Mostly Waltz for Boston
Waltzes and other couple dances
2–5:30 pm selected Sundays, September through May
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 2015–2016
Download the Mostly Waltz fall 2015 flier as a printable PDF.
September 27, 2015
Music by Pandora: Amy Cann (violin), Ray Salvo (clarinet), and Norb Spencer (accordion).
Dance lesson: Intro waltz lesson with Kent Koeninger.
October 25, 2015
Music by Mary Lea and Peter Barnes;
Dance lesson: Shadow Waltz Moves with Tom Roby and Diane Gonzales.
November 29, 2015
Music by 3rd String Trio: Karen Axelrod, Peter Barnes, and Aldo Fabrizi.
December 27, 2015
Holiday party deejayed by Diane Gonzales.
January 24, 2016
Music by Notorious: Larry Unger and Eden MacAdam-Somer.
March 13, 2016
Music by Keith Murphy and Becky Tracy.
April 10, 2016
Music by Eric Eid-Reiner and Audrey Knuth.
May 22, 2016
End of season bash! Recorded music or TBD.
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, 1:30-6:50 pm.
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: Left Turning Waltz (the other way!) 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.
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.