Titel: DANCING *AS* THE MUSIC When: Monday 30/5, 17.30-18.45 - Alhambra room Description: We all love it when a dancer has musicality! But what actually is it and how can you do it? We will learn about music structure, riffs and breaking out of the solo jazz shapes to find ways to move to music. We will be working solo but all these concepts can easily be applied to partner dancing for delicious musical dancing regardless if you're holding someone's hand.
Titel: FOLLOW SKILLS When: Tuesday 31/5, 20.30-21.45 - Savoy room Description: In this class we will be looking at some fundamental skills you need to be a fabulous follower. Spins, turns and balance, these are the building blocks to being a great dancer. Open to all genders!
Titel: FOLLOW STYLE When: Wednesday 1/6, 17.30-18.45 - Alhambra room Description: In this class I'm going to help you find your own personal follower style! We will experiment with variations, find your swivel style and talk about what you could do with your arms. Open to all genders!
Titel: THE JAZZ JIGSAW When: Thursday 2/6, 20.30-21.45 - Alhambra room Description: Do you love the music but have no idea how to dance to it solo? Do you find yourself just doing the same move over and over until you're bored? Do you like a puzzle? This is the class for you! We will be looking at some classic solo jazz shapes, working on transitioning between them and building something awesome from something simple.
MORE ABOUT KATIE: Katie Cobalt is an international Swing Jazz instructor with a wealth of experience teaching all over Europe. She is known for her classroom energy, dancefloor sass, and infectious enthusiasm for all things Jazz. As a teacher, she focuses on individually helping her students on their own dance journeys as well as sharing the rich cultural history of the dance. Katie holds first place titles at Savoy Cup, International Lindy Hop Championships and Balkan Lindy Hop Championships. While she continues to throw down in international competitions, Katie most highly values the joy and playful spirit that made her fall head over heels for Jazz dance.
During this 3-hour workshop you will be introduced to swing DJ’ing and provided with practical tips and tricks. The session is going to be conducted by Magdalena and Cornelius: experienced swing DJ’s, jazz lovers, organizers, and dancers.
Magdalena and Cornelius are going to share their knowledge and experience with you and try to explain why DJing by using “shuffle mode” is not exactly the best approach. They will show you in a practical way how to play at parties, explain what you should be aware of as a DJ and how to make sure that everyone is enjoying the party.
After completing the workshop, you should be able to play your very first set during social dancing and have the dancers enjoying themselves.
This workshop is both for people who have never DJ’ed before and for those who would like to deep dive and grow as DJ’s.
More about Magdalena: Dancer, organizer, DJ, explorer, amateur musicologist, jazz addict. On the dance floor since 2015. Copenhagen is my third local scene (after Gdańsk and Warszawa). I have been organizing exchanges, festivals, and local swing related events as a core member of Warsaw Swing Alliance and supporter of ShimSham – warszawski swing. When DJ’ing I focus on reading the dancers and boosting their energy by playing juicy pieces from The Swing Era. Favorite artist: Count Basie.
More about Cornelius: Cornelius likes to play music which is playful and great to dance to. He values the importance of supporting current artists who spend their time creating and playing music for dancers, while not losing the connection to the roots of the dance and the music. As all DJs, he enjoys sharing the music he loves, but cherishes the magic moments which happen on the dance floor even more.... See MoreSee Less