Smooth II (winter session 1)

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Sun, 26 February 2012
Sun, 22 January 2012
Sun, 18 March 2012

Instructor: Darrell Dieringer
Enrollment: limit 20 (this is a group class)
Tuition: $135/person (see “Tuition” below for specials)
Format: eight two-hour sessions (see “Format” below)
Register by 21 January 2012

Held At:
  Kanopy Dance Studio – 341 State St
  2nd floor above “The Gap” clothing store

Offered By: the Art of Dance

You do not need to enroll with a partner.
Partner changes occur frequently in class.

Dances Covered:
    Tango, Waltz, and Viennese Waltz

Please complete all pertinent Registration Material, and bring the forms with you on the first day of class along with your payment.

Makes checks payable to “Darrell Dieringer”.

Pick up where your previous beginner-level class left off, and continue to develop you own personal style and mastery of American Style Smooth technique. This class emphasizes excellence in form, posture, partnering, and connection.

In addition to covering exciting and socially-leadable moves, you will learn how to own your moves, better read your partners, and produce exciting dancing!

This class will also build on your existing knowledge of Tango, Waltz, and Viennese Waltz.
We will cover American Style Smooth dances in this class.

Participants from my “Ballroom” beginner-level UW Continuing Studies courses are welcome to enroll in this class.


Experienced dancer? Already know the basics for several dances? Learn greater power, energy exchange, and more refined partnering – as well as new moves requiring these skills – in American Style Tango, Waltz, and Viennese Waltz. No partner needed. Dress comfortably for a movement class.


Students will already know basic moves and be able to identify the music for up to four different dances – Waltz, Tango, Fox Trot, and Viennese Waltz. Students will learn or further develop their Tango, Waltz, and Viennese Waltz. Students will improve their good dance habits, emphasizing the importance of posture, frame, and connection/partnering. Students will recognize how those good habits are absolutely essential in the Leading and Following of moves, and how those good habits are what serve to make each dancer a welcome participant at any social or competitive ballroom dance event.


This is not a beginner-level class.
This class is for you if…

  1. You already had a beginner-level class with either Darrell or Sarah, and…
    • You are familiar with our warm-up and balance exercises
    • You understand “Touchless Dancing”
    • You can successfully execute several different moves in several different dances
  2. You have not had a beginner level class with either Darrell or Sarah, but…
    • You are familiar with bronze-level syllabus moves in several Rhythm dances
    • You are ready for a faster-paced class that focuses on excellence in the use of your body for graceful and powerful Leading and Following


Each class period is two-hours, consisting of 90 minutes of instruction time followed by 30 minutes of guided practice time (where Darrell is available to help and answer questions).

No Partner is required – expect numerous partner changes. Please see the Changing Partners FAQ and the Shoe FAQ.


Eight two-hour sessions:
– individuals: $135/person
– couples: $220/two people

Payment is possible by cash or check (made payable to “Darrell Dieringer”). If needed, Paypal can be arranged.

Reserving Space

Please Email Darrell Dieringer to reserve space in class.


Weather-related cancellations (or cancellations for any other reason) are announced right here by 9:30am on the day of class.

Kanopy Dance Studio

Held at:

    341 State Street,
    Madison, WI
    (608) 255-2211
    ( map | website )

Kanopy dance studio is located in Downtown Madison on State Street. Nearby parking is available in the Overture Center Parking Ramp and the Capitol Parking Ramp.

The studio is located on the second floor above the Gap clothing store. The door to enter the studio is to the left of the Gap.

Each instructor at the Art of Dance is independent and sets his or her own prices. See Prices for all available private lesson packages. See Group Classes for all avaialable classes. Each instructor at the Art of Dance is independent and sets his or her own prices. Limitations may apply. Please see the FAQ and read the studio’s Policies.

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Published: 13 January 2012 at 9:27pm
Last Edited: 19 February 2012 at 6:47pm

Class Notes

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Class Notes

Week Seven


You reviewed Handshake Flip Flops and the Run Around. Plus, you learned the Natural Spin Turn to Développé with two different “endings”
- Follow’s inside UAT back to Closed dance position
- Follow’s inside UAT with Lead’s Chassé to Shadow dance position.

