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Wednesday, August 27th, 2008
2:30 pm
Latin dance to the South Bay
For those of you not on the FNW mailing list, I quote:

This is Scott, from Friday Night Waltz. I am starting a weekly latin
dance, LatinMX, on Tuesdays at the First United Methodist Church 625
Hamilton Palo Alto, from 7 to 11 pm.

I have been to most of the bay area salsa clubs and always left
dissatisfied. Most of the clubs are bars, most are tacky, the feeling is
often unwelcoming, and most have extremely fast, almost all salsa dancing.

I enjoy the warm, friendly atmosphere we have had at Friday Night Waltz,
and had always thought there were other people who prefer a range of
Latin dancing but were turned off by the hard, flashy, unfriendly
atmosphere of most local salsa dance places.

So I am starting LatinMX. The MX stands for mix, as in having a mix of
latin dances, including salsa, samba, merengue, cha cha, and rumba, as
well as many fun but rarely seen dances like rueda, paso doble, cumbia,
bachata, bolero, lambada, and zouk. We are also including many
different kinds of latin dance mixers, birthday jams, and a latin line
dance. We are introducing a flirtatious, choreographed rumba, "The
Havana" (like a latin Congress of Vienna).

Like Friday Night Waltz, we will have two simultaneous classes from 7 to
9, an introductory class for first timers, and also an intermediate
class also from 7 to 9pm, with DJ music from 9 to 11. Like FNW, no
partner is needed for LatinMX. We rotate rapidly in class.

Anna Botelho (nee Anne Remsen) a long time and popular Friday Night
Waltz dance instructor and dj, will be teaching the intermediate classes
and also is the primary DJ. Her latin classes before previous Friday
Night Waltzes have been well attended. She has had very extensive
competitive Latin ballroom dance experience, and has taught all forms of
latin dancing at many bay area ballrooms.

The cost is $12 for all classes and dances, $10 for both classes only,
$8 for dance only. Casual comfortable attire. Cold water and light
refreshments are provided.

The class and dance are held at the First United Methodist Church, 625
Hamilton Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94025. The cross street is Byron which is
one block off University and Middlefield near downtown Palo Alto.
Entrance to the upstairs ballroom is in the main church courtyard, with
the stairs entrance facing AWAY from the street on the right

thanks for reading, and hope to see you on the dance floor!

comments or questions are welcome. ScottFNW@pway.com, or just respond to
the above email address. (info@fridaynightwaltz.com) - ed.


upcoming classes and dances:
Sep 23 Salsa
Sep 30 Merengue
Oct 7 Cha Cha
Oct 14 Samba
Oct 21 Rumba


Current Mood: informative
Wednesday, August 20th, 2008
4:31 pm
I've seen a lot of posts for people who are looking for particular types of dances or just want to go out and dance on a Monday and don't care what it is as long as it's fun. So, I highly recommend going to http://bayareadancecalendar.com/ to see what's available every single day in the Bay Area. It's been really useful for me, and it's how I found out about the Tuesday night Victorian Dancing in Oakland. Has anyone else heard of any other general dance resources outside of this and Tango Mango?

Current Mood: excited
Wednesday, June 25th, 2008
2:12 pm
Dance benefit at Starlite Ballroom this Sunday
Swap meet, contests, vendors, open dancing, all kinds of stuff.

Flyer beneath cutCollapse )

More details at http://www.sharonliu.com

(That's all the informatio I have. Someone likely has more.)

Current Mood: informative
Tuesday, April 1st, 2008
12:21 am
Jive talkin'?
Anyone know a place in the Bay Area where I can take a beginning Jive class?

Current Mood: curious
Saturday, February 9th, 2008
2:35 pm
Waltz and Tango help needed (but not by me)
The dance teacher at our school does not know how to do Ballroom (can you believe it?).

We need two students to be taught the basics of waltzing before Thursday this week (the teacher has been trying to find someone and only just told our director she couldn't). The guy knows how to but is rusty. The gal is a natural. They just need a bit of coaching.

Secondly, we need two people who are great with the Tango to dance for us to some Tango music we are doing on Thursday night. Again, the dance teacher made promises and fell down on this one and only just let us know.

So, if you'd like a great opportunity to come dance for this, let me know and we'll get this arranged. I don't know if money is involved but I think so.


