Howdy fellow dancers.   The Big Apple Ranch will be closed for Memorial Day weekend.   Be sure to come dance on May 31st when we reopen for your dancing pleasure!!!

Howdy fellow dancers. The Big Apple Ranch will be closed for Memorial Day weekend. Be sure to come dance on May 31st when we reopen for your dancing pleasure!!!

RAINBOW TANGO MIXER TONIGHT!
Rainbow Tango says:
Spring is here! Try something new and come to Rainbow Tango and find out what you’ve been missing! Traditional dance roles are broken here. Experienced and beginner dancers are welcomed. What if you never danced tango? We can start you up with a quick intro! No partner necessary, wear comfortable shoes - smooth soles preferred. Anyone can lead! Anyone can follow!Where: Asura Restaurant, 235 West 35th St (By Wingate hotel)When: Wednesday May 21, 2014 Time: 7:00pm - 10:00pm$10 per person - includes introdutory classhttp://www.rainbowtangonyc.com/

RAINBOW TANGO MIXER TONIGHT!

Rainbow Tango says:

Spring is here! Try something new and come to Rainbow Tango and find out what you’ve been missing! Traditional dance roles are broken here. Experienced and beginner dancers are welcomed. What if you never danced tango? We can start you up with a quick intro! No partner necessary, wear comfortable shoes - smooth soles preferred. Anyone can lead! Anyone can follow!

Where: Asura Restaurant, 235 West 35th St (By Wingate hotel)

When: Wednesday May 21, 2014 
Time: 7:00pm - 10:00pm
$10 per person - includes introdutory class

http://www.rainbowtangonyc.com/

DANCING IN BRYANT PARK ON WEDNESDAYS!

Class and dancing with live music every Wednesday from May 7th – June 11th, 6:00pm – 8:30pmAbout Dancing in Bryant Park: An after work social dance party hosted and produced by Talia Castro-Pozo, Dancing in Bryant Park features popular dance instructors plus an incredible band each week. The event includes Salsa, Swing, Tango, and much more. From novices to experts, all are welcome. http://bryantpark.org/plan-your-visit/dance_in_bp.html#DancinginBPMay 7th: SALSASalsa Lesson: 6:00pm – 7:00pmTalia Castro-Pozo and Sekou McMillerDancing with live music: 7:00pm – 8:30pm @Mitch Frohman and The Bronx Horns Mambo OrchestraMitch Frohman and The Bronx Horns Mambo Orchestra play incredible mambo, cha-cha, merengue, boogaloo, bolero, and other authentic Latin music, and include musicians who have played with the top NYC Latin bands for over 30 years. Talia Castro-Pozo is an actor and dancer who has performed and taught across the USA, Europe and Asia, and is the producer of Sunset Salsa & Latin Mondays at TAJ in NYC.Sekou McMiller is an actor, and Afro-Latin performance expert and coach, choreographer, and creative director all over North and South America, Europe and Asia.DJ and Sound by @Victor “Woody” AndujarMay 21st: ARGENTINE TANGOArgentine Tango Lesson: 6:00pm – 7:00pmMariana Parma and Hernán Brizuela Dancing with live music: 7:00pm – 8:30pmSofia Tosello y Los Varones del TangoSofia Tosello y Los Varones del Tango, featuring: Emilio Teubal, piano Ariel Iud, bandoneón Sergio Reyes, brings a big-city approach to tango that mixes the rich variety of Latin American cancion traditions as well as the downtown jazz and funk scene. Mariana Parma, an expert of the Tango, has appeared in film and off Broadway, taught and choreographed in the US and India, and coached Chita Rivera and Tommy Tune.Hernán Brizuela, from Argentina, has performed in films and on Broadway, and taught at Tango Festivals throughout the country.DJ and Sound by Victor “Woody” AndujarMay 28th: SWINGSwing Lesson: 6:00pm – 7:00pmEvita Arce and Peter BullenDancing with live music: 7:00pm – 8:30pmGlenn Crytzer’s QuintetteThe Glenn Crytzer Quintette, a favorite among Lindy Hoppers, plays the authentic styles of the golden age of Jazz, and has performed across North America with an eye on the dancers. Evita Arce and Peter Bullen, dancers from Syncopated City Dance Company, are experts in Lindy Hop and Charleston and have been featured at major performing arts centers.DJ and Sound by Victor “Woody” AndujarJune 4th: BACHATA Bachata Lesson: 6:00pm – 7:00pmTalia Castro-Pozo and Alejandro BouzaDancing with live music: 7:00pm – 8:30pmGrupo Voz a VozGrupo Voz a Voz, two time Latin Billboard and Grammy nominee, features Ronny Mercedes and Geio D’oleo, and plays a fresh combination of Pop-Bachata mixed with a tropical element of R&B harmonies. Talia Castro-Pozo has been teaching and performing since she was a teen. She recently danced Bachata in the Dr. Pepper commercial featuring Romeo Santos. Alejandro Bouza, from Buenos Aires and a DJ and promoter, is one of the most popular salsa rueda and bachata instructors in NYC. DJ and Sound by Victor “Woody” AndujarJune 11th: MOTOWNMotown Lesson: 6:00pm – 7:00pmMarielys Molina and Rickey Tripp from Motown The Musical on BroadwayDancing with live music: 7:00pm – 8:30pmPete Brown and The Rhythm DogsPete Brown and The Rhythm Dogs, a grooving high-energy group that includes established musicians who have played all over the world, plays Motown, Soul, Swing, Rock, Reggae, and Contemporary Dance Music. Marielys Molina has performed on Broadway in Come Fly Away, Sweet Charity, and on the national tour of Swing.Rickey Tripp has performed on Broadway in In the Heights, and is a choreographer and dance teacher across the country.DJ and Sound by Victor “Woody” Andujar.

