Dance for absolute beginners
Time: 10:00 - 11:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street
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Course Code: DDB026
Duration: 6 sessions (over 6 weeks)
What is the course about?
Our absolute beginners workshops are suitable for complete beginners or for those looking to return to the basics – those wanting to improve coordination, link moves together and find comfort and confidence in various dance styles. You'll be taught all the dance essentials: terminology, travelling steps, and, most importantly, rhythm. Our aim is to provide a fun practical environment where you can learn essential technique, improve dance and performance skills as well as your own confidence.
What will we cover?
Each lesson will start with a full body group warm-up, stretches, and alignment, followed by corner to corner / co-ordination / technical exercises, and learning the basics within Jazz, step ball change, kick ball change, transfer of weight. Core work will be included in this class and body strengthening. There is an opportunity at the end of class to dance your routine whilst the teacher watches, coaches and provides feedback.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
Demonstrate warm up moves
Create a repertoire of the basic elements of jazz, from footwork to turns
Identify improved co-ordination, flexibility, strength and stamina
Perform a routine with greater confidence.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is suitable for absolute beginners and those with some previous dance experience.
A beginner's dance class isn’t just for newcomers. In any dance class there will be student’s of all levels and abilities. 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 rhythms and syncopations within dance.
• Work within groups and pairs safely.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The is physical class from beginning to end. The class is tutor led and you will be taught through demonstration and explanation. During the class participants will be given an opportunity to demonstrate the work and receive verbal feedback from your tutor. We encourage you to work in your own time to perfect the work but there is no formal requirement to do so.
You may or may not 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. Clothing that does not restrict movement will allow your tutor to see your work more clearly.
The exercises are best undertaken in jazz shoes or trainers. Students to tie their hair back if it is long for their own safety and comfort and remove jewellery for comfort and health and safety.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Enrol on to Jazz dance: beginners or try one of our many other dance courses.
Clinton trained at Performers College and has worked with artistes such as Blue, The Sugababes, Lionel Ritchie, Geri Halliwell, Robbie Williams, Alexandra Burke, Joss Stone and Kylie Minogue to name but a few….He toured America with Greek artist ‘Anna Vissi’, and in Australia he was one of the four members of pop band ‘Deuce’ ! Clinton has taught all over London at dance colleges including London Studio Centre, Reynolds Performing Arts, Mandy Ellen Performing Arts, Danceworks, Pineapple and Chichester University. Previous creidts include MTV Music Awards, The Brit Awards, T4, Party in The Park, Mobo Awards, Royal Variety Show, BBC’s French and Saunders Special – Mamma Mia, The Lilly Savage Show, Star for a Night, ‘Wetten Das TV show’ in Germany performing the musical ‘Saturday Night Fever’ and numerous times on CD:UK and Top Of The Pops. Most recently he has choreographed for Givenchy, Fendi, Diesel, Wella, Top Shop, Xbox-Dance Central, the launch night of Celebrity Big Brother for Channel 5, ‘Sahara’ concert in Delhi, India and The Skills Show at the Birmingham NEC. Clinton is happy and excited to be teaching and passing on his knowledge here at City Lit.
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.