Workshop with Ira Weisburd – 2012 Oct 20

It was a beautiful day and we had an awesome time at our Wine Country Line Dances Workshop with Ira Weisburd. Dancers from all over the Bay Area, as far north as Mt. Shasta area, as far south as Morgan Hill area and, beyond California, as far east as New York, attended this fun afternoon. We had about 100 people attending, so there were a lot of people to meet and new friends to be made.

People of all ages enjoyed learning Ira’s dances both the old and the new ones. We had the most fun dancing the Chi Balla mixer dance. Luckily there was plenty of room to dance and plenty of refreshments and water to keep our energy up.
Dancers appreciated Ira’s calm, soothing voice and his easy teaching style to match. In addition Ira’s wife Diane was also on the dance floor so we could watch and follow her as we turned to the back or side walls. And throughout the afternoon we even had time to take photos with Ira.

Many, many thanks to all who helped make this event successful from our sponsors to people bringing food and lending a hand. Many thanks, too, to the instructors who helped promote the workshop and brought their students with them with a special mention to Evelyn Khinoo, our Bay Area instructor and choreographer who, along with Denny, has done so much to promote line dancing and line dance events in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Thank you Ira for doing a workshop with us and thank you dancers for making this such a fun event.

Brenda, Dolly and Greta
Cha Cha Suavito
Chi Balla Mixer (Dancer’s Mixer)
Sambalero (a.k.a. Dancing Heart)
When I Dance
Whipped Cream
Dance Playlist:

Be Home Soon
Beautiful In My Eyes
Blue Night Cha
Boys Will Be Boys
Cadillac Ride
Cha Cha Suavito
Chi Balla Mixer
Dream On Texas Ladies
Eres Tu
Half Past Nothin’
Have You Ever Seen The Rain
His Only Need
Linda Eh
Martini Time
Mojo Mambo
No Diggity
On The Edge
Open Book
Rolling In The Deep
S.B.S. (Shuffle Boogie Soul)
Silk & Satin
Something In The Water
Viva La Rumba
Watch It Burn
When I Dance
Whipped Cream
Without Fire

A Report from Judy R. (an excerpt from WLDN)

Thank you Judy for submitting this entry to the World Line Dance Newsletter!

From: Judy

Curiosity and fidelity – two traits that can make things happen. One can kill the cat the other could save it. The one enduring image of IRA WEISBURD for me was his wedding video which he posted in this newsletter, the one where the rabbi asked Diane if she would take Ira for her husband and before she could answer asked her if she’d like to exercise her lifeline and poll the audience. That scene sent me reeling off my chair with laughter. I thought that a guy who could make fun of himself at such a solemn moment and probably the most important event in his life must be way up there in the stratosphere of “cool”. I was curious to see this cool guy in person and decided to go to his workshop. Also it was being put up by DOLLY URQUHART, GRETA SUMAGANDAY and BRENDA SHATTO of the Wine Country Linedance and these ladies are way up there in my regards. Fidelity dictates that I attend the workshop. So on a perfectly gorgeous Saturday afternoon when the sun was at its shiniest, I drove once again over the Golden Gate Bridge to Petaluma while the seductive scenery beaconed me to get out of my car and commune with nature while in my ear I could hear my friend asking “you’re going to Ira’s workshop? That’s for beginners, there’ll be mostly beginners there and the teach would be very slooooooowww.” I like all dances, beginners or whatever and we do beginner dances at least every 3rd dance at our clubs. But as I was driving, I started questioning myself “do I really want to spend 4 hours of this beautiful day dancing beginner dances?” I was mulling that question when I realized I have reached my destination. I stepped into the ballroom and WHOA! the room was full and prancing in a big circle dance called CHI BALLA MIXER, 32 ct. beg couple mixer done to polka music Chi Balla by Orchestra Mario Riccardi of Italy. Millie Dusha was there doing her woohoos and there were a lot of intermediate dancers which translates to intermediate dances during open dancing in between teaches. The prospect for the afternoon had made a 180 degree turn.

On the stage was the cool guy all in black against the black curtains of the stage. They had to put a big white panel behind him so he can be seen. Ira taught SAMBALERO, 32 ct. beg/improv to samba music Mueve by Orchestra Bagutti; WHEN I DANCE, 64 ct. high beg/improv foxtrot linedance to Seduction by Frank Sinatra; BEAUTIFUL, 32 ct. high beg/improv rhumba to La Belleza by Marta Sanchez; CHA CHA SUAVITO, 32 ct beg/inter to Baile De Suavito by M. Gomez; and WHIPPED CREAM, 44 ct. 1 wall beginner to Whipped Cream by Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass. Yes, all beginners but very well choreographed done to very danceable music and simpatico and guapito IRA teaches in such an even, affable, suave style, things just flowed pleasantly by. He chose his dances well, for the very beginners, I imagine, it was challenging but not daunting and for the more advanced, it was soothing and relaxing where they could just let their body do the dancing and enjoy the music. DIANE, who became his wife by virtue of a decisive vote by their wedding guests, was his able assistant and back wall. For the open dancing in between, we got to do a mix of intermediate and beginner dances (yay!), to name a few: Beautiful In My Eyes, Boys Will Be Boys, Half Past Nothing, Caballero, Seduced, Night Nurse, Something in The Water, Have You Ever Seen the Rain, Silk and Satin and Dream On Texas Ladies both by Evelyn Khinoo who was there. The afternoon went quickly by. It wasn’t the outdoors but the indoors was just as pleasurable. The hall was festive with decorations and balloons, perfect temperature, bountiful food and drinks, great raffles prizes, the most gracious and friendliest of hostesses and wonderful dancers. As for the cat, curiosity didn’t kill it, it gained one more life to the 9 it already got and fidelity for the ladies went up another notch. Let’s drink, I mean, dance to that.

