Mostly Waltz for Boston

Schedule Archive

2022-2023 Season

September 11, 2022

  • Music: Eric Eid-Reiner (piano) and Autumn Rose Lester (fiddle)
  • Lesson: basic waltz with Diane Gonzales & Tom Roby

2021-2022 Season

October 24, 2021

  • Music: Larry Unger (guitar, banjo) and Julie Metcalf (fiddle)
  • Instructor: Diane Gonzales, line dances for polka, swing, tango and cross-step waltz.

November 28, 2021

  • Music: Peregrine Road with Rachel Bell (accordion, vocals) and Karen Axelrod (piano, accordion)
  • Instructors: Tom Roby and Diane Gonzales, Metamora Waltz, a lovely choreography by Richard Powers, whose components work equally well for free-style waltzing.

February 20, 2022 (postponed from January 9)

  • Music by Mary Lea and Kate Barnes
  • Instructors: Tom Roby and Diane Gonzales - a few of the non-waltz dances we typically do, e.g. schottis, polka, and a fun one-step sequence dance, Gypsy Wine.

March 13, 2022

  • Music by Jacqueline Schwab (piano) and David Langford (fiddle)
    Jacqueline is an accomplished pianist who has played at the White House and for many Ken Burns documentaries, and is well known for her beautiful and impressive improvisational style. Dave is the fabulous fiddler from Latter Day Lizards and Stomp Rocket.

  • Instructors: Tom Roby and Diane Gonzales, Cross-Step Waltz, Diane and Tom will start with the basic turn and then move on to some variations.

March 18-20, 2022: Waltz and NightClub 2-Step Workshops

  • Seattle's Ari Levitt will be teaching Waltz and Nightclub 2-step workshops, and we have two special dances planned, on Saturday night and Sunday afternoon.

March 19, 2022: Mixed Social Dance Party

  • Music: DJ Ari Levitt

March 20, 2022

  • Music: Mary Lea (fiddle), Kate Barnes (piano, guitar)
    Mary is known for her lush, romantic couple dance music, and we love her many fiery and expressive tunes from South America. She's joined by Kate Barnes, one of her bandmates in Bare Necessities, and one of the driving forces behind the Latter Day Lizards.
  • Instructor: Ari Levitt from Seattle, Waltz Variations

April 3, 2022

  • Music: Larry Unger (guitar, banjo) and Julie Metcalf (fiddle)
  • Instructors: Diane Gonzales and Tom Roby, review and work on some of the material that Ari taught in his recent workshops, e.g. twinkle, toss-across, grapevines, etc.

May 15, 2022

  • Music: Anna Patton (clarinet), Karen Axelrod (piano, accordion)

June 12, 2022

  • Music: Eric Eid-Reiner (piano) and Autumn Rose Lester (fiddle)
  • Dance lesson: Waltz Variations with Clayton Jennings and Kelly Delew.

September 11, 2022

  • Music: Eric Eid-Reiner (piano)
    and Autumn Rose Lester (fiddle
  • Dance lesson: Diane Gonzales and Tom Roby

2019-2020 Season

September 29, 2019

  • Music: Julie Metcalf (fiddle) and Mark David Buckles (guitar, piano)
  • Instructors: Kee Wui and Stephanie from the MIT waltz club, Introduction to Cross-Step Waltz and Variations

October 27, 2019

December 1, 2019

  • Music: Mary Lea (fiddle) and Kate Barnes (piano, guitar)
  • Instructors: Tom Roby and Diane Gonzales, Rotary/Cross-Step Waltz Smackdown

December 29, 2019: Holiday Party!

  • Music deejayed by Diane Gonzales

January 12, 2020

February 9, 2020

  • Music: Larry Unger (guitar, banjo) and Julie Metcalf (fiddle)
  • Instructors: Kent Koeninger and Susan Peckitt, Waltz Variations

March 8, 2020

  • Music: Becky Tracy (fiddle) and Keith Murphy (piano, guitar, mandolin)
  • Instructors: Kent Koeninger and Susan Peckitt, More Waltz Variations

April 19, 2020: Canceled due to the threat of the coronavirus

May 17, 2020: Canceled due to the threat of the coronavirus

2018–2019 Season

October 14, 2018

November 25, 2018

  • Music: Mary Lea (fiddle) and Kate Barnes (piano, guitar)
  • Instructor: Diane Gonzales, Shadow Waltz Variations

December 30, 2018: Holiday party!

  • Music: deejayed by Diane Gonzales
  • Instructor: Diane Gonzales, Dealing with Speed.

January 13, 2019

  • Music: Dave Langford (fiddle) and Max Newman (guitar, mandolin)
  • Instructors: Richard Wyatt and Meggie Winchell from Mostly Waltz in Greenfield, MA, Waltz Zigzags (Parallels) and Switchbacks, with a focus on dance frame.

