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Class Descriptions – Orange

Vicci & Adamo

Rhythm Toolkit: Part 1

Build up your own rhythm toolkit as we expose you to some of the most commonly used blues rhythms and shuffles. You will learn to identify and dance to these rhythms, playing with them in a variety of moves and a variety of body parts

Rhythm Toolkit: Part 2

More music… more dancing… more rhythms…

Hit That Break
Add some drama to your dancing and put your musicality skills to the test as you aim to ‘hit that break’ in a variety of ways! Step 1… how do you know when a break is about to happen? Step 2… how do you (both leaders and followers) respond to it in a musical and creative ways?

Trisha (Solo)

Ready Steady Go!

Find your own place and purpose within your dance through being able to express yourself freely. Being able to just Jam with confidence and flair unlocks your creative flair.

Dan & Mike

Historical Elements of Blues

Blues music has a variety of influences, from the stages of vaudeville to the moans of the Delta. Part history class, part musicality class, this class will address historical components of Blues music history that should shape our dancing.

Moves!  Musicality!  Movement Quality!  

You’ll get a little bit of a lot of things in this class, with a fun, high-energy way to finish off the weekend.  

Psychic Mindpowers

Once upon a time, Mike realized that when she wanted to have cuddly dances, all the leads magically slipped into cuddle mode! Intrigued, she investigated, and found that it wasn’t magic- it was mind powers… and of course, body language. Leaders and followers alike, come learn how to lay down (and pick up) subtle cues so that you can get your partnership on the same page.

Dan & Jenny

Struttin’ Movements

We’ll start with the basic, but this class is about adding variations and new ideas within Struttin’ to give you more to play with and really make this dance shine.

Using Compression

Compression is key within our dance. We’ll refine our ability to use this force in a variety of contexts, and share new vocabulary along the way.

Class Descriptions – Green Track

Trisha (Solo)

Whirls and Twirls

Learn the essential technique to deliver the perfect spin and turn in your dancing. Try new ways of spinning to add that extra pizazz to your dancing

Dan & Jenny

One Move

Back to the good ol’ days, when Blues was danced as variations on a move instead of a fusion of many. We’ll explore how to create a fulfilling dance without the need for an extensive vocabulary. Find what can be changed, tweaked, or added, while really only doing “one” move.

UnCommon Rhythm Ideas

So you’ve got rhythm. Now let’s up your game with rhythmic ideas not commonly seen on the social floor. We’ll add things such as hemiolas, swung vs straight rhythms, and unusual subdivisions. You’ll find a new depth of rhythm in your social dances.

Dirty Jazz

In some of our lovely Ballroomin’ songs there are raunchy sounds, often found in the horn section, and we are going to work that horn into your dancing. We will play with opposition, purposeful timing, invitational dancing and the Spanish Inquisition (aka surprises).

Vicci & Adamo

Shape shifting

This class will delve into how the shapes we create with our body influence our partnership and movement choices. Through a mixture of taught moves and partnered improvisation we encourage you to create spontaneous choices within your dancing so you never have the same dance twice, and can never get bored!

In The Groove

In music, groove is the sense of propulsive rhythmic “feel” or sense of “swing”. Groove has been described as “an unspecifiable but ordered sense of something that is sustained in a distinctive, regular and attractive way, working to draw the listener in.” Substitute the word ‘listener’ for the word ‘watcher’ and we’re talking about dancing…

This class will explore the concept of ‘groove’ in music and how we can reflect this same groove in our dancing… What is it? Why is it important? How does it change in different songs? How can we connect to different ‘grooves’ through our own solo movement as well as finding a collective groove?”

Dancing the Whole Song

We have the groove of the song… the characteristic ‘feel’ of a piece… but what about all the other things happening in the song?  This class will push your musicality as you start to layer on top of the groove, change the groove, and deviate from it entirely. All in honour of the music!

Mike & Dan

Close Embrace Improvements

Close Embrace can be magical and effortless, and it can allow two dancers to move as one.  Of course, all this magic follows on the heels of a lot of practice.  This class will give you some tools to set your close embrace on a path to greatness.

Juking with Specificity

Most of the time, we want our jukin’ blues to have the spirit of solo dancing.  But the best dancers can throw in moments of specificity, without losing their hard-won grooves.  Join us for some super-detailed moves and technique!

Class Descriptions – Purple Track

Mike & Dan

Hard Moves

We’re going to work on having killer technique- in the form of some difficult (and fun) moves. Bring your brains and warm up your bodies for this one!

4 Legged Grilled Cheese

Close embrace can be tricky, but it can also be absolutely magical. We want to give you the ability to move as though you are one with your partner. We’re going to celebrate the arts of leading and following, and try to reframe the way we use our bodies to get that gorgeous close embrace connection.

