Portland Dance Eclectic presents a Weekend with Richard Powers and Angela Amarillas
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.
Tentative Weekend Schedule
Saturday, April 9 Norse Hall Main Ballroom, 111 NE 11th Ave
9:30-10:00am Registration and Warm ups 10:00am- 11:00 -Morning Session A 11:10-12:30 - Morning Session B 12:30 -1:45pm - Richard’s talk and catered lunch 1:45- 2:30 - Afternoon Session A 2:45-3:30pm - Afternoon Session B 3:30pm - 4:15pm - Review and open Q&A
Saturday Evening Dance , Norse Hall, 111 NE 11th Ave (Open to public)
Lesson: 7:30 to 8:45 pm. Lesson by Richard Powers - Dance: 8:45 to 11:30 pm. Waltz, swing, and other traveling dances to music DJ'ed by Richard Powers and Dennis Myers
Cost: $15 at the door. Admission included in the cost of the weekend workshops.
Sunday Workshops, April 10, Norse Hall, 111 NE 11th Ave
10:00 - 10:30 Warm-ups 10:30-11:25 - Morning Session A 11:35-12:30 -Morning Session B 12:30 pm - 1:30pm - Talk with brunch style snack 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm What do you dance to this music plus review 2:30 pm - 4pm Practice Dance
A Weekend of Waltz with Richard Powers & Angela Amarillas Saturday & Sunday, April 9 &10, 2016
It’s great to welcome Richard and Angela back for another dance weekend. This year the weekend will be an immersion in waltz, both cross step and rotary. Some of the things that will be emphasized are: • A quick review of waltz fundamentals, then dozens of new variations! • New on-the-fly variations that can be spontaneously led or back-led without any previous rehearsal. • A revolutionary new way to survive (and enjoy!) too-fast waltz music. This will save you at the next Viennese ball. • Just for fun, 21st century French waltzing in 5/4, 8/4 and 11/4 timing. • 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. • Then for a change of pace from waltz, a fun trip into electro swing one-step!
The weekend will include: • Four workshop sessions on Saturday and three on Sunday • Pre-dance workshop (open to the public), 7:30 Saturday • Saturday night dance, 8:45 to 11:00, featuring DJed music by Richard Powers and Dennis Myers • Catered lunch on Saturday featuring another of Richard’s trademark presentations
The cost of weekend is $110 if registered by March 20. $125 after that, if space is available. We don't want anyone to miss this workshop for financial reasons. Contact us for information on scholarships.