Sunday, March 29, 2015

Paonia Swing Playshops and P-Town Stomp June 24, 27, and July 1st

Blue Sage * Summer 2015
* 2 weeks of Wednesday Swing Playshops + The P-Town Stomp! *
A Saturday Night Social Dance

Here's the scoop, dancers of the North Fork Valley and beyond!
We're coming to Paonia for 2 weeks of dancing fun at the Blue Sage.  Jump in, 
and Swing Out!  Polish and expand your dance skills, just in time for summertime
dancing.  Imagine all kinds of fun! 



2 levels of Playshops, for two Wednesdays * June 24 and July 1

Swing into Lindy
for beginning dancers, and experienced dancers looking to refresh your swing skills
6:30 – 8 * June 24 and July 1st

Learn from scratch or brush up on the fun-damentals of the original American swing dance! We'll teach you the basic 6-count Swing steps, cool transitions, the lead / follow roles, and how to create great connection with each other on the dance floor. Lindy Hop, the original form of Swing, is very versatile, and can be danced to everything from Rock 'n Roll to Bluegrass to vintage Big Band music. Have you always wanted to join the fun of partner dance and Swing? Or need to polish these skills? Dust off your shoes and jump in!
Dancers can drop in for one or both weeks, but we highly recommend 
coming for both.

Lindy Hop and Solo Jazz Intermediate
for dancers familiar with 6 count swing and partner connection
8 – 9:30 * June 24 and July 1st

Expand your skills, enhance your style and connection, and learn new combinations!
Lindy Hop components include 6-count Swing, Lindy swing out, and Charleston rhythms. We'll give you a taste of all 3, using playful combinations that easily stretch your dance expression. Warm ups will include elements of solo jazz, which can be mixed into your partner swing or danced on your own.

Come for one or both weeks, or ideally, all 4 Playshops, for a really solid experience of fun skill building and swing connection. We'll help you refine your fundamentals and stretch them into new grooves, as you move yourself to the next level.

About the instructors: Mark Willson and Margot Richardson are members of the Savoy Swing Performance troupe which specializes in Lindy Hop; avid social dancers, and part-time P-Town residents currently making their home base in Seattle.  Friendliness and humor are trademarks of their instructional style. They love watching their students light up with the joy of social dance!



Cost:
Paid in advance:
(Cash or check, received by the Blue Sage on or before Tuesday, June 23rd)
$ 12 per class = 1.5 hours of instruction and fun!
Or $ 22 for two weeks of one class = 3 hours of instruction and fun!

Or the Whole Enchilada Pass!
$ 40 for two weeks of two classes = 6 hours of instruction and fun, PLUS free entrance to the Saturday night dance, aka
The P-Town Stomp! on June 27th 7 – 10 p.m.

Drop in: $14 per class for 1.5 hours of instruction and fun!

Location: The Blue Sage Center for the Arts, Paonia, Colorado

Dates: Two Wednesdays, June 24th and July 1st

Private lessons are available during these two weeks, June 23 – July 3, at reasonable rates. Topics can include 6-count Swing, Lindy Hop finesse, Waltz, Salsa level 1 or 2, Solo Jazz, Wedding Dance, and Manifesting the Life You're Dreaming Of through Dance. Please contact Margot at illuminahealingart@gmail.com for more information and pricing, or find us on Facebook at Delicious Dance for details.

The P-Town Stomp!
Saturday night social dance, open to everyone!
June 27th * 7– 10 p.m. * $ 7

Social dancing in Swing, Blues, Salsa, Waltz and More! 

Free lesson in Swing from 7 – 7:30.
Mini lessons in Salsa and Waltz offered during the dance, and of course, a Birthday Circle! Only $7 buys you an evening of fabulous dance and schmoozing with long-time and brand new friends. We'll play a mix of the finest dance music available for Swing, Blues, Salsa, Two Step, Waltz and even a polka or two. No partner needed. Bring clean, smooth-soled shoes, a water bottle, and a delicious snack to share if you can.
All ages and abilities welcome; this is a community social dance where
cross-generational dancing is encouraged, and anyone can Lead or Follow.


Imagine all kinds of fun!





Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Mark and Margot teaching private dance lessons: here's a glowing testimonial !

"We were looking to take private lessons in Lindy Hop and were referred to Mark and Margot. What a find! Instead of one instructor – we got a team!  From our first lesson, it’s been awesome. Mark and Margot are incredibly encouraging and make dancing a TON of fun. Their enthusiasm is simply contagious! It’s a huge benefit to work with a team – you see the steps demonstrated, and both the lead and follow can try out the steps with the instructor as well as their partner. We feel like we hit the jackpot with you two!" --Jordana and TJ

Sweet!    Thanks, Jordana and TJ, you make teaching dance so rewarding.  


This is Mark and I performing with our dance troupe, the Savoy Swing Performance Troupe, led by Guy Caridi.  Taken while we were in costume, at the Leavenworth Folk Festival. 

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

New Classes in Swing Dance, Lindy Hop and Waltz! with Left Foot Boogie January Februrary 2015

CLASSES 

For all classes and One Pop workshops you can register at the door.  No partner needed.  Bring non-marking shoes and a water bottle, and we'll see you there!

