Workshops

~ 5 tracks including a Teacher’s track! ~

HAPPENING SATURDAY

There are NO AUDITIONS.
You assign yourself to a track & can move from track to track during the day.
However, any teacher who feels you don’t belong in their class can ask you to switch.
The teacher’s track is open to all level of dancers interested in teaching and scene development.


*** Friday Workshops 7:30 to 9:30 ***
~ Don’t miss the two Musicality workshops with Flouer and Josh! ~

Workshops overview

Beginner / Inter Inter / Advanced Advanced Super Advanced Teacher’s track
ROOMS Cabaret Piccolo Theatre Hall Studio
11:00 to 12:00 Ways to Embrace
(N & T)
Blues Tune Up
(M & N)
 New Directions
(K & D)
Lead, Follow, and Dance at the Same Time – 1
(R & M)
Planning a Class
(F & P)
12:05 to 1:05 Positioning and Transitioning
(N & T)
The Suspense is Killing Me!
(K & D)
Study of the Polyrhythmicality of  Blues Movements
(M & N)
Lead, Follow, and Dance at the Same Time – 2
(R & M)
Content
(F & P)
1:05 to 2:20   LUNCH  
2:20 to 3:20 Foot Focus
(K & D)
In, To, And, Or, The
(F & P)
Supercamelturnatravelistic Exclamation Mark
(
N & T)
The Song’s the Thing
(M & N)
Teaching to Follows
(R & M)
3:25 to 4:25 Tip Top Shapes
(K & D)
 
Positions – Level Up
(N & T)
Theme and Variation
(
F & P)
Vernacular Move Meld
(M & N)
Teaching Blues Aesthetics
(R & M)
4:30 to 5:30 How to Dance with a Drink in Your Hand
(R & M)
Intentional Wiggling
(N & T)
Practice Makes Perfect
(M & N)
Going From Good to Great
(K & D)
Language Choices and Feedback
(F & P)

R & M : Ruth & Mike    |    F & P : Flouer & Philippe    |   M & N : Mark & Nicole
K & D : Kelly & Dan    |    N & T : Natalya & Tanya


BEGINNER – INTERMEDIATE

You’ve taken a few courses, you’ve been dancing for a little bit, and you are super motivated to learn more? This level is for you! Come as you are, no prerequisite requested.

11:00 to 12:00  |  Natalya & Tanya  |  Ways to Embrace

Start the day with a close embrace, and then another one, and then another one, and they can all be a little different. And comfy. In this class, you will learn multiple ways of connecting in close embrace and how to add your own voice while keeping the partnership snug as a bug in a rug.

12:05 to 1:05  |  Natalya & Tanya  | Positioning and Transitioning 

Multiply your dance vocabulary by learning how to dance in a variety of partnered positions. You will also learn how to smooth out the transitions in between to keep a cohesive dance.

1:05 to 2:20  |  LUNCH BREAK

2:20 to 3:20 |  Kelly & Dan  |   Foot focus

Your feet are important. No, really. Also rhythms. Especially rhythms in your feet. This class is about that.

3:25 to 4:25  |  Kelly & Dan  |  Tip Top Shapes  

We often dance to a wide range of musical styles within the blues genre. Advancing beyond the basics, a great next step is developing a variety of aesthetics that can be applied to the same movements so we can respond on an additional level to the different feelings of the music. In this class we’ll take a look at Ballroomin’ and Jukin’, and the types of shapes that best fit those styles.

4:30 to 5:30  |  Ruth & Mike  |  How to Dance with a Drink in Your Hand  
Sometimes we get really caught up into how things look and if we are interesting enough. In this class, we will play with partnering that is comfortable and fun, finding the joy and the playfulness in our dancing. We will also find ways to “not try too hard,” having the unhurried and casual aesthetic of cool. Dance with a partner, party.


 INTERMEDIATE – ADVANCED

If you’ve been in a troupe and/or have completed several dance courses, this level is probably for you. Come improve your technique with our awesome instructors. Prerequisite: Blues 1 & 2 or equivalent.

11:00 to 12:00  |  Mark & Nicole  |  Blues Tune up

Like all good machines, sometimes our blues bodies can use a little tune up. We’ll delve into the foundations of our blues dance and look in depth at the concepts, body mechanics, and techniques that exist at the heart of the dance.

12:05 to 1:05  |  Kelly & Dan  |  The Suspense is Killing Me!

Blues is a grounded, earthy dance, so adding contrast through lightness or suspension can be a great way to dynamically highlight a moment. This class will give you all the tools you need to get up while you’re getting down.

1:05 to 2:20  |  LUNCH BREAK

2:20 to 3:20  |  Flouer & Philippe  |  In, To, And, Or, The   

Transitions, transitions, transitions!  By now, you have some pretty sophisticated vocabulary in your arsenal from the previous class. It’s time to start expressing yourself in full sentences & maybe even paragraphs. We’ll talk in depth about how to fit moves together for ultimate blues fluency.

3:25 to 4:25 |  Natalya & Tanya  |   Positions – Level Up  

In this class, you will learn some fancier partnered positions and how to connect and dance in, out, and through them. We will secretly speed up the tempo of the music during the class. You will now forget the previous sentence.

4:30 to 5:30 |  Natalya & Tanya  |  Intentional Wiggling

Wiggling is fun. Intentional wiggling is awesome. Be awesome. (But really, come learn how to create intentional, repeatable, bluesy body movements, solo and with a partner.)