If you're able and interested, let me know, and I'll forward the information. This would *probably* be in the Oakland area, but I cannot confirm. Nor can I confirm box waltz or rotary/Viennese, nor modern or vintage.

Current Mood: groggy
Saturday, December 29th, 2007
11:14 am
Tonight is the last night of the dog house
If you are, or have been, a bay area lindy hopper, you know the doghouse.

What you may not know, is that tonight is the last night of the doghouse.
Saturday, May 5th, 2007
12:21 pm
PEERs ball Tonight!
PEERs is the place to be tonight. Avalon Rising is the scheduled band. They do an awesome show! The entrance is $20 at the door and for that price there is dancing from 8 'til 12, a snack buffet, entertainment between the band's sets and I am performing with a group of Irish Dancers tonight to boot. Oh, and did I mention that the dance floor is wood?

If you haven't already made plans tonight, I suggest you put on your favorite fantasy garb and enjoy the evening!

Information can be found at http://peers.org/beauty.html

Saturday, May 5, 2007
Masonic Lodge of San Mateo
Doors Open: 6:45p.m.
Dance Lesson: 7:00 p.m.
Dancing Begins: 8:00 p.m.
Tickets: $20.00 at the door
Thursday, September 14th, 2006
12:13 am
RA Blues reopening in Campbell Sunday 17 Sept
RA Blues http://rablues.com/

Is an offshoot of Friday Night Blues http://fridaynightblues.com

It'll be at the Cardiff Lounge 260 E. Campbell Ave, Campbell

Cost: $7 (includes all-levels class from 7-8 p.m. and dance 8-10 p.m.)

It was in Santa Cruz for several months until the venue closed down on Sunday nights. Since people in Santa Cruz will drive to San Jose, but folks in San Jose, won't drive to Santa Cruz, it was moved over the hill.

For folks who that won't be enough dancing, there are plans to go dancing to live blues at JJ's afterwards.
Tuesday, August 8th, 2006
11:06 am
2nd Tuesday Blues dance in Palo Alto
This showed up in my mailbox last week. I've been blues dancing regularly for about a year and a half and it quickly became my favorite dance form.

Announcing a new Blues dancing venue in Palo Alto.

Many people are surprised at how much they appreciate the freedom of
expression in blues dancing. Worth your time to check it out at least once.

Description of Blues Dancing below
.2nd Tuesday of the Month
..August 8 September 12 October 10 November 14 December 12
...$7 for class and dance
....casual comfortable attire
.....no partner needed
......First United Methodist Church upstairs Fellowship hall
.......625 Hamilton Avenue Palo Alto X Byron ok to park in church lot
.......Entrance in courtyard, facing away from street
........Mihai instructing introductory Blues dancing from 7 to 8. a
national leader in blues teaching
.........Linda Maxwell Djing from 8 to 11. 10 years lindy and blues DJing

Blues dancing has a very close, personal, intimate embrace of dancing,
somewhat similar to Argentine Tango.

from St. Louis Blues exchange websie:

Blues dance, like Lindy Hop and Swing, came into being as a reflection
of swing and jazz music. Many aspects of Blues dance (call and response,
emotional intensity and expressiveness, and tension and release) are
directly related to the music to which it is danced. There are many
types of blues music, rural, urban, up-tempo, slow, electric, gutbucket,
delta, modern, etc., all with very different nuances and emotions.

Blues dance enables intense individuality in expressing the music. It
really is all about communication, emphasizing that the music, not the
dancer, leads the dance; we are simply the interpreters. Blues dance
demonstrates the passion of the entire range of human emotions, not just
the sensual ones. If you don?t have a visceral reaction to the music,
your partner, and the environment, then you are missing the wonders of
dancing blues.

In addition, learning to blues dance will enable the dancer to more
fully understand concepts such as simplicity, clarity, creativity,
expression, intensity, active listening, and musical and emotional
interpretation. The connection between these concepts is critical to
advanced social dancing of any kind. It is for this reason that learning
blues dancing will help and improve your Lindy Hop.


more information: ScottFNW@pway.com

Other places to learn about blues dancing:
Wednesday, August 2nd, 2006
3:59 pm
Bill Borgida musicality series at Friday Night Blues
I just got this in my email:

For the 1st 3 Fridays in August (8/4, 8/11 & 8/18), we are going to have a special series blues dancing workshop with Bill Borgida who will teach a "blues musicality class". Hailing from Ithaca, NY, Bill has been dancing for over 19 years and has taught workshops in the US such as Swing Out New Hampshire, Beantown, American Lindy Hop Championships as well as around the world in countries such as Japan, Australia, UK, and Sweden (Herrang Dance Camp). Bill's blues musicality class is geared towards experienced dancers (though everyone is welcome to join and challenge themselves in this class!) and will teach communication at the most subtle levels as well as just plain losing yourself in the music. Sounds like fun, doesn't it? So, people, mark your calendars!

