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Let's Meetup and take a lesson or two every Tuesday with Kathy Babcock!

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  • Redding Old City Hall Art Center

    1313 Market Street, Redding, CA (map)

    40.586216 -122.391350

  • Come in the front door of Old City Hall and come upstairs to the Ballroom!
  • Let's Start February, all month long, learning the Night Club 2-Step at 5:30 PM and the Waltz at 6:30 PM, every Tuesday! Each class, taught by Kathy Babcock, is $15.00 per person. if taken one at a time, or get punch cards and, for $40 get four lessons per card per person. Save even more by going to both lessons each week and buy two punch card for an additional $10 savings!

    The Night Club Two-Step was developed in 1965 by a 15-year-old teen from Whitaker, Illinois, named Buddy Schwimmer who was looking for a dance to do to medium- and slow-tempo songs. There are now two distinct “basic” steps: The original footwork was a rocking step (Rock, Replace, Side) and the second footwork is a crossing step (Side, Cross Front, Side). Both use the same timing of quick-quick-slow. The feel and look of the rocking basic is a bit choppy, rather compact, and stays generally in place while the feel and look of the crossing basic is very smooth, sweeping, and glides from side to side.

    The Foxtrot originated in the summer of 1914 by Vaudeville actor Harry Fox. Born with the name Arthur Carringford in Pomona, California, in 1882, he adopted the stage name of “Fox” after his grandfather.

    In early 1914, Fox was appearing in various vaudeville shows in the New York area. One such show was the Ziegfeld Follies of 1914, in which Fox danced some trotting steps to ragtime music as part of his act. It delighted audiences and quickly caught on, and people referred to his dance as Fox’s Trot. Though the original version exhibited by Mr. Fox was very jerky and athletic, dance teachers tamed it and proved it to be a perfect dance for ragtime music.

    Vernon and Irene Castle, a British and American husband and wife dance team, were exhibition dancers of outstanding talent and charm. Their rendition of the Foxtrot was the most original and exciting of their various dances.

    As a result of the rising popularity of ballroom dance, evolving a form of dance that could express the music of the time and still be contained in a small area became necessary. This did not mean that the “traveling” Foxtrot was dropped, but the “on the spot” dance did provide a means where large numbers of people could dance and enjoy the new sounds and beats of America.

    In England, the “hops, kicks, and capers” of the American Foxtrot were removed; and figures such as “butterfly, twinkle, and chasse” laid the foundation of the smoother English version. Today, this smoother version remains and bears little resemblance to the original.

    The word Waltz comes from the old German word walzen to roll, turn, or to glide. It is the only ballroom dance danced to music in three-quarter time which has a strong accent on the first beat of the measure.

    The oldest of the modern ballroom dances, the Waltz was danced first by the country folk; but gradually, the infectious rhythm captivated the whole of German society. The music had a swing that demanded a new style of dancing and the speed of the music required a close hold to maintain balance in the breathless, speedy turns. The closeness of the couple, the tight embrace, and the body parts touching caused considerable criticism on moral grounds. Religious leaders almost unanimously regarded it as vulgar and sinful. In parts of Germany and Switzerland, the Waltz was banned all together.

    Dancing masters also criticized it, seeing the Waltz as a threat to their profession. (The basic steps of the Waltz could be learned in relatively short time, whereas, the minuet and other court dances required considerable practice, not only to learn the many complex figures, but also to develop suitable postures and deportment.)

    But the criticism only served to increase the popularity of the Waltz. The bourgeoisie took it up enthusiastically immediately after the French revolution. Reportedly, the first time the Waltz was danced in the United States was in Boston in 1834. Although some were aghast at first, gradually, by the middle of the nineteenth century, the Waltz was firmly established in United States’ society.

    Music plays an important role in dance, and every dance is dependent upon the availability of the appropriate music. The Waltz was given a tremendous boost around 1830 by two great Austrian composers — Franz Lanner and Johann Strauss. These two composers were by far the most popular during the nineteenth century; and they set the standard for the Viennese Waltz (a very fast version of the waltz). By 1900, a typical dance program was three quarter Waltzes and one quarter all other dances combined.

    Around the close of the nineteenth century, two modifications of the Waltz were developed. The first was the Boston, a slower Waltz with long gliding steps. Although the Boston disappeared with the first world war, it did stimulate development of the English or International style which continues today. The second was the hesitation, which involves taking one step to three beats of the measure. Hesitation steps are still widely used in today’s Waltz.

    Fortunately, the violent opposition faded out and the Waltz weathered an exciting and varied career, emerging today in two accepted forms, both reflecting the main characteristics of the dance. They are known as the Modern Waltz and the Viennese (Quick) Waltz.

    We will be learning the Night Club 2-Step and the Waltz with Kathy and STEP BY STEP SCHOOL OF BALLROOM DANCE!

    It is highly recommended to have a partner but if you don't have one there are usually extra men that are looking for a partner each week.


    Click here for Kathy Babcock's Class Schedule and Pricing for this Season

    Tuesday                            5:30                              6:30

    Feb 7, 14, 21, 28        Night Club 2-Step             Waltz

    Mar 7, 14, 21, 28        Salsa                                    Rumba

    Apr 4, 11, 18, 25         Fox Trot                              Night Club 2-Step

    May 2, 9, 16, 23         Swing                                  Salsa

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    I have met many wonderful people on the dance floor. Like you I love dance and wish I could go... more

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