Promoting Swing Dancing
and Live Swing Music
in the Triangle Region

LOCALPalooza October 8-9, 2011

 

October 8th and 9th at the Triangle Dance Studio

 

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Note:  You can register at the event- but you get some extra benefits by pre-registering online by Friday, Oct 7 at NOON. 

 WHAT YOU'LL FIND ON THIS PAGE  

 

 

Join us for an amazing weekend of workshops taught by  our incredible team of local Triangle area Instructors for beginner through advanced dancers.  

Read our article about LOCALPalooza & why it's different from other swing workshops.

Our goals for the workshop are:

  1. Attract new people to swing dance through a fun-filled, affordable workshop experience that gets them comfortable on the dance floor fast and introduces them to the local instructors from whom they can take follow-up classes.
  2. Provide a fun & nurturing atmosphere where existing dancers can learn new dance skills from our local instructors.
  3. And most of all – have fun with fellow swing dancers!

 

There will also be a Swing Dance on Saturday evening at Carrboro Century Center with live music by LOCAL favorite Skeedaddle.

Extra Goodies for Participants

  • GOODIE #1:  Entry to win a FREE EBC pass (Value $205) for each  class you register for.   FIve (5) extra chances to win if you sign up by midnight October 2.  Must pre-register (online) by Noon on Friday Oct 7 (JumpStart counts as 1 class/1 entry to win)
  • GOODIE #2:   Sign up at the October 1 Dance (Murphey School/Davina & the Vagabonds) & get a Free Pass to a Hot Club Dance (+ GOODIE #1)
  • GOODIE #3:  Sign up for the Beginner Jump Start at the October 1 dance and get
  • GOODIE #4:  Pre-register online for Beginner Jump Start (by Noon on Friday, Oct 7) and get a chance to win a private lesson with the area instructor of your choice. 

 

Brand New to Swing Jump Start Package

If you are new (or nearly new) to swing, this is just right for you.   Everything you need to go from Zero to Swing Dancing (Really!) in one day.

Take a look at our video to see what you'll learn.

 No partner required. Perfect for those who have NO experience or for those who've taken a couple of beginner classes. Sold as a package only.

  • Full day of fun-filled swing dance group classes that will get you comfortable on the dance floor fast-starting with the basics and adding moves as the day progresses.
  • Instruction by many of the local instructors who offer ongoing classes
  • Includes instructor-guided review, refinement and practice what you learn with focused one on one attention as necessary 
  • Admission into the live music swing dance Saturday night included with the package
  • Discounted pricing on the package to make it accessible to as many people as possible

If you know someone who has been interested in trying swing, tell them about the workshop so they can get space while it lasts!

 

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LOCAL Instructors

A huge thanks to all our or LOCAL instructors that are donating their time to support this workshop!

 

Sharon Ashe (Ninth Street Dance)

Richard Badu (rbadu@aol.com)

Debbie Ramsey & Wesley Boz (Mad About Dance Academy)

Joe Jackson & Laura Lackey (Hot Club of Durham)

Daniel McClain (dancechameleon.com)

Chris & Holly Owens (WhataShuffle.com)

John Rowe & Margaret Valyou (johnrowe@mac.com)

Laura Rose (DanceFourFun.com)

Jason Sager & Kristy Milliken (TheLindyLab.com)

 

Class Schedule

Saturday, October 8, 2011
Time Swing Jump Start!*  
(Package Only)
Int/Adv Track Electives Practice
Room
11am-12pm Jump Start 1-The Basics
Wes & Debbie Boz
Partner Connection
(All Levels)
Sharon Ashe
Intro to Blues
Daniel McClain
Open
Practice
12pm-1pm Jump Start 2- How to Lead & Follow
Sharon Ashe
Int/Adv Lindy Moves
Richard Badu
Int/Adv Blues
Daniel McClain
Open
Practice
1-2:30pm Lunch Lunch Lunch Open
Practice
2:30-3:30 Jump Start 3-  More Swing Moves
Richard Badu
Musicality
(All Levels)
Sharon Ashe
Open
Practice
3:30-4:30 Jump Start 4-
Make it All Stick

