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Workshop: Pre-swing dances with Birk & Mette

30th October 2021 @ 11:00 - 15:45 | 380DKK | Happy Feet Studio | Ørnevej 33 st

The Details:

  • Date: 30th of October
  • Time: 11.00 – 15.45 (2 x 2 hours, with 45min of break)
  • Place: Happy Feet Studio 
    (Ørnevej 33, 2400 Kbh NV)
  • Price: 380 kr per person
  • Teachers: Birk & Mette




Workshop in Pre-swing dances with Birk & Mette!

Join a fun and exciting workshop in Pre-swing dances taught by Birk and Mette!
They will teach you two dances: Box Step and One Step.
You can sign up to the workshop without a partner, but if you sign up with a partner you skip the waiting list!
If you sign up with a partner, you can decide to not to change partner in the workshop. Everyone else will join the partner rotation 🙂
People of all levels are welcome.
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.
The One Step was a ballroom dance popular at social dances 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 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 nowadays are known in standard dance competitions.