DANCING IN BRYANT PARK ON WEDNESDAYS!

Class and dancing with live music every Wednesday from May 7th – June 11th, 6:00pm – 8:30pm

About Dancing in Bryant Park: An after work social dance party hosted and produced by Talia Castro-Pozo, Dancing in Bryant Park features popular dance instructors plus an incredible band each week. The event includes Salsa, Swing, Tango, and much more. From novices to experts, all are welcome. 

http://bryantpark.org/plan-your-visit/dance_in_bp.html
#DancinginBP

May 7th: SALSA
Salsa Lesson: 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Talia Castro-Pozo and Sekou McMiller

Dancing with live music: 7:00pm – 8:30pm 
@Mitch Frohman and The Bronx Horns Mambo Orchestra

Mitch Frohman and The Bronx Horns Mambo Orchestra play incredible mambo, cha-cha, merengue, boogaloo, bolero, and other authentic Latin music, and include musicians who have played with the top NYC Latin bands for over 30 years. 

Talia Castro-Pozo is an actor and dancer who has performed and taught across the USA, Europe and Asia, and is the producer of Sunset Salsa & Latin Mondays at TAJ in NYC.

Sekou McMiller is an actor, and Afro-Latin performance expert and coach, choreographer, and creative director all over North and South America, Europe and Asia.

DJ and Sound by @Victor “Woody” Andujar


May 21st: ARGENTINE TANGO
Argentine Tango Lesson: 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Mariana Parma and Hernán Brizuela 
Dancing with live music: 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Sofia Tosello y Los Varones del Tango

Sofia Tosello y Los Varones del Tango, featuring: Emilio Teubal, piano Ariel Iud, bandoneón Sergio Reyes, brings a big-city approach to tango that mixes the rich variety of Latin American cancion traditions as well as the downtown jazz and funk scene. 

Mariana Parma, an expert of the Tango, has appeared in film and off Broadway, taught and choreographed in the US and India, and coached Chita Rivera and Tommy Tune.

Hernán Brizuela, from Argentina, has performed in films and on Broadway, and taught at Tango Festivals throughout the country.

DJ and Sound by Victor “Woody” Andujar


May 28th: SWING
Swing Lesson: 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Evita Arce and Peter Bullen
Dancing with live music: 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Glenn Crytzer’s Quintette

The Glenn Crytzer Quintette, a favorite among Lindy Hoppers, plays the authentic styles of the golden age of Jazz, and has performed across North America with an eye on the dancers. 

Evita Arce and Peter Bullen, dancers from Syncopated City Dance Company, are experts in Lindy Hop and Charleston and have been featured at major performing arts centers.

DJ and Sound by Victor “Woody” Andujar


June 4th: BACHATA 
Bachata Lesson: 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Talia Castro-Pozo and Alejandro Bouza
Dancing with live music: 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Grupo Voz a Voz

Grupo Voz a Voz, two time Latin Billboard and Grammy nominee, features Ronny Mercedes and Geio D’oleo, and plays a fresh combination of Pop-Bachata mixed with a tropical element of R&B harmonies. 

Talia Castro-Pozo has been teaching and performing since she was a teen. She recently danced Bachata in the Dr. Pepper commercial featuring Romeo Santos. 

Alejandro Bouza, from Buenos Aires and a DJ and promoter, is one of the most popular salsa rueda and bachata instructors in NYC. 

