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Waltz Weekend with Richard Powers Sat 10/05 Gainesville GODS


October 2019

Saturday 5 October 2019

Waltz Weekend with Richard Powers

Sat 5 Oct to Sun 6 Oct, 10 am-2 pm. Thelma Boltin Center, 516 NE 2nd Avenue, Gainesville. Gainesville Oldtime Dance Society - [website][email][events]

Richard Powers is a dance historian and instructor at Stanford University specializing in both historic and contemporary social dance. He leads workshops around the world (see below for more about that). His Social Dance class is among Stanford University's most popular courses.

The primary focus of the weekend will be waltzing, including cross-step waltz and traditional turning waltz with a few other dances of Richard's choice. This special weekend is only for those with at least some waltz experience (traditional, cross-step, box, Viennese, etc.) This is not a workshop for waltz beginners. If you already know some basic waltz steps, then this waltz weekend is for you.

Early Bird Registration opens May 1st, 8 am, $60 for the weekend
Regular registration opens July 1st, 8 am, $70 for the weekend

This venue will have a capacity of approximately 70, so be sure to register early to save your place.

Donations can be made at any time to help sponsor those who are unable to afford the full ticket price, by visiting the registration page:


Richard's custom schedule for this weekend is tentative and subject to change. All events will be at the Thelma A. Boltin Center in Gainesville, Florida.

Saturday October 5
10:00 - 10:50 am - Waltzing for Waltzers - Beyond the basics to whirling with ease and comfort.
11:00 - 11:45 am - Cross-Step Waltz Basics - Ramp up on the newest and fastest-spreading form of waltz.
12:00 pm - 12:30 pm - Lunch break
12:30 pm - 1:15 pm - Lunchtime chat with Richard
1:30-2:30 pm - Sweetheart Variations: Permutations in Shadow Position.
2:40-3:30 pm - Cross-Step Waltz Variations, including a new one that Richard recently introduced to waltzers in Russia.
3:40- 4:30 pm - Waltz Rueda: Cross-Step Waltz Mixer Variations
4:30 pm - 6:30 pm - Break for dinner
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm - Evening Party

Sunday, October 6
9:30 -10:40 am - On-the-fly rotary waltz variations, meaning spontaneous possibilities that can be intuitively led and followed.
10:50 - 11:45 am - Pivaloops and Halo Frisbee, cross-step waltz variations.
12:00 - 1:00 pm - Lunch break
1:00 - 2:00 pm - Review of some of this weekend's highlights.

Saturday evening party will be hosted by Richard Powers using his selection of recorded music. Dances may span several vintage eras, from the 1800s to the early 1900s, as well as contemporary, depending on his selection.

Regular first Sunday contra dance - After the waltz weekend concludes, The Gainesville Oldtime Dance Society will host their regular 1st Sunday waltz & contra dance on October 6th. This dance is not included in your weekend ticket, but you are welcome to extend your visit for a 45-minute waltz from 2:30-3:15 pm, as well as contra dance from 4 pm - 7 pm. Suggested donation of $10 for this afternoon dance.
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