and of the four standard waltz music styles, “cross-step” is by far the most versatile, the most fun, and the most commonly played in Seattle! We’ll work on the basics of leading and following while building a vocabulary of fabulous moves. You’ll fall in love with Cross-Step Waltz!

Prerequisites: none; perfect to take in conjunction with the Foxtrot and Blues classes

4pm • Foxtrot 1

Learn a variety of fun and innovative Foxtrot combinations from Ari’s library of moves and inventions—beautiful, flowing, and elegant moves, as always. Foxtrot is the classic partnered travel dance, popularized from the 1930s to 1950s, and it boasts some of the best music of that era. Foxtrot has continued to thrive on the ballroom dance floor to this day, and has become a versatile dance that we easily blend with popular tunes and other styles, such as Swing, Waltz, Rhumba, and Blues. Best of all—it’s fun to do! Expect some GREAT music as well! 

Prerequisites: perfect for both beginning dancers or for more experienced dancers who want to work on fine-tuning their partnering, connection, and musicality skills; ideal to take in conjunction with the Waltz and Blues classes

5pm • Learn to Dance the Blues

Learn the basics of his very expressive and fluid musical dance form that will become the foundation to every other dance style you will learn. 

Prerequisites: perfect for both beginning dancers or for more experienced dancers who want to work on fine-tuning their partnering, connection, and musicality skills; ideal to take in conjunction with the Waltz and Foxtrot classes!


=============  LOGISTICS ============

  • Registration & INFO:  https://www.nwdance.net/current-classes/
  • Payment: $80 payable by card for pre-registration or cash or check at the door
  • Location: Swedish Club, 1920 Dexter Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109
  • Parking: there is upper and lower level parking available which is adjacent to the Swedish Club and additional parking is available across the street.
  • COVID Requirements: mask & proof of vaccination required
  • Winter 1 Class Series
    Sundays (1/16, 1/23, 1/30, 2/6, no 2/13, 2/20)
    with Ari Levitt & Meli Varga

    3pm • Beginning Cross-Step Waltz 

    Waltz, with its characteristic glides and twirls, has been called the “world’s most romantic dance.” Waltz, danced in 3/4 time, is a must for every dancer’s repertoire, and of the four standard waltz music styles, “cross-step” is by far the most versatile, the most fun, and the most commonly played in Seattle! We’ll work on the basics of leading and following while building a vocabulary of fabulous moves. You’ll fall in love with Cross-Step Waltz!

    Prerequisites: none; perfect to take in conjunction with the Foxtrot and Blues classes

    4pm • Foxtrot 1

    Learn a variety of fun and innovative Foxtrot combinations from Ari’s library of moves and inventions—beautiful, flowing, and elegant moves, as always. Foxtrot is the classic partnered travel dance, popularized from the 1930s to 1950s, and it boasts some of the best music of that era. Foxtrot has continued to thrive on the ballroom dance floor to this day, and has become a versatile dance that we easily blend with popular tunes and other styles, such as Swing, Waltz, Rhumba, and Blues. Best of all—it’s fun to do! Expect some GREAT music as well! 

    Prerequisites: perfect for both beginning dancers or for more experienced dancers who want to work on fine-tuning their partnering, connection, and musicality skills; ideal to take in conjunction with the Waltz and Blues classes

    5pm • Learn to Dance the Blues

    Learn the basics of his very expressive and fluid musical dance form that will become the foundation to every other dance style you will learn. 

    Prerequisites: perfect for both beginning dancers or for more experienced dancers who want to work on fine-tuning their partnering, connection, and musicality skills; ideal to take in conjunction with the Waltz and Foxtrot classes!


    =============  LOGISTICS ============


  • Registration & INFO:  https://www.nwdance.net/current-classes/
  • Payment: $80 payable by card for pre-registration or cash or check at the door
  • Location: Swedish Club, 1920 Dexter Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109
  • Parking: there is upper and lower level parking available which is adjacent to the Swedish Club and additional parking is available across the street.
  • COVID Requirements: mask & proof of vaccination required

  • =============  WORKSHOP ============


    March 6th WORKSHOP with NWDN 6-8pm

    Intro to Night Club 2-Step "Fusion"


    Fusion, the latest genre of partner dance to sweep the nation, has its own music & dance form that blends what you know from partner dancing with a more creative, conversational, improvisation style.  Come learn how to apply the steps and skills you know from NC2S with this beautiful playful dance style.  The skills you'll learn here are ones that you can also apply to virtually every dance style you know.  Not to be missed!  


    CLICK HERE to see an example of Ari & Alyssa doing Fusion NC2S.

    CLICK HERE to see a second example of Ari & Alyssa doing Fusion NC2S. 


    Prerequisites: NC2S 1or equivalent experience and a solid NC2S basic


    FEBRUARY
     

    Blues-Tango Fusion Intensives  

    All classes are held at Ari's Home/Studio (Must pre-register for directions)
    Vax/Booster + Mask required


    3 THURSDAYS's:  (Feb 24th, March 3rd & 10th,)  six hours of class

    • 7:00-9:10pm:   "Fun with BLUES-TANGO FUSION:  - For folks who have a little Swing, Blues, Latin, Fusion, or Ballroom under their belts and would like to take their dance into new territory by incorporating some fun Tango movement into the mix, this is the perfect class for you!  In the first hour, we'll start small, and in the second hour we'll work our way to big!  While this is the perfect continuation class for those in the January "Tango" session, you do NOT have to have taken that series to join.  It's the perfect way to build confidence and push the envelope into new music and dance territory, all the while gaining insight into innovative and playful ways to solo and partner!   

    • Level: Non-Novice; some basic social dance & partnering skills assumed.  No partner needed

    • 9:00-9:30pm:  Guided Practice for class participants



    LOGISTICS


    TIMES: 
    • 6:45pm:  Doors open, warm-up and stretch
    • 7:00-9:00pm:  Class  
    • 9:00-9:30pm:  Guided Practica

    LOCATION:  

    • Ari's Home Studio.  You must pre-register online to get the address.  Ari's home studio is located in the Eastlake neighborhood of Seattle, just off of I-5 at the I-5 & 520 intersection

    CLASS SIZE:
      

    Class sizes are limited to 6 leads and 6 follows, so register soon!  
    Vax + Mask only (please bring proof of vaccine to the first class) 

    COST: 

           3-WEEK SESSION (6+ hr's of instruction):

    •     All Three Classes ( 6+ hrs of instruction @ $12.50/hr)  = $75 (SAVE $15)
    •     1st Class ONLY (2 hrs of instruction @ $15/hr) = $30 (space available only)
    •     1st & 2nd Class ONLY (4+ hrs of instruction @ $12.50/hr) = $50 (space available only, SAVE $10)

    • STUDENTS (under age 25):  
      • $35 per 2-wk class series  (SAVE $25)
      • $55 per 3-wk class series  (SAVE $35)
          **PLEASE NOTE:  all participants will get a video review of the steps from the classes they paid for.  


    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


    Winter 2 Class Series
    Sundays (2/27, 3/6, 3/13, 3/27, 4/3, no 3/20)
    with Ari Levitt & Meli Varga


    3:00pm:   Int/Adv Waltz: Cross-Step Creativity 

     

    Cross-step waltz is one of the most common social-partnered waltz styles done in the country today.  After quickly reviewing the cross-step basics, we’ll jump into learning some beautifully flowing variations from Ari's repertoire of innovative steps & combinations.  Perfect for intermediate and advanced level dancers who want to add some graceful new moves to their repertoire. 


    Prerequisites: This is an intermediate/advanced level class series. Comfort with basic turning steps and partnering assumed.  

