Dance Workshops

Stompede Workshop

Workshop Overview

Get ready to dance like you've never danced before! No tedium here – you'll find an energy and excitement that make these workshops feel like special events themselves. We're inviting back many of our favorite, most dynamic instructors from past years, with over 50 hours of workshops in up to four rooms running simultaneously.

We offer instruction for all levels, from beginning to advanced All kinds of dance styles, including two-step, waltz, east coast swing, west coast swing, line dancing, and more. New to country-western dancing? Immerse yourself in the weekend and emerge from it dancing like you never thought possible! Already experienced? Learn new moves and perfect your form.

- Stompede registration includes all standard workshops for the weekend.
- A day pass ($40) includes admission to all standard workshops for the day.
- Day passes are purchased on-site.
- The fee for a single class is the same as the day fee ($40).

  • Friday, Oct. 20 (4 sessions, 1–6 pm)
  • Saturday, Oct. 21 (4 sessions, 10 am – 4 pm)
  • Sunday, Oct. 22 (4 sessions, 11 am – 4 pm)

PREMIUM WORKSHOPS

Our regular offerings of workshops cover a wide range of topics for all levels to suit all of our attendees, but the classes tend to be quite large. Our Premium Workshops are designed for those who wish to learn in a more intimate setting: these workshops will be restricted to no more than twelve dancers (six leads and six follows). Advance reservations must be made, and there will be a nominal fee of $10 per workshop. (See details below ...)


Instructors

Here are the instructors we have coming!

Click on the photo for a short biography.

Jeremy Box

Jeremy Box

Kelly Casanova

Kelly Casanova

Rick Dominguez

Rick Dominguez

Jim Drew

Jim Drew

Matt Ellinger

Matt Ellinger

Lee Fox

Lee Fox

Troy Inman

Troy Inman

Michael Kaufman

Michael Kaufmann

Michelle Kinkaid

Michelle Kinkaid

Jon Lee

Jon Lee

Michael Metzger

Michael Metzger

Scott Schrank

Scott Schrank

Meredith Stead

Meredith Stead

Susanna Stein

Susanna Stein

Carlton Thompson

Carlton Thompson

Rosa Turi

Rosa Turi

Rick Weston

Rick Weston


Schedule of Workshops

Here's the current working draft of the dance workshop schedule. This is all very likely to change!

FRIDAY DANCE WORKSHOP SCHEDULE
OCT 20 Ballroom Redwood Gold Rush A Gold Rush B
1:00 pm –
2:00 pm
SF Line Dances (1)
Michael Metzger
  WCS Basics For
Advanced Dancers
Kelly Casanova
 
2:15 pm –
3:15 pm
SF Line Dances (2)
Scott Schrank
Line Dance 101
Michael Metzger
3:30 pm –
4:30 pm
Int SF-style 2-step
SSQQ for QQSSers
Jim Drew
Beg SF-style 2-step
Jon Lee
Line Dances (3)
Rosa Turi
4:45 pm –
5:45 pm
Adv SF-style 2-step
SSQQ for QQSSers
Jim Drew
Beg Waltz
Lee Fox
Line Dances (4)
Rick Dominguez
 

NOTES:
• Progressive-Style 2-Step refers to the QQSS style of two-step (i.e. starting on the "quick" step) most commonly seen in the US, but not generally practiced in LGBT clubs in California.
• SF-Style 2-Step refers to the SSQQ style of two-step (i.e. starting on the "slow" step) more common in the western US, incorporating moves that have a swing feel to them. Visitors accustomed to the QQSS or "progressive" style of two-step are especially encouraged to learn this style for easier mingling with the natives.
• Line Dances
(1) Feelin' Good (beg) • Clap, Clap, Clap (int-adv)
(2) We Are Fighters (int-adv) - repeats Saturday 12:15 pm
(3) King of Clubs (beg-int) • Shape of You (int)
(4) Honky Tonk County Line (int) • Everybody Have a Good Time (int)

SATURDAY DANCE WORKSHOP SCHEDULE
OCT 21 Ballroom Redwood Gold Rush A Gold Rush B
10:00 am –
11:00 am
Beg WCS
Rick Weston
Int Single-Step ECS
Susanna Stein
Line Dances (1)
Carlton Thompson
Beg SF-style 2-step
Michael Kaufman
11:15 am –
12:15 pm
Beg-Plus WCS
Kelly Casanova
Int Prog 2-step
Jon Lee
Line Dances (2)
Rick Dominguez
Beg-Plus SF 2-Step
Jeremy Box
12:15 pm –
1:30 pm
Line Dances (3)
Scott Schrank
LUNCH BREAK
1:30 pm –
2:30 pm
Beg-Int Shadow
Troy Inman
Adv Prog 2-Step
Susanna Stein
Line Dances (4)
Rosa Turi
Beg Waltz
Meredith Stead
2:45 pm –
3:45 pm
Int WCS
Michelle Kinkaid
Adv Waltz
Lee Fox
Line Dances (5)
Michael Metzger
Beg-Plus Waltz
Troy Inman
 