Masters Class on Blues Aesthetic

This class is all about getting feedback on your dancing, and specifically on making it truly honor the genre of dances that we love. We’re going to help you find the weak points- and strengths- in your Blues dancing, and train accordingly.

Vicci & Adamo

In The Groove

In music, groove is the sense of propulsive rhythmic “feel” or sense of “swing”. Groove has been described as “an unspecifiable but ordered sense of something that is sustained in a distinctive, regular and attractive way, working to draw the listener in.” Substitute the word ‘listener’ for the word ‘watcher’ and we’re talking about dancing

This class will explore the concept of ‘groove’ in music and how we can reflect this same groove in our dancing… What is it? Why is it important? How does it change in different songs? How can we connect to different ‘grooves’ through our own solo movement as well as finding a collective groove?

Dancing the Whole Song

We have the groove of the song… the characteristic ‘feel’ of a piece… but what about all the other things happening in the song?  This class will push your musicality as you start to layer on top of the groove, change the groove, and deviate from it entirely. All in honour of the music!

Dan & Jenny

Applied Gradients and Styles (Vol II)

Let’s further explore the concept of lead-follow Gradients and Styles. We’ll start with specific contexts and examples and find how these ideas can change your social dance. With this refined awareness, we’ll then challenge you to let these ideas affect how you create and respond to unexpected social dance situations.

Jazz in Small Places

The Jazz is playing but you have no space, now what? This class! We will cover a number of classy movements that work well in tight spaces while maintaining the mode of the song.

Group Learning

Maybe you’ve hit a plateau, or just looking for that next boost of inspiration. We want to offer another path in your training: learning from each other. This class will create a framework and an environment to do so, allowing new results each time.

Trisha (Solo)

You Are Unique

Out of the box improvisation class, combining body movement, shapes, dynamics and emotions to convey and create something new and uniquely expressive.

Class Descriptions – Blues Solo Blues

Dexter

Understanding and Applying the Blues Aesthetic

What is the Blues aesthetic and how do you apply it in your movement? How does this aesthetic relate to the music and in your own body? In this class we’ll identify some key elements of the aesthetic and learn to apply them to our dance. The goal of this class is for you to produce dynamic movement that has a clear and defined Blues aesthetic.

The Movement, Shape, and Feeling of the Pulse

This class will touch on vocabulary, musicality, and isolation technique but primarily focuses on using the aesthetic of the pulse in the context of Jookin’. Through changing the movement, shape, and feeling of the pulse in your dance, you’ll understand and learn how to build your dance without really knowing vocabulary. This class is designed to make you think about your dancing starting with a simple base movement and adding “variants” to change its expression.

Creating Lines and Shapes

Express and reveal the natural beauty in your movements and expand the range of your expression! In this class, we’ll learn about using our kinesphere to create lines and shapes that add visual appeal in our dancing. Additionally, we’ll examine how to send energy through our whole body and sustain its expression throughout the dance.

Get Your Groove On!

Before you move, you have to find your groove! With Blues music having so many various rhythms, the inspiration for our movement can have unique and interesting possibilities! In this class, we’ll explore an approach to grooving and moving to various rhythms, exploring how we can add musicality while developing the rhythm in our movement. You’ll then be creating an improvisational dance that grows and changes with the music.

Riffin’

Riffin’ is a collaborative approach to solo dancing with a partner. It’s about creating variations and building on each other’s movements. More importantly, it’s about being inspired by each other and improvising on the spot. We’ll first start out with a solo blues warm-up refreshing on vocabulary movements and then explore how we might riff on each other’s movements. At the end, we’ll get to show off our new riffin’ skills.

Blues, The Inspired Dance

Blues is a family of dances that is varied as the music that inspired it. We can only imagine how the dances were created and inspired from each other. Which came first? The Shake ‘N Bake or the Fishtail? The Mooche or the Grind? In this class, we’ll first examine the aforementioned dances that are often confused with each other because of their similarity and then explain their differences. From there, we’ll partner up and explore how many variations (or “inspired dances”) we can create through observation and connection; and through the addition of variables such as change in shape, movement, timing, emphasis of pulse, and direction. The final activity will have you in groups combining your creativity and inspiration to come up, ready to battle, with an “ultimate inspired dance!”

Trisha

Caribbean Style

Jamaican lovers’ rock combined with dance hall movement to bring a new feeling and flavour to your Blues.

Missy Fatale

Chaplin – Hat & Cane routine

(Bring a hat and cane if possible!) An homage to Charlie Chaplin and the One Man Dance.  This hat and cane routine uses intricate footwork and a juicy blues track.  Moustache optional!.

Showgirls!

Imagine the vintage showgirls of the Follies Bergere! A sassy vintage number to expand your dance skills.  Men and women welcome 🙂

 

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