This fortnight’s variation is Dramatic Stomp
We all crave a bit of drama from time to time
Inspired by Katie Stotter, general badass!
It seems like every few weeks a new article is published with scientific studies demonstrating various health benefits of dancing. The latest article making the rounds states “researchers interviewed 1,000 people and found that often those who were dancing not only reported feeling happier, but also more satisfied with their lives, especially in relationships, health, and the goals achieved over the years.”
Dancing is great for your physical and mental health, can ward off dementia, and improve your quality of life. We’ve collected a few more articles on the benefits of dancing here. If you’ve never tried “proper” dancing don’t worry–the need to dance seems to be in our DNA! With just a bit of guidance you’ll be on your way to a healthier, happier life (according to science!).
Our Fundamentals 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, so 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 in a structured learning environment. We run these courses regularly–the next one starts end of August.
Wednesdays 28th Aug – 18 Sept
at Dance Studio Leeds
Cost: £32 for the 4wk course
Pre-booking and payment required in advance
to register email: email@example.com
For a full list of beginner lessons and drop in classes have a look here. And for those who might be feeling a bit nervous about their first class, check out this blog post: How to Survive Your First Dance Class
I don’t know a single dancer that hasn’t at some point lost their mojo. This can happen for a whole variety of reasons. Someone makes a thoughtless comment that knocks your confidence, you suddenly feel like your dancing is getting worse instead of better, every dance starts to feel the same. It all just becomes less satisfying. If you’ve lost your dance mojo here are some tips to help you rediscover the joy of dancing!
When I think about the times that I’ve lost the love of lindy (or blues, balboa, etc) it has usually come down to one or more of these three things: falling into a rut, having my confidence knocked, or feeling like I’m not improving so I’ve divided the tips into those three categories.
Falling Into a Rut: When you first started dancing every class was a revelation and socials were a wild ride of just trying to make it through each dance without embarrassing yourself. Now though, your classes feel repetitive and you seem to find yourself having the same formulaic dances with the same people to the same tracks over and over and over. Before you decide that you’ve outgrown your lindy hop phase try spicing things up a bit.
Knocked Confidence—Maybe you didn’t get into the level you expected to at a weekend or you didn’t make it to the finals in a comp. Maybe someone said something about your dancing that made you feel rubbish or you just feel like all the good dancers are avoiding you. It may be that your dancing isn’t where you thought it was or it may be that all the negativity is just in your head. Either way your confidence has been shaken and you need to find a way to get it back.
Stagnation—The final topic to address is feeling like you aren’t progressing, that your dancing has stagnated. When you first start your dancing improves massively each week as you learn new moves and come to grips with different concepts but once you’ve got a pretty solid repertoire progress can feel slower and more subtle. If you’ve hit a plateau in your dancing it doesn’t mean that there’s nothing left to learn. If the best lindy hoppers in the world can still find ways to grow as dancers the rest of us should have plenty of material to keep us busy. At a certain point though you may need to put in a bit more effort to continue improving. Here’s a few ideas to jump start the learning process when you hit a plateau.
With so many awesome Lindy Hop moves to learn there are some that can fall through the cracks, some moves that are just a bit too tricky to really get to grips with in a drop-in class. That’s why we’ve come up with this addition to our Classic Moves line up, focusing on Tricky Moves!
In this four week course we’ll teach you some great classic moves that are a bit on the tricky side, but with four weeks to work on them you’ll totally nail them! Exactly which toe-tangling moves we tackle will depend on the group. In the past we’ve looked at Switches, Hacksaws, Texas Tommy and Sailor kicks. We’ll spend a good amount of time learning how to do these moves well so that you can lead/follow them with confidence on the social dance floor or in a jam circle.
You don’t need a partner to book but you will need a good grasp of Lindy Hop Fundamentals and ideally be able to do a swingout
Wednesdays, 28th Aug – 18th Sept
at Dance Studio Leeds
cost: £32 for the 4wk course
£10 discount if you’ve taken a previous Classic Moves Course (inc Frankie’s Moves)
Pre-payment required. To register email: firstname.lastname@example.org