with Einar and Gaby
This workshop took place in November 2013.
|When?||Saturday 23 November 2013, 13.00-17.00 (including breaks)|
|Where?||Ecole de Théâtre
Rue de Neudorf, 595L (opposite of Deloitte)
L- 2020 – Luxembourg-Neudorf
|For whom?||Absolute beginners as well as beginner-intermediate blues dancers|
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ATTENTION: registration is unfortunately closed for single followers. There are still some places for single leaders or couples.
We will be going through the fundamentals of Blues dancing, while focusing on the importance of musicality and good technique, which will enable us to try out some fun moves.
What is blues dancing?
Blues dancing evolved from Blues music (which preceded swing music). Originally it was not danced in public spaces, but rather in juke joints or at private house parties. It only rather recently has become a popular dance, practised in Blues dance scenes around the globe. The dance thrives on expressing feelings through dancing, moving to the music and improvising. It can help a dancer to appreciate dancing to slow music, with simple movements, how to stay connected to the partner and to the ground, how to lead and follow efficiently using the whole body rather than just the arms. Blues dancing is most frequently danced to slow to medium tempo Blues music, not exclusively though, things can get very fast and alternative as well, but it’s usually most fun and exciting when the music gets slow and bluesy.
Note: Please don’t pay until we have confirmed your place in the workshop.
- ▸What’s the workshop’s language?
The workshop is taught in English.
- ▸Do I need a partner?
No, we change partners during class anyway.
However, if you know someone to dance with, convince them to sign up! After all, Blues is a partner dance.
- ▸What is a “leader” / “follower”?
Couple dancing involves two persons. They have different roles during the dance: one of them takes the lead (literally), while the other one follows. In traditional dances such as ballroom dances, the man leads and the woman follows. We focus on the role of the dancer, not his/her gender.
- ▸What clothes should I wear?
Preferably something light, such as a t-shirt. Dancing can be quite intensive, and you may find it gets rather quickly warm.
Tip: bring a clean shirt for when you need a change.
- ▸What kind of shoes should I wear?
Bring comfortable non-marking indoor shoes, preferably no heels. This means: shoes with soles that do not leave marks when dragged over wooden floors, and shoes that are never worn outside. The slicker the soles, the better. Pumps or stiletto heels are out: no need for heels and it may damage the floor. For beginners: a pair of dress shoes with clean soles will probably suffice.
- ▸I heard you rotate dance partners during class?
Like virtually all other Lindy Hop clubs, we rotate dance partners frequently during classes. This helps both leader and follower become better faster, as they both are exposed to different dancers with varying strengths and weaknesses.
- ▸I only want to dance with my partner!
That’s fine with us. We won’t force you to dance with others – but we strongly encourage it. We know you’ll make progress a lot faster if you do dance with others.
Dancing and physical fitness
Dancing is a physical activity and the association, teachers and staff assume no liability for personal injuries or loss of, or damage to, personal property. If you have any doubts as to your physical abilities, please consult your physician before participating. Enjoy and dance at your own risk.