    CLICK HERE to see an example of Ari's Cross-Step Waltz. 

    4:00pm:   Int/Adv 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 30 years ago and is well-known as one of the country's leading innovators and teachers of this style. Perfect for int/adv level NC2S-ers. 


    Prerequisites: This is an intermediate/advanced level class series. Comfort with basic left and right turning steps and partnering assumed.

     CLICK HERE to see an example of Ari's NC2S. 

    5:00pm:   “Swingin’ the Blues!" — Taking your Blues & Swing to the Next Level!

    Learn how blues-dancing is foundational to both the East Coast & West Coast Swing in this fun, "thinking outside the box" class that will not only introduce you to higher-energy blues dancing and to a whole variety of fun new swing steps, but will greatly improve your connection, partnering, and improvisation in any dance you do!  It's a fabulous new approach to West Coast & East Coast Swing that you won't want to miss!    


    Prerequisites: This is an intermediate/advanced class series. No blues experience needed; some comfort with basic ECS and/or WCS helpful.



    =============  LOGISTICS ============


  • Registration & INFO:  CLICK HERE   
  • Payment: $80 payable by card for pre-registration or cash or check at the door
  • Location: Swedish Club, 1920 Dexter Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109
  • Parking: there is upper and lower level parking available which is adjacent to the Swedish Club and additional parking is available across the street.
  • COVID Requirements: mask & proof of vaccination required

  • =============  WORKSHOPS ============


    1)  Feb 27th WORKSHOP with NWDN 6-8pm

    Intro to Night Club 2-Step "Fusion"


    Fusion, the latest genre of partner dance to sweep the nation, has its own music & dance form that blends what you know from partner dancing with a more creative, conversational, improvisation style.  Come learn how to apply the steps and skills you know from NC2S with this beautiful playful dance style.  The skills you'll learn here are ones that you can also apply to virtually every dance style you know.  Not to be missed!  


    CLICK HERE to see an example of Ari & Alyssa doing Fusion NC2S.

    CLICK HERE to see a second example of Ari & Alyssa doing Fusion NC2S. 


    Prerequisite: Any previous social dancing




    2)  Mar 13 WORKSHOP with NWDN 6-8pm

    Lovin’ the Laminu—A fabulous Hybrid of Slow Foxtrot and Fast Swing 

    Transport yourself back to the wonderful Big Band era of the 1930s—1940s by learning the “Laminu,” a popular dance of the time that offers you a fun way to make the slow dances much more interesting, and the fast dances much more relaxing. Today, the dance is celebrating a new resurgence in popularity—especially in Europe, where it’s being re-introduced to Swing, Lindy, Balboa, and Blues communities everywhere.  

          Prerequisites: Comfort with basic Foxtrot and/or East Coast Swing helpful

    Click Here for a little taste of the Laminu experience


    Workshop Schedule

    (See Times, Location, and Cost above)



    Sun, Jan 30, 2022 (10am to 12pm): 

       "Mambo Magic & Fun Salsa Combo's"    

    Get your "Salsa" on this Sunday at Om Culture! We'll start with a thorough review of the basics, then break into some fun partner combo's and stylings.  Perfect for both beginning dancers, or for more experienced dancers who want to focus on effortless flow and connection in their partnership. 


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



    Sun, Feb 6, 2022 (10am to 12pm): 

       "Fabulous Night Club 2-Step Innovations!"   

    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 30 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 non-novice beg/int level NC2S-ers.  CLICK HERE to see an example of NC2S. 


    Level: Non-Novice Beg, Int/Adv:  Basic NC2S Left & Right Turn steps and partnering skills assumed


    Sun, Feb 20, 2022 (10am to 12pm): 

       "Sensational Sliding & Gliding Waltz Creations!"   

    "Cross Step Waltz" is one of the most common social-partnered waltz styles done in the Seattle community. We'll quickly review the cross step basics, then learn some simple but beautifully flowing cross step waltz variations from Ari's repertoire of innovative steps that all focus on flow and ease.  Perfect for both beginning dancers, or for intermediate level dancers who want to add some graceful new moves to their repertoire.   


    Level: Non-Novice Beg, Int, or Adv (Some basic waltz and partnering skills assumed)  



    All Welcome, No Partner needed, No pre-registration required. 

    Cash or check at the door only.




    February 2022  
    Three-Week Balboa & Tango Intensives  

    3 TUESDAY's:  (Feb 1st, 8th, 15th)   six hours of class

    • 7:00-9:10pm:  

      "The Art of Bal-Swing" One of the funnest dance forms there is today, Bal-Swing contains moves that can be applied to almost any dance form you do, including WCS, NC2S, Foxtrot, Waltz, and Tango. 

    • 9:10-9:30pm:  Guided Practice for class participants
    • CLICK HERE for details

    3 THURSDAY's:  (Feb 3rd, 10th, 17th) six hours of class
    • 7:00-9:10pm:   "Fun with Tango Fusion!" - Learn how to garnish and embellish your other dance styles by seamlessly adding a few beautiful Tango moves into the repertoire!  (No tango experience necessary).  
    • 9:10-9:30pm:  Guided Practice for class participants
    • CLICK HERE for details

    New WINTER Classes with Ari & Meli 

    @ The Swedish Club 

    Through NW Dance Network


            3pm • Beginning Cross-Step Waltz 

            4pm • Intro to Foxtrot

            5pm • Learn to Dance the Blues


    Level: Beginning on up!

      All welcome - No partner needed

    Vax + Booster & Mask  Required


    Details & Registration at: 

    www.nwdance.net 

    Winter 2 Class Series
    Sundays (2/27, 3/6, 3/13, 3/27, 4/3, no 3/20)
    with Ari Levitt & Meli Varga


    3:00pm:   Int/Adv Waltz: Cross-Step Creativity 

     

    Cross-step waltz is one of the most common social-partnered waltz styles done in the country today.  After quickly reviewing the cross-step basics, we’ll jump into learning some beautifully flowing variations from Ari's repertoire of innovative steps & combinations.  Perfect for intermediate and advanced level dancers who want to add some graceful new moves to their repertoire. 


    Prerequisites: This is an intermediate/advanced level class series. Comfort with basic turning steps and partnering assumed.  

    CLICK HERE to see an example of Ari's Cross-Step Waltz. 

    4:00pm:   Int/Adv 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 30 years ago and is well-known as one of the country's leading innovators and teachers of this style. Perfect for int/adv level NC2S-ers. 


    Prerequisites: This is an intermediate/advanced level class series. Comfort with basic left and right turning steps and partnering assumed.

     CLICK HERE to see an example of Ari's NC2S. 

    5:00pm:   “Swingin’ the Blues!" — Taking your Blues & Swing to the Next Level!

    Learn how blues-dancing is foundational to both the East Coast & West Coast Swing in this fun, "thinking outside the box" class that will not only introduce you to higher-energy blues dancing and to a whole variety of fun new swing steps, but will greatly improve your connection, partnering, and improvisation in any dance you do!  It's a fabulous new approach to West Coast & East Coast Swing that you won't want to miss!    


    Prerequisites: This is an intermediate/advanced class series. No blues experience needed; some comfort with basic ECS and/or WCS helpful.



    =============  LOGISTICS ============


  • Registration & INFO:  CLICK HERE   
  • Payment: $80 payable by card for pre-registration or cash or check at the door
  • Location: Swedish Club, 1920 Dexter Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109
  • Parking: there is upper and lower level parking available which is adjacent to the Swedish Club and additional parking is available across the street.
  • COVID Requirements: mask & proof of vaccination required

  • =============  WORKSHOPS ============


    1)  Mar 13 WORKSHOP with NWDN 6-8pm

    Lovin’ the Laminu—A fabulous Hybrid of Slow Foxtrot and Fast Swing 

    Transport yourself back to the wonderful Big Band era of the 1930s—1940s by learning the “Laminu,” a popular dance of the time that offers you a fun way to make the slow dances much more interesting, and the fast dances much more relaxing. Today, the dance is celebrating a new resurgence in popularity—especially in Europe, where it’s being re-introduced to Swing, Lindy, Balboa, and Blues communities everywhere.  