DJ and Sound by Victor “Woody” Andujar


June 11th: MOTOWN
Motown Lesson: 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Marielys Molina and Rickey Tripp from Motown The Musical on Broadway
Dancing with live music: 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Pete Brown and The Rhythm Dogs

Pete Brown and The Rhythm Dogs, a grooving high-energy group that includes established musicians who have played all over the world, plays Motown, Soul, Swing, Rock, Reggae, and Contemporary Dance Music. 

Marielys Molina has performed on Broadway in Come Fly Away, Sweet Charity, and on the national tour of Swing.

Rickey Tripp has performed on Broadway in In the Heights, and is a choreographer and dance teacher across the country.

DJ and Sound by Victor “Woody” Andujar.

WANT TO IMPROVE YOUR WEST COAST SWING?   CATCH SARA AND MEL IN DENVER FOR THIS SERIES!

Sara shares:



Many people have come up to me over the years and said, “I’d LOVE to learn WCS (and I’ve tried) but it just doesn’t stick/ it’s too complicated/ I just can’t get it.” With this in mind, my partner, Mel and I developed a 4 hour WCS curriculum we use with our DC community that simply breaks down the complex nuances of WCS to jump start folks onto the dance floor with style!
I’m super excited to be bringing this “Beginners Boot Camp” to the Denver Hoedown. The classes will include lots of drills and exercises to help people embrace not just the “moves” of WCS but also the connection that makes it so fun and allows playful improvisation! Attend all four building classes or just one. 

WCS Beginner Bootcamp Class IPass the WCS, please! First of four part series, this class uses drills and exercises to get you comfortable with anchoring (the basis of all WCS) and 6 count passes + variations.
WCS Beginner Bootcamp Class IIGimme some Sugar, Baby. Second of four part series, this class breaks down the “other” type of 6 count patterns —pushes/ tucks — and enhances your connection for great partnering.
WCS Beginner Bootcamp Class IIIStart me up. Third of four part series, this class will double your repertoire of moves via use of hand changes and closed position, have you turning up a storm with “inside rolls” and give you the secret to starting off the dance right with a fantastically connected “starter step.”
WCS Beginner Bootcamp Class IVWhip it good! Fourth of four part series, this class will cover the 8-count basics: basket whip, regular whip and whip with turn.

WANT TO IMPROVE YOUR WEST COAST SWING?   CATCH SARA AND MEL IN DENVER FOR THIS SERIES!

Sara shares:

Many people have come up to me over the years and said, “I’d LOVE to learn WCS (and I’ve tried) but it just doesn’t stick/ it’s too complicated/ I just can’t get it.” With this in mind, my partner, Mel and I developed a 4 hour WCS curriculum we use with our DC community that simply breaks down the complex nuances of WCS to jump start folks onto the dance floor with style!

I’m super excited to be bringing this “Beginners Boot Camp” to the Denver Hoedown. The classes will include lots of drills and exercises to help people embrace not just the “moves” of WCS but also the connection that makes it so fun and allows playful improvisation! Attend all four building classes or just one. 

WCS Beginner Bootcamp Class I
Pass the WCS, please! First of four part series, this class uses drills and exercises to get you comfortable with anchoring (the basis of all WCS) and 6 count passes + variations.

WCS Beginner Bootcamp Class II
Gimme some Sugar, Baby. Second of four part series, this class breaks down the “other” type of 6 count patterns —pushes/ tucks — and enhances your connection for great partnering.

WCS Beginner Bootcamp Class III
Start me up. Third of four part series, this class will double your repertoire of moves via use of hand changes and closed position, have you turning up a storm with “inside rolls” and give you the secret to starting off the dance right with a fantastically connected “starter step.”

WCS Beginner Bootcamp Class IV
Whip it good! Fourth of four part series, this class will cover the 8-count basics: basket whip, regular whip and whip with turn.

MEET PRAIRIE DOG MARIE BARETSKY!

