Charleston intensive (improvers and intermediate)
Time: 11:00 - 12:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street
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Course Code: DS037
Duration: 4 sessions (over 4 weeks)
What is the course about?
This is a practical dance class in which we venture back to the 1920s with the hot jazz sounds of the Charleston. Learn original Charleston choreography as we dance along to music of the 20s and 30s.
What will we cover?
Learn more challenging Charleston steps and combinations such as the Savoy Kick and variations of the Propella. Explore styling, improvisation and musicality. Put techniques into practice whilst performing choreography. Build confidence in your movement and dance with greater expression. The course will include: Warm up and stretch, history and origin of the Charleston, Charleston as performing dance, musicality, challenging dance sequences and learning a choreographed piece 1920s style.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
•Demonstrate improved technique
•Perform a Charleston dance choreography
•Use the Charleston and its influence on other dance styles such as Lindy hop, Tap dancing and Hip Hop.
•Use your performing skills for other dance styles.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This workshop is suitable for those with previous dance experience and for those who have completed improvers dance courses. The routines are faster paced with more characterisation, formation and choreography.
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 and choreography
• Working as a group 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, this will be provided by the teacher.
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, for this reason trainers are not recommended. Bring a vintage costume (optional) for the final day of the course.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Search Charleston and Swing classes on our website or try one of our many other dance courses.
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.