          Prerequisites: Comfort with basic Foxtrot and/or East Coast Swing helpful

    Click Here  or see below for a little taste of the Laminu experience


    New WINTER Classes

    @ The Swedish Club 

    with NW Dance Network

    Join Ari this SUNDAY, Mar 13 
    for a WORKSHOP with NWDN 6-8pm

    "Lovin’ the Laminu"

    A fabulous Hybrid of Slow Foxtrot and Fast Swing 

    Transport yourself back to the wonderful Big Band era of the 1930s—1940s by learning the “Laminu,” a popular dance of the time that offers you a fun way to make the slow dances much more interesting, and the fast dances much more relaxing. Today, the dance is celebrating a new resurgence in popularity—especially in Europe, where it’s being re-introduced to Swing, Lindy, Balboa, and Blues communities everywhere.  

          Prerequisites: Comfort with basic Foxtrot and/or East Coast Swing helpful

    Click Here  or see below for a little taste of the Laminu experience

  • Registration & INFO:   CLICK HERE 
  • Payment: $25 pre-registered, $35 at the door
  • Location: Swedish Club, 1920 Dexter Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109
  • Parking: there is upper and lower level parking available which is adjacent to the Swedish Club and additional parking is available across the street.
  • COVID Requirements: mask & proof of vaccination required
  • PLEASE NOTE: 

    In order to maintain lead/follow equilibrium, currently ALL SINGLE FOLLOWS WILL BE PLACED ON A TEMPORARY WAITING LIST.  For those follows, please all Malori at (412) 571-0220, or (800) 731-0493 (toll-free) to reserve your spot none-the-less.  When a space opens up, you will have that next spot in line!

    All SINGLE LEADS and LEAD/FOLLOW COUPLES will continue to be admitted without delay.  Our sincerest apologies for any inconvenience this might cause to our solo follow applicants.  Please encourage more leads to sign up!.

    Come on, leads!  We have follows waiting for you to get them in! 

    Overview:

    DATES:  Aug 28 - Sept 4, 2016 (Sun to Sun), departing at 4:00pm, returning at 7:00am from Seattle

    ITINERARY:   Ports of call include Seattle, Ketchikan, Tracy Arm Fjord (Glacier Cruising),  Juneau, Skagway, Victoria BC, and two days at sea.

    DANCE CLASSES & GROUP ACTIVITIES:  Group classes on the ship will include a mix of morning and/or afternoon sessions in a variety of dance styles (swing, social, ballroom, Latin, blues, fusion, WCS, tango, etc), with a strong focus on both partnering & connection, as well as introducing fun new step patterns and stylings.  Other group activities may include afternoon & evening dances; a cocktail social hour, games night, special dance outings in ports; as well as many other fun "non-dancing" activities onboard the ship and on dry land.  We also have two very special on-shore dance events planned with the local communities in Juneau and in Victoria (unique to our group!)

    THE RUBY PRINCESS:  Sailing some of the most popular cruise vacation destinations in the world, this amenity-filled ship is a crowning jewel of the Princess fleet.  Our trip will be her last Alaskan run before repositioning to the Caribbean, so be sure to get your tickets early as it promises to be quite popular and will undoubtedly sell out soon!  Incidentally, if you want to buy anything in Alaska, this is the week to go because everything will be on sale for the end of the season!

    PRE-CRUISE 1 or 2 NIGHT PACKAGE IN SEATTLE:  If you are coming from out of town and would like to take a day or two before the cruise to explore Seattle (and join in our Friday or Saturday night social dances), check out the pre-cruise package options at: http://amazingjourneys.net/trip/dance-pre-cruise  

    CRUISE PACKAGES & COSTS:  There are several cruise packages available for interior, balcony, or suite cabins.  Rooms at our guaranteed group prices are available through April 29th.  After these sell out, prices will be subject to change by Princess Cruises.  For full details, registration, & pricing information, CLICK HERE (or go to http://amazingjourneys.net/trip/dance-cruise), or call  Malori (with Amazing Journeys) at 412 571-0220

    TO REGISTER:  CLICK HERE (or go to http://amazingjourneys.net/trip/dance-cruise)

    WHO TO CONTACT FOR FURTHER QUESTIONS:  

    • For questions about cruise pricing, registration, booking your cruise ticket, or any other travel plans, contact Malori (with Amazing Journeys) at 412 571-0220.    
    • For dance-related questions, please feel free to contact Ari at arilevitt@hotmail.com

     

    INTERNATIONAL  EVENTS!

    Join us for our 5th Annual:

    Mexico Dance Retreat!

    Sun-Sun, Nov 14-21, 2021

    in beautiful Chacala, Mexico

    "Mexico Dance-Adventure" is specifically designed for dancers who not only want to experience the tropical beauty & splendor of Mexico's Pacific Nayarit coastline, but who would also love to do so in the company of a fun group of like-minded fellow dancers & travel-adventurers!

    Registration is now open!  CLICK HERE for details and registration!  

    =====================

    *THE FOLLOWING EVENTS HAVE BEEN POSTPONED.  

    We will let you know the rescheduled dates once we know more ourselves....

    Join us in beautiful BC:

    [New Dates TBA]

     "Harrison Hot Springs 

       Dance & Spa Retreat" 

    Details & Registration at TheDanceSpa.com 

    Join Ari & company in beautiful British Columbia for our 7th annual dance & workshop retreat in this historic lakeside setting -- with live music & dancing, hot springs, and special guest instructor Sharon Sebo from Kelowna, B.C.   Special EARLY BIRD PRICING is available through Feb 17th!   

    Registration is now open!  CLICK HERE for details and registration! 

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    Join us in Seattle:

    [New Dates TBA]

     "Waltz Fest NW" 

    Join dancers from Seattle, Portland, Vancouver (B.C.), and from across the country for our 4th annual "Waltz Fest NW!"-- celebrating our love of the waltz, the waltz community, and the diversity of the NW dance organizers, teachers, and venues that promote and support social waltzing within their dance line up.  Details from 2019 at www.waltzfestnw.com (2020 details still pending) (Special EARLY BIRD PRICING will be available for first dozen leads and follows to register

    Please join us for a very special
    Ari & Jodi's
    Blendtastic Dance
    Weekend

    April 8-10, 2022 (Fri-Sun)

     Friday, April 8th 

    •  7:00-8:00pm:  Fun with the Foxtrot You Got!   
    • 8:00-11:00+pm: "Fabulous Friday" Mixed Dance & Late Night Lyric Session    

     Saturday, April 9th 

    • 1:00-3:00pm: Foxy Night-Club 2-Step (A mix of NC2S & Foxtrot) 
    • 3:15-5:15pm:  Night Club 2-Step, with a Little Latin Flare

    -----  SATURDAY NIGHT DANCE  -----  

    • 7:00-8:00pm: Lesson: "Sassy Swing Moves to Honk Your Tonk!"
    • 8:00-11:00pm: Saturday Night Dance: "Honky Tonk Ball Blanc" & Battle of the DJ's.   Wear something white!


     Sunday, April 10th 

    • 10:00am-12:00pm:   Waltz-Swing Badda-Bing!    

