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Smooth Style Swing and Balboa Dance Workshops
with Nathalie Gomes and Yuval Hod

Learn to Swing Dance with Nathalie & Yuval
Learn to Swing Dance from the
World Swing Dance Champions
Tracy Hall
Norwich, Vermont

Saturday and Sunday
February 5th and 6th, 2005
Nathalie and Yuval visit Vermont one weekend each year to teach swing dance and perform. Their workshops are suitable for dancers of all levels, from beginner through advanced. Discounted advance registration is available at $95.00/all-inclusive for the weekend, or $75.00 for students and Canadian residents.

This is a once-a-year opportunity to learn from and dance with two of the most popular instructors in the world. Swing dancing is fun and easy to learn and Nathalie and Yuval's workshops are among the best places to learn.

Famous for their incredibly smooth dance style and their gravity-defying aerials, Nathalie and Yuval have performed on the Today Show, Good Morning America, Entertainment Tonight, MTV, and at the Lincoln Center. They have appeared in several movies, including Mona Lisa Smile and Polar Express.

Their workshops are suitable for dancers of all levels, from beginner through advanced.

Class Schedule and Descriptions
Saturday, February 5, 2005
Four-part Swing Dance Progressive Workshops
  • A - 11:30 AM - 12:45 PM: Part 1: Swing Dance Fundamentals
    (all levels, no partner needed). Not just for "beginners", this is essential skills for all levels of dancers - basic rhythms and style. In this first workshop, Nathalie and Yuval will lay out the important fundamental dance techniques and style that will be the building blocks for Saturday's workshops.
  • B - 1:00 - 2:15 PM: Part 2: Cool Moves for 6- and 8-count Swing
    (knowledge of basics, no partner needed). Nathalie and Yuval will add some of their favorite cool social moves for both 6- and 8-count swing. You'll not only learn some great moves, but you'll pick up some smooth skills in switching between 6-count and 8-count swing.
  • C - 3:00 - 4:15 PM: Part 3: Foundational Charleston Steps
    (all levels, no partner needed) Charleston is one of the foundations of swing dance. This workshop will give you variety on the dance floor and improve your social dancing.
  • D - 4:30 - 5:45 PM: Part 4: Footwork, Syncopations, Slides
    (knowledge of basics, no partner needed). Now that you?ve got the fundamentals, here's your chance to put some style into it, add some great moves, improve your technique, and make it smooth.
  • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM. Dinner break
  • 7:30 PM. Doors reopen with DJ music
    until introductory dance lesson begins.
  • 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM: Introduction to Swing Dance with John and Sandra Tomeny
    Local dance instructors, John and Sandra Tomeny, will teach an introduction to swing dance for newcomers. This lesson is free with admission to the dance.
  • 9:00 PM - Midnight: Swing Dance with DJ Spin Doctor and Guest DJ's.
    The evening will include a championship performance by Nathalie and Yuval.
Sunday, February 6, 2005
Two-part Balboa Progressive, plus Dips & Tricks

Balboa is a style of swing dance that was popularized in the 1930s in southern California. The dance is known for its romantic closeness, fast and fancy footwork and effortless flow. It has experienced a significant revival in recent years throughout swing dance communities worldwide. You often see couples using the quick footwork and subtle styling indicative of Balboa when the music gets fast.
  • E - 12:30 - 1:45 PM: Part 1: Introduction to Balboa
    (all levels, no partner needed) This workshop is both for dancers new to Balboa and for experienced dancers who want to fine tune their technique, connection, and style. Like the first workshop on Saturday, this workshop provides important fundamental techniques and style that will be the building blocks for Sunday.
  • F - 2:00 - 3:15 PM: Part 2: Variations & "Ad-lib" Balboa
    (knowledge of basics, no partner needed). Patterns and footwork variations with an emphasis on lead & follow technique will add variety, creativity, and style to your Balboa.
  • G - 3:30 - 4:45 PM: Dips & Tricks for any Swing
    (knowledge of basics, no partner needed). This is one of Nathalie & Yuval's most popular workshops. But this year it's even more interesting because they will show you how you can use these dips and tricks both with Balboa and with other styles of Swing.
  • 4:45 PM - 6:00 PM: Free Swing Dance w/ Swing DJ Spin Doctor
    We're not done yet! It's practice time. This is an important time to practice the moves you learned so you'll have a better chance of remembering them next week. This dance is open to everyone. You do not need to be a workshop participant to attend this free dance with Swing DJ "Spin Doctor".

Registration Fees: Register for the all-inclusive weekend rate of $95.00, or choose a full-day Saturday, or a full-day Sunday, or select individual, 75-minute workshops.

Advance Discounts
    All Inclusive (seven workshops and dance): $95.00
    Saturday workshops: $60.00
    Sat workshops + dance: $68.00
    Sunday workshops: $45.00
Or choose single workshops: $16/ea.
Students and Canadian residents may register at discounted rates below.
Advance discount registrations must be postmarked w/payment by January 31, 2005.
Standard rates apply after January 31: $19.00 per workshop + $8.00/Sat. dance.

Student/Canadian Registration Fees
Students and Canadian residents may register for the all-inclusive weekend rate of $75.00, or choose a full-day Saturday, or a full-day Sunday, or select individual, 75-minute workshops.

Advance Student/Canadian Discounts:
    All Inclusive (seven workshops & dance): $75.00
    Saturday workshops: $50.00
    Sat workshops + dance: $56.00
    Sunday workshops: $35.00
Or choose single workshops: $13/ea.
Advance discount registrations must be postmarked w/payment by January 31, 2005.
Standard rates apply after January 31: $17.00 per workshop + $8.00/Sat. dance.


Payment: We can accept checks and money orders only in US funds. Credit card payments may be made only in advance, online when you register. Payment instructions will be provided at the end of the online registration process.

Evening Dances: There will be a swing dance on Saturday night. Tickets for Saturday's dance are $8.00 (or included in weekend pass). Sunday night there will be a free DJed dance from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM.

Accommodations: The closest hotel to Tracy Hall is the Norwich Inn, across the street. They serve a great Sunday Brunch and have a really nice micro-brewery pub on-site. A nearly complete listing of area hotels, B&B's and Inns is listed on the Hanover Chamber of Commerce web site.

Questions? Call 603-643-5341 or write to John & Sandra at

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