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Mostly Waltz for Boston

Waltzes and other couple dances

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

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 events such as our upcoming waltz and swing workshops with Ari Levitt (see the web page) on Saturday, May 30, 2015, and an advanced level cross-step waltz workshop on Tuesday, June 2, 2015 (see the listing below).

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 2014–2015

Special event on September 7, 2014
Waltz workshops with Ari Levitt:
2:15-3:15 pm... Unique Waltz Combinations that Slide and Glide.
3:20-4:20 pm... Waltzing the Blues.
4:25-5:30 pm... Fun Hidden Hand Change Combos and More.

September 14, 2014
Music by Dave Langford (fiddle), Julie Vallimont (piano), and Rachel Bell (accordion).
Dance lesson: Waltz Secrets with Tom Roby and Diane Gonzales – Learn/review the essentials plus tips and tricks for right-turning rotary waltz.

October 19, 2014
Music by Jacqueline Schwab (piano) and Mary Lea (fiddle).
Dance lesson: Bluesy Waltz Pivots with Tom Roby and Diane Gonzales – We'll build on the basics of blues waltz including a gentle introduction to waltz pivots.

Special event on November 9, 2014
Cross-step waltz workshops with Susan de Guardiola:
2-2:45 pm... Cross-step waltz basics.
2:45-3:30 pm... Cross-step waltz variations.
3:30-5:30 pm... Open waltzing deejayed by Susan.

November 30, 2014
Music by Mary Lea (fiddle) and Peter Barnes (piano, guitar).
Dance lesson: Waltz Zig-Zags and Switchbacks with Diane Gonzales; Gypsy Wine (one-step) taught at the break.

December 28, 2014
Holiday party! Please bring goodies to share for the refreshment spread.
Music will be a mix of traditional, contemporary, and holiday tunes deejayed by Diane Gonzales for your dancing pleasure.
Dance lesson: Dealing with Speed, with Diane and Michaela Gonzales. Learn some tips and techniques for waltzing to faster music – We'll start at mid-tempo and gradually ramp up the speed!

February 8, 2015 - canceled because of snow

March 8, 2015
Music by 3rd String Trio: Karen Axelrod (accordion, piano), Peter Barnes (guitar), and Aldo Fabrizi (mandolin).
Dance lesson: Waltz Variations with guest teachers Peggy Leiby and Ret Turner from Philadelphia's Mostly Waltz.

April 12, 2015
Music by Eric Eid-Reiner (piano) and Audrey Knuth (fiddle).
Dance lesson: Cross-step Waltz with Diane Gonzales - Review the basics and learn some variations.

Special event on Saturday, May 30, 2015
Waltz and swing workshops with Ari Levitt
Payson Park Congregational Church, 365 Belmont Street, Belmont, MA.
1:30–3 pm... Fusion Waltz Combinations.
3:15–4:45 pm... Lifts, Dips and Liabilities.
5–6:30 pm... Swing Innovations.
6:30–6:50 pm... Free guided dance practice.

May 31, 2015
End of season party! Please bring goodies to share for the refreshment spread.
Music by Notorious: Larry Unger (guitar, banjo) and Eden Macadam-Somer (fiddle).
Dance lesson with Ari Levitt from Seattle.

Special event on Tuesday, June 2, 2015
Cross-step Waltz Innovations with Ari Levitt, 8-9:30 pm (doors open 7:45 pm).
Park Avenue Congregational Church, 50 Paul Revere Road, Arlington, MA.
Admission $20.
This workshop for more advanced level dancers will explore some of Ari's creative cross-step waltz patterns, using energy and connection for smooth partnering. Facility with cross-step waltz and with right and left turning rotary waltz is strongly recommended.
Reserve a spot by emailing Mostly Waltz for Boston with the subject line: RSVP advanced workshop, x people. We'll collect money at the door. Space is limited!

Past Mostly Waltz for Boston Sunday schedule for 2013–2014

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!

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.