Full Hoedown Schedule

Updated December 12, 2017.  Schedule subject to change.

The 2018 Emerald City Hoedown will feature over 30 hours of workshops, featuring guest instructors from all over North America as well as our regular Rain Country Dance Association instructors and favorites from the Northwest.

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

 

 THURSDAY, MARCH 22
 4:00 pm–6:00 pm

Afternoon Hospitality & Pre-Registration

Room: Hospitality

Arriving on Thursday from out of town?  Join us in the Hospitality Suite for some afternoon snacks and socializing, and if you are pre-registered, pick up your packet and mechandise before formal registration opens on Friday morning.  Pete Winowitch is your host.

 6:00 PM–7:30 pm

Women’s Meet & Greet

Room: Lobby Bar (1st Floor)

Join other women attending this year’s hoedown at the hotel’s bar before the Trail-In Dance, in the 1st floor Lobby Bar.   This is a trans*-inclusive event; if you feel that you should be at the Women’s Meet & Greet, we are happy to have you there.  Lipsky is your host for this event.  No-host bar.

 7:00 PM–12:00 AM

Trail-In Dance

Room: South Room (3rd floor)
DJ: TBD

No cover for hoedown registrants.  For those not registered for the hoedown weekend: $8 at the door for Rain Country members, $10 for other dancers.

If you are pre-registered, pick up your packet and mechandise before formal registration opens on Friday morning.

Bootblacks

Bootblack: TBD

Our bootblacks will be in the foyer doing bootblacking for tips (we suggest at least $10, more if they do a really great job).  Take a few minutes to have them give a nice shine to your boots (or other care for non-glossy boots), with a bit of foot massage in the mix.  They will be donating a portion of their tips back to the hoedown to go directly to our charity.  (Can’t bear to be parted from the dancing, but have a second pair of boots that could use some boot love?  Bring them by and pick them up later in the evening.)

 11:00 pm–1:00 am

After Hours

Room: Hospitality

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.

 

 FRIDAY, MARCH 23
 8:00–10:00 am

Eye-Openers

Room: Hospitality

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

 10:00 AM–2:00 pm

Dance Floor Setup

Room: Madison A

We will again have a staggered opening of dance rooms at this year’s hoedown: first two workshops: Madison B & C (couples) and South Room (line) / rest of Friday and Saturday: Madison A (couples), Madison B & C (couples), and South Room (line) / Sunday: Madison A (line or couples) and Madiosn B & C (couples)

 10:45 AM–10:00 pm

Registration

Room: 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 also have vendors and information tables set up in the Foyer for your shopping pleasure, including massage therapists and bootblacks.

 11:45 AM–12:45 pm

Workshop TBD

Room: Madison B & C
Instructor: TBD

Class description

Line Dance: TBD

Room: South Room (3rd floor)
Instructor: TBD

Class description

Madison A closed this hour

 1:00–2:00 pm

Workshop TBD

Room: Madison B & C
Instructor: TBD

Class description

Line Dance: TBD

Room: South Room (3rd floor)
Instructor: TBD

Class description

Madison A closed this hour

 2:15–3:15 pm

Workshop TBD

Room: Madison A
Instructor: TBD

Class description

Workshop TBD

Room: Madison B & C
Instructor: TBD

Class description

Line Dance: TBD

Room: South Room (3rd floor)
Instructor: TBD

Class description

 3:30–4:30 pm

Workshop TBD

Room: Madison A
Instructor: TBD

Class description goes here

Workshop TBD

Room: Madison B & C
Instructor: TBD

Class description

Line Dance: TBD

Room: South Room (3rd Floor)
Instructor: TBD

Class description

 5:00–7:00 pm

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

Room: Hospitality

A light meal and beverages will be provided in the Hospitality Suite (room TBD) for our “Friend of Dorothy” host sponsors, instructors, DJs, and select other VIPs.  (Vegetarian and gluten-free options will be included in the meal, and ingredients will be labelled where possible.)

 5:00–7:00 pm

Setup for Evening Dances

Room: Madison Ballroom

Our volunteers will be setting up for the evening dances during this time as well, so please give them space.

 7:00–8:00 pm

Welcome to Oz! Dance — West Coast Swing Explosion!

Room: Madison Ballroom
DJ: TBD

The hoedown dancing kicks off with an hour of West Coast Swing.

