This fortnight’s variation is The Flamingo
Nothing says summer like a big ol’ flamingo. Can’t wait to see how you all style this one out on top.
With a bonus intro from our hosts for the last batch of videos
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: email@example.com
Learn how to dance the Charleston with a partner just like they did back in the day. Bookings are now open for this beginner friendly course starting this July. Its likely to sell out quickly so get in touch to book your place now!
A course that will get you dancing this energetic dance everywhere you go. We’ll give you a good number of moves and the technique to social dance 20s and 30s style Charleston. So whether you’re going to a Great Gatsby party or a Big Band Swing Dance–we’ve got you covered! This is a great course for complete beginners or those who have done a bit of lindy hop and are looking for more moves to add to their repertoire.
A bit of trivia: Our Charleston dancers were actually featured in the first season of Peaky Blinders (that’s us on the left) and we got to teach the Cillian Murphy and Annabelle Wallis how to dance!
Book your place by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org
Take a look at this to give you an idea about Partnered Charleston: