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Every Saturday

 


  Anchorage Folk Festival

www.anchoragefolkfestival.org

2015 Anchorage Folk Festival January 15th - 25th


10:00 - 11:15 am Swing Dancing
Roxanne
O'Connor
live band:
Hot Club of
Nunaka
swing till noon!
11:30 am - 12:45
pm
Swing Dance
ends @ noon

Saturday, January 17, 2015  Wendy Williams Auditorium

10:00 - 11:15 am Swing Dancing with Patrick and Roxanne

live band:  Hot Club of Nunaka, swing till noon!

11:30 am - 12:45 pm Swing Dance ends @ noon


Sunday, January 25, 2015  Wendy Williams Auditorium

10:00 - 11:15 am The Art of Waltzing with Patrick and Roxanne

The Art of Playing Waltzes for Dancers (bring instruments & music stand) Mary Schallert

Waltz till noon!


11:30 am - 12:45 pm Waltz ends @ noon 


UAA Community and Technical College

 

The Continuing Education Department has partnered with Back2Basics Dance Company in Anchorage to provide fun, introductory dance series. Each class will meet at the Turnagain Arts Building, 4105 Turnagain Blvd East, Suite X, and is taught by Roxanne Flores-Muller.

 

Argentine Tango

This 6-week course will cover the beginning (Bronze) level of Argentine Tango. Argentine Tango is a social/club dance originating from Argentina and later becoming popular in Europe and North America in the beginning of the 20th Century and is still popular today thanks to television programs such as Dancing With The Stars and So You Think You Can Dance.

By the end of the course, the dancer will learn to Basic Footwork, Lead and Follow, and Basic Figures/Variations of the dance.  

Ballroom Waltz

This 6-week course will cover the beginning level of Ballroom Waltz. Ballroom Waltz originated in the mid 1700s as a court dance, was accepted by the common folk and has evolved into many variations since then. It remains a popular dance especially as the first dance of the married couple in modern wedding receptions today.

By the end of the course, the dancer will learn Basic Footwork, Lead and Follow, and Basic Figures/Variations of the dance.

 

1920's Couples Charleston

This 6-week course will cover the beginning level of 1920s Couples Charleston. The Charleston is a social/club dance originating from Charleston, South Carolina, in the beginning of the 20th Century with the birth of Jazz music, and is considered the first swing dances of this century. It is still popular today thanks to television programs such as Dancing With The Stars and So You Think You Can Dance.

By the end of the course, the dancer will know Basic Footwork, Lead and Follow, and Basic Figures/Variations of the dance.


We will continue to offer 6 week dance series until the UAA Continuing Education Summer Catalog is released.  The dates for the next series will be 5/11/15-6/19/15.

Argentine Tango

This 6-week course will cover the beginning (Bronze) level of Argentine Tango. Argentine Tango is a social/club dance originating from Argentina and later becoming popular in Europe and North America in the beginning of the 20th Century and is still popular today thanks to television programs such as Dancing With The Stars and So You Think You Can Dance.

By the end of the course, the dancer will learn to Basic Footwork, Lead and Follow, and Basic Figures/Variations of the dance. 

 

Mondays 8:00-9:00 pm May 11-June 15, 2015

 

Balboa/Bal-Swing

Balboa is a swing dance from the 1920's to 1930's that was derived from dances such as the Charleston, Collegiate Shag, Foxtrot, and Rumba. It was developed by dancers in Southern California (Balboa Peninsula, thus the name) and is associated with dancers Maxie Dorf and Willie Destatoff. It is an 8 count dance that can be danced to slow tempos (80 beats per minute) to fast tempos (300 bpm).

Pure Balboa is danced solely in closed position. Bal-Swing evolved when dancers wanted to start to break away as the dancers were dancing swing in Los Angeles (LA Swing as they called it, otherwise known as Lindy Hop). Although, the connection is no longer closed, the dance still maintains its upright appearance throughout the dance.

In either form, you can enjoy a full song of dancing without getting too short of breath. One of the old masters, Anne Mills stated that Balboa was a "three minute hug" and was used as a breather after dancing all those really fast swing out dances.

 

Wednesdays 8:00-9:00 pm May 13-June 17, 2015

Salsa

This is a truly great club dance, one that is fun, accessible, sexy, and constantly evolving as new generations come to the Salsa clubs.

Salsa as a dance style began in New York in the Latino dance clubs (Puerto Rican, Cuban, and Dominican) in the 1960′s and 1970′s, though most agree that Salsa clearly had its earliest origins in Cuban Son.

Both the music and the dance continue to evolve in the Salsa clubs of New York, California, Texas, and beyond.

Salsa music is Afro-Caribbean in its beginnings, though it has been adapted by Latin jazz musicians to meet the tastes of the current popular music, with contemporary pop, rock, and R&B also added to the mix.

Salsa music features a complex clave driven rhythm with exuberant horns and percussion sections (with cow bells and timbales) as well as a powerful vocalist.

Salsa dancing features break steps, spins, showy performance moves and drops, and solo moves called “Shines,”a term borrowed from the world of tap dancing.

 

Fridays 7:00-8:00 pm May 15-June 19, 2015

Ballroom Waltz

 

This 6-week course will cover the beginning level of Ballroom Waltz. Ballroom Waltz originated in the mid 1700s as a court dance, was accepted by the common folk and has evolved into many variations since then. It remains a popular dance especially as the first dance of the married couple in modern wedding receptions today.

By the end of the course, the dancer will learn Basic Footwork, Lead and Follow, and Basic Figures/Variations of the dance.

 

Fridays 8:00-9:00 pm May 15-June 19, 20154


 

Every Friday night this summer 6/26/15-9/4/15.

Swing Dancing every Friday night from 8:00-11:00 pm outdoors on the patio (weather permitting). Music and Dancing provided by Back 2 Basics Dance Company. Come enjoy the sun, friends and good food. Vintage dress is welcome. City Diner is 1950's themed so 1940-1960's is appropriate.Dancing is free, but please patron City Diner as they allow us to party on the patio. 


UAA Community and Technical College

 

 The Continuing Education Department has partnered with Back2Basics Dance Company in Anchorage to provide fun, introductory dance series. Each class will meet at the Turnagain Arts Building, 4105 Turnagain Blvd East, Suite X, and is taught by Roxanne Flores-Muller.