    Early Bird Pricing Good Through April 4th, 2022
    CLICK HERE for Full Details & Pre-registration


    (Below) Ari & Jodi demo NC2S-Blending during their last Seattle Workshop

    Workshop Schedule

    (See Times, Location, and Cost above)


    Sun, March 20, 2022 (10am to 12pm): 

       "Turning Foxtrot" with Zacharia & Jodi   

    Turning Foxtrot: In this workshop, you'll learn how to apply left and right waltz turns, using QQS footwork, to the foxtrot, which makes it blend effortlessly with East Coast Swing and Lindy.  Perfect for both beginning dancers, or for intermediate level dancers who want to blend two dances together.   


    Level: Beg, Int, or Adv.   All welcome - No partner needed



    Sun, April 3, 2022 (10am to 12pm): 

       "Romantic Rumba -- Fun with Steps and Musicality!"    

    Get your "Rhumba" on this Sunday at Om Culture! We'll start with a thorough review of the basics, then break into some fun partner combo's and stylings, then explore how rumba can be blended with other dances like WCS, Foxtrot, and Tango.  Perfect for both beginning dancers, or for more experienced dancers who want to focus on effortless flow and connection in their partnership. 


    Level: Beg, Int, or Adv.  All welcome - No partner needed


    Sun, April 10, 2022 (10am to 12pm): 

       Special "Waltz Blending" Workshop with Ari & Jodi    

    This is a special 2nd Sunday workshop as part of the Ari & Jodi Workshop Weekend.  Learn how to blend moves from other dance styles into Waltz, with a special focus on Waltz Swing! (The swing moves we will be using will be taught in the Friday night pre-dance lesson (7-8pm, April 9th) at Om Culture 


    Level: Non-Novice Beg, Int/Adv:  Basic waltz steps and partnering skills assumed



    Sun, April 17, 2022:  No Workshop or Dance


    Sun, May 1, 2022: No Workshop or Dance


    Sun, May 15, 2022 (Part of Ari & Jodi's Dance Workshop Weekend!):


       10am-12pm: "Fabulous Cross-Step Waltz Innovations!"   

    Learn a variety of fun, innovative combinations from Ari's library of moves and inventions; beautiful, flowing, and elegant as always. 


       12:15-2:15pm: "Fabulous Blues-Waltz Innovations!"   

    Learn the art of "blues" waltz with Ari & Jodi! 


         Level: Non-Novice Beg, Int/Adv:  Basic waltz steps and partnering skills assumed



    Sun, May 29, 2022: No Workshop or Dance due to Folklife




    SCHEDULE: 

     

      *PRE-TRIP MUNICH ADD-ON* (Aug 24-26):  

    ---OPTIONAL---

     

    Wed, Aug 24:  Arrive in Munich, check into your hotel, meet together  for dinner and dancing at one of Munich's famous Biergartens
     
    Thur, Aug 25:  Downtown walking tour of historic highlights, Marienplatz, and the Townhall; lunch at the Hofbrau Haus; dinner and dancing at Waldwirtschaft's Jazzbiergarten.
     
    Fri, Aug 26:  Tour of Nymphenburg Palace, museums, and botanic gardens; dinner in historic bodega; Friday night workshop and dance party at "Swing & The City"

     

     

    DANUBE DANCE, BIKE, & BARGE CRUISE (Aug 27-Sept 3):

     

    Sat, Aug 27 (Day 1): We'll meet in Munich as a group and take the train to Passau. At 4pm we'll board the ship and at 7 pm we depart for Engelhartszell (also known as the "City of Three Rivers"). Enjoy your first dinner on board. No doubt we will dance!
     
    Sun, Aug 28 (Day 2): Engelhartszell - Untermühl - Great Loop - Linz, 22 mi. (35 km): Today's bike route leads through a number of charming villages and bucolic landscapes. We'll stop and try some of the special cordials and liqueurs in the Trappist monastery in Engelhartszell (these are said to have "special healing power"). If you need a break from cycling, you can opt to take the little ferry boat through the romantic Schlögener loop where the river makes a very abrupt 180-degree turn. In Untermühl, we’ll re-join the ship and cruise to Linz. 
     
    Mon, Aug 29 (Day 3): Linz - Mauthausen - Grein, 22 to 26 mi. (36 to 42 km): In the morning we'll visit both the Austrian town of Mauthausen and the Celtic town of Mitterkirchen with their beautiful historic town centers.  After that, you'll also have the option to bike one of two routes. For easy cycling, you can stick to the path along the Danube. Alternatively, you can take a more difficult route to the "Clam Castle" through the beautiful back-country of the Strudengau. It is slightly hilly, but a fantastic landscape. Worthy of a visit to Grein is the impressive Castle of Greinburg.
     
    Tues, Aug 30 (Day 4): Grein - Melk, 31 mi. (50 km): Today's stage is marked by a diverse landscape. At the beginning, there is the Strudengau – a narrow point of the Danube, which used to be notorious among skippers. In Melk, we'll visit the gorgeous baroque monastery of the Benedictine brethren. The ship will sail to Tulln by night. Tulln is well-known for its numerous market gardens where the famous Art Nouveau artist Egon Schiele was born.
     
    Wed, Aug 31 (Day 5): Tulln - Vienna - Nussdorf 22 mi. (35 km): Right in front of Vienna's entrance, embedded in a breathtaking landscape, is the monastery of Klosterneuburg. From a distance, you can see the cupola of this 900-year-old baroque building. "Kahlenbergerdorf" and its wine taverns are definitely worth a visit.  After a stroll through the vineyards, you can enjoy the panoramic view over Vienna.
     
    Thur, Sept 1 (Day 6): Vienna - Nussdorf / Korneuburg - Today’s treat is touring this lovely city with Ari who has been here many times for his "Waltz Week in Vienna" program. We’ll be sure hit all the most famous places of interest like the St. Stephen's Cathedral, the Hofburg Palace, the gorgeous boulevard "Ringstraβe" with the Burgtheater, the State Opera House, and the beautiful town hall. In the evening, we'll visit some of the famous Viennese coffee houses and bodegas before boarding the ship and departing for Krems.
     
    Fri, Sept 2 (Day 7): Wachau - Pöchlarn, 24 mi. (39 km): Passing through small dreamy villages and by apricot orchards, vineyards, castles, monasteries, and other historic ruins, we'll arrive at the small Baroque town of Dürnstein, famous for the blue tower of its monastery church that is a landmark of Wachau. In the evening, we'll celebrate the end of our tour onboard with a farewell dinner and cocktails.
     
    Sat, Sept 3 (Day 8): Passau:  Every journey draws to an end. Passing through the Danube Valley, we'll take a last look at the Schlögener Schlinge ("Great Loop") before arriving in Passau where we disembark at 11:30 am.  From there, we'll take the train back to Munich where we'll regroup again for dinner and a swing dance party at the famous Vintage Club (Home of the "Rock that Swing" festival).

     

     

    *POST-TRIP MUNICH ADD-ON* (Sept 4-6):

    ---OPTIONAL---

     

    Sun, Sept 4:   Optional morning dance workshop; lunch at historic downtown bodega; outdoor swing dance in the Hofgarten; dinner and more dancing at famous Munich Biergarten.  Other tour options are at the bottom of this page.
     
    Mon, Sept 5:  Day trip to either Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria (the famous castle that the Disney Sleeping Beauty's Castle is modeled after), or to Salzburg (a charming Austrian city, birthplace of Mozart, and setting for the movie "The Sound of Music").  We will decide as a group which one to go to.
     
    Tues, Sept 6:  Walk or bike the Englischer Garten; tour the Munich Residenz, dinner and goodbye dance party at "Swing & The City"

     

    UPCOMING  EVENTS!


