Full Hoedown Schedule

Updated March 21, 2017.  Schedule subject to change.

The 2017 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 23
 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; 20% off on food for hoedown attendees,

 7:00 PM–12:00 AM

Trail-In Dance

Room: South Room (3rd floor)
DJ: Terry Felts, Kate Bovitch

No cover for hoedown registrants.  For those not registere 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

Bootblacks: Paul, Kian

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 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.

 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

7 Deadly Sins of Dance • All Level

Room: Madison B & C
Instructor: Jim Drew

While Murphy’s Law says that if anything can go wrong, it will, let’s be frank: most of the time when we mess things up on the dance floor, it;s our own fault.  We did something we shouldn’t have — jumped the lead, blocked the path, things like that.  We will cover seven different ways we dance “wrong” — one for each of our major dance styles, but most of them apply in many ways — and try to correct things rather than paying for our sins.

Line Dance: All Of It But Me • Advanced

Room: South Room (3rd floor)
Instructor: Michael Metzger

All Of It But Me (choreographed by Michael Metzger) is a TBD-count Advanced line dance, danced to the song “All of It but Me” by The Young Professionalsd (feat. Anna F.).  Step Sheet: TBD

Madison A closed this hour

 1:00–2:00 pm

East Coast Swing • Intermediate

Room: Madison B & C
Instructor: Troy Inman

Class description goes here

Line Dance: Wild Night • Intermediate

Room: South Room (3rd floor)
Instructor: Scott Schrank

Wild Night (choreographed by Scott Schrank and Amy Christian) is a 64-count Intermediate line dance, danced to the song “Wild Night” by John Mellencamp.  Step Sheet: http://www.copperknob.co.uk/stepsheets/wild-night-ID79468.aspx

Madison A closed this hour

 2:15–3:15 pm

Hustle • Basic

Room: Madison A
Instructor: Ari Levitt

Class description goes here

Waltz • Intermediate

Room: Madison B & C
Instructor: Terry Felts

Class description goes here

Line Dance: Bittersweet • Intermediate

Room: South Room (3rd floor)
Instructor: Michael Metzger

Bittersweet (choreographed by Michael Metzger) is a TBD-count Intermediate line dance, danced to the song “Bitter” by I Am Karate.  Step Sheet: TBD

 3:30–4:30 pm

Night Club • Basic-Plus

Room: Madison A
Instructor: Ari Levitt

Class description goes here

Two-Step: Flipping the Bird • Intermediate-Plus

Room: Madison B & C
Instructor: Jim Drew

Okay, no obscene finger signs here.  Just several moves which involve flipping your partner or yourself across the track of dance.  (No aerial moves, either.)

Line Dance • Rain Country Reviews

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

Reviews (about 10 minutes plus doing the dance for each one, less for the easier ones and more for the harder ones) of four popular Rain Country line dances which we want to give a little extra spotlight to: Homegrown, Lay Low, The Queen, and So Just Dance Dance Dance!

 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: Terry Felts

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: Ray Nutter

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: Kate Bovitch

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: Kian

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: Shana Glennon

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 25
 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

Night Club • Basic-Plus

Room: Madison A
Instructor: Troy Inman

Class description goes here

West Coast Swing • Intermediate

Room: Madison B & C
Instructor: Wen & Tara

Class description goes here

Line Dance: Shady • Intermediate

Room: South Room (3rd floor)
Instructor: Amy Glass

Shady (choreographed by Darren Bailey, Fred Whitehouse, and Amy Glass) is a 32-count Intermeidate line dance (with several tags and a restart), danced to the song “Shady” by Adam Lambert.  Step Sheet: http://www.copperknob.co.uk/stepsheets/shady-ID115261.aspx

 10:15–11:15 am

West Coast Swing • Basic

Room: Madison A
Instructor: Barb Buys

This is for people who either have never done West Coastor who don’t have the basic 6-count pattern down.  Work will be on connection with partner while learning the basics.

Progressive Two-Step (QQSS) • Intermediate

Room: Madison B & C
Instructor: Dave Serfling

Class description goes here

Line Dance: Feelin’ Good • Beginner

Room: South Room (3rd floor)
Instructor: Michael Metzger

Feelin’ Good (choreographed by Michael Metzger) is a TBD-count Beginner line dance, danced to the song “I Feel Good” by Thomas Rhett (feat. LunchMoney Lewis).  Step Sheet: TBD
Depending on how fast the class picks this up, Michael may add a bonus dance this hour.

