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Musikalitet i praksis – ingen teori med Stine og Allan S

Musikalitet i praksis – ingen teori

Underviserne er Allan S og Stine.  Holdet har været længe under vejs og nu er det her. Otte ganges musikalitet.

Elever på de tidligere temahold har skrevet:

“Det bedste hold, jeg nogensinde har haft!”
“Det er grænseoverskridende, men det havde jeg brug for.”
“Man rykker sig helt vildt i sin musikforståelse.”

Allan og Stine skriver:

“Der er rigtigt meget, man kan sige teoretisk om musicality. AABA, 4×8, jazz historie og meget meget mere. En masse snak, som kan være svært at få ind i dansen fordi: teori.

Det gider vi ikke.

Derfor tager vi den praktiske indgangsvinkel til musicality. Det betyder en masse dans og en masse praktiske øvelser. Vi skal stadig snakke, men kun snak efterfulgt af mulighed for at prøve praksis i din dans med det samme.

Udgangspunktet er at du lærer at lytte til musikken i praksis og finder måder at bruge det på i din dans. Derfor lærer du heller ikke nye variationer. Vi arbejder med det, du kender i forvejen – bare til musikken.”

Det praktiske

Krav til niveau:
SwingShoes
Beginners B eller over
Hepcats
Level 3 – anden gang
Happy Feet
Swing 4 eller over

Moving your own body med Aninia og Sandrine

Moving your own body

Aninia og Sandrine er gået sammen om at få dig til at fokusere på din krop, når du danser.

De skriver:

“This class is about the quality of your movement and thus, your dancing.

When learning a new move, one can get overwhelmed with trying to think of all the different directions, different parts of your body, the rythm and the partner to take care of… there isn’t always time to really feel and practice the basic things that are part of all moves and any dance (in life 😉 )

Sensing things takes a longer time, than thinking. And so often, when learning and thinking a new move, the sensation of how it affects my arms, when I move the weight from left foot to right foot isn’t really in focus to begin with.

Using common instructions like ‚move from your center‘, ‚think with your spine‘, ‚don’t lose your shoulder‘, ‘keep your feet under the body‘ as inspiration and starting with exercises that are simple for the thinking and increase sensations in one area of the body, we will learn to make them physical.

Free from having to think of moves at first, we experience physical sensations… We feel what it means to move from the center, the spine or the shoulder… and how it affects our social dance to have these connections to our own body.

You don’t learn new moves… you learn to move your own body.”

Det praktiske

Krav til niveau:
SwingShoes
Beginners Intermediate A eller over
Hepcats
Level 4
Happy Feet
Swing 5 eller over

Slow dancing for lindyhoppers med Lotte og Piotr

Det praktiske

Krav til niveau:
SwingShoes
Intermediate eller over
Hepcats
Level 5 eller over
Happy Feet
Intense eller over

Piotr og Lotte har en ting for den langsomme dans.

De er derfor vendt tilbage. Sidst var de en kæmpe succes. Deres hold blev fyldt op og folk var glade.

De skriver:

“That moment, when your favourite swing band really slows it down, serving you the most delicious and dirty trumpet solo you’ve ever heard, going down with that juicy blues. Or, when an amazing blues band enters the stage later at night.

Well, my friend, you have three pills to choose between. Pushing the art of how slow a swing-out can be to the most awkward extreme, where even Ali G would feel uncomfortable. Or, having done that too many times, simply fleeing the dance floor.

Or, you can come to our class and turn these moments into the most memorable dances of the evening, where everything feels so smooth, playful and simply magical.

To get an idea about our dance style/what we’re going to teach, here is a random recording from one of our practice sessions – just us casually social dancing:
https://youtu.be/DXIZJttOLVc

 

Still in doubt? Maybe this short Q&A can help you:

Q1: I’m an experienced lindy hopper, with solid partner dancing technique and feel like taking an intro class is a bit of a waste of time.
A1: Funny that you ask. Our class is exactly for you!! The prerequisite to take our class is at least one year of partner dancing experience (preferably Lindy, but other styles can do too), which is at least the Intermediate level at SwingShoes. We will introduce you to the Slow Dancing fundamentals, to then bluesify your existing skills so that you can rock to these slow tunes in no time! You can think of this class as a Fast Track to Slow Dancing for Experienced Lindy Hoppers.

Q2: Is this a one-off gig, or are you going to continue with it in next rounds?
A2: Our hope is to continue in the next rounds with more advanced material, because once you try it, you’ll never want to go back. It’s our ambition to have the most fun, but also the most advanced Ballroom Blues classes in town!

Q3: I feel a bit bored with Lindy and seek new dance styles to inspire me and reignite the spark I once felt. Is this class for me?
A3: Hell yeah!!!!!

Q4: I feel like a big part of being musical on the dance floor is being able to respond to different tempos, music styles a band/DJ plays. I was thinking, to cover the slower end of the spectrum, I could perhaps take this class?
A4: Yes sir, we could’t agree more.

Q5: I simply love blues music and want to learn how to dance the Blues. Is your class any good for that?
A5: Absolutely!!!!

Q6: I took a Slow Dancing theme class with you before, and loved it. Can I join this one or will I be bored?
A6: By all means, join! Since this is going to be a progressive class, we’ll go more in depth, and cover slightly different material, so it will be a great chance for you to strengthen your fundamentals while learnign new things.

Q7: What the heck is Slow Dancing anyway? And is it different from the Blues?
A7: Well, Slow Dancing is that hyggelig space where the two now-grown-up siblings — Slow Drag from the Swing family, and Ballroom Blues from the Blues family — meet up every now and then to celebrate how much they have in common, and that, contrary to some nasty gossips in town, their mum wasn’t lying after all and they are indeed closely related. That is to say, it’s an umbrella term for what functions under different names in the Blues scene (Ballroom Blues) and the Swing scene (Slow Drag or Slow Dance), but is essentially the same thing. That said, in the same way as the Swing family includes a lot of different dance styles – Lindy, Charleston, Balboa, Shag, the same is true of Blues, where we have Jookin’, Struttin’ and a lot of other Blues Idiom Dances that we will not cover in this course. We’ll stick to Slow Dancing/Ballroom Blues.

Q8: I’d love to learn Slow Dancing/Ballroom Blues, but I don’t seem to be experienced enough for this class. Do I have any other options?
A8: No worries. The amazing Johannes and Emilie will be teaching a Blues Basic class in Round 1, which would be perfect for you to take!”

 

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