July 6 Rhythmic Variations July 13 Turns July 20 Side Passes July 27 Blues Sampler
July Extended TopicsStruttin': Originating in Memphis in the 1950s, struttin’ is a rad one-step dance to Memphis blues. Throughout this series, we will work on refining our close embrace connection, the technique behind fast dancing, and several footwork patterns. If you’re curious what struttin’ looks like, check out this YouTube Playlist
|July 6||Connection Intensive: Struttin’ is a fast close embrace dance, which can be hard to maintain as the tempo continues to climb. Join Clyde and Laura to explore the basic struttin’ pulse and how to transform your close embrace to work with any partner and at any tempo!||Laura Chieko and Clyde Wright|
|July 13||All Together Now: Expand beyond basic struttin’ to incorporate several footwork patterns you can do with your partner. We will explore several different ways we can travel across the floor with our partner!||Laura Chieko|
|July 20||Separately Together: Struttin’ is a beautifully simple dance with endless opportunities for stylistic expression. One of the coolest parts of this dance is the opportunity for independent footwork between partners. Today we’ll work on how to express our own ideas in our footwork without interrupting our connection with our partner.||Laura Chieko|
|July 27||No extended topics**|
|August 3||Connection||Laura Chieko and Jeanette Catherine|
|August 10||Ballroomin' close embrace||Rob Jones and Adriana Arcia|
|August 17||Jukin' close embrace||Jeanette Catherine and Galit Weinfeld|
|August 24||Breakaway||Rob Jones and Shoshi Krieger-Joven|
|August 31||Blues Sampler**||Shoshi Krieger-Joven and Galit Weinfeld|
August Extended Topics
Blues Musicality and Social Context
Music and its historical roots carry a high value in Black American culture. To develop an understanding of this, this series will explore musicality and social context within different styles of blues (and soul music) and how these values can affect your dancing.
August 3 Just Listen to the Music! - Style of Music: Traditional Blues & Gospel
What does it mean to just listen to the music? When it comes to blues dancing, Black American Culture places high value and emphasis on connecting to the music and historical roots. The goal of this class is to plant a seed of understanding why connecting to music is so important.
August 10 NO EXTENDED TOPICS CLASS August 17 Can I Still Dance Slow? - Style of Music: Trad Blues & Jazz Blues
You don't need to know Ballroomin' to dance to Jazz Blues. This class will focus on how to apply different blues idiom dances to Trad Blues and Jazz Blues songs. We will also focus on playing with different musical elements of a song.
August 24 What About Soul? - Style of Music: Soul
Want to have an amazing dance to that funky soul? This class will explore how you can use the idiom blues dances to dance to soul music (even though it is not technically the blues).
August 31 No extended topics**
**We are at La Nacional!
The last Friday of every month we are at La Nacional and have live music! Due to the venue, we only have a blues sampler fundamentals class and no extended topics when we are at La Nacional.