Authentic jazz dance: general level

Course Dates: 01/11/22 - 29/11/22
Time: 19:00 - 20:30
Location: Keeley Street
As the solo dance of the Swing family, Authentic Jazz is a blanket term for a number of popular dances from the 1920s and ‘30s – The Charleston, Tap, Black Bottom, Shimmy, Suzie-Q, and many more. Danced to Jazz and Swing music, and like the other styles of the same family, it is energetic and playful.
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Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £89.00 Concession £62.00

Course Code: DDM030

Tue, eve, 01 Nov - 29 Nov '22

Duration: 5 sessions (over 5 weeks)

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What is the course about?

Build a foundation of basic skills while you enjoy dancing to original jazz music from the 1920s and 30s.Working on solo dancing improves body awareness, the quality of movement in partner dancing and is highly recommended for all dancers. You will gain an insight into the origin and history of Authentic Jazz and whilst learning the basic steps and patterns feel more confident on the dance floor.

What will we cover?

The course will include: warm-up and stretch and some discussion of the history of the dance. We will discover the basic steps, explore musicality and learn a choreographed sequence.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

Demonstrate learning a new dance style
Perform a choreographed dance routine
Use the techniques and its influence on other dance styles such as Lindy Hop and Hip Hop.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This is a general level course suitable for beginners and improvers. It is not suitable for those that are new to dance. A basic knowledge of dance is required.

In any beginners dance class there will be students from all types of backgrounds. We all have different learning techniques and paces. If your first class seems overwhelming and you can’t get it the first time don’t worry, dance is heavily reliant on repetition so it will happen. We want you to learn and to have fun so just give it your best and keep coming back!

In order to get the most from the course you will be able to:
- follow spoken instructions
- use numbers to recognise musical phrasing within dance
- work in groups and pairs safely.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

There is no work outside the class. This is a practical course will be taught verbally, through tutor led demonstration and with the use of music. Some video material may be shown to the group which will be provided by the teacher.

You may be asked to participate in rigorous activity from time to time. Please consider whether you could do this, if you are in any doubt consult a medical practitioner.

As part of the course content, your tutor may record your image for initial and ongoing assessment purposes. You
are entitled to decline to participate in the recording of your image.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Please wear clothing that does not restrict your movement and allows you to adapt to changes in your body temperature. The classes are best undertaken in jazz shoes or comfortable shoes with non-grip soles. Trainers are not recommended.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Charleston, Solo Swing and Jive or try one of our many other dance courses.

Rosaria Sativa

Rosaria di Giovanni Sativa: Charleston, swing and jive dance tutor Born in Italy and resident in London, Rosaria studied at the Laban Centre for Movement & Dance and at the London Contemporary Dance School. On completion of her training she established herself as a versatile and dedicated dancer, choreographer and teacher. Her great passion for authentic jazz and retro social dances such as swing, Lindy hop and Charleston brought her to study and work with many world famous dance artists such as Frankie Manning, Chazz Young, Chester Withmore and Norma Miller. With good practical ability in music and a variety of dance styles and techniques, Rosaria is one of the most versatile dance artists working in London today. As a dance teacher, Rosaria has experience in both community and professional settings, with the ability to teach to all ages, motivating and encouraging all students to succeed and be passionate about the many benefit of dancing. Rosaria have been teaching at City Lit since 2012, and currently teaches Charleston and Swing and Jive Solo courses.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.