Jazz up your Lindy Hop skills & take your social dancing to the next level!
Are you an improver or intermediate swing dancer? You may have been to a few Solo Jazz classes or perhaps you thought it was all about dancing solo or memorizing routines?
This workshop will not require you to memorise a routine. We will help you to social dance with more confidence by focusing on movement skills and our secret ingredient…. RHYTHM!
That’s right….. You need to have rhythm & be comfortable dancing on your own in order to partner-dance well.
Do you know that top Lindy Hop dancers all have these amazing skills? That's why they look so incredible! Can we ever look that incredible? Well, we can definitely take the first steps towards making our dancing a lot more exciting by learning classic jazz steps that are essential for every stylish swing dancer.
This workshop will be a gentle introduction to Solo Jazz, also known as Authentic Jazz’ with the shapes, rhythms & movement explained from scratch. At the end of the workshop, we will be using your new moves to spice up your social dancing.
You do not need to book with a partner. However, book with a friend & it will be twice as much fun.
12:00 – 14:00 Part 1 is perfect for all dancers who are new to Authentic Jazz and want to really nail the basic Jazz Steps by focusing on quality of movement. Later on, if you wish to learn the Shim Sham in a future workshop, you will have all the moves you need and be able to dance them with style & confidence.
14:30 – 16:30 Part 2 is perfect for you if you know the easy classic jazz steps from Part 1 of this workshop and you’re ready to move on to the more advance steps that you see in the Big Apple. If you wish to learn the Big Apple in a future workshop, you will have most of the moves you need.
The legendary Dawn Hampton once said that if you want to improve your dancing, there is no better way than to dance all forms of dance. This, in many ways, has been Joo-Lee’s own philosophy and experience. Joo-Lee danced ballet as a child, was inspired and taught by the Jiving Lindy Hoppers since 1993 and has trained and gained social dance experience in Lindy Hop, Contemporary, Street, Salsa, Jive and Tap, all of which have influenced Joo-Lee’s own individual creative style.
Joo-Lee has a contagious enthusiasm for both dancing and teaching, ensuring an energy and buzz to any class or event she’s involved with. Highly qualified, Joo-Lee’s background is as a former director of performing arts, as well as having had formal training in music and, most recently, life coaching, all of which combine to produce a highly effective, ever inspiring talent and expertise for building dance confidence and improving skills, performance and techniques in dancers of all levels. Above all, Joo-Lee advocates that those who enjoy learning will in turn learn more and will learn more quickly. Given the thousands of people she has worked with, together with her warm, relaxed nature, it is no surprise that Joo-Lee has successfully demonstrated that this is very much the case!
Andy is very much our music man! His overt passion for jazz, swing and blues has inevitably led to an extensive, ever growing music collection to be proud of and this, together with his innate musicality and dance knowledge has ensured Andy’s reputation as a highly acclaimed Swing and Blues DJ, invited to play at numerous events all over the world! Lindy Jazz are thrilled to claim Andy as our own resident DJ and it goes without saying that each event is guaranteed to offer the perfect soundtrack for an unforgettable dance experience, with a carefully managed atmosphere through music sensitive to the dancer’s every mood.
This instinctive understanding of music has leant itself to Andy’s trademark smooth, connected and highly musical dance style!
Andy’s dance background began in the world of ballroom in 1990, followed by a growing passion for Modern Jive and an increasing devotion to blues dance and Lindy Hop, further fuelling his enthusiasm for social dance. Andy can boast a most impressive foundation for his dance training, having studied with top teachers such as Frankie Manning, Steven Mitchell, Peter Loggins and Russell Sargeant. Other influences include Salsa, Ballroom and Argentine Tango and his extensive experience, combined with Andy’s friendly, easy-going attitude have resulted in an accessible, motivational and connection-based teaching style which encourages everyone to feel welcome and included, promotes a relaxed environment and delivers positive responses from all our Lindy Hoppers!