For the 2013 Emerald City Hoedown, we will have four full tracks of workshops on Friday in ballrooms on two floors of the hotel— Swing, Line Dance, Country Couples, and Taste & Technique. Saturday will see three tracks of workshops in the ballroom on one floor — Swing, Line, and Country Couples — while the dance competition and practices occur in the other ballroom. And since we encourage you to stay for all day Sunday, including the evening dance, there will be two tracks of workshops on Sunday afternoon, ending with the traditional line dance swap.
We also plan to bring back Forums, workshops/classes/discussions other than “learn to dance” workshops — how to turn your club into a non-profit, dance music theory for DJs, teaching skills, basic boot care, and so on.
Workshops may end up changing rooms. Check back regularly to see the most current information.
1These West Cost Swing workshops may be taken as a block or independently. The 10:15 am workshop will be appropriate for beginning West Coast Swing dancers; the 11:30 workshop requires basic West Coast Swing fundamentals.
2This workshop will be single-rhythm East Coast Swing and is not a continuation of the previous workshop.
3 Progressive Two-Step is danced “quick quick slow slow“ and has a different feel from the “slow slow quick quick” style most Rain Country dancers do. Some patterns can be easily learned with one two-step style and used in the other, but many are more challenging to translate.
4 Night Club Two-Step is danced “quick quick slow“ and has a different feel from the “slow quick quick” Night Club most Rain Country dancers do (faster and more swing-like). Many moves can be easily transferred between the two styles.
5Join us for a pair of 50/50 dance contests: a “Pat & Chris” (random partner) two-step and a line dance. $5 entry, with the winners taking half the pot. The Line Dance Room will be shut down at 9:00 pm to ensure everyone is able to attend the events in the Main Ballroom. It will reopen as soon as those conclude.
1This West Cost Swing workshop is not intended as a continuation of the previous hour and may be taken independently.
2Tentative; if attendance warrants it, we will open up a separate line dance room.
Key for Dance Levels
(True) Beginner: These workshops are for people who have very little or no dance experience. In addition to basic dance steps, we will cover basic concepts such as Rhythm, Frame, Connection, and Lead/Follow.
Beginner: These are easier, shorter dances, great for people with little line dance experience but fun for dancers of all levels.
Examples: Tease, Country As Can Be,
Something In The Water
Basic: Dancers at this level are learning/mastering the basic steps of the dance and the set of standard moves which higher level dancing requires. Most workshops outside our Rain Country core dances are this level.
Beginner-Plus: These dances are a little longer and more complex, including more turns and simple syncopations.
Examples: Dizzy, Tush Push, Wonderland Waltz
Intermediate: Most people who do a dance regularly are in this broad category. You will learn more dance technique and fancier moves, but everything will be suitable for regular social dancing.
Intermediate: These dances often have many direction changes, faster music, different syncopation rhythms, and maybe even a tag or a restart.
Examples: Georgia Winder, Make U Sweat, Multiply
Advanced: Here is where we get into subtler dance techniques, complex dance moves, rhythm changes, and so on. Some content from these workshops may not be usable in all social dance settings.
Intermediate-Plus: These are the most complex dances that are suitable for large groups of line dancers. Everything from Intermediate and more.
Examples: Chill Factor, Show Me Wot U Got
Color Key for Schedule
“Yellow Brick Road” workshops are great for beginners.
Indicates closed room. No dancing or staff.
Indicates event occurring in the Hospitality Suite or elsewhere.
Workshop rooms will be open between workshops for practice, split between the previous workshop and warm-up for the next one. Volunteer staff will be present.
Salon A With about 700 sq ft of dance floor and floor-to-ceiling windows looking our onto First Hill, smaller couples and technique workshops will be held in this room. It will be combined with Salon B for the evening dances and Sunday afternoon workshops.
Salon B With over 1000 sq ft of dance floor, this is our largest dance spac and will be used for our larger couples workshops. It will be combined with Salon A for the evening dances and Sunday afternoon workshops.
Salon C With about 575 sq ft of dance floor and tall mirrors, this room will be used for Line Dance workshops and a few other classes on Friday and Saturday, the evening Line Dance Room on Friday and Saturday nights, and couples workshops on Sunday afternoon.
Foyer This room will be used for registration, coat check, and vendors.