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Footwork Variation of the Fortnight #77!

This fortnight’s variation is Kick It! &3&4

Kick it! Kick it real good!

This one reminds me of the second half of a Shish-ka-boom-ba

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Intro to Partnered Charleston Course–Coming in January!

The 20’s are nearly upon us again and Peaky Blinders parties seem to be all the rage lately! 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 January. Its likely to sell out quickly so get in touch to book your place now!

Intro to Partnered Charleston
Wednesdays, 9th – 30th January
8:30-9:30pm at Dance Studio Leeds
cost: £32 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 (that’s us on the left) 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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Footwork Variation of the Fortnight #76!

This fortnight’s variation is Slip Step!

This slippy variation requires the follower to come in on 3–but don’t panic you’ll still have time to get round! (and its a good skill to work on)

If your shoes aren’t slippy enough for this variation check out our recent Cat’s Corner post about shoes to find out about all your shoe options!

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Footwork Variation of the Fortnight #75!

This fortnight’s variation is Big Kick!

Wow your audience with this power move

Sometimes our variations are inspired by other dancers. This one is classic Helen. Check out those high kicks!

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2019 Wednesday Courses!

Drum roll please! Rattatat-rattatat-rattatat! Now announcing our Wednesday Courses schedule for 2019! 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.

  • 9 Jan – 30 Jan Intro to Partnered Charleston
  • 6 Feb – 27 Feb Swingouts
  • 6 Mar – 27 Mar Advanced Charleston
  • 3 Apr – 24 Apr Classic Moves (Frankie’s Moves)
  • 1 May – 22 May Musicality
  • 29 May – 19 Jun Swingouts
  • 31 Jul – 21 Aug Intro to Partnered Charleston
  • 28 Aug – 18 Sept Classic Moves (Tricky Moves)
  • 25 Sept – 16 Oct Swingouts
  • 23 Oct – 13 Nov Tandem Charleston
  • 20 Nov – 11 Dec California Routine    

If you put in a request for something that don’t see here don’t worry we’ll be adding in a few weekend workshops as well at some point for those things. For a more detailed description of any of these courses visit our Courses Page.

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Footwork Variation of the Fortnight #74!

This fortnight’s variation is Gather Steps!

A lovely understated balboa inspired variation

and <gasp!> new shoes!

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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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