WE ARE SUSPENDING CLASSES AND SOCIALS FOR 2 WEEKS
What with the wave of courses that has already begun?
We are aware that social dance is a risky activity within such a big community as ours so we have decided that the wave of courses that began on March 2nd is cancelled.
What about your money?
Your payments will be transformed into credits/ vouchers with no due validity that can be used for some of our adjusted courses planned for after the most risky period. Those, who participated in one or two lessons that took place, but haven’t paid yet, we kindly ask you to pay for the lessons you attended (150czk per lesson) and send the money to the account as instructed in the email you received when registering.
When do courses begin again and what are they going to look like?
According to the government announcement it seems we will be able to resume some activities mid-June. However the courses will be adjusted specially. They will be in the form of an open class, initially mainly solo lessons, we will make sure to keep the safe distance and gradually we will add couple lessons without changing partners. Changing rooms will not be available and we will not be able to spend much time in the studio. And we will be hoping that with time we will be able to get into the normal running of the super swing as we know it.
Online courses and activities
We have launched a community project Swing Wings cafe. It’s a facebook group where Zoom conferences on various swing and non-swing topics are planned. Join in! Although virtually it’s not the same as in person, seeing other swing dancers might make your day better! If you don’t have a facebook account, bigger conferences have events in our Google calendar.
Our teacher Janca has online courses available and we are considering other activities as well. We would love to know if you’re interested in online courses, so please fill in our questionnaire.
Popis kurzů a témat
Lindy Hop 1
As the name already suggests, it is the introduction to the Lindy Hop dance. It is for all who have never danced it before or visited the social a few times and would like to learn what they have seen there. You will learn the basic moves and steps that should be enough for you to enjoy dancing at a social, but it should not be too much for your head to start spinning. Simply put – an ideal slow start!
Lindy Hop 2
Party Moves – Would you like to shine at a social with new dance moves? In this course we will elaborate on a material from Lindy Hop 1, will dance it all out, learn new moves and talk a little about techniques important for comfortable and fun dancing.
Survival Guide – How to comfortably ask anyone for a dance, safely dance through a full dance floor even a little bit drunk and survive a birthday jam? These and other practical tips and new moves are awaiting you in this course.
Cool Moves – Would you like to shine at a social with new dance moves? In this course we will elaborate on a material from Lindy Hop 1, will dance it all out, learn new moves and talk a little about techniques important for comfortable and fun dancing.
Lindy Hop 2.5
If you have already heard a term swing out and you still do not know what it exactly is, then you will learn it in this course! You will start slowly from the basics and learn how to dance it and what are some basic variations. We recommend repeating this course.
Lindy Hop 3
Musicality – if you want to learn to feel the musci during dancing, aquire some musicality basics and stylize Lindy Hop with authentic solo jazz, then this course is specifically made for you!
Cool moves and Styling – The content of this course is simple – more dancing, more technique, more tips to look great while dancing!
Charleston 1 – Next swing dance to a faster tempo. Nothing difficult!
Lindy Hop 4
Dance as a Dialog – Lindy Hop is not only about a lead leading and a follow following. It can be more about communication, mutual initiation followed by immediate reaction and elaboration of the original idea. Whether it is about moves, rhythms, tone or stretch, the same principles apply – and we are going to have a look at those.
Lead and Follow Techniques – Lindy Hop is a dance danced differently by each individual – and this variedness is a reason we all love it. And to dance comfortably we need to know the techniques that will allow us to dance more interesting and complicated steps and moves and make our dance more enjoyable. In this course, we will have a look at this. Stretch and compression, tone and tension, timing and flow are all terms that will be explained and trained.
Flow in Dance – Step step, triple step, rock step? Yes, we’re aware that you know all of them, for sure! But, would you like to know how to lead and follow it with flow, with bouncing, changing steps, the rhythm and playing with it? That’s for you then. Let’s go to put flow into your dance!
