Very special live Mostly Waltz ("Star Waltz") with live music by ContraForce.
Triangle Vintage Dance in a partnership with Triangle Country Dancers (TCD),
will be hosting a series of waltz workshops and an evening of waltzing to
ContraForce (they'll also be playing a contra dance at the Carrboro Century
Center on Friday the 10th -- do both!), at Shared Visions Retreat Center
(aka Murphey School), which is in northwest Durham. It has fabulous air
conditioning, which will be great for June weather in North Carolina.
There will be workshops from 3 to 6 PM taught by Chris and Dawn Imershein of Triangle Vintage Dance, and Lucy Ringwald. After the workshops, stick around for a potluck and a chance to meet and mingle with fellow dancers.
The day will be topped off by an evening open dance with one of the most dynamic bands around -- ContraForce -- who will be playing from 8 to 11. ContraForce will make dancers’ feet soar across the floor. Their intense energy and breathless creativity will ensure this is a night you will always remember.
Before the evening dance, there will be a rookie waltz lesson at 7:15 ("Waltzing for Wookies" :-) ) for those who have never waltzed before, or want more practice before hitting the dance floor. The lesson will touch on the basics of turning, folk waltz, as well as what to do when you get dizzy, and how to move around the floor and have fun.
Class 1 - Intermediate Waltz combinations: 3:00-3:50
Intermediate Waltz, featuring a variety of turning and shadow waltz combinations, as well as the often-requested redowa waltz, good for strong, syncopated waltz music. The emphasis will be on how to lead and follow. (Chris and Dawn)
Class 2 - Cross-Step Waltz: 4:00-4:50
Cross-Step Waltz, appropriate for slower waltz tunes, this graceful form of waltz is easy to learn as well as to extend and innovate, bringing in steps related to other dance styles. This workshop will start with the basics and also include other interesting variations accessible for both new and experienced dancers. (Chris and Dawn)
Class 3 - Zen of Waltz: 5:00-5:50
The Zen of Waltz, including floorcraft, partnering, consideration and respect for your partner, musicality, mind-meld dancing, shared decision-making, and role-switching. (Lucy)
About the instructors:
Chris and Dawn Imershein, the directors of Triangle Vintage Dance, have been team-teaching Victorian and Ragtime dances as well as several forms of waltz since 2003, when they met each other doing swing and contra dancing. Each brings unique insights into leading and following and they incorporate a mix of teaching and learning styles. They are heavily influenced by well-known dance instructor Richard Powers from Stanford. Chris also learned and performed with Marc Casslar and Martha Griffin in a Connecticut vintage dance troupe in the 1990s.
Lucy Proctor Ringland's love affair with song goes back to family trips to visit her grandparents in Virginia, and singing along to the radio all the way from Raleigh to the beach. Years of teaching tai chi and ballroom dance have given her an appreciation of the interaction of rhythm, song and the human body. In recent years, she has added contra, English and vintage dance to her repertoire, melding music with motion in her quest for sanity. When she's not working or dancing, she can be found singing to her bees.
Dance Intro Lesson - Waltzing for Wookies (Rookies): 7:45-7:45
Mostly Waltz Dance: 8:00-11:00
$20 All Classes
$10 Dance Only
$25 All Classes and Dance Combo
The Murphy School
Regularly Scheduled Mostly Waltz Dances will resume in the Fall, 2016
Price: $7 per person (students - $5)
Next Mostly Waltz Dances to put on your calendar:
Fall Dates TBD
The dance will feature a mix of fast and slow music to accommodate the many styles of waltz,
including slow melodies for modern Ballroom and Cross-Step, moderate tempos
for Rotary and Contra/Folk Waltz as well as some faster tunes for the Viennese Waltz.
The music will vary widely and will include genres such as Rock, Celtic, Latin, Cajun, Folk,
Techno, New Age and World music.
Although the dance is dedicated to mostly waltz, once in a while
we will mix in another dance style such as Swing, Tango, One-Step/Blues, Foxtrot, Polka, Schottische, etc.
Dances are at Triangle Dance Studios, 2603 S. Miami Blvd, Durham/RTP, NC [Directions]
Thank you for visiting Triangle Vintage Dance! See you on the dance floor.