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Mostly Waltz for Boston

Sept 30 – Oct 2, 2022

Boston Waltz Weekend

Workshops and Dancing with Ari Levitt

Concord Scout House
74 Walden Street
Concord, Massachusetts

Register here

The Folk Arts Center of New England and Mostly Waltz for Boston are pleased to welcome back master teacher and dancer Ari Levitt of Seattle, WA for a weekend of waltz and other workshops, dancing, and fun.

Ari is well known for his clear, energetic, fun teaching style, for his detailed attention to connection and partnership, as well as for his ability to translate even the most complex moves into simple, understandable instructions.

  • Level: The workshops are designed for non-novice dancers, familiar with any form of turning waltz, who are looking for something more!
  • Partnering: It is not necessary to attend any of these workshops with a partner. We encourage rotating partners, or you can choose to stay with your own partner.
  • Check-in: Please arrive 15 minutes before your first workshop to check-in.
  • Shoes: Help protect the hall's wooden floors by changing from street shoes to clean, soft-soled shoes for dancing.
  • Carpools: Feel free to post requests and offers on the Mostly Waltz Facebook event page.
  • COVID Precautions: COVID precautions will be finalized closer to the event, but will likely include VAX/booster, masks, and negative COVID test: see the current COVID policy.

Weekend Schedule

Time Description

THURSDAY, Sept 29 (optional):

6 - 7:30pm Group Dinner (TBA)
7:30 - 10pm Blues Lesson & Dance with Blues Union Boston
16 Bow Street, Second Floor, Somerville, MA (Union Square)
7:30 – 8:30pm: free beginner lesson
8:30 – 10pm: dancing (Suggested donation $5-$15)

FRIDAY, Sept 30: (See workshop descriptions below)

6:30 - 7pm Check-in
7 - 9pm Waltz Workshop AFun Striding & Gliding Waltz Combos
9 - 10:30pm Open dancing — DJ'd by Ari

SATURDAY, October 1: (See workshop descriptions below)

9:30 - 10am Practice time
10 - NOON Workshop BFabulous Shadow Waltz Variations
NOON - 2pm Lunch Break
2 - 4pm Workshop CFun with Foxtrot
4:15-5:15pm Workshop DFinding Common Ground
5:30pm Optional group DINNER (location tbd)     
7:30 - 11pm Mostly Waltz Dance PartyWaltzes and more to live music!
7:30 - 8:20pm, Pre-Dance lesson with Ari: Beginning Blues-Waltz
8:30 - 11pm, open dancing with music by TBD

SUNDAY, October 2: (See workshop descriptions below)

9:30 - 10am Practice time
10 - NOON Workshop ESwinging The Waltz
12:30pm For those going on the dance cruise with Ari, transfer to the port to board the "Nieuw Statendam"

 

Workshop Descriptions

Workshops

Fun Striding & Gliding Waltz Combinations (FRIDAY, 7 - 9pm, Workshop A)

Learn a variety of fun, new, innovative cross-step waltz combinations from Ari’s ever-expanding library of moves and inventions; beautiful, flowing, and elegant as always. Plus, get a little introduction to the art of free-flowing “Fusion Waltz”. It’s easy to learn and lots of fun to do!

Level: Non-novice Beg/Int. Comfort with any turning waltz style and basic partnering skills are assumed.

Fabulous Shadow Waltz Variations (SATURDAY 10am - NOON, Workshop B)

In this class you’ll learn various ways to transition in and out of shadows, all while creating wonderful and effortlessly flowing patterns like the turbine turns, corkscrews, and shadow rolls.

Level: Int/Adv. Facility with any turning waltz style and partnering skills are assumed.

Fun with Foxtrot! (SATURDAY 2 - 4pm, Workshop C)

Foxtrot is the classic partnered travel dance popularized from the 1930's to 1950's, and boasts some of the best music of that era. It has continued to thrive on the ballroom dance floor to this day, and now is a dance that we easily blend with other styles, such as swing, waltz, rhumba, Laminu, tango, and blues. This is the perfect class to review the basics, learn some fun new combos, and see how they all connect! Expect some GREAT music as well.

Level: Non-novice Beg/Int. Basic partnering skills are assumed.

Finding Common Ground (SATURDAY 4:15 – 5:15pm, Workshop D, Special bonus!)

In this very unique concept session, Ari will demonstrate how waltz, swing, WCS, one-step, foxtrot, NC2S, and even Latin dances are all based on the same fundamental building blocks of rhythm and movement. Understanding how these major dance styles are really all one-and-the-same will GREATLY help you to expand your repertoire and see the connection between them all. (No in-depth knowledge necessary, but it would be helpful if you happen to know the basics of any one of those of those listed)

Level: Open to all levels

Swinging the Waltz (SUNDAY 10am – noon, Workshop E)

In this fun and informative class, you’ll learn how to intermix and blend some classic swing moves into your waltz. A perfect fusion of two dances that we all know and love!

Level: Int/Adv. Facility with any turning waltz style and partnering skills are assumed.

Pricing

Register here for the full weekend .

FAC members, students, and "helpers" are eligible for discount admission. Please email Mostly Waltz Boston if you're interested in helping at the event for discounted admission (e.g. helping with check-in, group dinner, etc.)

Pricing for the full weekend, including all events Friday – Sunday

Category General Admission FAC Members Students
Full Weekend registration
General Admission:
$115
FAC Members:
$105
Students:
$60

 

Registration for individual workshops and dances will open later in August, if there is still space available. Email Mostly Waltz Boston to be notified when a la carte registration opens.

Refund Policy

Full refund (minus $20 processing fee) if cancelling before Sept 9th. After that a refund is offered, minus processing fee, only if we can fill your space.

A la carte pricing

Category General Admission FAC Members Students
2-hour Workshop, each (A,B,C,E)
General Admission:
$30
FAC Members:
$28
Students:
$15
Bonus Workshop (D)
General Admission:
$15
FAC Members:
$13
Students:
$7
Mostly Waltz Dance Party
General Admission:
$15
FAC Members:
$13
Students:
$7
Friday Open Dancing
(if not attending Friday Workshop)
General Admission:
$5
FAC Members:
$5
Students:
$5

Meals

The hall will be open during meal breaks. You are welcome to bring your own food (there is a fridge and microwave in the kitchen), or get take-out from one of the local restaurants to bring back for eating in the hall with your fellow dancers. There will be plenty of room for social distancing if desired. If there is interest, we may organize a group dinner for Saturday evening.

Lodging

For out-of-towners, here are the closest hotels/motels to Concord Scout House: