Full Hoedown Schedule

Updated May 15, 2013.  Schedule subject to change.

The 2013 Emerald City Hoedown will feature over 40 hours of workshops, featuring guest instructors from all over North America as well as our regular Rain Country Dance Association instructors and favorite guests from the Northwest.

An explanation of the workshop levels is at the bottom of the page.

 

 THURSDAY, MAY 23
 7:15 am-7:30 PM

Whale Watching Tour

Seattle is located on Puget Sound, one the premier whale watching locations in the country.  The Hoedown tour group will meet at Seattle’s pier 69 Thursday morning and then be whisked away to the San Juan Islands for several hours of sightseeing through Deception Pass, boat-bound sea life and whale watching.  You’ll also have the chance to visit some of the local communities where you can enjoy lunch and shopping.  The tour is scheduled to return you to the hotel by 7:30 pm, in time to join us for the evening festivities.

The Hoedown Whale Watching group will assemble at Seattle’s Pier 69 at 7:15 on Thursday morning.  From there, you will enjoy breakfast on board the Victoria Clipper’s northbound ferry service to Friday Harbor.  On the way, you’ll sail through scenic Deception Pass.  Once you arrive in Friday Harbor, you’ll transfer to another boat for your whale watching and sea life viewing experience.  May is a great time to view the pods of Orca that frequent the San Juan Islands during their annual migration.  Once aboard the sightseeing vessel, a trained naturist will help you look for killer whales and other sea life before returning for an afternoon in Friday Harbor.  While in Friday Harbor, you can grab dinner, shop, or visit the whale museum.

Itinerary:
Arrive at Seattle Pier 69*: 7:15 am (on your own)
Depart Seattle Pier 69: 7:45 am
Arrive in Friday Harbor: 11:15 am
Whale and Sealife Search: 11:30 am to 2:00 pm
Depart Friday Harbor: 4:30 pm
Arrive in Seattle: 7:15 pm
Hoedown bus returns you to hotel: 7:30 pm

* Please note, it is your responsibility to get to Pier 69 on time.  The Pier is 1.6 miles from the hotel, about a $10 cab ride or a 30–minute walk.  The Hoedown bar crawl bus will pick you up Thursday evening when you return.

Pricing is $75 and includes tour, breakfast basket, tolls, taxes, fuel surcharges and porterage.  Additional food and beverage (including alcohol) is available for purchase on board the ferry.  Reservations are not transferable or refundable after April 23.

To buy tickets, click here.

 5:00–8:00 pm

Registration

Registration opens, in the Hopsitality Suite (room 2625).  In addition to picking up your event badge and your swag bag, $25 passes for the shuttle bus/bar tour/dinner and the evening dance at the Century Ballroom may be purchased here.

 6:00 pm-1:15 am

Shuttle Bus Service

Thursday evening shuttle bus service will go in four stages:

  • 6:00–8:00 pm — shuttle runs between the Renaissance hotel and Piecora’s for the pizza feed, with one bus trip picking up the returning whale watch tour participants
  • 8:00–9:00 pm — shuttle runs on a loop between the Renaissancehotel and several Capitol Hill locations: Steamworks, CC’s, Cuff, and Wild Rose (women’s bar)
  • 9:00 pm-12:00 am — shuttle runs on a loop between the Renaissancehotel, Capitol Hill bar locations, and the Century Ballroom (our evening dance venue)
  • 12:00–1:00 am — shuttle runs between Century Ballroom and the Renaissance hotel, with the last bus to the hotel leaving at about 1:15 am
 6:00–8:00 pm

Pizza Feed

Join us for an all-you-can-eat pizza feed at a Capitol Hill location, in easy walking distance to several of the gay bars and our evening dance venue, the Century Ballroom.

Pizza and salad is $15, or included with the $25 Pizza Feed, Bar Tour, and Trail-In Dance package.  Beverages are extra.

 8:00 pm-12:00 am

Capitol Hill Bar Tour

We can’t let you come to Seattle and not experience some of our local gay and lesbian nightlife (although it is a Thursday, so it won’t be as hopping as on the weekend).  We have partnered with the following clubs for shuttle bar stops:

  • The Cuff - This is Seattle’s gay leather bar and the dance site for the Rain Country Dance Association on Fridays and 1st/3rd/5th Wednesday nights.  Thursday night is karaoke and pool tournament night.
  • CC Attle’s- Known for strong drinks and good food
  • Steamworks- A 24-hour private men’s sauna and bathhouse .
  • The Wildrose - All are welcome at Seattle’s oldest lesbian bar, owned and operated by women since 1984.  Thursday is “cheap date night” with $2 wells, $2 tater tots, and corn dogs.  The Rose is just over a block from our dance venue, the Century Ballroom.

Several other Capitol Hill gay bars are easy to get to, all within walking distance of one another.  We will have maps of the neighborhood available so you can get around to wherever you like.

 9:00 pm-1:00 am

It’s a Twister! Dance

Couples Room: Century Ballroom West Hall • DJ: Ray Nutter

Line Dance Room: Century Ballroom East Hall • DJ: Hagan Ko

Capitol Hill is home to a fabulous dance venue (and it is lesbian owned, too!), the Century Ballroom.  Thursday evening, we will be occupying two of the Century’s dance hall, giving one room for country couples and swing dancing and a separate room just for line dancing.  Get your hoedown weekend off on the right foot!  (On the left foot, if you lead…)

 

 FRIDAY, MAY 24
 7:30–9:00 am

Eye-Openers (Hospitality Suite)

Join us in the Hospitality Suite for some morning snacks and beverages before hitting the early workshops.  Pete Winowitch is your host.

 7:30 am and On

Registration (Madison Foyer / 2nd floor)

Registration opens.  Pick up your badge and your swag bag.  Be sure to give yourself enough time to get registered before the first workshop.

We will have vendors set up in the Foyer for your shopping pleasure.

 8:00–9:00 am

Advanced Waltz

Instructor: Meredith Stead

Learn advanced lead-and-follow figures including same-foot patterns, syncopations, and oversways.  I’ll make it as romantic as I can at 8 AM…

Night Club 2-Step I: Foundations • Beginner Plus

Instructor: Ari Levitt

Night Club 2-Step I: Foundations - Learn the foundations of this beautiful, flowing, & elegant dance style, starting with the basics, then quickly moving on to one or two of the six essential turning steps.  Perfect for beg/int level dancers or for more int/adv dancers who want to review the essentials.

Alexander Technique

Instructor: Sara Padilla

Through discussion, several exercises, and the use of a skeleton, Sara will show how the Alexander Technique, originally designed for dancers, helps people become aware of unnecessary habits that produce discomfort and pain in the body, allowing natural balance, ease and poise to be restored.

Line Dance • Next To Me

Instructor: Christa Erwin

Next To Me is a 32-count line dance, Intermediate level West Coast Swing style dance.  Choreographed by Niels Poulsen (Denmark) in June 2012. Danced to the song, Next To Me by Emeli Sande

 9:15–10:15 am

Two-Step Translation

Instructor: Sara Hilbrich

If you are primarily a San Fancisco style Two-Stepper (SSQQ) or a Progressive Two-Stepper (QQSS), then this class is for you.  Sara will compare and contrast simple moves (i.e. teacup turns vs. couples turns) to show the differences between the two styles of two-step.  Then she’ll teach a crossover pattern that works well in both styles to further demonstrate the differences of each style. The class has been scheduled early in the weekend to foster intermixing.

Beginner Hustle

Instructor: Meredith Stead

Hustle is a fast, smooth dance developed in the 70’s in gay nightclubs and still popular today.  It’s well-suited to contemporary dance music and, as a non-progressive dance, is easy to fit into even a small dance floor.� This is THE dance for divas -- and you’ll pick up the basics in no time in this beginner class!

Beginner Blues

Instructor: Ari Levitt

Learn the basics of this very expressive, versatile, musical dance form that will become the foundation to every other dance style you will learn.  Perfect for both beginning dancers or for more experienced dancers who want to work on fine-tuning their partnering, connection, and musicality skill.

Line Dance • Scuff’n Heels

Instructor: Judy McDonald

Scuff’n Heels is a 64-count line dance, choreographed by Judy McDonald.  It’s danced to the song, My Brother Kevin, by Natalie McMaster on the Cape Breton Girl CD.

DJ Musicality

Facilitators: Jim Drew and Michael Kelson

What songs are best for Two-steps, Shuffle, East Coast and West Coast Swing, Cha-Cha, Polka and more? How do you know if a song is good for more than one style of dance? Can you hear the play in a WCS? Is a song too fast or slow to dance to? How does it vary from club to club.  These issues and more.

 10:30–11:30 am

Beginner Plus Progressive Two-Step

Instructor: Lee Fox

Progressive Two-Step moves for dancers ready to move beyond the beginner level

Night Club 2-Step II: Fun Combo’s • Intermediate

Instructor: Ari Levitt

In this class, we’ll briefly review some of the basic foundation steps, then quickly build on with some fun, innovative variations from Ari’s repertoire of original moves.  Perfect for intermediate level dancers.

Lead/Follow Connection

Instructor: Sara Hilbrich

Walking, stretching, and other exercises to help you focus on using core muscle engagement, weight placement and balance to connect with dance partners.  Some work on partner turn and spin technique.

Line Dance • I Wanna

Instructor: Michael Barr

I Wanna is a 64-count, 4 wall intermediate level line dance choreographed by Michael Barr, Gerard Murphy and Frank Trace for the Windy City Line Dance Mania Pro Challenge 2012.� It’s danced to the song, I Just Wanna, by Melissa Gorga (feat.) Santino Noir, available on iTunes or Amazon

DJ Musicality

Room: Visions (28th floor) • Facilitators: Michael Kelson and Jim Drew

Part 2 of DJ Musicality

 11:45–12:45 PM

Topple-Free Turns

Instructor: Judy McDonald

Can’t turn without toppling?  Learn how to fix that with some easy techniques designed to keep you on your feet!

Intermediate West Coast Swing

Instructor: John Lindo

Rock Your Rhythm - Understanding and playing with rhythm in West Coast Swing.  Taught at an intermediate level.

Country Couples Workshop

Instructor: TBD

(details TBD)

Line Dance • 50 Ways

Instructor: Michael Metzger

50 Ways is a 64 count, 4-wall, intermediate level line dance danced to 50 Ways To Say Goodbye, by Train.  Choreographed by Pat Stott in the UK in July of 2012. As of May 5th, 50 Ways is currently the #1 line dance on the World Line Dance Newsletter Survey.

 12:00–1:00 pm

Lunch Pickup (Hospitality Suite)

If you pre-ordered a box lunch, you may pick it up during this hour.

 12:00–2:00 pm

Dance Competition Committee Meeting

Room: Visions (28th floor)

The IAGLCWDC Dance Competition committee meets to discuss competition rule changes, certify judges, select new songs to use for upcoming competitions, and for this year’s meeting, to select the line dances to be used for the next two years.  Each IAGLCDWC member club is encouraged to have a representative attend the meeting and vote; this is your voice in IAGLCDWC dance competitions.

 1:00–2:00 pm

Advanced West Coast Swing

Instructor: John Lindo

Wrap It Up - Advanced wrap moves for West Coast Swing.

Beg Plus East Coast Swing

Instructor: Michel Guimond

East Coast Swing for just above the beginner level

Beginner Bachata

Instructor: Alison Cockrill

A beginning lesson in Bachata

Line Dance • On A Saturday Night

Instructor: Michele Burton

On A Saturday Night is a 48-count, 4 wall East Coast Swing rhythm Improver level line dance, choreographed by Michael Barr and Michele Burton in October of 2012, and danced to the song, Steppin Out On A Saturday Night, by E.C. Scott

Non-Profit Status for your Dance Club

Room: Seneca (4th floor) • Facilitator: Meredith Stead

Want to start a non-profit dance club in your city? Meredith Stead is a tax lawyer who does a lot of work for nonprofits and on applications for exempt status.  She’ll be facilitating this forum on how to start a non-profit and successfully apply for non-profit status.

 2:00–4:30 pm

IAGLCWDC Delegates Meeting

Room: Visions (28th floor)

The IAGLCWDC delegates meeting sets procedure and policy for the IAGLCWDC.  New member clubs will be approved and officers will be elected at this meeting, as well. Each IAGLCDWC member club is strongly encouraged to have a representative attend the meeting and vote; this is your voice in the IAGLCDWC.

Urban Wine and Chocolate Tasting Tour

Washington State boasts some amazing wineries, some of them very close to Seattle.  We’ve arranged an opportunity for you to taste your way through two Seattle-area wineries and one organic chocolate factory.  You can learn more about this opportunity and register for it directly with Tours Northwest by clicking here.

Tour Cost: $59 (tour requires 10-person minimum)

 2:15–3:15 pm

Beg Tango

Instructor: Sid Grant

Beginner moves in Argentine Tango

West Coast Swing: Look Ma, No Hands! • Intermediate

Instructor: Deron Hayes & Justin Hirschy

We will cover a fun & challenging sequence of catches, redirects and free spins using the follows’ elbows/hips/shoulders… everything but their hands!

Advanced San Francisco Style Two-Step

Instructor: Jim Drew

New choreography for the San Francisco style two-step for advanced level dancers

Line Dance • Love Repeats & Louisiana Sailor

Instructor: Michael Barr

Two beginner level line dances taught at a beginner level pace.  Love Repeats is a 32 count, 4-wall line dance, choreographed by Michele Burton and danced to the song, Love You Like A Love Song by Selena Gomez & The Scene. Louisiana Sailor is a 32-count, 4-wall Improver level dance choreographed by Michele Burton and danced to the song, Going Back to Louisiana by Delbert McClinton

Foot Care Forum

Room: Seneca (4th floor) • Facilitator: Terry Felts

Dr. Terry Felts, podiatrist and country-western and line dance instructor, will discuss common foot problems, how to avoid them, when to seek help, and how to treat them.

 3:30–4:30 pm

Swing Musicality Seminar: What the Heck is Swing, Anyway?

Instructor: John QUarto-vonTivadar

Have you ever wondered: “What is Swing, anyway?” or “Why is the swing I do at a country dance so different than the sexy moves the late night dancers do?” or “How do I know if this song I like ‘swings’?”  If so, this completely different seminar is for you.

We’ll explore swing rhythm, how it’s expressed in music, and how to recognize when a song swings.  Then we’ll practice in real time using swing songs that spans 80 years so you can learn when a song swings even when it sounds quite different than the song before.

Knowing how to recognize swing, you’re now prepared to learn interesting variations on swing rhythms and how to express those with your feet when the song calls for it.

Please note: this is not a usual dance class with moves.  About half the time will be a sit-down discussion of swing musicality and the other half will be stand-up exploration under the guidance of a famous pro (John L.), of how that is expressed in dance.  You don’t need to know anything about swing or music to attend.

Night Club (SQQ) •Beginning

Instructor: Jim Drew

Night Club is a slow flowing dance, great for both intimate partner connection and showy moves.  Taught in the slow-quick-quick rhythm

Intermediate/Advanced Two-Step (Prog)

Instructor: Meredith Stead

Spins, barrel rolls, and neckwraps are just a few of the figures we’ll work on this class, focusing on turn technique and leader-follower positions (get your mind out of the gutter!).

Line Dance • How To Compete in Line Dance

Instructor: Tony New

Line dance competitor Tony New will teach tips and techniques for competing in line dance as he reviews the dances to be used in the line dance portion of the Just Dance competition

Forum - Boot Care

Facilitator: Paul William

I will be talking about how to care for a variety of cowboy boots, from oil tan to high shine leather, and even touch upon some exotics such as ostrich, chicken, caiman, and snake.  I will teach the basics of how to clean and condition your boots, and will gladly answer any specific questions you have about products.  If you have a specific pair you would like advice on, or to know more about feel free to bring them with you and I can share what I know.

 5:00–7:00 pm

Wizard’s Reception (“Friends of Dorothy” and VIP Social)

A light meal and beverages will be provided in the Hospitality Suite (room 2625) from 5:00–6:00 pm for our “Friend of Dorothy” host sponsors, IAGLCWDC officers, instructors, DJs, and select other VIPs.  The meal and later desserts are prepared by Rain Country’s Ruby and Hilary, and by Raj and Hagan from Sundance Association (if you have been to the VIP Social at Sundance Stompede, you know you are in for a treat!).  From 5:30–7:00 pm, we will transition upstairs to the 28th floor’s Visions suite for desserts and drinks (no-host bar).

 5:00–7:00 pm

Setup for Evening Dances

Room: Madison Ballroom (2nd floor) and Courtyard Ballroom (lower level)

Our volunteers will be setting up for the evening dances during this time as well, so please give them space.  Groups performing during Friday night’s dance will have a few minutes each to block and run through your routine.

 7:00–8:00 pm

Welcome to Oz! Dance

Room: Madison Ballroom (2nd floor) • DJ: Klint Kendrick

The hoedown dancing kicks off with an hour of early dancing before the opening ceremonies.

 8:00–9:00 pm

Welcome to Oz! Dance: Opening Ceremonies

Room: Madison Ballroom (2nd floor)

Welcome to the Emerald City Hoedown!  This is the official celebratory opening of the event, featuring an entry of our attending clubs, special performances, and welcome comments from the hoedown committee and the IAGLCWDC officers.

 9:00 pm-11:00 PM

Welcome to Oz! Dance: Country Couples

Room: Madison Ballroom (2nd floor) • DJ: Klint Kendrick

The hoedown continues with country couples dancing (Two-Step, Waltz, West Coast, East Coast, Night Club, and some Cha Cha, Shadow, Triple Two/Shuffle, and Polka) and popular line dances in our main ballroom.

Welcome to Oz! Dance: Swing, Etc.

Room: Courtyard A (lower level) • DJ: Michael Kelson

This is the room for your favorite West Coast Swing action… plus East Coast/Lindy, Cha Cha, Night Club Two-Step, and perhaps even Tango, Salsa, Fox Trot, and Hustle.  Primarly non-country music.  Transitions to Visions suite at 11:00 pm.

Welcome to Oz! Dance: Line Dancing

Room: Courtyard B/C (lower level) • DJ: Kate Bovitch and Hagan Ko

All your favorite line dances will be played here, including the line dances taught today and any that you might want to request.  For those of you with special favorites, there will be a display in the Madison Ballroom showing what dances are coming up soon, and you can also access that list on your smartphone at www.haganlinedance.com.  Takes over the entire Courtyard ballroom at 11:00 pm.

 11:00 pm-1:00 am

Welcome to Oz! Dance: Country Couples

Room: Madison Ballroom (2nd floor) • DJ: Klint Kendrick

The dancing continues in our main ballroom.

Late Night Swing, Etc.

Room: Visions (28th floor) • DJ: Johnny Q

What the hey?  You haven’t had enough dancing yet?  Worry not, because Johnny will keep the floor moving into the wee hours, so you can dance until you drop.  (Don’t forget, though: Saturday workshops start at 8:00 am!)  This is the room for your favorite West Coast Swing action… plus East Coast/Lindy, Cha Cha, Night Club Two-Step, and perhaps even Tango, Salsa, Fox Trot, and Hustle.  Primarly non-country music.

Late Night Line Dancing

Room: Courtyard B/C (lower level) • DJ: Kate Bovitch and Hagan Ko

What the hey?  You haven’t had enough dancing yet?  Worry not, because Kate and then Hagan will keep the floor moving into the wee hours, so you can dance until you drop.  (Don’t forget, though: Saturday workshops start at 8:00 am!)  All your favorite line dances will be played here, including the line dances taught today and any that you might want to request.  For those of you with special favorites, there will be a display in the Madison Ballroom showing what dances are coming up soon, and you can also access that list on your smartphone at www.haganlinedance.com.

 1:00–3:00 am

After Hours Party (Hospitality Suite)

Join us in the Hospitality Suite for some late-night snacks, beverages, and music in the hospitality suite as you unwind from the evening’s dance.  Pete Winowitch is your host.

 

 SATURDAY, MAY 25
 7:00–9:00 am

Eye-Openers (Hospitality Suite)

Join us in the Hospitality Suite for some morning snacks and beverages before hitting the early workshops.  Pete Winowitch is your host.

 7:30 am On

Registration (Madison Foyer / 2nd floor)

Registration opens.  Pick up your badge and your swag bag.  Be sure to give yourself enough time to get registered before the first workshop.

We will have vendors set up in the Foyer for your shopping pleasure.

 8:00–9:00 am

Shadow • Beginner

Instructor: Rob Ollander-Krane

Imagine… a class where you can have your hot (ooh) and sensual (aah) body pressed firmly up against another equally hot (umm) and sensual (aah) body… gliding around the dance floor to sultry music, hips gyrating, pulses racing (oooohhhhhh).  If that sounds HOT, then you know where you need to be on Saturday morning… in the beginning Shadow class.  Learn the fun alternative to West Coast Swing that will make it difficult to ever want to West Coast Swing again.  No partner needed.  There has never been a better reason to get up for an early class!

Waltz • Intermediate

Instructor: Michel Guimond

Intermediate level waltz moves

Line Dance (Beg/Int) • Give It A Go and Crazy Girl

Instructor: Edie Driskill

Give It A Go is a 32-count, 4 wall, 2 restarts, Improver level line dance choreographed by Ria Vos in Febrary of 2013.  It is danced to the song Give It Up (Game of Love) by Andrew Spencer.  Crazy Girl is also a 32-count 4 wall Improver level line dance, choreographed by Daniel Whitaker in the UK, in March of 2013.  It is danced to the song, Crazy Possessive, by Kaci Battaglia.

Dynamic Stretching

Room: Visions (28th floor) • Instructor: Croft Vaughn

Super Stretch Workshop for Social Dancers - Rise and Shine my mighty Social Dance Denizens! Join Croft Vaughn for an invigorating hour of morning stretches to start your day off right.  Treat Yo’Self to some fine Range of Motion with a good Lube-Job on those tired joint capsules! This ain’t some boring huffin’ puffin’ static stretch situation.  You’re gonna walk away energized, entertained, and just a little educated.  Learn how you can incorporate dynamic stretching into your routine for safe, sexy, & sustainable social dancing.

 Competition Practices

Room: Courtyard (lower level)

  • 8:00–8:20 am — Couples
  • 8:20–8:40 am — Line
  • 8:40–9:00 am — Teams

A DJ volunteer (Jim Drew) will be on hand to cue up the songs you want for practice.  Depending on the number of competition entries in each division, this schedule may expand a few minutes on either end.

 9:15–10:15 am

West Coast Swing Boot Camp 1

Instructor: Michael Kelson

This 3-part West Coast Swing intensive will start with the foundational rhythms and patterns of WCS in hour one, and will introduce 8-count whips and syncopations by hour three.  Designed to build on each other, the workshops will move quickly through the fundamental patterns of West Coast Swing, focusing on technique, connection with your partner, and connection with the music.  Take the entire series for maximum benefit.  Experienced WCS dancers are welcome to “angel” these classes.

Progressive Two-Step • Intermediate

Instructor: Michel Guimond

Progressive two-step patterns for intermediate level dancers.

Line Dance Styling • All Levels

Instructor: Michele Burton

Whether you are experienced or new to the night club rhythm, this styling class will give you the tools to look great on the dance floor.� Many of the styling hints apply to dancing in general.

Weight Training

Room: Visions (28th floor) • Instructor: Gold’s Gym

Gold’s Gym will present an introduction to weight training.  The workshop will start in the Visions room and then go down to the hotel gym together.

 10:30–11:30 am

West Coast Swing Boot Camp 2

Instructor: Michael Kelson

This 3-part West Coast Swing intensive will start with the foundational rhythms and patterns of WCS in hour one, and will introduce 8-count whips and syncopations by hour three.  Designed to build on each other, the workshops will move quickly through the fundamental patterns of West Coast Swing, focusing on technique, connection with your partner, and connection with the music.  Take the entire series for maximum benefit.  Experienced WCS dancers are welcome to “angel” these classes.

Night Club (SQQ) • Intermediate

Instructor: Jim Drew

Night Club moves at the intermediate level, taught in the slow-quick-quick rhythm.

Line Dance • Straight To Memphis

Instructor: Edie Driskill

Straight To Memphis is a 48-count one-wall contra line dance that you do facing a partner, Beg/Int level.  Choreography by Kate Sala, who lives in England, in May of 2012. Danced to the song, Straight To Memphis by Club De Belugas

Forum

Room: Visions (28th floor) • Instructor: TBD

(details TBD)

 10:30–11:30 am

Judges Meeting

Room: Visions (28th floor)

 11:45–12:45 PM

West Coast Swing Boot Camp 3

Instructor: Michael Kelson

This 3-part West Coast Swing intensive will start with the foundational rhythms and patterns of WCS in hour one, and will introduce 8-count whips and syncopations by hour three.  Designed to build on each other, the workshops will move quickly through the fundamental patterns of West Coast Swing, focusing on technique, connection with your partner, and connection with the music.  Take the entire series for maximum benefit.  Experienced WCS dancers are welcome to “angel” these classes.

Progressive Two-Step • Beginner

Instructor: Dave & Jimmi Serfling

The first of two Progressive Two-Step workshops with Dave and Jimmi Serfling.  This one is for beginners in two-step, or beginners in progressive two-step.

Line Dance • Redneck Angel and Tornado

Instructor: Rosa Turi

Two very country line dances.  Redneck Angel is an 4-wall, 16 count high beginner level dance to the song, Merry Go Round by The JaneDear Girls, choreographed by Cheri Litzenburg and Renae Filiou.  Tornado is a 32 count, 4-wall, intermediate line dance choreographed by Rosa Turi, danced to the song, Tornado, by Little Big Town.

  12:00–1:00 pm

Men’s Social (Hospitality Suite)

Here is a chance for the men attending this year’s hoedown to get together and do what men do best: eat and socialize.  Appetizer-type food and beverages will be available.  Hosted by Klint Kendrick and Scott Lindauer.

Lunch Pickup (Hospitality Suite/Side Room)

If you pre-ordered a box lunch, you may pick it up during this hour.  Access through the Hospitality Suite’s second door.

Open Dancing (Courtyard ballroom, lower level)

Open dancing before the competition starts, and afterward.  DJ: Ray Nutter

 11:45–12:45 pm

Competitors Meeting

Room: Visions Room (28th floor)

All competitors and judges need to attend this meeting.  Competition running order, songs to be used, and other details will be presented, with the opportunity to ask questions.

 1:00–2:00 pm

East Coast Swing • Intermediate

Instructor: Sara Hilbrich

An intermediate level sequence taught in single step rhythm, including sugar swivels.

Triple-Two Step • Beginner

Instructors: Dave & Jimmi Serfling

A beginner lesson in the Triple Two-Step dance

Line Dance • So Done

Instructor: Rick Dominguez

So Done is an energetic and sexy intermediate level line dance choreographed to the country-pop song, Done, by The Band Perry.� It is a 32-count, 4-wall line dance with one tag and one restart.

Basics of Dance

Room: Visions (28th floor) • Instructor: Judy McDonald

This is an introduction to the basic elements of dance including foot positions, arm positions, body shaping, and balance.  It will also include the proper way to do some common, easy steps to get you started.

 1:00–5:00 pm

IAGLCWDC Dance Competition

Room: Courtyard (lower level)

Join us for the annual IAGLCWDC Championship and Just Dance dance competitions, emceed by the ever-fabulous Meredith Stead.

Rough schedule (subject to change, and will be adjusted based on competition entries):

  • 1:00 pm — Pro-Am Couples
  • 2:00 pm — Championship Line Dance, followed by Just Dance Line Dance
  • 3:00 pm — Championship Open Couples, intermixed with Just Dance Open Couples
  • 4:00 pm — Teams

For more details on the competition, and to register, click here.

Open Dancing (Courtyard ballroom, lower level)

After the competition ends, the Courtyard ballroom will be open for dancing.  (If it ends by 3:30, Klint Kendricks’s Two-Step workshop will be moved here.)  DJ: Ray Nutter

 1:00–5:00 pm

Ride the Ducks — Cancelled

Due to low advance orders, this tourist event has been cancelled and refunds will be issued.  If you are interested in taking a Ducks tour of Seattle, you will need to go to the Ducks tour site at the Seattle Center, a short cab or bus ride away.  Visit the Ride the Ducks site for more information.

 2:15–3:15 pm

Cha Cha

Instructor: Sid Grant

Enjoy the sensational syncopation of a favorite latin dance: THE CHA-CHA! Very popular on the country-western dance scene, it’s fun and easy to learn the CHA CHA basics: side & progressive basic, cross over, chase turn, U/A turn, cross body lead, AND MORE! You’ll easily master the basic steps under the expert tutelage of BALLROOM BASIX Artistic Director Sidney Grant, who has been teaching ballroom & latin dancing for over 20 years.

Intermediate Progressive Two-Step

Instructor: Dave and Jimmi Serfling

Intermediate moves for the progressive two-step

Line Dance • Pontoon

Instructor: Edie Driskill

Pontoon is a 32-count 4-wall country line dance choreographed in June of 2012 by Gail Smith.  Danced to the song, Pontoon, by Little Big Town

Beyond The Basics

Room: Visions (28th floor) • Instructor: Judy McDonald

Building upon the Basics of Dance, more complex steps are introduced and the connection between your feet and the rest of your body is reinforced.

 3:30–4:30 pm

Lindy-Hop • Beginner

Instructor: Hallie Kuperman

A beginning class in Lindy-Hop

San Francisco Two-Step • Beginner

Instructor: Klint Kendrick

A workshop in San Francisco style two step for beginner two-steppers or beginners in the San Francisco style

Line Dance • Ain’t No Other Man

Instructor: Michael Metzger

Ain’t No Other Man is a 48 count intermediate line dance, with 2 restarts, choreographed by Michael Metzger in March of 2013.� Danced to Ain’t No Other Man by Christina Aguilera

 5:00–6:00 pm

Competition Feedback

Room: Visions (28th floor)

Competitors from the Championship Competition (but not Just Dance competitors) may meet for a few minutes with the judges to get notes and feedback for future improvement.  Teams who competed should only send a maximum of two representatives.

 5:00–6:30 pm

Women’s Social (Hospitality Suite)

Here is a chance for the women attending this year’s hoedown to get together and do what women do best: eat and socialize.  It’s a Wine and Cheese Party!  (Non-alcoholic and non-dairy appetizers available as well.)  Hosted by lipsky.

 5:00–7:00 pm

Setup for Evening Dances & Exhibition Practices

Room: Madison Ballroom (2nd floor) and Courtyard Ballroom (lower level)

Our volunteers will be setting up for the evening dances during this time as well, so please give them space.  Groups performing during Friday night’s dance will have a few minutes each to block and run through your routine.

 7:00 pm-11:00 pm

Emerald City Ball: Country Couples

Room: Madison Ballroom (2nd floor) • DJ: Jim Drew

Join us for country couples dancing (Two-Step, Waltz, West Coast, East Coast, Night Club, and some Cha Cha, Shadow, Triple Two/Shuffle, and Polka) and popular line dances in our main ballroom.

Emerald City Ball: Swing, Etc.

Room: Courtyard A (lower level) • DJ: Scott Lindauer

This is the room for your favorite West Coast Swing action… plus East Coast/Lindy, Cha Cha, Night Club Two-Step, and perhaps even Tango, Salsa, Fox Trot, and Hustle.  Primarly non-country music.  After 11:00 pm, swing dancing moves to the Visions suite on the 28th floor.

Emerald City Ball: Line Dancing

Room: Courtyard B/C (lower level) • DJ: Keith Gehrig

All your favorite line dances will be played here, including the line dances taught today and any that you might want to request.  For those of you with special favorites, there will be a display in the Madison Ballroom showing what dances are coming up soon, and you can also access that list on your smartphone at www.haganlinedance.com.  After 11:00 pm, line dancing takes over the entire Courtyard ballroom.

 8:00 pm-9:00 Pm

Emerald City Ball: Exhibition Teams

Room: Madison Ballroom (2nd floor) • DJ: Jim Drew

See the cream of the crop of dance teams from around the country, plus a couple additional special bits.

 11:00 pm-1:00 AM

Emerald City Ball: Country Couples

Room: Madison Ballroom (2nd floor) • DJ: Jim Drew

The dancing continues in our main ballroom.

Emerald City Ball: Swing, Etc.

Room: Visions (28th floor) • DJ: Johnny Q

This is the room for your favorite West Coast Swing action… plus East Coast/Lindy, Cha Cha, Night Club Two-Step, and perhaps even Tango, Salsa, Fox Trot, and Hustle.  Primarly non-country music.

Emerald City Ball: Line Dancing

Room: Courtyard (lower level) • DJ: Keith Gehrig

All your favorite line dances will be played here, including the line dances taught today and any that you might want to request.  For those of you with special favorites, there will be a display in the Madison Ballroom showing what dances are coming up soon, and you can also access that list on your smartphone at www.haganlinedance.com.   After 1:00 am, late night line dancing will move upstairs to the Madison Ballroom on the 2nd floor.

 1:00–???

What the hey?  You haven’t had enough dancing yet?  Worry not, because Johnny and Hagan will keep the floor moving into the wee hours, so you can dance until you drop.  (Don’t forget, though: Sunday Brunch is at 10:00 am!)

