Roll Up The Rug Dance Workshops

with Ari & Company

Join Ari in Seattle, WA:

Fri-Mon, May 26-29th, 2017, for:

 "NW Folklife Festival!" 

The largest FREE Folk Festival in the USA, 

celebrating so many forms of music & dance! 

Check out Ari's Foxtrot, Swing, & Blues Workshops on Fri, Sat, & Sunday  

(see schedule below)

Events in which Ari is involved:


MAY 26, 2017

5:00 - 5:45pm

“Blues Music & The Roots of Blues Dance”

(Dance Demo Performance & Participation)

LOCATION:  Open Air Stage

7:00 - 7:15pm 

8:00 - 8:15pm 

9:00 - 9:15pm

“Blues Dancing For Everyone”

(Mini blues lessons between the sets of the live blues bands)

LOCATION:  Armory Court Stage (Centerhouse)



MAY 27, 2017

“Swing Dancing For Everyone!”

11:00 - 11:50am

(Dance lesson for all levels, all ages)

LOCATION:  Armory Loft #3 (Upstairs, Centerhouse)



MAY 28, 2017

“Foxtrot Made Fun!”

11:00 - 11:50am

(Dance lesson for all levels, all ages)

LOCATION:  Armory Loft #3 (Upstairs, Centerhouse)

Join us Saturday, April 29th 

for a special 5th Saturday Olympia Eagles Ballroom Fundraiser Event

Dance to the "Swing Fever Big Band" 

with DJ'd music at the breaks and AFTERNOON WORKSHOPS

by international dance instructor Ari Levitt


SATURDAY, April 29th, 2017


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.   


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.


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


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.


  Join us in Anchorage for a wonderful dance weekend when:


"Anchorage Rolls Up The Rug!”  

Fri-Sun, May 12-14, 2017 

with Ari Levitt 


Carpenters Hall on 4th & Denali, Anchorage, Alaska


Friday May 12

  • 6:30 pm:  Registration
  • 7:00 pm:  Lesson #1: “Swing Outside The Box” All levels basics and more... Lead/follow connection, Framework, tight connection, and energy!
  • 8:00-11:00 pm:  Jeanie's dance DJ'd by Ari Levitt


Saturday May 13

  • 9:30 am : Registration
  • 10:00 am - Noon:  Lesson #2 intensive (2hour): "Intro to Blues Dance"
  • Noon - 1:30 pm:  Lunch
  • 1:30 - 3:30 pm:  Lesson #3 intensive (2 hour): "Blues & the Art Of Swing Fusion"

EVENING DANCE, DINNER, & LESSON $18 for non club members 

  • 7:00 pm:  "Bonus Night Club 2-Step Basics"
  • 8:00 pm:  Dance hosted by 35+ Club ( includes: Lesson, dinner, dance with live band, drinks)


Sunday May 14

  • 10:00 am - Noon:  Lesson #4 intensive (2 hours): “Waltz the Night Away” Adding Cross Step & Fusion Waltz to your repertoire.
  • Noon - 1:30 pm:  Lunch
  • 1:30 - 3:30 pm:  Lesson #5 intensive (2 hours): "Fun Night Club 2-Step Innovations"


At the door, 15 minutes before the first class

CLICK HERE for Registration Form & Details

- or -

By mail, sent to:  Tonda Scott, 7189 Fairweather Park Loop, Anchorage, AK 99518.   Please include your name, email, phone number, which package or classes you are registering for, and a check to cover the amount (made out to "Tonda Scott", see pricing below)


Before 5/8              After 5/8

  • VIP PACKAGE (All 5 classes on Sat & Sun)      $110 (save $115)         $125 (save $100)
  • FRIDAY EVENING CLASS                                 $20 (save $5)               $25
  • INDIVIDUAL 2-HR LESSONS                            $38 (save $7)               $45


All levels welcome - No partner needed.  

CLICK HERE to see an example of "Fun Swing Variations

CLICK HERE to see an example of "Night Club 2-Step"

CLICK HERE to see an example of fun "Fusion Cross-Step Waltz"

CLICK HERE to see an example of "Viennese Waltz Fusion"

  Join us in PORT TOWNSEND August 26th, 2015 for two fabulous


with Ari Levitt

Wednesday, August 26th, 2015: (all levels, no partner needed)

·  7:00-8:00pm:  “East Coast Swing, #2”  - fun, informative!

·  8:15-9:15pm: Swinging The Blues” - the best!

·  9:15-10:00pm:  FREE Guided Practice


Gardiner Community Center, 980 Old Gardiner Rd, Sequim, WA


Pre-Register on line OR just show up at the door!

Suggested Price: $15/class, or $25 for both classes. 

Pay by Credit Card or PayPal online, or by cash or check at the door. 

There will be a Pay-What-You-Can option at the door!


   1)  7-8pm:  "East Coast Swing #2":

Starting from scratch, we'll quickly review the basics of 6-count East Coast Swing, plus add a little flair with fun syncopations and solo steps.  After that, we'll dive deeper in techniques that will not only help you to develop great connection and natural movement, but have you dancing with confidence and ease after only the first hour.  For those who attended the July swing workshop, this will be all new material, so you should definitely come (and bring your friends!) 

   2)  8:15-9:15pm: "Swinging The Blues" - Mix it Up, Make it New!

In the second hour, learn the art of improvisation and the use of alternate rhythms with this fun East Coast Swing (ECS)-based approach to dance that integrates elements of swing, blues, and foxtrot to create something new and wonderful.  In this workshop you'll not only learn a whole host of fun, original steps and combinations, but also a greater appreciation for those elements of partnering, framework, and connection that make the dance that much sweeter!  Again, for those who attended the July workshop, this will be all new material -- not to be missed!

You must take Workshop #1 to participate in Workshop #2

All welcome - No partner needed.

CLICK HERE to see an example of Swing & Swing-Fusion from the Roll Up the Rug Video page

Workshops Beyond Seattle

with Ari & Company

Ari has been invited to do workshops in a number of other US cities over the course of the year. (Click Here to see a list of those locations).  If you're in town, please feel free to join him on the road!  Likewise, if you know anyone from those respective cities who might be interested in attending, please let them know! 



CLICK HERE for more information about our Tuesday and Wednesday class series at China Harbor!