Mostly Waltz for Boston

March 22-24, 2024

Boston Waltz Weekend

Workshops and Dancing
with Susan de Guardiola

Concord Scout House
74 Walden Street
Concord, Massachusetts

The Folk Arts Center of New England and Mostly Waltz for Boston are pleased to welcome dance teacher and social dance historian Susan de Guardiola, of New Haven, CT for a weekend of waltz and other workshops, dancing, and fun.

Register online here
Questions? email Mostly Waltz

The weekend will feature a mix of cross-step and rotary waltz workshops plus some other dances from Susan’s large and eclectic repertoire for variety and fun! Cross-step waltz is one of Susan’s specialties and it’s perfect for those slower tunes -- it's easy to learn, yet endlessly innovative and creative for experienced dancers. For those not familiar, check out this great cross-step waltz video.

We will also have time for open dancing and practice, and a DJ’ed dance on Saturday night along with an optional group dinner at a nearby restaurant. The weekend will be followed by the regular Mostly Waltz for Boston dance on Sunday afternoon with live music by Jacqueline Schwab and Dave Langford. We hope you can join us!

  • Partnering: It is not necessary to attend any of these workshops with a partner. We encourage rotating partners, or you can choose to stay with your own partner.
  • COVID policy: Masks are optional but welcome. COVID vaccine is highly recommended but not required. The Scout House has high ceilings with ceiling fans and we’ll have windows along both sides cracked open for ventilation.
  • If you are ill, have COVID symptoms, or have had recent exposure, then please do not attend. If you have recently recovered from COVID, please do not attend until the CDC period of increased vigilance has passed (typically 10 days, or two negative tests 48 hours apart). A full refund will be given due to COVID concerns.

Weekend Schedule

FRIDAY, March 22

  • 7:00 - 7:30pm - Check-in
  • 7:30 – 8:45pm - Rotary Waltz Variations - Intermediate
  • 9:00 - 10:00pm - Open dancing: DJ'd by Susan

SATURDAY, March 23

  • 9:15 - 9:45am - Practice time
  • 9:50 – 10:50am - Cross-step Waltz - Basics
  • 11:00am – 12:00pm - Cross-step Waltz Variations - Intermediate
  • 12:10 – 1:10pm - Ragtime Foxtrot
  • Lunch Break
  • 2:20 – 3:20pm - Cross-step in Duple Time - Intermediate
  • 3:30-4:30pm - Rotary Waltz Variations - Intermediate
  • 4:40-5:40pm - Sequence Dances for All
  • Optional group DINNER (location tbd)
  • 8:00 – 10:30pm - Dance Party: Waltzes and More, DJ’ed by Susan

SUNDAY, March 24

  • 9:30 - 10:00am - Practice time
  • 10:00 – 11:15am - Cross-step Waltz - Advanced
  • 11:30am – 12:45pm - Rotary/Cross-step Transitions and Combinations - Advanced

Sunday afternoon

We hope you’ll stay and join us for our regular monthly Mostly Waltz dance from 2:00 - 5:30pm (just pay at the door for this one).

  • 2:00 – 3:00pm - Dance Lesson: Polka Mania! With Susan de Guardiola
  • 3:00 – 5:30pm - Waltzing and Couple Dancing with music by Jacqueline Schwab (piano) & Dave Langford (fiddle)

Workshop Descriptions

Stay tuned for more details, which are still being finalized. The schedule above shows the overall framework and levels for each workshop.

Admission Fees

FAC members, students, and "helpers" are eligible for discount admission. Please check box on the registration form if you're interested in helping at the event for discounted admission (e.g. helping with check-in, sweeping, monitoring the hall during meal breaks, etc.) and we'll be in touch.

Register online here
Questions? email Mostly Waltz

Category General Admission FAC Member Student or Helper
Full Weekend (early bird)
General Admission:
$105
FAC Member:
$95
Student or Helper:
$55
Full Weekend (after 2/29)
General Admission:
$115
FAC Member:
$105
Student or Helper:
$60
Friday & Saturday Workshops + Dance
General Admission:
$95
FAC Member:
$88
Student or Helper:
$50
Saturday Workshops + Dance
General Admission:
$80
FAC Member:
$75
Student or Helper:
$45
Special: Sequence Dances For All + Saturday Night Dance
General Admission:
$20
FAC Member:
$18
Student or Helper:
$10
Each workshop
General Admission:
$15
FAC Member:
$14
Student or Helper:
$8
Saturday Night Dance
General Admission:
$10
FAC Member:
$8
Student or Helper:
$6

 

Full refund (minus $20 processing fee) if cancel before March 12th. After that a refund is offered, minus processing fee, only if we can fill your space.

Lodging

For out-of-towners, here are the closest hotels/motels to Concord Scout House: