Lindy Hop and African Dance Workshop

Registration

Please register here.

When:  September 2nd and 3rd, 2017

Where:  Altrimenti

What:

Come and join us for a new Lindy Hop experience!  In order to start the new year of dancing, we’d like to offer a couple of dancing possibilities.  We’ll have the following workshops for you:

  • Back to Basics workshop, for beginners or those wishing to brush up on their Lindy Hopping skills before the new semester starts;
  • Swing Out Lab, for those wishing to work a bit more on their swing out, which is a never end job to perfect; a
  • Two different African Dances, for those looking to really get to the roots of Lindy Hop, Blues and all Swing Dances

We’ll even have a party on Saturday night, and a Tea Dance on Sunday evening to let you try out your new moves!

 

Schedule

Day Time Workshop Teachers
Saturday, September 2nd, 2017 10:30 – 12:45
(break from 11:30 – 11:45)
Back to Basics Cyrielle & Fabien
13:00 – 14:30
(no break)
Swing Out Lab Martina & Roumany
14:45 – 15:45
(no break)
African Dance:
Afro-groove & Township Jive (with music)
 Tebby
19:00 – 00:00 PARTY!
Sunday, September 3rd, 2017 14:30 – 16:45
(break from 15:30 – 15:45)
African Dance:
Afro-fusion (with musicians)
Tebby
17:00 – 19:00 Tea Dance!
No taster

 

How Much?

Workshop Price (per person)
Back to Basics 25€
Swing Out Lab 15€
African Dance:
Afro-groove & Township Jive (with music)
15€
PARTY! 5€
African Dance:
Afro-fusion (with musicians)
25€
Tea Dance!
No taster
5€

 

More about African Dance

Afro-groove & Township Jive (with music)

This is a “get up & go ” fusion of dance styles, strictly based on South African music and dances from the swing, jazz, blues, social and traditional forms of the Black communities of South Africa particularly those in the cities of Johannesburg and surrounding townships such as Soweto. These dances and the music are a reflection of stories told and moments experienced during South Africa’s apartheid era, particularly the Afro-groove, that came out of the generation of international acclaimed artists such as Miriam Makeba, in the early 60s. Whilst the Township Jive, with its vibrancy, was born out of the Soweto Uprisings (1976), in which the youth of that era celebrated the power of their voice. These celebrate life both in the socio-political and cultural spheres.

Afro-fusion (with musicians)

This will be a fusion of different African dances, drawn from different parts of the African continent, though the main focus will not be the ethnicity of the dances but the spirituality that they bring forth in celebrating life in the spirit of togetherness. The elements of connecting to the African rhythms, the drumbeat, the body, the heart of the soul and letting the spirit come out to find find the joy and beauty of dance. African dance offers many possibilities. Through improvisation, openness and connectivity, one will be able to discover and explore own inner-self, personage and take on a spiritual journey.

African dance strives to offer a great reconciliation of the mind and the body, the thought and the moment, by the liberation of the gesture and the abandonment to the rhythm. It is an approach that leads to the depths of oneself, to the discovery of latent qualities, to the development of one’s personality, on the physical, intellectual, social, therapeutic and spiritual level.

This workshop will be accompanied by live percussion music

The main objective is to connect, have fun, enjoy and dance !

 

Teachers

Cyrielle & Fabien

Cyrielle & Fabien are a french couple from Metz. They’ve cought the Lindy Hop virus 7 years ago in Paris. They spent 2 years in New York where they had the chance to meet some of the greatest american teachers. They have been teaching Lindy Hop at METZ SWING for 2 years and are proud to watch the emergence of a growing community there, co-organising the Quattropole Swing Exchange and throwing various swing workshops, tea dances and parties. They like to focus there teaching on feeling the music, having fun and helping you find the right smooth and confortable connection with your partner.

Tebby

A South African choreographer, dancer/performer, dance teacher/educator & researcher and cultural activist, arrived in Europe in 1995 after working with different theatre and dance companies in South Africa and abroad. He was trained in different forms of dance. He travelled extensively during a period of research and collaborations and worked with internationally acclaimed choreographers and teachers. He was nominated and won a number of prestigious choreography and dance awards. In 1999 he founded TeBogO Dance Ensemble (TBO), renamed TeBogO Dance – TBO, which since its inauguration has been invited to perform and teach in countries such as Japan, Germany, Belgium, France, Italy, South Africa, The Netherlands, Spain, Luxembourg and Poland. A holder of a Master of Choreography degree from the Dance Unlimited Programme at ArtEZ in Arnhem (The Netherlands), he was the first recipient of the international choreography bursary from the Michel Tesson Performing Arts Trust and subsequently from the Creative Arts Foundation. In 2002 he became a member of World Dance Alliance -Europe (WDA) and currently he is a member of UNESCO’s International Dance Council (CID). Amongst his achievements, he was invited to co-author and contribute to a chapter on ‘Collaboration’ with an article ‘Reverie’, for the book ‘Inventing Futures’, published by ArtEZ Press in 2013. He continues his in-depth research based on his concept of Afro-Butoh, in which he focuses on a fusion of the principles of the spiritual forms of Butoh and African ritual dance elements. Currently, he is working on an interactive multidisciplinary crossover collaborative project as well as teaching and performing internationally.

Martina & Roumany

Martina and Roumany have been dancing since 2013. They started because they loved the joy of jazz music, especially swing music. Lindy Hop became for them a place where they were able to set themselves free, giving them the chance to follow their own expression of the music: from chicken pecking to silly faces moves. There are no rules in Lindy Hop! Martina and Roumany believe strongly in the freedom of this dance but are also passionate about working on technique as a way to equip yourself and better express your craziness!

Lindy Hop is no dance to them: it’s a life style and it’s part of their daily lifes.