 


ADVANCED

You’ve been dancing for several years, you have attended workshops, classes of all genres, you travel to events outside of your city regularly, you wish to enrich your dance and regular classes no longer push the limits of your knowledge? This is the level that should suit your needs !

11:00 to 12:00  |  Kelly & Dan  |  New Directions

It’s easy to get stuck with the idea that leaders lead, and follows follow, but the truth is much more nuanced. Both partners can have a lot to contribute in shaping the dance. This class will explore how follows can proactively influence the lead, and how leaders can be receptive to those changes. We’ll specifically look at using moments of redirection and momentum as a catalyst to take the dance in new directions.

12:05 to 1:05  |  Mark & Nicole  |  A Study of the Inherent Polyrhythmicality of Vernacular Blues Movements

Movement is complicated. We’ll explore just how complicated by breaking down simple blues vernacular with an eye for the inherent polyrhythms they contain. This will unlock the incredible richness in our movement.

1:05 to 2:20  |  LUNCH BREAK

2:20 to 3:20  |  Natalya & Tanya  |  Supercamelturnatravelistic Exclamation Mark 

You know how to travel down a line, and you know how to turn, and you know how to make interesting shapes, and you probably know how to do a camel walk. But can you do them all at the same time? Challenge accepted.

3:25 to 4:25 |  Flouer & Philippe  |  Theme and Variation  

Taking your dance to the next level may mean moving away from simply accomplishing a string of moves to a cohesive movement journey that takes you and your partner smoothly from one full idea to the next.  We’ll introduce this concept and give you lots of ideas and practice implementing it in your dance.

4:30 to 5:30 |  Mark & Nicole  |  Practice Makes Perfect   

The weekend is almost over and your head is crammed full of new information. How do you take all this knowledge home to keep you company through the long weeks until your next event? In this class we’ll explore a handful of fun techniques and games to keep working on our dance between workshops.


SUPER – ADVANCED

You have participated in tons of events for many years? You are registering regularly in advanced tracks in various events throughout the universe? Your place is here! Nothing else to add, except…

11:00 to 12:00  |  Ruth & Mike  |  Lead, Follow, & Dance at the Same Time – Part 1  
We see many dancers alternate between leading/following and fully dancing. We will explore mental and physical techniques to maintain leading and following while dancing expressively. As dancers, we will focus on techniques for balancing individual voice and maintaining cohesion with our partner.

12:05 to 1:05  |  Ruth & Mike  |  Lead, Follow, & Dance at the Same Time – Part 2

We see many dancers alternate between leading/following and fully dancing. We will explore mental and physical techniques to maintain leading and following while dancing expressively. As dancers, we will focus on techniques for balancing individual voice and maintaining cohesion with our partner.

1:05 to 2:20  |  LUNCH BREAK

2:20 to 3:20  |  Mark & Nicole  |  The Song’s the Thing

The music we dance to is instrumental in informing our movement choices. You know this, and are comfortable changing your dance to suit the “feel” of the music. Great. We’re not doing that. Join us as we delve deeper and dissect a piece of music to thoroughly explore all it has to offer.

3:25 to 4:25 |  Mark & Nicole  |  Vernacular Move Meld

What does a fish-tock look like? How about a grindy-camel? In this fun class we will explore what happens when we create unusual movement combinations by mixing vernacular moves.

4:30 to 5:30 |  Kelly & Dan  |  Going From Good to Great

If you’re in this level, you can already lead and follow well, and have a good grasp of the Blues aesthetic. The difference between a good dancer, and a great dancer, however, lies in the details. During this class, we will focus on the little things that make a big difference in your body dynamics, quality of movement, and clarity of connection.

TEACHER’S TRACK

You are teaching in your scene, you want to improve your teaching techniques or you simply aim to become a teacher? This track is for you! See how professionals teach, and come fill your inspiration vault !

11:00 to 12:00  |  Flouer & Philippe  |  Planning a Class   

We’ll start the day off by forming partnerships and getting real-time practice with the steps involved in building great classes. We’ll work on high level concepts such as choosing ideas, setting goals for your students, and building fluid class outlines.

12:05 to 1:05  |  Flouer & Philippe  |  Content   

Using the material we came up with in the first class, we will break down and analyze the types of content that make up a balanced curriculum.  The goal is to be intentional and streamlined with the material you present to your students.

1:05 to 2:20  |  LUNCH BREAK

2:20 to 3:20  |  Ruth & Mike  |  Teaching to Follows

Do you think that people who pay the same for a class should get the same amount of instruction? Have you ever heard “Follows, just follow,” or caught yourself saying it? We will practice teaching to follows, and how to come up with equal material to teach follows in various class contexts.

3:25 to 4:25 |  Ruth & Mike  |  Teaching Blues Aesthetics

How do we teach our students how to look like blues dancers? We will talk about ways to de-jargonize your teaching so that you can effectively communicate concrete ways for students to embody grounding, pulse, relaxation, dancing in the pocket of the music, aesthetic of cool, ephebism, improvisation, polycentrism, multi-rhythms, individuality of partners, accent and emphasis and other words/concepts that may seem intimidating.

4:30 to 5:30 |  Flouer & Philippe  |   Language Choices and Feedback   

The words we use have a powerful impact on our students for learning, motivation, inspiration, and guidance. How much should we say? When? How do we create effective learning environments? We will work with word choice for group classes, public feedback, and private lessons.

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