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

1/12 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

1/12 SAT 11:00a-1:00p $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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PARTNER 101 WORKSHOP (INTRO/BEG) W/SARAH Riddle

1/12 SAT 1:00-4:00p $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

1/19 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  (int) W/GLYKERIA MANIS

1/19 SAT 12:00-3:00p $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).

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Dean collins shim sham workshop (intermediate) w/Mike + Haily

1/26 SAT 1:30-3:30p $25 online, $30 in studio

You may know the Shim Sham or have seen the Shim Sham performed at local Swing social dances, but did you know that it comes in many flavors? Dean Collins, who many attribute to being the creator of Hollywood-style Lindy Hop, created a version of the Shim Sham in 1983 that was never taught - it was only performed as a three-dancer group. Don’t worry, though; There is no parter needed since we’ll be doing the line dance individually.

Come learn his flavor of the dance that can still be performed alongside the standard Shim Sham, or to other songs as well. We’ll explore the most authentic form of the line dance and then add our personal styling after.

All levels welcome! No prior Shim Sham experience necessary.

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the madison swing line dance (al levels) w/Mike + Haily

1/26 SAT 4:00-5:00p $15 online, $20 in studio

You may know the Shim Sham or have seen the Shim Sham performed at local Swing social dances, but did you know that it comes in many flavors? Dean Collins, who many attribute to being the creator of Hollywood-style Lindy Hop, created a version of the Shim Sham in 1983 that was never taught - it was only performed as a three-dancer group. Don’t worry, though; There is no parter needed since we’ll be doing the line dance individually.

Come learn his flavor of the dance that can still be performed alongside the standard Shim Sham, or to other songs as well. We’ll explore the most authentic form of the line dance and then add our personal styling after.

All levels welcome! No prior Shim Sham experience necessary.

sign up! 

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advancing your Tango  (int) W/GLYKERIA MANIS

2/2 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