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Dance Weekend with Samantha Buckwalter and Andrew SlacMarch 1-3, 2013 in Vancouver BC - Urban Beat Dance Co

Dance Weekend with
Samantha Buckwalter and Andrew Slac
March 1-3, 2013 in Vancouver BC
Posted on February 3rd, 2013 by Elizabeth

Info about Samantha and Andrew below schedule/price details.
March 1
7:00pmWorkshop 1
Slides and Rides (Popular slides and rides - even for social
March 1
8:00pmWorkshop 2
Musicality made easy (topic was student's most popular vote!)
March 1
9:00pmDance (at Rhodes College)Rhodes
March 2
11:00amWorkshop 3
Spins and Turns (Styled spins and turns for both leaders and followers)
March 2
12:00pmWorkshop A - Competition Tips and MovesRhodes
March 2
1:00pm(free practice) (Lunch break)
March 2
2:00pmWorkshop 4
It's a Wrap (Old-school intricate wraps)
March 2
3:00pmWorkshop 5
Picture vs Frame (Learn to let the followers play while still looking cool)
March 2
9:00pmDance (at 2155 Commercial Drive)Commercial Drive
March 3
2:00pmSpecial Workshop B -- Women's only Dessert and StylingRhodes



Friday: Casual, practice/dance; work on what you have learned in the workshops; no frills event
Held at Rhodes Wellness College, 1125 Howe

Saturday: The main dance: Strictly swing competition (only open to people who attended the Special Sat
12:00 workshop – fine tuning your competition skills)  – for practice, not points,  Performance, Dancing, Snacks……
Held at 2155 Commercial Drive

Sunday: The Usual Urban Beat Dance mixer — $5; 927 Granville St. (cash; pay at door only)



Prices after Feb 25th:

(Cash only; Pay at door; These prices include all taxes.)

At Rhodes College  (1125 Howe):

Classes numbers  1-5: $22 each workshop

Special Workshop A:Fine Tune your competitive skills;  entitles you to compete at the Sat dance (price is per person but this is a couples only, no
rotation class. If you don’t have a partner contact me ahead to discuss options.)$25 (per person

Special Workshop B: Women’s only Dessert and Styling class  $44

Friday Dance: $10


At 2155 Commercial Dr.:

Saturday Dance: $22



Rhodes Wellness College, 1125 Howe St Vancouver, BC
Workshops and Friday Dance will be held at Rhodes Wellness College. (Buzz in under the Rhodes Wellness awning on the Helmcken side of the building).

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Close (and inexpensive) Parking: Vancouver Law Courts — Corner of Howe and Nelson. Enter from Howe.


2155 Commercial Drive, Vancouver BC
The Saturday Dance will be held at 2155 Commercial Dr. (between 5th and 6th street). Free street parking is available locally or you can use paid meter parking (free after 10pm). It is just a few short blocks from the Commercial Drive Skytrain station.

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Brought to you by Urban Beat Dance Company, www.urbanbeatdanceco.com

Questions about this workshop: Call Elizabeth: 604-506-8389



Dance Weekend
with Samantha Buckwalter & Andrew Slac
March 1-3, 2013 in Vancouver BC
Posted on February 3rd, 2013 by Elizabeth

We are super excited to bring a special dance opportunity to Vancouver.   Samantha is not only a great dancer but she can teach!!  When several of us attended a couple of her workshops at Bridgetown Swing dance convention last year, we were blown away by her classes.  She has an organized,  fast-paced, and seamless style of teaching that keeps you focused during the class and gives you excellent material to take away and use in your dancing.   This weekend, her new dance partner Andrew Slac is going to be joining her!

I hope you take advantage of this great opportunity to learn new material and grow as a dancer.

These workshops are all for the intermediate or advanced dancer (sorry, no beginner classes this time).

Elizabeth & Graeme
Urban Beat Dance Co.

About Samatha Buckwalter


Samantha Buckwalter

Samantha Buckwalter began dancing at the age of 10 under the guidance of her mother Kelly Buckwalter Casanova. Her competitive dance career began in 2001. Since then, she has earned her points up from the Junior, Novice, Intermediate, and Advanced Division to her current position competing in the AllStar/Champion Divisions around the world. Samantha was fortunate to study under the SwingDaddy himself, Mario Robau Jr., where she assisted him in workshops and intensives both in the US and abroad.

During 2009-2010 Samantha moved to London and taught weekly classes, workshops, and events all over the UK in an effort to help the Swing community grow. Since 2008, Samantha has been traveling all over the world competing, coaching, and teaching West Coast Swing. Some of the many countries she has visited include: England, Scotland, Austria, Russia, Spain, Italy, and Australia.

About Andrew Slac


Andrew Slac

Andrew Slac is a professional Lindy Hop, West Coast Swing and Hip Hop teacher, dancer and choreographer from Portland, Oregon.

“I’ve been dancing the majority of my life. The first dancer I really latched on to was Bob Fosse, then Salah Benlemqawanssa and basically every single other dancer I saw after that. I’ve trained with the best, and still attribute my passion and success to Steven Mitchell and Virginie Jensen (http://www.stevenandvirginie.com/).They gave me the spirit, and I can’t thank them enough. After that, I soaked up all of the training I could, traveled, competed and taught. My life is basically amazing.”

“My purpose is to raise up those around me and make them realize and appreciate just how incredible they are, on and off the dance floor.”

“If I could give someone a bit of advice about dance, it would be to look for that perfect moment in any dance, whether it be a class, performance or just a night out on the dance floor. Let go of everything and just live.”

He currently manages Nonsense Dance Company (http://nonsensedance.webstarts.com/), choreographing and training in Hip Hop, Contemporary and Jazz. Andrew primarily teaches out of Vega Dance + Lab (http://www.vegadancelab.com/), located in Portland, Oregon.

Videos of her dancing:



Samantha’s Awards & Competitive Credentials Include:
  • 2010 Swing Dance Hall of Fame Nominee
  • 2010 America’s Classic Slow Whip Champion
  • 2009 America’s Classic Top Teacher
  • 2009 1st woman to make finals as a leader in the Champions Division of a NASDE event
  • 2007 Grand Nationals’ Champion
  • 2007 Capital Swing Strictly Champion
  • 2006 First NASDE Jack & Jill Champion
  • 2004 Capital Swing Young Adult Champion
  • 2 Time California State Dance Champion
  • 4 Time All Star Jack and Jill Championc
  • 1st ever US Open Junior Strictly Champion
  • Jack & Annie Scholarship Recipient



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