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Learn To Dance In A Day – Blues
Learn how to dance to Blues music – express yourself and gain more appreciation of the music. We’ll teach you the fundamentals so you can feel comfortable and confident on the dance floor.
WHEN & WHERE
Date: Sunday 18 February 2018
Venue: The Exford Hotel (upstairs) – 199 Russell St, Melbourne VIC 3000
more dates coming soon – watch this space
SCHEDULE AND CONTENT
12.45pm: Check in
1.00 – 2.15pm What even is Blues Dancing?
15 min break
2.30 – 3.45pm Creating a dance with a partner
15 min break
4.00 – 5.15pm Blues Mooves and Grooves
COST AND REGISTERING
$60 per person for the full day
$120 Pair Pass (1 Lead & 1 Follow – full day)
Attendance is by online registration only.
Registrations will close at 5pm on the Friday prior to the workshop.
Bookings now open!
If you’re registering for you and a friend, make sure you register Leads and Follows separately – please don’t book 2 Follow tickets for a Follow and a Lead. Or you can buy a Pair Pass in one single transaction (for 1 Lead and 1 Follow.)
BONUS OFFER: All attendees at this workshop will receive free entry to the 7.30pm Level 1 class at Swing Patrol’s Sunday Night Blues on the same night at the same venue. Once you’ve Learned To Dance Blues In A Day, get some more learning and social dancing at our regular Blues venue, and join the community.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Our Dance in a Day workshop will teach you some introductory moves and technique that will allow you to build your confidence and take your dancing to the social floor.
WHAT TO BRING
Comfortable shoes (most swing dancers don’t wear heels), water bottle, snacks, mints, deodorant, spare t-shirt, small towel, band aids – swing dancing is exercise, and you may well break a sweat, so be prepared.
No partner required
No need to register with a partner. We rotate partners throughout the workshop – a great way to meet new people, all sharing the same fun learning experience.
- Want to know more?
- In most Swing Patrol classes and workshops, we change partners frequently throughout the lesson, so everyone gets the chance to dance with different people, for a taste of lead & follow social swing dancing. So bringing a partner is not necessary.
We do ask people to join in the rotation and dance with everyone. It can be beneficial to the learning experience to feel what it’s like to lead or follow a move with a variety of people, of different sizes, strengths, abilities etc. Not only is it lots of fun, dancing with lots of people accelerates your learning hugely. Of course, the key focus of any Swing Patrol class is having fun and enjoying yourself, so if you’re really not keen to change partners, it’s a good idea to mention it to the teachers so they can accommodate.
Lead or Follow?
This is a partnered dance so you will need to sign up as either a Lead or a Follow. We don’t mind which role you do!
- Want to know more?
- Swing dancing is a partner dance, in which there’s a Lead and a Follow. The Lead “directs” the dance, indicating the moves and the direction. The Follower responds to the lead, but has room to add personal styling/embellishments. Like jazz/swing music, it’s seen as a “call & response” partnership.
If you equate it to something you may be familiar with, such as Waltz or Quickstep (like Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers), then the male is usually leading and the female following.
At Swing Patrol, we do make every effort to encourage people not to choose which role they learn simply based on their gender, and many people do dance both the lead and follow roles. Even then, it’s still probably more common for men to lead and women to follow.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions about these roles.
Cancellations and Refunds
Some of our venues have a fixed capacity so we close off places for participants at a set point. For this reason, cancellations and refunds are not possible without 24 hours notice as we may have turned away other dancers. Thanks for understanding.
Where applicable, a full or partial refund (less administration fee) may be available up to close of registrations. Contact email@example.com
After close of registration, no refunds will be issued.
We are pretty friendly and approachable so send an email and hopefully we can assist you!
Learn To Dance In A Day is a great first step on your Blues dance journey.
After the workshop we’ll add you to our newsletter so you can get a sense of what we offer and where to take your next steps as a dancer.
See also Learn To Dance In A Day – Lindy Hop