There are 45 to 50 dances
in an evening. About half the dances are waltzes, including several kinds of
waltzes: cross-step waltz, ballroom, rotary, viennese, redowa,
Often there are about 6 polkas and about 4 Tangos.
Many of these polkas are fast.
The rest of the dances are the mixers, the choreographed waltzes, one-steps, swing, tango, cha-cha, Zweifacher or salsa.
The easier and slower dances are in the half of the dance with faster and harder dances
are in the second half..
At our dances we provide free water and light
refreshements, usually blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, raspberries,
seedless grapes, green grapes, carrots, mms,
small chocolate cookies, potato
chips, trail mix.
If you want
to get better at these dances, both Joan Walton and Richard Powers
regularly have classes for all the dances we have at Friday Night
Check out our links page.
We also have had a 4 to 7 week long Tuesday series of classes which cover all Friday Nigh Waltz dances. Classes are one hour long, starting at 7pm, 8pm, and 9pm
Vienna: The Congress of Vienna waltz was choreographed by John Hertz of
Los Angeles (inspired by illustrations in Regency-period dance manuals)
that he edited and assembled
himself from recordings of three
more-or-less period Swedish waltzes. In addition to being danced at
Friday Night Waltz, the Congress of Vienna
is also danced at PEERS,
BAERS, and Gaskell Ball dances.
Music for the Congress of Vienna is
available from Brassworks and Bangers and
The Cross-Step Waltz is a delightful waltz dance that opens up a wide range of playful yet gracefully flowing
Polka by Richard Powers is based on a reconstruction by the Czech
dance historian Frantisek Bonus.
Cross-Step Waltz Mixer is a waltz mixer created by Richard Powers and is played at most Friday
Powers has a webpage on dance
descriptions, discography, and additional thoughts about social dancing.