Workshops vary month to month, so pre-registration is
highly recommended to ensure class balance.

And some fill up fast, so make sure everyone in your party’s name is on the list! Let us know if you need help with that!

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90s Hip HOp WORKSHOP  (All levels) W/Heather Klawender

2/23 SAT 12:00-2:00p $25 online, $30 in studio

The soundtrack: NONSTOP 90s HIP HOP...Salt-N-Pepa, Dre, Outkast, Tupac, Lauryn, Tribe, Naughty by Nature, B.I.G., LL Cool J, Sir Mix-A-Lot, TLC, Blackstreet...you get the picture.

The moves: fresher than the Prince of Bel-Air.

Grab a friend, throw on your high tops, fanny packs and overalls and let's get this party started!

All levels welcome! Bring a water bottle and a towel.

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SALSA SUELTA WORKSHOP SERIES (BEG/INT) W/JENNIE Fremont

2/23 SAT 4:00-5:30p $20 online, $25 in studio

Give new life to your Salsa, which is to say, loosen it up and give it a little Cuban groove!  Salsa Suelta means "loose" Salsa, or in club vernacular, a Salsa shine.  Sueltas can be done with a partner, or on their own in a line dance format (or on your own at home in front of your cat!). It is how we translate what we hear in the music into how we feel when we are dancing. Jennie Fremont brings her expertise in Cuban Salsa and general awesomeness when it comes to playing with music and dance forms of all types.

This class will focus on movement and footwork. Unlock those shoulders! Unhinge those hips! Liberate your torso!  Improve your range of motion, and articulate your style. Footwork is just the vehicle for applying the body movement to specific timing and musicality.  Where in the music do certain types of movements fit?  How can I relax and let the steps/movements flow from one thing to the next? How can I find space in the movements for all the steps, or can I create it!? Jennie will help you find the answers to these questions through movement.

Popular Cuban dances such as Son, Reggaeton, Rumba (Cuban), Mambo, as well as Afro-Cuban concepts, will be taught in this class right alongside Salsa. These aren't patterns, these are concepts that you can apply like salt.  Add to taste, sprinkle or pour it in. Either way, it will certainly change the flavor of your dance!  Basic-intermediate Salsa partnering knowledge is best.

*when signing up for more than one person, be sure each participant is signed up separately.

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collegiate shag workshop (intermediate) w/Mike + Haily

2/23 SAT 2:00-4:00p $25 online, $30 in studio

Collegiate Shag is an energetic partner dance that was popular in the 1930s and 40s. It has a history similar to other jazz and swing era dances like Lindy hop, Charleston, and Balboa, but its unique double-rhythm six-count basic and fancy footwork flourishes distinguish it from other styles of swing and other dances that use the 'shag' name such as Carolina Shag or St. Louis Shag. It is currently in the middle of an explosive revival in current social swing dancing circles, and Portland is the perfect town to do this dance justice, with all our fabulous local swing bands that often play uptempo tunes. But whether you're dancing out on a Thursday night, or in your own living room with friends, Collegiate Shag is a great go-to no matter the situation! Hop to it!

This 2 hour workshop format allows you to really dive and dig in to some techniques that you can carry with you wherever you go.

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Valentine’s Slow Dance Workshop (intro) w/sarah

2/14 THU 5:30-6:30p $14per person

Really, any day is a good day to dance with your sweetie, but this workshop can help you and your better half kick off your Valentine's celebration with something to remember! Forget about your 8th grade social dance lessons, or the ballroom courses you took that only helped you feel like less of a dancer. This is basic dancing for you and yours - a workshop designed for couples who want to dance TOGETHER, no matter the music. In the class we will break down the simple rhythms of romantic songs (please bring your favorite and we'll use it is in class!), teach you effective lead and follow techniques that will prevent any toes from being squashed or egos bruised, and a few easy moves that you can pull off in any dance situation. Your instructor's specialty is Salsa, so watch out, we'll likely add a little spice to a couple of the moves, including the dip!

