Workshops

Saturday afternoon Workshops

Class I with Eddie [Adv] ~ 11:30 – 12:30
Sensing, feeling and reacting
This class is a must for all dancers. We’ll explore different styles of connection and original exercises to give them a try. Rubber bands (tension), Hula hoops (frame), Balloons (compression). 

Class I with Tybaldt [Int] ~ 11:30 – 12:30
Rotational partnering
Not without my partner – turning as a partnership. Finding a common center of rotation for smoother, less static stationary dancing.

Class II with Eddie [Int] ~ 12:35 – 13:35
Grapevines and how to use them
In this class, we will be playing around with different types of steps to expand possibilities of moves. Warning: changes of direction positions and alternative paths might happen.

Class II with Tybaldt [Adv] ~ 12:35 – 13:35
Hustle / changing direction quickly
Many dances wait to fully finish a turn, Hustle quickly looks for a new direction.

13:35 – 14:50 : LUNCH 

Class III with Eddie [all level]  ~ 14:50 – 15:50
Following blind connecting class (special surprise elements)
This class will consist of everyone being lead and follow. No need to know both roles, but if you do, it will be more fun. We will be touching on connection, listening, and interpretation. We will be using props.

Class III with Tybaldt [all level]  ~ 14:50 – 15:50
Cartoon Slow Motion
Direct but slow sustained movements. Let us dance with large, slow movements, relying on the completion of an action, rather than a rhythm to determine the pace of a dance.

Class IV with Eddie [Adv] ~ 15:55 – 16:55
Arg Tango meets blues & kizomba
We will explore tango moves that can be implemented in both blues and kizomba. This class will use what students know, and take it to next level. Solving problem areas and adding flare to the boring.

Class IV with Tybaldt [Int] ~ 15:55 – 16:55
WCS Anchors away
Exciting patterns with playful anchor endings.

Class V with Eddie [Int] ~ 17:00 – 18:00
Leggatto or staccato musicality, interpretation and frame (using Tango, blues and kizomba music)
In this class we will cover elasticity of frame VS a rigid frame. We will be using props.

Class V with Tybaldt [Adv] ~ 17:00 – 18:00
Connection for smarter hands
3D contact. Feeling more than just push pull by focusing on the surface of our hands touching our partners.

Drop-in workshops

Friday night 8:30 | WCS | with Scott Chilstedt

Infusing WCS Technique with Mindfulness – West Coast Swing is FULL of technique that can empower Fusion dancers. By focusing on certain postures, movements, and connections, we can improve our balance, control, and efficiency on the dance floor. But this technique comes at a cost. When we focus on “What to do”, the “How to do it” is often lost. The conceptual can become stressful. The enjoyment can become work. The dance gains judgment and loses its soul. In this workshop we are changing the script by infusing dance training with mindfulness. We will give you conceptual West Coast Swing techniques, and show you how to apply them through the attentional skills of concentration, sensory clarity, and equanimity. With this approach we aim to improve our dance while preserving its spirit. To work on ourselves and love ourselves simultaneously.

Saturday night 8:30 | Kizomba | with Charles Ogar

We will be covering some basic and intermediate urban kiz steps that can be applied to different types of music.

Sunday afternoon 1:00 | Belly dancing | with Florence Leclerc

Work on developing coordination and musical comprehension, to discover this very rich Middle East dance.

Sunday night 8:30 | Micro | with Dan Repsch

The Smallest Dancing
Let’s refine the art of using very small movements! We’ll start with concrete ideas to build a dance from, such as shapes, rhythms, and isolations. From there, we’ll explore textures of movement to layer complexity into the dance. Come dancing, and leave with the tools to have a connected, rich, highly space-efficient dance!


~ RAFFLE FOR PRIVATE LESSONS ~
1 TICKET 3$ | 2 FOR 5$

The chance to win a private lesson with the teacher of your choice:
Eddie or Tybaldt
Tickets on sale Friday & Saturday during the dances and workshops.
Winners picked at the end of the Saturday main dance.
Privates happening on Sunday.