The dances we teach

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Lindy Hop

  • Energetic
  • Fun
  • Beginner friendly

The dance we call "Lindy Hop" originated in the late 1920s and evolved from Afro-American dance, Charleston, Tap and Breakaway. As jazz music evolved into this energetic, swung groove, the dancers of the time answered the call by creating a dance with just as much energy. Lindy Hop was born in the ballrooms of Harlem, like The Savoy and The Cotton Club, where people danced until their feet couldn’t take any more! The revival of Lindy Hop started in the 1980s when one of the original Lindy Hoppers, Frankie Manning, helped to rekindle the love of the dance, and now Lindy Hop can be found in major cities all over the world from New York to Vancouver, Tokyo to Sydney, Istanbul to Berlin, and now: Rotterdam!

Partner Charleston

  • Fast
  • Kicking
  • Big

1930s Partner Charleston is an important part of modern Lindy Hop dancing and is frequently seen as part of Lindy Hop. During our Lindy Hop lessons you will learn the basics of Partner Charleston and be able to dance it - especially when the music gets faster.

Authentic Jazz

  • Without rhythm, it’s nothing!
  • Personalized
  • Solo

Authentic Jazz has its roots in the Afro American jazz dances of the early 1900s. The Suzie–Q, Shorty George, Tackie Anny, Fall Off the Log, Fish Tails, are just a few of the traditional solo jazz steps. Nowadays, not a single Lindy Hopper can avoid learning the figures of solo jazz as their dance skills grow. You might already be familiar with the solo jazz routines such as the Shim Sham, the Tranky Doo or the Big Apple. During solo jazz courses you will learn a range of steps that you can use to spice up your Lindy Hop, and more importantly, learning to dance solo will improve your balance, help you to improvize and become a more musical dancer.

Balboa

  • Close embrace
  • Fast
  • Subtle communication

Balboa is a form of swing dance that started on the Balboa Peninsula (Newport Beach, California) as early as 1912 and gained popularity in the '30s and '40s. Dance floors filled up with dancers when famous big bands, from Benny Goodman to Artie Shaw, came to play at the Balboa Pavilion and the Rendezvous Ballroom. The close embrace that makes this swing dance so unique is said to be the result of the crowded dance floors at the time. The art of Balboa is the subtle communication between the two partners. Especially in the so-called "pure balboa" (where partners do not break away from close embrace), this subtle communication results in a rhythmic play that unites both partners, yet remains a mystery to most viewers. Balboa can be danced to slow and fast music (up to 300 bpm), which makes it a versatile, energetic and fun dance – a dance essential to your swing vocabulary.

Slowbal

  • Close embrace
  • Slow
  • Swinging flow

Let your feet be swept away on slow jazz songs. Slowbal comes from Balboa, a form of swing dance that started on the Balboa Peninsula (Newport Beach, California) as early as 1912 and gained popularity in the '30s and '40s. The close embrace that makes this swing dance so unique is said to be the result of the crowded dance floors at the time. Slowbal is danced on slower jazz songs, creating a lovely flow of movement. A mini-course in slowbal in scheduled in December, registration is now open!

Tap

 

You love Rhythms, Beats and making music? Than this tap-dance course of 8 weeks is perfect for the extend of your dance vocabulaire. My name is Anne Felix, I just graduated from 2 dance academies and build up a big love for making music while dancing. This course will be challenging for those who followed the previous course but still good to follow for those who want to meet Tap dance for the first time!
Sign in and i'll be dancing with you in March and April!
 
The course: 
Swing dancing and tap dance are closely related as they both grew out of American roots. Tap dance has a more demanding focus on the rhythms you make with your feet, and can provide more speed and clarity to your fancy foot moves. We will work on standard steps (classics, typical old-school tap dance moves) and study both the form and the rhythm of these. Also we will have a look at how tap dance can be used in a social setting, i.e. how to use it in interaction with others. If there’s time we could also compare the Shim Shams…
 
The needs: 
You need shoes with a hard leather sole, but you’ll have more fun with tap dance shoes of course. There’s one shop in Rotterdam: Paraddy at Witte de With. But I recommend to check out Marktplaats too. 
+ Be prepared to challenge your coordination! Tap dance might look easy, but there’s usually a moment of struggle as you learn new vocabulary… and it’s totally worth it!