Past Meetup

You can still come to the Dance and "Transform Your Dance" Workshop...

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Price: $30.00 /per person

Masonic Lodge

901 Colorado Ave · Glenwood Springs, CO

How to find us

Saturday - Masonic Temple. Sunday TBD

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Ari blew everyone away with his dancing last night! Advance registration has closed, but you can still pay at the door to Transform your dance this weekend! And Join us for the Saturday night dance too!

Get the registration form here and bring with you. Please allow an extra 15 minutes for check-in:

http://www.meetup.com/RFVDance/files/

We are presenting you with an extraordinary opportunity to learn from Ari Levitt, an amazing dancer and teacher with a large following. His smooth, sexy, fusion dance style is legendary, and he is coming here to teach all of us in the Aspen to Vail area.

His Bio: Ari has been partnering, teaching, and performing dance in the Greater Seattle area, nationally, and internationally for over 25 years. An award-winning dancer, teacher, and performer, his breadth of styles include Lindy Hop, Swing, Balboa, Blues, Ballroom, One-Step, NC2S, WCS, Salsa, Tango, & Latin. He has been instrumental in creating several innovative new dance styles, including "Fusion Waltz", "Fusion Swing", & "Fusion Night Club 2-Step" which he has been busy introducing in workshops throughout the country.

Just look at his dance, wow!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hBb6SFsEH5Q&list=PLmzs2_auJfA1m9bT_z7O1ZMNFmBXsiIPc&index=1

Fusion waltz

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nwtifo9SXKE

This Lindy demo will make you smile: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lygyUMvWGEQ&list=PLmzs2_auJfA1m9bT_z7O1ZMNFmBXsiIPc&index=15 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lygyUMvWGEQ&list=PLmzs2_auJfA1m9bT_z7O1ZMNFmBXsiIPc&index=15)

This Transform Your Dance Workshop is a must for every motivated and more experienced dancer and teacher.

Class descriptions:

10:00 a.m. Saturday morning- Swinging Outside of the Box! (beyond beginner/int/adv level):
Learn the art of improvisation and the use of alternate 6 & 8 count rhythms in swing with this fun East Coast Swing approach to dance that introduces 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 beyond beginners, or very experienced dancers who want to learn a whole lot more about swinging outside the box! Familiarity with East coast swing or Lindy steps helpful.

11:15 a.m. Saturday morning - Swinging the Blues to bluesify your WCS (Advanced connection techniques for dancers of all levels): an amazing class where Ari teaches you how to dance WCS without teaching a single WCS step -- it's all done through energy and connection using the simple laws of physics! Perfect for all levels of dancers. If you know WCS already, this will open your mind to a whole new way of appreciating how to improvise and play in this dance -- incredibly fun and liberating!

2:00 p.m. Saturday afternoon - Fun Nightclub 2-Step Innovations: (beyond beginner/int/adv level)
Night club two step is a beautiful smooth-style flowing dance that is danced to some of the most beautiful, slower, straight-tempo'd pop-songs. In this class we'll introduce a basic element of the dance, then dive deeper into variations that can be strung into a delightful combination that you can continue to build upon. (Comfort with basic NC2S & Left Turn steps is recommended)

3:15 p.m. Saturday afternoon - Unique NC2S Combo's - Moves that drive the line: (beyond beginner/int/adv level) Learn some fun, new, beautifully-flowing travel combinations from Ari's repertoire. In this class we'll focus on the kinds of moves that makes anyone watching you "ooh" & "aaw". (Comfort with basic NC2S & Left Turn steps is recommended)

6:00 p.m.Saturday Night pre-dance - An Introduction to Dancing the Blues: (all levels): In this very unique class, you will not only learn some fun, basic blues steps and styling, but more importantly, it will introduce you to the concept of 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 the blues). Not to be missed!

11:00 a.m. Sunday morning - Ari's Favorite Waltz Combo's and Intro to Cross-Step Waltz: Come and learn a few unique and very fun Waltz combinations from Ari's wonderful repertoire of waltz patterns and movement. These have all gotten rave reviews from Ari's 2014 classes in Seattle. Comfort with waltz and basic turns is recommended.

12:15 p.m. Sunday "morning" - Shadow Waltz Variations: Shadow Waltz is tandem Waltzing. It is beautifully suited to slower and mid-tempo music and will fit with all your slow Waltz and Cross-Step moves. We will teach you the transitions in and out and a lovely set of variations you can't wait to take to the dance floor. Comfort with waltz and basic turns is recommended.