February 10, 2019

  • Music: Robert Penny (cello), Barbara Pixton (piano, bass), and Tom Pixton (accordion)
  • Instructors: Tom Roby and Diane Gonzales, Cross-Step Waltz.

March 10, 2019

March 31, 2019:

April 28, 2019

May 19, 2019

2017–2018 Season

September 17, 2017

  • Music: Dave Langford (fiddle) and Jacqueline Schwab (piano)
  • Instructors: Tom Roby and Diane Gonzales, underarm turns,

October 14, 2017 Boston Waltz Weekend

October 29, 2017: Halloween party

  • Special location: Payson Park Church, Belmont, MA
  • Music: deejayed by Diane Gonzales
  • Instructors: Tom Roby and Diane Gonzales - a combo of some of the “other” dances that we typically do (e.g. tango, schottis, blues, Norwegian polka) and fun novelty dances like Salty Dog Rag, Gypsy Wine, and the Polish Kujawiak.

November 26, 2017: Thanksgiving weekend dance

  • Music: Mary Lea (fiddle) and Kate Barnes (piano, guitar)
  • Instructors: Tom Roby and Diane Gonzales, Waltz Variations

January 7, 2018

February 11, 2018

March 11, 2018

  • Music: Eric Eid-Reiner (piano) and Dave Langford (fiddle, guitar)
  • Instructor: Kent Koeninger, Moves That Engender Smiles – standard windows, windows twisting into face-to-face, leading without touching, and, if time allows, six forward single steps

April 8, 2018

  • Music: Becky Tracy (fiddle) and Keith Murphy (piano, guitar, mandolin)
  • Instructors: Tom Roby and Laura Stern, Scandi and Waltz Pivots – Learn some easy Scandinavian dances that include pivots (e.g. Schottis, Snoa and/or Norwegian Polka) and then work on incorporating pivots in your waltzing.

May 6, 2018:: End of Season Bash!

  • Music: Gypsy Minor from Maine: Sarah Jane Nelson (piano, flute) and Tom Moreau (violin, viola)
  • Instructors: Tom Roby and Diane Gonzales, More Scandi and Waltz Pivots – We’ll review and build on last month’s lesson, teaching some easy Scandi dances that involve pivots and how to incorporate pivots into your everyday social waltzing.

2016–2017 Season

September 25, 2016

October 30, 2016: Halloween party

  • Music: Becky Tracy (fiddle) and Keith Murphy (piano, guitar, mandolin)
  • Instructor: Kent Koeninger, Waltz Variations – Learn patty-cake variations peppered with twirls and around-the-world circles

November 27, 2016: Thanksgiving weekend dance

  • Music: Mary Lea (fiddle) and Kate Barnes (piano, guitar)
  • Instructor: Tom Roby and Laura Stern, Learn to Hambo

January 8, 2017

  • Music: Karen Axelrod (piano) and Anna Patton (clarinet)
  • Instructor: Diane Gonzales, Dancer Survival Guide

February 12, 2017: Canceled due to snow.

March 12, 2017

April 9, 2017

May 7, 2017: End of Season Bash!

  • Music: Recorded music deejayed by Diane Gonzales
  • Instructors: Tom Roby and Diane Gonzales, Cross-step Waltz Fundamentals and a Few Variations
  • NOTE: This dance was rescheduled from April 30.

2015–2016 Season

September 27, 2015

  • Music: Pandora - Amy Cann (violin), Ray Salvo (clarinet), and Norb Spencer (accordion)
  • Instructor: Kent Koeninger, Intro waltz

October 25, 2015

  • Music: Mary Lea (fiddle) and Peter Barnes (piano, guitar)
  • Instructor: Tom Roby and Diane Gonzales, Shadow Waltz Moves

November 29, 2015

  • Music: 3rd String Trio: Karen Axelrod (accordion), Peter Barnes (guitar), and Aldo Fabrizi (mandolin)
  • Instructor: Tom Roby and Diane Gonzales, Cuddle Variations

December 27, 2015: Holiday party!

  • Music: a mix of traditional, contemporary, and holiday tunes deejayed by Diane Gonzales
  • Instructor: Diane Gonzales, Dealing with Speed

January 24, 2016:

  • Music: Notorious: Larry Unger (guitar, banjo) and Eden MacAdam-Somer (fiddle, vocals)
  • Instructor: Hsueh-tze Lee, Tango Vals – Discover how the syncopated dynamics of the Argentine Tango Vals leads to surges, sweeps and melodic suspensions. These dynamics can be creatively incorporated into all waltzes.

March 13, 2016

April 10, 2016

May 22, 2016: End of Season Bash!

  • Music: Recorded music deejayed by Diane Gonzales
  • Instructor: Kent Koeninger, New Waltz Variations – The new groom (congratulations to Kent and Susan!) taught lots of position variations and transitions - how to get into closed hold, cuddle hold, and varsouvienne hold, and will continue the arm work into windmills and more. Great for all skill levels.

July 15-16, 2016: Boston Waltz Weekend