Full Hoedown Schedule

Updated April 10, 2018.  Schedule subject to change.

The 2019 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.

While the 2019 schedule is not complete, we invite you to view the 2018 schedule below to get an idea of what to expect.

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

 

 THURSDAY, MARCH 22 2018
 4:00 pm–6:00 pm

Afternoon Hospitality

Room: Hospitality (Room 2704)

Arriving on Thursday from out of town?  Join us in the Hospitality Suite for some afternoon snacks and socializing.  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: Ray Nutter

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, starting at 6:30 pm.

 11:00 pm–1:00 am

After Hours

Room: Hospitality (Room 2704)

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 2018
 8:00–10:00 am

Eye-Openers

Room: Hospitality (Room 2704)

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

Madison A closed this hour

Two-Step (Low Intermediate)

Room: Madison B & C
Instructor: Klint Kendrick

“Leader Turns: Why Should Follows Have All the Fun?”: In this workshop, Klint will teach a few moves that let both the leaders and followers get a chance to turn.

Line Dance: Play That Sax (Intermediate)

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

Step Sheet: http://www.copperknob.co.uk/stepsheets/play-that-sax-ID121390.aspx
Song: “Sax” by Fleur East
Choreographer: Michael Metzger

 1:00–2:00 pm

Madison A closed this hour

Musicality (featuring Two-Step and Waltz) (Basic+)

Room: Madison B & C
Instructor: Ingu Yun

Musicality, or how to dance to the expression of the music.  We’ll use a combination of two-step and waltz in this workshop.  This has been taught several times at Sundance Saloon, and at the Hoedown-In-The-Dunes in 2017, where it was a huge success.

Line Dance: Run Me Like A River (Low Advanced)

Room: South Room (3rd floor)
Instructor: Sheba Thone

Step Sheet: http://www.copperknob.co.uk/stepsheets/run-me-like-a-river-ID117290.aspx
Song: “River” by Bishop Briggs
Choreographer: Jo Kinser, John Kinser, Guillaume Richard, Roy Verdonk, Jef Camps

 2:15–3:15 pm

Progressive Two-Step (QQSS) (Basic/Basic+)

Room: Madison A
Instructor: Jeffrey Howard

Much of the world dances two-step as QQSS (rather than the SSQQ style done in Seattle).  Much is made of the differences between the two but, you’ll be surprised at how similar they are.  No matter which you are familiar with, you’ll learn how to use the both styles in your dancing.  This is the perfect class, if you’ve ever asked, “Are the turns on the quick or the slow?”

West Coast Swing (Beginner)

Room: Madison B & C
Instructor: Barb Buys

Barb will teach beginner-level West Coast Swing, get you ready do dance at least a couple West Coasts tonight.

Line Dance: No Roots (Phrased High Intermediate)

Room: South Room (3rd floor)
Instructor: Carlton Thompson

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9lpUhA_7oqM
Song: “No Roots” by Alice Merton
Choreographer: Carlton Thompson

 3:30–4:30 pm

Night Club (SQQ) (Basic+)

Room: Madison A
Instructor: Terry Felts

Class description goes here

Two-Step (Intermediate+)

Room: Madison B & C
Instructor: Jim Drew

Jim will take you through an extended sequence of patterns and higher level moves, although nothing that you won’t be able to do with a skilled partner on the dance floor tonight.

Line Dance: Rain Country Reviews

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

This hour, we will do mini-teaches of several line dances which have become popular with Rain Country in the past year, to ensure you are up to date on what the locals are doing.  Most of these were taught at last year’s hoedown.  Line dances and instructors will include: Feelin’ Good (Michael Metzger), Blue Ain’t Your Color (Sheba Thone), Clap Clap Clap (Barb Buys), and Wild Night (Scott Schrank).

 5:00–7:00 pm

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

Room: Hospitality (Room 2704)

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: Shana Glennon

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 those present want on the dances they want.

 8:00 PM-1:00 AM

Welcome to Oz! Dance — Country Couples

Room: Madison Ballroom
DJ: Kate Bovitch

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: Jim Drew

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.

