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Where to dance at Stanford? Autumn 2016

October marks the beginning of the school-year Stanford. Yes, it actually started late September, but does the first week of school count?

With Fall quarter starting, many student dance groups are back to dancing indoors! Here’s a week-view of all dance events I know of at Stanford. Let me know if I missed any since I may not know everything! Continue reading “Where to dance at Stanford? Autumn 2016”

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Dance Spot – Tuesday Night Tango

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

Dance Spot: Tuesday Night Tango
Price: $10 for class ($8 students), $3 for dancing ($2 students), free after 10pm
Time: Tuesdays, 7-9pm class, 9-11pm social dancing
Location: Fellowship Hall of First Baptist Church, 305 N. California Ave., Palo Alto, CA 94301

I first learned of Tuesday Night Tango after asking on Facebook for the best places to dance role reversed. After my venture into nontraditional dance roles, I was excited to learn that everyone learns to both lead and follow here. Continue reading “Dance Spot – Tuesday Night Tango”

Best places to dance role reversed

I came across an interesting read on Homophobia & Salsa: Same-Sex Couples on the Dance Floor. Immediately, I thought of the disasterous times I tried to lead in Salsa. Some particularly bad experiences include: Continue reading “Best places to dance role reversed”

Dance Spot – Los Salseros de Stanford

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

Dance Spot: Los Salseros de Stanford Salsa Workshops
Price: FREE
Time: Thursdays
* 7pm - 8pm Beginner class
* 8pm - 9pm Intermediate class
* 9pm - 10pm Social!
Location: Bechtel International Center (Assembly Room)
584 Capistrano Way, Stanford, CA 94305
>>>Time and location change every quarter. Check their Facebook Group for the latest.<<<

I originally thought Los Salseros de Stanford were not having events this summer, but found out a few weeks ago that they were holding workshops on Thursday nights. After updating where to dance at Stanford this summer?, I finally made it out there! Continue reading “Dance Spot – Los Salseros de Stanford”

Dance Spot – South Bay Fusion

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

Dance Spot: South Bay Fusion
Price: $8 before 7pm; $12 lesson + dance; $10 dance only
Time: Thursdays 7pm beginner; 8pm guest instructor; 9pm dancing
Location: Napa Dance Club (above Napa Auto Parts), 560 El Camino Real, Redwood City, CA 94063

After hearing about South Bay Fusion from dancers at Wednesday Night Hop and Friday Night Waltz, I finally made my way there last week. Like many good dance spots, the location was not easy to find Continue reading “Dance Spot – South Bay Fusion”

Dance Spot – Castle House Vintage Dance

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

Dance Spot: Castle House Vintage Dance
Price: $10 / $8 student
Time: 3rd Sunday of every month 4:00-6:30pm with lessons 3:00-3:45pm on odd numbered months
Location: upstairs of Palo Alto Masonic Center, 461 Florence Street, Palo Alto, CA 94301

A friend invited me to Castle House Vintage Dance. Although typically $10, this particular day was free because one dancer was treating everyone for her birthday. The event description says we can dress casually, dressy, or wear vintage attire.  Continue reading “Dance Spot – Castle House Vintage Dance”

Dance Spot – Wednesday Night Hop

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

Dance Spot: Wednesday Night Hop
Price:
* Drop-in: $16 for 1 class; $24 for 2 classes; $8-12 dance party only
* 4-week series: $60 / $30 under 25 or 65+ (discounts online for advanced purchase)
Time: Wednesdays
* 7:15pm Level 2 & Level 3 Classes
* 8:15pm Level 1 & Elective Classes
* 9:30pm Dance Party
Location: First United Methodist Church, 625 Hamilton Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301

After hearing about Wednesday Night Hop from multiple people, I finally gave it a try! Continue reading “Dance Spot – Wednesday Night Hop”

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!

Continue reading “Dance Spot – Stanford West Coast Swing”

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”

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”

Dance Spot – Stanford Ceili

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

Dance Spot: Stanford Ceili
Price: Free
Time:
- Tuesdays 7-9pm lessons + social dancing
- Thursdays 8:30-10:30pm social dancing only, but beginners welcome
Location: different places throughout Stanford (check website)

On Tuesday, I went to Stanford Ceili‘s monthly All-Dance Ceili. Ceili is an Irish dance similar to Continue reading “Dance Spot – Stanford Ceili”

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