What is the course about?
Charleston became a dance craze in the 1920s. You will gain an insight into the origin and history of this dance through learning the basic steps and patterns to feel confident on the dance floor, progressing into learning original and more challenging choreographed routine. Whilst the focus is on solo dancing there may be some partner work.
What will we cover?
The course will include: warm-up and stretch, history and origin of the Charleston, Charleston as social and performing dance, musicality, basic foot work, more challenging dance sequence, learning a choreographed performing piece, style and improvisation.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
Demonstrate learning a new dance style
Perform a Charleston dance routine
Use the Charleston 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 class for beginners. No previous experience is needed to enjoy this course. Students with experience in dance and performing arts are welcome.
A beginners' dance class isn’t just for newcomers. 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. The course will be taught verbally, through 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?
You can remain in Charleston: beginners as long as you wish, and progress to Charleston: improvers when you feel ready.
City Lit also has Solo swing and jive, and many other dance styles such Jazz, Musical theatre, Salsa, Samba, Flamenco, Tango, Tap, Classical and Contemporary. Contact the department of Drama, dance and speech for further advice and information.