Roll Up The Rug!

Below are three announcements about workshops we'll be giving in Hood River & Portland (Oregon) during the first weekend in October (details and registration information are included):

1.  Hood River:  "The Art of Close-Connection"  Saturday, Oct 2nd.  This is an afternoon workshop, plus an evening lesson and dance.

2.  Portland:  Fusion Waltz afternoon workshops,  Sunday Oct 3rd.   This is an afternoon workshop.

3.  Portland:  Waltz Synchopations and Connection, Monday, Oct 4th.  This is an evening lesson and dance.

                      Come join us - We would love to see you there!



1)    Sunday October 2nd, in White Salmon, WA at the Mountain View Grange (1085 Main Street, White Salmon, WA 98672):  "The Art of Close-Connection": A fun and informative Dance Workshop & Evening Dance with Ari Levitt & Whitney Evans

Workshop Schedule:

  • 12:30-12:55 • Registration
  • 1:00-2:00 • The Art of Close Connection (How I follow Ari so easily and how it applies to all dances)
  • 2:15-3:15 • The Conversation of Dance (How Ari and I share leading by listening through our movements)
  • 3:30-4:30 • Working the Floor (Adding energy and movement to your dance)
  • 4:45-6:15 • Dinner Break
  • 6:30-7:30 • Pre-Dance Lesson: Introduction to Salsa-Blues Fusion
  • 7:30-10:30 • Open Dance (A variety of dance with a mix of Latin, Swing, Ballroom and Blues)


  • Afternoon Workshops are $12 each.
  • all 3 Afternoon Workshops: $30
  • Everything (All 4 workshops & dance: $35
  • Pre-Dance Lesson & Dance only: $10

Registration is at the door, cash or check.

Questions? Contact Ari by e-mail ( or phone (206-731-9172 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              206-731-9172      end_of_the_skype_highlighting)  


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A great dancer and fun teacher Ari Levitt is coming to town with his partner Whitney, ready to share some of their favorite waltz moves with you. Ari has been teaching at Stanford's Waltz week for several years besides teaching dance across the country for many more years. So if you did not make it to the waltz week, here is a chance to get a good portion of it in one afternoon and learn some new fun moves for your waltz.
Please send Uwe an e-mail at if you would like to attend. 
Sunday, October 3  1:30pm-5:15pm

Class 1:  1:30pm - 2:45pm including 15 min practice time
Introducing two new promenade-based waltz moves that borrow briefly from a salsa styling.  We call them the "Prom-si-do", and the "Prom-si-do-with-the-leads cross-over" (or more affectionately the "Prom-si-do-go-leads-go!").  If there's time, we'll teach these using both single and double-time variations.

Class 2:  2:45pm - 4:00pm including 15 min practice time
Teaching a delightful new traveling waltz variation we refer to as the "Ladies May Pole".  We'll learn this and a variation or two in conjunction with a new entrance and exit to the promenade. Easily adapted to rotary or cross-step waltz.

Class 3:  4:00pm - 5:15pm including 15 min practice time
We'll learn another of my favorite recent fusion-waltz creations.  Whitney quickly dubbed it "The Double Dutch"  (You'll see why on Sunday).  It's a fluidly executed she-goes-he-goes entrance followed by a delightful pull-by finish done in rotary waltz time.  Lot's of variations on the theme as well.... 

Workshop held at Polish Hall, 3832 N. Interstate Ave
Each class $15. Take all three for $35, if pre-registered by Sept. 30.
Prices after that increase to $17 per class and $40 for the entire workshop.
Pre-register simply by e-mail to 
Save your spot and some money, and help with balance. Thanks!
Dancers should be comfortable with any turning waltz!  No partner required!

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Random Waltz Events

Monday, October 4th: Ari Levitt Teaches Blues Waltz

 Ari Levitt will teach a workshop as part of the Monday Night Waltz! Times: workshop from 7:45-8:45 (we're starting a bit early), dance from (9:00-11:00). At Lenora's Ballroom (615 SE Alder) as usual. $10 for the workshop and dance, or $5 for just the dance (but you won't want to miss the workshop). Here's how Ari describes it:

The Art of the "Syncopated" Waltz: Learn how to dance to a waltz using syncopated steps that allow you to break from the standard waltz cadence and connect to, say, the pulse of a "bluesy" waltz tune -- but it's not a blues; it's a waltz!!. If there's time, we'll also introduce a "follow's syncopated reverse check turn" which you won't want to miss either.