In our continuing series Meet a Rancher, the BAR interviewed popular Rancher and Prairie Dog Marie Baretsky.  We asked the usual questions - how did you start coming to the Ranch, what do you love about it, what do you do when you’re not dancing.   Marie shares with us:

I took a trip to San Francisco the Summer of 2009 and went out swing dancing to discover same sex couples dancing together. This was the first time I had encountered this and I wanted to find a place like that in New York. When I returned I found the Ranch and have been dancing there ever since.
The thing I like about the Ranch is that it’s a community of people who love to dance; everyone is welcome without judgment and it’s just a fun place to hang out and have a good time.
I think my favorite part of being a Prairie Dog is getting to rehearse every week with such an amazing group. Even if I’m having a bad day not a minute into rehearsal some one has got me smiling. I think it’s very apparent through the audience’s reaction that we enjoy what we do and we bring an amazing energy with us wherever we go.
I recently left my job as a scenic carpenter, where I had worked for the past five years, to further my education. So when I’m not dancing I’m in school or studying. I’m currently attending NYCCT in Brooklyn and am working on an Associates in Architectural Technology.
Thanks Marie!   Save us a dance :)
This Saturday’s Line Dance is Bosa Nova!
The Manhattan Prairie Dogs at the Rhinestone Cowboygirl dance at the Big Apple Ranch.  Subtle as usual.    Next stop….DENVER, for the Mile High Hoedown!!!   Hope to see everyone there!   Clearly everyone will get to see a lot of the Prairie Dogs!!

The Manhattan Prairie Dogs at the Rhinestone Cowboygirl dance at the Big Apple Ranch. Subtle as usual. Next stop….DENVER, for the Mile High Hoedown!!! Hope to see everyone there! Clearly everyone will get to see a lot of the Prairie Dogs!!

I thought this ran yesterday!   A Very Happy BELATED birthday to Rancher Solomon Singer.

Your blogger has been on the road.  

For family, and above, to compete at some UCWDC events.  Here dancing Hustle with Pro Erica Smith, (and promoting same sex dancing at events), and with Rancher Richard McMurrich.   It’s tons of fun!   See you Saturday!

ANOTHER HAPPY BIRTHDAY CELEBRATED AT THE BIG APPLE RANCH!

The Big Apple Ranch wishes a very happy birthday to Ranch regular and enthusiast Gloria Rothstein!

Don’t forget tomorrow is Rhinestone Cowboygirl at the Big Apple Ranch.  Wear your cowboy or cowgirl outfits.   Wear fringe and chaps and boots and hats and tiaras and sparkly vests and more, more, more.    Bring extras and share.   Bring multiple outfits and do costume changes.   But mostly come dance with us all night!!

Don’t forget tomorrow is Rhinestone Cowboygirl at the Big Apple Ranch. Wear your cowboy or cowgirl outfits. Wear fringe and chaps and boots and hats and tiaras and sparkly vests and more, more, more. Bring extras and share. Bring multiple outfits and do costume changes. But mostly come dance with us all night!!

YES!  It’s TRUE!   The ever popular John Knapp will be teaching an intermediate Two-Step Class at the Big Apple Ranch tomorow (Saturday).  8 - 9pm  only $5.   Yes, that is true too!  ONLY FIVE DOLLARS.    I’d pay $5 just to dance with him not to mention getting an entire class!   Woo-hoo!!!

YES! It’s TRUE! The ever popular John Knapp will be teaching an intermediate Two-Step Class at the Big Apple Ranch tomorow (Saturday). 8 - 9pm only $5. Yes, that is true too! ONLY FIVE DOLLARS. I’d pay $5 just to dance with him not to mention getting an entire class! Woo-hoo!!!

Hey everyone!!   The fabulous John Knapp will be teaching an intermediate two-step class at the Big Apple Ranch on Saturday May 3rd (this Saturday)  only $5.00.   OMG!!  only $5 for a class with the exceptional John Knapp!    Grab a boat, grab a plaine, grab a subway or just grab your neighbor and get on down to the Ranch.  You don’t want to miss it!!!

Hey everyone!! The fabulous John Knapp will be teaching an intermediate two-step class at the Big Apple Ranch on Saturday May 3rd (this Saturday) only $5.00. OMG!! only $5 for a class with the exceptional John Knapp! Grab a boat, grab a plaine, grab a subway or just grab your neighbor and get on down to the Ranch. You don’t want to miss it!!!

I’m hopping in my convertable and heading on over to the Big Apple Ranch (on Saturday…)   I wouldn’t want to miss out on a single dance.    Of course I put a scarf around my head, I wouldn’t want to mess up my ‘doo’!   I hope to see you on the dance floor, even if your hair is a mess…

I’m hopping in my convertable and heading on over to the Big Apple Ranch (on Saturday…) I wouldn’t want to miss out on a single dance. Of course I put a scarf around my head, I wouldn’t want to mess up my ‘doo’! I hope to see you on the dance floor, even if your hair is a mess…

Extra West Coast Swing Night this Saturday at the Ranch!  Beginning lesson at 9 pm.

Extra West Coast Swing Night this Saturday at the Ranch!  Beginning lesson at 9 pm.