3) Upcoming Waltz Workshops

Day of Waltz Workshops  
     Sunday, May 6th
     12:20 - 1:50      Beginning Waltz (fundamentals of the "dance")
       2:10 - 3:10     Turns (Int I)
        3:15 - 4:00      Dancing to the Music (all levels)
        4:05 - 4:50      Twinkles (Int II)

Please plan to arrive early to all the workshops to find parking change shoes, and get checked in.  Doors open at 12:10.

No Partner is necessary to participate in these workshops.

Please recruit new dancersOur email list is mostly experienced  dancers, so we're counting on you to recruit new dancers and steer them toward the beginning workshop so we can maintain a vibrant waltz community


French Broad Food Coop (FBFC) - Movement and Learning Center (MLC), upstairs - 90 Biltmore Ave, downtown Asheville (zip 28801).  Facing the coop building w/ your back to Biltmore Ave, the door to the stairs is on the far right side of the building.  The Movement and learning center is at the top of the stairs.  They normally do not want shoes worn in the MLC, but they allow dance shoes - please change/clean your shoes in the foyer at the top of the stairs.  They do not want food or drinks in the Movement and learning center,  but water bottles with closable tops are okay

Please allow ample time to find a parking space that may be far away and walk to the MLC space....  We are allowed to park in the FBFC lot in front of LaZoom and in the lower FBFC gravel lot, but we have to pay to park in either of those lots and if there are spaces available.  We are not allowed to park in the paved FBFC lot adjacent to the store - its for their other customers coming into the store.  If you can find a metered space, street parking is free on Sunday (read the meter just in case there is question).  Aloft has a parking deck (first hour free?), and there is a nearby city parking garage, both with parking fees.

New Cost
We're changing the "Cost" element of the workshops.  This is a fundraiser (Fundraiser info below).  "By donation" fundraiser does indeed get interpreted as free, and that is not our intention.  (Previous workshop efforts barely raised enough $ to cover the rent, so we've not been inspired to do them for a while...)   We're now asking for a sliding scale suggested donation of $12-20 per person for one workshop, or $20-30 for 2 workshops, $25-35 for 3 workshops (3 workshops would probably be too much instruction for most dancers for one afternoon).  Our intention is to raise funds for Living Compassion Zen Monastery in Murphy's California and their Africa Vulnerable Children Project.  If the cost of the workshop is an issue for you, please talk to the instructor, and we'll work something out.  (If you want to do the workshop, we want you to be there...)  And, ... its a fundraiser for a good cause...

What you are getting: 
20+ years of teaching experience.   Full duration of workshop time listed (short changeover breaks are accounted for in the schedule - many workshop schedules say 2-3 but the last 10 minutes is actually change over...).  And you get to support a really great cause.  (Please feel free to read about it on their website.)  If we're not raising funds for this cause, we're not going to offer the workshops very often. 

The Beginning workshop is designed to be more relaxed for new dancers and is a full 1 1/2 hrs duration.  Higher level workshops are for more experienced dancers who theoretically need less time to get something new, and if otherwise then maybe they should be in the earlier workshops working more on the fundamentals?  The later workshops also tend to have fewer dancers. 

In the beginning level workshop we work on the "fundamentals" that all of our other workshops are built on.  If you have not done workshops w/ us before (Even if you are an experienced dancer) we strongly encourage people to do one of our beginning level workshops.  Even if you have done an "intro to waltz" workshop before an Orange Peel Waltz night, please attend our full 1 1/2 hr beginning level waltz workshop before attending our other workshops.  If you are experienced, pay less... If you've attended an intro to waltz workshop at the Orange Peel - pay less...   Its not about fees, its about getting the foundation that we build on and being fair to the other participants in the intermediate workshops.

We try to teach "fundamentals" in all of our workshops - its where dancing happens (and where fancier moves break down).  We do teach "moves", in various skill levels so that people can gauge which workshops might be appropriate for their skill level - and be somewhat matched to their potential dance partners in the workshops.


The instructor has been teaching for over 20 years.  So, what is Labeled Intermediate II or Advanced from the instructor might seem a little more advanced to someone who has been dancing for a year or two.  Point being, "aim low" in selection of workshops and don't start out in a level that is over your skill level by assuming that your an advanced dancer after dancing for 6 months (and not having experience with our workshops).  If a lower level workshop is totally review, attend the next level and don't pay for the lower level workshop...

