Portland Dance Eclectic's 2019 Richard Powers' Dance Weekend June 8 & 9 at Norse Hall, 111 NE 11th Ave, Portland, OR


It’s great to welcome Richard and Angela back for another dance weekend. This year the weekend will be a celebration of the past with a splash new ideas.
• A review of waltz fundamentals, then new variations!
• Being in the creative moment with the music (musicality) and your partner (partnering).
• Richard’s insights on truly social social dancing will continue throughout the workshop.
*New sessions on Bachata, South African Sokkie and more

Tentative Schedule
Friday, June 7, 2019-
Norse Hall Upstairs Ballroom
7:00 pm.- Registration
7:30 pm.- The Original Cross-Step Waltz Variations from the 1990s
8:45 pm - Waltz Rueda - Cross-Step Waltz Mixer variations
10:00 pm - Practice to 11pm

Saturday, June 8, 2019- Main Ballroom
9:45 :am - Registration
10:15 am - Cross Step Waltz
11:30 am - Cross-step waltz variations
12:45 pm - Catered lunch
1:15 pm - Richard will present a Powerpoint talk on connectedness and stress reduction in partner dancing.
2:00 pm. Rotary- Waltzing for Waltzers: The basics of rotary waltz with variations
3:15 pm- What can I dance to this?" a Portland Favorite

Evening Dance 7pm to 11pm
Main Ballroom
7:00 pm - doors open, practice music
7:30 pm - South African Sokkie (a swing/ one step hybrid)
8:30 - Dance- DJ Richard Powers will play varied selections of music that are always unique, danceable and fun and he will throw in a mixer or two. He will DJ a half or more of the evening. DJ Dennis Myers will finish the evening

Sunday, June 9, 2019- Main Ballroom
10:30 am- Going Further with Rotary waltz
11: 45 am- Cross. Step Role reversal
12:45 pm A Light brunch
1:00 pm - Bachata
2:00 pm Mixer And closing dance till 3pm

We are offering one day only options for Richard Powers Workshop.

Saturday Day Only
This is a great opportunity to experience a great overview of Richard's approach to waltz with two Cross step waltz, a Rotary waltz lesson, a musicality lesson and lunch talk (including lunch) - $70

Sunday Only
A day of fun dancing- Rotary waltz, Cross Step role reversal, Bachata (a Latin favorite), mixer and practice dance with a light brunch provided- $45

Saturday Evening dance- Pay at door - $15

We don't want anyone to miss this workshop for financial reasons. Contact us for information on scholarships.

If you are not familiar with Richard Powers, here is an introduction and a short video.

2019 Richard Powers Weekend - June 7 - 9, Portland, OR
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What to expect from the Richard Powers Weekend

For many us, dance weeks and weekends and dance camps have provided a level of immersion into dancing in which our dancing has gone to another level. For those dancers who enjoy waltz and other traveling dances, Richard Powers Waltz Weekends set the standards as reminders of why we waltz, the fundamentals of dancing and as a conversation in on how social dancing is evolving around the country. If you are a beginner or new to this style of dancing, expect to be inspired with the realization of the possibilities of social dance as accessible activity that can nurture mind, body and soul through out your life. Expect to learn fundamental skills of connecting with your partner, floor craft, and new moves that you can incorporate with what you already know.

For experienced dancers, immersion into the weekend should provide the opportunity to take your dancing to the next level. Richard is constantly involved in adding to the possibilities of social dancing. Check out his new waltzlab.com.

Richard’s weekends are well paced: They intersperse new moves with free dancing and talks.

The Norse Hall ballroom is one of the best dancing venues in the Northwest: a large, perfectly finished wood floor, seating areas to rest and watch, and a great location.