2:30 p.m. Sunday afternoon - Lifts, Dips, & Liabilities (or, "The Magic Art of Lifts without Lifting, & Dips without Dropping") - Embellish your dance repertoire with some great new moves, plus learn how to safely execute and transition into lifts, dips & drops while protecting yourself and your partner from injury or harm. Perfect for dancers of all levels. No prior experience required. No partner needed. One of Ari's most popular workshops, and one of the most important classes you can take for ensuring safe partnering when you want to get a little flashy, these are great social dance skills to learn that can be applied to all of your dancing at any venue -- not to be missed! (Please note, no one will be lifted off of the floor or dropped to the floor in this class)

3:45 p.m. Sunday afternoon - The Art of Musicality for both Leads & Follows - Whether you like to dance solo or with a partner, learning how to syncopate, to style, and to apply musicality to your steps and movement is the best way to add your unique flavor and to spice up your dance. Syncopation and styling are elements that you can do independently from your partner. Musicality is awareness of how your movements & energy reflect the energy, rhythm, and arc of the music you're listening to. The secret is in learning how to garnish your dance with this kind of pizazz, but not take anything away from your partnership. This amazing class takes you to that next level. (All Levels welcome - No partner needed)

Saturday Class blocks - each "block" includes 2 classes with a 15 minute break

Block 1) 10 a.m - Swinging outside the box , 11:15 a.m. - Swinging the blues.

Block 2) 2:00 p.m. - NC2S foundations, 3:15 p.m. - NC2S Innovations & tricks.

6 - 10 p.m. Variety Dance and pre-dance lesson - Introduction to the Blues. Ari DJ's an incredible mix of swing, latin, blues, ballroom, NC2S, WCS, and more social dance music for your listening and dancing pleasure! Top tunes from one of this country's top DJ's -- not to be missed!

Sunday Class blocks - each "block" includes 2 classes with a 15 minute break

Block 3) 11:00 a.m. - Intro to fusion and cross step waltz. 12:15 p.m. -Fabulous Waltz Innovations.

Block 4) 2:30 p.m. "Lifts, Dips, and Liabilities" - safely executing fun breaks without any actual lifting off the floor or dropping to the floor, 3:45 p.m. Musicality and more!

Want more? Ari can do small-group privates on any subject or dance style if there are a few folks who want to do a specialty class or a more advanced level of a dance. See the separate posting at http://www.meetup.com/RFVDance/events/206577922/.

No dance partner? Not necessary, but why not invite someone who is capable of learning this style so you'll have a practice partner?

COST/PAYMENT

Download the registration form http://www.meetup.com/RFVDance/files/ (http://www.meetup.com/RFVDance/files/) and fax to[masked]

Pay online: Please pay online for the correct amount for number of classes or days you want, you can change the amount while paying. Please add the $2 Paypal processing fee please for on-line payments.

Money tight? We need volunteers to help in exchange for classes, email me at [masked]

Each "Class Block" is a 2-hr, 2-class event.

ADVANCE REGISTRATION SEPT 25TH - OCT 3RD

Plus a $2 Paypal processing fee

Single Class: $17 (Save $3)

Class Block (2 classes): $30 (Save $10)

Full Day- wristband - easy! (all four classes either Saturday OR Sunday): $50 (Save $30)

Full Weekend Pass wristband - easy! (All four classes on BOTH Saturday and Sunday, plus Saturday dance and pre-dance lesson): $120 (Save $54)

Saturday Dance & Pre-Dance Lesson: $15

AT THE DOOR (Come on down!)

Single Class: $20

Class Block (2 classes): $35 (Save $5)

Full Day - wristband - easy! (all four classes either Saturday OR Sunday): $60 (Save $20)

Full Weekend Pass wristband - easy! (All four classes on BOTH Saturday and Sunday, plus Saturday dance and pre-dance lesson): $140 (Save $34)

Saturday Dance & Pre-Dance Lesson: $15

More about Ari.....

Ari Levitt is a world-class instructor, better known as the fun, energetic, and delightful teacher who can't help but infect his students with his own love and passion for dance, while at the same time instilling in them a much deeper understanding of the subtlety, nuance, and playfulness of lead-follow skills and close-connection in dance partnering.

As a physician, Ari is one of the country's leading pioneers & experts in the burgeoning field of social dance therapy -- using movement, connection, and dance techniques as a modality for diagnosing and treating patients. In addition to patient work, he is a faculty member and Director of Experiential Medicine for "Future Med", the medical wing of Singularity University, which brings together the country's top experts, inventors, clinicians, & entrepreneurs to explore and push the boundaries of new and emerging medical technologies (www.FutureMed2020.com).