Tuesday, August 1st, 2006
1:13 am
Pop music polkas and waltzes
And schottishes, mazurkas, lindy etc.

A friend and one time dance partner (she's flying in the icon) is getting married next weekend and asked me to dj the dance at the party. She and I both do Gaskell's and Lindy. I've got one set of Gaskell style dances made of popular music. I'm looking for other pop/rock songs that work with various partner dances.
Any reccomendations?

I've got
P Polka
W Waltz
L Lindy
S Schottishe

P The Wake of the Medusa -The Pogues
W When two worlds collide -John Prine and Trisha Yearwood
P Enjoy Yourself -Lee Presson
W Picture of You -Country Dick Montana
PW Lucille -Beat Farmers
W Anniversary -the Pogues
P Amarillo Highway -Robert Earl Keen
W West texas waltz -The Flatlanders
P Strip Polka -Johnny Mercer
W I spent my last $10 on birth control and beer -Two Nice Girls
S theme from jeopardy - Brave Combo

L San Tropez -Pink Floyd
L Don't Want Love -Dan Hicks
L Speed Racer -Two Nice Girls

I've also got a few Brave Combo songs.
Anybody got a good recording of the bunnyhop?
Thursday, June 29th, 2006
3:01 am
Request to correct URL in community userinfo
Dear community maintainer -

I was looking through various community userinfo profiles on my F-list and discovered that there's a minor glitch I hope you can correct.

The URL for the Bay Area English Regency Society is out-of-date; it refers to our old Geocities page. (Yes, I know that's what's up on Google as the first link; I'm not sure what to do about that. Also, we've been having trouble getting into Geocities to refer people to the correct page.)

Anyway the *real* URL is:


Thanks for helping us get the [right] word out!
Wednesday, April 19th, 2006
9:56 am
Irish Dance, Cupertino, Wed Apr 26
Direct from the email I received. I have no further information beyond this.

- BAY:
- WHEN: Wednesday, April 26
- TIME: From 8 p.m. until 10-ish p.m.
- WHERE: Britannia Arms (Cupertino)
- ADDRESS: 1087 S. DeAnza Bl. in Cupertino
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Current Mood: ditzy
Thursday, February 23rd, 2006
8:23 pm
Notes from Friday Night Blues:

Just a reminder and a clarification - our regularly scheduled Friday
Night Blues will take place at Broadway Studios tonight, with Linda,
Solomon & Roy DJing, not at Studio Gracia. We are expecting as many
as 200 people for Tangoed Up In Blues, so we had to have a venue that
accomodates up to 400. If you are coming to Broadway Studios, come
for an early catered dinner at 5:30 p.m.

Tangoed Up In Blues now has 110 pre-registered participants. A final
reminder - prices at the door are $10 higher than pre-registered!
You can sign up online until 3 p.m. tomorrow, but ideally you can
sign up with cash and check at the 9:20 tonight.

For more info on Tangoed Up In Blues, feel free to call me at
415.734.0129, or check http://bluestango.com and the following
BluesPulse thread for updates:


Oh, and there was a great article about R.A. Blues in Santa Cruz in
the local newspaper... So this Sunday should be pretty packed,
despite Tangoed Up In Blues. Here's the link:

12:37 pm
john mattern & sheri french
The Bay Area Swing Dancing community suffered a terrible loss this weekend. John Mattern & Sheri French, two swing dancers based out of Santa Rosa, died in a car crash on Saturday.

SR couple mourned after fatal crash

The article linked above gives many details, but I want to highlight that they met at Ellington Hall in Santa Rosa. They did dance in the city and I'm sure they are familiar faces to some of you.