    ===== 2022  ===== 



    May 13-15, 2022 

    Ari & Jodi's Workshop-Palooza & Dance Weekend 

    Seattle, WA  

    CLICK HERE for registration & details!



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    Aug 27–Sept 3, 2022

    Dance, Bike, & Barge Cruise on the Danube. 

    Plus 3 day extensions in Munich Aug 24–27 and Sept 3–6th.  

    CLICK HERE for registration & details!



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    Sept 30–Oct 10, 2022

    (total, or do each part separately)


    Boston Waltz Weekend 

    (Fri, Sept 30-Sun, Oct 2)  

    *PLUS* 

    A Back-to-Back 

    New England Fall Foliage Dance Cruise to Quebec! 

    (Sun, Oct 2-Sat Oct 8)

    *AND* 

    A very special 

    Quebec Dance Exchange Weekend!

    (Sat-Mon, Oct 8-10) 


    Friday to Sunday we dance in Boston; Sunday we board the ship to Quebec. In Quebec we join the local dance community for 3 days of workshops, dances, and exploring the city!  It's the perfect way to dance your way through New England at the perfect time of year to catch the spectacular Fall Foliage!  Join us for one, two, or all three parts of this wonderful adventure!


    REGISTRATION Opening Soon!!



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    San Miguel de Allende, Mexico  

    October 23–30, 2022   

    This spectacular UNESCO site will be the perfect backdrop for our dance-travel adventures! Stay for an optional 3-day add-on to explore the hot springs of the region and celebrate a magical Halloween in San Miguel, Mexico style!

    CLICK HERE to sign up!



     


    =====  2023 ===== 



    Chacala, Mexico  

    March 14–21, or 15–22, 2023 (TBA):  

    We will plan to be there for the wonderful Chacala Music Festival (Mar 18 – 20), with a Puerto Vallarta extension add-on. Details coming soon.... 


    ===============


    *THE FOLLOWING EVENTS HAVE BEEN POSTPONED:  

    We will let you know the rescheduled dates once we know more ourselves....

    Join us in beautiful BC:

    [New Dates TBA]

     "Harrison Hot Springs 

       Dance & Spa Retreat" 

    Details & Registration at TheDanceSpa.com 

    Join Ari & company in beautiful British Columbia for our 7th annual dance & workshop retreat in this historic lakeside setting -- with live music & dancing, hot springs, and special guest instructor Sharon Sebo from Kelowna, B.C.      

    =====================

    Join us in Seattle:

    [New Dates TBA]

     "Waltz Fest NW" 

    Join dancers from Seattle, Portland, Vancouver (B.C.), and from across the country for our 4th annual "Waltz Fest NW!"-- celebrating our love of the waltz, the waltz community, and the diversity of the NW dance organizers, teachers, and venues that promote and support social waltzing within their dance line up.  Details from 2019 at www.waltzfestnw.com (2022 details still pending) (Special EARLY BIRD PRICING will be available for first dozen leads and follows to register

    =====================

    [New Dates TBA]

     "Waltz Week in Vienna" 

    Once the Ball Season opens back up in Vienna, we will put together our next fabulous trip!

    Please join us for a very special
    Ari & Jodi's
    Workshop-Palooza
    Weekend

    May 13-15, 2022 (Fri-Sun)

     Friday, May 13th 

    • 7:00-8:00pm Rockin' the Rumba!   
    • 8:00-11:00+pm: "Fabulous Friday" Mixed Dance & Late Night Lyric Session    

     Saturday, May 14th 

    • 12:30-2:30pm: Night-Club 2-Step Blend (A mix of NC2S & Rumba) 
    • 2:45-4:45pm:  Night Club 2-Step (Traveling & Raveling Variations)


     Sunday, May 15th 

    • 10:00am-12:00pm:  Favorite Cross-Step Waltz Variations! 
    • 12:15am-2:15pm: Fun with Cross-Step Blues!     

    -----  SUNDAY NIGHT DANCE  -----  

    • 6:30-7:30pm: Lesson: "Fun with the Blues!"
    • 7:30-10:00pm: Saturday Night Dance: "A Swingin' Soiree & Battle of the DJ's.  (wine & cheese included)

    Early Bird Pricing Good Through May 12th, 2022
    CLICK HERE for Full Details & Pre-registration


    (Below) Ari & Jodi demo NC2S-Blending during their last Seattle Workshop

    Om Sunday

    Workshop Schedule


    We are on break for the summer -- See you back in the Fall!


    All at Om Culture, 2210 N. Pacific St, Seattle.

    Workshop: 10am-12pm, followed by 

    Afternoon Tea Dance 12-2pm

    No Pre-Registration needed.  Just show up!

    CLICK HERE for details 


    COST:  Workshop + Dance (10am-2pm):  $25

    Dance Only (12-2pm):  $10


    Sun, Mar 20, 2022 (10am to 12pm): 

       "Turning Foxtrot" with Zacharia & Jodi   

    Turning Foxtrot: In this workshop, you'll learn how to apply left and right waltz turns, using QQS footwork, to the foxtrot, which makes it blend effortlessly with East Coast Swing and Lindy.    


    Sun, April 3, 2022 (10am to 12pm): 

       "Romantic Rumba" -- Fun with Steps and Musicality!"    

    Get your "Rhumba" on this Sunday at Om Culture! We'll start with a thorough review of the basics, then break into some fun partner combo's and stylings, then explore how rumba can be blended with other dances like WCS, Foxtrot, and Tango.


    Sun, April 10, 2022 (10am to 12pm): 

       Special "Waltz Blending" Workshop with Ari & Jodi    

    This is a special 2nd Sunday workshop as part of the Ari & Jodi Workshop Weekend.  Learn how to blend moves from other dance styles into Waltz, with a special focus on Waltz Swing! (The swing moves we will be using will be taught in the Friday night pre-dance lesson (7-8pm, April 9th) at Om Culture 


    Sun, April 17, 2022:  No Dance


    Sun, May 1, 2022:  No Dance


    March/April 2022  
    Three-Week Lyrical Fusion Intensive  

    3 THURSDAY's:  (Mar 24, 31, Apr 7) six hours of class
    • 7:00-9:00pm:   "Intro to Lyrical Fusion!" - Fusion allows you to take everything you know from all the dance styles you do, and emphasizes improvisation over steps, and musicality & playfulness over rote patterns (See demo below).  While it may look effortless, don't be deceived. There are LOTS of things to learn to make this happen fluidly and seamlessly, and that's the secret magic sauce we'll be talking about in class!  
    • 9:10-9:30pm:  Guided Practice for class participants
    • CLICK HERE for details

    March/April 2022  
    Three-Week Lyrical Fusion Intensive  

    3 THURSDAY's:  (Mar 24, 31, Apr 7) six hours of class
    • 7:00-9:00pm:   "Intro to Lyrical Fusion!" - Fusion allows you to take everything you know from all the dance styles you do, and emphasizes improvisation over steps, and musicality & playfulness over rote patterns (See demo below).  While it may look effortless, don't be deceived. There are LOTS of things to learn to make this happen fluidly and seamlessly, and that's the secret magic sauce we'll be talking about in class!  
    • 9:10-9:30pm:  Guided Practice for class participants
    • CLICK HERE for details

    UPCOMING  EVENTS!


    ===== 2022  ===== 


    Aug 27–Sept 3, 2022

    Dance, Bike, & Barge Cruise on the Danube. 

    Plus 3 day extensions in Munich Aug 24–27 and Sept 3–6th.  

    CLICK HERE for details!

    **SOLD OUT! -- SHIP IS NOW FULL**

    But let us know your interest for 2023!



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    Sept 30–Oct 11, 2022

    3-in-1 New England Extravaganza!

