About Friday Night Waltz?  

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.

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Contact   info@FridayNightWaltz.com or callscott phone number
Where is Friday Night Waltz?  
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Directions from Highway 101:
Take the University Avenue exit and head west on University Avenue toward Palo Alto.
Turn left onto Middlefield Road. Take the first right on Hamilton Avenue.
The church is located on the right side, 625 Hamilton Avenue.
Directions from El Camino Real (north of Palo Alto )
Going south on El Camino Real turn left at first light in Palo Alto, which is Alma.
Cross railroad tracks and continue on Alma to first light.
Turn left at light onto Lytton for approximately one mile and turn right at the light on Webster
Go one block to cross University Avenue
The church is located at the end of the next block on the left side, 625 Hamilton Avenue
. Directions from Highway 280: Take the Page Mill Road exit and head east on Page Mill Road toward Palo Alto.
Cross over Foothill Expressway and El Camino Real.
Page Mill Road has now turned into Oregon Expressway.
Turn left on Middlefield Road and continue for approximately 1.5 miles to Hamilton Avenue.
Turn left onto Hamilton Avenue.
The church is located on the right side, 625 Hamilton Avenue.
Public Transportation - Bus and Train Information Bus and train service are located nearby.
Transit 511 has an online travel planner to help you get here by public transit.
Our street address is 625 Hamilton Ave, Palo Alto 94301.

The Palo Alto CalTrain station is .7 miles from the Church.

Bus systems serving Palo Alto include the Santa Clara VTA and the San Mateo County samTrans.

Parking Parking is available on city streets or in the municipal Parking Garage on Webster.

There is limited parking in the church parking lot on Byron, as well as unofficial alternative parking on Webster which is only for Sunday services.

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When is Friday Night Waltz?   Friday Night Waltz is on ... Fridays. We are usually open about 48 to 52 Fridays a year. Typically the owner of the hall, the First United Methodist Church uses the hall on some Friday nights during the year, preempting our dance. We always give ample notice that we are not using the hall on certain days.
     
     
     
     
What is the format of the dance?  

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, hesitation.

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 Waltz.

What type of waltzes do you dance and teach?

 

   

Friday Night Waltz teaches and plays music for rotary, Viennese, redowa, cross step, American ballroom and other waltzes in addition to polka, mazurka, schottische, Congress of Vienna, Bohemian National Polka, and other vintage and contemporary dances. Descriptions of the dances are here

 

What if I don't know the first thing about waltz?  

Friday Night Waltz offers newcomer and beginning waltz lessons beginning at 7:00 p.m. Many of the people who regularly attend Friday Night Waltz are also quite happy to answer any questions you might have. We all remember just starting out.

 

What if I don't have a dance partner?  

A dance partner isn't necessary. Partners are rotated while in class, and ballroom dancing is a venue where men and women are encouraged to ask each other to dance.

 

How many people come to each dance?  

It varies. Between one hundred and two hundred people is typical.

 

Do you dance anything other than Waltzes?  

About half of the dance music we play in an evening is for waltzes ranging from the very slow to the very fast. Between waltzes, we play polkas, mazurkas, as well as more common dances like swing and salsa. Descriptions of the dances are here, and a list of previously taught classes is listed here.

 

What should I wear  

The dress is casual. People wear anything that is comfortable for an evening of energetic dancing

 

I've got questions not answered on this list. Who do I contact?  

Any questions that aren't answered in this FAQ can be email to Scott Gamble, ScottFNW@pway.com

 

Dance Descriptions  

There are 45 to 50 dances in an evening. Typically, about half the dances are waltzes, including several kinds of waltzes- cross step, ballroom, rotary, viennese, redowa, hesitation. Often there are about 6 polkas. Many of these polkas are fast and often played to silly music, such as "Constantinople", and a great instrumental from "Gilligan's Island". The rest of the dances are the mixers, the choreographed waltzes, one-steps, swing, tango, cha-cha, mazurka, schottische, an occasional hambo, blues, or salsa.

The dance is in 4 sets, with a 1 to 2 minute break between sets, so that people can take a breather. The easier and slower dances are in the first two sets, faster and harder dances are in the third and fourth set. There is usually a mixer in the first and third set, and a choreographed waltz in the the second and fourth sets. These are not hard rules, just typical. At our dances we provide free water.

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 Waltz. Check out our links page. We also have had a day long Waltz Workshop with beginning, intermediate, and advanced tracks for a day long Saturday, which is very popular.

 

Choreographed Dances  

Congress of Vienna: The Congress of Vienna waltz was choreographed by John Hertz of Los Angeles (inspired by illustrations in Regency-period dance manuals) to music 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 Mash Cds.

Bohemian National Polka by Richard Powers is based on a reconstruction by the Czech dance historian Frantisek Bonus.

Metamora Waltz is a new creation by Richard Powers. Music available from Brassworks.

Cross Step Waltz Mixer is a waltz mixer created by Richard Powers and is played at most Friday Night Waltzes.

Richard Powers has a webpage on dance descriptions, discography, and additional thoughts about social dancing.

 

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