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

Room: South Room (3rd Floor)
DJ: Jen Lamkins

After 11:00, the South Room will turn over to Swing Dancing (primarily West Coast Swing, but the DJ may pu some other styles in the mix as well).  Dancing here can continue after 1:00 am if the dancers and the DJ are up for it.

 11:45 pm–2:00 am

After Hours Party

Room: Hospitality (Room 2704)

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 2018
 8:00–10:00 am

Eye-Openers

Room: Hospitality (Room 2704)

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

East Coast Swing (Basic+)

Room: Madison A
Instructor: Klint Kendrick

“Twist My Arm: Hammerlock 101”: Klint will review the basics of ECS, and teach a few fun moves that can be done from hammerlock.

Waltz (Basic+)

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

Class description

Line Dance: Feel it Still and Road* (High Beg)

Room: South Room (3rd floor)
Instructor: Carlton Thompson

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fLGcxSZXMK8
Song: “Feel It Still” by Portugal. The Man
Choreographer: Carlton Thompson

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kjc7cbEoHOc
Song: “Road” by Bruno Martini (feat. Johnny Franco)
Choreographer: Carlton Thompson (* only Part B will be covered)

 10:15–11:15 am

Cowboy Cha Cha & Variations (Basic)

Room: Madison A
Instructor: Dave & Jimmi Serfling

Cowboy Cha Cha is a longtime favorite partner flow dance (a cross between a couples dance and a line dance), still done regularly at Cuff Country in Seattle.  Dave and Jimmi will teach the dance and a number of variations to make it even more fun.

Two-Step (Basic+)

Room: Madison B & C
Instructor: Barb Buys

Class description

Line Dance: London (Advanced)

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

Step Sheet: TBD
Song: “London” by Matty Noyes
Choreographer: Michael Metzger

 11:30–12:30 PM

Waltz (Intermediate)

Room: Madison A
Instructor: Dave & Jimmi Serfling

Class description

Step Sheet: http://www.djmarkcountry.com/traveling-cha-chacowboy-cha-cha.html

West Coast Swing (Intermediate)

Room: Madison B & C
Instructor: Ari Levitt

“Intro to Free-styling WCS”: In this class, we dive into a fusion approach to “free styling” your WCS — using play, musicality, and a variety improvisational devices that will allow you come away with a much deeper understanding of the fundamental language of movement, flow, and connection that can also be applied to virtually any style of dance you do!  A whole new approach to improvising your dance — not to be missed!

Line Dance: Make You Stay (Improver)

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

Step Sheet: http://www.copperknob.co.uk/stepsheets/make-you-stay-ID123414.aspx
Song: “Pretty Girl” by Jesse Gold
Choreographer: Daniel Trepat, Jef Camps, and Roy Verdonk

 12:30–1:30 pm

Men’s Inclusive Social

Room: Hospitality (Room 2704)

Here is a chance for the men and male*-identified attendees of this year’s hoedown to get together and do what men do best… eat and socialize, of course!  Light lunch fare (pulled pork!) and beverages will be available.  Ray Nutter and Vince Larkin are your hosts.

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

Night Club (QQS) (Intermediate)

Room: Madison A
Instructor: Ari Levitt

“Unique NC2S Variations”: In this class, we explore a variety of unique NC2S combinations that will have you floating on the dance floor and which will make your partner (and those watching) stop and go “Wow!”  An example of some fun NC2S can be seen at https://youtu.be/6mvzy-I9Ic8, and “Fusion” NC2S at https://youtu.be/BgkZvxL_3bw.

Two-Step Boot Camp 1 (Basic)

Room: Madison B & C
Instructor: Jim Drew

Over the course of an hour, Jim will cover 8–10 (or more) basic two-step moves to help newer two-step dancers up their game a bit more, and to refresh the skills of those who have already learned these moves.

