Last night I had the wonderful opportunity to test out a new class that I have been developing on some local dancers. Props and many thanks to Terry, Erica, and Corinne!
The class is designed as cross training for lindy hoppers, but is for any dancer that is interested in vernacular jazz/charleston. The mix of the class is ballet barre, stretching/core work, and then vernacular jazz combos.
Reasons for the mix:
Some lindy hoppers might say, "What the hell is ballet doing there?". Especially considering that I spent years of getting my 'balletness' out of my lindy! Well, it is rather simple really. Ballet barre facilitates muscle training that would help any dancer with control and balance for spins. Not mention the flexibility you would achieve with a little barre work. Plus, if professional lindy hoppers such as Jo Hoffberg and Kevin St. Laurent suggest cross training, it cannot be all that bad. Movement is movement!
Core and stretching are equally important for lindy hoppers, as it is for other dancers. Lindy hop is a very athletic dance. Our strength comes from our core and if you are a dancer that aspires to do aerials in any shape or form, you better work on core muscles.
Vernacular jazz and charleston are at the heart of lindy hop. Most of us lindy hoppers have learned choreography such as the Tranky Doo, Shim Sham, and the Big Apple. We know that these vernacular jazz movement can be integrated into our social dancing. The more we practice, the better we get at it. We'll be doing combos bilaterally, to exercise our noggins!
I am still trying to think of a name for the class! What do you think of SavoyFit? Suggestions in the comment area would be awesome.
Now that I have the class designed, I need a place to teach. I am checking out a new place on 4th Avenue called Breakout Studios when I get back from Camp Hollywood. It's in a good location and the price is right. Maybe we could consider having SwingCat workshops there too!!!
Anyhow, I'll try to post some pictures of Camp Hollywood when I get back. Until then, swing out and prosper!