September Class Schedule
Friday Classes – **BONUS**
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm – Beginner Blues
Just like last year, we’re kicking off the start of the weekend with beginner classes at a great local venue. This time we’re going to have our Friday night dance at the fantastic Overstreet Dance Gallery in Littleton, CO (Same venue as our normal classes. These classes are a good foundation for the rest of the weekend, so don’t miss out!
8:00 pm – 9:00 pm – Intro to Latin Rhythms (Solo Movement)
Start listening to the Latin rhythms of Cha Cha, Boogaloo, Merenge and Mambo. Learn to hear the clave, the cowbell, the montulo, and the tumbao. At the end of this class, you will be able to turn on the Latin music channel and understand what type of song you are listening to, and the basic steps you would use to dance to it.
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm – Afro-Cuban Movement
“Wake up your body and your mind with a solo movement class focused on body isolations and basic Latin dance steps (including Cha Cha, Afro-cuban, Salsa, Bachata, Argentine Tango and Hip Hop). Work out muscles you haven’t used in a while (and find some you didn’t know you had!!) while becoming more coordinated as you add men’s and ladies’ styling to these new movements. Be prepared to sweat (change of clothes is recommended!). If you took this class last year – be ready for new challenges, focus this year will be on Afro-Cuban isolations and body control.
1:15 pm – 2:15 pm – Shadow Position
This class will teach you how to lead/follow Tango and Blues steps in tandem (i.e. follow’s back to the leader’s front). It allows the leader and the follower to work from a different perspective and it can be used in other styles of dance. It would be considered “new age” or nuevo as far as Tango goes, and requires the leads and follows to really work on their listening skills and connection with one another as well as being more sensitive to where their own body weight is.
2:30 pm – 3:30 pm – Boxy Blues
Ballroom dancers know Blues and Lindy by another name – the Foxtrot! Learn basic Foxtrot movement and patterns, to glide across the floor to some of the same songs we already know and love. Once you build your repertoire of steps, learn to gracefully transition from Foxtrot to Lindy or Blues and back again.
3:45 pm – 4:45 pm – Boogaloo and You
Did you know that Lindy Hop and Cha Cha have essentially the same footwork? This class will help any dancer understand and dance cha cha using what they already know. With a few modifications we’ll take a basic 8-count footwork pattern and watch it transform from swingy lindy into sassy cha cha, to the perfect rhythmic accent for blues dancing.
Saturday Night – Hot Night Classes – ***BONUS***
Bachata for Beginners
While dancers in New Orleans were discovering the roots of Blues – kindred spirits in Santo Domingo were creating the dance we call Bachata. In this class discover that Blues has a close friend in the Latin dance community as you rediscover pulse, sensuality and body connection in this sister dance.
Sensing, Feeling & Reacting
“What is connection? After a while, the words we use to describe something so inherent to our dance as “”connection”” simply become buzz words without much meaning. In this class we will set out to refresh our definitions of “”connection”” by giving attention to the subtleties of this invisible and inaudible communication between partners. By focusing on energy rather than shape, and felt sensations as opposed to thoughts or visual observations, we will play with the nuances of intention in order to develop our physical “”listening power”” as dancers.
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm – Reggaeton Blues (Latin Blues Fusion)
Reggaeton is already a mish mash of Latin and Jamaican rhythms, and lends itself well to fusing different Latin dances, including Salsa and Merenge with Blues moves. Take your blues dancing to a new level by fusing it with Latin dance moves to a unique rhythm.
1:15 pm – 2:15 pm – Leading and Following With Intent
In this class we are changing the rules….or are we?? Follower becomes Leader, Leader becomes Follower – find out how leading and following with Intent can help your partner better understand and feel what you intended to do.
2:30 pm – 3:30 pm – Brazilian Blues – Samba
“Most cultures develop an analog to blues, both in music and dance. For argentina, it’s tango, but down in Brazil… it’s Samba. “”Add to description:
In this class we will take the traditional Samba rhythm, and learn partner dance moves that will move you around the floor. We will learn steps that use 4 of the 7 rhythms found in Samba music.”””
3:45 pm – 4:45 pm – Connecting to the Music
Most of the classes during the weekend focus on connection to your partner or on how to move for a certain type of music. This class will work on connection to the music. This is one of the most important parts of making your dance feel great!
Classes will be awesome, so get your spot today.