Dance Workshops A to Z

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African Dance & Drumming
Catherine Ndugnu-Case
Learn African culture through dance: an invigorating and uplifting experience.
Argentine Folk Dance
Gigi Jensen
The only living Argentine folk dances that show traces of their European roots, these waltz triplet steps link highlight men's bravado with their zapateo (tap) and the women's femininity with their zarandeo (skirt work).
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Bavarian Folk Dance
Chris Mobley
You don't need lederhosen or dirndls to learn some of the lively, rhythmic folk dances still popular at Oktoberfests.
Beginning Morris Dance
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.
Beginning Persian Dance
Sherifa Coll
Learn some common moves in the Modern Persian (pop) style, a fusion of Classical Persian and Arabic dance, taught by one of the Bay Area's most accomplished performers.
Blues
Christophe Taylor and Angela May
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.
Bollywood Fire
Archana Sachdev
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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Classical Indian Dance
Madhuri Kishore with the Kishore Kuchipudi School
An introduction to Kuchipudi, a south Indian classical dance form that features beautiful facial expressions and graceful movements.
Country Western Line Dancing
Donna Frankel
Line up for some fun, easy country dancing!
Cross Step Waltz
Tom Hill and 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 from Bulgaria, Serbia, and Beyond
Ginny Snyder & Da! Mozhem
Simple fun dances primarily from Bulgaria and Serbia will be taught by experienced dancers.
Dances of Universal Peace
Yaquin Sufi and 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.
Dances of the Ouled Nailiyat
Janine Ryle
Explore the lost dance of the Ouled Nailiyat from the oasis region of Algeria.
Dances of the Summer Solstice
Maureen Atkins
Celebrate Summer Solstice through dance! Circle Dance celebrates all things that make us human.
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Early American Dance
Alan Winston & Transit of Earth
Learn and enjoy social dances from the time of the American Revolution through the War of 1812
East Coast Swing
Bob Carragher and Alex Lerman
Bob and Alex will get you on your feet and dancing to the latest swing moves of the 1930's and 40's. It may be possible to listen to classic Swing music and not start dancing, but we wouldn't bet on it.
English Country Dance
Cassandra Vlahos and Alan Winston
With Transit of Earth musicians
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 Breitband
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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Gender-Free Contra Dance
Nick Cuccia
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. In this gender-free contra dance workshop, feel free to dance either "role."
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Hungarian/Transylvanian
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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Intro to Classic Egyptian 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.
Irish Ceili
Bob Carragher
Pub dancing, Irish style - energetic, with a social twist, danced to both traditional Irish music and modern Celtic fusion rock.
Israeli Dances: Old and New
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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Jane Austen's Dances
Cathleen Myers, Cassandra Vlahos, & Alex Lerman
With Transit of Earth
Dance the elegant, flirtatious, and highly aerobic social dances enjoyed by Jane Austen's heroines in the late 18th and early 19th centuries and enjoy the exquisite live Regency dance music by Transit of Earth.
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Klezmer Dancing
Yael Schy with 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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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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Milonga: the Informal Cousin of the Tango
Gigi Jensen
This fun couples dance is the cousin of Argentine tango. Its African roots fused w/ European partner dances at the beginning of the 20th century. Comfortable shoes & plenty of water are recommended.
Modern American Square Dancing
Jim Osborne
Get your body and mind working while you learn Modern American 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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Polka Sets
Christophe Taylor
Similar to the 19th century polka quadrille, these rollicking Irish square dances are improvised on the spot by the head couple and are danced in both Irish pubs and grand ballrooms.
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Scandinavian Dance
Bob Fraley w/music by Ruth Anne Fraley and Sarah Kirton
Learn the Scandinavian versions of the polka and schottische, taught in an easy, friendly style and danced to irresistible live music.
Scottish Country Dance
The Dunsmuir Scottish Dancers
The classic ballroom dances of Scotland. Live music and friendly teaching by the Dunsmuir Scottish Dancers - one of the finest Scottish dance performance ensembles.
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The Landler Waltz (from the Sound of Music)
Cathleen Myers & Alex Lerman
With Transit of Earth
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.
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Waltz Sequence Dances
Alan Winston & Transit of Earth
Learn some intriguing waltz choreographies, some of which you can steal for your own dance floor use.
World Folk Dances
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
The joyous couple dances of Louisiana danced to some of the most infectious dance music ever!