Joan Walton Weekend March 6-8, 2020

Joan Walton, the acclaimed dance teacher and choreographer

will lead our newest waltz weekend on March 6-8, 2020!

Sorry, this waltz weekend is full. Registration for our October weekend opens on August 1 at noon.

About the 2020 Spring in my Steps Waltz Weekend

The primary focus of the workshop will be waltzing, including rotary waltz. The weekend will be held at the Russel Acton Folk Center in Berea, KY (about 40 miles south of Lexington).

The weekend will start with a class at 7:30 pm Friday and conclude on Sunday at 1:00 pm. Attendance is by preregistration only and will be role-balanced. The prerequisite for attendance is knowing any form of basic waltz (rotary, cross-step, box, Viennese...). Just like with our fall weekend, you will be able to choose between the traditional roles of "lead" and "follow" as well as the role of “either” exclusively for those comfortable dancing both roles and who can easily switch roles in order to help role-balance the room.

Tuition will be $95. A limited number of full-time students will be accepted at $45, and a limited number of entrances will offered as "work exchange fellowships"--if interested in being considered for a work exchange fellowship, please contact us by email to to apply. Because space is limited by design, we expect registration to fill quickly.

Spring 2020 Weekend Schedule

Mar 6
Check-in6:30 - 7:30
Three Dance Classes:7:30 - 10:00
Jiffy Mixer and Rotary mixer
Choreography: 1899 National Lancers Quadrille
Night Club 2-step (part 1)
Mar 7
Warm-up and/or Practice Time9:30 - 10:00
Three Dance Classes:10:00 - 1:00
Choreography: Miss Fisher Charleston
Leadable Mazurka Waltz steps
2 Waltz Mixers: Cross step Waltz and Oslo Waltz
Catered Lunch1:00 - 2:00
Two Dance Classes:2:00 - 4:00
Regency Longways set in Waltz time: Mr. Isaac’s Maggot
Sequence Dance: St. George’s Waltz
Review of the day's dances4:00 - 4:30
Dinner on your own4:30 - 8:00
Evening Social Dance8:00 - 11:00
Mar 8
Warm-up and/or Practice Time9:30 - 10:00
Three Dance Classes:10:00 - 1:00
Night club 2-step (part 2)
Cross Step Troika
Recap of weekend's dances

Saturday Lunch: Dancers are welcome to bring their own lunch or head to a local restaurant, but a catered lunch will be provided to those who pay in advance.

Ample refreshments will be available at all events.

Folk Center Berea KY exterior
Joan Walton

About Joan Walton

Regularly invited to teach dance workshops in such places as St. Petersburg and Moscow, Russia, as well as numerous cities in the US, Joan Walton is both a nationally and internationally acclaimed dance teacher and choreographer. Her energetic, focused teaching, theatrical choreographies, and morning warmups have become well known to dancers over the years.  She has the ability to communicate movement concepts with energy, humor and interest.  

Joan holds a Master’s degree in Dance Education from Stanford University’s top-ranked School of Education.  Along with free-lancing around the world, she currently teaches numerous dance at San Jose State University.

Saturday Evening Dance

Deejayed by Joan Walton

The Saturday night dance is included with your weekend registration. The 2020 Spring ball will be proctored by Joan Walton using his selection of recorded music. We will enjoy dances from several vintage eras, from the 1800s to the early 1900s, as well as contemporary music. Because March 6-8 is the weekend that we will Spring forward in time, “time travel” will our Saturday night dance theme. We suggest people might elect to dress in their favorite outfit evoking a historical period or as their favorite fictional time traveler or to interpret the time travel theme in another creative way! We very much look forward to it! Although people do tend to dress up a bit for the Saturday evening dance, your outfit need not be complicated.

When registration reaches capacity, we keep a waiting list.

To be confirmed, all applicants must pay for the weekend within 7 days of registering.

Also, since we match all leads with follows, we encourage all dancers who are not comfortable switching roles to specify a registration partner on the registration form. Those leads and follows who do not specify a partner, will be put on a waiting list and matched with a person of the complimentary role in order of registration. We will notify you when we confirm your acceptance.

If you cancel before February 1, we will refund your fee minus $10. Cancellations on or after February 1 will not be refunded.

Step 1: Register

Registration will open on December 1 at noon. Mark your calendar.

We prefer that you register online, but upon request, a form that can be printed can be emailed to you--simply contact us for this option.

Step 2: Pay once accepted

We will notify you by email when your registration is tentatively accepted. For online payments, we use an online service provider called Stripe which uses most stringent level of certification available in the online payments industry. You may pay with almost any credit or debit card or electronic funds transfer from your bank. Alternatively, you may simply mail us a check via the US Postal Service by sending a check made out to "Lexington Vintage Dance" to:
Lexington Vintage Dance
c/o Jan Pearce
3477 Scaffold Cane Rd.

Berea, KY 40403

With any of these choices, we offer a 7 day grace period for you to pay after receiving notification of your tentative acceptance to the weekend.  Hence, your particular payment choice will not alter your acceptance status. Any checks received before acceptance, will not be cashed until you are tentatively accepted.

Location & Directions

The Waltz Weekend will be held at the Russel Acton Folk Center at 212 Jefferson St., in Berea, Ky.

Parking is available and free at the Folk Center.

Directions & Map:

From Louisville, Cincinnati and points North: Take I-75 South to Exit 77. Follow signs to Berea. At Ellipse St./Pirate Pkwy turn right. At Jefferson St. turn right. Folk Center is half block away on the right.
From Nashville, Knoxville and points South: Take I-75 North to Exit 76. Follow signs to Berea. Immediately after crossing railroad overpass, turn left on N. Broadway. At Jefferson St. turn right. Folk Center is half block away on the left.

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A limited number of home-stays are available to out-of-town participants. You may request this on the registration form. The deadline for requesting a home-stay is January 15th. Or you can make your own reservations at one of Berea's near-by hotels, including the famous Boone Tavern Hotel. If you have any questions about housing, send an e-mail to

Hotels in walking distance:

Boone Tavern Hotel The Doctor's Inn Bed & Breakfast

Hotels in driving distance:

America's Best Value Inn Econo Lodge Fairfield Inn & Suites The Greathouse Inn Bed & Breakfast Holiday Inn Express Holiday Motel Knights Inn Motel 6 Red Roof Inn & Suites



Being A Host

The sharing of your home can help make a dance weekend really wonderful for someone. If you can host one or several of the visiting dancers at your home in Berea or Lexington, please email with your name, address, number of people you can host, and any other information your guests may need to know (type of beds, children, pets, smoker, etc.)

Contact Us

If you have any questions, please contact Jan Pearce:

Jan Pearce
3477 Scaffold Cane Rd

Berea, KY 40403

(859) 813-0956

You can also visit the Lexington Vintage Dance's homepage to learn more about upcoming events