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 𝐓𝐡𝐞𝐦𝐞𝐝 𝐂𝐥𝐚𝐬𝐬𝐞𝐬! 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 𝐌𝐨𝐧𝐝𝐚𝐲 and 𝐓𝐡𝐮𝐫𝐬𝐝𝐚𝐲.
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The six Themed Classes you will be able to join are the following ones (in no particular order):
𝐋𝐢𝐧𝐝𝐲 𝐝𝐲𝐧𝐚𝐦𝐢𝐜𝐬: 𝐈𝐭’𝐬 𝐚𝐥𝐥 𝐫𝐞𝐥𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐯𝐞! (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.
𝐒𝐰𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐨𝐮𝐭 𝐯𝐚𝐫𝐢𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐬 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐭𝐞𝐜𝐡𝐧𝐢𝐪𝐮𝐞 (by Jojanneke and Roberto): The swing out is the move of moves, and you can never make it perfect. However, in this class we’ll try to get close to perfection! We’ll work on technique and will also discover new swing out variations like the Savoy swing out.
𝐅𝐚𝐬𝐭 𝐝𝐚𝐧𝐜𝐢𝐧𝐠 (by Malou and Federico): You find yourself on one of SiU’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 we’ll teach you how, but beware: this will be a workout. No need to do cardio in the gym anymore. Don’t forget to bring some extra t-shirts.
𝐓𝐰𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐢𝐞𝐬 𝐂𝐡𝐚𝐫𝐥𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐨𝐧 (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 we’ll teach several moves and make sure you get your technique right.
𝐁𝐨𝐝𝐲 𝐚𝐰𝐚𝐫𝐞𝐧𝐞𝐬𝐬 𝐢𝐧 𝐬𝐰𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐝𝐚𝐧𝐜𝐢𝐧𝐠 (by Malou): ‘𝐵𝑒𝑐𝑎𝑢𝑠𝑒 𝑤ℎ𝑒𝑛 𝑤𝑒 𝑎𝑟𝑒 𝑝𝑟𝑒𝑠𝑒𝑛𝑡 𝑖𝑛 𝑜𝑢𝑟 𝑏𝑜𝑑𝑖𝑒𝑠, 𝑤𝑒 𝑎𝑟𝑒 𝑝𝑟𝑒𝑠𝑒𝑛𝑡 𝑖𝑛 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑚𝑜𝑚𝑒𝑛𝑡 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑤𝑒 𝑐𝑎𝑛 𝑠𝑡𝑎𝑟𝑡 𝑡𝑜 𝑐𝑜𝑛𝑛𝑒𝑐𝑡 𝑤𝑖𝑡ℎ 𝑜𝑡ℎ𝑒𝑟𝑠’ (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.
𝐁𝐞𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐮𝐝 𝐨𝐟 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐂𝐡𝐚𝐫𝐥𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐨𝐧 (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 😀 And naturally we hope our little experiment is something we can all enjoy!
The Swing in Utrecht Board
Victor, Sanne, Marijn, Akvilė, Douglas