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  1. Gay Games 9 Sampler Class

    August 10, 2013 by citabria

    New Gay Games Sampler Class

    in San Francisco

    Beginning Waltz & Cha Cha


    Thursdays in September at Vima Ballroom

    Starts September 5th, 2013

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    Two dances for the price of one: Beginning Waltz and Cha Cha Cha $60 for the month or $20 for drop-in 7pm-8:45 with 15 minutes supervised practice in the middle

    You DO NOT have to want to compete at the Gay Games!
    No partner or experience needed.
    This class is open to everyone of all genders, orientations, marital status….;)

    Please let us know if you have any questions!

  2. Queer Guys & Dolls Dance

    April 3, 2012 by citabria

    Guys & Dolls Queer Dance -1st Saturday of the month
    at Boogie Woogie Ballroom in Foster City.


    Hope to see you out on the floor!

    8 -9pm: Beginning Dance Lesson -Different dance each month.
    9 to Midnight: Fabulous Dance Party with a mix of Night club, Swing, Ballroom dances & Argentine Tango along with yummy snacks.


    No experience or partner needed.
    Friendly atmosphere.
    Dress up or dress down.
    All genders and orientations welcome.


    $12 for the lesson and Dance Party
    $10 for Dance only

  3. April Follies Intensive Starts January 9th

    January 6, 2012 by citabria

    April Follies Intensive Starts January 9th!

    January 9 – April 23, 2012
    7:30-8:30 PM Class
    8:30-9 Supervised Practice


    April Follies is April 28th, 2012 in Oakland at Just Dance Ballroom
    You can get out on the floor as a beginner.
    You can wear you rhinestones or dress down, but this course will give you the confiendce you need to shine while dancing in harmony with another person.


    You will learn to:
    Connect with your partner
    Stay calm & grounded
    Shine for the judges
    Easily navigate the floor
    Dance a routine with accepted DVIDA steps
    Choose your correct competition category
    Use correct posture and frame
    Choose the best outfit!
    Project great stage presence
    Gracefully enter & exit from the competition floor
    ….and more


    $17 Drop-In for one class
    $250 per person for whole series!   Additionally you get $2 off entrance to Guys & Dolls Dances.  Great value!

  4. The Grass is Always Greener

    October 3, 2011 by citabria

    I’ve always loved following.  I first fell in love with the listening and responding and playing with your partner of dancing.  I only followed for my first two years of dancing and was fascinated by how every leader has their own way of leading.

    For a variety of reasons, while dancing with Zoe, I ended up as the predominate leader in the partnership.  After 8+ years of leading competitively, I have decided to try my hand (foot?) at following.

    Following is humbling and challenging.  I have heard myself say -to myself, “This would be so much easier to lead!”  I also have much more sympathy for followers.  I find myself doing everything as a follower that at times challenged me as a leader.

    Interestingly my best following is when I think of moving like a leader and not when I try to “follow”.  By “follow” I mean get out of the way.

    “Following” (we need a new word for it) really means finding the balance of letting your partner feel what you are doing and listening and responding, adding power and embellishing what the leader suggests….oooh, challenging, but I love the challenge!

    Now the real question…..What to wear?

  5. Boogie Woogie Ballroom

    September 23, 2011 by citabria

    I subbed the For Beginners Only class at Boogie Woogie Ballroom in Foster City this week.

    It is a lovely studio tucked away in a very unassuming place. They need a big sign….It has a huge main floor (with poles, darn) and FOUR little studios.  It even has a kitchen and a shower!!

    Seems like a great place to practice, take a class or have private lessons.

    Hope to see you there.

  6. Dance Vita Ballroom Opens

    August 8, 2011 by citabria

    My dance partner and I were honored to have the very first private lesson at Tomas and Aira and Vaidotas and Jurga’s new studio called Dance Vita!

    It is a beautiful space in San Mateo with two big floors and comfortable, stylish furniture.  They are still working on it, but it is already fabulous.

    Across the street there is a Molly Stone grocery store that has good food, coffee and free wifi should you need to refuel.


  7. Move Like a Champion (TM) workshop

    October 21, 2010 by citabria

     The past two days Zoe and I attended the beta testing of Diane Jarmolow’s Move Like a Champion workhsop.

    Here’s a blurb about the course from their website:

    “Created by “Top Teacher” Diane Jarmolow and Latin Champion Kasia Kozak, this comprehensive 14-hour course teaches principles of dynamic alignment and functional movement that applies to all Ballroom, Latin, and Swing dancing. Avid dancers and professional teachers alike will benefit from this eye-opening instructional course.”


    The course was great and I learned lots of exercises to help students understand more about posture and efficient, beautiful movement.

    It also helped me reinforce and delve deeper into what I already know about my own dancing.  It was definitely worth it.

    Diane taught the Ballroom Dance Teacher’s College when I took it back in 2000 and then, as now,  put an incredible amount of thought and specificity into her material while making it accessible.  I am consistently impressed by how everything she does, she does in a kind and generous way.  She is a truly inspirational teacher.