Friday Night Waltz has mostly Waltzes in the dances and classes, along with Polka, Tango, Swing, and Cha Cha.
People are friendly, and the atmosphere is warm and welcoming.
Partners are not needed as we rotate rapidly in classes.
Casual comfortable attire.
All ages.
People come from San Francisco, Berkeley, San Jose, Santa Cruz, Santa Rosa, and Oakland. Friday Night Waltz is also on Facebook info@FridayNightWaltz.com or callscott phone number

Upcoming special dances
03-02 our Annual Movie Night with Richard Powers
03-09, 16, 23 Common Waltz Classes with Joan Walton
04-06 Anime and Game Music Night With Richard Powers
04-20 Disney night with Peggy eaching a romantic waltz from the Disney movies and Jason djing great Disney tunes
05-04 ContraWaltz. a mashup of contra dancing and waltzing. Richard Powers, Susan Petrck, and the Offbeats.over 225 attendance 2017
05-25 Richard Powers
06-01 Start of a 5 week intro to Rotary waltz class. this week one step. all classes stand alone. Discount for all 5 weeks paid in advance
06-08 2 hour intro to rotary waltz with frame, balance, timing, musicality
06-15 Special tips on leading and following, and thought about etiquette, shoes, attire
06-22 Intermediate rotary waltz steps. changing partners, reverse position,
06-29 Special class for intermediate dancers - 7pm traveling pivots 8pm redowas
07-13 Bastille Day Dance. Classes in French waltzes and French tunes. always a popular and fun dance.
08-XX 17th year anniversary!
09-XX Bohemian National Polka night. Octoberfest dancing!
10-XX Zydeco Class and dance
10-26 Halloween dance. Always fun with special Halloween class and tunes!
11-XX Strauss Waltz night
12-XX Second Friday in December. Live band. Winter Waltz Ball. semi-formal $20/$10


 


02.23 Viennese Waltz Night!

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We are pleased to have Jim Kleinrath and Melody Singleton back again as our Viennese Waltz dance instructors.

Jim has been dancing for many years now. With a former partner he was the 1994 USA Dance National Champion in the Senior American Smooth division and won many top awards. He has completed an intensive course at the Ballroom Dance Teachers' College and is certified by the USISTD in Standard dancing and DVIDA in American Style dancing.

Melody has been ballroom dancing for 18 years. She and Jim met at the Pavilion in Palo Alto and became life partners in 1997. They started competing in March of 1997. Together they have won many Championships and Top Solo Awards in the Smooth and Standard Divisions. They are 12 times USA Dance National Champions in the Senior Smooth Division, are 9 time finalists in the Senior Standard Division and have represented the United States in World competitions.
Jim has been president of USA Dance NorCal for 19 years.

He has taught at Cheryl Burke Dance in Mountain View, Dance Vita, Peninsula Ballet and Motion Arts Center in San Mateo, the Cubberley Pavilion in Palo Alto, and Starlite in San Jose.

7pm Viennese Waltz. Introduction to Viennese Waltz. Jim and Melody have taught this class to large classes many times at Friday Night Waltz. The Viennese Waltz is a left turning,fast tempo, exhilerating waltz, with a very smooth and graceful attitude.

8pm Intermediate Viennese Waltz class.If you already know some Viennese Waltz, this is the perfect add on class to learn more fun steps. please join us!

Talia and Tenaya are our co - djs for Waltz and Polka dancing from 9 to midnight


$12 for dance and classes. $10 for dance only from 9 pm to midnight. $10 for students at all times.

No partner necessary. We rotate rapidly in class.

All Ages.

Casual comfortable attire.

First United Methodist Church 625 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto CA. x Byron, Upstairs Fellowship hall.


03.02 Richard Powers Movie Music Night! This is one our most popular dances all year!

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Oscars are on 3.04,which is also... Waltz day get it 3/4 time?

Richard Powers teaching movie themed dance classes from 7:15 to 9pm. To get the most from the class, get there by 7:15 pm. An excellent Introductory dance class.

Richard Powers is out dj for Music Music night with Waltz and Polka tunes from your favorite movies! dancing from 9 to midnight.

no tips and tricks demonstration tonight

. Decadance is excited to return to FNW! Decadance alumni is getting together for one last show on July 28th. In the meantime, come check out what they've been working on! Not to be missed!!


$12 for dance and classes. $10 for dance only from 9 pm to midnight. $10 for students at all times.

No partner necessary. We rotate rapidly in class.

All Ages.

Casual comfortable attire.

First United Methodist Church 625 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto CA. x Byron, Upstairs Fellowship hall.


03.09 Starting in 2018, $12 for dance and class for general, $10 students at all time, $10 for dance. classes start at 7:15. Tips and tricks demo at 10:30


Joan Walton teaches week 1 of our common Waltz choreography. good for Introductory dance to intermediate dancers. 7:15 to 9pm. To get the most from the class, get there by 7:15 pm. An excellent Introductory dance class.

7pm First hour of each class reviews introductory rotary waltz and variations

8pm Introduction to the choreography for the Common Waltz.. Spin your way around the floor in unison with other couples to create a harmonious picture

Waltz and Polka dancing from 9 to midnight.


$12 for dance and classes. $10 for dance only from 9 pm to midnight. $10 for students at all times.

No partner necessary. We rotate rapidly in class.

All Ages.

Casual comfortable attire.

First United Methodist Church 625 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto CA. x Byron, Upstairs Fellowship hall.


03.16 Starting in 2018, $12 for dance and class for general, $10 students at all time, $10 for dance. classes start at 7:15. Tips and tricks demo at 10:30

Joan Walton teaches week 2 of our common Waltz choreography. good for Introductory dance to intermediate dancers. 7:15 to 9pm. To get the most from the class, get there by 7:15 pm. An excellent Introductory dance class. You don't need to have attended week 1.
7pm First hour of each class reviews introductory rotary waltz and variations

8pm Introduction to the choreography for the Common Waltz.. Spin your way around the floor in unison with other couples to create a harmonious picture

Waltz and Polka dancing from 9 to midnight.


$12 for dance and classes. $10 for dance only from 9 pm to midnight. $10 for students at all times.

No partner necessary. We rotate rapidly in class.

All Ages.

Casual comfortable attire.

First United Methodist Church 625 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto CA. x Byron, Upstairs Fellowship hall.



03.23 Starting in 2018, $12 for dance and class for general, $10 students at all time, $10 for dance. classes start at 7:15. Tips and tricks demo at 10:30

Joan Walton teaches week 2 of our common Waltz choreography. good for Introductory dance to intermediate dancers. 7:15 to 9pm. To get the most from the class, get there by 7:15 pm. An excellent Introductory dance class. You don't need to have attended week 1.

7pm First hour of each class reviews introductory rotary waltz and variations

8pm Introduction to the choreography for the Common Waltz.. Spin your way around the floor in unison with other couples to create a harmonious picture

Lucas Garron is back as our dj for Waltz and Polka dancing from 9 to midnight.
$12 for dance and classes. $10 for dance only from 9 pm to midnight. $10 for students at all times.

No partner necessary. We rotate rapidly in class.

All Ages.

Casual comfortable attire.

First United Methodist Church 625 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto CA. x Byron, Upstairs Fellowship hall.


03.30 Starting in 2018, $12 for dance and class for general, $10 students at all time, $10 for dance. classes start at 7:15. Tips and tricks demo at 10:30

Introductory dance Class from 7:15 to 9pm. To get the most from the class, get there by 7:15 pm. An excellent Introductory dance class.

 


$12 for dance and classes. $10 for dance only from 9 pm to midnight. $10 for students at all times.

No partner necessary. We rotate rapidly in class.

All Ages.

Casual comfortable attire.

First United Methodist Church 625 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto CA. x Byron, Upstairs Fellowship hall.


04.06 Richard Powers anime and game music night. one of the best music nights of the year

Introductory dance Class from 7:15 to 9pm. To get the most from the class, get there by 7:15 pm. An excellent Introductory dance class.

Waltz and Polka dancing from 9 to midnight.


$12 for dance and classes. $10 for dance only from 9 pm to midnight. $10 for students at all times.

No partner necessary. We rotate rapidly in class.

All Ages.

Casual comfortable attire.

First United Methodist Church 625 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto CA. x Byron, Upstairs Fellowship hall.


04.13

Introductory dance Class from 7:15 to 9pm. To get the most from the class, get there by 7:15 pm. An excellent Introductory dance class.

