C O U P L E D A N C I N G
Tuesday night classes taught by Richard Powers with Rocky Aikens
Beginning January 7th
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If you need to miss one or two classes, no problem. It's easy to catch up because we email you complete descriptions of what we
covered in each class, along with videos. This helps you master the dances that we teach, and also helps you catch up if anything went by too quickly in class.
A Beginner's Guide to TANGO ARGENTINO 7 pm
• This is the first time Richard is teaching genuine Argentine Tango in the Tuesday night classes. He directed the
nine Stanford Tango Weeks, where he learned from the leading Argentine masters.
• In six comprehensive weeks, we will make tango straightforward, accessible and friendly, without losing any of the authenticity.
We will focus on concepts that will grow your understanding of each role, as well as focus on details that will take your dancing to a new level, inside and out.
• Dancing Argentine tango is like a puzzle that you put together a different way each time. Learn the essential pieces here!
• Afraid of Close Embrace tango? Don't worry, our intro level classes are a safe and sweet way to learn Argentine Tango. Our basics
will give you the foundation to quickly learn Close Embrace style from others, if you like to dance that closely.
• Do you travel? Argentine Tango is danced in major cities around the world. It's a great way to get to know others, anywhere
in the world, without speaking their language.
• If you want a true social dance experience, where the world fades away and it is just you, your partner, and the music, tango is
absolutely the social dance form to learn. "Tango is about being in the moment, with the music; and responding to your partner. It's a very
concentrated thing; you can't think about anything else while you are doing it." - Alan Lee.
• No dance experience is required. If you can walk, you can learn Argentine Tango.
• If you already dance, bring a friend who doesn't. This is a great way to introduce someone to couple dancing.
The VIENNESE BALL DANCES 8 pm
• Beyond the steps—to the magic of the most romantic partner dance.
• This is the way to prepare for the Stanford Viennese Ball
on February 1st.
• This is always the largest Tuesday night class of the year. It goes beyond learning the steps, to mastering them.
• Several kinds of waltzing will be covered, including the original waltz from the Strauss Era, reverse (modern
ballroom Viennese waltz), leap waltz, polka, and the redowa—the closest thing to flying on a dance floor.
• The focus this year will be the Kirov Waltz Variations. This summer, Richard discovered that the younger and more creative waltzers
in Russia have been spending the past year developing new on-the-fly rotary waltz variations. These are fairly easy variations that can be led and
followed without needing to be rehearsed in advance. Richard collected 21 new variations in Kirov, Russia, and is teaching all of them for the first time.
• If you already know these variations, bring a friend who only knows a basic waltz. This is a great way to introduce someone to the wide world of
• This is not a beginner's waltz class. The prerequisite is familiarity with a basic waltz of any kind (polka also counts).
If you've learned some waltz but it's rusty, don't worry. The basics will be covered before moving on to the finer points and variations.
The Fast Track to CLUB SALSA 9 pm
• This is the next step after learning basic Salsa or Bachata, but "Fast Track" means that we do cover the basics, so
those who are newer to social dancing will be able to keep up with this class.
• We have taught both Cha Cha and Salsa in our past classes, but this time we're focusing on Salsa, so you can become comfortable enough with one
dance to add your own style and variations.
• Learn how to dance through an entire piece of music without feeling repetitious, with specific suggestions on how to borrow motifs from swing, bachata
and other dances that you already know.
• Learn how to dance Salsa without feeling like a poser! We'll go beyond the basics into the figures that stand out — compound face loops, wraps,
cross-swivels, sweetheart and shine steps.
• Richard teaches an accessible style of noncompetitive Club Salsa with a focus on partnering and flexibility, to enable students to dance comfortably
with partners whose experience comes from any dance tradition. This informal style of dancing allows personal expression without requiring a rigid syllabus. The
resulting flexibility will give you the confidence to lead and follow anybody, to either fit in or stand out as you wish.
• Salsa benefits greatly from taking a class one more time. It sometimes take a while for the moves and style to get comfortably into the
body. Then you find it's becoming instinctive.
• Even though the figures and styling will be flashier than basic salsa, the emphasis will still be on ease, comfort, flexibility and pleasure.
• Individuals will be encouraged to incorporate their own interpretations as they learn the dance.
• Prerequisite: Experience in any social dance will help you master partnering, but we quickly cover all of the basics.
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