Introducing Themed Classes!

Dear and lovely dancers, we’re doing something experimental this block! Something new and something hopefully fun for you guys to check out! That thing is ๐“๐ก๐ž๐ฆ๐ž๐ ๐‚๐ฅ๐š๐ฌ๐ฌ๐ž๐ฌ! Together with our team of teachers we have devised six Themed Classes that will be spread over the entire block for everyone to join in on. Each Themed Class is 4 lessons and are divided into two slots in our schedule (so each slot will have 3 classes of 4 lessons). You can sign up for any one of these six classes individually, they do not come in a package (I mean- unless you want to of course). The two slots will be on ๐Œ๐จ๐ง๐๐š๐ฒ and ๐“๐ก๐ฎ๐ซ๐ฌ๐๐š๐ฒ.

>>๐‘ป๐’‰๐’† ๐’‚๐’„๐’•๐’–๐’‚๐’ ๐’”๐’„๐’‰๐’†๐’…๐’–๐’๐’† ๐’‡๐’๐’“ ๐’•๐’‰๐’† ๐’๐’†๐’™๐’• ๐’ƒ๐’๐’๐’„๐’Œ ๐’˜๐’Š๐’๐’ ๐’ƒ๐’† ๐’“๐’†๐’—๐’†๐’‚๐’๐’†๐’… ๐’•๐’๐’Ž๐’๐’“๐’“๐’๐’˜ ๐’Ž๐’๐’“๐’๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ! ๐‘ป๐’‰๐’† ๐’๐’†๐’—๐’†๐’ ๐’‚๐’…๐’—๐’Š๐’„๐’†๐’” ๐’‡๐’๐’“ ๐’•๐’‰๐’†๐’”๐’† ๐’„๐’๐’‚๐’”๐’”๐’†๐’” ๐’˜๐’Š๐’๐’ ๐’‚๐’๐’”๐’ ๐’ƒ๐’† ๐’๐’Š๐’”๐’•๐’†๐’… ๐’‚๐’” ๐’”๐’๐’๐’ ๐’‚๐’” ๐’‘๐’๐’”๐’”๐’Š๐’ƒ๐’๐’†!<<

The six Themed Classes you will be able to join are the following ones (in no particular order):

๐‹๐ข๐ง๐๐ฒ ๐๐ฒ๐ง๐š๐ฆ๐ข๐œ๐ฌ: ๐ˆ๐ญ’๐ฌ ๐š๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐ซ๐ž๐ฅ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐ฏ๐ž! (by Lisa and Rohan): Trapped between 6-count and 8-count patterns? In this class, we will explore how to make our dancing more dynamic by playing with varying levels of energy, tension and movement to create new figures and patterns. This class is suitable for people who are comfortable with all the basic 6- and 8-count figures, and want to learn how to switch gears and make their dance more varied and lively.

๐’๐ฐ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐จ๐ฎ๐ญ ๐ฏ๐š๐ซ๐ข๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง๐ฌ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ญ๐ž๐œ๐ก๐ง๐ข๐ช๐ฎ๐ž (by Jojanneke and Roberto): The swing out is the move of moves, and you can never make it perfect. However, in this class weโ€™ll try to get close to perfection! Weโ€™ll work on technique and will also discover new swing out variations like the Savoy swing out.

๐…๐š๐ฌ๐ญ ๐๐š๐ง๐œ๐ข๐ง๐  (by Malou and Federico): You find yourself on one of SiUโ€™s fast dancing HopSpots (like the one coming up next Wednesday), and you want to feel comfortable dancing Lindy on fast music. In this class weโ€™ll teach you how, but beware: this will be a workout. No need to do cardio in the gym anymore. Donโ€™t forget to bring some extra t-shirts.

๐“๐ฐ๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐ข๐ž๐ฌ ๐‚๐ก๐š๐ซ๐ฅ๐ž๐ฌ๐ญ๐จ๐ง (by Stella, Malou and Federico): At SiU we teach many dance styles, among which 30-ies Charleston. But did you know there are different versions of the Charleston? The most famous is actually Twenties Charleston. Take this opportunity to learn how to dance the 20-ies Charleston! In 4 weeks weโ€™ll teach several moves and make sure you get your technique right.

๐๐จ๐๐ฒ ๐š๐ฐ๐š๐ซ๐ž๐ง๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ ๐ข๐ง ๐ฌ๐ฐ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐๐š๐ง๐œ๐ข๐ง๐  (by Malou): ‘๐ต๐‘’๐‘๐‘Ž๐‘ข๐‘ ๐‘’ ๐‘คโ„Ž๐‘’๐‘› ๐‘ค๐‘’ ๐‘Ž๐‘Ÿ๐‘’ ๐‘๐‘Ÿ๐‘’๐‘ ๐‘’๐‘›๐‘ก ๐‘–๐‘› ๐‘œ๐‘ข๐‘Ÿ ๐‘๐‘œ๐‘‘๐‘–๐‘’๐‘ , ๐‘ค๐‘’ ๐‘Ž๐‘Ÿ๐‘’ ๐‘๐‘Ÿ๐‘’๐‘ ๐‘’๐‘›๐‘ก ๐‘–๐‘› ๐‘กโ„Ž๐‘’ ๐‘š๐‘œ๐‘š๐‘’๐‘›๐‘ก ๐‘Ž๐‘›๐‘‘ ๐‘ค๐‘’ ๐‘๐‘Ž๐‘› ๐‘ ๐‘ก๐‘Ž๐‘Ÿ๐‘ก ๐‘ก๐‘œ ๐‘๐‘œ๐‘›๐‘›๐‘’๐‘๐‘ก ๐‘ค๐‘–๐‘กโ„Ž ๐‘œ๐‘กโ„Ž๐‘’๐‘Ÿ๐‘ ’ (Peggy Hackney). In these classes we will go on a journey where you will experience different methods to make a deep internal connection to your body. We will study movement principles that will help you breathe, ground and free the natural torsion of your spine into whole-body movement. This will improve every dance for the rest of your life. We will be slowing down and softening; moving behind the beat the way Ella sings.

๐๐ž๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ฉ๐ซ๐จ๐ฎ๐ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐‚๐ก๐š๐ซ๐ฅ๐ž๐ฌ๐ญ๐จ๐ง (by Jojanneke and Roberto): Charleston is a dance of its own, but also an important ancestor of lindy hop steps and culture. This class will help you to integrate charleston steps in your lindy hop dancing, reinforce your basic technique and expand on your movements and rhythms. The primary focus will be on making you comfortable with using Charleston during social dancing and how to transition from lindy hop into charleston and vice versa. Roberto and Jojanneke will share their favourite tips and tricks with you to make you proud of your charleston!

We hope you guys are as excited about this as we are ๐Ÿ˜€ And naturally we hope our little experiment is something we can all enjoy!

Dancing regards,
The Swing in Utrecht Board
Victor, Sanne, Marijn, Akvilฤ—, Douglas