Class Descriptions

Class Descriptions

Friday

8:30-9:15 Diana & Donato – Tango

Saturday

1:45-2:45 Nicole – Fusion
Rhythmic Fusion
Rhythms are the foundation, the ground upon which many dance styles are built. Rhythms in music and dance span cultures, continents, and time. In this class we’ll delve into the rhythms of the vast array of fusion music we dance to, excavating layers of expression to help unite our dance backgrounds and partnerships.

1:45-2:45 Jes & Joe – Drag Blues
Drag Blues for All
Join us for fun Drag Blues sequences, including social dance moves & techniques.

3:00-4:00 Nicole – Fusion
Lyrical Fusion
The melodic or lyrical line swells and swirls it’s way over the top of lots of fusion music. It stirs the heart, bringing emotional depth and expression to our dance. Here, we’ll explore ways to take the soaring violins, clarinets, and voices into both our bodies and our dance connections to add some swoop to our fusion dance.

3:00-4:00 Diana & Donato – Tango

4:15-5:15 Nicole – Fusion
Dancing Outside the Box
We all bring dance and movement backgrounds to our fusion dancing. Rhythmic patterns, connection styles, that are familiar and are easy tools to fall back on. We’ll take a look our boxes, learn how to adapt to the ones our partners might bring to the dance floor, and use this awareness to start breaking out of them to try something new!

4:15-5:15 Rachel – Zouk
Zouk Connection
Join Rachel in an exploration of connection within Brazilian Zouk. While she preaches “it’s all about connection” she does not ask her students “just to feel it”. You will develop the necessary somatic responses and physical discipline required to communicate, move as a unit, and connect. As a group, we will seek to heighten our  sensitivity and understand the practical skills necessary to develop a seamless social dance such as tone, balance, body mechanics, quality of movement, and musicality. Connecting involves surrender, vulnerability, and responsibility, whether you’re connecting with a partner, the music, or yourself.

8:30-9:15 Local Instructors – Fusion

Sunday

2:45-3:45 – Nicole & Nathaniel – Blues
Let’s Get Connected

From basics to the weird stuff, we’ll explore the full range of connections used across Blues styles. With a strong emphasis on a conversational connection, we’ll lean, twist, and stretch our way to super connected dances.

2:45-3:45 – Jes & Joe – Drag Blues
Dragging It Out

Create Drag Blues moments of lag, including leg sweeps, soft shapes, and stretch.

4:00-5:00 – Nicole & Nathaniel – Blues
What’s the Rhythm?
Welcome to Blues Rhythms! In this crash course we’ll start by identifying common blues rhythms and putting them in our bodies. Then we’ll bring them into partnership by exploring how both partners can rhythmically riff with each other, and with the music to harmonize with the song.

4:00-5:00 – Rachel – Zouk
Zouk Fundamentals

Apply your knowledge of connection to several basic figures and shapes within Brazilian Zouk. This class will focus on essential concepts such as timing, frame, and balance to ensure your basics are clean, clear and comfortable.  

5:15-6:15 Nicole – Blues
Punctuation
Punctuation is important. It breaks up our thoughts, makes us easier to understand and can even add some pizazz to our communication. This class will focus on blues moves and choices that break up, accent, and punctuate our dancing so our expression can really shine.

5:15-6:15 Nathaniel – Afrobeats, Kuduro, and Dancehall
Afro-Dancehall Fusion

Come learn some dance moves and sequences that are trending among the Afrobeats, Kuduro, and Dancehall scenes such as the Gwara Gwara, Azonto, Abrir, Cloud Nine, and more. The moves we learn will then be reinforced through a 30-second or longer choreo, depending on the flow of class.

8:30-9:15 Local Instructors – Blues