Judy Romanenkov

Social – 2011 Mar 13

Where: Rohnert Park Senior Center
Instructor: Brenda Shatto

Mojo Mambo by Ira Weisburd
Perfect by Guyton Mundy

Dance Playlist:

Abidi Hi Bidi Hop
Beautiful Monster
Blue Night Cha
Blue Sky
Box It Up
Bust A Move
CanAm Tango
Can’t Handel Me
Cha Cha Tonight
Chicken Walk Jive
Chill Factor
Cry Me Out
Dance For Me
Dancing In Circles
Dirty Bit
Dog-Gone Blues
Don’t Miss A Thing
Don’t Be A Drag
Everything I Do
Fly Like A Bird
Fortune Foxtrot
Gave It All Away
Give A Little More
Hello Dolly
Hey Soul Sister
Hold My Hand
Homeward Bound
Husbands And Wives
I Belong To You
I Love Lucy
I’ll Come Running
I’m No Good
Know Me By Now
Let It Be
Let Me C It
Little Soul Sister
Little Tango Cha
Marz and Mummies
Mojo Mambo
Not Together Now
Nothin’ Better
Only A Shadow
Only Girl
Ooh I Like That!
Playing With Fire
Private Dance
Quarter After One
Raise Your Glass
Rhyme or Reason
Rolling In The Deep
S.B.S. (Shuffle Boogie Soul)
Shanghai Surprise
Sleeping Child
Snap Your Fingers
So Said Joe
Sting Me
Sugar Candy
Tango Cha
Tennessee Waltz Surprise
Trouble Is
Under The Sun
Waka Waka
Wonderland Waltz
Written In The Stars
Wrong Side Of The Road
You’re Amazing
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Our First Social

Sunday, October 17, 2010, started out as a rather dreary day. It actually rained in sunny California! And as the day went on it drizzled here and there, sometimes it rained and believe it or not the sun never really showed up. What’s up with that! If we weren’t so busy getting ready for our Wine Country Line Dance Social/Open House we would have wondered who would travel and come dance with us in this annoying rainy day weather. Well, we didn’t have to worry anyway, line dancers from far and near started to arrive well before we started at 10:00 in the morning. We hooked up the sound system, started the music and before we knew it we were in our line dance world dancing and dancing away.

Our line dance social has come and gone. It was held at the Rohnert Park Senior Center on Sunday, October 17th. We’re happy to say that it turned out to be a fun day. Dancers came from Sonoma County, Marin County, and as far away as the East Bay and south of San Francisco. I guess we shouldn’t be surprised, whenever possible, people with line dance fever will travel all over the world for a chance to dance. And we are grateful they came, close to 50 people attended bringing with them their knowledge, their style and love of line dancing.

The day started out with the dance “Everything I Do” followed by “Bossa Nova”, “Feel” and many more. In fact, we danced 40 dances and did some of them more than once, for a total of 60. “Wow”, as someone commented, “that’s a full day of dancing”! After we warmed up with several favorite dances Brenda taught “Know Me by Now” choreographed by Craig Bennett to the music, “If You Don’t Know Me by Now”, by Seal. And “So Said Joe” choreographed by Bracken Ellis Potter, JP Potter and Scott Blevins to the music “Kandi” by One EskimO . After that we took a short lunch break while the music kept on playing. Since snacks were available throughout the day it was possible to stay on the dance floor and just sneak in a bite or two here and there. It turned out everyone did take some time out for nourishment. Besides dances we also learned that between the crumb cake, fruit, trail mix, assorted M&M’s, pretzels and cookies the king of snacks was M&M’s.

I guess you know what happened after lunch….. we danced and danced some more! Then Brenda reviewed “Know Me by Now” and “So Said Joe”. Following the reviews, again we danced, dancing away all the requests people sent in. There were 120 dances set up on the playlist, for some odd reason time went faster then we could dance, alas, we didn’t get to all of them.

Just before the Open House portion of the social, Brenda taught one more dance “Sugar Candy” by Neville Fitzgerald and Julie Harris to the music “Candy Girl” by Inner Circle feat. Flo Rida. During the Open House which was from 3:00 to 5:00 pm seniors associated with the Center and others who were interested could come and watch the line dancing and learn a couple of dances if they felt like trying it out. Brenda taught “Cupid Shuffle” by Cupid which was well received, especially by those who had never line danced before. Dolly taught “Shuffle Boogie Soul” choreographed by Ira Weisburd to the music of “Honky Tonk” by Preston Shannon. During this part of the day we danced more beginner dances. It was a chance for non line dancers to join in and try a dance that looked easy and for beginner line dancers to “pick up” any dances that were new to them.

Sunday, October 17, was a mixed day. It was a mix of old and new dances, a mix of easy and more difficult dances, a mix of type of dances, and a mix of styles of dancing. This day was about a mix of people, different line dance groups from all ages and backgrounds coming to one place to enjoy dancing together. At the end of the day, despite the dreary weather, we had a wonderful day, we created our own warmth by dancing, we created our own sun by seeing friends and meeting new ones, we replenished our energy with nourishments and because of all that we renewed our spirit, so that after some rest, we can dance again and again.

A big and heartfelt thank you goes out to Brenda for providing the music and teaches and keeping the day going and going. She did a fabulous job! Of course, without our volunteers this day would have been too much to handle. Thank you so much for those helping with registration set up and clean up. Thank you, too, to those who helped others with the dances or “took someone under her wing” and those who made others feel welcome. It all results in a supportive and nurturing line dance community. We would love it if everyone feels as great as we do about line dancing!

In fact, we feel so great about it we’re going to do it again! Check this website regularly for updates!