Video of 2011 Black and White Ball at Director Park, Portland
Portland Dance Eclectic' presents Lilli Ann and Claire Carey from Seattle for a Weekend
Dance Workshop, March 30 and 31, 2019
Lilli Ann returns to Portland after traveling and teaching in Russia. They will be doing a workshop Saturday, March from noon to 4:30 pm at the Rose City Studios, 1420 NW 17th Ave. Then on a pre-dance lesson at Norse Hall for the the March 31 Waltz Brunch.
After returning from teaching 4 days of master classes in St Petersburg, Russia in January, Lilli Ann and Claire's enthusiasm for taking higher level Cross Step material farther afield was renewed. The Russian students loved diving into the finer points of how to be excellent waltzers. Lilli Ann and Claire brought some new, (some West Coast Swing inspired) moves, and also some of their best tried-and-true material. These three workshops will be a sampler plate of the Russian students' favorite, socially leadable moves, and likely a few new things they have up their sleeves. Come kick up your heels, do a few spins (leads too!), follows turning technique and styling, and grab some great techniques for showing your partner a good time when a slow waltz comes on. Prerequisite: Dancing waltz at an intermediate level, or familiar with waltz and an intermediate dancer in at least one other dance.
The classes are cumulative as they will reemphasize concepts as they work through the various workshops.
12-1:15- Cross- step waltz- the linear and the rotational. (This class will do a quick review of the basic)
1:30-2:45- Three moves that emphasize body leading with a nod to individual turning technique and follow styling.
3:00- 4:15 - Three moves that stress Stretch and the Art of Connection
Rose City Studios, 1420 NW 17th Ave, Portland
Each session is 75 minutes. $20/session, $45 for all three
We currently have 16 people pre-registered and we are perfectly balances! Pre register at PayPal or pay at the door.
Scandieclectic is a dance group motivated by the notion of doing un-choreographed social dancing, mostly waltz, as they do at Argentine vals tango or Waltz Eclectic dances, based on the fundamental traveling rotary ideas of traditional scandinavian folkdances, combined with cross-step waltz--danced to an eclectic mix of traditional scandinavian, folk-waltz, and modern music.
Lilli Ann Carey of Dance for Joy in Seattle is a regular instructor for Waltz Eclectic and promotes weekend workshop with out of town instructors such as Joan Walton from Stanford.
Random Waltz: Marion Newlevant has been a major part of Waltz Eclectic since its inception. With Random Waltz, she promotes events as a recent "flash dance" at Max stations, workshops and Thursday late nite waltz.
Dancing has throughout history been a way of bringing people together in community. People sharing in the joy of movement together to music is one of the defining aspects of any culture. In our culture, over the last generation or two we have become to a large degree isolated from sense of community. In Portland at least during the last ten years dancing communities are making a comeback and the waltz eclectic community is proud to be part of it.
After only a couple of visits, I think the strength of this community is in the overall warm and welcoming feeling between the dancers, but also, is fueled by your beautiful and interesting collection of songs which moves people emotionally, as well as physically. Your music tickles the brain and touches the soul! - Uwe Hessinger, Portland dance instructor
Video of 2010 Black and White Ball at Director Park, Portland