Next Week
- Review the various Tango moves and timings that you know (see class notes for previous weeks)
- Review Waltz
- Review Viennese Waltz

Week Six


This week you reviewed one move you already knew – the Run Around – and learned how to do the Simple Under Arm Turn (UAT) in a fancier way (starting like a Reverse Turn) and possibly turning the corner doing a Two-Way UAT.

Enjoy my fun Line of Dance diagram…

Line of Dance (transparent background)

Viennese Waltz

The job of the backward-moving person is critical! Backward moving person as to move small and free the path by moving their lower body out of the way.

Next Week
- Moves in Viennese Waltz
- Tango Review

Week Four

This week was about variations on moves you may already know.


You learned two different eight-measure patterns. The Runaround started with a Reverse Turn with Follows Inside Turn, then half a box to an Opening Break (the first four measures). Then the Runaround part began (two measures). Then an Open Impetus Turn, finally ending with a Simple Twinkle.

This move starts with the Lead facing Diagonal Center – everyone knows why, right?

The Handshake Flip Flops starts like a regular Flip Flop. On the second measure, the Follow turns to the left while the Lead crosses to the other side of the Follow. By the end of the third measure, you take a Handshake handhold. On the fourth and fifth measures, you do flip flops with the Handshake handhold. On the sixth measure, while the Lead is crossing in front of the Follow, the Follow does another spin to the left, ending the measure in Left Side by Side dance position. The seventh and eighth measures finish like a Two-Way UAT.

This move starts with the Lead facing Diagonal Wall – everyone knows why, right?

It is, of course, possible to link these two moves together. The end of the seventh measure of the Runaround is already almost the same as the end of the first measure of the Handshake Flip Flops, so the two can be linked together!

Next Week
- Waltz: Review, plus one more move
- Viennese Waltz

Week Three

Fox Trot

Thank you for indulging me in a little bit more Fox Trot. I think Fox Trot is a beautiful (and misunderstood) dance. I have always enjoyed Fox Trot, and I’d like to see even more exciting Fox Trot.

You revisited the concept of Sway.


You worked on pivoting in the Double Corte (Q Q S S – Q Q S S – Q Q S) to add snap and personality. You worked on leg tracking and weight transfers in the Running Steps (S S Q Q – S S Q Q – Q Q S).

Next Week
– Waltz: Fluidity and power
– Tango: Power and power

Week Two

By popular request (and the fact that literally half of the class attended the USA Dance – Northern IL dance on Saturday, having danced a lot of Fox Trot), we covered Fox Trot.

You learned how to Lead and perceive the difference between well-lead Box Rhythm basics and Magic Rhythm basics.

You also learned the Sway Step and Sway Step with Follow’s UAT. You also learned about Sway as a concept in Smooth dances.

In Tango you learned Running Steps (S S Q Q – S S Q Q – Q Q S, or “tang tang n-go”). This step is designed for you to discover the importance of tracking your feet properly.

Next Week
– Tango Review
– Viennese Waltz

Week One

American Tango is an exciting dynamic dance. It is really easy, however, to dance Tango without passion or power. And why would you want that? *grin*

You reviewed the Straight Basic and Curving Basic, covering exactly how you make the basic curve (moving on or across the path of the standing foot with the Lead’s Left foot / Follow’s Right Foot) and how far you can reasonably make it curve (about 180 degrees).

You also reviewed the Promenade Turning Left and the Promenade Turning Right, as well as how to get to promenade dance position, how to track your feet during the two “Slow” counts, how to lead the rotation back to closed dance position for the Follow, and how to complete a “Tango Close” (which part of the foot needs to be in contact with the floor).

Tango has many basic rhythms. Tango works with either a single 8-count rhythm (S S Q Q S; or S Q Q S Q Q), two eight-count rhythms put together (S S Q Q S, S S Q Q S), or any one of several 16-count rhythms (S S Q Q – S S Q Q – Q Q S; or Q Q S S – Q Q S S – Q Q S; or S S Q Q S – Q Q S – Q Q S).

Progressive Rocks (S S Q Q S – Q Q S – Q Q S)

This move is designed to help you learn the importance of remaining level and vertical while still moving quickly and swiftly.

Next Week
– Tango: Running Steps

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