We provide weekend workshops with host teachers for specialised classes, usually lasting from 2 to 4 hours.
Workshops allow a more focused learning on a range of specific topics with a smaller group of dancers.
All workshops are held at:
Kingston Working Man’s Club & Institute
Old London Road
Kingston upon Thames
Workshops planned for 2017 include:
The Cardiff Stroll
Sunday 12th February, 2pm-5pm. £10.00 per person
Bal-Swing Workshop - Sunday 30th July 2017
£25.00 per person, £40.00 per couple
An introduction to Balboa. Balboa is a swing dance that originated in Southern California during the 1920s (although it may have started as early as 1915) and enjoyed huge popularity during the 1930s and 1940s. The term ‘Balboa’ originally referred to a dance characterized by its close embrace and full body connection. It emphasises rhythmic weight shifts and lead-follow partnership.
Collegiate Shag (Date to be confirmed)
An introduction to Collegiate Shag. Collegiate Shag is a partner dance that originated in the 1930’s and has a history similar to other jazz and swing era dances, such as the Charleston, Lindy Hop and Balboa.
Lindy Workshop (Date to be confirmed)
The Lindy Hop (or Lindy) is a partner dance that originated in 1920's and 30's Harlem, New York. The dance itself consists of both 8 and 6 count steps and it includes footwork borrowed from the Charleston and Tap. These two workshops will focus on the Lindy Swing-Out, Lindy Turn and Lindy Circle.
The Shim-Sham (Date to be confirmed)
Originally choreographed as a tap dance number, it has been adopted (and simplified) by swing dancers and now the routine is made of a series of classic solo jazz steps.