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Cross-step waltz Albuquerque

February 18th, 2013

Cross-step waltz Albuquerque
Sundays 12:00-2pm
Lloyd Shaw Dance Center (large hall), 5506 Coal Avenue Southeast, Albuquerque, NM 87108
An hour lesson for new and reviewed material and an hour of open dance:

12:00-12:15 open waltzing (warm-up/beginner lesson)
12:15-1:15 lesson (learn)
1:15-2:00 open waltzing (open dancing/practice)

$5/person (suggested)
Gary Diggs and Erik Erhardt, instructors
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Cross-step waltz Albuquerque is a new dance group meeting every Sunday 12-2pm at Lloyd Shaw Dance Center in Albuquerque organized and taught by Gary Diggs and me, Erik Erhardt.  I’d heard about the west coast cross-step phenomenon, danced the follow role with a couple California leads at dance camps, and dreamily watched YouTube videos over the previous couple years.  At last, my moment arrived with the arrival of Richard Powers and Angela Amarillas from Stanford University to Albuquerque to teach a cross-step waltz workshop the weekend of October 12th, 2012, hosted by the Albuquerque International Folk Dance Foundation.  Cross-step immediately became my favorite dance form!  Soon after, Gary approached me to co-teach a class with him.  Because Gary knows all the fancy moves and I connect well with beginners, we play well together and offer something for everyone.  We welcome beginners and experienced dancers, alike.  Each class is structured with a fifteen-minute warm-up/beginner lesson, a one-hour lesson, and forty five-minutes of open dancing/practice/one-on-one touch-up.

For a lovely online preview, search for “Richard Powers Cross-Step Waltz” to find his social dance page including an uncut three-minute video sequence with many of flowing variations and a generous description of the dance, its history, and hundreds of variations (in active development).  Next, of course, come cross-step with us (especially gents)!

Erik Erhardt teaches couples dance and calls contra and English country dance in New Mexico and around the country.
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Pinewoods Swing into Summer, 2012, a better Hambo workshop

June 20th, 2012

I’ve been lucky! I was invited to teach couples dance at five of the six dance and music camps in my summer schedule (AZ, NM, MA, CA, MA, AZ) and was invited to give a day-long waltz workshop in Tucson, AZ!  I can hardly believe it.  To Eric Black and Diane Zingale, who both believed in me to lead couples dance at AmWeek 2011 and got me started (and invited me back for AmWeek 2012), I have much gratitude!  Thanks also to all the organizers (Deb Comly, Lisa Bertelli, Chuck Gordon, and Eric Black) who trusted me to create a fun and engaging learning experience.

A better Hambo workshop

Chuck Gordon invited me to teach Hambo with Heather Carmichael at Pinewoods, Swing into Summer. The two one-hour sessions, and the support of several dance angels (experienced hambo-ers), absolutely helped the success of the workshop. My experience is that a single one-hour workshop (or even 1:15) isn’t quite enough to get the dance into the feet of the dancers.  But one hour to get solid on the components and their synthesis (Dreyfus model levels 2 or 3, advanced beginner or competency), a night of rest and maybe practicing the turn in free moments, then a second day of dancing over and over with many dancers gives enough time and thought to ascend to level 4 (proficiency).  I think even two 45-minute session are preferable to one 1:30 workshop or even a single 2-hour workshop.

From the experience, I still feel engaged, joyful, and inspired because of the direct and special way I could connect in the community, watch the dancers grow in the two hours, and facilitate the mutual nurturing and compassion between the dancers as many went from “what’s hambo?” to, “let’s dance”!

Heather and I thank Emily Troll, Mary Lea, and Julie Vallimont who played a series of lovely tunes as we all got to dance as a mixer for a solid 40 minutes of the second hour — my most successful hambo workshop!