Joe Jackson & Laura Lackey
Int/Adv Balboa
Chris & Holly Owens
Intro to West Coast
Wes & Debbie Boz
Open
Practice
4:30-5:30

 

Int/Adv Charleston
Jason Sager & Kristy Milliken
Int/Adv West Coast
Laura Rose
Open
Practice

 

 

 

 

Sunday, October 9, 2011
Time Beginner Track Int/Adv Track Electives Practice
Room
11am-12pm Swing-Out Clinic
Jason Sager & Kristy Milliken
Intro to Collegiate Shag
John Rowe & Margaret Valyou
Open
Practice
12pm-1pm Intro to Lindy Hop
Joe Jackson & Laura Lackey
Footwork/Quality of Movement
(All Levels)
Jason Sager & Kristy Milliken
More Collegiate Shag Moves
John Rowe & Margaret Valyou
Open
Practice
1-2:30pm Lunch Lunch Lunch Open
Practice
2:30-3:30 Intro to Balboa 1
Chris & Holly Owens
Int/Adv East Coast
Richard Badu
Open
Practice
3:30-4:30 Intro to Balboa 2
Chris & Holly Owens

Intro to Charleston
Joe Jackson & Laura Lackey
Open
Practice

   

 

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LOCAL Class Descriptions (Work in Progress)

Saturday Classes

Swing Jump Start Beginner Package – Here's the recipe:

Take someone completely new (or nearly new) to swing (with or without any other dance experience).  Add the Swing Jump Start Package with its high concentration of content and 100 proof instructors. And "poof", he/she is able to have a fun and confident night of dancing that evening (October 8 dance admission included in the price of the package).

The recipe works only if you take the entire package-so that's the only way it is sold.  The nitty grity class ingredients are:

  • Jump Start 1- The Basics:  Starting from the beginning. Learn the basic footwork, open and closed position (and how to go from one to the other)  and a couple of key moves
  • Jump Start 2- How to Lead & Follow:  It's not innate and  it makes a big difference in dancing and ability to learn easily. Being well connected to your partner enables you to communicate clearly on the dance floor. Connection basics, such as body, arm and hand position and lead/follow technique will be taught so you can have a real conversation with your dance partner through movement.
  • Jump Start 3 – More Swing Moves:  Build your repertoire of swing moves based on the foundation from the first two classes.
  • Jump Start 4 – Make It Stick:  And make it look good. This class will review  everything you've learned so far, fine-tune  the moves and resolve any lingering issues.  The instructors will answer questions, supervise practice to swingable music, and provide one on one instruction as necessary to smooth rough spots.  You may even learn another move or two!

 

Partner Connection – Sharon will focus on open connection concepts and technique such as leverage, neutral, and connecting in, concepts that are central to any type of swing dance. This class is suitable for all levels of dancers from beginner through advanced. 

• Int/Advanced Lindy Moves – Richard will raise your Lindy level by adding challenging new moves that are also technique boosters for both leaders and followers.

• Musicality – Part of the fun of swing dancing is the great music, both live and DJ'ed. This class will focus on how to listen to music and express in your dancing what you hear in the music. This class is suitable for all levels of dancers from beginner through advanced.

Int/Adv Balboa – Building on your existing foundation of Balboa, Chris and Holly will teach more moves and the technique required to use them well on the dance floor Saturday night. 

• Int/Adv Charleston – Want to spice up your Charleston? Jason and Kristy will add to your repertoire and cover the technique it takes to lead, follow, and execute Charleston on the social dance floor. This class is suitable for anyone familiar with basic side-by-side Charleston.

Intro to Blues – Blues was such a popular class at our last LocalPalooza that we are offering two levels this time around. Daniel and Jan will cover basic blues footwork, connection, and moves. You will be able to dance basic blues by the end of this class! No prior blues experience is required.

• Int/Adv Blues – Daniel and Jan will build on what was taught in the Intro to Blues class but will also cover more advanced concepts for students with more experience. This class is suitable for anyone who has had an introductory class such as the preceding Intro to Blues class as well as those who have months or years of experience social dancing blues.

