BEGINNING CLUB DANCES - HUSTLE AND CLUB TWO-STEP
Both of these club dances are new forms of swing. They provide ways of
dancing to the newer popular music, both slower (Club Two-Step) and faster (Hustle) than traditional big band swing
music. Both forms are danced today from coast to coast.
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!
Club Two-Step, also called Night Club Two Step, NC2S, is an easygoing dance. The variations come naturally and
intuitively. And it's one of the most useful couple dances because it can be done to more than half of today's popular music.
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, also useful for those who already know the basics.
That's where these dances really become fun.
Hustle and Two-Step figures are often borrowed from Salsa and Swing, so a part of this class will show how to
reverse this by expanding your Swing and Salsa options into these dances.
Richard will also emphasize partnering, enabling you to lead a dance partner through something you
just invented, or follow anyone through variations you've never seen before.
These classes will help you find the freedom to express yourself on the dance floor and will allow you to dance
well with anyone you meet. You'll also become more comfortable with the dancing you've already learned.
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. Some were created through the Waltz Lab. Many are new since then.
But unlike the Waltz Lab, where variations are invented, these will be carefully taught and practiced, until they're as smooth as silk.
You master them here!
These are the intermediate/advanced variations which are never taught in the daytime social dance classes. Most of these figures have never
been taught in this series, so you can continue taking this level indefinitely.
When Waltz Etcetera in Seattle sent out their fall 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, plus improving your pivots.
Learn it from the source while you can. Richard is recognized as the world's expert on Cross-Step Waltz.
Prerequisite: Knowing basic Cross-Step Waltz, or being a fairly quick study in learning new dance forms.