November 5, 2013 in Classes
New Classes, New Teachers, New Pricing
This month we are welcoming international instructor Adam Speen to the ranks of the Lindy Lab instructor roster. Adam will be teaching on Monday nights for the time being and offering his own unique brand of awesome down-to-earth dancery. Matt and Heidi also return to teach part of an all-Charleston night on Tuesdays this session. And Jason is testing out a new “Social Dance Sainthood” class on how to give and get as much as possible out of your social dance experience.
In addition, with the new space, new instructors, etc. we have decided to try out a more standard pricing structure for a bit. For this 4 week series, all hour long series will be $40 for the full series and all 1.5 hour classes will be $60 for the full series. If you still have punch cards, you are welcome to turn them in for their remaining value, but for the next few months we will be testing out a more standard payment setup. Unlimited class passes will still be available as normal at $100 for the month including all classes and regular DJ dances.
Sundays (Nov 10, 117, 24 & Dec 1) with Matt & Chris
Please note that because the Sunday classes are an hour instead of 1.5 hours, they will be charged differently at a straight $40 per class per person rate. If you have class cards you would like to use for them, we are happy to make that work as well.
Progressive Lindy 6:30-7:30
The original swing dance, taught with a focus on partnering and musicality. This will not be an arthur murray “your feet go here” type class, but please be familiar with some level of east coast swing and triple steps. From there, our talented crew will take you from walking in to swinging out in just a few short weeks.
Progressive Blues 7:30-8:30
Blues is the catch-all term for a variety of slow dances in the vernacular dance world. Blues is typically danced to slower tempos with a heightened focus on improvisation and shared motion. If you want to break out of the “rock step, triple step, execute move X” mode of dancing, blues is an excellent place to start.
Mondays (Nov 11, 18 & Dec 2, 9) with Adam Speen
Balboa Fundamentals 7:00-8:00
Join Adam for a weekly look at some balboa fundamentals with focus on a different type of movement each week with details for all levels, followers and leaders. A few topics will be; Varying your basic footworks, the art of closed positioning, and maximizing stretch and twist.
Solo Jazz Medley 8:00-9:00
Adam will break down some essential movements in solo jazz and charleston dances with ties into pieces of many famous jazz line dances of the 1940s. We will vary it up week to week and break down particularly tough sequences from routines such as the Tranky Doo, Big Apple, All the Shim Shams, and even Gangbusters.
Tuesdays (Nov 12, 19 & Dec 3, 10)
Cardio Charleston 7:00-8:00 with Lindsay Gardner
A workout/conditioning class based on Charleston and solo jazz moves. No experience necessary, Lindsay just says bring a towel and come prepared to break a sweat.
Charlestone Fundamentals – 8:00-9:30 with Matt and Heidi
The dance of the Roaring 20′s, this wild exuberant dance eventually evolved into the Lindy Hop. Charleston is a dance build on the high energy, bouncy rhythms of early New Orleans and Dixieland styles of music and involves a high amount of kicking footwork. Charleston is great for building your repertoire for uptempo tunes and learning to move more effectively with a partner at high speeds.
Wednesdays (Nov 13, 20 & Dec 4, 11) with Jason
Lindy 1 (Charleston to Lindy) – 7:00-8:30
This class will start with examining Lindy’s roots in Charleston. We begin with several variations on 8-count footwork and building the framework that allows you to start creating your own variations in Lindy. This is also a great class for building speedy footwork and starting to dance at faster Lindy tempos. We are also field-testing a flipped classroom model for this, meaning we will give you video of the week’s lesson ahead of time, so you will be able to see the new material and play with it before you show up to class. If you are interesting in this class, you will find the video for week one at https://vimeo.com/61326221
Social Dance Sainthood 8:30-10:00
An experimental class from Jason Sager, this series will be both fun, educational, and a great investment in your social dance experience. It can be easy to get caught up in moves, footwork, and technique and forget that these dances are also about sharing an experience with someone and making that experience as enjoyable as possible. This class will focus on games and strategies to help you improve not just your own social dance experience, but the experiences of the people dancing with you.