Waltzing at Downton Abbey
Cathleen Myers & Alex Lerman
Saturday, June 9, 2012, 12:00pm
Dance 3 -- The South Gym

Join us for a blissful hour of Edwardian waltzing, as danced both Upstairs and Downstairs at Downton Abbey. The class will focus on the whirling romantic rotary waltz, still popular in 1910-1920; the new and easy Hesitation Waltz; and the Valse Veleta, the beautiful Edwardian waltz mixer which will be danced at this evening's Social Ballroom Dance.

Does the Rotary Waltz make you dizzy? Perhaps at first but, after sufficient practice, never again. The smooth Hesitation Waltz variations will help you recover your equilibrium!

The class will begin with footwork but will focus primarily on style, elegance, posture and partnering. The ideal shoes for these waltzes are low-heeled soft-soled dance shoes that allow you to glide gracefully over the floor. Ladies: Your heels should, ideally, be no more than two and a half inches high, and flats are just fine.

Age suitability: Teens and adults (No partners needed. We have ringers and we'll be constantly changing partners!)

For a Rotary Waltz demo see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_xJvoXxsEFY

For the Hesitation Waltz see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oUjoNqOCKzU and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JqYYq0fAeSk

Cathleen Myers is the Dance Mistress of the San Francisco Dickens Fair and the Artistic Director of PEERS (the Period Events & Entertainment Re-Creation Society), which produces full-scale historical costume balls and dance classes almost every First Saturday (for details of PEERS' 2012-2013 Season, see her website at http://www.peers.org). A dancer since childhood, Cathleen has researched and taught historical dance in the Bay Area since 1987. With her husband James Eric Myers and frequent teaching partner Alex Lerman, she has dance- mastered at a wide variety of Bay Area period balls, charity balls, and science fiction/fantasy conventions. In her copious spare time, she also performs occasionally with the Alameda Vintage Dancers and with her own group, the PEERS Flying CirCUS, a historical music, dance and theater performing ensemble, most notorious for their recurring Peerless Music Hall and Theater of the Vampires. For more information about the annual Dickens Christmas Fair, particularly our all-day Fezziwig's Victorian dance party, please see http://www.dickensfair.com .

Alex Lerman has studied, performed, and co-taught vintage dance with Cathleen Myers since 2002. In 1992, before Alex knew he liked to dance, he wandered into an Irish pub with the intent of listening to music. He was unwittingly dragged into a dance lesson despite protestations. He was soon hooked, and teaching Irish Ceili dancing 18 months later. He's taught and performed various forms of vintage dance ever since, in venues as diverse as pubs, studios, weddings, formal balls, and the YMCA. Alex's fascination with improvisational performing arts extends to improv acting, and he currently teaches a popular series of improv acting classes in Berkeley.