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!

 

argentine Tango quickstart (intro) W/GLYKERIA MANIS

10/20 SAT 12:00p-3:00p $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).
*when signing up for a couple, be sure each participant is signed up separately.

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advancing your Tango  (int) W/GLYKERIA MANIS

10/27 SAT 12:00p-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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slow-balboa workshops (all levels) w/Rodney Young + Rachael Ries

TBA SUN 5:30-7:30p $25 online, $30 in studio

Vintage style swing music is back in the mainstream and dance nights are popping up all over Portland. Whether the music is live or DJed, there is always a great variety in the music, including varied tempos! When the music slows down we need a dance that matches the rhythms of these sweet slow tunes...enter, Slow-Bal. Slow Balboa originated in Southern California in the 1940's, was created specifically for slow songs. If you already know some Balboa it will be a help, but there are lots of fancy new steps and most of the Balboa moves have been retooled so you can elegantly take advantage of the slow music and still look like a kick ass dancer! Beginners also welcome! No partner required.

We are offering this class in two, 2 hour workshops to allow students to really dive in and get the feel for this style with a week of practice in between. Come to one workshop, or both. The material will vary in both workshops, so you can benefit from taking just one, but they are truly designed to be taken together :)

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Belly Dancing Workshop (all levels) w/Alexis

10/21 SUN 5:30-6:30p $15 online, $20 in studio

Belly Dancing is a beautiful, historic, and classic cultural dance. It is also a fun, physically challenging way to increase body awareness, coordination, balance, and self confidence. 

So...Get ready to shimmy and sweat in this beginner bellydance class! Bellydance is one of the oldest forms of dance and is a great way to build strength in the body, increase self-confidence, and experience healing through movement. In this beginner-friendly class, dancers and non-dancers alike will experience in-depth movement breakdowns, personalized feedback, posture and drilling techniques, and short choreography combinations. Cultural origins and musicality will also be explored. This class is designed to get you out of your comfort zone and have fun exploring this gentle movement style in a supportive environment. A low impact form of exercise that doesn't actually feel like exercise, bellydance is a fun and creative way for students of all ages and dance backgrounds to learn to translate music through movement. Alexis strives to provide students with a solid foundation of the dance while encouraging students to refine their technique, build confidence and explore their own unique style of expression through movement. 

Because Bellydancing celebrates the female form (and you need to see what your body is doing in order to learn!) please wear clothing that will enable you to see your beautiful body move! Hip scarves and bare feet are also encouraged.

Come to move, but also come with your curiosity about Belly Dance culture and context.

All levels welcome! 

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BURLESQUe cabaret (all levels) w/Zora von pavonine

10/13 SAT 11:00a-1:00p $25 online, $30 in studio

Join Zora Von Pavonine in this 2 hour workshop, and explore the power and sensuality of Burlesque Cabaret. This choreography based Burlesque class focuses on building and/or discovering your own strength, dynamic transitions in movement, and learning how to retain choreography all while expanding your comfort zone. All bodies and all abilities welcome! Recommended attire: workout apparel of any kind that allows you to move freely and observe your body, including yoga/pilates pants, shorts, bra tops, etc. Heels are allowed but only for seasoned dancers.

No experience required. Shyness and boldness equally welcome.

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collegiate shag workshop (all levels) w/Haily holt + Mike wilson

10/7 SUN 5:30-7:30p $25 online, $30 in studio
10/28 SUN 5:30-7:30p $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!

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DanceHall workshop  (all levels) w/Alia

10/27 SAT 3:00p-5:00p $25 online, $30 in studio

DanceHall is a Jamaican street dance that beats like Hip Hop, but swims like liquid dance.  It's feminine and strong, street and pretty, sexy and assertive.  Alia Lux brings new life to the Viscount with her beautiful interpretation of DanceHall!  We love her warm energy, her deep knowledge of the language and culture of DanceHall, and her easy to follow teaching style and technique.  This class will make you want to cut up your tees, unlace your boots, and dance in the street. Two words: classy twerk.

No experience required.

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

10/20 SAT 3:00-6:00p $45 in studio ($40 online) per person

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 taylor 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

10/6 SAT 1:00-4:00p $45 in studio ($40 online) per person

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

10/6 SAT 4:00-5:30p $25 in studio ($20 online)
10/13 SAT 4:00-5:30p $25 in studio ($20 online)

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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swing quickstart workshop (intro) W/Melissa Roane

10/13 SAT 1:00p-4:00p $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).
*when signing up for a couple, be sure each participant is signed up separately.

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vintage sWING routine WORKSHOP (beg) 

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

Know some partner swing? Want to take it to the next level? This is a choreography workshop where you can bring what know, build on it, and learn a few new steps, all while having fun with musicality. Though you'll be learning a routine, we will make sure to touch on the lead/follow aspects of making those moves really sell so you can bring them right on to the social floor! Partner not required. Beyond Beginning/Int levels. Prerequisite is a VS 2 class with Melissa and/or experience with social dancing in triple time.

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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