Sarah Birtles & Shaun Diaz
Connecting with yourself, your partner and your audience. This workshop will introduce you to elements of connection that will enhance the execution of your movement and expression of the music. Learn about the extra edge that will have you stand out on the competition floor and get you noticed by the judges. This workshop pairs well with the 2pm Performance Coaching workshop.
Want to add value to the dance/connection but not sure when, how or why? Explore in this workshop how to use your body to highlight what you might hear in the music, using all the body parts, adding in styling without advertising it to the lead. Learn the how to let your lead or follow know you are wanting to highlight a moment in the music, the right time to do so and how to get. As a lead you will get the added bonus of understanding how to listen and feel shifts in connection when the follow is trying to communicate with you.
Put into practice what you have just learned
Patryck & Wendy Allen
A workshop with a difference! Participants in this workshop can volunteer to perform in front of the workshop group to receive detailed feedback and recommended drills and exercises from Wendy & Patryck to improve their dancing. This feedback will enable you to really polish your craft and allow everyone to learn and benefit from the advice and recommendations given to the couples that perform during this open, communal learning environment. Choose to get stuck in or stand back as we all soak up this special opportunity to learn from the Pros.
Fixed Partner needed for those coming to perform
Emma Keating & Zac Skinner
Ever wonder why some dancers get raved about in glowing terms? There’s things they do while they are dancing that are that are beyond a spectator’s grasp. We’d like to introduce you to some dance essentials that aren’t taught at regular classes.
No Fixed Partner needed
Vanroe Stone & Michaela Cullimore
Level up ... by slowing down! Top dancers have a secret... we know when to speed up our dance... and when to slooowww it doownn! In fact, it's usually in our pauses that we create our greatest impact, true for both the stage and the social dance floor. In this workshop we'll show you how to slow down your dancing (even during fast songs), techniques to smooth out your transitions and moves that make the magic! Helping lift and elevate your dance to the next level.
Lily & David Barker
You do not need to be an Advanced dancer to do this workshop but previous experience of aerials/acrobatics is desirable if you wish to get the most out of this workshop. At least one high/overhead lift, a shoulder-level lift and, time-permitting, a tempo/acrobatic move such as the death-dive will be covered. Fixed couples only. Ladies - no high heels or skirts please and guys – no belts or clothing which restrict movement. A warm-up prior to the workshop is highly recommended.
Put into practice what you have just learned :)
This workshop is not routine-based. You will be learning technique and ideas, how to incorporate them into your dancing, and how to dance with confidence. The workshop will tend to focus more on latin/swing based styling as that is what is most appropriate to the current trends in Ceroc and the genre of music played in most MJ venues. Practical exercises will include arm styling, footwork and hip action, expression and connection with your partner. You will be encouraged to dance intelligently, to think outside the box - to become a better, more confident and expressive dancer. N.B. – Men are encouraged to attend this workshop to assist the ladies, however, the contents of the workshop will be aimed at the ladies (although guys might learn a thing or two!).