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Schedule for Dec/Jan, 2010-11


1.  Two December Fusion Waltz Workshops:  Thur, Dec 16th, and Thur Dec 23rd

           Details on the December Fusion Waltz Workshop page


2.   Five Tuesday Group-Salon Classes in:  

  • Lifts, Dips, & Liabilities (1-day workshop)
  • Swingin' the Blues! (1-day workshop)
  • Fusion Swing
  • West Coast Swing
  • Balboa
              Go to the December Group-Salon Classes Page for Details

            

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Schedule for Oct/Nov, 2010

                     Four New Classes for Fall/Winter   (5-week Tues/Wed series): 

     Dance Salon Series: "Group Private" Dance classes  (with Ari Levitt & Whitney Evans)

      

    Tuesday -- Nov 9, 16, 23, 30, Dec 7 
          
Series A2
  7:00 - 8:20 pm  "Blues Foundations and the Art of Close-Connection"  (beg level) -- an essential 

                                          class for understanding the art of 'slow' blues.

          Series C1:    8:30 - 9:50 pm  "Fusion Blues -- The Latin Connection" (beg level) --a solid foundation in

                                         higher energy blues connection.  Learn how to blend latin steps, movement, and styling

                                         into your dance.  Perfect for all you salsa lovers!  Perfect if taken in conjunction with the

                                         Tues or Wed 7pm series.

 

    Wednesday --Nov 10, 17, 24, Dec 1, 8
          
Series A3  7:00 - 8:20 pm  "The Invisible Art of Dance" (all levels) - mastering the playfulness and

                                   'conversation' of blues dance, with a focus on the nuance and subtlety of lead/follow connection

          Series D1:    8:30 - 9:50 pm  "West Coast Swing Foundations" (all levels)  - Learn the basics of West Coast

                                    Swing dancing, a very fun and sexy higher-enetgy blues-based swing dance.  Perfect if taken

                                    in conjunction with the Tues or Wed 7pm series.

 

               -    Classes are 90 min each. and the class series is 5 weeks long; for a total of 7.5 hours.

               -    Group size is limited to 7 leads and 7 follows, which means lots of individual attention!

               -    Outstanding teaching, great music, wonderful energy, fun group setting -- not to be missed!

               -    The 5-week session includes a review and class party!

    Location:  Private studio in the Eastlake neighborhood of Seattle,  just off I-5 and 520.  Exact address will  be sent with        registration

   Cost: $75 per series (only $10/hr!), $130 for two ($20 savings!), $185 for three ($40 savings!), $240 for four ($60 savings!) 

                                 Class size is limited, so register early to ensure a spot!

                                                              No partner needed. 

     To register, click on the registration tab at the top of this page, fill it out and click the 'send' button....

     

                   **BONUS:  Register & pay before Nov2 and receive a free practice CD music mix!**


     

     Q:  What is the difference between the Tues classes and the Wed classes?:
 
     A:   The Tuesday classes are really designed for beginning level dancers.  If you are new to dance, or if you are a veteran dancer but new 

     to blues or   "close connection" movement, both of these classes would be perfect for you.  The first class will emphasize pure connection 

     in a slow blues setting, while the second class will introduce more high-energy movement that can be done to a stronger blues or

     latin-blues pulse.  The two classes compliment each other wonderfully and would be great to take as a set.
 
         The Wednesday classes are really designed for people who have either taken previous blues workshops with Whitney and myself at

     the bistro, or were in one of our previous 'group-private' salon series, or who are already familiar with blues, tango, or close connection

     dance.  The first class will introduce higher level close-connection blues moves and concepts.  The second class will introduce West 

     Coast Swing, a very fun and sexy blues-based swing dance.  Both classes are complimentary to each other and would be perfect if taken 

     back to back.

 
     
                                                          ** SEE TESTIMONIAL PAGE FOR FURTHER DESCRIPTION **

 

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Dance Schedule for Oct, 2010

 

     Time:  Friday, Oct 1st,  8pm-1:30am
    
Event:  "Red Tango" -- Seattle's First Alternative Milonga!:
               8
-9pm:  Alternative Tango lesson with Michelle Badion & Evan Wallace
              
9:00pm-9:30am:   FREE Lessons: Tango for blues dancers/blues for tango dancers

              
9:30pm-1:30pm:  Alternative Milonga (dance to blues, soul, pop, tango nuevo, etc)

    
Where:  The Little Red Bistro -- 400 Dexter Ave N, Seattle WA

     Join our Facebook group for updates & discounts:  "Blues at the Bistro"

                                                  **Come early for dinner and drinks**  
                                             **Plenty of free street parking after 6pm**


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     Time:  Sat, Sun, Mon (Oct 2-4)

     What:  Ari & Whitney will be teaching three days of workshops in Hood River & Portland, Oregon

     Details:  Click on the "Oct Oregon Workshops" Page above

 

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     Time:  Friday, Oct 8th,  7pm-1:30am
    
Event:  Blues at the Bistro:
              
7-9pm:  blues dance lesson with Ari & Whitney
              
9:30pm-12:30am:   live blues & jazz dancing in the Bistro with Diane
Kirkwood and the LRB quartet (FREE)
              
9:30pm-1:30pm:  Blues in the Back with DJ's Kevin Buster & Ari Levitt

    
Where:  The Little Red Bistro -- 400 Dexter Ave N, Seattle WA

     Join our Facebook group for updates & discounts:  "Blues at the Bistro"

*                                                  *Come early for dinner and drinks** 
*                                             *Plenty of free street parking after 6pm**


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     Time: Sunday, Oct 17th, 7:00-8:00pm
    
Event: Night Club Two-Step dance class, with Ari & Whitney 
     Where: China Harbor - 2040 Westlake Avenue North, Seattle, WA
    
Cost:  $10.0

                            Come for a great intro lesson to "Night Club 2-Step" - Ari style!

                              Stay as Ari DJ's a terrific night of swing, salsa, latin, ballroom, and blues!

         

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          Time:  Friday, Oct 22nd,  7pm-1:30am
          
Event:  Blues at the Bistro:
              
7-9pm:  blues dance lesson with Ari & Whitney
              
9:30pm-12:30am:   live blues & jazz dancing in the Bistro with Diane
Kirkwood and the LRB quartet (FREE)
              
9:30pm-1:30pm:  Blues in the Back with DJ's Emily Smith & Ari Levitt

          
Where:  The Little Red Bistro -- 400 Dexter Ave N, Seattle WA

               Join our Facebook group for updates & discounts:  "Blues at the Bistro"

*                                                  *Come early for dinner and drinks** 
*                                             *Plenty of free street parking after 6pm**

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               Time:  Friday, Oct 29th,  7:30pm-11pm
              
Event:  "Holloween Boogie & All-Soul's Social" at the SBBC:
                    7:30
-8:30pm:  Dance lesson with Ari & Whitney
                    
8:30-11pm-9:30am:  
Dance t a hauntingly fun mix of swing, salsa, ballroom, latin, and blues!

              
Where:  South Bellevue Community Center -- 14509 SE Newport Way, Bellevue, WA
 

               Directions:  From 1-90 take exit 11 (if heading West) or 11a (if heading East) onto 150th Ave SE.

                                     Go South on 150th Ave SE (0.8miles), turn right onto SE Newport Way. 

                                     Go 0.2 miles and turn left into the SBCC driveway.  Park at the top

                Cost:  $5 lesson, $10 dance, or $12 for both if you come in costume!

