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CLASS DESCRIPTIONS

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If you need to miss one or two classes, no problem.  It's easy to catch up because we email you complete descriptions of what we covered in each class, plus videos of the steps and figures that we covered.  This helps you master the dances that we teach, and also helps you catch up if anything went by too quickly in class.


INTRODUCTORY CLUB DANCES - CLUB TWO-STEP AND HUSTLE      7 pm      


 Club Two-Step is dreamy!  Also known as Nightclub Two Step, it's known as a Sweetheart's Dance — the most romantic of the new social dances.  It's an easygoing dance, with the variations coming naturally and intuitively.  It's also one of the most useful couple dances, because it can be done to half of today's popular music.

 The classes will also cover Three-Count Hustle, the version most popular today.  If you like swing because of its creativity and high energy, Hustle is both!

 Women/Follows will appreciate Rocky's styling pointers, especially for Club Two-Step, where we will spend most of our time.  In our approach to Collaborative Partnering, the Follows set the style, which the Leads follow.  Everyone dances; no one gets danced!

 This class completes our Introductory level classes for the year.  If you've learned swing, waltz, salsa and/or tango, these two dances are your final step.  Complete the package!

 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 waltz variations.

 Prerequisite: Knowing any kind of waltz, or being a quick study in learning new dance forms.


Intermediate to Advanced       WEST COAST SWING      9 pm       


 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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