FDX: Extensions Workshop
Extensions—those niggling, extremely common, almost-looks-like-it-was-part-of-the-pattern additions (in two beat increments)—are key to musicality. We lead and follow them hundreds of times in a night of social dancing. But the majority of Westies find themselves performing the same (usually pretty simple) variations over and over and over again.
This workshop is designed to explore variation through extensions. Leaders, that’s having a slew of them in your pocket and pulling them out at musically appropriate times. Followers, that’s recognizing when an extension is happening (or, even better, about to happen!). And for both leaders and followers, that’s having multiple ways of performing them so that you can vary them to suit what’s happening in that particular song in that particular moment.
Be prepared to feel foolish…very foolish. As my coaches so often say, the way to Cool-ville is always through Dork-town!! Wear loose, comfortable cloths. Don’t bring your date (unless your dorky, but completely joyful and—let’s face it—sweaty self is exactly what you’d like your date to see). DO bring a willingness to experiment: you’ll be moving your body in unfamiliar ways that will ultimately make you a far better dancer!
This class is for those who immediately understood what an “extension” was. If you don’t know yet, you’ll get there, just not in this class :)
$10 for adults; $5 for students with active ID; FREE for anyone under 18!
Forte Friday with guest instructor
Conor McClure and DJ Jonthan Barbeau!
FDX: Spin Technique Workshop
On Thursday July 25th, Tessa will be offering a workshop specifically for spin technique. This class is for dancers (leaders and followers) who wish to improve their skills in spinning. She will cover concepts on how to remain balanced, maintain control, and develop the ability to spin quickly and (more importantly!) STOP quickly!
Afraid you'll get dizzy? It's a legitimate fear--one that holds many people back from practicing their spins! Part of the class will cover strategies and practice to avoid dizziness. If any point in class you start to feel woozy, take a seat, and rejoin us when the fog has cleared.
Beginner experience required. We will use basic WCS to apply our spins.
$10 for adults; $5 for students with active ID.
This 60-minute class begins at 7:30pm.
Forte 5th Anniversary Dance!!
Brian Roberts Cancer Fundraiser
Beginner WCS 7:45pm
Intermediate WCS 8:30pm
Social Dancing 9:30-12am
Friday June 14th, 2019
This Forte Friday is particularly special: it’s the 5th anniversary of the studio!!
Please celebrate this milestone with Forte owner Tessa Antolini Friday night June 14th with West Coast Swing workshops, social dancing to tunes spun by DJ Josh Albert, and swanky party celebrations!
But that’s not all! Forte student Brian Roberts is battling stage four throat cancer. All profit from this evening goes directly to Brian’s medical care. Please come!!!
Can’t join us that evening? You can donate online to help Brian :) Just click below!
Forte 5th Anniversary Special: 50% off private lessons!
Friday June 14th & Saturday June 15th
In celebration of the the studio's 5th birthday, Tessa will be offering private lessons Friday June 14th and Saturday June 15th at 50% off!!
Have you always wanted to take a private West Coast Swing lesson but haven't found the time or the funds? Now is your chance! Private lessons are just $45 cash*! Space is limited so Facebook message or text/call now at (804) 397 5562.
*All lessons must be purchased in cash and used by 6pm Saturday, June 15th, 2019. Limit 2 lessons per individual/couple.
FDX: Blues Footwork Workshop
Whom is this class for?
This class is for WCS dancers who are experienced and confident with intermediate-level material. If you can do variants of pushes, passes, and whips and know WWTriple inside and out, then you're ready for this class. Not yet muscle memorized with these things? Hold off for now; this material will only curfuffle your brain!
Freak Your Feet!
Please join me Thursday, May 16th for an hour-long workshop devoted to blues footwork variations. Most of you know that your styling choices dancing to blues should be somewhat different from how you would dance to mid-tempo or slow contemporary. The hard part is actually learning what to do to make that blues stand out as "BLUES"!
The faster the music, the less we wish to travel, and the more we wish to use our feet to reflect what we hear in the music. In this class, we'll cover the basics (and some not-so-basic!) styling variations for those feet. Once you have these concepts in your feet, they work just as well for mid-temp to fast contemporary songs as they do blues!
7:30-8:30pm (stay for Westie Session!)
$10 for adults; $5 for students with active ID, FREE for juniors!
WCS Body Isolations Workshop
WCS styling relies on the dancer’s ability to isolate, control, and move specific parts of the body. In order to do that successfully, one must start by learning to “talk” to each party of the body, discover the various ways it can move, and then combine those movements on top of the WCS basic actions of lead/follow, frame, and connection.
This class aims to introduce the body to isolation work (such as moving one’s shoulders independently from everything else) and to begin the process of combining that with WCS. Prior WCS experience is required (I ask that you have at least competitive-newcomer skills to attend this class).
There is NO SUCH THING as too much practice with isolations! If you have “done” them in the past, I heartily recommend you touch base with them again. Perhaps you will discover new, more varied movement patterns that can inform your dance!
$10 for adults
$5 for students with active ID
Please remain after the workshop and join Westie Session, the amateur practice group, at 8:30!
Forte Friday Funday!
with guest instructors and DJ Kyle LaPatin & Elizabeth Lloyd!
Please join us this Friday, March 8th, for a night of WCS dancing with guest instructors Kyle & Elizabeth! Tessa will be there taking the group classes right along side you!
Forte Friday Funday!
Friday October 12th
Please join instructor Tessa Antolini and her guest DJ Ron Margolin for a night of West Coast Swing Dancing!
Beginner West Coast Swing (no experience or partner necessary!) 7:45pm
Intermediate West Coast Swing 8:30pm
WCS Social Dancing 9:30-11:45pm
Forte is delighted to welcome Dylan Bushe & Lindsey Granger as guest instructors for June's Forte Friday Funday!
Forte Friday Funday!
Friday the 13th of April, 2018
There's no better way to celebrate Friday the 13th of April than dancing it out with instructors Matt Davis and Desirae Vasquez and DJ Josh Albert! Please join them Friday evening for Beginner WCS at 7:45, Intermediate at 8:30, and social dancing to DJ Josh's amazing tunes from 9:30 to midnight!
$10 for adults; $5 for students with active ID