    (do all together or any part separately)


    Boston Waltz Weekend 

    (Fri, Sept 30-Sun, Oct 2)  

    *PLUS* 

    A Back-to-Back 

    New England Fall Foliage Dance Cruise to Quebec! 

    (Sun, Oct 2-Sat Oct 8)

    *AND* 

    A very special 

    Quebec Dance Exchange Weekend!

    (Sat-Mon, Oct 8-11) 


    Friday to Sunday we dance in Boston; Sunday we board the ship to Quebec. In Quebec we join the local dance community for 3 days of workshops, dances, and exploring the city!  It's the perfect way to dance your way through New England at the perfect time of year to catch the spectacular Fall Foliage!  Join us for one, two, or all three parts of this wonderful adventure!


    REGISTRATION is OPEN!!

    Details and Info HERE

    Registration is HERE



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    San Miguel de Allende, Mexico  

    October 23–30, 2022   

    This spectacular UNESCO site will be the perfect backdrop for our dance-travel adventures! Stay for an optional 3-day add-on to explore the hot springs of the region and celebrate a magical Halloween in San Miguel, Mexico style!

    CLICK HERE to sign up!



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    Chacala, Mexico  

    Nov 29 - Dec 6, 2022   

    A truly incredible blend of travel, play, & learning! During Mexico Dance Week in Chacala, we use the seaside village of Chacala as our veritable playground -- relaxing, taking in the casual vibe, exploring the region's natural beauty, enjoying unique local dining & dancing opportunities, attending dance classes together, and spending a portion of each day engaged in some kind of fun outdoor 'adventure'.

    CLICK HERE to sign up! 



    =====  2023 ===== 


    New Orleans "French Qtr Festival" Weekend + Caribbean Dance Cruise  

    April 13-23, 2023 (Details TBA):

     Details coming soon.... 



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    *THE FOLLOWING EVENTS HAVE BEEN POSTPONED:  

    We will let you know the rescheduled dates once we know more ourselves....

    Join us in beautiful BC:

    [New Dates TBA]

     "Harrison Hot Springs 

       Dance & Spa Retreat" 

    Details & Registration at TheDanceSpa.com 

    Join Ari & company in beautiful British Columbia for our 7th annual dance & workshop retreat in this historic lakeside setting -- with live music & dancing, hot springs, and special guest instructor Sharon Sebo from Kelowna, B.C.      

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    Join us in Seattle:

    [New Dates TBA]

     "Waltz Fest NW" 

    Join dancers from Seattle, Portland, Vancouver (B.C.), and from across the country for our 4th annual "Waltz Fest NW!"-- celebrating our love of the waltz, the waltz community, and the diversity of the NW dance organizers, teachers, and venues that promote and support social waltzing within their dance line up.  Details from 2019 at www.waltzfestnw.com (2022 details still pending) (Special EARLY BIRD PRICING will be available for first dozen leads and follows to register

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    [New Dates TBA]

     "Waltz Week in Vienna" 

    Once the Ball Season opens back up in Vienna, we will put together our next fabulous trip!

    TEACHING SCHEDULE 2020

    Feb 1-26, 2020:  Oceana Dance Tour (Australia, New Zealand)

    • Feb 14-17 (Christchurch, New Zealand):  "Lounge Blues Festival"  

    Feb-Mar, 2020:  California Dance Tour

    • Mar 2-4, 2020 (Palm Springs):  Private Event, Instructor, DJ 
    • Mar 5, 2020 (Mountain View, CA):  "South Bay Fusion" (Blues & Fusion) Instructor, DJ
    • Mar 6, 2020 (Los Gatos, CA):  Private Event
    • Mar 7, 2020 (San Francisco, CA):  "Mission Fusion" (Fusion) Instructor, DJ

    March 20-22, 2020 (Seattle, WA): "Emerald City Hoedown" - WCS & NC2S Workshops on Sat

    March 28- April 4, 2020 (Chacala, Mexico):  Mexico Dance Week.  Details at www.mexicodanceadventure.com 

    April 17-19, 2020 (Harrison Hot Springs, B.C):  Dance & Spa Retreat: "Unlock Your Dance Potential" with special guests Sharon Sebo & Phil Leger

    April 30 - May 3, 2020 (Kelowna, B.C.):  Kelowna "Rolls Up The Rug" Weekend (Details Pending)

    May 8-10, 2020 (Seattle, WA):  "Seattle Swing Fest" - celebrating all things swing and how to blend them together!  (Details Pending)

    April 30 - May 15,17 2020 (Anchorage, AK):  Anchorage "Rolls Up The Rug" Weekend (Details Pending)

    May 22-25 (Seattle, WA):  Northwest Folklife Festival  (schedule to be published May 1st)

    • FRI, May 22th
    • SAT, May 23rd
    • MON, May 24th

    Aug 2-9 (St. Petersburg, Russia):  Russia Waltz Festival, Instructor, DJ (details pending)

    Aug 28-30 (Lake Slokane, B.C.):  Casa Silverton Dance Stampede  (details pending) Instructor, DJ

    Sept 3-7 (San Francisco, CA):  IAGLCWD National Conference (Instructor, DJ) TBA

    Aug 23-26, 2019 (Fri-Sun):  Casa Silverton Dance Stampede (New Denver, B.C.):  Instructor, DJ.  

    Oct 16-18, 2019 (Fri-Sun):  "Octoberfest" in Leavenworth + Lake Chelan Workshops , Instructor, organizer  (Details TBA) 

    Nov, 2019 (San Diego, CA):  Exponential Medicine, Faculty, Instructor, MEDy Award facilitator. Experiential Wellness & Dance. Details at:  http://ExponentialMedicine.com

    Nov 20-22, 2019 (Fri-Sun): Hi-Fidelity Fusion Festival  (Seattle, WA)  TBA  

    TEACHING SCHEDULE 2019

    Feb, 2019:  Europe Dance Tour, "Waltz Week in Vienna" Tentative Schedule

    • Feb 17-22, 2019 (Vienna, Austria):  "Waltz Week in Vienna" (with optional pre-camp dance blues weekend, and post-camp swing workshops and festivals in Prague & Munich).  CLICK HERE full details and registration.
    • Feb 23, 2019 (Prague, Czechoslovakia):  Shag & Swing workshops.  
    • Feb 24-28, 2019 (Munich, Germany):  "Munich Rolls Up the Rug" Lindy-Hop, Waltz, Balboa, & Fusion workshops with Ari & Christine.  Details at www.swingandthecity.com 
    • Feb 28-Mar 3, 2019 (Munich, Germany):  "Rock That Swing Festival" -- Join us for Europe's largest swing dance festival and party, with top instructors and bands, and featuring workshops and dances in all kinds of swing!   CLICK HERE for details and registration

    March 16-23, 2019 (Sun-Sun):  Mexico Dance Week & Chacala Music & Arts Festival.  Details at www.mexicodanceadventure.com 

    May 10-12, 2019 (Seattle, WA):  Waltz Fest NW, Four nights of dances and two days of workshops celebrating all things waltz!   Organizer, Instructor

    May 24-27 (Seattle, WA):  Northwest Folklife Festival, Instructor

    • FRI, May 24th, 7-10pm in the Armory:  The Blues Showcase 
    • SAT, May 25, 4:30-5:30pm in the Armory Theater #4:  "The Art of Balboa, 1-Step, & Rag”
    • MON, May 27th, 3:00-3:50pm in the Armory Theater #4:  “The History of Blues Music & Movement

    May 26 (Seattle, WA):  Emerald City Hoedown, Instructor

    June 21-23, 2019 (Harrison Hot Springs, B.C):  Dance & Spa Retreat: "Unlock Your Dance Potential" with special guests Sharon Sebo, Phil Leger, and Alyssa Manning

    July 5-7 (Portland, OR):  Portland Blues Experience (PBEx)  Fusion Room Instructor, DJ

    July 9-11 (Ashland, OR):  Fusion Workshop, Details TBA

    July 12-15 (San Francisco, CA):  Bay Area Micro Fusion Festival (BaMF) Instructor, DJ

    Aug 3-10, 2019 (Sat-Sat): American Dance & Music Week @ Pinewoods Dance Camp (Plymouth, MA):  Instructor, DJ.  

    Aug 11-15, 2019 (Boston, MA): Dance Workshops  (Details TBA)

    Aug 16-18, 2019 (Ithaca, NY):  Ithaca Fusion Workshops, Co-director, Instructor (Details TBA)

    Aug 19-22, 2019 (Fort Flagler, WA):  "Dance Camp NW", Instructor, DJ

    Aug 23-26, 2019 (Fri-Sun):  Casa Silverton Dance Stampede (New Denver, B.C.):  Instructor, DJ.  

    Sept 13-30 (Germany & Russia) "Sound of Music" Tour:  

    Sept 13-15:  Berlin Swing Festival, Instructor  (Details TBA)

    Sept 16-18:  Salzburg Workshops, Instructor  (Details TBA)

    Sept 19-22:  Munich Lindy Exchange, Instructor, DJ (Details TBA)

    Sept 23-27:  Munich - Specialty Classes & Workshops, Instructor

    Sept 28-30:  Berlin SpreeAthen Dance Camp, Instructor

    Oct 1-7:  Blues & Waltz Workshops in St. Petersburg, Russia, Instructor

    Oct 8-10:  Munich & Regensburg - Specialty Classes & Workshops, Instructor

    Oct 11-13, 2019 (Fri-Sun): Hi-Fidelity Fusion Festival  (Seattle, WA):  

    Oct 18-20, 2019 (Fri-Sun):  "Octoberfest" in Leavenworth + Lake Chelan Workshops , Instructor, organizer  (Details TBA) 

    Oct 31-Nov 3, 2019 (Thur-Sun):  "Sundance Stampede", San Francisco, CA  (Instructor) 

    Nov 4-7, 2019 (San Diego, CA):  Exponential Medicine, Faculty, Instructor, MEDy Award facilitator. Experiential Wellness & Dance. Details at:  http://ExponentialMedicine.com

    Dec 6-8, 2019 (Fri-Sun): Portland Rolls Up The Rug (Portland, OR):  Instructor, DJ.  Details pending

    Jan 26, 2020 (Sun):  SPECIAL FILM-FEST SCREENING: "Mamboniks" film, dance class, drinks & tapas (Straum Jewish Community Center, Mercer Island, WA).  Get tickets HERE



    TEACHING SCHEDULE 2018

    Feb 11 (Mercer Island, WA):  "Swing, Sip, & Screen", Blues Connections Workshop & movie preview, Mercer Island JCC, Instructor

    Feb 16 (Mercer Island, WA):  "Mercer Island Arts Counsel Community Dance - Live Swing & Blues Music, VFW Hall, Pre-Dance Lesson with Ari

    Apr 8-15 (Chacala, Mexico):  "Mexico Dance Adventure Retreat" Coordinator, Instructor

    Apr 19-23 (Anchorage, AK):   "Anchorage Rolls Up The Rug", Instructor

    Apr 27-29 (New Orleans, LA):  New Orleans "Jazz Fest", Pre-Cruise Weekend

    Apr 29-May 6 (New Orleans, LA):  Caribbean Dance Cruise & "All That Jazz", co-hosting with The Rockin' Horse Barn

    May 25-28 (Seattle, WA):  Northwest Folklife Festival, Instructor

    June 1-3 (Whidbey Island, WA)  "Heart Sound Fusion", Co-director, Instructor

    June 8-11 (Seattle, WA):  Waltz Fest NW, Organizer, Instructor

    June 11-14 (Seattle, WA):  "Seattle Sampler" Dance Week, Organizer, Instructor

    June 15-17 (Harrison Hot Springs, B.C):  Dance & Spa Retreat: "Unlock Your Dance Potential".  Director, Instructor, with special guest, Sharon Sebo

    June 18-24 (Dayton, OH):  Dayton Historic Dance Week, Instructor, DJ

    June 30  (Lake Chelan, WA):  "Lake Chelan Workshops", Instructor 

    July 7-8  (Ashland, OR):  "Ashland Rolls Up The Rug", Instructor

    July 13-15 (Veneta, OR):  Oregon Country Fair, Instructor, DJ

    July 20-22 (Port Townsend, WA):  "Fusion Inclusion",  Recess Instructor, DJ

    July 28 (Tacoma, WA):  Ballroom Dance Night Instructor, Swing Class

    Aug 19-26 (Fort Flagler, WA):  "Dance Camp NW", Instructor, DJ

    Aug TBA (Seattle, WA):  "Swing, Sip, & Screen", Mercer Island JCC, Instructor

    Sept 7-9  (Lake Chelan, WA):  "Lake Chelan Workshop", Instructor 

    Oct 20  (Lake Chelan, WA):  "Lake Chelan Workshop", Instructor 

    Oct 27-Nov 4 (Kona & Hilo, HI, Canada)  "Hawaii Dance Adventure", Organizer, Instructor. It's a create your own dance adventure week on Hawaii!  CLICK HERE for full details and registration. 

    Nov 4-7 (San Diego, CA):  Exponential Medicine, Faculty, Instructor, MEDy Award facilitator. Experiential Wellness & Dance.

    Nov 7 (Los Angeles, CA):  Just Dance Studios "NC2S Fusion Workshop" with Ari 

    Nov 29-Dec 2 (Glenwood Springs, CO):  "Glenwood Springs Rolls Up The Rug", Workshop & Spa Weekend

    Dec 30 (Seattle, WA):  "New Year's Eve Eve Party" with Ari & Tony:  Join us on the eve before the eve at China Harbor for a fabulous 2108 send-off!  Details pending...




    TEACHING SCHEDULE 2017

    Jan 28 (Mercer Island, WA):  "Mercer Island Arts Counsel Community Dance - Live Music with Casey McGill", Pre-Dance Lesson with Ari

    Feb 18-20 (Harrison Hot Springs, B.C):  Dance & Spa Retreat: "Unlock Your Dance Potential".  Director, Instructor

    Feb 24-26 (Seattle, WA):  Emily Webb Workshop

    Mar 3-5 (Mauii, HI):  Kihei "Rolls Up The Rug", Private Workshop Event  

    Apr 1-8 (Chacala, Mexico):  "Mexico Dance Adventure Retreat" Coordinator, Instructor

    Apr 21-23 (Mansfield, MA):  NEFFA, "New England Folk Festival", Instructor

    April 29 (Olympia, WA):  Olympia "Rolls Up The Rug" Dance Workshop Instructor, DJ

    May 12-15 (Anchorage, AK):  "Anchorage Rolls Up The Rug", Instructor

    May 19-21 (Whidbey Island, WA)  "Heart Sound Fusion", Co-director, Instructor

    May 26-29 (Seattle, WA):  Northwest Folklife Festival, Instructor

    Jun 9-12 (Seattle, WA):  Waltz Fest NW, Organizer, Instructor

    Jun 9-July 20 (European Tour):  

    June 12-28 (Spain):  Barcelona, Valencia, Seville, Granada

    June 29-July 9 (Costa Brava, France, & Italy): Le Escala, Cannes, Cinquterra, Sienna, Sorento, Amalfi, Rome

