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

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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SWING OUTSIDE THE BOX W/ MUSICALITY (BEG/INT)

7/20 SAT 12:00-3:00p $45 in studio ($40 online) per person

Like swing music? Like dancing? This workshop is designed to approach social swing dancing with basic movement and partnering skills that don't necessarily stay within a particular or standardized pattern, freeing us up to really hear and respond to the music. We will explore a range of tempos and song styles and offer ideas that inspire feeling the music and developing connections with it and your dance partner. Some social swing dancing helpful but not required.

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

7/20 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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SALSA QUICKSTART WORKSHOP (INTRO) W/sarah Riddle

7/27 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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LINDY LAB WORKSHOP (BEG/INT) 

TBA 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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advanced lindy workshop: dancing to the music (ADV) 

TBA SAT 3:00-5:00p $30 in studio ($25 online) per person

"The only count I know is Basie" - Norma Miller.

Lindy Hoppers - looking to enhance your connection to the music and make your dance conversation with your partner more exciting and creative? We’ll get inside the music and let the music get inside us! Counting can be a useful tool, but it's the music that really drives our dancing. Topics will include song structure, rhythm, energy, flow, solo movement, and yes, dancing to music. Come with titles of a song or two that inspire you.

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COLLEGIATE SHAG WORKSHOP (INTERMEDIATE) W/MIKE + HAILY

TBA $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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THE MADISON LINE DANCE WORKSHOP (ALL LEVELS) W/MIKE + HAILY

TBA $15 online, $20 in studio

Ahh, the Madison!

First created in the Midwest in 1957, this fun and easy-to-learn jazz piano-backed line dance can be seen in films and TV shows such as Maniac (2018) on Netflix, The Go-Getter (2007), and even on the Broadway version of Hairspray! We’ll cover all the steps and you’ll see why this dance has survived so long and why people of all walks of life love it.
Whether you’re at the beach in Barcelona at 4am, at the LA Shag Festival, or even at a party that’s starting to lose its groove, you’ll be able to say “it’s Madison Time!”.

No experience necessary and no partner needed!

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TANGO QUICKSTART WORKSHOp  (INTRO) W/GLYKERIA MANIS

TBA 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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beyond beginner tANGo quickstart W/GLYKERIA MANIS

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

Have you just started learning Argentine Tango and feel ready for the next level? 
Have you been dancing only one role and want to try the "other side" (lead/follow)?

This workshop will improve your social dance skills and challenge you 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. Leather or Suede Soles (or something similar, like Toms) recommended.

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SALSA STYLING + TURN TECH WORKSHOP (INTRO/BEG) W/SARAH RIDDLE

TBA SAT 12:00-1:30p $20 online, $25 in studio

Salsa stands apart from other dances because of its flair, fluidity, and flirtatiousness. Salsa is danced not just with your feet, but with every part of your body; from the tips of your toes to the tips of their fingers. This workshop is designed to refine and solidify technique you already have, or open up your movement to more graceful and agile possibilities!

You will begin with dance conditioning, stretching and strengthening exercises to keep dancers injury-free and more flexible in class and on the dance floor. Sarah will then have students perfect their linear basics while peppering in arm styling, body movement, and easy footwork additives to mix in with your basics.

You will also work on turn technique and shine choreography. Learn to play with the music and build your agility and grace while building your dance vocabulary!

Sarah's approach is based on injury prevention, which gives students a better dance mechanics and a greater knowledge of how the body works to enable more natural styling.

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boogaloo cha cha challenge (beg) 

TBA 2:00-4:00P $25 online, $30 in studio

Cha Cha has been around for a very long time but it's music is the perfect vehicle for Boogaloo and modern Pachanga steps as well, particularily the Cha Cha coming out of Cuba and New York in the 60s and 70s. Accept the challenge, and learn how to fuse the 3! We will spend the first hour on movement, musicality, and footwork in Cha Cha, Boogaloo, and modern Pachanga. The second hour will be dedicated to Cha Cha partner work and where to add in the Boogaloo and Pachanga concepts we worked on in the first half. This class is not for first time dancers, so if you've done Cha Cha before, prepare for a pleasant surprise. Beg/Int Salsa level recommended.


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Swing Quickstart WORKSHOP (beg/INT) 

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

The Swing QuickStart 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 80 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 fundamentals of social Swing dancing, plus some bonus material in a non-intimidating, low pressure, fun environment. No partner necessary, no prior experience required!

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

TBA 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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