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                  Waltzing & More 
Traveling Dances Weekend 
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Club Mufarse Ball  

Waltz, Blues, Tango, Waltz-Tango, Fox-Blues, Straight Jazz, St. Louis Shuffle, Merengue and more

     with dancing to music from the Powers' collection
and musical friends of Split Tree

Friday Sept 28 through Sunday Sept 30

led by Richard Powers and Angela Amarillas of Stanford University

   at the Split Tree Farm Studio studhor99jpg.jpg (98287 bytes) 

in the northwest Georgia mountains two hours north of Atlanta near Chattanooga

 Total immersion in waltzing and other dances
 in which you can turn, travel and fly with a partner in your arms.

Emphasizing improvisational partnering with
  classes for both advanced and beginning dancers

PowersHeadColor.jpg (42185 bytes)" Some dances are done in place; some travel around the room.  In some dances the man sends his partner this way and that; in others he accompanies her, on a journey around the dance floor.   This Split Tree weekend we will look at the family of traveling dances. These will include various kinds of Waltz, Blues, Tango, Waltz-Tango, Fox-Blues, Straight Jazz, St. Louis Shuffle, Merengue and more." --  Weekend artistic director and Stanford dance historian/professor Richard Powers. 
Web link:

About Richard Powers:

Split Tree’s visiting artistic director since 1997 and Stanford dance historian/professor, Richard Powers is one of the world's foremost experts in American social dance.  He is noted for his choreographies for dozens of stage productions and films, and his workshops across the country and in Paris, Prague, London, Rome, Geneva, Russia and Japan. He has been researching and reconstructing historic social dances for twenty-five years and is currently a full-time instructor at Stanford's Dance Division.  He was selected by the Centennial Issue of Stanford Magazine as one of Stanford University's most notable graduates of its first century.  He received the faculty award for distinctive and exceptional contributions to education at Stanford University in 1999.  He teaches social dance forms of North America and directs the 70-member Stanford Vintage Dance Ensemble.  He joined the Dance Faculty in 1992.

Office: Roble 12, Stanford University Dance Division
Phone (office): (650) 725-0739
Email:    Powers' Stanford link

Updates -- 9/16/01

Bulletin:  Meals deadline for Split Tree's waltz weekend now is Tuesday, Sept. 25.  If you're a last minute dancer, please go ahead and register electronically from the web page and also pay by credit card or at the door Friday, Sept. 28.  You may register after that but should not plan on Chef Hannah's delicious menu.  We now are gender balanced and will take couples and paired registration buddies only, although we do need 2-3 single men/leads to offset cancellations on Friday, Sept. 21, the last day to cancel before credit only is offered.  Single tickets at $10/hour are available as are single meals until Sept. 25th.  Please register in advance by email, phone, fax or, preferably, from the link below electronically.

As of 9/16, we have excellent registration (at our "perfect" studio number of about 60 dancers, although we can handle up to 100) and all wait-listed single women/follows are confirmed and genders are as balanced as possible, subject to cancellations.   However, to keep this balance, single women are strongly encouraged to find a shy guy to register with for prompt confirmation.  Beginners and advanced dancers alike will be comfortable at this particular weekend.   Children, if supervised when under 12, are very welcome.  Several dancers need a ride from Atlanta/Atlanta airport mid-Friday afternoon, returning Sunday afternoon.  Please email Magdalena Zigova at if you can assist and she will connect you with riders.

Room at Hidden Hollow:  Hidden Hollow is sold out as of 9/23 but Bob Peach has a spare bed in his cabin to rent to a single man for $20/night on Fri/Sat.  Contact him at for info.

Do not delay;  use the quick electronic registration and payment process from the web page links below today.  Or call or email and reserve a space;  meals deadline is Friday, Sept. 21; after that the late fee increases the tuition price to $85; food remains at $25; single tickets are $10/hour and single meals are available.  Student discounts  and professional dancers discounts are available by request, normally 20%.  The Saturday morning original Argentine tango workshops will be of special interest to all species and variations of tango dancers and wannabees.

Enjoy the NW Georgia mountains' panoramic fall colors, cool weather, the hot tub, slow walks in the newly mowed pastures, dance friends, the romantic Club Mufarse Ball, exquisite food on the studio decks, brilliant teaching, rich and varied recorded and live music.  

Let the "power of the music" and the magic of the dance too transform in some small way your lives and offset the global war on terrorism that is about to erupt.  We are deeply saddened by the tragic attack on our nation and our open way of life and will donate 10% of our gross proceeds to the American Red Cross for the Sept. 11 victims.   We invite dancers to join in with donations when we pass the hat at our weekend.  Possibly a dance of universal peace can be choregraphed.

