Kicked off the first session of my new strolls class last night, aided and abetted by the lovely Jenn, and surprisingly it all went rather well…
I don’t do a lot of dance teaching as i tend to a) defer to other people who i think have been at it longer than me, and b) hate formalised lesson structure (i just want to one on one every single student - it annoys me not being able to address things individually because of the effect it would have on the pace of the group).
This group were fantastic though - shot through the lesson significantly ahead of schedule and we had a pretty bloody tight first half of Sing’s Charleston Stroll down by the end of the session, with people (from a very mixed ability class) trying out variations all over the shop. I love swing strolls most when the whole group is playing and you get little ripples of different styles popping up and merging back down again into the mass, and something with lots of sharp turns like Sing’s really showcases it.
For a group that was thrown together from wedding guests that saw us dancing and the remnants of Shimmy-Lin’s funtime Charleston class, they have awesome focus - Top marks to the lot of them and looking forward to the next few weeks as we build up their vocab and slowly wean them onto solo jazz (shh! they don’t know this yet) :)
Happy feet :)
**edit** If anyone in the Reading area (UK - not the American knock-off Reading) wants to join in we are upstairs at the Rising Sun mon nights - prod me for deets, you would be more than welcome!
Spent yesterday fannying about with trains (thanks Slough; anytime you want to upgrade your signals just let me know), and learning the Lindy Chorus in preparation for the grand recording session at Oxford Lindy Exchange next weekend.
Now i just want to do it more. And faster. And without the awkward triple speed follower spin linking the back Charleston to the hand to hand Charleston and a replacement anti-clockwise spin instead so the follows have some chance at looking graceful.
will post pics/video after OLX as i’m hoping that it will look a little more polished by that point (depending on how much sleep i have had by Sunday!)