• Intro to West Coast – Developed in the 50’s, West Coast Swing is often danced to more “modern” music (1980’s and after). It features a more upright posture and movement in a linear space or slot. Because it can be danced to more modern, and slower tempo music, it is a great addition to a dance repertoire. Wes & Debbie will teach basic West Coast footwork and moves so you can get on the dance floor by the end of this class. Open to all levels.

• Int/Adv West Coast – Open to anyone with a basic understanding of West Coast, including those who took the Intro to West Coast class, Laura will add to your West Coast by teaching new moves and the technique required to use them effectively on the dance floor.

 

Sunday Classes

• Intro to Charleston – Started in the 1920’s and 30’s, it is often woven into Lindy Hop moves but can also be done on its own or interlaced with any swing dance. Danced in a number of ways-side by side, face to face, hand to hand, tandem (both partners facing in the same direction). This is a great addition to your repertoire for faster songs. Joe and Laura will teach basic footwork and moves so you can add this to your dancing right away!

• Intro to Lindy Hop – Started in the 1920s and 30’s, Lindy is characterized by an 8-count circular basic or "swing out" with an emphasis on improvisation and the ability to easily adapt to include other steps in 8-count and 6-count rhythms. Danced to almost every conceivable style of music with blues or jazz rhythm as well as non-traditional styles of music. Joe and Laura will get you started in Lindy so you can start working it into your dancing right away.

• Intro to Balboa 1 – Balboa originated in the 1920's and emphasizes a strong partner connection and quick footwork. Well suited to up-tempo music, this is a great way to get off the side lines during up-tempo songs. Chris and Holly will start from the beginning – basic footwork, partner connection, and basic moves. No prior Balboa experience is required.  They'll start you out right (and get you ready for EBC–just around the corner)

• Intro to Balboa 2 – This class picks up where Intro to Balboa 1 left off–so take both classes and really get a start on learning Bal.  Taking two in a row helps  cement your learning.  If you've had one or two Bal classes before, feel free to jump — or should we say shuffle-right into this one.   

• Swing Out Clinic – Lindy hoppers seem to be in an endless pursuit of the perfect swing out. Jason and Kristy think the key to great Lindy is having a variety of swing out options available so you can use what works with your partner, with the music, and what is comfortable for you. With a goal of adding flexibility to your swing out, this class is suitable for anyone who wants to get more comfortable doing a variety of swing outs in a social dance setting.

Int/Adv East Coast – Are you ready to add to your east coast swing vocabulary? Richard will do just that by teaching some intermediate/advanced moves that will spice up your dancing right away.

• Footwork / Quality of Movement – Good footwork is an important part of achieving a high quality of movement. Not only does footwork support your body's movement, it can be a musical expression in and of itself, and leads to a safer experience for your body. This class is suitable for east coast, Lindy, and other swing dancers at all levels who want to improve their footwork and enjoy the benefits of better footwork in their dancing.

• Intro to Collegiate Shag – Don't confuse Collegiate Shag with Carolina Shag. Collegiate Shag predates Lindy Hop and is a high-energy dance usually danced to faster tempos. No experience necessary. Margaret and John will teach you the basics and a couple of moves to get you started. They usually only teach for special occasions so don't miss this opportunity to learn this exciting dance!

• More Collegiate Shag Moves – This class assumes you just took the intro class or that you already know the basic footwork for Collegiate Shag. Add some new Collegiate Shag moves to your repertoire. Margaret and John will teach some challenging moves including some they've never taught before.

 
LOCAL Workshop Pricing

 

Jump Start Beginner Package: $25 students/members, $40 non-members (includes a free admission ticket to the dance that evening)- sold as a package only. 

All Other Classes, for TSDS members and Students: $10 each class 

All Other Classes, for Non-Members: $15 ea for 1st three classes + $10 ea additional class


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As the only non-profit swing dance organization in the Triangle, TSDS fills the role of a non-partisan supporter of all swing dance in our area.