Solo swing and jive: beginners

Course Dates: 28/03/20 - 04/04/20
Time: 12:15 - 13:45
Location: KS - Keeley Street

Do you enjoy vintage social dancing events but don' t have a partner? Looking to nail those moves and increase your freestyle confidence? Then this is the course for you! We will work on basic foot-work sequences and steps of authentic jazz dancing and Rhythm & Blues Strolls, progressing to faster pace flick kicks and turns for jive and Rock ’n' Roll dances. No partner required!


What is the course about?

This is an opportunity to learn original Retro’party dances such as: The Shim –Sham, 50’s Strolls, The Electric Slide, the Twist and other group dances. Part of the course will give an insight into social dancing etiquette & Solo dancing, space awareness, improvisation skills. Each class will include a circle dance and freestyle session. You don’t need a dance partner to enjoy the dance floor! Travelling back in time, with toe tapping music from the 40’s to the 60’s you will learn the foundation & up beat steps of Swing, Jive dancing and classic group dances such as the Shim-Sham, The Madison stroll, The Electric Slide This course focus on Solo dancing, is cheery and fun making, it’s a great all round body workout and an excuse to dress up in your favourite vintage attire!

What will we cover?

The course will include: History and origin of social dances such as: Swing Dancing, 40’s style Jive Rock’n’ Roll, Modern jive and the Twist. The origin and evolution of social group dances: the Shim-Sham, Madison Stroll, the Twist. Musicality & Rhythm exercises, Warm up and stretch, foot work exercises, Authentic Jazz dance steps and moves, The Shimmy, upper body posture and arms. Students will also learn Solo dance sequences and formation group dances with the Jazz sound of Big Bands and Rhythm&Blues The last class of the course will have a Retro’ party atmosphere focusing on freestyle and performing the group dances in a fun and non judgmental environment. All welcome to wear their best vintage style outfit. The teacher will video record parts of this session for assessment purpose.

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

Demonstrate learning solo dance styles and group party dances
Perform the Shim Sham, 50’s Stroll and the Elettric Slide dance routines
Confident in using Swing & Jive steps in solo dancing contents.

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

This is a beginners class but all are welcome. No dance partner is needed to enjoy this course.

A beginner’s dance class isn’t just for newcomers. In any beginner’s dance class there will be student’s 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 within 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. The last session will be video recorded for assessment purposes.

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. The classes are best undertaken in jazz shoes or comfortable shoes with non-grip sole.

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

Charleston: beginners, improvers or intermediate. Speak to the tutor for advice and guidance or contact the department.


Customer Reviews 6 item(s)

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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.

Really good fun - great exercise for the brain as well as the body. A two-hour class means there’s time to go over things and practice. For me, that’s the key to being able to learn and remember a new dance step.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 30/11/2019)
Fun, rare to find a solo dancing for Swing and Jive, that appealed to me
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 25/11/2019)
Fun and well taught.
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Review by Fab course / (Posted on 23/11/2019)
A great workshop learning classic routines including Shim Sham and Electric Slide. The tutor explains the steps really well and is good at teaching mixed abilities and getting everyone enjoying the dance
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 11/06/2019)
A wonderful way to keep fit that’s also fun. The teacher is patient with us but also has a great sense of humour. Once the music starts, your feet can’t stay still!
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 09/06/2019)
A good introduction to basic solo swing and jive dancing. A fun and lively class with great music!
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 07/04/2019)
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: DDM042

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Sat, day, 28 Mar - 04 Apr '20

Duration: 2 sessions (over 2 weeks)

Full fee: £39.00
Senior fee: £39.00
Concession: £39.00

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