Dance Workshops A to Z

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Argentine Tango
Karin and Sven Jensen
Get to know this most romantic of couples' dances with a couple that has been dancing together for nearly 20 years.
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Bal Musette: Paris Cafe dancing of 1920 to 1940
Karen Tierney & Rex Rabin
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.
Balkan Dance for Everyone!
Heather Thompson and David Buchanan
Celebrate the way they do in the Balkans with these simple line dances.
Bavarian Folk Dance
Chris Mobley and Remington Stone
Put on your Lederhosen and make like it's Oktoberfest!
The Black Bottom
Rebecca Shannon
Get ready to shimmy and shake in this sassy solo dance from the 1920's.
Blues
Christophe Taylor and Sarah Kramer
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.
Bollywood Fire
Sarchev Archana
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.
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Choreographed Waltzes
Alan Winston
Join in this series of easy choreographed waltzes and round out the day with style.
Classical Indian Dance
Madhuri Kishore
An introduction to Kuchipudi, a south Indian classical dance form that features beautiful facial expressions and graceful movements.
Contra Dance
Bob Carragher
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.
Cotswold Morris Dancing
Berkeley Morris
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.
Country Line Dancing
Donna Frankel
Line up for some fun, easy country dancing!
Cross-Step Waltz
Tom Hill & Morgan
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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Dances of Universal Peace
Yaquin Sufi & Vanessa Hafiza
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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East Coast Swing
Rebecca Shannon and the Quake City Jug Band
Rebecca 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.
Egyptian Style Belly Dance
Sausan
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.
English Country Dance
Alan Winston
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!
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French Country Dance
Gary Breitbard
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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Hungarian/Transylvanian Dance
Todd Wagner
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.
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Irish Ceili
Bob Carragher
Pub dancing, Irish style - energetic, with a social twist, danced to both traditional Irish music and modern Celtic fusion rock.
Irish Set Dancing
John Slaymaker
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.
Israeli Dance
Yale Rosenblatt
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!
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Kabyle Amazigh (Berber) Dance
Janine Ryle
Get to know this Algerian dance that features fast footwork, near-constant hip movements and colorful, twirling scarves.
Klezmer Dances
Yael Schy and Ellis Island
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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The Landler Waltz
Cathleen Myers & Alex Lerman
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.
Latin Dance with a Salsa Flavor
Ken Chin
Put some sizzle and style into your Salsa with this Latin Dance workshop that will also emphasize effective partnering.
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Modern Western Square Dancing
Jim Osborne
Get your body and mind working while you learn Modern Western Square Dancing.
Mokale Dance Journey
Tony Elman
You'll be singing, clapping, stepping and even laughing on this journey into the heart of rhythm.
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Old California Dances
Jim Letchworth & Los Arribenos
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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Polish National Dance
Mary Kay Stuvland
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
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Sacred Drumming, Singing, & Dancing
V.J. Mohan and Laurie Vela
This workshop combines three art forms: Drum, sing, and dance, celebrating the divine in all.
Scottish Country Dance
The Dunsmir Country Dancers
The classic ballroom dances of Scotland. Live music and friendly teaching by the Dunsmir Country Dancers - one of the finest Scottish dance performance ensembles.
The Shim Sham
Jane Xavier Dougherty
This swinging line dance from the 1930's will have you Shim Shamming in no time.
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Waltzing at Downton Abbey
Cathleen Myers & Alex Lerman
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.
World Folk Dances for Tonight
CCSF Folk Dance Team
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.
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Zydeco
Dana de Simone & Lisa Lee
The joyous couple dances of Louisiana danced to some of the most infectious dance music ever!