Richard Powers Weekend
Dance Vision 2020
with Richard Powers & Angela Amarillas
April 3-5 at Leif Erikson Hall, Seattle
Join your Seattle community for an extraordinary weekend dance celebration!
Richard Powers, world-renowned instructor and dance anthropologist, and his outstanding partner, Angela Amarillas, return for this auspicious event marking Richard’s 20th Anniversary Seattle teaching visit — and we aim to make it memorable. Focus on highlights:
- Dance at the open-to-all pre-function Friday evening, April 3 with KGB (and refresh your Cross-Step Waltz with Dean Paton prior to KGB)
- Revel in workshops with Richard & Angela on Saturday and Sunday in Cross-Step Waltz, Kirov Waltz Variations, Disco, and Bachata (see descriptions below)
- Warm yourself up Saturday and Sunday mornings with Sean Donovan
- Dine on a delectable lunch Saturday by Chef Koz
- Dance Saturday night with DJ Richard Powers, spinning his faves along with new music
- Say farewell at a third dance Sunday afternoon with DJ Sean Donovan
Sign up today for the best deal and see your way clearly to more skills, friends, and fun!
Prerequisites: Competency with Swing and Waltz fundamentals, and familiarity with Cross-Step Waltz. This is not a workshop for beginners.
Location: Leif Erikson Hall (2245 NW 57th St, Seattle)
Registration: Advance Price $175 through March 15. (Afterwards, if space available, $195).
Cancellation Policy: Registration refundable through March 27 less a $25 administrative fee.
Register for the Weekend
FOLLOWS PLEASE NOTE: Follow registrations are temporarily being placed on a waitlist, however, we encourage Follows to register for the weekend (as registrations are accepted in the order received) – your payment is fully refundable, and you may cancel at any time prior to admission. Sign up with a Lead as your “registration buddy” to bypass the waitlist (just email us with the information). Historically, Leads sign up late and we are able to offer those on the waitlist admission.
Richard’s 2020 vision for dancers, in tandem with his extraordinary partner, Angela Amarillas, is focused on workshops including (detailed workshop schedule TBA):
- Cross-Step Waltz While writing his latest book, Cross-Step Waltz: A Dancer’s Guide, which describes more than 250 variations, Richard became curious as to which variations are most often used, and why. After many discussions with Leads and Follows, Richard narrowed those variations to these “most useful” ones.
- Kirov Waltz Variations Last summer, Richard discovered that the younger and more creative waltzers in Russia spent the past year developing new on-the-fly rotary waltz variations. These are fairly easy and can be led and followed without needing to be rehearsed in advance. Richard collected 21 new variations in Kirov, Russia—more than can be taught in an hour—so he’ll teach the best dozen here.
- Disco Honor Disco’s 50th anniversary! Emerging in 1970, Disco had the Latin Hustle, New York Hustle, Continental Hustle and more, none of which were today’s Hustle. The wild ride of seventies Disco also brought in hundreds of new swing figures, most famously the dips and drops. Learn some of them here. You can read Richard’s writings on Disco lifestyle and dances, but actually dancing it, to great 70s music, is much more fun. Richard worked for the largest chain of Discos in the late ‘70s, so he’s a primary source for this.
- Bachata Embrace the hottest new Latin dance, with an easy basic step that lets you focus more on being connected and creative with your partner.
We can’t wait to celebrate with you April 3-5! For questions, please email For questions, please email richardpowers2020@