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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advancing your Tango  (int) W/GLYKERIA MANIS

11/17 SAT 11:00a-2:00p $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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Argentine tango quickstart workshop  (int) W/GLYKERIA MANIS

12/15 SAT 1:00-4:00p $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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Belly Dancing Workshop (all levels) w/Alexis

11/25, 12/2 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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collegiate shag workshop (all levels)

Haily Holt + Mike Wilson
11/24 SAT 1:00-3:00p $25 online, $30 in studio - BEGINNING

11/24 SAT 3:30-5:30p $25 online, $30 in studio - INT
12/9 SUN 5:30-7:30p $25 online, $30 in studio - ALL LEVELS
12/16 SUN 5:30-7:30p $25 online, $30 in studio - ALL LEVELS

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.

*NOTE THE LEVELS FOR DIFFERENT WORKSHOP*

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

11/17 SAT 2:00-5:00p $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 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 choreography challenge (INT) W/sarah Riddle

11/18 SUN 5:30-7:30p $25 online, $30 in studio

This Salsa Choreography Challenge is a 2 hour crash course in learning a set routine that emphasizes move transitions, styling, and musicality. Learning choreography changes the way a dancer learns and retains information! And because we will be using one piece of music through the entire class, student will begin to sharpen their ears and musicality skills. 

This is a great next step for experienced Salsa dancers who are looking for that extra edge, whether it be smoother transitions, better styling, more musicality, or better move retention.

Pre-requisite: Solid Salsa 3 skills or higher experience required.

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SALSA QUICKSTART WORKSHOP (INTRO) W/sarah Riddle

12/1 SAT 1:00-4:00p $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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SALSA SUELTA WORKSHOP SERIES (BEG/INT) W/JENNIE Fremont

12/1 SAT 4:00-5:30p $20 online, $25 in studio
12/8 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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shim sham WORKSHOP (beg) w/melissa

11/24 SAT 11:00a-12:30p $20 online, $25 in studio

Shim Sham & Solo Jam Workshop : Shim Sham is the decades-old classic line dance based on tap and vernacular jazz steps. It was danced in vaudeville shows and ballrooms way back when and is even more popular today, not just in Portland but globally! Then we'll take some of those notions along with other fun moves from the era and piece together dance phrases and mini-routines. Not only will it be a super way to spend a Saturday afternoon, but it'll get you ready for the solo jam circle and make your swing dancing - solo and partnered - even more exciting and versatile!

Lindy hop and solo jazz experience helpful but not required.

What IS the Shim Sham? http://www.easy-swing.be/en/catalog/7-swing-history/59-history-of-shim-sham/

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vintage sWING routine WORKSHOP (beg) w/melissa

12/8 SAT 1:00-4:00p $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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swing quickstart workshop (intro) W/Melissa Roane

1/5 SAT 12:00-3:00p $40 online, $45 in studio

This monthly workshop is geared to get you from Swing-curious to Swing-furious in just 3 hours! The class will cover Swing rhythm and timing, basic Swing steps with basic step variations; three turn patterns, and more! Vintage Swing is an ageless and ever popular dance that has filled dance halls for over 70 years, and it is still as popular as ever! That said, the Swing Quickstart workshop fills up fast, so sign up ASAP! Don't miss out on this exciting and easy to learn dance. Students will learn the equivalent of the 'Intro to Swing' 4 week series material, plus some bonus material in a non-intimidating, low pressure, fun environment. No partner necessary, no prior experience required!

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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