This will be the last weekend in this series that Sid Hetzler personally will produce (due to business and writing priorities).  Others are invited to discuss with Richard and Angela and other fine teachers the future direction of this transformational dance program that Richard and Angela have brought to us and our region.  Split Tree was home to Richard's first waltz weekend in April 1997 and we hope that his "waltz and more" programs can continue at Split Tree and elsewhere long into the future.  S.H.  9/16/01

Weekend Class and Dancing Schedule  & Cat Hannah's menu

wpe3.jpg (66010 bytes)  Photo:  Richard Powers at mini-history class break, STF studio, Waltz Weekend 98--click to enlarge

6:00 - 8:00 -- Registration and dance gypsy soup kitchen for $3 chef's donation
6:00 - 8:00 -- Warm-up couples dancing to live piano favorites and to recordings from the Atlanta Waltz Society collection; guest artists invited to join Alan Dynin, Atlanta pianist and Split Tree energizer
8:00 -- CLASS 1 -- Playing with One-Step, Blues, and Merengue
9:30 -- Informal freestyle dancing
10:30 -- Early bedtime or informal dancing until midnight to live and recorded music

8:00 -- Breakfast
9:00 -- CLASS 1 -- Warm-ups and Tango from Old Buenos Aires
10:20  -- short break
10:30 -- CLASS 2 -- Tango Waltz (Vals Cruzado) from Old Buenos Aires and today
11:30 -- ADVANCED CLASS and beginner's lunch -- Advanced Skater's Crosstep Waltz 
12:30 -- BEGINNER'S CLASS and advanced dancer's lunch -- Basic Crosstep Waltz
1:30 -- CLASS 3 -- Fox-Blues, Straight Jazz, Turning Grapevine and St. Louis Shuffle 
2:45 -- Break
3:00 -- CLASS 4 -- Crosstep Foxtrot
3:45 -- Review of Saturday classes
4:30 -- 5:30 Free-style dancing

6 -- 7:00 -- Dinner by Chef Catherine Hannah, Becky Forster and Friends

8:00 - 12:00 pm  "Club Mufarse"  Ball with recorded music from Richard Powers collection.
Suggested attire is "casual," or, for ladies, unforgettable simple black things; for men, forgettable dark pieces.

From Richard Powers (writing from a smoky Prague underground computer cafe):  "Club Mufarse is mostly tango, blues and slow waltzing.  Dress down. Very informal.  If you want to explain Mufarse, that's probably too much, or too scholarly for an internet site. But in a nutshell, it's an Argentine lunfardo (underworld) slang term for a uniquely Argentine kind of melancholy.  Dancing with someone while in this state of mind is verrrry satisfying." 

12 pm until -- Midnight couples dancing:  swing, Zydeco, Cajun, Viennese valse, and other dancers' favorites to recorded and live music.

8:30 -- 9:00  Breakfast
9:00 -- Talk by Richard
9:30 -- CLASS 1 -- New Crosstep Waltz variations
10:45 -- break
11:00 -- CLASS 2 -- The Waltz  vienwalt.gif (218517 bytes)  double click to enlarge
12:00 -- break 
12:10 -- Review and farewell waltzing
1:00 -- Lunch followed by informal dancing music to live piano favorites and to recordings from the Atlanta Waltz Society collection

All are invited to a Dutch treat Sunday dinner 5 p.m. at the excellent Canyon Grill up on Lookout Mountain.  Let us know in advance if you're staying over at the farm/house Sunday night; $10 donation requested.   Volunteers needed for clean-up chores.

For info/registration/housing, email Magdalena Zigova at;
Note:  Currently we are confirming only couples and men/leads to improve gender balance; single women/follows are wait-listed temporarily.   Sid, 8/13/01.

or Richard Powers at for program info.
Tel:  706/539-2485     Production, food and publicity volunteers are needed. 

For more Southeastern waltzing, join the Atlanta Waltz Society
 for its monthly 3rd Sunday waltzing in Decatur

LOCATION:  Split Tree Farm is located 20 miles south of Chattanooga, TN and 100 miles NW of Atlanta in the NW Georgia mountains.   Click on map page.

TUITION COST: $75 before Sept. 21 (extended from Sept. 1); $85 after; tuition credit refunds toward future STF-produced weekends only after Sept.  21; no food refunds.  Single dance/workshops if space is available at $10/hour plus food cost with advance registration by phone or email.

