Instructors

Instructor Bio's

 

Ari Levitt, MD

 

An incredibly diverse world-class dancer & instructor, Ari  is highly regarded for his fun, energetic, humorous teaching style which can't help but inspire his students with his own joy and love of dance. His clear, detailed attention to connection and partnership along with his ability to translate even the most complex dance movements and concepts into simple understandable instructions has made him one of the most highly regarded instructors in his field. 

 Ari has been teaching, choreographing, and performing social dance both nationally and internationally for over 25 years, including numerous workshops as special guest instructor to Stanford University, as founder and co-director of “Waltz Week in Vienna”, and as the founder and director of “New Zealand Dance Adventure”, "Harrison Hot Springs Dance & Spa Retreat" (B.C.), "The Swing, Rhythm & Blues Dance Weekend" (Catskills, NY), "Waltz Fest NW", Heart Sound Fusion" and the very original and unique "Dancing with Horses" program (Baltimore, MD; Victoria, B.C.; Rifle, CO). 

An award-winning dancer and performer, Ari's breadth of styles include swing, waltz, salsa, tango, Latin, lindy hop, ballroom, balboa, blues, fusion, WCS, and NC2S.  In addition, Ari is well-known as a leading innovator and instructors of "fusion" dance — a form of social dance which borrows elements from one style and blends them fluidly into another.    (CLICK HERE to see an example of "Fusion Waltz").  In 2009, he introduced the first fusion waltz & swing workshops to Vienna. This year, he plans to include more such class options in the upcoming waltz week sessions. 

*Fun Fact*   When off the dance floor, Ari works as a physician and entrepreneur on faculty at Singularity University where he is one of the coordinators of Exponential Medicine, a world-renown program bringing top physicians, innovators, and investors together to explore how rapidly evolving, game-changing technology will impact the future of healthcare.  He is also an author of numerous books of poetry and short stories including: "The Midlife Crisis of Paul Revere", "Samba Sam & Jive Bunny Joyce", "Lovely as You", "A little Dogs Tale", "A Passage (Almost) to India", "Ballad of a Tree-Peeing Pooch", and several more, all available on Amazon under the author name Ari Levitt.

 *Fun Fact*   As a physician and dancer, Ari has been a leading pioneer in the burgeoning field of "Experiential Wellness Medicine", combining all of the inspiring elements of the Arts, wellness, and dance to promote long-lasting healthy behavior changes in his patients.  In his practice, he often uses dance movement, balance, body awareness, and connection as modalities for diagnosing and treating individuals and couples on the dance floor.  Ari is very excited about the impact of this technique on improving patient awareness, and is continuously innovating new workshop concepts in teaching wellness through social dance.  In 2016, he put on one of the Northwest's first such themed events in this arena. Look for more upcoming events later this year at www.rolluptherug.com 



 Christine Von Scheidt

Christine started dancing at the age of 15, and has never turned back. First taking up Ballroom & Latin, Jazz & Tap, she quickly discovered acrobatic Rock'n'Roll & Ceroc, and later Boogie Woogie, Charleston & Lindy Hop, which became her final love.

Christine has been dancing American Vernacular Jazz and teaching Lindy Hop now for more then 20 years, runs one of Munich's most popular Swing & Lindy programs, teaches workshops across Europe and around the world, continues to compete and perform in creative new ways, and still can't imagine anything better in this world for her to do!

      Some of her successes include being the German Lindy Hop Champion of 2000, and the finalist in the World Lindy Hop Championships in New York and Munich in 1999 & 2000.

    Always in search of fun and creative ways to push the boundaries of dance & play, you can see some of Christine's projects in the following links:

CLICK HERE to see Christine's "Charleston in Munich" video project (Part of the international "I Charleston" collaboration series)

You can lean more about Christine's classes and offerings from her website:  "Swing & The City"  (in German, with classes based in Munich)

 

Günter Meixner

Günter is a master of Austrian folk dance (most of which you will recognize as Zillertalers, Zweifachers, Landlers, and other early forms of partnered dance from which contemporary waltz developed).  He runs a weekly folk-dance event to live music at the Alpenverein Association in Vienna that for many waltz week participants has been one of the highlights of their Vienna dance week.  Gunter will be offering us a special private class on Tuesday night before the regular dance session begins.  At the dance itself, we'll have a wonderful opportunity to meet and mingle with many of the locals who are keeping these dance forms alive in Vienna today.  

For more information on the regular folk dances at the Alpine Club:

  • The dance club meets at Stammhaus, Wien 1. Bezirk, Rotenturmstraße 14, 1. Stock, Festsaal jeden (first floor ballroom) every Tuesday (except July and August) from 19h30 to 21h30.
  • CLICK HERE for the Volkstanzgruppe webpage (in German)


 We look forward to seeing you in Vienna for this fabulous week!