Ari Levitt returns to Portland and will be doing a workshop exploring forms of swing and blues fusion on Saturday, December 7 from 12:15 pm to 4:15 pm at the Rose City Studios, 1420 NW 17th Ave. Then a pre-dance lesson at Norse Hall for the Blues Eclectic at 7 pm.
Swing dancing has been and will continue to be one of the core elements of partner dancing. It allows for creative interpretations and brings life to the music. You will both learn new moves and patterns and a new way of listening to and moving to the swing music we play. Ari has been a prime mover of the Swing community in Seattle since its resurgence in the 90’s and is constantly doing workshops around the world. He also teaches a wide range of workshops in other partner dances as well as exploring how fusing aspects of different dances together can help make your dancing more expressive, creative and fun.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 7: 3 SESSIONS - 12:15 to 4;15 at Rose City Studios, 1420 NW 17th Ave, Portland
There will be three afternoon sessions:
1) "SWINGING OUTSIDE THE BOX"
Learn the art of improvisation and the use of alternate rhythms in swing with this fun East Coast Swing-based approach to dance that addresses tight partnering, framework, lead/follow connection, and energy. Perfect for both beginning or experienced dancers who want to learn a whole lot more about swinging outside the box!
2) "INTRO TO LAMINU" :
Laminu is an historic dance style related to balboa but done to slow swing or foxtrot ballads with some lovely steps & patterns that can be seamlessly applied to almost any form of swing or traveling steps you do. It is now experiencing an rapid revival around the world among the Swing, Lindy, and Balboa communities.
3) "Swing Fusion & The Playful Art of Conversational Dance"
In this class you will learn the simple rules for creating playful conversations through your body on the dance floor, including how to listen as well as how to give your partner a voice.
SATURDAY, EVENING PRE DANCE LESSON 7 PM TO 8:15 OR 8:30?
“INTRO TO BLUES, SWING, & ALTERNATIVE RHYTHMS"
Using Blues and East Coast Swing dance as a foundation, we learn to break out of the six-count basic steps and explore alternate rhythms and fun, improvisational stylings. Perfect for both beginning dancers or experienced dancers who want to focus on partnering and connection while learning a whole lot more about swinging outside the box.
Prerequisite: Basic experience with east coast swing.
ARI LEVITT, MD
Ari is a world-class instructor, well-known for both his fun, energetic, and delightful classes that can't help but inspire students with a love and passion for dance, and for his clear, articulate teaching style that can take even the most complex steps and concepts and make them easy to understand and fun to do. Ari has been teaching and performing nationally and internationally for over 25 years; is the co-founder and director of "Waltz Week in Vienna”, “Harrison Hot Springs Dance & Spa Retreat”, “Mexico Dance Week”, “Waltz Fest NW”, “Heart-Sound Fusion”, and "The New Zealand Dance Adventure"; and is one of this country's leading innovators and instructors in the areas of lead & follow social-partner dance, cross-step waltz, "fusion" blues, waltz, swing, & night club 2-step.
When not dancing, Ari is a physician on faculty with Singularity University's "Exponential Medicine” program, and is a pioneer in the burgeoning field of "Experiential Wellness Medicine" which, among other things, uses dance movement, technique, & connection as a modality for diagnosing and treating patients, for personal coaching, for couples counseling, for corporate leadership training, and for promoting wellness & balance in one’s life.
You can learn more about Ari at www.rolluptherug.com, or www.waltzweekinvienna.com
You can find books by Ari at: www.booksbyarilevitt.co
Here are links to a few of Ari’s YouTube videos that you may also find interesting:
NC2S Innovations: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6mvzy-I9Ic8
Fun with “Waltz-Fusion”: https://youtu.be/m5UtQgAQhcE
Fun with Viennese Waltz Fusion: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A9AKt2jT8LI
Balboa-Swing Fusion: https://youtu.be/Ealsk9YUQTg
ECS Fusion: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e9siqFC5nl0
Cross-step Waltz Teaser: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uqZkmIYLwkY
Waltz Improv: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Jx12SSdoB8
Blues Waltz: https://youtu.be/yaQepxkxCzY
Full Spectrum Blues Concept Review: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y_7xYB3P5lI
Close connection Blues Demo: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CtAMWeBnsx8 [BLOCKED]
Swing at Play: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FCp1_GbL6Ig