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Footwork Variation of the Fortnight #99!

This fortnight’s variation is Truffle Step

A fast variation that needs be calm, grounded, and smooth. You’ve got your work cut out for you

Why have we called it the Truffle Step? Who knows. We’re open to suggestions…

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California Routine–Are you up for 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, 20 November – 11 December
8:30 – 9:30pm at The Dance Studio Leeds
£32 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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Footwork Variation of the Fortnight #98!

This fortnight’s variation is Inverse Footwork

This one might mess with your head a bit but definitely in a good way!

Once you’ve got your swingout down playing with footwork across the whole move is a great way to push your understanding of the connection and momentum

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Footwork Variation of the Fortnight #97!

This fortnight’s variation is Fast Taps

If you liked last week’s variation here’s a follow on!

…and now we’re all tapped out ;)

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Have a go at Tandem Charleston!

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

to book email: swingdanceleeds@gmail.com

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:

 

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Footwork Variation of the Fortnight #96!

This fortnight’s variation is Slow Taps Behind

Get those toes tippity tappin!

Master this week’s variation and we’ll build on it with a faster version next week :)

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Footwork Variation of the Fortnight #95!

This fortnight’s variation is Figure of 8 Version 2

Being able to turn away from your leader without over-stretching is a nice challenge to work on!

Extra Credit: Our first Figure of Eight variation is here. Play spot-the-difference to test your video learning skills!

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