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Beg/Int Dance Lessons (Blues, Tango, NC2S)

           Join us for our fabulous Fall Classes (2014)                             

FOUR TUESDAY's:  BEG/INT LEVEL (Sept 16th - Oct 7th)  All classes are held at China Harbor (See directions below) 

•  6:30-7:30pm: An Introduction to "Swing-Fox-Blues" Fusion:  Learn the basics of this very expressive, versatile, musical dance form  based in the roots of American jazz that will become the foundation to every other dance style you will learn. Perfect for both beginning dancers or for more experienced dancers who want to work on fine-tuning their partnering, connection, and musicality skill. (Level: Beg/Int) All welcome - No Partner Needed. 

•  7:30-8:30: "Tango'd up in Blues!"  - Blues and Argentine Tango, though completely different dances, share many overlapping features and are often seen danced together at late night parties or socials. While tango is the more difficult dance to master, blues provides the perfect entry level for learning the foundations of both dances because, like tango, it emphasizes and builds upon connection to your partner; it employs playful, sophisticated footwork that can crossover to either dance; it utilizes beautifully expressive slow & sultry music as a backdrop for dancers to innovate; and it is generally much more relaxed & forgiving to do. This class is the perfect introduction to the world of Tango-Blues fusion, with a focus on tango movements (ochos, ganchos, boleos, etc) that can easily be applied to blues music and styling!  Perfect to take in conjunction with the 6:30 blues class (Level: Beg/Int) (All welcome - No Partner Needed) 

•  8:30-9:30: "Night Club 2-Step I: Foundations" - Learn the foundations of this beautiful, flowing, & elegant dance style, starting with the basics, then quickly moving on to the six essential turning steps, peak-a-boos, mix-masters, and even more fun conbo's & variations from Ari's repertoire of fun, original moves. Perfect for beg/int level dancers or for more int/adv dancers who want to review the essentials. CLICK HERE to see an example of NC2S. (Level: Beg/Int) All welcome - No partner needed.  

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


FOUR WEDNESDAY's:  INT/ADV LEVEL (Sept 17st - Oct 8th) All classes are held at China Harbor (See directions below)

•  6:30-7:30pm:   Int/Adv Level "Cross-Step Waltz Innovations"  - Add such original steps as the "Barber's Combover", the "Seat Belt",  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 wonderful cross-step inventions. Ari is one of this country's leading innovators in cross-step, and  regularly leads classes throughout the USA and Europe -- including "Waltz Week in Vienna!"  (Level: Non-novice Beg/Int/Adv:  Basic waltz steps and partnering skills assumed)  All welcome - No partner needed)

•  7:30-8:30:  "Int/Adv Level Night Club 2-Step":  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: Int/Adv:  Basic NC2S Left & Right Turn steps and partnering skills assumed)  All welcome - No partner needed.

•  8:15-9:15:  "Ari's Favorite Swing Combinations"  - Take your East Coast Swing to a whole new level with some of Ari's favorite swing combinations such as "the foxy turbine", "the spike out", and "the whirlybird combo" that incorporate alternate rhythms, fusion, and easy to lead/follow steps and patterns. This is the class that adds the "WOW" factor to your swing, making it a whole lotta fun!.  (Level: Int/Adv. Comfort with basic ECS steps and partnering is recommended) 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 6:15. Come early to sign in, change shoes, stretch, warm up, etc.  China Harbor has a full bar and dinner menu as well. 

COST:   Each Tues or Wed class series includes 4 hrs of instruction, and 1.5 hrs of guided practice following the third class.  Classes are designed to be taken in pairs (ie, take at least two together each night)

•  One 4-week series  = $55  

•  Two 4-week series  = $100  ($10 savings)

•  Three 4-week series  = $150 ($15 savings)

•  STUDENTS (under age 25):  $40 per class series  ($15 savings)

TO REGISTER & PAY:  Go to and click on the "Registration" button in the menu on the top left side of the website. 

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

Class size is limited, so register early! 

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  • Violetta M.

    Argg...unplanned work commitment until 10 pm tonight, otherwise would have loved to have gone. But looking at the list, I was the only one...not sure if it would have gone on still? Will see what works later this week and next.

    September 23, 2014

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