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Contra dance: Las Cruces Stomp

May 10th, 2012
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Las Cruces Stomp
Erik Erhardt
Type: Contra
Formation: Duple-Improper
Level: Easy

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Contra dance: Fair trade

May 10th, 2012
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Fair trade
Erik Erhardt & Cora McCold
Type: Contra
Formation: Duple-Improper
Progression: Double
Level: Int

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Contra dance: Lucia’s square through

May 10th, 2012
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Lucia’s square through
Erik Erhardt
Type: Contra
Formation: Becket-CW
Level: Int

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Contra dance: Precket for Kara, #1

May 10th, 2012
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Precket for Kara, #1
Erik Erhardt
Type: Contra
Formation: Duple-Proper
Level: Int

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Contra dance: Stars on van Vliet Street

May 10th, 2012

Stars on van Vliet Street
Erik Erhardt
Type: Contra
Formation: Duple-Improper
Level: Easy-Int

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Contra dance: Salute to Richard Wilson, spirals

May 10th, 2012

Salute to Richard Wilson, spirals
Erik Erhardt
Type: Contra
Formation: Duple-Improper
Level: Easy-Int

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Dance: 2012 spring newsletter for Friends of the Guiding Star Grange

April 3rd, 2012
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I was touched to be invited by Val LaBelle to write the article below appearing in the 2012 Spring newsletter for the Friends of the Guiding Star Grange. It was almost 15 years ago that I became a dancer on the Guiding Star’s floor.

Old-time contra dancing, tradition and modernity in New Mexico
by Erik Erhardt, a New England transplant

At first glance, walking into a contra dance in New Mexico will have the look and feel of dances we experience all over the country: groups people in brightly colored clothing laughingly catching up since the last dance, a table with a small cashbox and dance fliers, a stage with musicians and technicians preparing the sound, and a buzz of anticipation for a fun evening of dance (and sometimes song). But if you’re from New England, as I am, you’ll start to notice little differences reflecting the culture, music, and style of the southwest. Cue harp strumming as we go back in time…

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American Week 2011

December 14th, 2011
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My AmWeek 2011 calling and teaching highlights: Karina and I leading couples dancing with Crowfoot, calling a techno contra, calling for camper open mic, free-form calling in evenings with Will Mentor.

(I’ll be teaching couples dance again at AmWeek 2012!)

Eric Black and Diane Zingale with many other organizers created an amazing AmWeek 2011. Visit the website and fb page and join us for AmWeek 2012! See Photos.

Mary Wesley and I attended morning calling session for squares with Will Mentor and contra with Erik Weburg. Will gave me the opportunity to mimic his freeform squares from the first night. Erik suggested that I be a little more assertive in my calling (rather than saying things in a question-sounding way).

In the afternoons, Karina Wilson and I lead couples dance workshops with the moving music of Crowfoot (Jaige, Adam, and Nickolas). The first day was waltz and moves from uncrossed-hands position, including the cuddle. The second day we did Scandinavian dance, including the Snoa and the Hambo. The last day we continued waltz with moves from crossed-hands position, including cape and skaters. In an additional “waltz-swap” session, dancers “traded licks”, which is such a great idea at dance camps with so many talented dancers.

Dance teaching handouts: waltz hambo

I got picked to call the techno contra, too. What a great surprise! I called a medley of 3 dances to music that Katie Hepp brought to camp, and Will djed (clicked “play”) from his Mac. Because the music is loud and it’s a medley, I found it helped to call most of the calls all the way through each turn of the dance, only dropping calls for “hook” moves, and having additional prompts like, “something new” or “listen up”, before transitioning to the next dance in the medley. It was more challenging to call because I was behind the speakers and couldn’t hear the music as well as I can with a live band; a monitor with the same mix as the floor would be helpful to hear both the music and my voice.

And some exciting news for me from the BACDS newsletter Winter 2012 about “American Dance & Music Week 2012″:

“Couple dancing including waltzes and other styles will be taught by returning teacher Erik Erhardt. Erik was very well received last July, and we’ve asked him to come back and do it again.”

To be invited back is the biggest complement!

The previous year, 2010, Joyce Miller and Joyce Cooper made sure we were well taken care of! Joyce Cooper, especially, went way out of her way to have a van at the airport parking lot for me and my five wonderful Santa Fe girls. Then, on the way home, Eric Black saved us by giving us (me, Karina, Laurel, Lauren, Mia, Zoe, Chelsea, Tank, Andrew) an emergency place to slumber and threw in an extra “Get out of Hell, free” card, which I hope I don’t have to use with him again… Eric and Diane’s thoughtful caring really makes life wonderful for those around them.

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