Friday Night Waltz Teachers-Bands-Djs FAQ Photos Dance Links Richard Powers A Typical Dance
|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 dancin|
|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|
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.
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.
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.