3) Upcoming Waltz Workshops


First Sunday Waltz Workshop Series  

    This "series" is a la carte - dancers can plug in at their appropriate skill level and schedule availablility.  Series meaning that we are offering workshops for a few months in a row. 


Sunday, November 4th

      1:00 – 2:00  Int I - Capes

      2:05 – 3:00  Int II - Twinkles

      3:05 – 3:50  Int III - Reverse Turns

 (proposed schedules for future dates are listed at the bottom)


In an effort to strengthen our waltz community, we’re now offering “First Sunday Waltz Workshop Series” (regular monthly schedule) starting on Sunday, October 7th, 2018.  (With a stronger dance base, hopefully we can have more dances.)  Our waltz community already stands out because of the skill level of our dancers, and more significantly because of the “community” element of our dance community.  These workshops are intended to strengthen both of these elements.  There is a social element of dancers learning together, who then feel like they have familiar dance partners at the dances.  And, as we develop skills, maintaining an ever important awareness of what its like to be learning, and hopefully from that, the more experienced dancers ask the newer dancers to dance too (not exclusively, as there is still a dance high for experienced dancers to dance with other experienced dancers).  As with most things, balance is the key.

Series workshops have been the format where we’ve seen dancers progress more, but its tough to get busy people to create openings in their schedules and commit.  So, we’re going to try a regular schedule with a series format - this time without a commitment, just a reminder that advancement happens more with regular practice.  Let’s Dance will offer the workshops at a consistent time so dancers can plan ahead if they are so inspired. 

Starting on Sunday, October 7th, we’re going to have “First Sunday Waltz Workshops (2-3 workshops, depending on levels offered).  The workshops from one month will progress to the workshops of the next month - with rotations of many different topics and skill levels.  Every other month we’ll teach a “Beginning Waltz Workshop” that will progress to an Intermediate I workshop the next month.  On each workshop day, we’ll follow the first workshop with something for more experienced dancers – with a short workshop for the even more experienced dancers offered every other month (on the days we do not have the longer time frame beginning level workshop. 

The workshops are a month apart, giving dancers ample opportunity to work with what they’ve learned in between the workshops.  Again, a reminder that more advancement happens if you actually work with what you’re learning outside of the workshop environment - in between workshops.  Opportunities:  Let's Dance hosts waltzes, other people will occasionally host waltzes, there are waltzes played at contra dances, as well as the regular “Third Sunday Waltz Session” offered by Old Farmer’s Ball at the Harvest House.  Or you can create your own opportunity… (I have on occassion rented a space and taken a partner to dance.) 

We have “LOTS” more information on these google web pages for those who are interested enough to check it out.


Upcoming Schedule:

-         The Schedule for the “next” workshop date is locked in.

-         Scheduled 'times" for later workshop dates may change as we learn how we have to coordinate with others renting the space.

-         Workshop "topics" may change, if we see an opportunity, or are responding to requests.


Please plan to arrive early to all the workshops to find parking change shoes, and get checked in.  Doors open at 12:55.

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

Location
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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

Parking
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 only 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.  We're now asking for a sliding scale donation of $10-15 per person per workshop (multiple workshops each day we offer workshops).  $20-25 for 2 workshops, $20-30 for 3 workshops (3 workshops would probably be too much instruction for most dancers for one afternoon, unless much of it is review).  We need revenue to pay the expenses of these workshops, and we want the workshops to be fianacially accessible to all dancers.    If the cost of the workshop is an issue for you, please talk to the instructor, and we'll work something out.  If the workshop is mostly a review for you, you are invited to pay less.  If you're there for a more advanced workshop and come early to help out with less experienced dancers, Thank You! (and don't pay for the one you are helping out with.)  If it was less remedial than you thought it was going to be, and you actually felt like a "participant" more than an "assistant" please feel free to make a donation.

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...). 

The "Beginning" workshop, aka "Intro to Waltz" is designed to be more relaxed for new dancers and is a full 1 1/2 hrs duration.  If you have not done a full 1 1/2 hour beginning level workshop with us, we request that you attend one of those prior to taking our other workshops.  We lay out the basics, and our teaching language and concepts and you get familiar with our teaching style.  Higher level workshops are for more experienced dancers who theoretically need less time to get something new, (have done our beginning level workshop) 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 - and for these reasons, are progressively shorter in time duration.

Reiteration:  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 who have covered this material.

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.

Levels

The instructor has been teaching for over 20 years.  So, what is labeled "Intermediate II" or "Intermediate III" on our scale might seem a little more advanced or just plain out of reach to someone who has been dancing for a year or two.  Point being, "aim low" in selection of workshops levels 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...  We feel like its okay if dancers are not necessarily “proficient” at something new when they work with it for the first time.  They generally still learn something about dancing and expand their dance skills and musicality.  Sometimes our “more experienced” levels serve the purpose of pushing the envelope and from that experience, the dancers skills change and they develop an awareness that there is almost always more to learn.  So, dancers who are "not quite there yet" may not "get the move" (many people do not on the first round) but we do try to teach something about fundamentals and we believe that over all dance skills and awaresses improve.


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.

Children
    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 persons".  Meanwhile, our attention at the workshops will be for the benefit of the people who are attending the dances.

What not to bring: 
       Food or open drinks  
       Smokes
       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. 

Proposed schedule for future workshop series dates:

Sunday, December 2nd
     1:00 - 2:30  Intro to Waltz
     2:40 - 3:00  Open Waltzing
     3:00 - 4:00  All Levels - Musicality

Sunday, January 6th
     1:00 - 2:00 Int I - Turns
     2:15 - 3:15  Int II - Parallels
     3:20 - 4:00  Int III - Reverse Balance

Contact Us:
Let's Dance is primarily facilitated by:
Scott Baxla, instructor 
(828) 628-1090
ScottBaxla@yahoo.com

We have a Facebook Group: Let's Dance, Asheville - Waltz Events
We would prefer to not use Facebook as a format for communication - please contact us with the above contact information.  We send announcements of our events to our facebook group.

We also have a google group email list that we send the same announcements to.  We encourage everyone to become a member of our google group, because we're never really sure when facebook is going to make (more) changes and we will not be able to reach the people in our Facebook group.


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