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PARTNER 101 WORKSHOP (INTRO/BEG) W/SARAH Riddle

2/16 SAT 11:00a-2:00p $40 online, $45 in studio

You want to learn to dance, but don't know where to start? Perfect. There are many beautiful dances out there to learn, but sometimes just the fundamentals of how to move with rhythm and grace with another person are enough. This 3 hour workshop will focus on lead/follow technique that are universal, and the mechanics of traveling, turning, and moving as one. Students will learn how to find and keep a beat, and how to tailor each dance to the particular style of song they are dancing to and how to work with their own natural dance skills. This is not a ballroom course where you learn 'forms' and strict patterns. This class is about learning how to dance in any context with another person. Students leave this workshop not just being the masters of their own dance, but the creators as well. It is a valuable life skill!

What's the biggest take-away from this workshop? You will learn how to love, not fear, partner dancing. This class is great for anyone looking to hone their partner dance skills without having to choose a specific dance style to master.  Please bring your favorite music! We will dance to anything!

*when signing up for more than one person, be sure each participant is signed up separately.

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SALSA QUICKSTART WORKSHOP (INTRO) W/sarah Riddle

TBA SAT 3:00-6:00p $40 online, $45 in studio

Have you been curious about learning Salsa, but feel little intimidated? Don’t be! Let us demystify one of the easier parter dances to learn. It may be fast, but it isn’t complicated, and contrary to popular belief, you do not have to know how to shimmy to know how to Salsa! This 3 hour intensive workshop is geared to get dancers and NON dancers moving to today’s most popular Latin Rhythm – SALSA! The class will cover Salsa rhythm, body movement, Salsa timing, 3 basic step variations, three turn patterns, and more! After finishing the Quickstart course, students will be eligible to take the Salsa 2 weekly series, without taking Salsa 1! Don’t miss out on this ever popular, easy to learn dance. Register Now! No partner required.

*when signing up for more than one person, be sure each participant is signed up separately.

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Argentine tango quickstart workshop  (intro) W/GLYKERIA MANIS

2/16 SAT 3:00-6:00p $40 online, $45 in studio

Did you know that Portland is home to one of the largest Argentine Tango festivals in North America? It is no wonder as this romantic and thoughtful dance has changed the lives of thousands of people around the world! Come find out why and how in this special 3 hour workshop designed to get you out on the Tango floor in one afternoon! In this workshop, we will explore Argentine Tango fundamentals (such as frame, timing, the line of dance, and the beauty of walking in Tango) as well as progress to slightly more complicated movements. Students will gain confidence in and connection with their partner and the music given Glykeria’s approached, which is both academic and personable. Come find out what's the to-do about this dance! No prior experience is required. No partner required. Please wear comfortable shoes that do not stick to a wood floor surface (leather bottoms are best).

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LINDY LAB WORKSHOP (BEG/INT) 

3/2 SAT 12:00-3:00p $45 in studio ($40 online) per person

So, you’ve tried Lindy hop, perhaps taken a few classes, and maybe even have tried it socially but feeling like you could dial it in a little more? That’s what Lindy Lab is for! In a true workshop setting, we’ll dissect the swingout and reveal the ins and outs of developing a strong one. With the inspiration of some great hard-swingin’ tunes, you can test the core concepts of Lindy Hop: connection, momentum, and rhythm. We’ll also have some fun with transitions into and out of Charleston and your 6-count swing basics. This is very hands-on, with less blah-blah and more practice and feedback. Some Lindy Hop experience expected.

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beyond beginning Tango  (int) W/GLYKERIA MANIS

3/16 SAT 12:00-3:00p $40 online, $45 in studio

Ready for the next level? Improve your social dance and challenge yourself with new combinations! Learn how to expand your repertoire and maximize your fun on the social dance floor by learning cool alterations, easy and effective navigation and improvisation on the fly! This workshop is meant to infuse your tango body with balance, elegance, musicality, connection and pure fun! No partner necessary.

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To dance is to be out of yourself. Larger, more beautiful, more powerful. This is power, it is glory on earth and it is yours for the taking.
— Agnes De Mille