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Ragtime Dance Workshop!
The Athletic Garage
Pasadena, CA
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Ragtime Dance Workshop!
Come learn the fun, easy social dances popular in the Ragtime era, around 1912 to 1916. These are the days of Titanic and the years before the Great War!

America went Dance Mad in 1913 with the staggering popularity of dances like:
One-Step
Castlewalk
Blues
Grizzly Bear
Bunny hug
Tango
Fox-Trot

These are easy, fun, rewarding couple dances that use improvisation and can be embraced by any level of dancer. This workshop will introduce the basic style, steps, and techniques of many of these dances, as the simple walking steps and figures can be used across multiple dance forms.

Come learn some of the delightful vintage precursors to today's ballroom dances, with a focus on leading and following techniques that apply to all couple dancing. Ragtime dances led the early twentieth-century shift of dance fashion away from Paris and toward America, and are considered one of the first truly American forms of social dance.

Join Renée Camus (partnered by Alex Bradley) at the Athletic Garage Dance Center, 121 Waverly Drive in Pasadena, on May 21, 2016, from 3 to 6 pm. Early Bird Tickets are available for $30 (plus service fee) through noon on May 18. After that, tickets are $35 per person (plus service fee). There's plenty of parking in the lot and on the street, and we'll have refreshments as well. Dress is casual, and no partner or experience necessary. Please bring a pair of clean, thin-soled shoes to change into.

Bring your friends and join us for a fun afternoon of dancing and learning!


About Renee Camus:

Renée Camus is a writer, dancer, and pop culture junkie living in Burbank, California, with her animator husband and two beautiful cats. After receiving a masters degree in dance history, she founded and directed Centuries Historical Dance, a dance company based in Washington DC dedicated to the preservation and presentation of historical social dance, from 2001 until 2012. With Centuries, Renée produced the video "Dancing through the Centuries: Dawn of a New World," serving as writer, director, narrator, choreographer, and dancer. She taught various styles of dance around the DC area, including tap, Irish step dancing, and ballroom, and has taught at many dance camps around the country, including Pinewoods, Berea, Cumberland, Terpsichores Holiday, Flying Cloud Academys Vintage Dance Week in Cincinnati, and the Newport Vintage Dance Week in Rhode Island. She currently writes about entertainment, including dance, television, and dance on television, for Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles magazine, LA Weekly, Reel Life with Jane, Moviefone, and Mashable, among others. She also writes about pop and geek culture on her blog at Geek-Adjacent.com. Follow her on The Twitters at @camusr6.

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The Athletic Garage (View)
121 Waverly Drive
Pasadena, CA 91105
United States

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Categories

Arts > Dance
Education > Classes
Music > Americana

Minimum Age: 10
Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!

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