What is the course about?
The course will cover three dances: The jovial Cha Cha Cha, the up-tempo Jive from the Latin American field and the passionate Tango from the Ballroom field.
What will we cover?
Cha Cha Cha: Time Step, Basic Movement, New york, Underarm Turn, Spot Turn, Hand to Hand, Progressive Basic.
Jive: Rock Basic, Change of Place Left to Right, Right to left, Rotated Change of Place, Change of Hands Behind Back.
Tango: Tango Walk, Promenade Walk with Pivot, Tango Walk with Rock Action, Promenade Walk with Rock, Basic Reverse Turn.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
Perform the three dances with correct footwork and to the correct tempo of music.
Demonstrate confidence in dancing with different partners and feel more at ease when dancing socially.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
The course is structured and created for beginners or for those who have previously danced but would rather brush up on their existing skills. You will be taught and shown the steps and then you will practice and repeat.
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 rhythms within the three dances.
• Work within groups and pairs safely.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The tutor will explain what steps, techniques and dances will be covered within the class. He will then demonstrate and explain verbally each step and movement. You will practice dancing the steps with a partner and with and without music.
There will be no work to complete outside of the course but we do encourage you to practice and put your new skills to the test.
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?
There are no additional costs. We ask our students to dress in comfortable, flexible or breathable clothes in order to be at ease when dancing. Please refrain from wearing sling backs, flip-flops or rigid trainers. It is advisable to bring a bottle of water or drink to stay hydrated and cool.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Once the beginners course is complete, we run a Ballroom and Latin improvers course on Sundays. Here you will be able to further your existing skills and knowledge in regards to each dance. As well as learning new steps, you shall also sharpen and practice what was learned in the beginners course.
Please check online or refer to the course guide for term dates and further details.
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See the course guide for term dates and further details