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July 2016

Dance Spot – Rodchata Mega Party

This is part of Dance Spot series highlighting different places to go dancing in SF Bay Area.

Dance Spot: Rodchata Mega Party
Price: $10-$20 (depends on event)
Time: 4th and 5th Saturdays of each month 7:30pm-late
Location: Allegro Ballroom, 5855 Christie Ave, Emeryville, CA 94608

My friend, Michael, asked me to join him Salsa dancing at Allegro Ballroom in Emeryville this past Saturday. Typically, Rodchata’s Saturday Mega Party costs $15, but it was $10 this day as their “Customer Appreciation Night.” So I grabbed a few other friends to go together.

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Shirt to stay cool while dancing

As the summer turns up the heat in dance halls, I’ve discovered a secret that many athletes probably already knew.weather

I recently received a workout shirt as a gift: Nike Pro Hypercool Dri-FIT Tee. Originally, I thought the perforations on the back was weird, but gave it a try anyways. As soon as I put on the shirt, I immediately felt cool. Continue reading “Shirt to stay cool while dancing”

Calendar of dance events

I’ve recently noticed a lot of dance events on facebook. It is especially handy now that I have many dancing friends on facebook, because facebook will recommend dance events popular to my friends. I didn’t see these events before, and there could many reasons.

One possible reason is I didn’t have enough dancing friends on facebook to get these events before. And this may be true for other dancers, so I want to help them by gathering these events in one handy calendar listed on the SF Bay Area Dancing page in the navigation menu for easy access. Continue reading “Calendar of dance events”

Dancer Spotlight – Bob

This is the seventh of a series of Dancer Spotlights to show how dancing fits into someone’s day.

Bob is a software developer and dancer for life. He’s often affectionately called “Bandana Bob” because of the signature bandana he wears on his head when dancing. Continue reading “Dancer Spotlight – Bob”

Dance Spot – Fish and Farm Fridays

This is the seventh in a series of Dance Spot posts highlighting different places to go dancing in SF Bay Area.

Dance Spot: Fish and Farm Fridays
Price: Free, but buying food/drinks highly encouraged
Time: Fridays 6-9pm
Location: Downstairs of Fish and Farm, 424 Clay Street, San Francisco, CA 94111

DSC00751 (2)Last Friday, I was up in San Francisco for a day. So I decided to go dancing there! A friend told me Fish and Farm Fridays just started having dances a few weeks ago. Continue reading “Dance Spot – Fish and Farm Fridays”

Dance Spot – Stanford West Coast Swing

>>West Coast Swing classes at Stanford have wrapped up as of Sept. 2016.<<

Here’s a list of places recommended by the organizers:

The best place to get comprehensive, ongoing information is the Next Generation Swing Dance Council calendar: http://www.nextgenswingdance.com/page-654601
As you can see, we are lucky to have many, many options. Here are just a few:
Miguel de Sousa, our instructor at Stanford, also has weekly Thursday classes and a dance at Starlite in Santa Clara! This is one of the closest WCS classes to Stanford. Please see: https://www.facebook.com/starlitewcs/
– Mission City Swing in SF by Eric B. Jacobson has weekly Wednesday classes and a dance (plus sometimes a weekend practice). See: https://www.facebook.com/missioncityswing/
– WnY (Warren and Yenni‘s) Warehouse in Novato on Tuesday nights has classes plus a big dance. See: https://www.facebook.com/groups/wnywarehouse/
Richard Kear has classes and a dance on Mondays at Dance Boulevard: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Richards-Monday-WCS-at-Dance-Boulevard/230753427124759
– Two Left Feet has a WCS dance every Friday night, among many other events: https://www.facebook.com/groups/21167007406/
– There are many, many other weekly and monthly events including those organized by Michelle Kinkaid, Michelle Crozier, Shanna Porcari, the Next Gen Club, Mike Pyle, Kelly Cassanova, and even more people than I can write here. So go look at the calendar and figure out what will work for your schedule and location… and see you soon on the dance floor!

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Dance Spot – Palo Alto Contra

This is the fifth in a series of Dance Spot posts highlighting different places to go dancing.

Dance Spot: Palo Alto Contra
Price: $5 students; $10 non-members
Time: 2nd & 4th Saturdays 7:30pm for beginners lesson; 8-11pm dancing
Location: First United Methodist Church, 625 Hamilton Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301

After I seeing my blog post on Stanford Ceili, a friend suggested that I try out Contra. Curious, I looked up videos of Contra dancing, which my husband thought looked like the dance in Hunger Games. Continue reading “Dance Spot – Palo Alto Contra”

Dance Spot – Friday Night Waltz

This is the fourth in a series of Dance Spot posts highlighting different places to go dancing.

Dance Spot: Friday Night Waltz
Price: $12 for class + social dancing; $8 for students; $8 for social dancing only
Time: 7-9pm class; 9pm-midnight social dancing
Location: First United Methodist Church, 625 Hamilton Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301

On Friday, I went to Friday Night Waltz, my favorite dance spot — Continue reading “Dance Spot – Friday Night Waltz”

Dancer Spotlight – Bill

This is the sixth of a series of Dancer Spotlights to show how dancing fits into someone’s day.

Bill is an energy researcher and amateur photographer. He can often be found taking pictures on a hike or for a wedding on weekends. Bill’s first forray into dancing was Continue reading “Dancer Spotlight – Bill”

Learn by going 15% outside of your comfort zone

As I read Richard Powers’ teaching tips, I am reminded of how many experiential leadership classes at Stanford emphasize going outside of our comfort zones for maximal learning.

Richard writes: Continue reading “Learn by going 15% outside of your comfort zone”

Dance Spot – Stanford Lindy Project

This is the third in a series of Dance Spot posts highlighting different places to go dancing.

Dance Spot: Stanford Lindy Project
Price: Free
Time: Saturdays
* 11:30AM - Beg & Int Lessons
* 12:30PM - DJ'ed dancing
Location: In front of White Memorial Fountain ("The Claw") outside Stanford Bookstore

On Saturday, I joined the Stanford Lindy Project for an afternoon of Swing dancing at Stanford. While they’ve been on Saturday nights in Hacienda Commons by graduate housing during the school year, they’ve migrated Continue reading “Dance Spot – Stanford Lindy Project”

Where to dance at Stanford this summer?

Checkout the newer version for Autumn 2016!

Happy Independence Day!

I was recently asked where to go dancing at Stanford this summer. With many dance clubs on hiatus for the summer, it can be confusing. Here’s a week-view of all dance events  Continue reading “Where to dance at Stanford this summer?”

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