Attention Tandem Charleston fans: this is the course for you! Do you run out of ideas after you’ve gotten into tandem position and done a few basics? Have you ever wondered if there’s more out there to learn? There is–loads more in fact! It’s just hard to teach in a drop in class.
In this course we’ll go beyond the basics and look at all sorts of fun moves and variations you can do in this style.
For this course we’ll assume that everyone is familiar with the Tandem Charleston basic (so that we can move on to the fun stuff!). As with all our courses places will be limited to keep a small class size with personal feedback so that you can get the most out of it.
As we enter the 20’s expect to see a big come back of everything from moonshine cocktails to frilly flapper dresses and obviously the Charleston! So get with the times and make sure you’re dance floor ready with our Intro to Partnered Charleston Course. Bookings are now open for this beginner friendly course starting this January.
We’ll cover the basic steps and technique for 20’s and 30’s style Charleston and a few flashy moves and have you social dancing in no time. 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.
Our 2020 line up is out! Put these dates in your diary folks. All of these courses are 8:30-9:30pm at Dance Studio Leeds. We’ll also have Lindy Hop Fundamentals running alongside these courses on the same dates in the 6:30-7:30pm slot.
8 Jan – 29 JanIntro to Partnered Charleston
5 Feb – 26 Feb Swingouts
4 Mar – 25 Mar Tandem Madness
1 Apr – 22 AprClassic Moves (Frankie’s Moves)
29 Apr – 20 MayMusicality
27 May – 17 JunSwingouts
29 Jul – 19 AugIntro to Partnered Charleston
26 Aug – 16 SeptClassic Moves (Tricky Moves)
23 Sept – 14 OctSwingouts
21 Oct – 11 NovTandem Charleston
18 Nov – 9 DecCalifornia Routine
For a more detailed description of any of these courses visit our Courses Page. Considering revisiting a course that you’ve done before? Great idea! We often cover slightly different material each time we run these courses to suit needs of the group. We think many dancers benefit from doing a course more than once so anytime you take a course that you’ve done before you get it for the discounted price of just £20 per person.
Our last course of the year is a very special one–we’ll be teaching the California Routine! A classic lindy hop routine, choreographed by the legendary Frankie Manning, it draws on all of the fundamentals of lindy hop, including 6 beat, 8 beat and Charleston footwork. Once you know this routine, you will see it everywhere! Most lindy hoppers learn it at some point so it’s an easy impromptu performance piece. Whether you want to do more performing or you’re just looking to challenge yourself, this course is a great way to do it!
We will need to move quickly to get through the routine in four weeks so there are a few prerequisites. You will need to be familiar with basic 6 beat moves (tuck turn, passby, bring back), swingouts, and tandem Charleston. The version we do on the course will have some flashy moves but no big aerials so that we can focus on the dancing (for those that are interested we’re happy to help you add aerials in later!).
California Routine Course Wednesdays, 20 November – 11 December 8:30 – 9:30pm at The Dance Studio Leeds £32 for the 4 week course
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Here’s a sneak peek of what the California Routine looks like (with aerials)
We’ve got an exciting course coming up in October. We’ll be tackling Tandem Charleston. This is a really fantastic set of moves lead from an unusual position. Great for fast music and for impressing your friends! If you’ve encountered Tandem Charleston in a drop in class before you’ll understand why we think it’s worth spending a whole four weeks on it so that you can really get it properly
Wednesdays, 23 Oct – 13 Nov 2019 8:30-9:30pm at Dance Studio Leeds cost: £32 for the 4wk course
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The course will focus on core Tandem Charleston repertoire including entries, exits and fun things to do while you’re there.
No prior knowledge of Tandem Charleston required you’ll just need to have a good grasp of the 30s Charleston basic, experience with partner dancing is helpful but not required.
Here’s an idea of what we’ll get up to in the class:
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!
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Take a look at this to give you an idea about Partnered Charleston:
Are you ready to throw down and take your Tandem Charleston to the next level? If you’re up for the challenge we’ve got a course that will push you. Four weeks of tricky tandem and hand to hand Charleston craziness. This course is not for the faint of heart–you’ll need to come with a good grasp of tandem and hand to hand Charleston and be ready to work hard!