- Dance 7:30 pm every Monday including holidays
- A thriving community of experienced dancers and a few intrepid beginners
- About half waltzes, half other dances: swing, blues, nightclub 2-step, Latin dances, etcetera
- Open role dancing welcomed - hooray for dancing both roles!
- $10 suggested donation (but don't let money keep you away)
- Drop-in classes right before the dance, 6:30 every Monday. More info below.
- At the Lake City Community Center
- Also Musicality Lab, 1st & 3rd Sunday afternoons, 1 pm in Ballard
- Dancing weekly since 1999, and we get a good turnout, 50 dancers or more every Monday
- We're friendly to humans of all persuasions, unpretentious, and noncompetitive; come dance with us!
Our dance classes (all classes are drop-in)
Monday night classes:
- Current beginning class (through February): Cross-step Waltz.
- How to be a great dance partner: Partnering & musicality. All levels welcome.
- A new kind of dance class. In this class we focus on becoming one of those dance partners who just feels great to dance with. Someone who doesn't fret about moves or what kind of dance to do, who just dives in and dances with you musically, the way the music says to dance, using great partnering skills to make this dance with you a blast.
- Being that kind of partner has 2 key elements: partnering skills and musicality. Yes, dancers have to learn moves; moves are dance vocabulary. But knowing lots of cool moves does not make anyone into that partner you just love to dance with; it takes strong partnering skills and musicality to do that. These classes focus on partnering and musicality, not on moves.
- Moves vs. musicality. If you have good musicality, you can use any kind of move you like; you can make anything musical and enjoyable, including the simplest of steps. If you're lacking in musicality, your dancing will not be delicious, no matter how many fabulous moves you know, or how showy & cool your styling.
- All of those delicious partners are great at following! The partners who feel great to dance with follow the music, and they also follow their partners, paying very close attention to what their partner's doing and adapting their dancing to that, whether they're leading or following.
- Responsive and adaptable: that's how those great dance partners feel, whether leading or following. They respond and adapt to everything: music, partner, changing situation in the room. No matter what happens, that kind of partner adapts and turns it into enjoyable dancing.
- Everyone in these classes learns both leading and following skills, because that's what you need to be one of those partners. They know both, and they use them all the time, whatever role they're dancing. In these classes we dive deep into what makes good following and what makes good leading, and everyone gets better at both.
- A wide variety of music: partnering and musicality are universal, and we include different kinds of music in these classes so you can try these principles out to music with different speeds, moods, rhythms etc. Musicality means really letting the music in and moving within it. The song you're hearing isn't just a dance framework - waltz, swing, cha-cha or whatever - it's a unique song with a life and rhythm of its own. Our focus is building the skills to dance to whatever song comes on.
- We invite you to try this class for free. This is a different kind of class, and we'd love for you to check it out. If after taking the class you feel it was worthwhile and you want to donate, we happily accept donations; we run on donations.
1st and 3rd Sunday afternoons:
Twice a month we offer a 2-hour Musicality Lab. This is a lab (alternating teaching sessions with practica sessions) that really dives into musicality: dancing with your partner inside the music, not just executing moves with the music as a backdrop. Musicality makes dancing delicious; nothing else does. Our experience teaching Musicality Lab over the past few years has given birth to our new Monday night Partnering and Musicality classes.
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