                                     **Great Music, Costume Contest, Dance Mixers, Prizes**                                    


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Schedule for July/Aug, 2010

 

 

     Time:  Friday, July 9th,  7pm-3am
    
Event:  Blues at the Bistro:
              
7-9pm:  blues dance lesson with Ari & Whitney
              
9pm-12am:   live blues & jazz dancing in the Bistro with Diane
Kirkwood and the LRB quartet (FREE)
              
12am-3pm:  Blues in the Back with DJ's John Lozano & Ari Levitt

    
Where:  The Little Red Bistro -- 400 Dexter Ave N, Seattle WA

     Join our Facebook group:  "Blues at the Bistro"

*                                                  *Come early for dinner and drinks** 
*                                             *Plenty of free street parking after 6pm**


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     Time: Sunday, July 11, 5:30-6:15pm
    
Event: Kizomba dance class, with Ari Levitt & Ana Antunes
     Where: China Harbor - 2040 Westlake Avenue North, Seattle, WA
    
Cost:  $10.00

          Kizomba is a very beautiful free-style, close-connection, smooth and relaxed dance form brought

          to the USA from Angola.  It borrows its music from Western Carribean "zouk" and its dance style from

          Africa and the Carribean.  People often describe it as a mix of tango, bachata, and blues. 

                      This class will give you  a solid intro to this beautiful musical dance style. 

                      Example of Kizomba can be seen at:   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4wm5_gQfSU4

 

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     Time:  Sunday, July 18th,  7-8pm
    
Event:
  Int/Adv Balboa Class at the Belltown Speakeasy with Ari & Melanie:
                
Perfect for the int/adv balboa dancer.  Learn new variations of the spike and come-around.

                 Comfort with basic bal/swing recommended.   This class will be followed by a beginning lesson

                 from 8-9pm.  Live music starts at 9pm            

     Where:  Belltown Billiards -- 90 Blanchard St, Seattle WA (Belltown)

     Join the Facebook group:  "Shhh....it's  a Secret...:  the Speakeasy in Belltown"

 

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     Time:  Friday, July 23rd,  7pm-3am
    
Event:  Blues at the Bistro:
              
7-9pm:  blues dance lesson with Ari & Whitney
              
9pm-12am:   live blues & jazz dancing in the Bistro with Diane
Kirkwood and the LRB quartet (FREE)
              
12am-3pm:  Blues in the Back with DJ's Soloman Douglas & Ari Levitt

    
Where:  The Little Red Bistro -- 400 Dexter Ave N, Seattle WA

     Join our Facebook group:  "Blues at the Bistro"

                                                  **Come early for dinner and drinks**  
                                             **Plenty of free street parking after 6pm**

 

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     Time:  Sunday, July 25th, 5:30 - 6:15pm
    
Event:  Kizomba dance workshop, with Ari Levitt & Ana Antunes
    
Where:  China Harbor - 2040 Westlake Avenue North, Seattle, WA

     Cost:  $10.00

          Kizomba is a very beautiful free-style, close-connection, smooth and relaxed dance form

          brought to the USA from Angola.  Please see above for further description.

 

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     Time:  Sunday, Aug 1, 2:45-3:45 & 4:00-5:00pm
    
Event: Westcoast Swing Intermediate workshop, with Ari Levitt 

     Where: Alki Masonic Hall -- 4736 40th Ave SW, Seattle, WA‎ 

           Ari is returning to teach two afternoon workshops in Westcoast Swing.

           Great fun and an opportunity to polish your style in this dance while adding satisfying variations. 

                          Workshops begin at 2:45 and 4pm. 

                                      Details at   http://seattlewcswing.org/category/sunday-dances/

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     Time: Saturday, August 7th, 8:00-9:00pm

     Event: "Blues" pre-dance workshop (live blues with Kevin Buster starts at 9pm)   

     Where: Sonny Newman's Dance Hall -- 201 North 85th St, Seattle, WA
    
Cost:  $5.00

          Learn the fundamentals of basic blues movement, connection, and styling,  then have fun

          incorporating this into some unique blues dance patterns. 

          Perfect for dancers of all levels.  A great entree to the music to follow.

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     Time:  Sunday, Aug 8th, 5:30 - 6:15pm
    
Event:
  Kizomba dance workshop, with Ari Levitt & Ana Antunes
    
Where:  China Harbor - 2040 Westlake Avenue North, Seattle, WA

     Cost:  $10.00

          Kizomba is a very beautiful free-style, close-connection, smooth and relaxed dance form

          brought to the USA from Angola.  Please see above for further description.

