What you should know about: Building Balanced Classes
Your registration forms will help us to build more balanced classes. So before you register, please read the details about the different tracks below. Take a moment in your assessment of your capability. If you know the basic footwork but you cannot socially lead a come-around, registering for Track Two may lead to a frustrating day (not just for your classmates, for you as well!).
What you should know about: Class Tracks
If you have never danced balboa in your life, if you want to learn a new role, or if you know the steps but you want to brush up on your core concepts, this track is for you. In order to get you up and dancing on the social floor Saturday night, the instructors will cover fundamental aspects including: The basic footwork (uphold and downhold), The connection (posture and positioning), The come-around, and the toss-out.
If this is your first dance workshop, the instructors do a quick recap at the end of the lesson, which they generally let the students film for their own review and practice purposes. Please don’t film during the class, that is bad etiquette and makes instructors uncomfortable.
You’ve taken some classes, and you’ve been known to get your shuffle on at social dances. You are looking to broaden your balboa horizons; you’re hungry for some moves! At a minimum you should be proficient in the uphold and downhold basics, come-arounds, toss-outs, and lollies.
You’re ready for something more intensive. You’ve got a solid repertoire of moves, and you’d like to learn more about flow and more musical movements.
At a minimum you should be proficient in the uphold and downhold basics, come-arounds, toss-outs, lollies, out-and-ins, crossovers, scoots, and paddles.
What you should know about: Dance Roles
The swing dancing community supports dancers choosing a non-traditional role for him or herself. Gaining an understanding of both roles is beneficial not only for those who wish to teach. Followers learning to lead adopt a new skill set and also become better followers through their enhanced perspectives. The same is true for leaders. A dancer capable of both roles (someone who is “ambi-dancerous”) not only has a more fully formed concept of the dance as a whole, they also need never sit out at a dance, regardless of whether there are more leads than follows, or more follows than leads. The function and techniques learned for either role might be appealing to any dancer on their own merits, with no reference to any of these other points.
A Jazz Age swing dancer was one of two things. A leader: a boy. A follower: a girl. The role of the leader was to initiate the execution of moves or movements or figures with their partner, and also do fun and fancy things himself. The role of the follower was to receive and interpret the signals to execute various moves or movements or figures with their partner, and also do fun and fancy things herself. These are what is referred to as “traditional roles.”
All we ask at Jingle Bal is that you register for the role you intend to dance during the classes (for class balancing).
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