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Tuesday night classes taught by Richard Powers with Rocky Aikens

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.


Introduction to WALTZ      7 pm       


 Enjoy an easygoing introduction to three kinds of waltzing: Cross-Step, Rotary and Viennese Waltz.

 In past years this series covered both waltz and swing in six or seven classes, which always felt rushed.  Now we have time to do it right—six classes in waltz at 7pm, followed by six 8pm classes in swing dancing.  This will provide a solid introduction to couple dancing.

 Waltz is enjoying a resurgence in the Bay Area and
around the country (click to see the map), thanks to great new waltz music and the timeless attraction of traveling with a partner in your arms.  Richard is busy leading Waltz Weekends across the country — learn it here from the primary source.

 Read these classic quotations about the romance of the waltz.

 Here's a Web page on Cross-Step Waltz, with a video and a list of variations.

 Most of the students in next quarter's Tuesday night "Mastering the Viennese Ball Dances" class will have already learned the basic waltz.  Here is your best chance to come up to speed on waltzing before taking those next steps.  Start ramping up to the Stanford Viennese Ball now.

 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 waltz 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 waltzing.


Introduction to SWING DANCING      8 pm       


 An introduction to single, double and triple swing, also known as East Coast Swing and Jitterbug.

 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 swing with a focus on partnering and flexibility, to enable students to dance comfortably with partners whose experience comes from any dance tradition.

 East Coast Swing is an easy, fun and playful style of swing which is usually danced to faster, high energy music such as Big Band and fifties Rock 'n Roll. Gain a solid foundation in 4- and 6-count swing, progressing easily from single to double to triple Lindy.

 In past years this series covered both swing and waltz, which always felt a little rushed.  Now we have twice as much time, to provide a solid introduction to couple dancing.

 These informal styles of swing allow personal expression without requiring rigid technique.  The resulting flexibility will give you the confidence to lead and follow anybody, to either fit in or stand out as you wish.

 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.

  Fast Track to TANGO      9 pm       


 Tame the tango!  Tango is dramatic, nuanced, and advanced, but in six comprehensive weeks, we will make it straightforward, accessible and friendly, without losing any of the authenticity!  We will focus on concepts that will grow your understanding of each role, as well as focus on details that will take your dancing to a new level, inside and out.

 This is the first time Richard has taught the next level of tango in five years, and the last Tuesday night tango class until 2020.  Don't miss this rare chance.

 After covering the basics in the first two classes, we'll move on to figures and styling you've probably never seen before.

 Afraid tango will make you feel like a poser?  Don't be!  We will teach ways to ramp up your authentic tango style in every move you make, without feeling like a pretender.

 If you want the true social dance experience, that where the entire world fades away and it is just you, your partner, and the music, tango is absolutely the social dance form to learn.  "Tango is about being in the moment, with the music; and responding to your partner. It's a very concentrated thing; you can't think about anything else while you are doing it." - Alan Lee.  Come melt into the music and the heartbeat of your partner with the tango.

 Tango will improve your dancing in every other dance form.  It's like the ballet of social dance; just dancing it can improve fundamentals and increase partnering ability in every other ballroom dance.  Get better in everything without even trying by signing up for our tango series today!

  Prerequisite: Experience in any partnered dance will help you master tango partnering, but "Fast Track" means that we do cover the basics, so those who are starting out with waltz or swing will be able to keep up with this class.





       
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