FOOD (optional): $25 (no single meals  except by advance registration).  For Friday night, bring your picnic or contribute a $3 donation to the Chef Hannah's fresh bread and hot soup fund.   For $25, five tasty "traveling" vegetarian meals will be served in the Split Tree cafe by volunteers.  Several work exchange dancers are needed for food preparation, serving and clean-up; call the registration office at number below...or send email.
      Deadline for meal tickets is Friday, Sept. 21.  Single meal tickets price:  $5, Sat/Sun breakfasts; $7, Sat/Sun lunches; and dinner Saturday is $10.

LODGING:   See housing page for info on motel/BnBs and other nearby housing.    There is no charge for tent or RV camping on Split Tree's 200 acres of woods and pasture in the NW Georgia mountains.  There are 20 beds and couches available by earliest registration date in the house; single beds now sold out.  There is ample  house and dance studio floor space and also shelter in a large barn--you need only your warm sleeping bag, air mattress, and pillow.   Bring usual camping supplies: pillow, sleeping bag or bedding, air mattress, towel and soap, swimsuit for hot tub, etc. 

GENERAL: Gender balanced by paired registration.  Come with or without a partner but we must pair you to keep this type of dance fun for all.  Must wear clean non-street, non-marking, soft-sole shoes for dancing.  No child care facilities.  No pets or alcohol allowed.  Avoid strong perfumes.  Smoking is discouraged and is not allowed near any building.  General admissions policy link.

Email Magdalena Zigova at or call Magdalena or Sid Hetzler at 706/539-2485.   Click here for photos, studio, maps.  Atlanta Split Tree phone: 404.315.0503.

REGISTRATION: Click here for convenient electronic registration, with credit card payment link to STF Web Store (thanks to Dance Vortex producer Bart Ruark for page creation)   Electronic or fax registration is allowed but the form below must be mailed with a check within seven days after registering to hold a space.  Or pay by credit card.  Pre-registration is required and space is limited to 100 persons.  Send check payable to: Split Tree Farm/WW2000, 2103 N. Decatur Road, #339, Decatur, GA 30033.   Fax:  770.216.1596.
Note:  Currently we are confirming only couples and men/leads to improve gender balance; single women/follows are wait-listed temporarily.   Sid, 8/13/01.    As of 9/1, we have excellent registration and expect to match all wait-listed single women/follows but women are strongly encouraged to find a shy guy to register with for prompt confirmation.   We suggest you do not delay registration; we probably will reach our maximum of 100 dancers and close registration if the present trend continues.


Name (s)_________________________________ Address___________________________

City______________________ State_______ Zip Code____________

Email address____________________________

Phone ____________________________________

Paired with ________________________________  (Must be paired to be confirmed; singles may register but must be balanced by gender or lead/follow to be confirmed; email for status)

#___dancers at $75 ($85 after 9/21) each = ____$_________      #____meal tickets at $25 each=$______ 

# __ CDs:  "the split tree recordings:  the waltzes"  @ $10 each =  $______

# __ House dorm-style single beds @ $10 per night per person = $ ______ (SOLD OUT)
(these are in dorm rooms with access to any of 3 house baths/showers or 2 outside showers)

Grand total: $___________.   No refunds after Sept. 21.

Deadline for meal tickets is Friday, Sept. 21.  Single meal tickets price:  $5, Sat/Sun breakfasts; $7, Sat/Sun lunches; and Saturday dinner is $10.

Shelter plans:   House/studio floor space ____________ Barn space__________ (A mattress of wood shavings)     Pasture tenting________  Bed______ (limited; $10/single)   Motel/BnB_____________ Other?______________

FLIGHT INFO:  Nearest public airport is Chattanooga (45 minutes); Atlanta, Birmingham, Nashville, Knoxville airports are about 2-3 hours and usually some rides can be found with the help of dancers in nearby cities.

NEW:   Dancers flying during Sept. 25 - Oct. 3rd for this weekend on Delta may be able to get a 5% or more air fare reduction.  We have contracted with Delta Airlines to be Split Tree's "official" airline.  For bookings, please call Candice Daak of the Decatur, GA American Express office at 800.320.7152.  Or mail her at:

Questions about and suggestions for the dance program (schedule to be announced) can be directed to Prof. Powers at:     Web link:

FUTURE  EVENTS:    Return to main page for other events list.

HouseFrontViewColor.jpg (50825 bytes)   Split Tree Farm is located on a high ridge in the center of 200 acres in historic, rural McLemore Cove and has a panoramic view of  Lookout and Pigeon mountains.  It has a new floating hardwood floor in a 60x36-foot glass-enclosed and heated dance studio pavilion with north and south decks and picnic tables. It is attached to a large house with fireplace, hot tub, kitchens and three private baths with a European continuous hot water system.  The land has been in Sid Hetzler's family for several generations.  The facility was designed for the participatory arts, especially movement and other performing arts.  A few photos are available from the main web page index at the photo page link.

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