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Tuesday night classes taught by Richard Powers
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INTRODUCTORY CLUB DANCES - CLUB TWO-STEP AND HUSTLE
• These club dances are both new forms of swing. They provide ways of dancing to today's popular music, with tempos both slower
(Club Two-Step) and faster (Hustle) than traditional big band swing music. Both forms are danced today from coast to coast.
• Club Two-Step, also called Nightclub Two Step and NC2S, is an easygoing dance. The variations come naturally and
intuitively. It's one of the most useful couple dances because it can be done to half of today's popular music.
• The classes will cover 3-Count Hustle, the version most popular today. If you like swing because of its creativity
and high energy, Hustle is both!
• For those who are new to Hustle and Club Two-Step, the easy basics will be covered in the first classes. Then we'll
spend the rest of the time on many variations, so this class is useful if you already know the basics. That's where these dances really become fun.
• This class is an easy and fun place to start partner dancing, with an emphasis on comfort and pleasure. Richard teaches
accessible styles of noncompetitive social dancing with a focus on partnering and flexibility, to enable students to dance comfortably
with partners whose experience comes from any dance tradition.
• No dance experience is required, just a fun-loving attitude and lots of enthusiasm.
• If you already dance, bring a friend who doesn't. This is a great way to introduce someone to couple dancing.
Intermediate to Advanced
CROSS-STEP WALTZ — Beyond the Basics 8 pm
This past year has been an especially creative one on the dance floor, with new Cross-Step Waltz variations coming in from many
dancers and teachers around the world, like last month's 2018 Cross-Step Waltz Festival in Russia.
• These are the intermediate/advanced variations which are never taught in the daytime social dance classes. Many of these
figures have never been taught in this series, so you can continue taking this level indefinitely.
• These variations will be carefully taught and practiced, until they're as smooth as silk. You master them here!
• When Waltz Etcetera in Seattle sent out their class schedule featuring Cross-Step Waltz, they wrote, "Cross-step
waltz is a delightful, swooping, playful dance; it's our favorite kind of waltz and the core of a lot of what we teach. The structure of
cross-step waltz lends itself to many elegant variations, much more so than other kinds of waltz." The director Zachariah Cassady added
further, "this wonderful dance, my personal favorite, is the best partner dance in the world."
• Practical skills include leading and following secrets, to develop more collaborative partnering skills.
• Learn it from the source while you can. Richard is recognized as the world's expert on Cross-Step Waltz.
• If you already know these variations, bring a friend who only knows a basic waltz. This is a great way to introduce someone to the wide world of
• Prerequisite: Knowing any kind of waltz, or being a quick study in learning new dance forms.
Intermediate to Advanced
WEST COAST SWING
• Do you dance West Coast Swing?
If not, here is a great place to learn it from the ground up.
And if you do, would you like to become more familiar and comfortable with it? WCS benefits from taking a class one more time. It takes a
while to settle comfortably into the body, then one day it feels natural and effortless.
• The Follow is more active and even proactive in WCS, adding a lot of styling and embellishments. Rocky has a lot to offer
Follows in this class!
• For Stanford students, WCS is only taught once every three years, in Traditions of Swing. Don't wait until 2020. Learn it now!
• Richard will teach the steps and styles of the champions of WCS including Skippy Blair who (who taught West
Coast Swing at Stanford in 2006), Benjie Schwimmer, his dad Buddy Schwimmer and local expert Michelle Kinkaid.
• Then time moves on. West Coast Swing is constantly evolving, and today's WCS has a new look. Here's your chance to learn
the hottest new moves and styling in 2018.
• West Coast Swing is similar enough to Lindy Hop, Cha Cha and Club Two-Step to allow you to incorporate moves you already
know from those dances.
• Prerequisite: Some familiarity with any kind of swing, or being a quick study in learning new dance forms.
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