It’s time to fine tune your retro dance styles with Xavier Marzan’s Rock ‘n Swing workshop. It will be all about having a good time, bringing your heart rate up, and practicing coordination while building speed on your feet.
You will learn the basics of Jive, Single Step, and Triple Step, including the Lindy Hop during the first hour, followed by a second hour of Xavier’s cardio swing-jam Zumba® master class!
Saturday, February 18 from 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Manhattan Movement & Arts Center
248 West 60th Street,New York,NY10023
Price is $30 for the workshop
Space is limited, reserve your spot in advance
Workshop features live music with Scott Morehouse, official Z Club NY drummer, a one hour breakdown of the three major rhythms (Rock ‘n’ Roll, Jive, and Swing), and one hour of Zumba® master class incorporating those styles.
A little bit of history…
“Swing dance” is a group of dances that developed with the swing style of jazz music in the 1920s-1950s, although the earliest of these dances predate swing jazz music. The best known of these dances is the Lindy Hop, a popular partner dance that originated in Harlem and is still danced today. While the majority of swing dances began in African American communities as vernacular African American dances, some swing dances, (Balboa, for example) developed in white communities. (Wikipedia).
It’s not difficult to spot swing dancers…look for the couple with the biggest smiles having the most fun. Swing dance is characterized by lots of swinging, flipping and throwing of dancers. Because it is a non-progressive dance style because it is mostly performed in one spot, it is a popular dance for a crowded dance floor. Swing is a quick, fast-paced dance. Couples hold hands as opposed to placing hands on the shoulders or around the waist, as ballroom dancers do. Swing dancing takes a little practice, but once you learn the steps, you may never want to stop swinging. (About.com).