Upcoming Workshops

Tuesday and Thursdays at 10-11 am: Nia with Naomi Scher

February 11: Zydeco: Work That Body with Sean Donovan

February 18: A: We’re All Follow with Sean Donovan 

February 24: Dancers Social Hour with Wren Newman

February 25: Country Line Dance with Cindy McMichael

Sunday Evenings in March: West Coast Swing Workshop Series on Sunday Evenings in March with Wren Newman & Scot McKay 

March 4: Argentine Tango & Foxtrot – How to Enjoy Both of Them! with Michelle Badion

March 11: 1920’s Charleston with Guy Caridi 

March 18: Swing Jazz Movement with Guy Caridi & Nancy Fry 

March 25: Argentine Vals & Waltz – Three-Quarter Time Around the World with Michelle Badion

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Dance Hygge Event

A Zoom Community Building Event 

Last summer a post in Seattle Dancing Buddies surfaced the idea of offering a Zoom group to provide an opportunity to see each other and catch up on how each of us is doing.    NDN’s vision “Creating community one step at a time”, is as important as ever in these  trying times.   We are still very much a community even if we have not been dancing with each other.  

Your response to this idea was strong and positive and thus was born “Dance Hygge” a facilitated, non-dance event for dancers, designed to allow connection and support through our sense of community.   The term “Dance Hygge” draws from a Norwegian and Danish term (pronounced hue-guh or hig-ge) meaning a kind of coziness that evokes feelings of contentment and well-being.

Who:  NDN Dance Community

What:  1 hour 15-minute Zoom Group Experience, combining whole group and small group discussions

Why:  To keep our connection solid and to support each other during this time of social distancing and isolation.  While there are difficulties and struggles in this season, that will not be the focus of the group.  We will share what is working, and learn from each other. The January 27″ group experience is intended for new participants/first timers only. (If you have attended one of these sessions in the past, take heart, a follow-up session for experienced “Dance Hyggers” will be coming soon)

When:   Wednesday, January 27, 2021 7:00pm-8:15pm

NOTE:  Group size is limited to 16 persons per date

How:  Participation will require a computer/smart device and internet access (1 person per screen)

Additional info:  The group will be facilitated by Vicki Sween, who has experience leading groups, and who danced with us in the early 2000s.   It is important to note this planned group experience is not a forum for therapy nor political discussion.

Registration:  Please send an email to cdavidson@nwdance.net.  Registration will be offered on a first-come-first-served basis.  (If demand exceeds capacity, future dates may be offered)

Dance Hygge Message to Registrants:

You will be sent a link when you are successfully registered.

  • The Zoom “door” will open at 6:45 to allow you to settle in, get visual and audio techie stuff in order.  The discussion will begin promptly at 7:00.
  • Due to the nature of the group, latecomers will NOT be admitted.
  • One person per screen/device
  • Bring paper and writing utensil
  • This will be an interactive experience. Attendees are asked to attend with your video “on” so that we may see each other (rather than a screen with just a name).

**Because group size is limited, please contact us if something happens and you will NOT be able to participate**

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January 21: Country 2-step Beginner Technique with Cindy McMichael

A Zoom Live-Stream Dance Workshop 

with Cindy McMichael

Come one, come all! Learn the basic technique to smooth, progressive Country 2-step! This workshop is great for beginners seeking an introduction to the technique behind that quick, quick, slow, slow rhythm and movement that Country 2-step is known for. Although this is a progressive dance that travels around the floor, the movement we’ll cover won’t require the traditional large space needed for this dance. No dance experience or partner required!

Time: Thursday, January 21st at 7-8 PM PST

Location: Online via Zoom

Instructor: Cindy McMichael

Registration: Please click here to register. After registering via Eventbrite, they’ll send you an Order Confirmation email with the Zoom Meeting link at the very bottom of the email. Please scroll down to the bottom of that confirmation email to find the Zoom link!