Lindy Hop 5
The topic of the course? None! We will just work hard and work with anything necessary and tailor the course for you. Please do not think that everything will be brought to you on a silver platter as we expect you to participate and be creative and think with us. Be aware, you need to pass auditions to be in this course. (Kuba is in charge of the auditions – firstname.lastname@example.org). That’s why we confirm the registrations by hand, so the confirmation might take a while after the registration. No need to stress, just be patient 😉
If you feel that you would like to work on your dancing and you are already Lindy Hop 5 classes, you can contact Janča (email address: email@example.com, or you can contact her in any other way) and she will talk things through with you .
Vision and goals of Focus:
-To reach an international level advanced + (from out teachers’ perspective), broaden your knowledge and dancing repertoir, better your technique, visual and social aspect of the dance
-Individual work of our students, discovering one’s own style and technique, self-reflexion
-Destroying stereotypes and finding a new perspective- out of the box, out of the comfort zone
– The teacher leads students towards discovering things on their own, provides inspiration
– The group is active, brings new topics, ideas and inspirations
-Mastering of the opposite role lead/follow (Level LH4)
What is expected when entering?
-Sufficient dancing experience (from teachers’ perspective) – technique, dancing repertoir, flow, rhythm, etc.
-Students who dance actively and work on their dancing (especially on Lindy)
-Basic knowledge of the opposiete role lead/follow (swing-out = level LH3)
-Dancing horizon, student’s thinking when dancing is taken intou account, their presupposition to self-studing and overall attitude towards dancing
-The will to work hard, train and improve, self-discipline
Everybody leads everybody follows
Leading or following? Mainly dancing! Learn to lead as a leader, perceive as a follower and find out what it is like for the other one. You will learn to use both sides of your body equally, which will lead to perfecting your moves. Suitable for all levels from LH3. If you have already attended the course, you will learn new things. If not, you will learn new things very fast – it will be a piece of cake.
Balboa Beginners – Balboa is another swing dance that was danced in Los Angeles. It is danced to faster tempos and in closer position, nonetheless it is a soft and comfortable dance. The beginners’ course is for every one who has had Lindy Hop 2 and wants to try something new. We will go through the basics of Balboa and will show you how to feel comfortable and get you excited about the dance. At the same time we recommend counting with a following Balboa course in the next wave as it will be scheduled on the same day at the same time. It is not compulsory, but from experience we know that Balboa needs time.
Balboa Pre-Intermediate – Balboa Pre-intermediate follows Balboa Beginners. We will continue in improving the basic moves and continually add new techniques, moves and combos.
Balboa Intermediate – This course is for all who feel they are intermediate Balboa dancers. We will try new effective moves, improve and perfect the technique and work on Pure Bal dancing.
Balboa Int/Adv – This course is for pre-intermediate and intermediate dancers who would like to deepen their Balboa knowledge and technique, work on the beautiful “Balboa feeling” and musicality, and learn new moves.
Balboa Advanced – We will try to break the smooth bal moves, play with them and make them better. We will focus more on creativity, how to change the moves we already knoe, connect movements with the dance floor and try to enjoy the moves you have been using for some time. To enter this course, you should be able to dance to a faster tempo, master well-known techniques and moves (toss-out variations, swivels, out & in’s), and be able to play with footwork variations.
Charleston 1 – koukni pod Lindy Hop 3
Charleston 2 – This course is a direct continuation of Lindy Hop 3 – Charleston 1. More advanced variations, a review of basics and much more will be taught in the course! The only prerequisite is to have attended the already mentioned Lindy Hop 3 – Charleston 1 and be familiar with hand to hand, basic and tandem charleston.
Charleston 3 – Popis brzy doplníme
Collegiate Shag 1 – This course is an intro to Collegiate Shag which is danced to fast music and is definitely not relaxing. You will learn basic rhythms and moves and everything you need to dance it at a social.
Slow Dancing 1 – Kurz je určený pro všechny, kdo mají za sebou LH3. Chcete se na parketu cítit komfortně, když se tempo hudby zpomalí? Chcete zlepšit svoji flow při tanci (lindy, slow bal i blues)? Potom je tento kurz právě pro Vás! Dokonce věříme, že schopnosti získané na tomto kurzu zlepší výraz Vašeho tance obecně :-).