    July 10-July 20 (Italy, Greece, Mediterranean):  Rome, Florence, Cagliari, Crete, Athens, Santorini, Olympia, Malta, Sicily, Naples

    Jul 21-23 (Port Townsend, WA):  "Fusion Inclusion",  Recess Instructor, DJ

    Aug 13-16 (Chelan, WA):  "Lake Chelan Rolls Up The Rug"

    Aug 19-23 (Fort Flagler, WA):  "Dance Camp NW", Instructor, DJ

    Aug 26 (Seattle, WA):  "Swing, Sip, & Screen", Mercer Island JCC, Instructor

    Sept 3, 10 (Seattle, WA):  "Om Fusion", Instructor, DJ

    Sept 29-Oct 1 (Seattle, WA):  "Seattle Fusion Festival (SFF)", Instructor

    Oct 5 (Rifle, CO):  Colorado "Dances With Horses"Workshop

    Oct 6-8 (Glenwood Springs, CO):  "Glenwood Springs Rolls Up The Rug", Workshop & Spa Weekend

    Oct 13-15 (Boston, MA)  "Boston Waltz Weekend", Instructor

    Oct 15-19 (New England, Canada)  "New England Fall Colors Dance Cruise", Organizer, Instructor

    Oct 20-22 (Philadelphia, PA)  Blues Muse 

    Nov 5-8 (San Diego, CA):  Exponential Medicine, Faculty, Instructor, MEDy Award facilitator. Experiential Wellness & Dance.

    Nov 10-13 (Eugene, OR):  "Danceable Feast" Faculty, Instructor

    Nov 17-19 (Portland, OR):   "Portland Rolls Up The Rug" Instructor, DJ

    Dec 1-4 (Hilo, HI):   "Hawaii Rolls Up The Rug" Instructor, DJ




     TEACHING SCHEDULE 2016

    Jan 21 - March 15:  Europe Tour:  Austria, Germany, Czech Republic, Belgium, Spain, France:

    Jan 21-24, 2016 (Munich, Germany):  "Munich Rolls Up the Rug" ballroom, swing, and blues fusion workshops with Ari.  Details at www.swingandthecity.com

    Jan 28-31, 2016 (Vienna, Austria):  "Snowball Blues Weekend" with Ari & Christine.  Details at www.waltzweekinvienna.com

    Feb 1-7, 2016 (Vienna, Austria):  "Waltz Week in Vienna" (with optional pre-camp dance blues weekend, and post-camp swing workshops and festivals in Prague & Munich) Details at www.waltzweekinvienna.com

    Feb 8-11, 2016 (Prague, Czechoslovakia):  Shag & Swing "Fusion" Workshops

    Feb 11-15, 2016  (Belgium):  Belgium Rolls Up The Rug [TBA]

    Feb 25-29 (Seattle, WA):  Flouer Courtney Workshop Weekend - Blues, Jazz Movement, Swing, & More

    Mar 3-6 (Seattle, WA):   "Emerald City Hoedown" Instructor 

    Mar 10-13 (San Francisco, CA):   "Mission Fusion Extravaganza" Instructor , DJ

    March 26 (Tacoma, WA):  "Tacoma Dance Extravaganza", Workshop Instructor

    April 9-16 (Puerto Vallarta, Mexico):  "Mexico Dance Adventure Retreat":  Coordinator, Instructor

    April 28 (Port Townsend, WA):  Special "Roll Up The Rug" Workshop: A History of 'Solo & Partnered' Musicality & Movement 

    May13-15 (Seattle, WA):  Campbell Miller Workshop Weekend "Blues, Waltz, NC2S, Country 2-Step, & More"

    May 26 (Port Townsend, WA):  Special "Roll Up The Rug" Workshop: "Swing Your Socks Off"

    May 27-30 (Seattle, WA):  Folklife Festival, Instructor, Performer - "History of Blues Showcase" (Fri 5pm, Outdoor Dance Stage), Blues Instructor (Fri, Armory Stage 7:45, 8:45pm)

    June 3-5 (New York City, NY):  "NYC Rolls Up The Rug" Workshops,  Friday Night Blues" Instructor, DJ

    June 17-19 (Nanaimo, B.C):  Nanaimo Dance Camp, Instructor 

    June 20 (Victoria, B.C):  "Dancing With Horses", West Coast Workshop Premier, Instructor 

    June 23 (Port Townsend, WA):  Special "Roll Up The Rug" Workshop

    June 25-July 1 (Badlands, SD):  "Roll Up The Rug" Workshop

    July 12 (Seattle, WA):  Dancing 'Til Dusk, Instructor (Occidental Park, Seattle, WA)

    July 15-24:  East Coast Tour:  New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Maryland  (Details TBA)

    July 15-21 (Boston, MA):  Boston "Rolls Up The Rug", Workshops Instructor  [Details TBA]

    July 15-21 (Philadelphia, PA):  Phili "Rolls Up The Rug", Workshops Instructor  [Details TBA]

    July 15-21 (Baltimore, MD):  Promenade Ballroom, Instructor [Details TBA]

    July 15-21 (Hartford, CT):   Hartford "Rolls Up The Rug", Workshops Instructor  [Details TBA]

    July 22-24 (New York City, NY):   Nocturne Blues, Workshops

    July 29-Aug 15:  Japan Tour:  

    July 29-Aug 5 (Tokyo, Japan):   [Details TBA]

    Aug 6 (Akita, Japan):  "Pole Lantern Festival"  [Details TBA]

    Aug 7 (Aomori, Japan):  "Nebuta Festival"  [Details TBA]

    Aug 12 (Kochi, Japan):  "Dance Festival"  [Details TBA]

    Aug 13 (Tokashima, Japan):  "Folk Dance Festival"  [Details TBA]

    Aug 19-23 (Fort Flagler, WA):  Dance Camp NW, Instructor, DJ

    Aug 28-Sept 4 (Seattle <-> Alaska):  Alaska Dance Adventure Cruise: Coordinator, Instructor:  A fabulous Week of Dancing & Cruising Alaska's Inside Passage!  

    Aug 30 (Juneau, AK):  Special "Roll Up The Rug" Workshop & Dance: "Salsa Blues Fusion"

    Sept 3 (Victoria, BC):  Special "Roll Up The Rug" Swing Dance Night

    Sept 23-25 (Piedmont, NC):  Special "Roll Up The Rug" Workshop Weekend to celebrate the Piedmont Dance Society's 16th Anniversary.  Instructor, DJ

    Sept 30-Oct 3 (Glenwood Springs, CO):  Glenwood Springs "Rolls Up The Rug", Workshop Weekend

    Oct 8-11 (San Diego, CA):  Exponential Medicine, Faculty, Instructor, MEDy Award facilitator. Experiential Wellness & Dance.

    Oct 18 (Seattle, WA):  Om Fusion, Instructor, DJ. Learn "NC2S-Fusion" at Om Culture from 7-8pm with Ari. Then enjoy the dance from 8-11:30pm

    Nov 11-14 (Eugene, OR):  "Danceable Feast" Faculty, Instructor

    Nov 19 (Bremerton, WA):  Bremerton "Rolls Up The Rug" Latin-Waltz Workshop & Dance, Instructor & DJ

    Nov 25-28 (Albuquerque, NM):  Albuquerque "Rolls Up The Rug", Thanksgiving Workshop Weekend, Instructor, DJ

    Dec 3 (Mercer Island, WA):  JCC "Evening of Swing", Dance Instructor & DJ 

    Dec 17 (Tacoma, WA):  USBDA "Tacoma Dance Extravaganza", Dance Instructor

    Dec 25-29 (Kihei, HI):  Hawaii "Rolls Up The Rug", Workshop Instructor