Cost: Suggested registration fee of $10, but pay what you can. Registration fees go towards paying our staff and instructors. We, therefore, rely on your generous donations in order to underwrite various registration fees. Thank you. Click here

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January 28: Solo Waltz Movement with Guy Caridi

A Zoom Live Stream Dance Workshop

with Guy Caridi

Guy is back with another solo dance workshop to get you moving and having fun, all while enhancing your dance skills.  Tonight, we play with waltz rhythms!  Music in three-four time can feel empowering, soothing, or meditative, whether an anthem, lullaby, or ballad.  The short sequences typically taught by Guy are simple yet satisfying for dancers at any skill level. Come, let’s dance!

Time: Thursday, January 28th at 7-8 PM PST

Location: Online via Zoom

Instructor: Guy Caridi

Registration: Please click here to register. After registering via Eventbrite, they’ll send you an Order Confirmation email with the Zoom Meeting link at the very bottom of the email. Please scroll down to the bottom of that confirmation email to find the Zoom link!

Cost: Suggested registration fee of $10, but pay what you can. Registration fees go towards paying our staff and instructors. We, therefore, rely on your generous donations in order to underwrite various registration fees. Thank you. Click here

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February 4: Line Dance Groove with Sean Donovan

A Zoom Live-Stream Dance Workshop 

with Sean Donovan

Move your body and uplift your spirit with line dances both fun and groovy. We’ll learn select routines, refreshing and challenging your mind’s focus while also honing footwork and moves to bolster your dance repertoire. This is perfect if you’ve some dance background and/or love to move to the music. In this workshop, we’ll learn the new Jerusalema and Flex

Time: Thursday, February 4th at 7-8 PM PST

Location: Online via Zoom

Instructor: Sean Donovan

Registration: Please click here to register. After registering via Eventbrite, they’ll send you an Order Confirmation email with the Zoom Meeting link at the very bottom of the email. Please scroll down to the bottom of that confirmation email to find the Zoom link!

Cost: Suggested registration fee of $10, but pay what you can. Registration fees go towards paying our staff and instructors. We, therefore, rely on your generous donations in order to underwrite various registration fees. Thank you. Click here

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February 11: Zydeco: Work That Body with Sean Donovan

A Zoom Live Stream Dance Workshop

with Sean Donovan

Zydeco music is rife with groovy polyrhythms, and unique to Zydeco dance are the many opportunities for individual expression and freedom of movement to this funky, ebullient music. In this workshop, we’ll practice footwork both foundational and stylish, along with improving proprioception to incorporate every part of your body into rhythmic, complementary movement.

Prerequisite: Good Zydeco fundamentals

Time: Thursday, February 11th at 7-8 PM PST

Location: Online via Zoom

Instructor: Sean Donovan

Registration: Please click here to register. After registering via Eventbrite, they’ll send you an Order Confirmation email with the Zoom Meeting link at the very bottom of the email. Please scroll down to the bottom of that confirmation email to find the Zoom link!

Cost: Suggested registration fee of $10, but pay what you can. Registration fees go towards paying our staff and instructors. We, therefore, rely on your generous donations in order to underwrite various registration fees. Thank you. Click here

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February 18: A: We’re All Follows with Sean Donovan

A Zoom Live-Stream Dance Workshop 

with Sean Donovan

What are dancers? Ever watched someone in the flow with the music and/or a partner, and witnessed how each movement seems just right for the moment? They’re like super-connectors, and it’s riveting. To do that you must listen and respond to, i.e. follow, what you hear in the music and feel, both internally and externally. In this workshop, we’ll use blues music to practice sitting on the back of the beat, not anticipating, and being led by the rhythms.

Prerequisite: Dance experience

Time: Thursday, February 18th at 7-8 PM PST

Location: Online via Zoom

Instructor: Sean Donovan

Registration: Please click here to register. After registering via Eventbrite, they’ll send you an Order Confirmation email with the Zoom Meeting link at the very bottom of the email. Please scroll down to the bottom of that confirmation email to find the Zoom link!

