Contradance 102: Care of Fellow Dancers Workshop


Contradance 102: Care of Fellow Dancers

Take connectivity to the next level. Participants will experience and analyze how subtle verbal and nonverbal cues can help newcomers, disoriented and, yes, even  blindfolded dancers be in the right place at the right time.

Practicing care of fellow dancers not only helps reinforce a set against breakdowns, it improves one’s own experience of dancing with partner, foursome, and the entire room.

Dancers may find that active communication also helps overcome confusing end effects in more intricate dances! Join us on March 5 when we’ll come together to make contra dance a richer and more satisfying experience for all.

Familiarity with core contra dance figures – such as chains, swings, and waves – is recommended.

IMG_20160206_161528170[1]Whether you’re a seasoned, decades-long dancer or a relative newcomer to contra, we all love our time on the dance floor! What if a little time spent perfecting our dance skills could make that time even more fun?

MARCH 5, 2016 Workshop time: 4-5:30pm

Free if you stay for the dance! ($10 donation requested if you just attend the workshop)

Free Pizza party between the workshop and dance


Contra Dance Tonight at the Flycatcher Wednesday 4/29 @ 6:00-8:30

The Contradance Club Experience!
  • Free admission!
  • No-host bar
  • Food available for purchase
  • Live music by MAIVISH
  • Great dancing.  Learn to contra dance. No experience necessary.
  • Come by yourself or bring your friends.

This is a unique opportunity to experience contra dancing to a fantastic national band in a club atmosphere on 4th Ave. and 6th St. map

This dance is geared towards the students and young professionals in our community although everyone is welcome.


ErikaThis is part one of a special double-header with Erik today. As those of you who attended his events last year know, Erik is a great dancer, master teacher and dance innovator. You won’t want to miss this opportunity to expand your waltz repertoire. Here’s an excerpt from Erik’s website:

I’d heard about the west coast cross-step phenomenon, danced the follow role with a couple California leads at dance camps, and dreamily watched YouTube videos over the previous couple years.  At last, my moment arrived with the arrival of Richard Powers and Angela Amarillas from Stanford University to Albuquerque to teach a cross-step waltz workshop the weekend of October 12th, 2012, hosted by the Albuquerque International Folk Dance Foundation.  Cross-step immediately became my favorite dance form!  Soon after, Gary approached me to co-teach a class with him.  Because Gary knows all the fancy moves and I connect well with beginners, we play well together and offer something for everyone.  We welcome beginners and experienced dancers, alike.”

For a lovely online preview, search for “Richard Powers Cross-Step Waltz” to find his social dance page including an uncut three-minute video sequence with many of flowing variations and a generous description of the dance, its history, and hundreds of variations (in active development).  Next, of course, come cross-step with us (especially gents)!

Waltz workshop cost: $15,                  25yrs and under $10
Evening Techno dance: $10,                 25yrs and under $5
Or workshop & techno: $20

First United Methodist Church
915 4th Street (near Park Ave.)
Tucson, Az.  Map
Free parking for dancers in the church parking lot at the corner of 4th & Tyndall, (parking is usually free at the U of A Tyndall Street parking garage across the street).


2-1-14 Waltz Workshop with Erik Erhardt 3-5pm $15, students-$5


Waltz workshop description
This rotary waltz workshop will emphasize connecting with your partner and developing sequences of moves that complement the musical phrases. Flowing sequences will be built from building-block moves from the three most common holds: cuddle, cape, and closed positions.  There will be something for everyone.


Prof Erik Erhardt (Abq, NM) understands the subtleties of making dancing satisfying and joyful. In his engaging and entertaining manner, Erik teaches sequences of moves that can be used as is or broken down and combined in many ways. His teaching is encouraging, clear, and detailed. He believes that dancing is not about fancy moves (though, you’ll learn some), but more importantly about connecting with your partner, the music, and the flowing community on the floor.

“I’ve made it to two of Erik’s Waltz Workshops. His workshops provide a structured way to learn figures you can use on the dance floor that night. He’s great on the mic, and provides that personal touch that makes for a fun workshop.” — Jeff B.

After the workshop we could go out for a bite to eat before the evening techno contra dance.

First United Methodist Church, 915 E. 4th Street, Tucson, AZ (FREE PARKING in church lot)