How we teach
Our philosophy is that learning should be student focused. We believe that providing our students with better tools to learn and organize their own dance experience is more important that telling them exactly what that dance experience should be. Our classes focus on empowering the students to take control of their dance education through workshopping, continuous discussion and assessment, and plenty of practice and reflection time.
We encourage students to develop their eye for understanding and dissecting movement on their own, providing explanations for what makes up a movement, and guiding them through a journey to find their own answers to their questions.
Rhythm in motion
This class brings us back to the core of lindy hop. Focusing on clean and consistent rhythm and movement in our basics, this class will help students build awareness of how their bodies move and relate to their partner and the music. Students will work on finding a comfortable and relaxed swing out that opens up the possibilities of the dance.
Remix the basics
In this class we help students improvise and explore new movements with what they already know. This class helps students take apart common patterns and movements and remix them into recognizable but playful variations. Students will be guided through this exercise as a class, then break up into smaller groups to brainstorm their own playful remixes.
Musicality through choreography
In this class we guide students along a journey of understanding musical structure, phrasing, and character through the lens of choreography. This workshop style class provides exercises in music listening, building anticipation and expectation through pattern repetition, and moving beyond musicality within an eight to musicality at a song level. Students will work in small groups to collectively choreograph phrases of a song and demo their work to the class.
Putting the partner back in partner dancing
In this class we will work with students on reinvigorating their dancing with exercises that emphasize the partnership of the dance. Developing listening and skills to better hear and understand your partner, inviting creativity through the partnership, and building the skills to improvise more successfully together.
Performing Solo Jazz
In this class we'll focus on improving how we dance in front of an audience, whether it's a jam circle, a competition, or a performance. We'll talk about stage presence, how different shapes read or not to audiences, and structuring solo jazz to invite others into our ideas.