Waltz and Polka dancing from 9 to midnight.


$12 for dance and classes. $10 for dance only from 9 pm to midnight. $10 for students at all times.

No partner necessary. We rotate rapidly in class.

All Ages.

Casual comfortable attire.

First United Methodist Church 625 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto CA. x Byron, Upstairs Fellowship hall.


04.20 Annual Disney night! tunes and classes from Disneyiana. Jason and Peggy djing and teaching. huge attendance last year

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Peggy is introducing her "Anastasia Waltz Mixer" tonight!

Introductory Waltz dance Class from 7:15 to 9pm. To get the most from the class, get there by 7:15 pm. An excellent Introductory dance class.

Jason is our dj for Disney Waltz and Polka dancing from 9 to midnight.


$12 for dance and classes. $10 for dance only from 9 pm to midnight. $10 for students at all times.

No partner necessary. We rotate rapidly in class.

All Ages.

Casual comfortable attire.

First United Methodist Church 625 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto CA. x Byron, Upstairs Fellowship hall.


04.27

Introductory dance Class from 7:15 to 9pm. To get the most from the class, get there by 7:15 pm. An excellent Introductory dance class.

Lucas Garron is back as our dj for Waltz and Polka dancing from 9 to midnight.


$12 for dance and classes. $10 for dance only from 9 pm to midnight. $10 for students at all times.

No partner necessary. We rotate rapidly in class.

All Ages.

Casual comfortable attire.

First United Methodist Church 625 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto CA. x Byron, Upstairs Fellowship hall.


05.04 Contra Waltz Night!

With Susan Petrick, Richard Powers, and the Offbeats, Ben Screiber, Jeff Spero and Ashley Broder (from the Syncopaths).

This is our 7th Contra Waltz. A Contra Waltz is a dance mashup of waltzing and contra dancing. All previous Contra Waltzes have been very popular with over 200 attending. Very many social couples dancers from Friday Night Waltz attend as well as very contra dancers from local contra clubs. The contra dancers benefit from the skill of the experienced social couples dancers and the social couples dancers benefit from experienced contra dancers. Everyone gets to meet some new dancers! Much fun by all!

Format:

Beginning Waltz

contra dance, waltz, one step,
contra dance, waltz, t'smigde mixer
contra dance , waltz, one step
contra dance, waltz, circle waltz mixer
break
contra dance, waltz, one step
contra dance, waltz, waterfall one step mixer
contra dance, waltz, one step
contra dance, waltz, mixer

ending waltz

 

Classes:

Richard Powers will teach one step from 7:15 pm to 8pm and Introductory dance rotary waltz from 8 pm to 9pm for our contra dancer friends in the Main Fellowship Hall upstairs.

The one step is the easiest of all the social couples dances to learn. The one step also can include nearly all of the additional steps from other traveling dances: outside, hesitation, shadow, yale, inside turns, outside turns, grapevine, pivots, spins, etc. a great way to start learing how to dance The one step easliy leads into learning polka, two step, tango, foxtrot, rotary waltz, cross step waltz, and viennese waltz.

The rotary waltz is the most basic simplest waltz, danced at very many local dances: Peers, Gaskells, Friday Night Waltz, East Bay Waltz, Vintage Invasion, Jammix, Stanford Viennese Ball, San Francisco Waltzing Society Autumn Ball, CSC dances, and Dickens Xmas fair Fezziwigs ware house.

Richard Powers is one of the world's foremost experts in American social dance, noted for his choreographies for dozens of stage productions and films, and his workshops across the country, in Paris, Prague, London, Rome, Geneva, Russia, and Japan. He has been researching and reconstructing historic social dances for twenty-five years and is currently a full-time instructor at Stanford's Dance Division. Selected by the Centennial Issue of Stanford Magazine as one of Stanford University's most notable graduates of its first century. Awarded the Lloyd W. Dinkelspiel Award for distinctive and exceptional contributions to education at Stanford University. (1999). Teaches social dance forms of North America and directs the 70-member Stanford Vintage Dance Ensemble. Faculty liason to Friends of Dance at Stanford. Joined the Dance Faculty in 1992

Susan Petrick is our contra dance caller. She will also teach introduction to contra dance from 8 pm to 9pm for our social couples dancer friends in the lower level Kohlstedt Hall. She will review most basic steps, including four hand star, back to start, dos y dos, courtesy turn, hay for 10, balance and swing, pass through, and many other basic steps.