NOTES:
• Progressive and SF-Style 2-Step - see Friday's notes.
• East Coast Swing can have a triple-step, double-step, or single-step beat. Single-step is used with the fast style of ECS dancing commonly seen in San Francisco, while triple-step is more standard. Workshops are triple-step unless otherwise indicated.
• Line Dances
(1) No Roots (int)
(2) That Kind of Night (int) • You Look Good (beg-int)
(3) We Are Fighters (int-adv) - review from Friday at 2:15 pm
(4) Make It Shake (adv)
(5) Play That Sax (int)

SUNDAY DANCE WORKSHOP SCHEDULE
OCT 22 Ballroom Redwood Gold Rush A Gold Rush B
9:00 am –
11:00 am
BUFFET BRUNCH - Reserve in advance
11:00 am –
12:00 noon
Int SF-style 2-Step 
Michael Kaufman
Int Waltz
Jeremy Box
Line Dances (1)
Michael Metzger
Adv ECS
Meredith Stead
12:15 pm –
1:15 pm
Adv SF-style 2-Step
Jeremy Box
Int Prog 2-Step
Susanna Stein
Line Dances (2)
Scott Schrank
Beg Night-Club
Lee Fox
1:30 pm –
2:30 pm
Int WCS
Rick Weston
Int 2-Step Turn
Techniques
Meredith Stead
Line Dances (3)
Michael Kaufmann
Beg ECS
Jeremy Box
2:45 pm –
3:45 pm
Adv WCS
Michelle Kincaid
Int 2S Lead-Follow
Techniques
Troy Inman
Line Dances (4)
Carlton Thompson
Intro to Clogging
Matt Ellinger
 

NOTES:
• Brunch. We offer a fabulous buffet brunch feast of eggs, breakfast meats, french toast, fruit, coffee and tea, and all the usual breakfast fixin's. You must reserve in advance - $20 including tax/service.
• Progressive and SF-Style 2-Step - see Friday's notes
• East Coast Swing - see Saturday's notes
• Intermediate Turn Techniques teaches the fundamentals for successful turns for both leaders and followers. Learn to spot, stay on center, and maintain the rhythm.
• Intermediate Lead-Follow Techniques focuses on leader and follower interactions: how a leader signals, how a follower interprets those signals, and how both work in partnership.
• Line Dances
(1) All Of It But Me (adv)
(2) Party Round The World (int)
(3) A-YO (int)
(4) Feel It Still (beg-int) • Craving You (int)

 


Line Dances

Here is a list of the line dances being taught at the Stompede, to be revised as we receive more information. The step sheets can be viewed by clicking on the line dance title.

A-YO
Music: "A-YO" by Lady Gaga
Video

All Of It But Me
Music: "All of it But Me" by The Young Professionals (feat. Anna F.)
Video

Clap, Clap, Clap
Music: "Clap Your Hands" by Leo Soul
Video

Craving You
Music: "Craving You" by Thomas Rhett
Video

Everybody Have A Good Time
Music: "Good Time" by Charlie Wilson ft. Pitbull
Video

Feel It Still
Music: "Feel It Still" by Portugal. The Man.
Video

Feelin’ Good
Music: “I Feel Good” by Thomas Rhett

Honky Tonk County Line
Music: "Honky Tonk Highway" by Luke Combs
Video

King Of Clubs
Music: "Drink Drank Drunk" by Cowboy Troy
Video

Make It Shake
Music: "Make It Shake" by Machel Montano (feat. Busta Rhymes, Olivia & Fatman Scoop)
Video

No Roots
Music: "No Roots" by Alice Merton
Video

Party Round The World
Music: "Bomba" By Sean Kingston
Video

Play That Sax
Music: "Sax" By Fleur East

Shape Of You
Music: "Shape Of You" By Ed Sheeran
Video

That Kind Of Night
Music: "That Kind Of Night" by Ty Herndon

We Are Fighters
Music: "Fighter" by Ty Herndon
Video

You Look Good
Music: "You Look Good" by Lady Antebellum
Video


Premium Workshops

Our regular offerings of workshops cover a wide range of topics for all levels to suit all of our attendees, but the classes tend to be quite large. Our Premium Workshops are designed to take you to another level in a more intimate setting: these workshops will be restricted to no more than twelve dancers (typically six leads and six follows).