 

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     Time:  Friday, Aug 13,  7pm-3am
    
Event:  Blues at the Bistro:
              
7-9pm:  blues dance lesson with Ari & Whitney
               9pm-12am:   live blues & jazz dancing in the Bistro with Diane
Kirkwood and the LRB quartet (FREE)
               12am-3pm:  Blues in the Back with guest DJ's & Ari Levitt
    
Where:  The Little Red Bistro -- 400 Dexter Ave N, Seattle WA

     Join our Facebook group:  "Blues at the Bistro"

                                                  **Come early for dinner and drinks**  
                                             **Plenty of free street parking after 6pm**

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     Time:  Sunday, Aug 22th, 5:30 - 6:15pm
    
Event:  Kizomba dance workshop, with Ari Levitt & Ana Antunes
    
Where:  China Harbor - 2040 Westlake Avenue North, Seattle, WA

          Cost:  $10.00

          Kizomba is a very beautiful free-style, close-connection, smooth and relaxed dance form

          brought to the USA from Angola.  Please see above for further description.

 

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          Time:  Friday, Aug 27th,  7pm-3am
          
Event:  Blues at the Bistro:
              
7-9pm:  blues dance lesson with Ari & Whitney
              
9pm-12am:   live blues & jazz dancing in the Bistro with Diane Kirkwood and the LRB quartet (FREE)
  

               12am-3pm:  Blues in the Back with guest DJ's & Ari Levitt
          
Where:  The Little Red Bistro -- 400 Dexter Ave N, Seattle WA

      Join our Facebook group:  "Blues at the Bistro"

                                                  **Come early for dinner and drinks**  
                                             **Plenty of free street parking after 6pm**

 

 

Schedule for May/June, 2010

   

     Time: Sunday, May 9, 7:00-8:00pm
    
Event: Kizomba dance class, with Ari Levitt & Ana Antunes
     Where: China Harbor - 2040 Westlake Avenue North, Seattle, WA
    
Cost:  $5.00

          Kizomba is a very beautiful free-style, close-connection, smooth and relaxed dance form brought

          to the USA from Angola.  It borrows its music from Western Carribean "zouk" and its dance style from

          Africa and the Carribean.  People often describe it as a mix of tango, bachata, and blues. 

                      This class will give you  a solid intro to this beautiful musical dance style. 

                      Example of Kizomba can be seen at:   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4wm5_gQfSU4

 

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     Time:  Friday, May 14th,  7pm-3am
    
Event:  Blues at the Bistro:
              
7-9pm:  blues dance lesson with Ari & Whitney
              
9pm-12am:   live blues & jazz dancing in the Bistro with Diane
Kirkwood and the LRB quartet (FREE)
              
12am-3pm:  Blues in the Back with DJ's John Lozano & Ari Levitt

    
Where:  The Little Red Bistro -- 400 Dexter Ave N, Seattle WA

     Join our Facebook group:  "Blues at the Bistro"

*                                                  *Come early for dinner and drinks** 
*                                             *Plenty of free street parking after 6pm**


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     Time:  Sunday, May 16, 11:30am - 1:00pm
    
Event: Kizomba dance workshop, with Ari Levitt & Ana Antunes
    
Where: The Century Ballroom -- 915 E. Pine, Seattle, WA

          Kizomba is a very beautiful free-style, close-connection, smooth and relaxed dance form

          brought to the USA from Angola.  Please see above for further description.

 

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     Time:  Sunday, May 16, 2:45-3:45 & 4:00-5:00pm
    
Event: Nightclub 2-Step workshop, with Ari Levitt & Lilli Ann Carey
    
Where: Alki Masonic Hall -- 4736 40th Ave SW, Seattle, WA‎ 

           Ari and Lilli Ann are returning to teach two afternoon workshops in Nightclub 2-step.

           Striking a great balance between moves and technique, they will quickly focus on the

           glide and body motion of the basic and then move on to variations of Apaches and Peekaboos.

           Great fun and an opportunity to polish your style in this dance while adding satisfying variations. 

                          Workshops begin at 2:45 and 4pm. 

                                      Details at   http://seattlewcswing.org/category/sunday-dances/

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     Time:  Friday, May 28th,  7pm-3am
    
Event:  Blues at the Bistro:
              
7-9pm:  blues dance lesson with Ari & Whitney
              
9pm-12am:   live blues & jazz dancing in the Bistro with Diane
Kirkwood and the LRB quartet (FREE)
              
12am-3pm:  Blues in the Back with DJ's Heather Kraft & Ari Levitt

    
Where:  The Little Red Bistro -- 400 Dexter Ave N, Seattle WA

     Join our Facebook group:  "Blues at the Bistro"

                                                  **Come early for dinner and drinks**  
                                             **Plenty of free street parking after 6pm**

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     Time: Saturday, June 5th, 8:00-9:00pm

     Event: "Walking Blues" pre-dance workshop (live blues with Maia Santell starts at 9pm)   

     Where: Sonny Newman's Dance Hall -- 201 North 85th St, Seattle, WA
    
Cost:  $5.00

          Learn the fundamentals of basic blues movement, connection, and styling,  then have fun

          incorporating this into some unique 'walking' blues patterns done to mid-range tempo blues music. 

          Perfect for dancers of all levels.  A great entree to the music to follow.

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     Time: Sunday, June 6th, 7:00-8:00pm

     Event: Kizomba dance class, with Ari Levitt, then dance to a great selection of music as Ari DJ's from 8-11pm 
     Where: China Harbor - 2040 Westlake Avenue North, Seattle, WA
    
Cost:  $5.00

          Kizomba is a very beautiful free-style, close-connection, smooth and relaxed dance form brought

          to the USA from Angola.  Please see top entry for further description.

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     Time:  Friday, June 11th,  7pm-3am
    
Event:  Blues at the Bistro:
              
7-9pm:  blues dance lesson with Ari & Whitney
              
9pm-12am:   live blues & jazz dancing in the Bistro with Diane
Kirkwood and the LRB quartet (FREE)
              
12am-3pm:  Blues in the Back with guest DJ's & Ari Levitt

    
Where:  The Little Red Bistro -- 400 Dexter Ave N, Seattle WA

     Join our Facebook group:  "Blues at the Bistro"

                                                  **Come early for dinner and drinks**  
                                             **Plenty of free street parking after 6pm**

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    Time: Sunday, June 18th-20th

     Event: Stanford Dance Weekend
     Where: Stanford University, Stanford, CA

     Link:   http://socialdance.stanford.edu/danceweeks/waltzweekend.htm 

          Ari returns for his 4th year at Stanford teaching a varied array of fun social dances,

          including waltz, blues, swing,  balboa, kizomba, connection, and more... 

          Join Richard Powers and company for this mind-blowing weekend of sun, fun, and social dance!

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     Time:  Friday, June25th,  7pm-3am
    
Event:  Blues at the Bistro:
              
7-9pm:  blues dance lesson with Ari & Whitney
              
9pm-12am:   live blues & jazz dancing in the Bistro with Diane
Kirkwood and the LRB quartet (FREE)
              
12am-3pm:  Blues in the Back with guest DJ's & Ari Levitt

    
Where:  The Little Red Bistro -- 400 Dexter Ave N, Seattle WA

     Join our Facebook group:  "Blues at the Bistro"

                                                  **Come early for dinner and drinks**  
                                             **Plenty of free street parking after 6pm**

 

 

Schedule for March/April, 2010 

Please refer to the "Ongoing Dances" page for Ari's dance workshops in Seattle.

Ari will be teaching in Victoria (B.C.) on May 1st , and again at Stanford's Dance Weekend (June 18-20, 2010) 

 

Schedule for Nov/Dec, 2009

Ari will be teaching workshops in Fusion, Lindy, & Blues this Winter in Europe & Israel. 

He will return to the Bay Area in early Feb to teach Waltz at "Friday Night Waltz" in Palo Alto   

 

 

 

 

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