Welcome to Oz! Dance — Line Dance Review

Room: South Room (3rd Floor)
DJ: None

Here is your chance to review the line dances taught today.  Self-directed and self-DJ’ed, spend the time you want on the dances you want.

 8:00 PM-1:00 AM

Welcome to Oz! Dance — Country Couples

Room: Madison Ballroom
DJ: TBD

The hoedown continues with country couples dancing and a few popular line dances in our main ballroom.  Be sure to join us for exhibitions and the Just Dance Competition at about 9:30 pm — tonight featuring Two-Step.

After 11:00 pm, when the South Room switches to Late Night Swing, we will up the ratio of line dancing in Madison to accomodate the influx of line dancers.

Welcome to Oz! Dance — Line Dancing (to 11:00 pm)

Room: South Room (3rd Floor)
DJ: TBD

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 main ballroom showing what dances are coming up soon.

Bootblacks

Room: Madison Foyer
Bootblack: TBD

Our bootblacks will be in the foyer doing bootblacking for tips (we suggest at least $10, more if they do a really great job).  Take a few minutes to have them give a nice shine to your boots (or other care for non-glossy boots), with a bit of foot massage in the mix.  They will be donating a portion of their tips back to the hoedown to go directly to our charity.  (Can’t bear to be parted from the dancing, but have a second pair of boots that could use some boot love?  Bring them by and pick them up later in the evening.)

 11:00 PM-??? AM

Late Night Swing

Room: South Room (3rd Floor)
DJ: TBD

After 11:00 pm, this room will switch to Late Night Swing with DJ Johnny Q.  Line dancers can continue to get their fix in Madison, and swing dancers can go all night if they want!

 11:45 pm–2:00 am

After Hours Party

Room: Hospitality

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, MARCH 24
 8:00–10:00 am

Eye-Openers

Room: Hospitality

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

 8:00 am–10:00 pm

Registration

Room: Madison Foyer

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 also have vendors and information tables set up in the Foyer for your shopping pleasure, including massage therapists and bootblacks.

 9:00–10:00 am

Workshop TBD

Room: Madison A
Instructor: TBD

Class description

Workshop TBD

Room: Madison B & C
Instructor: TBD

Class description

Line Dance: TBD

Room: South Room (3rd floor)
Instructor: TBD

Class description

 10:15–11:15 am

Workshop TBD

Room: Madison A
Instructor: TBD

Class description

Workshop TBD

Room: Madison B & C
Instructor: TBD

Class description

Line Dance: TBD

Room: South Room (3rd floor)
Instructor: TBD

Class description

 11:30–12:30 PM

Workshop TBD

Room: Madison A
Instructor: TBD

Class description

Workshop TBD

Room: Madison B & C
Instructor: TBD

Class description

Line Dance: TBD

Room: South Room (3rd floor)
Instructor: TBD

Class description

 12:30–1:30 pm

Men’s Social

Room: Hospitality

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.  Ray Nutter is your host.

Lunch Break

Lunch on your own.  In addition to the hotel’s restaurant, there are several lunch restaurants within a couple blocks of the hotel.  The hotel concierge can make suggestions and give directions.

 1:30–2:30 pm

Workshop TBD

Room: Madison A
Instructor: TBD

Class description

Workshop TBD

Room: Madison B & C
Instructor: TBD

Class description

Line Dance: TBD

Room: South Room (3rd floor)
Instructor: TBD

Class description

 2:45–3:45 pm

Workshop TBD

Room: Madison A
Instructor: TBD

Class description

Workshop TBD

Room: Madison B & C
Instructor: TBD

Class description

Line Dance: TBD

Room: South Room (3rd floor)
Instructor: TBD

Class description

 4:00–5:00 pm

Workshop TBD

Room: Madison A
Instructor: TBD

Class description

Workshop TBD

Room: Madison B&C
Instructor: TBD

Class description

Line Dance: TBD

Room: South Room (3rd floor)
Instructor: TBD

Class description

 5:15–6:45 pm

Women’s/Trans-Inclusive Social

Room: Hospitality

Here is a chance for the women/female attendees to get together and eat!  Complimentary light appetizers, sandwich fixings, and drinks will be available.  Hosted by lipsky.

 5:00–7:00 pm

Setup for Evening Dances & Exhibition Practices

Room: Madison Ballroom

Our volunteers will be setting up for the evening dances during this time as well, so please give them space.

 7:00–8:00 pm

Emerald City Ball — West Coast Swing Explosion!

