Gaye Fifer, an enthusiastic advocate and instructor of contra-style waltz and an accomplished contra caller from Pittsburgh, will lead a special waltz workshop preceding the first GODS contra dance event on Sunday, April 5 at 1:30pm - 3:30pm.
Gaye's instructions are clear and concise, as she is a teacher by profession. An easy smile and delightful sense of humor are part of Gaye's relaxed, pleasant style at the microphone. Gaye calls contra dances throughout the U.S. & Canada and is also an enthusiastic advocate and instructor of contra-style waltz.
The waltz workshop will focus on beyond-the-basic waltz steps, with an emphasis on the nuances of clear leading and aware following. The goal is to build confidence & competence while having fun! Gaye believes that waltzing is not only about fancy moves and twirls, but first and foremost, about connecting with the music and with your partner. The style of waltz she teaches is contra, or American folk, waltz, rather than Viennese or ballroom. No partner is necessary.
Open waltzing after the workshop includes live music by fiddler Laura Light with Gary Anderson on guitar .
* Waltz lesson & open waltzing only - $10
* Waltz lesson & open waltzing only under 25 years - $5
* Waltz Session plus Contra (waltz $8 +contra $12) - $20
* Waltz Session plus Contra under 25 (waltz $3 + contra $7) $10