PLEASE NOTE:  Registration for the Saturday workshop with Uwe and Colleen will need to be done at the door (Please arrive at the Om Culture by 1:00 pm to do this).  Currently, there are spaces for both leads and follows.  The drop-in price is

  • Saturday Afternoon Workshop:  $55
  • Saturday Evening Dance with KGB: $15
  • Workshop & Dance package:  $65

*Please make all payment cash or check at the door. 

 Hope to see you there!


Join us for a Wonderful Summer's

Whimsical Waltz Weekend

June 17th - 20th, 2011

with special guest instructors

Uwe Hessinger & Colleen Suzanne from Portland, OR. 

Supported by Roll Up the Rug, Dance for Joy, Left Foot Boogie, and Waltz etcetera


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Friday, June 17th

  • 7:30 - 11:00pm:  Don't miss our fabulous "Opening Party & Waltz Mixer". 
    • LOCATION:  Om Culture, 2210 N. Pacific St, Seattle (see directions below) 
    • COST:  $10 (cash or check at the door) 

Saturday, June 18th

  • 1:15 - 5:00pm:  Four very special afternoon Waltz Workshops with two of Portland's top waltz instructors, Uwe Hessinger & Colleen Suzanne (See details and video below)
  • 7:00 - 11:00pm:  Join us for an elegant evening of song & dance, featuring live music by KGB.  The perfect place to practice the steps and techniques taught in the afternoon workshop
    • LOCATION:  Om Culture, 2210 N. Pacific St, Seattle (see directions below)
    • ATTIRE:  "Bal Blanc" (think comfortable, white summer wear)
    • COST:  Four Workshops $45, Dance $15, Both $60  
      • Pre-registration for workshops required to ensure class balance.

    FRIDAY & SATURDAY PACKAGE SPECIAL:  $65.00  Includes.....

    • Entrance to both Friday & Saturday evening dances, plus
    • Four Saturday afternoon waltz workshops with Uwe & Colleen, plus
    • Free raffle ticket for valuable dance-related prizes, including upcoming Seattle lessons & dances (TBA at the Saturday 'bal blanc' dance)


Sunday, June 19th 

  • 1:00 - 4:00pm:   Waltz etcetera afternoon dance: Lesson with Zachariah & Lynn (1-2), Open dance (2-4)
    • LOCATION:  Salmon Bay Eagles, 5216 20th Ave NW
    • COST:  Lesson: $15, Dance $6, Both $20 (cash at the door only)


Monday, June 20th  

  • 6:30 - 10:30pm:  Waltz etcetera's Monday dance:  Lesson with Zachariah & Jodi (6:30 - 7:30), Open dance (7:30 - 10:30-ish)
    • LOCATION:  Lake City Community Center, 12531 28th Ave NE in Seattle
    • COST:  Lesson: $15, Dance $6, Both $20 (cash at the door only)
    • DETAILS:



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Taking your Waltz turns to new heights!
Partner Dancing with flow and ease through beautiful moves.

Uwe & Colleen love Waltz, love to teach Waltz, and are very excited to bring their favorite Waltz moves and material to Seattle!

Expect fun and high energy classes that will help you dance with flow and ease, lead with clarity and follow with grace and pleasure.  You will learn beautiful and dynamic moves, from small to big, ready for the social and sometimes crowded dance floor.

Colleen and Uwe will address partner connection and pleasant styling. Uwe's simple and short Physics of Waltz demonstrations will show you helpful concepts for your waltz. Colleen will give you simple tools that will make your following flow.

Each class covers beautiful variations for the dance floor, as well as simple and fun skills to benefit your waltz. Dancers should have experience in a turning waltz. Most variations will offer several options of different skill level to challenge everybody.


WHEN:   Saturday, June 18, 2011

  • Four Workshops from 1:15 - 5:00pm (doors open at 12:30pm) 
      • 1:15 - 2:05     "Open Cross-Step Variation"
                  - Waltz Road Map & FUNdamentals
                  - Adding flow to your cross-step variations
      • 2:10 - 3:00     "Dynamic Left Turn Variations"
                  - Under Arm Turns which travel and flow. Taking off the brakes.
      • 3:10 - 4:00    "Right Turn Cross-Step Variation"
                  - Right turns from casual and easy going, to flying in high gear
      • 4:05 - 4:55    "Some favorites from Portland"
                  - A wonderful combination custom-tailored to the participants
  • Waltz Ball Dance with live music from KGB:
      • TIME:  7-11pm
      • ATTIRE:  "Bal-blanc" (comfortable, white summer wear)

WHERE:   Om Culture Center, 2210 N. Pacific Street, Seattle, WA (near the corner of N. 35th and N. Pacific Street, near Gasworks Park in the Wallingford neighborhood). The building has "Om Culture" printed visibly on it's side, so it's fairly easy to see from the road.  There is ample parking either in front of the building on North Pacific Street, or on North Northlake Way (just across the street from Om culture, next to the Burke-Gilman Trail), or on any of the nearby residential streets.  Om Culture's front door is located on the North Pacific Street side of the building, facing Lake Union.


  • Friday night "Opening Party and Waltz Mixer": $10.00
  • Saturday workshops:    $45.00
  • Saturday night "bal blanc" dance with KGB:   $15.00 
  • Saturday Workshops and Saturday dance package:  $60.00  
  • Friday dance & Saturday workshops & dance package:  $65.00 
      • Pre-registration for Saturday workshops required to ensure class balance. 

REGISTRATION:  Click here to register


VIDEO CLIP:  Here, Uwe & Colleen demonstrate a beautiful waltz connection & frame technique that allows for graceful, free-flowing movement on the dance floor.  In their workshop, they will teach how the same technique can be applied to the crowded dance floor as well.:

         A note from Uwe & Colleen (June 16th, 2011):


Dear Seattle Waltz Dancers!
We are very much looking forward to coming up to Seattle this weekend and bringing our favorite waltz material to you. We think that you will enjoy the moves and will find tips on some technique and styling helpful and fun.  Here is list of variations and related fundamentals which we are bringing up for you. 
Floating Weave
Feather hanging & Feather in the stream
Window with a skew
Little Knot untied
Turns: Dynamic & Free
Cross-Step Underarm
Very handy 2 Count Reversal
Cross-Step Skater

Cross Step with Sway
Twinkle: Basics, 2D,  3D
Left Turn, free and closed, driving down the line & on a dime
Right Turn Cross-Step Waterfall, from casual to flying

See you soon
Uwe & Colleen