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Workshop: Pre-swing dances

6th December 2020 @ 11:00 - 14:30 | 330DKK | Happy Feet Studio | Ørnevej 33 st





Join a fun and exciting workshop in Pre-swing dances taught by Birk and Mette! They will teach you two dances: One Step and Box Step.
The One Step was a ballroom dance popular in social dancing at the beginning of the 20th century. It originated from the turkey trot but were slimmed down, so you just had the basic step. The dance was danced in at slower paced music as the slow drag or blues but it’s also great for fast New Orleans music you just dance to half tempo.
One step fits well to New Orleans music that don’t have the syncopated rhythm. Other variations of the dance are Peabody that took a lot more space and quickstep that now a days are known in standard dance competitions.
The Box Step is one of the many pre Lindy Hop dances that was danced at Savoy ballroom and other jazz clubs back in the day. It was one of the dances that moved away from the body to body connection and opened up to a swing-out like figure and breakaways. It’s quite similar to the jazz Waltz or the foxtrot but with some modifications and Frankie Manning often mentioned that he danced the foxtrot. The dance is great for Ragtime/New Orleans jazz but also goes quite well for fast swing music.
The story goes that “Shorty” George Snowden and his partner were competing in the Box-step but by accident his partner slipped out of his grip and that became the breakaway! Where you transitioned from being physically connected with your partner and then you would let go and do some solo dancing.
Please note: We will not be changing partners in the workshop, so you will need a partner to sign up. 

The Details:

  • Date: 6th of December
  • Time: 11.00 – 14.30 (with 30min of break)
  • Place: Happy Feet Studio 
    (Ørnevej 33, 2400 Kbh NV)
  • Price: 330kr per person (so 660 kr per couple registration)
  • Level: all levels are welcome 
  • Teacher: Birk and Mette