Dance Workshops by Leader Name

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Alan Winston
English Country Dance
A wonderfully fun, modernized version of Jane Austen's favorite dance style. Danced in lines of couples or in short sets, circles, or squares, English Country Dances are taught and called by a caller so no dance experience is necessary. With their symmetrical patterns, they have been called "Dances for Engineers," but they are easy, and enjoyable dances for everyone!
Alan Winston
Choreographed Waltzes
Relax with a series of easy Choreographed Waltzes taught and called by Alan Winston with exquisite live music by Transit of Earth.
Alex Lerman
The Landler Waltz
Learn to dance the very romantic Landler, a slow, waltz-like folk dance from the Landl region of Austria, made famous by the movie The Sound of Music.
Alex Lerman
Waltzing at Downton Abbey
Spend a blissful hour of Edwardian waltzing, as danced both Upstairs and Downstairs at Downton Abbey. We will dance the beautiful, whirling rotary waltz, the smooth Hesitation Waltz, and the Waltz Veleta - a grand Edwardian waltz mixer. Live Music by Transit of Earth.
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Berkeley Morris
Cotswold Morris Dancing
Morris dancing is a form of ritual folkdance that comes from the Cotswold region in western England. It is ritual as opposed to social dance-that is, its purposes go beyond fun, although it also is fun. Danced to both traditional and modern music, sometimes with handkerchiefs, sometimes with sticks, Morris dance may be part of the universal urge to influence and honor the unknowable forces that govern our lives.
Bob Carragher
Irish Ceili
Pub dancing, Irish style - energetic, with a social twist, danced to both traditional Irish music and modern Celtic fusion rock.
Bob Carragher
Contra Dance
Originating in New England and developed from English Country Dance, these elegant, energetic, and fun couple line dances, with their whirling partner swings, are danced in long sets and taught and led by a caller. With their symmetrical patterns, they have also been called "Dances for Engineers," but are easy for anyone to pick up.
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Cathleen Myers
The Landler Waltz
Learn to dance the very romantic Landler, a slow, waltz-like folk dance from the Landl region of Austria, made famous by the movie The Sound of Music.
Cathleen Myers
Waltzing at Downton Abbey
Spend a blissful hour of Edwardian waltzing, as danced both Upstairs and Downstairs at Downton Abbey. We will dance the beautiful, whirling rotary waltz, the smooth Hesitation Waltz, and the Waltz Veleta - a grand Edwardian waltz mixer. Live Music by Transit of Earth.
CCSF Folk Dance Team
World Folk Dances for Tonight
Learn the dances for tonight's folk dance party. These are party folk dances for all ages taught by members of the talented CCSF folk dance team.
Chris Mobley
Bavarian Folk Dance
Put on your Lederhosen and make like it's Oktoberfest!
Christophe Taylor
Blues
A slow and highly improvisational partner dance, danced to both traditional and modern Blues music. Unlike many partner dances, the main focus of the dance is on improvisation and connection with your partner rather than on steps or moves.
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Dana de Simone
Zydeco
The joyous couple dances of Louisiana danced to some of the most infectious dance music ever!
David Buchanan
Balkan Dance for Everyone!
Celebrate the way they do in the Balkans with these simple line dances.
Donna Frankel
Country Line Dancing
Line up for some fun, easy country dancing!
The Dunsmuir Country Dancers
Scottish Country Dance
The classic ballroom dances of Scotland. Live music and friendly teaching by the Dunsmuir Country Dancers - one of the finest Scottish dance performance ensembles.
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Ellis Island
Klezmer Dances
The joyous music of Eastern European Jewish communities has its own dance traditions. Learn these dances and have fun doing it!
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Gary Breitbard
French Country Dance
Lively Bourrees and couple dances of the French countryside, danced to a rousing live band playing authentic traditional French dance music.
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Heather Thompson
Balkan Dance for Everyone!
Celebrate the way they do in the Balkans with these simple line dances.
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Jane Xavier Dougherty
The Shim Sham
This swinging line dance from the 1930's will have you Shim Shamming in no time.
Janine Ryle
Kabyle Amazigh (Berber) Dance
Get to know this Algerian dance that features fast footwork, near-constant hip movements and colorful, twirling scarves.
Jim Letchworth
Old California Dances
The gracious but lively social dances of Spanish-California danced to live music. Jim will teach both couple dances and set dances while introducing us to the courtly manners of the early 19th century American ballroom.
Jim Osborne
Modern Western Square Dancing
Get your body and mind working while you learn Modern Western Square Dancing.
John Slaymaker
Irish Set Dancing
Often danced in Irish pubs, these are social dances in groups of four (or sometimes two!) couples, danced to every sort of Irish tune you can imagine -- reels, jigs, slides, hornpipes, polkas, waltzes, even marches! With a caller to teach and call the steps, these are dances for everyone.
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Karen Tierney
Bal Musette: Paris Cafe dancing of 1920 to 1940
The unique close-embrace couple dances of the working class Parisian dance halls and cafes. Historically, Bal Musette has strong associations with the street gangs of Paris in the 1920 to 1940. Originally, it was a dance of the 'people' and was only danced by high society when they were ...slumming it.
Karin and Sven Jensen
Argentine Tango
Get to know this most romantic of couples' dances with a couple that has been dancing together for nearly 20 years.
Ken Chin
Latin Dance with a Salsa Flavor
Put some sizzle and style into your Salsa with this Latin Dance workshop that will also emphasize effective partnering.
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Laurie Vela
Sacred Drumming, Singing, & Dancing
This workshop combines three art forms: Drum, sing, and dance, celebrating the divine in all.
