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5-Week Beg "Fusion", "Swing" & "Night Club 2-Step" Class Series

                                              Jan/Feb Classes (2014!)


FIVE TUESDAY's:  (Jan 7 - Feb 4), plus free guided practice until 9:55pm.  PLEASE NOTE:  The TUESDAY NIGHT classes are held at China Harbor (See directions below) 

6:30-7:30:  Intro to Contemporary Fusion Dance" - Fusion dance has been described as "imagination in motion" or "the dance that gamified dancing"-- utilizing the kind of true energy-based conversational lead and follow technique that is a hallmark of Ari's curriculum.  These days, fusion styling can be found intertwined in other dance forms such as blues or contact improve (and now more and more in WCS), and is characterized by an ability to interpret and dance to contemporary music that would normally be outside the social dance genre. While much of the Seattle blues scene has evolved into fusion, this is the only class that teaches these techniques and concepts in a progressive series. Ari is one of this country's leading blues & fusion teachers, and will be teaching this January at the Denver Fusion Exchange.  All levels welcome - No Partner Needed. 

7:30-8:30: "Swinging the Blues - Fun New Combo's from the Ground Up!" - This class is the perfect introduction to "jump" or "swinging" blues.  After laying down a great foundation for this higher energy blues/swing dance style, we'll quickly move on to learning how to improvise with alternate rhythms, and to incorporate your own creative expression into the mix. Ideal for both beginning dancers or for experienced dancers who want to improve their partnering and connection skills. Highly recommended to be taken in conjunction with the 6:30pm "Fusion" class.  Great music, and a TON of fun!  (All levels welcome - No Partner Needed) 

8:30-9:30: "Intro to Night Club 2-Step" - In this class we build on the six basic foundations steps of this beautiful & elegant dance, then learn to incorporate them into graceful and flowing combinations that are such a hallmark of this style.  Ari first introduced NC2S to Seattle's Living Traditions community over 25 years ago and has been innovating and teaching it throughout the States and internationally ever since.  CLICK HERE to see an example of NC2S.   (All levels welcome - No Partner Needed) 

9:30-9:55:  Guided Practice for class participants 




 FIVE WEDNESDAY's: (Jan 8 - Feb 5), plus free guided practice until 9:55pm. 

6:30-7:30:   "Cross-Step Waltz Innovations for Int/Adv Dancers" - Add such original steps as the "Barber's Combover", the "Seat Belt", the "Neck Strap", the "Double Dutch", the "Copa Catch", and the "Maypole" to your cross-step repertoire!  Perfect for int/adv level waltzers.  CLICK HERE to see an example of Ari's cross-step "fusion" waltz inventions. Ari is one of this country's leading innovators in cross-step, and regularly leads classes throughout the USA and abroad -- including this winters' "Waltz Week in Vienna!" (Level: Non-novice Beg/Int. All welcome - No partner needed) 

 7:30-8:30:  "Night Club 2-Step: Fun Combinations II" - Learn a variety of fun, innovative combinations from Ari's library of moves and inventions; beautiful, flowing, and elegant as always.  Perfect for int/adv level NC2S-ers.  CLICK HERE to see an example of NC2S. (Level: Non-novice Beg/Int)  All welcome - No partner needed).

 8:30-9:30:  Intro to Club-Style "West Coast Swing"  We start by laying down some basic WCS foundational steps (sugar push, R&L pass, & whip turn, etc), then explore great new ways to stretch, glide, and play using 6 & 8 count swing movements, garnished with some sweet & smokey blues styling.  A major emphasis of the class will be on energy and connection which are the cornerstones of playful improvisation and club-style dancing. (Level: Non-novice Beg/Int)  All welcome - No partner needed).  9:30-9:55: Guided Practice for class participants



• All Tuesday & Wednesday classes will be held at China Harbor, 2040 Westlake Ave N., Seattle, WA.  There is plenty of free parking available.  Doors to the dance hall open at 6:45. Come early to sign in, change shoes, stretch, warm up, etc.  China Harbor has a full bar and dinner menu as well. 



TUES & WED:  Each Tues or Wed class series includes 5 hrs of instruction, and over an hour of guided practice.  Classes are designed to be taken in pairs or all three in one night.

• One 5-week series  = $65 

• Two 5-week series  = $120  ($10 savings)

• Three 5-week series = $175  ($20 savings)

• STUDENTS (under age 25):  $40 per class series ($25 savings)

TO REGISTER & PAY:  Go to  Click on the "Registration" button in the menu on the top left side of this page to go to the Registration Page

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

Class size is limited, so register early! 

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  • Jody A

    Is it too late to join the Tuesday night sessions?

    January 9, 2014

    • Ari

      No, you're more than welcome to join us this week. In the first half of the class we review the previous weeks material so you won't have missed anything, plus you'll get the video review we send out. I look forward to seeing you there on Tuesday!

      January 9, 2014

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