This is my first journal update in a long time, partly because I simply forgot it was here…. I was a bit sad to discover that my last update was in March of 2007! So much has happened since then! I’ll skip right to the present, though, and mention:
Swing at SFU
Our concept-based blues dance class starts up again on January 18th at Forufera Center. It’s a great place to learn the core concepts of not only blues but all social partner dance forms. We will cover: leading and following, footwork, moving through space, turns, dips, and more. The space is a cozy dance studio at 505 Hamilton St. (Hamilton and Pender) complete with fireplace for those especially dreary winter nights! We’re constantly collecting new blues music, and are always excited to share what we’ve found. Our latest treasure is Putumayo’s Blues from Around the World. Good stuff!
We’re also about to dive into a couple of classes at the Roundhouse Community Centre. On Wednesdays, from 12:30-2pm, there’s Allroom dance. This is the concept of partner dancing anywhere, to any music, at any occasion – in effect, taking “ballroom dance” out of the ballrooms and doing it in all rooms. We will teach concepts similar to blues: connection between partners, footwork ideas, musicality, and more.
Then on Fridays at 3:45pm we’re starting up a ballroom class for students 55+, also at the Roundhouse. As always, we’ll make sure to cover the fundamentals along with footwork for the foxtrot, cha cha, and other dances.
Finally, we’ve been invited to teach swing and blues at SFU on Tuesday evenings. We’re still ironing out the details, but it sounds like non-students *might* be allowed to join. Keep checking our website for details.
That’s all for now, and it’s definitely more than before! We’ve made a big shift from mostly private lessons to a healthy balance of both private and group classes. Fun fun!
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