(2 hours with Gaby and Nathan) One of the keys to making a great social dance is learning to sync with, be inspired by, and learn from your partner. Exercises in physical movement, connection, and mindfulness allow any two partners to look like a seasoned couple. All dance levels welcome.
(2 hours with Pamela) Solo jazz dancing is an almost limitless artform, but why then do so many dancers seem to be drawing from the same well of insipiration? Take some insight from one of the most unique solo jazz voices today, and begin to dance truly like yourself.
(2 hours with Julie and Dan) If you want to embody all the nuance and expression that blues dance has to offer with a partner, there's nothing better you can do than to explore your own movement. Julie and Dan will help you develop the discipline to take control over your movement, and then use repertoire to sculpt that movement to give it meaning.
(2 hours with Mia and Mickey) If you're an experienced dancer but have not yet delved deep into Balboa, this is the session for you. It will move at a brisk pace, but is designed to thoroughly expose you to the movements and concepts at the core of this dance, getting you ready to hit the Bal room at night during camp.
(2 hours with Jenny and Christian) Learn the basics of St. Louis Shag, an energetic, highly-rhythmic dance so that you can add it into your swing dancing! We'll work on the basic step as well as fundamental, classic St. Louis Shag shapes and vocabulary.
(2 hours with Mia and Mickey) Once you've got the basics of Balboa in your head and body, it's time to add some building blocks, and get comfortable with all the stuff people commonly do on the social dance floor. This class will get you prepped to feel confident doing all the most important figures of the core repertoire.
(2 hours with Julie) Whether you're an experienced solo blues dancer or just a studied mover who's ready for a fast-paced challenge, come learn this compelling routine both as a way to further master your own movement, and to perform in front of camp.
(2 hours with Mike and Dan) One of the most powerful aspects of blues dancing is the act of developing both a creative and technical partnership with the other person. Mike and Dan will help you create the best habits to bring with you to each new partner on the dance floor.
(2 hours with Hillary-Marie - NO TAP SHOES REQUIRED) Along with the class title Rhythm Remix, this is an introductory level exploration of tap that uses different rhythms and tools to build your foundation. It is appropriate to take alongside Rhythm Remix.
(2 hours with Gaby and Nathan) Charleston is forever connected to Lindy Hop both historically and culturally, but as a student you don't always get the chance to truly learn it as a dance, rather than in bits and peices attached to your Lindy Hop. Don't miss this opportunity to be one of the best educated Charleston dancers on the floor!
(6 hours with LaTasha) Okay, this isn't truly 6 hours about jumping into the jam circle, but by the end of this series, you WILL be dying to get in there! Learn from one of the most exciting and original jazz dancers out there in this in-depth study of your own dancing that is sure to level you up!
(6 hours with Mike, Dan, and Julie) This is a nearly full-length track created for those blues dancers who want to wholly immerse themselves in the style, and walk out a different dancer than you were when you walked in. (note: this is not "just for masters", it is an in-depth series created to bring you closer to mastering the dance!)
(6 hours with Jo) That's right, an all-out, hold-nothing-back, off the deep-end competition training sesh with one of the most successful Lindy Hop competitors ever. Jo will break up the time into different competition divisions, and the strategies and training methods she uses for each one. Whether you're a seasoned competitor or just getting into it, this would be a crazy series to miss!
(6 hours with Kelly and Mickey) If you've begun to fall in love with this dance, and think you may even be turning into a "Balboa Person", this immersive series is your chance to put that passion to the test. All topics are fair game; Kelly and Mickey will use this extensive block of time to analyze the group and take you deep into the process of truly owning your Bal. (note: this is not "just for masters", it is an in-depth series created to bring you closer to mastering the dance!)
(2 hours with Jenny and Christian) Now that you have a foundation in the basics of STL Shag, we'll work on growing your vocabulary, adding in some flair, and explore how to use St. Louis Shag to create your own unique rhythms and shapes. Prereq: Crash Course or equivalent experience.
(2 hours with Evita) Did you know that there is vintage Latin-influenced swing music? How do you dance to it?? Evita will show you the way, introducing a style that takes you in different aesthetic directions from your typical jazz class, through figures that are somewhat familiar, but challenging in a whole new way!
(2 hours with Pamela) Do you bore yourself when dancing solo jazz? Do you need a wild infusion of ideas and inspiration? This is the class for you! Pamela will take you through a set of ideas that is first and foremost FUN, getting you to shake off your baggage and begin to create new greatness in your dancing.
(2 hours with Mike) What Is Blues? This class will be a discussion of the history, aesthetics, and current state of blues dancing, and what blues really is (and isn't). We will talk about what some of the blues idiom dances are, what some of the families are, what exactly *is* an aesthetic, and then a positive compare-contrast with qualities that separate blues dances from other swing-related genres.
(2 hours with Jenny and Christian) Learn an original St. Louis Shag routine by Jenny and Christian and with the option to perform with the class at a camp meeting during Lindy Focus! This class will move quickly--you should be comfortable social dancing Shag basics and variations at quick tempos and come ready for a challenge!
(2 hours with Kelly) Practice makes perfect! Why put yourself on the spot to come up with something creative every time you social dance, when you can submit to this cram session of dazzling follower ideas? Get your favorite new stylings up to speed and ready to deliver on the dance floor that night!
(2 hours with LaTasha) Magical performances rarely happen without solid planning, but many people neglect the technical skills that can make choreographed performances rise to their brilliant potential. LaTasha will teach you some of the crucial craft of choreographing that will make your work truly professional.
(2 hours with Julie and Dan) A common question with regular workshop-takers is how one retains the skills learned in class, and how to continue to grow outside of class. This session is all about developing your own methods of improvement that you can use to improve your dancing on your own!
(2 hours with Nikki) Burleqsue is a vintage form of entertainment whose roots of course pre-date the jazz age, but which experienced a very comfortable flowering of creativity and popularity during that time, and is enjoying a huge resurgence today. If you've ever seen a Burlesque show and thought "I couldn't do that...", it's time to prove yourself wrong.