They were very young (20 and 19) and well liked by everyone who met them. John was the first lead to introduce himself and dance with me when I moved to Santa Rosa about two years ago. That was the kind of welcoming people they were. They spread their love of the dance to all who came in contact with them.

If you'd known them and would be interested in coming to the dancing reception at Ellington Hall on Saturday, please reference the obituary/funeral notice for details: linked here. The time of 6:30 is correct.

I'd like to close with one more photo, this I took myself on New Year's eve. It demonstrates how beautiful and full of life they were.

May they rest in peace and dance in heaven.Collapse )

Current Mood: sad
Monday, February 20th, 2006
10:26 pm
The Doghouse is moving
The info isn't yet up on the doghouse website, but the doghouse http://www.doghouseswing.com/ is moving from Rhythm and Motion Studios to the ODC Dance commons at 3153 17th Street · San Francisco CA · 94110 · USA at 17th and Shotwell. http://www.odcdance.org

Next week, February 25th will be the last doghouse at the original location, and March 3rd will be the first one at the new location.
Thursday, January 5th, 2006
11:22 pm
Blues dancing this weekend San Francisco and Santa Cruz
This Sunday, we will be starting a weekly blues dance here in Santa Cruz. It's going to be an awesome dance weekend. The friday night dance is going to go nearly all night long. There are rumors of a house party in San Francisco on Saturday, and on Sunday we will be having an awesome workshop during the day to kick off the new weekly dance.
http://www.rablues.com (Santa Cruz dance)
http://beyondblues.com/2006/WinterBlues/ (workshop)
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Thursday, December 15th, 2005
12:41 am
Blues in both Bay Areas
The big news is that starting with a workshop and a dance on January 8th, there will be a weekly blues dance in Santa Cruz on Sunday nights.

There is also going to be a live band at Friday Night Blues http://www.fridaynightblues.com this week.

These events will be a lot of fun, please spread the word.

I'll just cut and paste the email newsletter ....

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Wednesday, November 30th, 2005
6:53 am
Come do power polka with the Mad Maggies at the Berkeley Barn Dance, Sunday, 12/4
Escape from the holiday music for just one weekend --
come to the Berkeley Barn Dance for a taste of power polka and musical mayhem!

Sunday, December 4th
at Grace North Church
2138 Cedar (near Oxford), in Berkeley

Pre-dance Social Hour/Potluck: **6 p.m.**
(bring your knitting, come to learn more about the dancing,
or just relax over your takeout food before the dance)

Dance party: **7 to 9:45 p.m.**

Regular admission $10, BACDS members $8,
Students/low-income/kids $5
Family and group discounts available
(email bacds@bacds.org for more info)

Calling by Alan Winston
***Music by special guests The Mad Maggies (www.themadmaggies.com)***
"World-inspired, power folk, tweaked traditional music"

Simple group and couple dances (waltzes! polkas! a bit of Balkan!),
good music, a great time!

- - - - - MORE ABOUT THE DANCE - - - - -

This month we're proud to feature The Mad Maggies, a big band that includes
accordion, saxophone, trombone, trumpet, tuba, guitars, bass, drums, percussion,
and more as the mood strikes them. Composer/singer/accordionist Maggie Martin,
who played for 12 years with Polkacide, leads the group. Imagine Brave Combo
meets a Gypsy-funk brass band meets Gaelic renegades meets neo-polka enthusiasts.

Alan Winston, a series regular who packs a wry wit and an encyclopedic repertoire,
will blend the barn dance style with this new band sound (with help from Victoria
Williams on Balkan). Whether or not you've been to the Berkeley barn dance before,
you want to come and check it out!

If you've never come to a barn dance before, be sure to arrive between 7
and 8 p.m. -- this is when the caller focuses more on teaching. However,
all dances will be taught and called. Come with a group of friends or come
by yourself. You don't need to bring a partner.
More about the dance and what's coming next monthCollapse )

Crossposted to bayarea and sfbayarea
Thursday, November 17th, 2005
2:47 am
Blues Dance classes in Sunnyvale on Sunday
details on Blues Pulse as well as at http://www.steppinoutproductions.com on the calendar

Classes from 6-7 and 7-8 with a dance from 8-11. It's $12 for one class and $17 for both.

Another blues event is a blues around the clock, 24 hours of blues fundraiser in Vallejo this weekend: http://bayareabluessociety.net/24Hrs.html
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