Cost: Suggested registration fee of $10, but pay what you can. Registration fees go towards paying our staff and instructors. We, therefore, rely on your generous donations in order to underwrite various registration fees. Thank you. Click here

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February 24: Dancers Social Hour with Wren Newman

A Zoom Live-Stream Social Hour 

with Wren Newman

TOPIC:  Connection 

Join Wren along with a couple of local pros in a discussion around the part of social dancing we all crave and are truly missing right now – Connection.  We will talk about what makes it important, how it varies from a dance style to a dance style and partner to partner. How do we create it? How do we ask for it?  We might get a few life lessons in as well. 

Bring your questions, your drink of choice… (wine, whisky water?), and join us for a chance to have a conversation, and learn a bit about dance and each other.

Time: Wednesday, February 24th at 7-8 PM PST

Location: Online via Zoom

Instructor: Wren Newman 

Registration: Please click here to register. After registering via Eventbrite, they’ll send you an Order Confirmation email with the Zoom Meeting link at the very bottom of the email. Please scroll down to the bottom of that confirmation email to find the Zoom link!

Cost: Suggested registration fee of $10, but pay what you can. Registration fees go towards paying our staff and instructors. We, therefore, rely on your generous donations in order to underwrite various registration fees. Thank you. Click here

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February 25: Country Line Dance with Cindy McMichael

A Zoom Live-Stream Dance Workshop

with Cindy McMichael

5, 6, 7, 8! Line dancing is a fun, low impact form of exercise that helps build confidence in solo movement. Plus, it’s a great tool you can use to enhance partner dancing! It helps with timing, footwork, turns, properly changing weight, and much more! In this workshop, we’ll learn some beginner level line dances that’ll help introduce the common steps used in line dancing. No dance experience or partner required!

Time: Thursday, February 25th at 7-8 PM PST

Location: Online via Zoom

Instructor: Cindy McMichael

Registration: Please click here to register. After registering via Eventbrite, they’ll send you an Order Confirmation email with the Zoom Meeting link at the very bottom of the email. Please scroll down to the bottom of that confirmation email to find the Zoom link!

Cost: Suggested registration fee of $10, but pay what you can. Registration fees go towards paying our staff and instructors. We, therefore, rely on your generous donations in order to underwrite various registration fees. Thank you. Click here

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West Coast Swing Workshop Series on Sunday Evenings in March with Wren Newman & Scot McKay

A Zoom Live-Stream Dance Workshop Series

with Wren Newman

       Sunday Evening 4 Week Session in West Coast Swing

                            In the Month of March

   These are independently run workshops. Attend 1,2,3 or all 4!

March 7th: Back to Basics….Let’s Refresh!

The best way to move forward is to take a step back. We will be reviewing the basics of WCS. This will be an hour of working on the proper foundational movement of our basic patterns to create a solid foundation on which to build. While this class will be focused on a clean up of the basic patterns you should already know….a true beginner could give this a try to become acquainted with the patterns. However, we will be moving fast through 5 basic patterns, so beginners should join us to have fun – and not to become proficient. Prerequisites: Knowledge of WCS basics – or willingness to jump in with both feet

March 14th: Syncopations – Fun with Footwork

This week we will be taking our basic patterns and adding fancy footwork and syncopations. Let’s discover a bunch of ways to break the rules….just a little bit. We will revisit the triple step drill, (no worries if you missed it)!  We will get everyone doing it and enjoying it. If it’s your first time or if you have been drilling it in your kitchen every day….Prerequisites: Knowledge of WCS Basics – Sugar push, Sugar tuck, and side passes                           

March 21st: Macro vs Micro Musicality

Wait – What? We will spend this week working on musicality…. What is the difference between macro and micro, who is responsible for what, how do we incorporate it into our dance?  Lots of playing with music. On your own or with a partner, let’s discover how to show the music with our movements. Prerequisites: Knowledge of WCS Basics – Sugar push, Sugar tuck, and side passes

