Learn to Dance: Wonderful World of SWINGOUTS!

Orlando Swing Dance presents:

Swingouts! The bread and butter of Lindy Hop!
You’ve seen dancers flying around, a huge grin on their face, and now it’s your turn to learn this classic and extremely popular swing movement. It’s more than a move… it’s a gateway to a whole new level of swing dancing! This beginner-friendly, all level workshop will bring you from the basics into your stretchy connection and through fun musical variations and beyond! No partner required, no prior knowledge of swingouts necessary, no swing dancing experience – no problem! Whether you want to learn about this dance or you’ve been dancing for years, everyone grows and everyone leaves with something.

Save time and money by pre-registering online at a discounted $40 OR pay $50 at the door. Registration is OPEN.

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Swingout Building Blocks
12-1pm Growing Good Swingouts
1-2pm LUNCH
2-3pm Stretchy Connection
3-4pm Swingouts and the Musical Menagerie

Learn Dance Studio
945 N Semoran Blvd,
Orlando, FL 32807

Lessa trained in Baltimore on the floors of Mobtown Ballroom. An excellent follow, lead, and instructor, she is delighted to share her love of technique, connection, and silly antics with you Saturday.

With nearly a decade of dance under his feet, local instructor, competitor, performer and Orlando Swing Dance President, Aaron is excited share his love of swingouts with the growing Orlando dance community. On his off time he likes to flap his arms and dance like a bird.

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Questions? orlandoswingdance@gmail.com

Swing Workshop: SOLO (Jazz) – An Exploration

Orlando Swing Dance, in partnership with The Cat’s Meow and K-Town Boogie, is proud to announce a new workshop! Why Solo dancing? Because it helps with partner dancing! This workshop will help you understand your body and give you new movements and ideas to spice up your partner dancing.
This workshop will be taught by Orlando Swing Dance’s own Aaron and The Cat’s Meow’s Dominic.

When? Saturday, July 27

19 Broadway Ave, Kissimmee, Florida 34741

$35 in advance!
$40 at the door!
Sister Scene Discount – Come in a carpool of three or more, you all save five dollars ($5) off of each individual ticket!

Solo jazz can be a tough nut to crack from the outside looking in. You’re by yourself, with no partner to rely on for inspiration or ideas, and everyone is watching you. What even is there to do without a ‘basic step’?

That’s why in this four hour workshop, we’re going to get inside our own bodies, find out what makes us move to the music, sit inside some rhythms and see what makes them tick, and explore our fears and see how dancing by yourself isn’t so scary after all, but liberating, and the key to making every single social dance you go to into a party!

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Topics we’ll be covering:

Tain’t What You Do It’s The Way That You Do It –
Rhythms. They are what make this dance. That swing, that swag, can all be found in the rhythms of our songs and the culture. We’ll take a few pieces of vernacular solo movement, getting inside the shape and the rhythm of it, and we’ll give you a couple of fun games to start your journey towards creating fresh shapes and movements out of tried and true rhythms!

Eccentric Dancing –
Eccentric dance is a style of dance performance in which the moves are unconventional and individualistic. Such amazing jazz dancers as Earl ‘Snakehips’ Tucker developed an entire style of dance around strange movements that became his defining characteristic. Here, we’ll explore the animal kingdom, seeking inspiration so we can move our bodies in challenging, hilarious ways!

Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Different –
We don’t have to only look at the music or the Elders for inspiration – we have our community! Here, in this collaborative effort, we’ll get paired up and jam with fellow dancers in class, finding out ways to take ideas and expand on them in an improvisational setting, making solo dance more social than you could have ever imagined.

Jam Circle Madness –
Jam circles. In jazz culture, it is our life blood. It’s collaboration, one-upmanship, supportive – it’s a battle, it’s a celebration. Here, we will be giving you the mental tools to prepare for the spotlight, to own your space, and to understand that no matter what, you have something to say, and that everyone wants to see you say it.

Open to all levels! Whether you’ve never danced solo jazz before in your life or you’re an expert boogie-monster, you’ll learn something new from this workshop. See you then!

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