Tom Hill and Morgan
Cross-step waltz is a elegant, flowing form of waltz, danced
a tempo midway between the slow waltz, and the Viennese. The steps
tends to be smooth, playful and gentle, producing a collaboration,
rather than two individual efforts.
Crossing steps are common to many forms of waltz, but the distinctive
leading cross variation originated in France in the 1930s as the Valse
Boston. The dance went into hibernation for a while, but has begun
to flower again, nurtured by Richard
Powers at Stanford University.
It is now danced at venues worldwide, and continues to grow in popularity.
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.