Lisa Lee
Zydeco
The joyous couple dances of Louisiana danced to some of the most infectious dance music ever!
Los Arribenos
Old California Dances
The gracious but lively social dances of Spanish-California danced to live music. Jim will teach both couple dances and set dances while introducing us to the courtly manners of the early 19th century American ballroom.
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Madhuri Kishore
Classical Indian Dance
An introduction to Kuchipudi, a south Indian classical dance form that features beautiful facial expressions and graceful movements.
Mary Kay Stuvland
Polish National Dance
Polish national dances of the nobility, beginning with the simple, stately, elegant Polonez and continuing with the vivacious and more challenging Mazurka. The Polonez is easily mastered and students with less energy may choose to take only the first part of the class. Those staying for the Mazurka will be comfortable if they can maintain a light running step for up to 2 minutes
Matt Horrigan
East Coast Swing
Rebecca and Matt from the City College Hot Bloods will get you on your feet and dancing to the latest swing moves of the 1920's and 30's to the exhilarating live music of the Quake City Jug Band. It may be possible to listen to them and not start dancing, but we wouldn't bet on it.
Morgan
Cross-Step Waltz
A beautiful slow waltz from the 1920's, rediscovered by Richard Powers of Stanford University in the 1990's, and now enjoying a huge wave of international popularity. The footwork is easy but there are endless opportunities for improvisation and for lead-follower role reversal.
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Quake City Jug Band
East Coast Swing
Rebecca and Matt from Lindy in the Park will get you on your feet and dancing to the latest swing moves of the 1920's and 30's to the exhilarating live music of the Quake City Jug Band. It may be possible to listen to them and not start dancing, but we wouldn't bet on it.
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Rebecca Shannon
The Black Bottom
Get ready to shimmy and shake in this sassy solo dance from the 1920's.
Rebecca Shannon
East Coast Swing
Rebecca and Matt from the City College Hot Bloods will get you on your feet and dancing to the latest swing moves of the 1920's and 30's to the exhilarating live music of the Quake City Jug Band. It may be possible to listen to them and not start dancing, but we wouldn't bet on it.
Remington Stone
Bavarian Folk Dance
Put on your Lederhosen and make like it's Oktoberfest!
Rex Rabin
Bal Musette: Paris Cafe dancing of 1920 to 1940
The unique close-embrace couple dances of the working class Parisian dance halls and cafes. Historically, Bal Musette has strong associations with the street gangs of Paris in the 1920 to 1940. Originally, it was a dance of the 'people' and was only danced by high society when they were ...slumming it.
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Sarah Kramer
Blues
Blues dance demonstrates the passion of the entire range of human emotions - from sadness to joy. Feel along as you learn about this precursor of swing dancing.
Sarchev Archana
Bollywood Fire
Bollywood is India's answer to the classic Hollywood movie musicals. The dance styles in this workshop are inspired mostly from Indian classical and folk styles such as Bhangra and Rajasthani and some hip-hop.
Sausan
Egyptian Style Belly Dance
Classic Egyptian belly dance taught by the director of the Sausan Ensemble of Egyptian dance. Participants will learn the rhythms of Egyptian dance and movements ranging from the most basic to advanced.
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Todd Wagner
Hungarian/Transylvanian Dance
Exciting and improvisational traditional dances - most of them couple dances. There is no choreography. The man leads and the woman follows just like in ballroom dancing.
Tom Hill
Cross-Step Waltz
A beautiful slow waltz from the 1920's, rediscovered by Richard Powers of Stanford University in the 1990's, and now enjoying a huge wave of international popularity. The footwork is easy but there are endless opportunities for improvisation and for lead-follower role reversal.
Tony Elman
Mokale Dance Journey
You'll be singing, clapping, stepping and even laughing on this journey into the heart of rhythm.
Transit of Earth
Choreographed Waltzes
Relax with a series of easy Choreographed Waltzes taught and called by Alan Winston with exquisite live music by Transit of Earth.
Transit of Earth
English Country Dance
A wonderfully fun, modernized version of Jane Austen's favorite dance style. Danced in lines of couples or in short sets, circles, or squares, English Country Dances are taught and called by a caller so no dance experience is necessary. With their symmetrical patterns, they have been called "Dances for Engineers," but they are easy, and enjoyable dances for everyone!
Transit of Earth
The Landler Waltz
Learn to dance the very romantic Landler, a slow, waltz-like folk dance from the Landl region of Austria, made famous by the movie The Sound of Music.
Transit of Earth
Waltzing at Downton Abbey
Spend a blissful hour of Edwardian waltzing, as danced both Upstairs and Downstairs at Downton Abbey. We will dance the beautiful, whirling rotary waltz, the smooth Hesitation Waltz, and the Waltz Veleta - a grand Edwardian waltz mixer. Live Music by Transit of Earth.
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V.J. Mohan
Sacred Drumming, Singing, & Dancing
This workshop combines three art forms: Drum, sing, and dance, celebrating the divine in all.
Vanessa Hafiza
Dances of Universal Peace
Simple cross-cultural community circle dances with singing which honor all of the world traditions in order to develop understanding and peace between all of the world cultures.
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Yael Schy
Klezmer Dances
The joyous music of Eastern European Jewish communities has its own dance traditions. Learn these dances and have fun doing it!
Yale Rosenblatt
Israeli Dance
Communal dances of God, the people, and the land. The dances are easy enough for everyone to learn yet interesting enough to enjoy. If you can walk, you can dance!
Yaquin Sufi
Dances of Universal Peace
Simple cross-cultural community circle dances with singing which honor all of the world traditions in order to develop understanding and peace between all of the world cultures.