Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

LindyGroove Technique Class Overview

Welcome to the Lindy Groove Lindy Technique class blog. I'm your host and tour guide, Neil. It's my job to make sure this class rocks!

The Technique class focuses on teaching Lindy Hop skills to dancers through ideas, discussion, homework and exercises. It is geared to any student who is interested in improving their dance technique, as long as they have an applied understanding of the Lindy Hop. That means that a student must know the Lindy Hop swing-out and other associated moves and especially have spent time on a social dance floor shaking their groove thang.

Concepts that will be discussed in class include: essential leading and following, balance, body awareness, improvisation, style, musicality. Students will also learn Shim Sham. The emphasis in the Technique class is on growing an understanding rather than on learning new moves. If your goal is to learn new moves, keep looking. I'm sure you can find a class that will teach you new moves.

Required items: a notepad, pen/pencil, a will to work, a sense of humor. There is a suggested donation of $5.

To your right you will see What's Buzzin'. That's your handy guide to the various posts on the blog. Notice the high number of dance clips? You might want to check out some of those. From time to time I post homework here. You can use What's Buzzin' to click directly to the latest assignment. Get it? Got it? Good.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Dance Lessons

USS Rock N Roll is one of the strongest Harold teams at iO West. They did me the honor of allowing me to write an article on the lessons I learned in Lindy Hop that I brought back with me into Improvisation.

Dance Lessons
Part 1 It Ain't What You Do...
Part 2 It's the Way That You Do It!

I think that part 2 is up in an unedited form. It was supposed to go up next week, but there you go! So the links in that entry aren't complete. I think it still works.

Take a look and let me know what you think!

Also, I want to teach Adventures in the Groove at LindyGroove with a large class. I want to record and post this class for posterity. Who is interested in helping out?

Saturday, March 3, 2012