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Dance Weekends Update

Even though we’ve got more family responsibilities now, we still enjoy teaching weekend workshops and festivals in other cities. We love connecting with other dancers around the country and it keeps us on our toes! Here’s a quick update on what we can offer for those who might be wondering:

Rob on his own: Rob can teach solo classes, partnered classes and teacher training on his own or with a local teacher/demonstration partner. Recently he’s taught with Trisha Sewell (as a leader) and Scott Cupit (as a follower) at Swing Time in the Highlands and with Lucy Helena Toseland in Senegallia

Rob and Tina: We’re still happy to teach full day workshops and full weekends as a couple. When you book both of us, you get our toddler as a bonus (she’s very cute). We’re accustomed to teaching with her in the room and so far everyone seems to really enjoy having her in class. If you have someone in your scene that would enjoy helping keep the little one entertained it makes everything a little bit easier for us but it’s not a necessity. If the event involves evening social dances and/or competitions we may need to leave a bit early or divide and conquer but we’ll be there to dance with everyone as much as possible. Other than that our needs with regards to travel, accommodation, food etc are no different than what you would expect for other teaching couples.

To make an inquiry email swingdanceleeds@gmail.com or use this form

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How to Nail Your Swingout

If you’ve been bitten by the lindy hop bug you’ll definitely want to spend some time on what is probably the most quintessential move–the swingout. You’ll spend the rest of your lindy career trying to perfect this move, learning different styles and techniques and all the variations. Let us start you off on the right track!

Swingout Course
Wednesday, 6th-27th June
8:30 – 9:30pm at The Dance Studio Leeds
£30 whole course

The course will go over the basic shape of a swingout and progress to more in-depth technique, styling, and a couple of variations to spice things up a bit. As usual with our courses numbers will be limited so we can give you personal feedback on what you need to make your swingout awesome.

This course is a good follow on from our Fundamentals Course for those who are feeling confident with the basics. It is also appropriate for those who have learnt a swingout shape and want to improve on their technique, learn to dance faster and add some styling.

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Course Schedule

We’ve just updated our course list through December! Here’s what we have in store for the rest of the year!

Fundamentals Course (Wednesdays 6:30-7:30): Our very popular Fundamentals Course runs back to back with a new course starting each month! Appropriate for complete beginners or anyone who wants to really solidify their basics. You can find more information about this course series here.

Wednesday Courses (Wednesdays 8:30-9:30): These courses change each month. Most are Improver-Intermediate Advanced but there are a few beginner level courses. Here’s what we have coming up. Full course descriptions can be found here:

Musicality                                          9th May – 30th May
Swingouts                                          6th Jun – 27th Jun
Intro to Partnered Charleston    1st Aug – 22nd Aug
Tandem Charleston                        29th Aug – 19 Sept
Classic Move                                      26th Sept – 17th Oct
Swingouts                                          24th Oct – 14th Nov
California Routine                           21st Nov – 12th Dec

All of these Courses are now open for bookings: email swingdanceleeds@gmail.com to book a place on any of these courses.

 

 

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Footwork Variation of the Fortnight #60!

This fortnight’s variation is Toe Heel Twist!

A tap, a twist and some quick stepping

Try it in a swingout, try it in a passby. Where else can you throw this in?

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Couch to Hellzapoppin’

You’ve probably heard of “Couch to 5k” right? Here at Swing Dance Leeds we have our own version with dancing instead of running. This will be the second year we’ve done it. We think it’s a bit special so we wanted to shout about it a bit this time!