Line Dance: Selfish Love (Intermediate, Cha Cha rhythm)

Room: Madison A
Instructor: Scott Schrank

Step Sheet: http://www.copperknob.co.uk/stepsheets/selfish-love-ID121038.aspx
Song: “Selfish Love” by Jessie Ware
Choreographer: Scott Schrank & Jonno Liberman

 2:45–3:45 pm

West Coast Swing (Intermediate)

Room: Madison A
Instructor: Jon Jackson

Class description

Two-Step (Low Intermediate)

Room: Madison B & C
Instructor: Terry Felts

Class description

Line Dance: Insecure (Intermediate) + recap of Road and Feel It Still

Room: South Room (3rd floor)
Instructor: Carlton Thompson

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GjpYO2dHOwI
Song: “Insecure” by RaeLynn
Choreographer: Carlton Thompson

 4:00–5:00 pm

“(Ends at) 5 o’Clock” Shadow (Basic+)

Room: Madison A
Instructor: Rob Ollander-Krane

Shadow is a dance style largely unique to the GLBTQ community, a two-step dance rhythm to slow swing music.  Rob will teach the basics and move beyond into some fun more advanced moves.

Waltz (Low Intermediate)

Room: Madison B&C
Instructor: Klint Kendrick

“Corkscrews without the Wine”: The corkscrew release is a simple way to make your turns look fancy.  In this workshop, Klint will teach you how to wine your way through a series of twisty moves.

Line Dance: Testify (Basic)

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

Step Sheet: Testify.doc
Song: “Testify” by Davie
Choreographer: Michael Metzger

 5:15–6:45 pm

Women’s Inclusive Social

Room: Hospitality (Room 2704)

Here is a chance for the women and female*-identified attendees of this year’s hoedown to get together and socialize (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: Shana Glennon

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.  Self-directed and self-DJ’ed, spend the time those present want on the dances they want.

 8:00 pm-1:00 AM

Emerald City Ball — Country Couples

Room: Madison Ballroom
DJ: Keith Gehrig

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 Swing Dancing, 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 11:00 pm)

Room: South Room (3rd Floor)
DJ: Terry Felts

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. 

Emerald City Ball — Swing Dancing (after 11:00 pm)

Room: South Room (3rd Floor)
DJ: Jen Lamkins

After 11:00, the South Room will turn over to Swing Dancing (primarily West Coast Swing, but the DJ may pu some other styles in the mix as well).  Dancing will finish here at 1:00 am (hard stop).

 11:45 pm–2:00 am

After Hours Party

Room: Hospitality (Room 2704)

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 2018
 8:00–9:30 am

Eye-Openers

Room: Hospitality (Room 2704)

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: Legends and Heroes (Phrased Intermediate)

Room: Madison A
Instructor: Sheba Thone

Step Sheet: http://www.copperknob.co.uk/stepsheets/legends-and-heroes-ID120220.aspx
Song: “Something Just Like This” by The Chainsmokers and Coldplay
Choreographer: Jack Swanson and Aly Glasier

Two-Step Boot Camp 2 (Basic+)

Room: Madison B & C
Instructor: Jim Drew

Over the course of an hour, Jim will cover 8–10 (or more) basic two-step moves to help newer two-step dancers up their game a bit more, and to refresh the skills of those who have already learned these moves.

 12:15–1:15 pm

Line Dance: Craving You (High Intermediate) + recap of Insecure

Room: Madison A
Instructor: Carlton Thompson

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_zGsE7cqHcw
Song: “Craving You” by Thomas Rhett
Choreographer: Carlton Thompson

West Coast Swing (Basic+)

Room: Madison B & C
Instructor: Bob Hackney

Class description

 1:30–2:30 pm

Line Dance: Feel My Love (Intermediate, Night Club rhythm)

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

Step Sheet: http://www.copperknob.co.uk/stepsheets/feel-my-love-ID119331.aspx
Song: “Say You Will” by Billy Gilman
Choreographer: Glynn “Apple Jack” Rogers, Teresa Lawrence, and Vera Fisher

Waltz (Low Intermediate)

Room: Madison B & C
Instructor: Terry Felts

Class description

 2:45–5:00 pm

Click Your Heels Dance — Line Dancing

Room: Madison A
DJ: Kate Bovitch

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.
Improver: 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