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NEW! We're welcoming the fabulous Mari Black Trio for a titillating Tea Dance on November 9, 2014, noon to 3pm, at the Veteran's War Memorial Bldg, Park Blvd in Balboa Park. Ms. Black is an award winning violinist with an impressive command of several vintage and international music styles. Suggested costuming is fall colors of the early 20th Century. Cost is $15 at the door.
We also periodically host special weekend dance festivals which include lessons as well as themed dances. Our last dance weekend was A Victorian Weekend at the fabulous Glen Tavern Inn in Santa Paula, November 2013. We hosted a Titanic 100 Year Anniversary Commemoration Weekend in 2012. Our New Year's Eve 2013 dance party with a Casablanca theme, "Rick's Cafe Americain," was also a fun, fun time.
We have hosted 6 dance weeks, each one unique: our most recent historic/vintage dance week in 2013 was on Mackinac Island (see report on left), and our penultimate dance week on the fabulous Queen Mary in Long Beach Harbor in 2011. Our vintage dance weeks are always spectacular, one-of-a-kind events, featuring incomparable vintage dance instruction, plus evening themed events, authentic live music, tea & much more!
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|Vintage Dance Lessons in San Diego |
There are (nearly)free beginning/intermediate vintage dance lessons on Fridays in Balboa Park at the Casa Del Prado Bldg. Rm 207, from 7:30-9:45 PM. Learn basic dance steps as well as choreographies.
Contact WaltznSuch link(left) for more information.
SD Vintage Dance Week
|VIENNESE NIGHTS: A Traditional Waltz Ball|
On January 31, 2015 we will again experience the enchantment of a traditional Waltz Ball, celebrating the music and dances of the Strauss family and their contemporaries. This year, we are excited to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Balboa Park with a special selection of music circa 1915. San Diego's own Grand Pacific Waltz Orchestra,under the direction of Mr Joe Dyke, provides LIVE authentic music for Waltzes, Polkas, Quadrilles, Schottisches and more! The fabulous Ms. Joan Walton of San Jose, California will be our Dance Mistress for the evening. Ms Walton, an authority on historic vintage dances, will also teach a basic class in "survival waltz", as well as the Quadrilles of the evening, in the afternoon prior to the ball. We hope to have a special surprise dance performance this year, as we so enjoyed last year's visit by the Academy of Dance Libre, a vintage dance troup from the Bay Area.
The Ball and afternoon class both take place in our favorite grand ballroom, the Balboa Park Club, a 12,000 sf 1915 ballroom in famous Balboa Park, here in San Diego. This year, we are encouraging vintage formal wear of circa 1915, or our usual clothing of the 19th Century, but this is not required. However, this is always a formal event, and formal wear is required (no jeans, tennis shoes, mini-skirts, sandals, etc. allowed.)
Tickets will be available Fall 2014.
Viennese Nights Ball
| Richard Powers: Musings & Thoughts on Dance|
Going Out Dancing – How to have more fun; how to let your dance partners have more fun!A few (MUST) ground rules:
Some dances travel in line-of-direction, like waltz, polka, one-step and foxtrot. For these dances... 1) The fast lane is on the outside. Please don't block or slow down the traffic. Dance in the fast lane only if you can keep up.... don't be a rock in the rapids! 2) The slow lane or stationary steps are in the center, the eye of the hurricane.
If you're not dancing for a moment, please clear completely off the floor. The dancers will appreciate it.
Floorcraft-- Please take extra care not to bump other couples. i.e. don't step on others, don't rock-step back onto others, don't throw your partner into someone else (!) and don't ram another couple (!!). Always be aware of the others around you. Guys, look where you are going to lead her before you send her there. Don't start a move unless there is room. Protect her from collisions.
In swing, don't do aerials or kicks in crowded conditions. Even if you have lots of space, never attempt to lead an aerial with someone unless you've carefully practiced that move with them.
Don't wear heavy perfumes and colognes to a social dance. Most people don't consider it very sociable, and some have allergies. And similarly...Dance hygiene! Need we say more? (Your partners may find it hard to dance while holding their breath.)
We encourage you to dance with people you don't already know. Most dancers will be happy to dance with someone new.
If you are far more experienced than your partner, dance for your partner's style and comfort. Yes, some challenges and surprises are fun, but being pushed around uncomfortably isn't.
Give your partners all of your attention. Let them know, somehow, that you'd rather be dancing with them than someone else.
Dancing is all about having fun. Criticizing your partner isn't fun. Don't give an impromptu lesson unless asked.
If there is live music, don't treat the musicians like canned music. Let them know that you appreciate their presence and their talent.
Relax. Don't get flustered, keep moving, laugh at what happened if appropriate but keep dancing. Truly exceptional dancers will almost always make a mistake look like something they planned if at all possible. There are no mistakes in dancing, only new moves.
Dance for your partner. But also dance with your partner — have fun yourself and let your partner know that you're having fun with them.
Happiness itself is the way to dance and to live. It isn't something you try to get from dancing or living. Happiness is something that you bring to dancing, and to life.
— Richard Powers
San Diego, CA