Susan Petrick has been calling contra dances for ten years. Her greatest pleasure is to program interesting, varied dances with great flow, and to teach them clearly and concisely. She has enjoyed working with wonderful bands, traveling and calling throughout the country in addition to up and down the West Coast.

Susan has exceptionally clear teaching, expert pacing, and gracious manner. Her efficient guidance makes even complex dances accessible to all.

$15 for dance and classes. sorry no separate pricing for dance. $2 off for BACDS members. $10 students under 25 with ID.

We always have bountiful refreshments: chocolate rocky road ice cream, strawberry ice cream, raspberry, cold cut spread, veggie platter, fruit salad, and shrimp cocktail.

No partner necessary. We rotate rapidly in class.

All Ages.

Casual comfortable attire.

Plentiful refreshments: chocolate cake, raspberry cheesecake, cherry pie, rocky road ice cream, french vanilla ice cream, shrimp platter, cold cut platter, veggie platter, grapes, all kinds of chocolate, more.

We will have a selection of Mitchell's famous ice creams for an ice cream taste testing. We will have many (but not necessarily all) of these ice creams. Mitchells is famous for Phillipine and other Asian island flavored ice creams with a 16% butterfat cream content.

First United Methodist Church 625 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto CA. x Byron, Upstairs Fellowship hall.


05.11

Introductory dance Class from 7:15 to 9pm. To get the most from the class, get there by 7:15 pm. An excellent Introductory dance class.

Waltz and Polka dancing from 9 to midnight.


$12 for dance and classes. $10 for dance only from 9 pm to midnight. $10 for students at all times.

No partner necessary. We rotate rapidly in class.

All Ages.

Casual comfortable attire.

First United Methodist Church 625 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto CA. x Byron, Upstairs Fellowship hall.


05.18


Introductory dance Class from 7:15 to 9pm. To get the most from the class, get there by 7:15 pm. An excellent Introductory dance class.

Waltz and Polka dancing from 9 to midnight.


$12 for dance and classes. $10 for dance only from 9 pm to midnight. $10 for students at all times.

No partner necessary. We rotate rapidly in class.

All Ages.

Casual comfortable attire.

First United Methodist Church 625 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto CA. x Byron, Upstairs Fellowship hall.


05.25
Richard Powers

Introductory dance Class from 7:15 to 9pm. To get the most from the class, get there by 7:15 pm. An excellent Introductory dance class.

Waltz and Polka dancing from 9 to midnight.


$12 for dance and classes. $10 for dance only from 9 pm to midnight. $10 for students at all times.

No partner necessary. We rotate rapidly in class.

All Ages.

Casual comfortable attire.

First United Methodist Church 625 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto CA. x Byron, Upstairs Fellowship hall.


06.01

Introductory dance Class from 7:15 to 9pm. To get the most from the class, get there by 7:15 pm. An excellent Introductory dance class.

Waltz and Polka dancing from 9 to midnight.


$12 for dance and classes. $10 for dance only from 9 pm to midnight. $10 for students at all times.

No partner necessary. We rotate rapidly in class.

All Ages.

Casual comfortable attire.

First United Methodist Church 625 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto CA. x Byron, Upstairs Fellowship hall.


06.08
Introductory dance Class from 7:15 to 9pm. To get the most from the class, get there by 7:15 pm. An excellent Introductory dance class.

Waltz and Polka dancing from 9 to midnight.


$12 for dance and classes. $10 for dance only from 9 pm to midnight. $10 for students at all times.

No partner necessary. We rotate rapidly in class.

All Ages.

Casual comfortable attire.

First United Methodist Church 625 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto CA. x Byron, Upstairs Fellowship hall.


06.15

Introductory dance Class from 7:15 to 9pm. To get the most from the class, get there by 7:15 pm. An excellent Introductory dance class.

Waltz and Polka dancing from 9 to midnight.


$12 for dance and classes. $10 for dance only from 9 pm to midnight. $10 for students at all times.

No partner necessary. We rotate rapidly in class.

All Ages.

Casual comfortable attire.

First United Methodist Church 625 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto CA. x Byron, Upstairs Fellowship hall.


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