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Mostly Waltz for Boston

Waltzes and other couple dances

2–5:30 pm selected Sundays, September through June

Concord Scout House, 74 Walden Street, Concord, Massachusetts

Admission $12 • FAC members $10 • Young adults $6
Your second time attending Mostly Waltz is FREE!

Beginners, experienced dancers, singles, and couples are all welcome!

Note our location since Fall 2012: the Concord Scout House in Concord, MA!
The Folk Arts Center and Mostly Waltz for Boston present Sunday afternoon sessions of live music for waltzing and other couple dances. This series duplicates the Mostly Waltz afternoons held in other cities across North America. Mostly Waltz for Boston also presents occasional special workshops in styles such as cross-step waltz.

The regular Sunday dances in this series feature a lesson in waltz basics, figures, or styles from 2 to 3 pm, followed by live music for dancing until 5:30 pm, with intermediate-level "cool moves" or other dance variations taught during the break, 4:10 to 4:30 pm. A variety of waltz tunes and tempos are played during the session; every third number is a different couple dance, such as a polka, hambo, schottische, swing, tango, one-step, blues, or zwiefacher.

Your donations to the refreshment table are much appreciated. To protect the hall's wooden floor and to make turning easier, please change from street shoes to clean shoes, ideally leather-soled, before dancing. For the comfort and well-being of all our dancers, especially those with allergies or asthma, please do not wear perfume or fragranced personal products at our dances. Thank you!

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Mostly Waltz for Boston Sunday schedule for 2013–2014

Download the Mostly Waltz spring 2014 flier as a printable PDF.

September 15, 2013
Music by The Figments: Anna Patton (clarinet), Ethan Hazzard-Watkins (fiddle), and Owen Morrison (guitar).
Dance Lesson: Waltz Secrets with Diane Gonzales - Learn/review the essentials for right-turning rotary waltz, as well as tips for taking your turns to the next level.

October 20, 2013
Music by Mary Lea (fiddle), Karen Axelrod (piano), and Emily Troll (fiddle, accordion).
Dance Lesson: Finessing Footwork and Figure Transitions with Tom Roby - Tips and tricks to smooth your rotary waltz and transitions between figures.

November 10, 2013
Music by Spare Parts: Liz Stell (flute), Bill Matthiesen (piano), and Eric Buddington (fiddle).
Dance Lesson: Schottis with Eph Weiss. Learn the basics plus variations for this Vintage/Scandinavian couple dance done at Mostly Waltz.

December 1, 2013
Music by Mary Lea (fiddle) and Peter Barnes (piano).
Dance Lesson: Waltz Variations with Tom Roby and Diane Gonzales - Learn windmills, whooshes, and other shadow variations.
Special location for this date only:
Cambridge Masonic Hall, 1950 Mass. Avenue, Porter Square, Cambridge, MA.

December 29, 2013
Music by Eric Eid-Reiner (of the Moving Violations, piano) and Audrey Knuth (of the Free Raisins, fiddle).
Dance Lesson: Redowa and other turning waltz variations with Diane and Michaela Gonzales.

February 9, 2014
Special cross-step waltz workshops with Susan de Guardiola:
2-2:55 pm... Cross-step waltz basics.
3-4:10 pm... Cross-step pivaloop variations.
4:15-5:30 pm... Open waltzing deejayed by Susan.

March 9, 2014
Music by Mary Lea (fiddle) and Peter Barnes (piano).
Dance lesson: Waltz variations with Peggy Leiby and Ret Turner from Mostly Waltz Philadelphia.

April 13, 2014
Music by Larry Unger (guitar, banjo) and Julie Metcalf (fiddle).
Dance lesson: Shadow Variations for Waltz and Schottis plus Waltz Across Texas Mixer with Diane Gonzales and Tom Roby.

May 11, 2014
Music by Third String Trio: Karen Axelrod (piano), Aldo Fabrizi (mandolin), and Peter Barnes (guitar).
Dance lesson: Cross-step/Rotary Waltz Smackdown! (or how to incorporate cross-step into your everyday waltzing) with Tom Roby.

June 8, 2014
Our annual End of Season Bash, with alternative music deejayed by Diane Gonzales.
Dance lesson with Diane Gonzales: Cross-step Waltz Basics and Variations (continuing on the theme of how to incorporate cross-step into your everyday waltzing).
Please bring goodies to share!

Our 2014 fall season opener is scheduled for September 14.

Past Mostly Waltz for Boston Sunday schedule for 2012–2013

November 11, 2012
Special cross-step waltz workshops with Susan de Guardiola:
2-2:50 pm... Cross-step waltz basics.
3-4:20 pm... Cross-step waltz variations.
4:30-5:30 pm... Open waltzing deejayed by Susan.

November 25, 2012
Music by Mary Lea (fiddle) and Peter Barnes (piano, guitar).
Dance lesson: Waltz Secrets with Tom Roby and Diane Gonzales - Learn/review the essentials plus tips and tricks for right-turning rotary waltz.

January 13, 2013
Music by Barbara Pixton (piano), Catherine Miller (fiddle), and Robert Penny (cello).
Dance lesson: Cross-step waltz with Diane Gonzales - Learn/review the essentials plus a few new variations.

February 10, 2013
Valentine's Party - donations to the refreshment table are welcome.
Music by Mary Lea (fiddle) and Karen Axelrod (piano, accordion).
Dance lesson: "Opposites Attract" (in honor of Valentine's Day) with Veronica McClure - Learn a waltz sequence with both open moves and sustained closed connections, with emphasis on partnering.

March 10, 2013
Music by The Figments: Anna Patton (clarinet), Ethan Hazzard-Watkins (fiddle), and Owen Morrison (guitar, feet).
Dance lesson: Open Waltz Variations with special guests Peggy Leiby and Ret Turner, from Mostly Waltz Philadelphia.

April 14, 2013
Music by Karen Axelrod (piano, accordion), Aldo Fabrizi (mandolin), and Emily Troll (fiddle, accordion).
Dance lesson: Cross-step waltz with Diane Gonzales and Tom Roby - Learn/review the essentials plus a few new variations (just in time to get prepared for the intermediate cross-step waltz workshop and dancing at NEFFA!).

May 12, 2013
Music by Larry Unger (guitar, banjo) and Julie Metcalf (fiddle).
Dance lesson with Diane Gonzales and Tom Roby.

June 9, 2013
End of Season Bash, with alternative music deejayed by Diane Gonzales.
Dance lesson with Veronica McClure: reprise of "Waltz with Me" from February, plus a popular two-step sequence that she taught at NEFFA.