BEGINNING TANGO SEMINAR (BEG) W/GLYKERIA
3/19 SUN 11:00a-1:00p $25 online, $30 in studio
There is much to appreciate about the unique features of Argentine Tango as an improvisational dance form! And so this workshop is designed to give dancers new to Argentine Tango the skills to become better dancers and better learners of this beautiful dance form.
We reinforce the meaning of the lead and follow roles, build muscle memory for the elegant “Argentine Tango Style” walk, exercise the fundamentals of rhythm and musicality and improvisation. Now that you are walking in Tango, let's get some patterns, learn to walk with varied steps, and play with your partners line of dance with your own!
This class also discusses the history and etiquette of Tango and how to maximize your experience on the social dance floor.
No partner required.
D.C. SOUL LINE DANCE W/MELISSA
2/11 Saturday 12:00-2:00p $25 online, $30 in studio
Inspired by a trend that began in her hometown of Washington DC decades ago, Melissa has choreographed a line dance and wants to share it with you! Get groovy and kick it soul style with a low-intensity but tight routine. Then we’ll rev it up and bounce with a more up-tempo routine that has been making the rounds in social dance scenes. All levels.
SALSA SUELTA WORKSHOP SERIES (BEG/INT) W/JENNIE
2/11 SAT 2:00-3:30p $25 in studio ($20 online)
*Each workshop will vary in content a little, so come to one or come to them all!
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.
The 1st half of the 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.
The 2nd half will focus on incorporating this into your partner work, but let's throw in some Son, Reggaeton, Rumba (Cuban), and Mambo! 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.
As Cuban salsa is very grounded and athletic, flat shoes and comfortable clothes are encouraged. You will move, and you will sweat!
ARGENTINE TANGO QUICKSTART WORKSHOP (INTRO) W/GLYKERIA
2/18 SAT 2:30-5:30p $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 Gly's "Tango Quickstart," - a 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 partners and the music given Gly’s user friendly techniques and tips. 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).
INTERMEDIATE TANGO SEMINAR (INT) W/GLYKERIA
2/19 SUN 11:00a-1:00p $25 online, $30 in studio
3/26 SUN 11:00a-1:00p $25 online, $30 in studio
This Intermediate workshop builds on the skills established in the beginning class and adds another layer of foundational material, and will also focus on the individual technique needed to dance Tango comfortably, in balance, and beautifully for both leads and follows of all levels. This is a technique class, and the skills learned here can be applied to other dance disciplines, as well as Argentine Tango, naturally!
No partner required.
LINDY LAB WORKSHOP (INT)
2/25 SAT 12:00p-2:00p $30 in studio ($25 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.
SWING'N STYLE WORKSHOP (BEG/INT)
2/25 SAT 2:00-3:30p $30 in studio ($25 online)
Break out of the box and explore swing rhythm and connection that will take your social dancing to new heights! From swing ballads to fiery hot jazz, no song should have you sitting out. This is about simple musicality, comfortable transitions, and adding your own special twist. Beyond beginner – please have taken VS 2 or higher or equivalent.
PARTNER 101 WORKSHOP (INTRO/BEG) W/SARAH
2/25 SAT 3:30-6:30P $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!
SALSA QUICKSTART WORKSHOP (INTRO) W/SARAH
3/4 SAT 2:30-5:30p $45 in studio ($40 online) per person w/Sarah
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.
SALSA STYLING WORKSHOP (INTRO)
3/4 SAT 12:00n-2:00p $30 in studio ($25 online) per person
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 (Heather's specialty given her Yoga credentials!) dance conditioning, stretching and strengthening exercises to keep dancers injury-free and more flexible in class and on the dance floor. Heather 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!
Heather's approach is body based and not only gives students a better dance mechanics, but a greater knowledge of how the body works to enable more natural styling.
Queen-Bey Hip hop jam (ALL LEVELS) W/heather
3/11 SAT 12:00-2:00p $25 online, $30 in studio
Come out and shake whatch-ya mama gave ya to an endless barrage of your favorite Queen-Bey jams. Heather will lead you through 2 hours of nonstop hip rolling, booty shaking, chest pumping, heart thumping cardio dance. The workshop will begin with an easy-to-follow "Bootylicious" warm up; bring a towel because you will be glowing in all your fierce, sweaty glory! After warming up, you'll also learn a few combinations; no promises but think "Single Ladies" and "Formation." Don't worry if you're rusty on your body rolls and booty popping -- Heather will break down the more complex choreography so that everyone can master it. All levels are welcome! The only requirements are a love for the one and only Queen Beyonce and a desire to sweat, groove and smile! All levels welcome, no previous dance experience required!
SWING QUICKSTART WORKSHOP (INTRO) w/melissa
3/18 SAT 12:00-3:00p $45 in studio ($40 online) per person
This monthly workshop is geared to get you from Swing-curios to Swing-furios 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!
CHA CHA QUICKSTART WORKSHOP (INTRO/BEG) W/SARAH
4/22 SAT 3:30-6:30p $40 online, $45 instudio
So many Latin dance lovers state they don't dance Cha Cha because there's never anyone to dance with. P'sha! To know Cha Cha is to love Cha Cha, and with a little back ground in the fundamentals and a little understanding of how the music works, you can be cutting a rug Chachero style in no time.
This workshop will focus on basic Cha Cha patterns using classic Cha Cha timing (on 2), but will also include a healthy amount of musicality, because Cha Cha music is totally amazing. Cha Cha isn't just danced with the feet: our ribs, shoulders, hips, and feet get to play with the music in and out of partnered patterns, so come prepared to get a little jazzy, and put the Oo! in Boogaloo!
No partner required. No experience required.
CHAIRS-A-PEEL: BURLESQUE PROPS 101 W/SELENA
TBA Saturday 12:30-2:30p $25 online, $30 in studio
Chairs! They aren't just for sitting anymore! And layers? They are meant to be peeled away in Burlesque Cabaret.
In this workshop, you'll get to play with one of burlesque's most classic props, and also explore a full range of movement possibilities otherwise limited by just standing or floor work. A choreography based approach, you will engage and move with the chair in a natural way, treating it as an extension of the self. Working all levels, from seated to standing, inversion to posing, participants will gain comfort with their own movement and confidence in this both powerful and fluid approach to prop command.
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 welcomed but not required.