May 1, 2013 in Classes
Tuesdays (May 7, 14, 21, & 28)
Lindy 1 (Charleston to Lindy) – 6:30-8:00
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
Pure Balboa – 8:00-9:30
The original Balboa from Southern California didn’t have the breakaways and toss-outs that we associate with today’s Bal-swing style of Balboa. Balboa was originally danced in all closed position to a wide variety of tempos. Balboa is an excellent way to develop connection, foot speed, and really tune in to your partner. Where dances like Lindy are more showy, Balboa is a more intimate dance for the dancers, but keeping a classy, swing vibe. If you want to learn more about this, check out the recent post Bobby White wrote on the development and the greats of Balboa.
Wednesdays (May 8, 15, 22, & 29)
Developing Presence and Skillful Contact – 6:30-8:00
Most of us learn to dance in a relative bubble. We are split apart, told to learn our own part, and then smooshed back together with a partner where we struggle to execute the moves together. This class will change all that. We will explore how to make physical contact with a dance partner in ways that create a shared experience and an invitation. We will also be discussing principles of how to create a relaxed and fun atmosphere with your partner instead of one based on trying not to screw up. This class is good for all levels and will build on skills from last months’ Everybody Leads, Everybody Follows class.
Lindy 2 (Passes, Turns, and Mixing Rhythms) – 8:00-9:30
This class will focus on taking your charleston based Lindy from Lindy 1 and mixing it into a wider variety of rhythms and shapes. Adding 6 count dancing into the mix as well as more passing based turns and learning how to effectively mix 6 and 8 (and other) count movements. This forms the basis for a lot of what you will see the experienced dancers doing, that is to say, a few simple shapes and movements that can be spun into an infinite variety of options.