Maybe you’ve got a wedding coming up, maybe you want a fun way to get fit or wow your friends, or maybe you just like a good challenge. Whatever your reason we’ve got the perfect challenge for you. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Start off with our Fundamentals Course. This is a 4 week introductory course that runs Wednesdays 6:30-7:30 at the Dance Studio Leeds. Take this at your own pace, some people do this course twice, for others once is enough.
  2. Next up is the Swingouts Course. This one works on a quintessential Lindy Hop move and is an excellent follow on from the Fundamentals. Dates: 6-27 June or 24 Oct-11 Nov
  3. After that you’ll need to get some Tandem Charleston under your belt. Date: 29 Aug-19 Sept (if you’ve never done Charleston before it would be wise to do the Intro class first 1-22 Aug)
  4. Wrap it all up with the California Routinea choreography that incorporates all of the standard lindy repertoire that you can learn in the courses mentioned above as well as a few extra flashy moves. It is easily the most famous lindy hop choreography and a fantastic goal to work towards (see video below)! Course Date: 21 Nov – 12 Dec

Have you got what it takes to go Couch to Hellzapoppin’?

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Our Next Fundamentals Course starts 9th May!

Lindy Hop is becoming more and more popular and it is showing no signs of slowing down.  It is a fantastic way to get fit, learn a new skill and meet a fabulous bunch of people. For a whole list of reasons why partner dancing is good for you click here or just take our word for it and give it a go–why not?

Learn the basics of Lindy Hop in just one 4-week course!

This course will give you a solid foundation in fundamental lindy hop moves and techniques, ideal for people who’ve never danced before. With small class sizes you will meet a lovely group of people, meaning you’ll have friends to dance with when you come along to a social dance or drop in class.  It is appropriate for absolute beginners and anyone else who wants to re-visit their basics

Benefits:
– Small class size
– Individual feedback
– Structured learning

Course Details:
Wednesdays 9th – 30th May
6:30-7:30pm
at Dance Studio Leeds
cost: £30 for the 4wk course

Pre-booking and payment required in advance
to register email: swingdanceleeds@gmail.com

Have a look at this video for a taster of what you can expect on the course:

For a full list of course dates visit our courses page

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Flying Solo

I can’t tell you the number of times we’ve heard “I’ll never be a good dancer because I don’t have a partner.” Please do not let yourself believe this nonsense! Sure, Lindy Hop is a partner dance, but it’s also a social dance that offers a whole range of opportunites for anyone–with or without a dedicated dance partner. Especially if you’ve only been dancing for a year or less, there is no reason to think that you need to have a regular dance partner in order to improve. We rotate partners in all our classes because it’s better for everyone’s learning. New dancers are less likely to develop bad habits, couples don’t get the chance to argue, and those who need a little extra help benefit from dancing with more experienced partners. Still not convinced? Here’s a whole list of things that anyone at any level can do to improve their dancing—no partner required!

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  • Focus on your feet Practice the basic footwork patterns on your own so that you can do your footwork consistently without having to put any thought into it. For an extra challenge, really push the tempo!
  • Get yourself out there Get out to social dances whenever you can and ask everyone to dance. Learning to dance is a lot like learning a language—at some point you need to leave the classroom and attempt to have a real conversation. Social dancing will help you work on important skills like adjusting to different partners, and reacting in real time. It’s also a great way to make friends with other dancers
  • Get it together Organise a practice group. Maybe you’ve got some space in your house or know of a public space with a good floor. Invite some of your dance mates to meet up and work on some moves that you’ve learnt recently or just try out ideas on each other.
  • Up your solo game Have a go at some solo Charleston, Vernacular Jazz, or solo Blues—these are all great vintage dances that don’t require a partner. These dances offer a great opportunity to challenge yourself, work on your quality of movement and build your repertoire of useful steps.
  • Switch it up If you’re feeling quite confident with the basics and want a new challenge, have a go at dancing the other role. Then you’ll be able to dance to every song because you can partner with anyone!
  • Get competitive If your aspiration is to dance competitively, never fear! Most lindy hop events with competitions will have a Mix & Match (or Jack & Jill) Competition where you enter as an individual and get matched with a random partner.
  • Invest in the next generation If you’ve tried all these other ideas and still have things you really want to work on with one consistent partner, consider mentoring a newer dancer. Find a keen newbie that you get on well with and help them develop into your ideal dance partner.

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