Do not expect ANY swing in this course! Janča called for a support from different dance styles. In the first two weeks you can look forward to solo modern dance (elements of modern ballet, jazz, contemporary dance, etc), which will be taught by Lenka. In the next two lessons we will have a look at folklore couples dances with Honza and the last two lessons will be with Tess, who will go through dances such as street dance/ hip hop/ house, etc. You can learn more about the teachers in the FB posts, they are all experienced teachers and mainly great and easy-going people. The course will be a mix of solo and pair dancing, that’s why we recommend registering with a partner. The course is set for people who have been swing dancing for longer (LH5+).
Aerials 1 – V kurzu se budeme učit základy taneční akrobacie s důrazem na techniku a connection s partnerem, abyste byli schopni naučené airstepy použít v tanci. Kurz půjde od základů, ale určitě bude užitečný i těm, kteří u nás airstepy absolvovali dříve.
Na kurz je nutné přihlásit se s partnerem, se kterým absolvujete celý kurz. Ideální je, pokud jste na sebe tanečně zvyklí a partnerovi důvěřujete. Během lekcí partnery nestřídáme. Berte v potaz, že vedlejším produktem trénování airstepů můžou být drobné odřeniny a modřiny. Vzhledem k povaze kurzu nedoporučujeme hledat náhradu za partnera, který se nebude moct zúčastnit některé z lekcí.
Minimální úroveň tanečníků: absolvované alespoň 2 kurzy LH2
Aerials 2 – TBA
Aerials Intensive – Nejedná se o klasický kurz airstepů, ale o společný prostor pro trénování a sdílení informací s ostatními. Je určen pro všechny, kteří mají za sebou jakýkoliv kurz airstepů. Na tomto tréninku je možné trénovat airstepy z kurzů, cvičit nový airstep, učit se kombo do choreografie, apod.
Každá lekce začne společnou rozcvičkou a následně každý pár může pracovat na libovolném svém materiálu. K dispozici budou lektoři, kteří mohou poradit s trénovaným materiálem nebo nějaký doporučit.
Stejně jako na klasický kurz airstepů je třeba se hlásit s partnerem.
Choreo Atelier– Ladies edition – Do you like learning new choreographies? If the answer is yes, then this course is right for you! It will cover choreographies created by Janča. Why choreographies you ask? Thanks to choreographies one has more time to focus on their body and feel the parts that we normally cannot while social dancing. Plus it is a great practice for our concentration and focus. This wave you can look forward to something completely different. We are focusing on our ladies and will try to learn how to use our femininity in dancing not only swing but also other styles. ATTENTION! This course is for women only
Solo 1 – Improvisation Let’s break the myth that for solo dance we need to pull out one solo element after another. Slowly we will widen our comfort zone so that we can do one or two solo dances at a social. We will work on musicality that is the core of dancing in general. All of these will make us a better couples dancer.
An authentic solo jazz routine often danced at socials. This routine is extensive and crazy so we are going to work on it the whole course! We recommend having attended at least one Lindy Hop 3 or some Solo Jazz class.
Intensive training – This course is a training with a teacher (or teachers depending on who is available). If you want to train and practice and have an immediate feedback from the teacher, get some tips for practice or ask anything else, this course is for you. Important! This is the course where partners do not change, so we recommend registering in pairs.
Blues and Slow Open Training – Prostor pro kohokoli na trénování blues. Není třeba se registrovat. Stačí jen přijít, dát příspěvek do kasičky a tančit. Pája s Ľubom (a hosty) navíc zkusí připravit výuku/ukázku/inspiraci na každou hodinu s pomocí materiálů z bluesových festivalů.
Shag and Balboa Open Training – Prostor pro všechny příznivce collegiate shagu, kteří na sobě chtějí makat i mimo tradiční lekce. Komunitou vedené tréningy, na kterých si sami volíme čemu se budeme věnovat. Žádná registrace, jednoduše dojdi, kdy se ti to hodí a za 50 korun můžeš trénovat až do vysílení. Na úrovni nezáleží, stačí umět základy, a chtít na sobě pracovat. Pojďme ukázat, že i Brno miluje shag!