Richard Powers Waltz Weekend

Richard Powers Waltz Weekend
October 5-6, 2019 – Thelma Boltin Center, Gainesville

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 until July 1st, $60 for the weekend
• Regular registration opens July 1st, $70 for the weekend
• This venue has a capacity of approximately 70, so be sure to register early to save your place!

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.

Richard Powers is known for his pioneering study of vintage dance and founding of dance groups, choreography and excellence in teaching. He is an expert in American social dance, noted for his choreographies for dozens of stage productions and films, and his workshops in Paris, Rome, Prague, London, Venice, Geneva, St. Petersburg and Tokyo as well as across the U.S. and Canada. He has been researching and reconstructing historic social dances for forty years and is currently a full-time instructor at Stanford University Dance Division.

Richard's emphasis is on flexible attentive partnering, creativity, developing one's personal style, and the ability to adapt to the dancing styles of various partners. He instructs students in communicating with partners and even extends lessons in dance to lessons in life.

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