No preregistration
The workshops are open to anyone who shows up at the time of the workshop. 

This means that there is no way for us to gender balance the workshops.  For the most part, it has worked out in the past.  We change partners often.  If you are coming w/ a special partner and want to dance exclusively w/ that partner, our partner changing system can accommodate you staying with your partner.  We think that dancing w/ different partners helps people develop dancing skills faster, so we encourage changing partners anyway in the workshops.   

What to Bring:
Water bottle w/ secure cap. 
Shoes to dance in:  Hopefully different (clean soles) than street shoes, but not necessarily. 

    Please check shoe bottoms for embedded debris before entering  dance space.  I recommend low or flat heals for ladies (for comfort reasons) - not high heals.  I find that leather soles w/ rubber heals work best on most dance floors (like a dress shoe),  My dance shoes are comfy rubber soled orthopedic shoes  w/ cork orthotics that I had a shoe repair shop glue on a leather sole and a low rubber heal.  Some dancers wear "bowling shoes"  - looks like a tennis shoe but has a suede leather sole.
    If this is your first time, wear something comfortable and make due.  If you're a long term dancer, and don't already have "dance" shoes, consider the investment.

    Most adults are not real excited about dancing with children.  So, for the benefit of the other participants in the workshop, if you bring a "smaller person" to learn to dance, please plan to be the designated partner for your younger person.  If demand becomes apparent, we could do a special workshop for smaller children.

What not to bring: 
       Food or open drinks  
       Perfumes/ Colognes, (or any other scents) to our workshops or dances - some dancers (including the instructor) are chemically sensitive.

Info For New Dancers:   After you come to your first workshop/dance if you enjoy it in a way that you want to develop waltzing skills...  First, get some music and listen to it regularly (to get the music into your body).  Next, workshops are definitely helpful, but lessons need to be balanced out w/ time on the dance floor applying what you've learned.  So, a little workshop time, then some dance time and get comfortable with what you are learning, then come to more workshops to learn more if you like.  The most important part of our workshops is the fundamentals, and even though most dancers primarily come to workshops to learn moves, our teaching process is to use moves as a format to teach the fundamentals, so if you come to a workshop and don't fully get "the move" (maybe because you think its over you head) you will probably still learn something about the fundamentals which will still improve your overall dancing...  (and for any skill level, if you're struggling w/ a particular move, its almost always about fundamentals: moving from center, posture, frame, connection w/ partner, leading & following skills, timing...)

Music:  If you want to buy a CD of our style of waltz music:   "Waltz Time" by Larry Unger  has the most danceable music for new dancers. (Google it or maybe it can be downloaded through itunes?)    He has another excellent CD called "Waltz Time II", but the first one is better for new dancers.  And there are definitely other very nice CD's by other artists out there, some that are all waltzes, and some that have a waltz or two etc.  Typical Victorian Era (Strauss etc) waltz music and ballroom music do not fit our style of waltz very well. 

We're offering workshops as a fundraiser for Living Compassion Zen Monastery and their Africa Vulnerable Children Project and we hope participants will give generously (as we are giving our best to you in the workshops.)  All proceeds (after expenses) from these workshops are going to Living Compassion Zen Monastery.  You can check them out on the web if you are interested or you can ask Scott.  Living Compassion Zen Monastery is a non profit so donations can be tax deductible.  I'm not really sure how that works, but there are a few tricks - two being eligibility and requesting they send paperwork.  If you are making a donation that you want to deduct, then write a check that has your address on it and a note for tax deduction paperwork in the memo space, and the monastery will send back the appropriate paperwork.  If you are paying w/ a check, you can make it payable to "Zen Center". 

In the Africa Vulnerable Children Project, $12 feeds one of the children for a whole month (they've recently increased their sponsorship from 800 children to 1000 children).  $400 covers a child for a whole year w/ food, education, health care, clothing and housing.  The process involves employing & educating the people in the village to do the work - continuing to move the entire community toward sustainability, all while maintaining "their" sense of community.

Contact us:
Instructor:  Scott Baxla
(828) 628-1090