Charleston: beginners

Course Dates: 23/04/20 - 02/07/20
Time: 16:30 - 17:45
Location: KS - Keeley Street

A fun course that will get you dancing the fast and energetic Charleston. Build a solid foundation of basic skills while you enjoy dancing to original jazz music from the 20s and 30s.


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.


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Reviews below are by students who have attended this course, regardless of the course teacher. Please be aware you may not be booking onto a course with the same teacher.

Being a beginner I wasn't sure if I would be any good but I absolutely loved it. It takes time for all the moves to 'click' but it's fun along the way. It's a great workout as well - don't come to this class unless you are going to your heart and soul into it! As the woman in Fame said "you're here to work" :-) If you find gyms boring, this kind of class is great to keep fit. It's also really friendly, no dance snobs here. The teacher is great and we have all come to love her More classes please, especially at weekends.
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Review by K&E / (Posted on 07/01/2018)
I started this course not having any expectations and it was my first dancing courser I ever done. I enjoyed Charleston beginners so much I am now finishing improvers and looking to do more.

The tutor made every student feel included and a part of the team. She is very patient with students, passionate about dance and very knowledgable. Students love her!
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Review by Student / (Posted on 16/07/2017)
Fantastic course. The instructor is a wonderful dancer and a great teacher: she took us through each step slowly and methodically to make sure we fully get it, and then gradually added flair. By the end of the course we danced a whole Charleston routine together and it looked (and felt) great. I also found myself getting comfortable with improvising steps and dancing freestyle when listening to 1920 music.
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Review by Aviv / (Posted on 16/07/2017)
This is a fun energetic course tought by [tutor's name] who is an amazing teacher. Not only did we learn a Charleston stroll but a whole routine in an enjoyable environment. I recommend it to anybody who is interested in learning the moves of the 20's and wants to burn calories.
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Review by Cukirikova / (Posted on 22/06/2015)
Loved this course so much I've done it twice! Would really like to attend a follow on course for this at city lit.
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Review by Ms M. / (Posted on 23/04/2015)
Tutor Biographies
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.

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Course Code: DDB032

Thu, day, 23 Apr - 02 Jul '20

Duration: 11 sessions (over 11 weeks)

Full fee: £129.00
Senior fee: £103.00
Concession: £79.00

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