Winter classes 2017


Winter is here.... it's cold outside. What better way to warm yourself than to dance the winter nights away! We created a special programme of winter courses and workshops to keep you inspired.

How does it work?

There are two kinds of classes:
Mini-courses: these are 4-week courses. You register once for the course, and are then subscribed for 4 lessons.
Workshops:
these are single workshops that you register for. You have to sign up individually for each workshop you like and would like to join.

Registration for the winterclasses opens Sunday 19 November at 6 pm. 
Please note that these classes are not for absolute beginners. 

 

Wintercourses:

Mini-course slowdance - SOLD OUT!

Dancing to slow jazz music is fun, playful, sexy with a wink, and not so slow at all!
In this mini-course we will get you hooked up on four different slowdance dimensions:

Week 1: Slow Lindy
Use your Lindy to dance on slow music. Use the shapes you know but change the rhythm and speed of your steps.
Teachers: Deirdre and Lucien
Week 2: Slow dance vintage style
Slow dance vintage style Lindy Hop and Balboa weren't the only dances going around in the '20s and '30s. In those times people on the ballroom floor danced on slow music a lot. In this class we will explore slow dancing inspired by dances from the time: Foxtrot, Peabody and the One Step.
Teachers: Deirdre and Finn
Week 3: Blues
This class is inspired by drag blues; a modern dance form of Blues, evolved from Ballroomin' and Slow Drag. Cling and sway, is what we are saying.
Teachers: Deirdre and Finn
Week 4: Slow Bal
This dance finds its inspiration in Balboa. In this class we work on the basics of Dean Raftery's Slow Balboa. It is a lovely swing dance with a very nice flow.
Teachers: Deirdre and Lucien

Every class ends with half an hour practice time.
Note that these classes are danced in a closed connection (meaning chest to chest)

Dates: Wednesdays – December 6, 13, 20 and January 3
Time: 19.15-20.15 class, 20.15-20.45 Practise time
Price: 40 euro
Level requirement: Blue and above

Mini-course 'All the chickens to the left'

Everybody swing out, switch, turn and down!
In this 4 week course we will work on a super fun routine. A high energy swing and some sweat are your ingredients. You will be challenged to learn fast: only four weeks for a routine of moves, variations, musicality and of course some very cool and sophisticated styling. After this course, you will definately have some new inspiration for your own social dancing.

Dates: Tuesdays – December 5, 12, 19 and January 2
Time: 19.00 – 20.00 hr
Price: 40 euro
Level requirement: All levels (this is not for absolute beginners)
Teachers: Egle and Joost

Workshops:

Al & Leon routine

Tuesday December 5
Time: 20.05 - 21.05 hr
Al Minns and Leon James are two legendary dancers from the Savoy ballroom. They often performed in a duo and this didn't only include Solo moves! In this class we will do a routine inspired by the partnered dancing of Al & Leon in various vintage clips.

Teachers: Becky and Jeroen
Level requirement: Blue and above
Price: 10,00 euro

Swing Music Theory – The Basics

Tuesday December 5
Time: 21.10 - 22.10 hr
It don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got no swing! Do you want to know why we feel the urge to dance on swing music? Come and find out why swing music swings! Note that this class is theory based, though there will be some dancing as well, to put the theory directly into practice.

Teachers: Jeroen and Ewan
Level requirement: all levels
Price: 10,00 euro

Shim Sham time! - SOLD OUT!

Wednesday December 6
Time: 20.45 – 22.00 hr
The Shim Sham is THE solo swing dance routine. Originally it was choreographed as a tap dance number. In the mid-1980s, Frankie Manning introduced the shim sham at New York Swing Dance Society dances, and he also created a special version of the shim sham for swing dancers. Frankie Manning's version of the shim sham really caught on, and it's now done at swing dances all over the world.

Teacher: Deirdre
Level requirement: all levels
Price: 12,50 euro

Collegiate Shag

Tuesday December 12
20.05– 21.05 hr: Collegiate shag level 1 - SOLD OUT!
21.10 – 22.10 hr: Collegiate shag level 2

Join Becky & Ron (Key town Swing) for this introduction to Collegiate Shag, another dance from the family of Swing dances. Along with most of the Swing dance family, Collegiate Shag is believed to have started as an African American street dance, before becoming popular on 1930's American College Campuses, hence the 'Collegiate' part of the name. Collegiate shag is energetic, crazy, and is danced to fast swing music. If you like to work up a sweat, this class is for you! The workshop will test your stamina!
No previous experience necessary, this class is for absolute beginners and will introduce some of the core basics of Collegiate Shag, and get you comfortably dancing to songs of over 220 beats per minute!

During the second lesson, Ron & Becky will challenge your basics and take you to the next level of Collegiate Shag with more figures, more technique, and of course, more fast tempos! If you have some former experience of basic Collegiate Shag, maybe taken a few workshops or practiced on the social dancefloor, or you simply fancy a challenge after taking part in the beginner workshop, then this is the class for you! Get ready to sweat....

Teachers: Becky and Ron
Price: 10 euro per class

ABC of Jazz steps

Thursday 14 December
Time: 19.15-20.15 hr
In this class will go over some common and less common Jazz steps. Whether you want to broaden your vocabulary or feel more comfortable executing movements, this class is for you! Although there will be a plan, requests for how-to's on specific steps are welcome during the class!

Level requirement: All levels
Teacher: Jeroen
Price: 10 euro

Solo Jazz, rhythmical routine

Thursday 14 December
Time: 20.30 – 21.30 hr
We will work on a small rhythmical Jazz routine. Some Solo experience/vocabulary required.

Level requirement: Blue and above
Teacher: Jeroen
Price: 10 euro

Spins & turns (solo practice)

Thursday 21 December
Time: 19.15 – 20.15 hr
Always dreamed of doing a flashy spin? Or want to feel more comfortable turning in your Lindy Hop? This class is for you! We will work on our turning technique by means of several exercises and go over some commonly used turns and spins in Lindy Hop and Solo Jazz.

Level requirement: Blue and above
Teacher: Jeroen
Price: 10 euro

The other Hop

Thursday 21 December
Time: 20.30 – 21.30 hr
Just like Lindy Hop, Hip Hop is an African-American dance that hails from New York. After this taster lesson you'll be able to bust out some cool moves on music other than Jazz!

Level requirement: All levels
Teacher: Jeroen
Price: 10 euro