There is a nominal fee of $10 per workshop. You must also be registered for the Stompede weekend, or purchase a workshop day pass on-site. And one final caveat: if the lead/follow balance is particularly poor, folks may be asked to switch or may not be able to take the class (with refunds given).

Please note that for our regular workshops there is no additional fee if you are registered for the Stompede, and no advance reservations are necessary. If you are not registered for the Stompede, day passes are available that cover all of tee regular workshops for that day.


PREMIUM WORKSHOP RESERVATIONS

REGISTRANTS:
Sign-ups being at 8:00 am PDT Monday, October 2.

Sign into your Stompede account.


FRIDAY

WEST COAST SWING: SHAPE, STRETCH, AND REDIRECT with Michelle Kinkaid
Friday, October 20, 1:00 - 2:00 pm

Feel the flexibility of west coast swing and the depth of connection & communication by shaping, stretching and redirecting the path of travel. [Intermediate]

WEST COAST SWING: OUTSIDE THE BOX with Michelle Kinkaid
Friday, October 20, 2:15 - 3:15 pm

Take your west coast swing to another level by stepping outside the box and exploring a different path of partner connection; discuss the Active/Passive theory. [Intermediate-Advanced]

WEST COAST SWING: OLD SCHOOL DOUBLE RESISTANCE WITH A CONTEMPORARY TWIST with Kelly Casanova
Friday, October 20, 3:30 - 4:30 pm

Kelly will incorporate both body rolls and footwork syncopations into classic Texas double resistance. [Advanced]

WEST COAST SWING: EXTENSIONS & COMPACTIONS – HOW TO ADD AND SUBTRACT COUNTS TO YOUR BASICS with Kelly Casanova
Friday, October 20, 4:45 - 5:45 pm

Dancers add and subtract beats to basics to create variety, contrast, and express musicality. This workshop will explain how the lead communicates those changes to the follow. your basic whip technique, and then add fun and spice to your dancing as you explore fancier whip variations. [Intermediate-Advanced]

SATURDAY

WEST COAST SWING: DANCE CONVERSATION & MUSICALITY ... “SAY WHAT?” with Michelle Kinkaid
Saturday, October 21, 10:00 - 11:00 am

Feel the music and hear what the music is saying using Action/Reaction and a variety of dance tools. [Intermediate]

WEST COAST SWING: WHIP IT GOOD with Rick Weston
Saturday, October 21, 11:15 am - 12:15 pm

Good whips on either the follow or lead side are the hallmark of good dancers and being popular on the dance floor. In this class we discuss variations and overall technique. [Intermediate]

WEST COAST SWING: PASS ME BY with Rick Weston
Saturday, October 21, 1:30 - 2:30 pm

Side passes in all of their various types is the place we learn to syncopate. Understanding them sets you up to improve your skills at a faster pace. [Intermediate]

INTERMEDIATE NIGHT CLUB with Jim Drew
Saturday, October 21, 2:45 - 3:45 pm

Going beyond the basics, we will feature some turns, spins, and direction changes to shift you from just swaying back and forth and into moving boldly around the dance floor, kicking your ownership of this dance up a notch. [Intermediate]

SUNDAY

WEST COAST SWING: BENDING & SCROLLING with Kelly Casanova
Sunday, October 22, 11:00 am - 12:00 noon

Kelly will teach how to change the look of the basics by changing the length & orientation of the slot, and adding and subtracting rotation to the basics. [Intermediate]

WEST COAST SWING: PRESENTATION STEPS with Rick Weston
Sunday, October 22, 12:15 - 1:15 pm

Occasionally throwing in some presentation steps makes your partner shine, from either side. [Intermediate]

WEST COAST SWING: LEARN THE BASICS with Lee Fox
Sunday, October 22, 1:30 - 2:30 pm

New to West Coast Swing? Learn the basic foundation that is applied throughout the dance that you will use even as you progress to more advanced patterns. [Beginning]

WEST COAST SWING: THE NEXT STEP UP with Lee Fox
Sunday, October22, 2:45 - 3:45 pm

For beginning level west coast swing dancers who want to shake up the basics a bit and build on and refine what they already know. [Beginning-Intermediate]