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

09.22

Zydeco dance night!

Every once in a while we like to introduce you to a different but very popular dance form. Tonight we teach Zydeco and Merengue

dana

We are very lucky to have the instructor and owner of one of the nation's longest running Zydeco dances, Eagles Zydeco in Alameda, Dana DeSimone. Dana has run the Alameda Eagles Zydeco dance for some 15+ years now. Zydeco is a fun, super easy, casual but enthusiastic dance from Louisiana. Somewhat like a night club two step or slow swing danced to high energy up tempo tunes which typically include accordian, fiddle, guitar, and the ever present wash board.

The word “zydeco” is a phonetic corruption of the French les haricots, or snap beans. In fact, the phrase les haricots sont pas sales, signifying poverty so dire that there was no salt meat to cook, appears in several of the Lomax recordings. Gradually, the term came to represent both the music and the event, as in “I’m going to the zydeco.” Until the Houston folklorist Mack McCormack promoted the current spelling of the word in the 1960s, it was variously written as zorigo, zarico or zodico on posters advertising weekend dances.

7pm. Merengue. Never taught before at Friday Night Waltz. Much like a non moving One Step, all the step are in time with the heavily accented music, and all steps are evenly tempoed. Partners bend their knees slightly left and right, thus making the hips move left and right. The hips of the leader and follower move in the same direction throughout the song. Partners may walk sideways or circle each other, in small steps. They can switch to an open position and do separate turns without letting go each other's hands or releasing one hand. During these turns they may twist and tie their handhold into intricate pretzels.

And Social Dancing at a Merengue club

8pm Introduction to Zydeco dancing. Super easy, very much fun, casual, energertic, comfortable dance. Many variations, but the basic step is very close to Night club two step, but danced to very different music. Often you will see people combing basic zydeco steps with many steps from east coast swing.

introduction to Zydeco by our friend from Seattle LilliAnn

Zydeco dancing at a local club:


Anthony is our dj for waltz and polka dancing from 9 to midnight,

$12 for dance and classes. $8 for dance only from 9 pm to midnight. $8 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.



09.29

Tag-Team Night!  Richard Powers and Mirage Marrou Greene teach classes from 7 to 9 pm, right before they begin their Tuesday night Couple Dancing classes. Richard is our dance music DJ from 9pm to midnight.

richard and mirage


7 pm - Tag Team Swing Variations.  Mirage and Richard will alternate teaching quick swing variations, with Selina Her partnering.  Each variation will only take about five minutes to master.  Swing can be one of the most playful dances at Friday Night Waltz, and we'll play around with some of the most entertaining swing figures, and may even generate some new ones on the spot to add to your repertoire. To get the most out of this class, you should be comfortable with either 6-Count Swing or a Lindy Hop swingout.

8 pm - Tag Team Cross-Step Waltz Variations. Tired of leading or following the same old cross-step figures? Get ready for fresh, new moves born from our dance floor brainstorming session. Join us and learn a host of new cross-step waltz figures in a class that's packed with content. Cross-step waltz is wonderful in its infinite variety, so the class will include a handful of new figures never before taught at Friday Night Waltz. To get the most out of this class, you should be comfortable with basic cross-step waltz.


$12 for dance and classes. $8 for dance only from 9 pm to midnight. $8 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.


10.04

Tuesday night classes with Richard and Mirage beginning October 3 through November 14.
7pm Introduction to Waltz
8pm Introduction to swing dancing
9pm Salsa and Cha Cha
Tuesday Night dance classes with Richard Powers and Mirage Marrou


10.06

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

Ann McGregor is our dj for waltz and polka from 9 to midnight.


$12 for dance and classes. $8 for dance only from 9 pm to midnight. $8 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.


10.13

Kunal and Bob teach line dances and the Congress Of Vienna.

Line Dances (all levels, 7-8pm): learn the line dances so you too can join in the fun! We'll start with Tokyo Polka, danced virtually every time at Friday Night Waltz, and (re)introduce you to Bus Stop (taught earlier this year by Richard Powers). No prior dance experience required.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4JcofrSpIQM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_S9fb02Vi-c

Congress Of Vienna (all levels, 8-9pm): the very elegant, very Victorian choreographed partnered waltz, also played at every Friday Night Waltz and most other dance balls in the Bay Area.

No prior dance experience required.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-tz8jmqNUQU

Talia and Tenaya are back as our djs for waltz and polka dancing from 9 to midnight

$12 for dance and classes. $8 for dance only from 9 pm to midnight. $8 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.



10.20

Richard Powers is our instructor and dj tonight.

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

$12 for dance and classes. $8 for dance only from 9 pm to midnight. $8 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.


10.27 Halloween dance
Richard Powers is our instructor and dj tonight.

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

$12 for dance and classes. $8 for dance only from 9 pm to midnight. $8 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.


11.03 Viennese Waltz Night

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.


$12 for dance and classes. $8 for dance only from 9 pm to midnight. $8 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.


11.10

Richard Powers is our instructor and dj tonight.

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

$12 for dance and classes. $8 for dance only from 9 pm to midnight. $8 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.



11.03 Viennese Waltz Night

11.17
Waltz Class from 7 to 9pm. To get the most from the class, get there by 7pm. An excellent introductory class.

$12 for dance and classes. $8 for dance only from 9 pm to midnight. $8 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.


11.24 Closed for Thanksgiving



12.01 Closed Hall for Church activity



12.08 Closed. Hall for Church Use.



12.15 Winter Waltz Ball

Bangers and Mash will play for our Christmas formal Winter Waltz Ball.

fred and ginger color

Elegant Evening Attire please.

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

$20 for dance and classes. $10 for students.

sorry, no separate admission price for dance only. 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


12.22

Closed. Hall for Church


12.29 New Year's Eve Eve Eve Dance

$10 for dance. sorry no special price for students or dance only. NO CLASS TONIGHT.

DJ dance only 9 to midnight.

All Ages.

Casual comfortable attire.

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

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