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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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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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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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Add Some Fun to Your Life

When was the last time you rolled down a grassy hill or stomped in a puddle or made up a silly song? These days we all find ourselves spending far too much time working and planning and networking and generally adulting and we forget to make time to just have fun!

At Swing Dance Leeds we’re here to help. We want you to have a go at swing dancing, not so that you can become a pro and impress all of your friends–I mean that’s okay too–but mostly we want you too see how much fun it is! We think you’ll love it and that you’ll enjoy spending time with other people who have set aside the time to just do something fun for the hell of it.

How to get started

Our Fundamentals course will get you off to a great start and help you feel confident in your new found dancing skills. Classes are small so you will meet a lovely group of new friends and find out all about the swing dancing community in Leeds and other activities you can get involved in.  This course is appropriate for absolute beginners and anyone else who wants to re-visit their basics in a structured learning environment.

Course Details:
Wednesdays 25th Sept – 16th Oct
6:30-7:30pm
at Dance Studio Leeds
Cost: £32 for the 4wk course

Pre-booking and payment required in advance
to register email: swingdanceleeds@gmail.com

For a full list of beginner lessons and drop in classes have a look here. And for those who might be feeling a bit nervous about their first class, check out this blog post: How to Survive Your First Dance Class

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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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Couch to Hellzapoppin’

It’s that time of year again when we ask the dancers of Leeds to show us what you’ve got! It’s time for the Couch to Hellzapoppin’ Challenge and this year we’ve got badges!

Here’s how to play:

  1. Start off with our Fundamentals Course. This is a 4 week introductory course that runs Wednesdays 6:30-7:30 at the Dance Studio Leeds. Take this at your own pace, some people do this course twice, for others once is enough. If you’re starting at the very beginning you’ve still got time to complete the whole challenge if you book onto the next Fundamentals course running 28th Aug – 18 Sept.
  2. Next up is the Swingouts Course. This one works on a quintessential Lindy Hop move and is an excellent follow on from the Fundamentals. Dates: 25 Sept – 16 Oct
  3. After that you’ll need to get some Tandem Charleston under your belt. Date: 23rd Oct – 13th Nov (if you’ve never done any Charleston before you’ll need to pop along to Hot Charleston to learn the basic step first)
  4. Wrap it all up with the California Routinea choreography that incorporates all of the standard lindy repertoire that you can learn in the courses mentioned above as well as a few extra flashy moves. It is easily the most famous lindy hop choreography and a fantastic goal to work towards (see video below)! Course Date: 20 Nov – 11 Dec

Have you got what it takes to go Couch to Hellzapoppin’?

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