Class Thursdays 5:30-6:30
Cost: $60 for 6-week series, No walkins
Practica Thursdays 6:30-7:30
Cost: $5, walkin
Our classes are structured for dancers of all levels - absolute beginners to those more experienced. Each session is two hours long on Thursdays from 5:30-6:30 followed by a practica till about 7:30pm. The evening begins with movement exercises where we work on how to move on your own, in unison with a partner, moving with the music and moving together as a group of dancers. You will learn to move as both a "proposer" (leader) and an "interpreter" (follower) role. We then will work on a "figure" from the Argentine Tango vocabulary. You'll learn about La Cruzada, Ochoas, Caminada, Giro, Molinete, medio giro, boleo, ... the list is endless. Our lessons also include some discussion of them music and directed movement to the music. You'll hear about the "Golden Age" orchestras from 30's-50's such as DiSarli, Darienzo, Fresedo, Pugliese, Tanturi, Moran and more. You'll be able to distinuguish and dance to Argentine Tangos, Vals and Milonga. We'll also learn to listen to and play with contemporary Tangos from band list Gotan Project, Trio Garufa and Tanghetto. The evening ends with a community practica where the music just plays and we all dance reviewing all that we just learned and sharing in what we know.
Lindy Hop Night School w/ Earl Duque & Monique McConnell
Monday: FUNDamentals - 5:30-6:15
Monday: Beyond the Basics - 6:15-7:00
Monday: OPEN DANCE - 7-7:30
Focus is on the fundamentals of social Lindy Hop.
The Lindy hop is an American dance that evolved in Harlem, New York City, in the 1920s and 1930s and originally evolved with the jazz music of that time. It was very popular during the Swing era of the late 1930s and early 1940s. Lindy was a fusion of many dances that preceded it or were popular during its development but is mainly based on jazz, tap, breakaway and Charleston. It is frequently described as a jazz dance and is a member of the swing dance family.
Earl Duque has been dancing Lindy Hop since the Swing Dance revivals of the early 1990's. He learned Lindy from the dance clubs such as the Cafe DuNord, The Hi Ball, Broadway Studios and the Metronome Ballroom in San Francisco. During the day, Earl is an Aerospace Engineer, has been a Professor of Mechanical Engineering @ NAU and a Research Scientist @ NASA. He currently manages a research group for a software company based in New Jersey which allows him to venture on occasion to NYC, the home of the Lindy Hop.
Monique McConnell has been swing dancing since the late 1990s, learning with a fellow teacher, and by attending workshops and lessons in Phoenix. She was a high school teacher for 10 years ago where she taught dance in theater productions she directed.