Academy of Danse Libre
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Danse Libre, our namesake dance, was created by the students of the Latin Quarter of Paris in the 1840's. With liberated spirits, they took the intricate steps that they had learned as  children in dancing school and "exploded" them into bounds, kicks and extravagant capers. The Academy of Danse Libre is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the lively of 19th and early 20th century social dances. We aspire to create a vivid picture of the mayhem and joyful passion of the Victorian ballroom, in the spirit of our namesakes.Academy of Danse Libre website

Alameda Vintage Dance Ensemble
Alameda Vintage
The Alameda Vintage Dance Ensemble performs original dance performance recreations, original ballet works, and  original group choreography dances to classical romantic music. Lead by Denise Brady, the Alameda Vintage Dance Ensemble has performed at Friday Night Waltz, Peers, and many other events.

Angela Amarillas
Angela, who has assisted Richard in his classes and workshops for the past ten years, was Stanford University's first Dance Minor. Angela is a graceful dancer who shares Richard's passion for historical and vernacular social dance. Richard and Angela have taught and performed in Rome, Prague, Venice, London, Paris, and St. Petersburg as well as across the U.S.  Angela offers instruction for all soon-to-be-newlyweds who would like to elegantly dance around the dance floor for the first time as husband and wife. If you are interested in receiving lessons, you may e-mail her at

Baguette Quartette
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Baguette Quartette is a San Francisco Bay Area group that plays music that was heard in Paris between 1920 and 1940 on street corners, in cafes, and in popular dance halls. Led by accordionist Odile Lavault, its repertoire consists of valses musettes, tangos, pasos dobles, fox trots, marches and realistic songs. Baguette Quartette website
Cin considers no dance style too outre. For 20 years, she has been dancing, costuming and performing with a number of Bay Area groups, including the Butterfly Bloomers Can-can troupe at San Juan Bautista, and Dickens Faire. Cin was a founding member of Danse Libre. She both danced and held comic roles Stanford Vintage Dance Ensemble. She choreographed a 20s styled "Trial By Jury" for Stanford Gilbert and Sullivan Society. Lately, she's spending lots of time with Rennaissance dance forms and currently translating her second 15th c Burgundian dance manual.

Gail Barton

Gail Barton MA in PE with a Dance Emphasis from SF State University. Dual Fellow in US Terpsichore Association, & Certificated Integral Yoga Instructor. Currently teaching Ballroom, Latin, International Folk Dance, Production & Yoga at CCSF, she has also taught ballet, swing, tap, & modern dance for the department since 1981. Ms Barton has served as a Judge for the SF Ethnic Dance Festival on numerous occasions since 1989. She was a Panelist for the Dance Panel of the California Arts Commission & a Regional Vice President for the California Dance Educator’s Association. As a dancer, choreographer & artistic director in the Khadra Ethnic Music & Dance Ensemble, she performed in up to 60 shows a year, including the Renaissance Faire, Zellerbach Hall, & Home Seasons at the Palace of Fine Arts. She has also taught at Stanford University, where she directed the Dunai Ensemble, SF State University, University of SF & Mercy High School, Burlingame. Picture of Gail and her first swing dance teacher, her father.

Anna Botelho

Anna Botelho has previously taught classes at Friday Night Waltz. Anne started dancing at age 4, and has barely gotten off the floor since. She studied jazz throughout her childhood, as well as learning tap and musical theater dance by performing in over 30 musical theater productions. Anna double majored in English and Music at Yale University - intending to become an orchestral and choral conductor. Anne frequently teaches at schools - she has been a guest instructor at Yale University and Stanford University. Anna teaches at her home studio, Starlite Dance Club, where she has been top teacher for the last 2 years and has won top solo performance awards, and was placed with the top teacher award at the International Grand Ball in San Francisco! Anna is the choreographer for Waltz Madness. Anna's website email dancer at gmail dot com

The Brassworks performs a wide range of musical styles: renaissance, baroque, classical & romantic, folk & fiddle tunes, marches, ragtime, Dixieland, blues, swing, rock, Motown, Latin, Broadway show tunes and concert works. The Band's specialty--to which our first album is devoted--is period ballroom music from 18th and 19th century Europe and America. Frank Beau Davis director.
Brassworks' website

Lilli Ann Carey
Lilli Ann Carey began partner dancing as an adult when the draw of community, the music and of course the pure delight of dance made her a complete convert. She loves dancing a wide variety of partner dance styles, but focuses her teaching primarily on Waltz, Zydeco, various swing versions, Foxtrot, and One-step/Blues. Lilli Ann is based in Seattle where she teaches weekly with Living Traditions and Dance! On Bainbridge and promotes dance through classes, workshops and events through her own company Dance for Joy! She has also taught several times in the DC area, Portland, Eugene and the SF Bay area.  Her sense of humor, critical analysis and right-on observations about partner dance lead to a fun and effective learning environment. Lilli Ann can be reached through her website

Campbell Clay

Campbell Clay has partnered Richard Powers in classes for many years and completed a Dance Minor at Stanford University, where she earned the Louis Sudler Prize in the Arts, the Dance Division's highest arts award. She is passionate about many forms of dance and teaches Waltz, Swing, and Blues, along with several solo dance forms such as Tap and Jazz. Campbellloves to perform and has credits with Stanford Vintage Dance Ensemble, Swing Cats Rhythm Revue, Academy of Danse Libre, and Knotts Dance Company. Email Campbell to find out about group and private lessons: campbell at

Dr. Jerry Duke
Dr. Jerry Duke is Professor of Dance Ethnology and History and Coordinator for the Dance Program of Studies at SFSU. He also serves as Coordinator of Academic Program Review for the university. His research on dance and ritual extends through the U.S. and Europe, and to parts of Asia and the Pacific. He is former president of the Congress on Research in Dance. He has set folk and historical choreographies for dance companies, theater productions and opera.

His folk choreographies have been performed in seven European countries and at Carnegie Hall in New York, Ahmanson Theater, Royce Hall, and Mark Tabor Forum in Los Angeles, Zellerbach Hall in Berkeley, the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco, and the Seattle Opera House. He produced three dance specials for educational television and choreographed for a Bob Hope Special at Hollywood Bowl.

Jamie Furr

Jamie's Website

Jamie Furr has been dancing for many years and performed briefly with the South Bay Lindy troupe SFBounce! She has studied many styles of dancing and is a graduate of the Ballroom Dance Teachers College in San Francisco. While Jamie enjoys different styles of dance, she has a special passion for partner dancing. In March 2004 Jamie opened her own dance studio, Studio J, in San Francisco, where she currently teaches group classes and private lessons.

Scott Gamble
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Scott started Friday Night Waltz  with co-founders Persephone and Tom Hill. Scott also produced the very popular and always sold out formal "New Year's Eve Waltz Ball", "Waltz Workshop", "BayCeltic", "Bastille Day Waltz Ball", "Oakland Free Dance Festival", "ContraWaltz", and "Social Sampler".

Leslie Gordon

Leslie has been teaching and djing salsa and tango for years at the Stanford Bechtel International Center, as well as Steppin Out dance club in Sunnyvale. Leside has also djed at Cell Space Tango in San Francisco several times. She also teaches and djs weekly at Ultimate Tango in Palo Alto.

Carla Heiney
Carla's Website Carla and Kevin hold the titles of two time American Lindy Hop Champions for 2001 & 2002, two time US Open Lindy Hop Champions for 2001 & 2002, 4 TIme US Open Champions (2001 - 2004), 2005 World Lindy Hop Champions in the Improvisation division, and two time North Atlantic Lindy Hop Champions for 2002 & 2003.They have taught all over the world, from Australia, to Korea to Great Britain to Germany to Spain to Sweden to France. Kevin and Carla teach swing and Lindy at the Foresters Hall in Redwood City.> Tom Hill
Tom Hill has been dancing vintage and modern social dance for over 10 years. He has taught at the Gaskell Ball, the Dickens Fair, and has been teaching at Friday Night Waltz since its inception.A co-founder of Friday Night Waltz with Scott and Persephone. He has studied with Richard Powers, Joan Walton and with Diane Jarmolow, at the Ballroom Dance Teacher's College. He also organized the Dance Teaching Lab in Palo Alto, which gave aspiring social dance teachers a place to hone their teaching skills.

James Kleinrath
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 over 20 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.

James Kleinrath is the United States Amateur Ballroom Dance Association's National Champion (1999-2001). In March 2002 James won the Amateur American Smooth Open Championship at the San Francisco Open DanceSport championships. Currently, James is a popular social dance teacher with many students in San Franci Jim and Melody are available for group classes, shows and demonstrations.   Call: 650-591-6757 or email:

Ryan and Monica Shen Knotts
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Ryan Knotts and Monica Shen Knotts’ clear instruction and attention to partnering has been featured at the Stanford University dance weeks and other workshops for the last nine years. They teach vintage and social dance with an energetic focus on a personal style. As the directors of the Knotts Dance Company (KDC), founding members of Danse Libre, and assistant directors of the Stanford Vintage Dance Ensemble, they have taught classes and performed throughout the western United States, in Paris, St. Petersburg, and Prague. Recent projects include a return engagement to teach at Stanford Waltz Week and directing the concert "Stepping Out," showcasing their choreographies for KDC, Danse Libre, and Stanford Swingtime.

Ari Levitt
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Ari has been partnering, teaching, and performing dance in the Greater Seattle area, nationally, and internationally for over 25 years. An award-winning dancer, teacher, and performer, his breadth of styles include Salsa, Tango, Latin, Lindy Hop, Swing, Balboa, Blues, and Ballroom. He is the creator of several innovative new dance styles: "Fusion Waltz", "Fusion Swing", & "Fusion Night Club 2-Step" which he has been busy introducing in workshops throughout the country. When off the floor, Ari works as a physician and entrepreneur..Ari has performed and taught social dances since 1990, first touring with Stanford's Dunai Dance Ensemble, at which time he also helped to start Stanford's first ballroom/swing dance club, and served as lead choreographer and dance instructor for the Stanford Viennese Ball. Ari was next involved in the creation of the Lindy Hop movement in Seattle, and actively taught and performed as a member of Seattle's first Savoy Swing Performance Troupe. In 1992 he introduced the first Night Club Two-Step classes to Seattle as a guest instructor with Living Traditions. During this time he also taught workshops in swing, salsa, ballroom and Latin dance around the USA and Canada. Ari also founded the Central Pennsylvania Swing Society; founded, choreographed, directed and performed with the Jumpcats swing ensemble; was commissioned to choreograph and perform various swing and salsa numbers for the One Broadway concert series two years running; and ran a swing week each Spring at Hershey Park, while continuing to travel throughout the US and Canada teaching swing, salsa, and social dance workshops. website

Ed Loomis

Ed Loomis has been dancing Argentine Tango for ten years and now teaches and organizes tango events in Sacramento, California. Ed focuses his instruction on lead/follow dynamics for improvisation and musicality. He began his studies with Nora Dinzelbacher in Berkeley in 1994 and has continued his studies with numerous tango maestros, in particular Carlos Gavito and Oscar Mandagaran. Since 1995 Ed has attended all but one of the Tango Weeks held first at Stanford University and then under Nora Dinzelbacher in Emeryville and is currently on staff with Nora's Tango Week.. He has a special love for Vals Cruzada which he will be presenting with Karen Tierney.

Edoardo Maragliano

Edoardo Maragliano is director for The Academy of Danse Libre, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the lively exhibition of 19th and early 20th century social dances. He has appeared with many Bay Area dance troupes, including the Stanford Vintage Dance Ensemble, Danse Libre, Radical Vintage, Stanford Viennese Ball, and Decadance. Edoardo has choreographed many dances.

Persephone's Website
Persephone,a co-founder of Friday Night Waltz, along with Scott Gamble and Tom Hill, has DJed many times for Friday Night Waltz. Persephone is a long time swing dance teacher and DJ.

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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.
Maria Reese
Maria Reese co-founded Swingtime and co-directed Urban Styles jazz dance troupe, and has performed with Decadance, Salseros, the Stanford Vintage Dance Ensemble, Jam Pac'd and the Stanford Dollies. Maria also taught dance for community service groups and did a dance therapy internship at a New York psychiatric center. Maria has assisted Richard Powers in his classes for the past three years.

James Shattuck

James has been djing for Friday Night Waltz for some time. James is well known at Dickens Christmas Faire, Peers, Gaskells.

Swing Cats Rhythm Revue
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The Swing Cats Rhythm Revue
is the San Francisco Bay Area's hottest Swing dance performance troupe! The Swing Cats have performed for Fridayt Night Waltz many times.Founded by world-renowned instructors, Rob and Diane van Haaren, the group specializes in Swing Era dances from the 1920's to 1940's. The Swing Cats' repertoire includes: classic jazz, flapper-girl Charlestons, crazy-legged Shag, fast-paced Lindy Hop with heart-stopping aerials, and everything else in between and beyond!"

Amelia Thomas
Amelia has been dancing for three years. Her first ballroom dance was a Peers Ball – one night, and she was hooked.
Friday Night Waltz became her dance home, and attended FNW regularly, first taking classes, then assisting, and then moving to co-teaching at Friday Night Waltz and at the Gaskell Ball.

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Karen Tierney

Karen has been involved with both social dancing and it's history for many years. First with Richard Powers, as student and performer in California, Paris, Karen TierPrague, St. Petersburg and Ireland and as an assistant in the organization and running Stanford Dance Weeks. She has held a board of directors position with Stanford's "Friends of Dance" and danced with Danse Libre for 4 years. Karen has studied dance in Paris and Argentina with several masters in both Vintage dance and Argentine Tango. She has taught French Tango with a visiting teacher from France and Argentine Tango with Fabian Salas at Stanford Danc e weeks. Karen now teaches private dance lessons as well as teaching design at a local University.
Karen is an exceptionally talented seamstress, costumer, and wedding dress designer. She is a consultant to the nation's most cherished vintage clothing store, Lacis in Berkeley, on wedding dress restorations.
"Studio Trousseau - Custom costuming, wedding gowns, corsets and restoration by Karen Tierney"

Todi, long time waltz dance instructor for the Dickens2Deco waltz vintage dance classes in LA, has taught for Friday Night Waltz in past years. While at Yale University, she has introduced hundreds of undergraduate and graduate students from diverse fields to the waltz, boogie woogie, Charleston, lindy hop and other dances. During her summer and winter vacations, she gave lessons in waltz, polka, tango, fox-trot, salsa, cha cha and swing at the Living History Centre in San Francisco and Los Angeles.

Joan Walton
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Joan's Website
Joan Walton is a Vintage Dance Teacher and Choreographer
Vintage Dance Classes and San Diego Vintage Dance Week.

Joan Walton has taught Vintage dance workshops across the United States, Australia and Europe. Her high-energy, focused teaching, and choreographic style have become well known to Vintage dancers over the past years. She has performed all over the United States, including at the Smithsonian, and with the Vintage Dance Ensemble at Stanford University. Her choreographies have been performed from coast to coast by Vintage and university dance companies. Joan is a recent graduate of Stanford's Dance Education Master's degree program, and is currently teaching, choreographing and residing in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Joan offers private dance lessons for couples, by pre-arrangement, 11:45-12:45 on the dates of Waltz by the Waves & Waltz Classes: $80./hr.$40./half hour:>

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