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California Routine–Are you up to the challenge?

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, 21st November – 12th December
8:30 – 9:30pm at The Dance Studio Leeds
£30 for the 4 week course

Email swingdanceleeds@gmail.com to book your place

Here’s a sneak peek of what the California Routine looks like (with aerials)

 

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Learn the Tranky Doo Thursdays in September!

Get these dates in your diary because we are excited to announce a series of Thursday night classes on the Tranky Doo, 6th, 13th and 20th September! The Tranky Doo is a classic vintage jazz solo routine from the 1940s. For some interesting factoids about the history of the routine and clips of a variety of performances of it go here.

We wanted to feature this little video because this simple class recap has long been the most popular video on our Youtube Channel. Dancers around the world are still finding it really useful for learning this great classic routine. Here’s your chance to learn this fabulous routine from Rob IRL (in real life) over the course of three weeks!

This will be offered as a short course of 3 classes. If you haven’t done much solo jazz before don’t worry–book on for all 3 classes and we’ll go at an easy pace with lots of repetition. If you’ve learnt the Tranky Doo before and want a quick refresher feel free to just drop-in for one or two classes.

Learn the Tranky Doo 

Thursdays, 6th, 13th & 20th Sept 2018
8:30-9:30pm

at Dance Studio Leeds

Cost: £15 for all 3 classes (pre-booking required)
or drop-in for £7 per class

Email swingdanceleeds@gmail.com to book your place!

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Tandem Charleston – 29th August

Wednesdays,
29th Aug – 19th Sept
8:30-9:30pm
at Dance Studio Leeds
cost: £30 for the 4wk course

This course is for those who have a good grasp of basic partnered Charleston and are looking for more. Tandem Charleston aka Back to Back Charleston” is awesome fun, looks impressive and once you get the hang of it its easy to dance to fast music.

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 grasp of the 30s Charleston basic, some experience with partner dancing is helpful but not required.

– Appropriate for improvers, and anyone looking to brush up on their tandem charleston.

to register email: swingdanceleeds@gmail.com

 

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Intro to Partnered Charleston – 1st August

Learn how to dance the Charleston with this beginner friendly course!

Intro to Partnered Charleston
Wednesdays, 1st-22nd August
8:30-9:30pm at Dance Studio Leeds
cost: £30 for the 4wk course

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 and we got to teach the Cillian Murphy and Annabelle Wallis how to dance!

to register email: swingdanceleeds@gmail.com

Take a look at this to give you an idea about Partnered Charleston:

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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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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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Happy New Year from Swing Dance Leeds!

We hope you’ve all had a wonderful break over Christmas and are ready for a fab year of dancing in 2018!

We’ve got loads already lined up for you… so here’s a summary of all our Courses, Classes and Workshops coming up in the next few months:

Courses:
Fundamentals Course – 10th January
Fundamentals Course – 7th February
Fundamentals Course – 7th March

Intro to Partnered Charleston Course – 10th January
Swingout Course – 7th February
Tandem Charleston Course – 7th March

Further details of all Courses can be found on our Courses page.
To book for any of these courses, email us at swingdanceleeds@gmail.com

Classes:
Mondays – Swing Jive Leeds, Moortown Social Club (restarts 8th January)
Tuesdays – Hot Charleston Weekly, Activ Zone, Morley (starts 16th January)
Thursdays – Bella Balboa, Sheffield (restarts 11th January)
Fridays – Lindy Fridays, The Carriageworks, Leeds (restarts 12th January)

These are all drop-in classes (pay on the door) and are open to absolute beginners (see links for details).

Hot Charleston Workshops:
6th January
20th January
27th January
10th February
17th February
10th March
17th March

Hot Charleston Workshops are drop-in (pay on the door) classes at The Dance Studio Leeds, Mabgate Mills.  Full details in the links above.

See you on the dance floor!

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