JAN/ FEB 2015
Mark and I will be teaching Swing, Waltz, and likely a "Swing Rueda" reunion class during these winter months.  Now's the time to bring more light and more joy into your life on the dance floor.  See below for details, and check Left Foot Boogie  for more dance fun.

  
5 Wednesdays: CREATIVE TOPICS IN SWING!
Creative Topics: 7:30 - 9:00 pm 
Perfect for Swing 2 & 3 Level Dancers:   Come on out further your skills, laugh, dance, dance, dance & Be challenged!
Drop-in for an eve, more, or come to all five...
 
Jan 14 - Swing Fast - Mark & Margot 
Jan 21 - Swing Slow - Mark, & Margot 
Jan 28 - Swing Fast / Swing Slow - Jodi & Wren 
Feb 4 - Double Time Swing - Jodi & Partner 
Feb 11 - Creative Moves, Style & Rhythm Jodi & Wren
 1.5 hr wkshops,       Drop-in $20      All 5 wkshops, 7.5 hrs - $80 
Bothell Sons of Norway, 23905 Bothell Everett Hwy 

5 Thursdays: Waltz 1 
Jan 15, 22, 29 Feb 5 , Feb 12
 
Markee & Margot   Phinney Ridge Ctr - Upper Bldg , 6532 Phinney Ave. N, $60 
6:00 - 7:00     Waltz 1     
We'll be starting at the very beginning and soon will be floating around the room with a partner in our arms.
Waltz- the ultimate romantic dance!

5 Thurs: Lindy Intermediate 
Jan 8, 15, 22, 29 Feb 5 

Mark, & Katie,   Phinney Ridge Ctr - Upper Bldg , 6532 Phinney Ave. N, $80 
7:00 - 8:30    Lindy Bop Whop Whop Skee-dop     
We're mixing up Charleston, swoops, swing outs and reversals - Yeah Baby! Live the Adventure!




Fun and friendly One Pop Workshops for Swing, Lindy Hop, Waltz and Blues, with Left Foot Boogie !

One Pop Workshops * with Left Foot Boogie
* or Playshops, as we fondly call them - they're too fun to call 'em work!


 January/ February 2015

 Swing Fun-damentals
 Sat: Jan 10 & Jan 17
 1:30 - 4:00 pm
 Mark & Margot
 Ballard, Sunset Hill, 3003 N.W. 66th Ave., (5 hrs) $60
 (LEVEL 1, BEGINNING from SCRATCH)
 We decided to make it a party atmosphere-- way more fun to learn a new skill!  
 We'll take care of the fun:
  lots of music, fun & easy moves!  
 Starting from the ground up, we'll get you in the swing of things in a flash! 


 Cuban Rueda
 Salsa in a Circle- Fun! Fun! Fun!
 Sat, Jan 31 
 1:30 - 4:00 pm
 Jodi & Curtis Luke
 Ballard, Sunset Hill, 3003 N.W. 66th Ave.,(3 hr) $30
 ALL LEVELS WELCOME:
 (LEVEL 1, BEGINNING from SCRATCH to ADVANCED Dancers)
 This Dance-form originates in CUBA (where Jodi learned it!)
 Energy! Joy! 
 It is truly one of the MOST FUN DANCES I've ever danced!
 Lots of music, exercise, fun & easy moves & WHOLE LOTTA LAUGHS!
 Come experience the fun!
 We'll be doing a RUEDA circle at Left Foot Boogie dances, during band breaks!  

 One Step Blues
 Sunday: Feb 8th
 1:30 - 4:00 pm
 jodi & Dean
 Ballard, Sunset Hill, 3003 N.W. 66th Ave., $30
 ALL LEVELS WELCOME:
 (LEVEL 1, BEGINNING from SCRATCH to ADVANCED Dancers)
 The name says it all - a dance based on taking a step - ya gotta love that!
 This dance is versatile - great to many kinds of music; moves around the floor, or stays
 in place. 
 lots of music, fun & easy moves!  
 Starting from the ground up. 







Sunday, January 4, 2015

Brian Lee and the Blues Orbiters at Left Foot Boogie !

Brian Lee and the Blues Orbiters at Left Foot Boogie!
Second Saturday dance, January 10
7:30 - 8:30 p.m.  Dance Lesson in 1 Step
8:30 - 11:30 p.m. Dance!!! 
Admission:  $ 15
Bothell Sons of Norway Hall 
23905 Bothell-Everett Highway

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

We're back in Seattle!



Hi there, dancing friends, 

Yes, we're back in Seattle again, settled into our sweet home in Shoreline. It's great to be back in close proximity to our son Linus, the Richardson side of the family, and so many close friends, many of whom are dancers, too.

We've also rejoined the Savoy Swing Performance Troupe, led by Guy Caridi.  And we're helping out with Jodi's productions and classes at Left Foot Boogie.  So look for us dancing around the Seattle area, and we'll add new pictures soon.

Affectionately, Margot and Mark



Friday, July 4, 2014

Cherry Days Paonia - learn the Shim Sham!


Hey, dancing friends, 
This is a good version of the classic Shim Sham routine for Lindy Hoppers.
We'll be demonstrating it and teaching it at Cherry Days, in Paonia Park on July 5th.
Come give it a whirl!    

Note: everybody seems to do it slightly differently; this version is pretty faithful to Frankie's. 
Enjoy!

Frankie Manning's Shim Sham choreography