Jazz Roots


When?

Sundays

Where?

CitySport (Studio 1)
124 Goswell Road
London
EC1V 7DP

Tubes: Barbican, Old Street

Cost

See class descriptions

Improve your dancing with solo Charleston & Jazz Roots!

Jazz Roots SwingdanceUK

Speciality Dance: 20s Charleston & Jazz Roots

Find out why more and more Lindy Hoppers around the world are diving into the roots of jazz, Charleston, and solo dances!

2.30pm Charleston & Solo Jazz - This 6 week course designed by Anna Lambrechts (founder of the chorus girl troupe Diamond Girls) & Simon Selmon (one of the longest running full time professional Lindy Hop teachers in the world). This a progressive course that will help you master the first four stages of the classic Charleston going through to lindy Charleston, the essential must know Jazz steps and how to improvise and develop your own style and character within the dance.
We will also bsome short choreographed routines. This class is about having the ability to express yourself, developing the mental skills to improve both improvise & learn routines. For some of you this may push you outside your comfort zone for others its just pure fun!

Either way at the end of this course you be a more confident dancer, with new skills that will improve your partnered Lindy and just make you a better person all round.

Plus course attendees will receive a video recap by email so no problem is you have to miss a week. You will also have access to a private facebook group to ask questions and exchange with your fellow students.

What will I learn?

  • The first four stages of the classic 20s charleston
  • Traditional 20s Charleston vocabualry & styling
  • Solo 'Lindy' Charleston
  • Classic solo authentic Jazz/Jazz Roots/Boogie Woogie moves
  • New & old moves & stylings
  • How to flow between patterns
  • How to improvise
  • How to be creative with your dancing
  • Increased musicality awareness through specially designed routines & choreography.
  • Jam Circle Technique

Who is this course for?

  • Swing dancers who wish to work on their solo movement
  • Non-swing dancers but who have some background in other dances
  • Those who want to bust out a move or two on their own
  • Anyone who is serious about improving their dancing
  • Fun & Fitness

Cost: Pre-booking only. £60 for 6 weeks Limited numbers (includes a weekly video recap and access to our private students facebook group)

What is Charleston: https://www.swingdanceuk.com/media/dance-styles/

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Lovingly designed workshops to boost your dancing with top teachers Simon Selmon (Founder of SwingdanceUk - 1986) & Anna Lambrechts (Diamond Girls)!

⇒Improvers Lindy Hop for "Beyond Beginners" who would like to take their basic knowledge and be ready to really hit the dance floor
⇒Intermediate/Advanced Lindy Hop for dancers who are ready to push it to the next level
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For beyond beginners...

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Improvers Lindy Hop

Sunday 20th January - 24th February 2019

Have you got some Beginner Lindy Hop experience and now you're ready to push your dancing to the next level? This program is for you!

12.30pm Improvers Lindy Hop (Series 2) - This 6 week course is a follow on from our beginners course.

Starting from the point where you are familiar with many of the classic signature patterns and designed to reinforce those same patterns, increase your vocabulary and ability to begin to improvise whilst simultaneously building on your musicality, frame & connection skills. Designed by Simon Selmon, who is one of the longest running full time professional Lindy Hop teachers in the world. His tried & tested methods will teach you solid fundamentals and the foundations needed to progress to the highest level. At the end of this course you be a more confident dancer, with the ability to choose from multiple variations & options!

Plus course attendees will receive a weekly handout and video recap by email so no problem if you have to miss a week. You will also have access to a private facebook group to ask questions and exchange with your fellow students.

What will I learn? Over 6 weeks we will review much of our beginners course and learn

  • New vocabulary/patterns
  • To build flow between 6 & 8 count patterns
  • Increase musicality awareness and practise simple exercises.
  • Understand compression, tension & tone within the context of dance
  • Build more connection with your partner
  • The basics of how to improvise
  • Good social ethics on the dance floor

Who is this course for?

  • Students who have attended a minimum of one of our 6 beginners week courses
  • A minimum of 10 of our beginner drop in classes
  • Other dance background equivalent to the above (please check with us first if you are not sure)
  • Feel more confident on the social dance floor
  • Want to move up to the next level
  • looking for a strong foundation with which to grow your dancing
  • Existing leaders or followers who wish to learn the other role
  • Looking to make new friends

Cost: Pre-booking only. £60 for 6 weeks, £110 per lead/follow couple. Limited numbers. (includes a special weekly handout and video recap by email and access to a private facebook group)

What next?

We offer two improver 6 week courses (Series 1 & 2), which are independent and can be taken in any order. Whilst we repeat many of the basics there are new variations on each course. We recommend completing both improvers courses before moving to intermediates.

Intermediate and Advanced dancers who are ready to get serious...

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Intermediate/Advanced Lindy Hop

Are you ready to get serious about your dancing?

3.30pm Intermediate/Advanced Lindy Hop - This 6 week course will be a small laser focused group workshop on different aspects of the Lindy. Designed by Simon Selmon, who is one of the longest running full time professional Lindy Hop teachers in the world and his wife Anna Lambrechts. This series will focus on foundations 2.0 - working on creating high level basics for experienced dancers and technique for Fast-Lindy, slowly but surely developing the technique required to dance Lindy at higher tempos without killing yourself.  This course will be about basics, basics, basics - that will make you a better dancer or even if you never plan to teach will give the the technique and understanding you would need to be a teacher.

At the end of this course you be a more confident dancer, with technique that will allow you to lead or follow anyone at any tempo.

Plus course attendees will receive a weekly video recap by email so no problem is you have to miss a week. You will also have access to a private students facebook group to ask questions and exchange with your fellow students.

What will I learn?

  • A foundation with which your dancing can grow & grow
  • Old school techniques passed on from the first & second generation of Lindy Hoppers that just work.
  • The ability to think on your feet once you don't have to think about technique as much because it has become part of how you move.
  • Styling that comes out of strong technique
  • Advanced level understanding of compression, tension & tone
  • Greater connection with any partner
  • How to have awesome, mind blowing dances!

Who is this course for?

  • Intermediate and advance students who currently attend intermediate classes or higher
  • Those who want the confidence to get out on the dance floor when a fast song comes on and be right in that groove.
  • Gain more confident basics and a better understanding of those basics.
  • A strong basic will be your foundation to move your dancing up to the next level

Cost: Pre-booking only. £60 for 6 weeks, £110 per lead/follow couple. Limited numbers. (includes a special weekly handout and video recap by email and access to a private facebook group)

What People Say

“The Mini Booster workshops coached by Simon and Anna pulled me out of my dancing rut, challenged my abilities and broadened my knowledge. Simon and Anna are warm, kind and fiercely talented dancers and teachers. I can confidently say that I have left every workshop a better dancer with more confidence and always, a big smile, having made new friends.” Charlotte

Treat yourself to a private class.
The fast track to learning! Book a private class in Lindy Hop, Shag, Balboa, Blues or Charleston with Simon or Anna.
Pre-Booking only - email mail@swingdanceuk.com for full details & how to book. Limited Availability!