 11:30–12:30 PM

East Coast Swing • Basic+

Room: Madison A
Instructor: Dave Serfling

Class description goes here

Two-Step (SSQQ) • Basic+

Room: Madison B & C
Instructor: Jeffrey Howard

Class description goes here

Line Dance: Clap Clap Clap • Phrased Intermediate

Room: South Room (3rd floor)
Instructor: Amy Glass

Clap Clap Clap (choreographed by Amy Glass) is a 64-count Phrasded Intermediate line dance, danced to the song “Clap Your Hands” by Leo Soul.  Step Sheet: http://www.copperknob.co.uk/stepsheets/clap-clap-clap-ID115051.aspx

 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

Dips, Drops, and Tricks • Intermediate

Room: Madison A
Instructor: Troy Inman

Class description goes here

“Inappropriate” Moves in Two-Step • Basic-Plus

Room: Madison B & C
Instructor: Klint Kendrick

Klint will show off some dance moves which might be considered “inappropriate” if they weren’t in the context of dancing, hands and bodies up close and personal.

Line Dance: Thumbs Up • Phrased Intermediate

Room: South Room (3rd floor)
Instructor: Amy Glass

Thumbs Up (choreographed by Amy Glass ) is a 64-count Phrased Intermediate line dance, danced to the song “Thumbs” by Sabrina Carpenter.  Step Sheet: http://www.copperknob.co.uk/stepsheets/thumbs-up-ID116781.aspx

 2:45–3:45 pm

Night Club • Intermediate

Room: Madison A
Instructor: Jim Drew

Class description goes here

Progressive Two-Step (QQSS) • Basic-Plus

Room: Madison B & C
Instructor: Jeffrey Howard

Class description goes here

Line: We Are Fighters • Intermediate

Room: South Room (3rd floor)
Instructor: Scott Schrank

We Are Fighters (choreographed by Rick Dominguez and Scott Schrank) is a 32-count Intermediate line dance, danced to the song “Fighter” by Ty Herndon.  Step Sheet: http://www.copperknob.co.uk/stepsheets/we-are-fighters-ID115997.aspx

 4:00–5:00 pm

(Ends at) 5 o’Clock Shadow • Basic/Basic-Plus

Room: Madison A
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… at the (Ends At) 5 O’clock Shadow class.  Learn the fun alternative to West Coast Swing that will make it difficult to ever West Coast Swing again.

Waltz • Intermediate

Room: Madison B&C
Instructor: Klint Kendrick

Klint plans to teach corkscrew turns.

Line Dance: Look Good Again • Intermediate

Room: South Room (3rd floor)
Instructor: Amy Glass

Look Good Again (choreographed by Darren Bailey) is a 32-count Intermediate line dance (Night Club rhythm), danced to the song “Makin’ Me Look Good Again” by Drake White.  Step Sheet: http://www.copperknob.co.uk/stepsheets/look-good-again-ID115858.aspx

 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: Terry Felts

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: Klint Kendrick

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)
DJs: Keith Gehrig, Shana Glennon

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.

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!

 11:00 PM-??? AM

Late Night Swing

Room: South Room (3rd Floor)
DJ: Shana Glennon

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 26
 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: Ex’s & Oh’s • Phrased Intermediate

Room: Madison A
Instructor: Terry Felts

Ex’s & Oh’s (choreographed by Rick Dominguez and Jonna Liberman) is a 48-count Intermediate line dance, danced to the song “Ex’s & Oh’s” by Elle King.  Step Sheet: http://www.copperknob.co.uk/stepsheets/exs--ohs-ID105354.aspx

Waltz • Basic+

Room: Madison B & C
Instructor: Rob Ollander-Krane

Class description goes here

 12:15–1:15 pm

Line: Brandy (You’re A Fine Girl) & Love Addiction• Intermediate

Room: Madison A
Instructor: Scott Schrank

Brandy (You’re A Fine Girl) (choreographed by Scott Schrank) is a 32-count Intermediate line dance, danced to the song “Brandy (You’re A Fine Girl)” by Looking Glass.  Step Sheet: http://www.copperknob.co.uk/stepsheets/brandy-youre-a-fine-girl-ID61737.aspx / Love Addiction (choreographed by Scott Schrank, Junior Willis, and Amy Christian) is a 32-count Intermediate line dance, danced to the song “I Goota Have It” by Tank.  Step Sheet: http://www.copperknob.co.uk/stepsheets/love-addiction-ID113096.aspx

Two-Step • Intermediate

Room: Madison B & C
Instructor: Tropy Inman

Class description goes here

 1:30–2:30 pm

Line: Hoedown Reviews Dance Swap • Various Levels

Room: Madison A
Instructor: --

This is a chance for dancers to make their own workshop: take the most popular line dances of the weekend and do 10-minute review teaches to reinforce what you learned.

West Coast Swing Ships • Basic-Plus

Room: Madison B & C
Instructor: Barb Buys

This is whips for beginner or newbies to West Coast.  This would be for folks who want to get basic whips to a comfortable and fun execution level.

 2:45–5:00 pm

Click Your Heels Dance — Line Dancing (tent.)

Room: Madison A
DJ: Terry Felts

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: Jim Drew

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