Late Night Swing

Room: Visions (28th floor) • DJ: Johnny Q

What the hey?  You haven’t had enough dancing yet?  Worry not, because Johnny will keep the floor moving into the wee hours, so you can dance until you drop.  This is the room for your favorite West Coast Swing action… plus East Coast/Lindy, Cha Cha, Night Club Two-Step, and perhaps even Tango, Salsa, Fox Trot, and Hustle.  Primarly non-country music.

Late Night Line Dancing

Room: Madison (2nd floor) • DJ: Hagan Ko

What the hey?  You haven’t had enough dancing yet?  Worry not, because Kate and then Hagan will keep the floor moving into the wee hours, so you can dance until you drop.  All your favorite line dances will be played here, including the line dances taught today and any that you might want to request.  For those of you with special favorites, there will be a display in the Madison Ballroom showing what dances are coming up soon, and you can also access that list on your smartphone at www.haganlinedance.com.

 

 SUNDAY, MAY 26
 8:00–10:00 am

Eye-Openers (Hospitality Suite)

Coffee and tea are available in the Hospitality Suite while you are waiting for brunch.  Pete Winowitch is your host.

 8:45–9:45 am

Gentle Yoga

Room: Visions • Instructor: John Heller

John will lead you in a series of moves and poses designed to wake you up gently, stretch out the tight muscles, and get you energized to start the day.  Mats will be provided.

 10:00–1:00 pm

Brunch & IAGLCWDC Membership Meeting

Room: Courtyard Ballroom (Ground Floor)

Join us for the annual brunch, followed (about 11:30 am) by the IAGLCWDC Membership Meeting, where IAGLCWDC Chair Dave Hayes will summarize the IAGLCWDC’s recent business and events, introduce new member clubs and the new officers, and the IAGLCWDC banner will be passed to the next host city.

 1:30–2:30 pm

Lead/Follow Switching • Intermediate

Instructor: Susanna Stein and Meredith Stead

Can’t decide who’s going to drive and who’s going to ride shotgun? You both love to lead and follow? Don’t despair! Start the song in one role, and switch to the other later on.  Learn basic concepts of switching the lead in Two-step, West Coast Swing, and Waltz.  Please be able to lead and follow basic patterns in these dances.

Line Dance • Gay Pirates

Instructor: Croft Vaughn

Gay Pirates is a 32-count 4-wall intermediate level line dance choreographed by Croft Vaughn, danced to the song, Gay Pirates by Cosmo Jarvis

 1:30–5:00 pm

City Landmarks Dance Tour

What’s that?  You’ve been trapped in the hotel since Friday and haven’t had the chance to see any of Seattle’s notable landmarks?  Let’s fix that!  This walking and transit tour of downtown Seattle will take us on Seattle’s great transit options — Link Light Rail, the 1960s Monorail, and the South lake Union Trolley (ride the SLUT!) — to various sightseeing locations (list TBD, but may include the sports stadiums, Westlake Center, Museum of History and Industry, Pike Place Market, and the Seattle Center/Space Needle).  And since this is still a dance hoedown, we will do a bit of line dance and West Coast Swing at each spot, “flash mob” style.

Cost will be about $15 to cover the transit fees.

 2:45–3:45 pm

Fancy Moves for Beginning Two-steppers (SF) • Beginner

Instructor: Terry Felts

You’ve got the basic San Francisco two-step pattern down.  Now add some new easy-to-learn fun moves and tricks for more fun on the dance floor.

Line Dance • Feedback and Trespassing

Instructor: Rick Dominguez

Feedback is a 40-count beginner/intermediate line dance, danced to the song, Feedback, by Janet Jackson.  Trespassing is a 32-count, 4 wall, 3 tags/1 restart Intermediate/Advanced level dance, choreographed by Fred Whitehouse and Darren Bailey in March of 2013, and is danced to the song, Trespassing, by Adam Lambert.

 4:00–5:00 pm

Cross-Step Waltz • Beginner

Instructor: Ari Levitt

“Cross-step waltz” is a recently re-introduced dance form, revived from the Boston waltz of the 1920’s, that is done to some of the most beautiful mid-tempo’d waltz music you’ll hear.  Ari is considered one of the country’s leading instructors and innovators of cross-step waltz, which he has been actively creating and teaching in workshops throughout the USA and abroad  Examples of cross-step can be found on the video pages of www.rolluptherug.com or www.waltzweekinvienna.com.

Line Dance Swap

Facilitator: TBD

Share a line dance you know with others, or come to learn a few that others have to share.  We’ll have time for three 20-minute teaches. If you want to teach a dance, sign up at registration.

 7:00–11:00 pm

Click Your Heels Dance

DJ: Keith Gehrig

Wrap up your hoedown weekend with a few last hours of dancing.

 

 

Key for Dance Levels
Couples Dances
Line Dances
(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

Got Questions?  E-mail hoedown@raincountrydance.org