March 28th – Creating the Perfect Anchor and Stretch

We are going to work on that elusive “anchor” and that addictive “stretch” found in WCS.  Yes, we can do this even if we are dancing alone in our kitchen…                           

 

Prerequisites: Some WCS dance experience. Just one good pattern will do. Sugar push is great for this

Time: Sundays in March at 7-8 PM PST

Location: Online via Zoom

Instructor: Wren Newman & Scot McKay

Registration: After registering via Eventbrite, they’ll send you an Order Confirmation email with the Zoom Meeting link at the very bottom of the email. Please scroll down to the bottom of that confirmation email to find the Zoom link!

Cost: Suggested registration fee of $10, but pay what you can. Registration fees go towards paying our staff and instructors. We, therefore, rely on your generous donations in order to underwrite various registration fees. Thank you. Click here

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March 4: Argentine Tango and Foxtrot – How to Enjoy Both of Them with Michelle Badion

A Zoom Live-Stream Dance Workshop 

with Michelle Badion

These two dances have much in common and few differences. Michelle will help you to feel connected to both. She will start us off with fun basic tango moves and incorporate them into traditional tango music and then move to nuevo tango. Then we will add our foxtrot moves starting with traditional, fun foxtrot music and move to less traditional music.  Both dances are amazingly musical and fun, and you will have an exhilarating time feeling the movement with the music.

Time: Thursday, March 4th at 7-8 PM PST

Location: Online via Zoom

Instructor: Michelle Badion

Registration: Please click here to register. After registering via Eventbrite, they’ll send you an Order Confirmation email with the Zoom Meeting link at the very bottom of the email. Please scroll down to the bottom of that confirmation email to find the Zoom link!

Cost: Suggested registration fee of $10, but pay what you can. Registration fees go towards paying our staff and instructors. We, therefore, rely on your generous donations in order to underwrite various registration fees. Thank you. Click here

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March 18: Swing Jazz Movement with Guy Caridi and Nancy Fry

A Zoom Live-Stream Dance Workshop 

with Guy Caridi and Nancy Fry

No need to be a wallflower when the music is swinging. Get movin’ and groovin’ and moppin’ and boppin’. We’ll dance swing patterns and jazz rhythms, and switch between traditional steps to keep you on your toes. Get ready to explore 6-count, 8-count, dis-count, dat-count. Let’s swing!

Prerequisite: Comfort with triple-time rhythm.

Time: Thursday, March 18th at 7-8 PM PST

Location: Online via Zoom

Instructor: Guy Cairdi 

Registration: Please click here to register. After registering via Eventbrite, they’ll send you an Order Confirmation email with the Zoom Meeting link at the very bottom of the email. Please scroll down to the bottom of that confirmation email to find the Zoom link!

Cost: Suggested registration fee of $10, but pay what you can. Registration fees go towards paying our staff and instructors. We, therefore, rely on your generous donations in order to underwrite various registration fees. Thank you. Click here

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March 25: Argentine Vals and Waltz with Michelle Badion

A Zoom Live-Stream Dance Workshop 

with Michelle Badion

Both styles of music are in three-quarter time and both are super fun. Michelle will start with traditional Argentine vals music and steps and move to more modern vals music. Then she will demonstrate traditional waltz music and steps and move to more modern ones, putting together a fun routine in each style. Dancing in three-quarter time always lifts Michelle’s spirits and she knows it will lift yours. Michelle is happy just thinking about a whole hour of vals and waltz dancing!

Time: Thursday, March 25th at 7-8 PM PST

Location: Online via Zoom

Instructor: Michelle Badion

Registration: Please click here to register. After registering via Eventbrite, they’ll send you an Order Confirmation email with the Zoom Meeting link at the very bottom of the email. Please scroll down to the bottom of that confirmation email to find the Zoom link!

Cost: Suggested registration fee of $10, but pay what you can. Registration fees go towards paying our staff and instructors. We, therefore, rely on your generous donations in order to underwrite various registration fees. Thank you. Click here

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