Room: Madison Ballroom
DJ: TBD

The hoedown dancing kicks off with an hour of West Coast Swing.

Emerald City Ball —  Line Dance Review

Room: South Room (3rd Floor)
DJ: None

Here is your chance to review the line dances taught today, plus “Somewhere With You”, the line dance for tonight’s Just Dance competition.  Self-directed and self-DJ’ed, spend the time you want on the dances you want.

 8:00 pm-1:00 AM

Emerald City Ball — Country Couples

Room: Madison Ballroom
DJ: TBD

The hoedown continues with country couples dancing and a few popular line dances in our main ballroom.  Be sure to join us for the Just Dance Competition at 10:00 pm — tonight featuring West Coast Swing.

After midnight, when the South Room switches to Late Night Swing, we will up the ratio of line dancing in the Madison Ballroom to accomodate the influx of line dancers.

Emerald City Ball — Line Dancing (to midnight) / Late Night Swing

Room: South Room (3rd Floor)
DJ: TBD

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 main ballroom showing what dances are coming up soon.

Bootblacks

Room: Madison Foyer
Bootblack: TBD

Our bootblacks will be in the foyer doing bootblacking for tips (we suggest at least $10, more if they do a really great job).  Take a few minutes to have them give a nice shine to your boots (or other care for non-glossy boots), with a bit of foot massage in the mix.  They will be donating a portion of their tips back to the hoedown to go directly to our charity.  (Can’t bear to be parted from the dancing, but have a second pair of boots that could use some boot love?  Bring them by and pick them up later in the evening.)

 11:00 PM-??? AM

Late Night Swing

Room: South Room (3rd Floor)
DJ: TBD

After midnight, this room will switch to Late Night Swing with DJ Johnny Q.  Line dancers can continue to get their fix in Madison, and swing dancers can go all night if they want!

 11:45 pm–2:00 am

After Hours Party

Room: Hospitality

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.

 

 SUNDAY, MAY 25
 8:00–9:30 am

Eye-Openers

Room: Hospitality

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

 Morning

Brunch on Your Own

Rather than launch right into another full day of workshops, we want to give you time to recover and recharge, and maybe check out a bit of early spring in Seattle.

The hotel’s own restaurant, Maxwell’s, will be open for a traditional American breackfast/brunch menu.  And of course, those staying at the hotel can charge the bill to their room.

For a more upscale brunch, with an Italian influence, Tulio is also just 5 minutes away.  Check out their menu, and expect a bill abut $20–25 per person (more with a bloody mary, of course!).

Have you ever done dim sum (Chinese brunch) with a bunch of country-western dancers?  I’d say it’s high time that you did!  Served family style from steam carts rolled through the restaurant, dim sum is quick, filling, and quite different if you haven’t had it before.  Steamed pork buns, shrimp balls, Chinese broccoli, chicken shu mai, mango pudding, custard buns… nom nom nom.  A number of dim sum options are available in the International District, a 15 minute walk to the south.

 

 10:30 AM–3:30 PM

Registration

Room: Madison Foyer

Registration open for today’s workshops and the afternoon tea dance.

 11:00 AM–12:00 pm

Line Dance: TBD

Room: Madison A
Instructor: TBD

Class description

Workshop TBD

Room: Madison B & C
Instructor: TBD

Class description

 12:15–1:15 pm

Line Dance: TBD

Room: Madison A
Instructor: TBD

Class description

Workshop TBD

Room: Madison B & C
Instructor: TBD

Class description

 1:30–2:30 pm

Line Dance: TBD

Room: Madison A
Instructor: TBD

Class description

Workshop TBD

Room: Madison B & C
Instructor: TBD

Class description

 2:45–5:00 pm

Click Your Heels Dance — Line Dancing

Room: Madison A
DJ: TBD

We will have the line dance room availbale for more foot stomping fun until you are done.  Once dancing winds down, we will need volunteers to help take up the dance floor in this room.

Click Your Heels Dance — Country Couples

Room: Madison B & C
DJ: TBD

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

 5:00–7:00 pm

Hoedown Teardown

Got an hour or two to spare this afternoon?  We could use some volunteer help tearing down dance floor, taking down sound systems, packing up decorations and other hoedown gear, and loading things into our rental truck… and back into storage in Renton.

 

 

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
 Floor Plan

Got Questions?  E-mail info@emeraldcityhoedown.com