This month, we are having a grab bag lesson series! Our instructors are going to be teaching lessons with a different theme (of their choice) every week. This give us a great opportunity to cover some topics we might not get to in our regular lesson series. We will run this month-long series like all other series – you have to come to all of them!
Here are the description of the classses:
Week 1: Drills & Frills – Brian Paljug
Description: How do we practice our partner dancing when we don’t have a partner? In this one-shot lesson, Brian P. will introduce a number of drills and exercises from top dance teachers to improve your dancing fundamentals: pulse, posture, footwork, agility, endurance, momentum, and other buzzwords! This is an ALL LEVELS class in the best sense — the only prerequisite is basic footwork (lindy & charleston), but EVERYONE will be challenged!
Prereqs: Must know 8-count and charleston footwork
Week 2: Partner connection – Jim McGuire
In week 2 we’re going to spend a lesson improving the flow of our dancing. This should allow for a more graceful and relaxed dance, even at higher tempos. We’ll be paying special attention to the follow’s role in the partnership and looking at how to improve flow by working on direction, momentum and movement through a simple progression of moves.
Prereqs: Participants will need to know how to swing out to participate in the class.
Week 3: The Structure of Swing (Music) – Brian Richards
What is swing music? How do we understand what goes in to the music we are listening to? Join us as we explore the different types of music that make up “swing” and explore how the structure and style of the music can influence the dance!
Week 4: Musicality – Stephen Johnson and Katie Dillon
In the musicality class with Stephen and Katie will explore useful footwork and timing variations. Exercises will familiarize students with moving in and out of traditional footwork patterns. This lesson builds off of Brian’s preceding musicality class.