Redowa Waltz ("The Flying Dance")
Tom Hill and Morgan
"The next best thing to flying"
The Redowa (pronounced "RED-doe-wah")
has been described as a leaping waltz, but the feeling is more of
a fast flowing stream,
moving rapidly across the dance floor as it whirls. Those with an excess
of energy can dance it with a bouncier, more linear style, that (given
room) moves rapidly about the dance floor. Redowa is fun to watch and
even more fun to dance.
The dance developed in Bohemia, in the early
part of the 19th century, and spread from there to the fashionable
ballrooms of Europe and America
in the 1840's. Perhaps because of its rare combination of athleticism
and romance, the Redowa is enjoying a whole new wave of popularity
The Redowa is not a beginning dance, and a knowledge
of a turning waltz, and of frame will be very helpful in enjoying this
(Note: In preparation for this class you may want to take either
Tom Hill's noon Cross-Step Waltz class or Alex and Cathleen's 1pm
Vintage Viennese Waltz class).
Tom Hill has been dancing vintage and modern social
dance for over 10 years. He has taught at the Gaskell Ball, the Dickens
Fair, and has been teaching at Friday
Night Waltz since its inception. He has studied with Richard Powers, Joan
Walton and with Diane Jarmolow, at the Ballroom
Dance Teacher's College. He also organized the Dance Teaching Lab
in Palo Alto, which gave aspiring social dance teachers a place to
hone their teaching skills.
Morgan discovered ballroom dancing at the Dickens
Fair, and has been dancing even since. She has taught dance to students
at Saratoga High and Menlo School, and has been teaching at Friday
night Waltz for the last three years.