This comment was posted on a folk dance forum in response
to a friendly exchange
"Wow, it sounds like a whole lot of rules...is there any punishment
for the disobedient? ?... :))".
The following note is from Jeff after attending the Chagigah dance camp in Wisconsin.
Annette and her partner Randy now have their own weekly dance session
running English country dancing and often are invited to be guest leaders in other cities.
Note that the attribution after the name is my addition so you can see their background.
It really was an especially enjoyable evening. Many thanks for your
hard work and patience.
Arlene, Israeli and international folk dancer
Thanks for putting together the west coast swing classes.
I had some people after class tonight mentioning how much they enjoyed it.
You did a good job.
Cathy, west coast swing competitor
Thank you for so much Andy.
You have opened my eyes in ways I never could have imagined.
Cheryl, Israeli dancer
I want to thank you for the time and motivation you put into the Israeli dancing.
It is certainly a blessing for many.
Cindy, Israeli dancer
Dancing last night was, in my opinion, wonderful.
I was so energized when I got home, it was almost like being high.
You are very good at leading a group.
You are welcoming, have a good sense of pacing,
you encourage without being too pushy,
correct without giving offense.
Erin, social dancer
I find myself using what I learned from you everywhere I can.
Jim, Israeli dance instructor and Nordic dancer
Thank you. And Joseph. You guys taught a great class today.
It was a lot of fun and my students absolutely loved it!
Again thank you for 2 wonderful classes.
Juliana, University of Florida professor of dance, dance professional, Brazilian dance instructor
Dear B'nai Israel Board Members:
I want to express to you my feelings about the importance of the Israeli Dance program at B'nai Israel
That is because Andy Weitzen is willing to single-handedly put in the energy needed to make it happen.
He provides his own music and equipment, he writes a weekly newsletter for local Israeli Dancing, and most importantly,
he consistently dedicates his Monday evening each week to running the program, providing a warm environment
and genuine expertise for everyone who comes.
He patiently teaches and re-teaches us the dances, always able to expand our dance horizons because he knows so many dances.
It is a great service that Andy provides to our community ...
Respectfully, Karen, Israeli dancer
Saturday was fun.
Thanks for playing some "ballroom" music and for getting me into the swing rueda.
I probably never would've tried it otherwise!
Kelli, clogging dance instructor and social dancer
Just wanted to say that I thought you taught an EXCELLENT class in all ways in lindy hop tonight.
... I like the way you teach! VERY impressive your knowledge of the dance, and excellent the way you taught
and broke down each part of each step for both lead and follower - such that by the end of tonight's class -
some of the women who I don't think had danced this before were doing surprisingly good.
The last song you played in the swing rueda was fairly fast - and many of the followers were keeping up to the speed.
I like the technique you taught. I had done a cross behind (with my right foot) on 5 - rather than a step straight
(to the right) down the aisle - but your technique seems far simpler - and I found I was able to "open the door" to
get the woman swinging out rapidly without any force on my part at all (Nicely worded by you - and nicely demonstrated).
After that, it became easy to "rebuild" steps (free spin, inside turn) - and it was "coming back to me . . . ". I don't
think I've ever felt as unhurried and relaxed doing swing outs as you had me feeling by the end of the night.
A few suggestions/thoughts:
Thanks for helping after class with Danielle. I had never met her before - and she overall was really getting the hang of everything -
except the 180 degree turn on 3, which made the dance uncomfortable (because she was facing the wrong way ...).
Very helpful that you identified her need not to break her right shoulder so that she would turn on 3 -
and also helpful to me to understand how she was already by me on 2 negating any possibility for me to get her to turn unless I did something else to compensate.
... you taught an EXCELLENT class in swing-out, with success at getting virtually everyone doing the step to reasonably fast music which is no small feat.
You also were great at refreshing what I had forgotten and not used for at least 3 years . . . THANK YOU!
: ) Ken, social dancer
We very much enjoyed the swing dance class today.
As always, you are so patient and calm, and make us feel very comfortable.
Marsha and Teo, Argentine tango instructors
Cool, I'll see if she will let me in this week.
I like your approach to other teachers.
Michael, contra dancer
Do they pay you?
My Mother, social dancer
Annette and I had a great time, as usual, dancing with you last night.
And I have to say, I really admire your patience!
It can't be easy to stay so calm and collected when some are (rudely)
questioning what you're trying to teach. Good job!
Randy, English country dance instructor
I thought your presentation on lead/follow techniques was extremely
well thought out and helpful.
... it would be a wonderful "elective" activity at
workshops like Chagiga and Machol Miami, etc.
Rhea, Israeli dance instructor
What an enjoyable night of dancing on Sunday!
A little bit of everything: oldies, newer dances, couples, and learning something new.
All in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere.
You are so good at managing the group and accommodating everyone who shows up.
Veronica, Israeli and Zumba dance instructor
Sign up for the Partnership Dancing newsletter below
to get access to the FREE excerpts from the book