Wednesday 30th July 2014
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Dan Guest & Gemma Barson

Schedule
Dan and Gemma will be teaching at the following Camps & Workshops.
24th Jan 2014
            to
27th Jan 2014
Djam 2014
The North East Swing & Blues Festival held in the vibrant city of Durham.
9th Feb 2014London Laminu Workshop
An afternoon Laminu workshop at The Pilot pub in Chiswick. This is a lovely venue where we can relax and get some food and drinks after the workshop. We have the function room booked into the evening for some practice/social dance time.
 
Laminu is a swing dance that's done to very slow tempo music. Some people describe it as slow Balboa but it's really more than just that. It has its own particular quality of movement and structure that lend it a style and feeling all of its own. You can see a video here. Learning Laminu will also help improve your Balboa because it requires a sophisticated connection and good lead and follow skills.
 
The workshop will be at beginner/improver level. You do not need to have done any Laminu before but it will help if you have some experience in Balboa - in particular, you should ideally be familiar with the basic 'inwards' connection in Pure Balboa/Laminu. If you are not familiar with this then there is still time to attend some of our beginners' Balboa lessons at Bal Friday, which will really help you to get the most out of the workshop.
 
We plan to run further, higher level Laminu workshops in future if there is demand, so this will be a great opportunity to polish up your basics in readiness.
 
BOOKING
 
You need to book and pay in advance for this workshop. Please email us to book your place and we will then send you the necessary payment details. You do not need to book with a partner - places will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis whilst maintaining a good lead/follow ratio.
22nd Feb 2014Cambridge Balboa Workshop
Two days of Balboa workshops in Cambridge with a Saturday social dance.
21st Mar 2014
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23rd Mar 2014
The Vienna Balboa & Laminu Experience 2014
A weekend of workshops in Balboa and Laminu in the beautiful Austrian capital city of Vienna.
28th Mar 2014
            to
30th Mar 2014
Swing Revolution
The revolution continues! Returning after a highly successful first year the Leeds University Swing Society are proud to bring you Swing Revolution 2014 - the largest LUU Swing Society event in our 12 year history. On Friday the 28th through to Sunday the 30th of March rise up and join the revolution.
11th Apr 2014
            to
13th Apr 2014
All That Swing Festival
A weekend of workshops in Ljubljana, Slovenia.
20th Apr 2014London Laminu Workshop
An afternoon Laminu workshop at The Pilot pub in Chiswick. This is a lovely venue where we can relax and get some food and drinks after the workshop. We have the function room booked into the evening for some practice/social dance time.
 
Laminu is a swing dance that's done to very slow tempo music. Some people describe it as slow Balboa but it's really more than just that. It has its own particular quality of movement and structure that lend it a style and feeling all of its own. You can see a video here. Learning Laminu will also help improve your Balboa because it requires a sophisticated connection and good lead and follow skills.
 
The workshop will be at beginner/improver level. You do not need to have done any Laminu before but it will help if you have some experience in Balboa - in particular, you should ideally be familiar with the basic 'inwards' connection in Pure Balboa/Laminu. If you are not familiar with this then there is still time to attend some of our beginners' Balboa lessons at Bal Friday, which will really help you to get the most out of the workshop.
 
We plan to run further, higher level Laminu workshops in future if there is demand, so this will be a great opportunity to polish up your basics in readiness.
 
BOOKING
 
You need to book and pay in advance for this workshop. Please email us to book your place and we will then send you the necessary payment details. You do not need to book with a partner - places will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis whilst maintaining a good lead/follow ratio.
9th May 2014
            to
11th May 2014
The Maytime Mess Around
The Titchfield Lindy Weekender. 3 nights of social dancing and 3 Levels of Lindy Hop classes plus optional classes in Balboa, Charleston and Jazz.
15th Jun 2014Dance Teacher Training Workshop
We are running a teacher-training workshop for those interested in teaching dance on Sunday 15th June 2014. The workshop will be held at The Pilot pub in Chiswick. This is a lovely venue where we can relax and get some food and drinks after the workshop.
 
This workshop aims to give teachers a more in-depth understanding of key learning/teaching processes applicable to dance. We will explore how people learn and acquire physical movement skills such as those in dancing. This will include a consideration of relevant academic theories and how they relate to learning dance. We will explore how this theoretical knowledge can be applied and included into your chosen teaching methodologies. Topics will include:
 
- What is the role/aim of a dance teacher - Lead discussion
- How do people learn - Explanation of learning styles
- Good general practices for teaching motor skills (e.g. dance) - Suggested Pedagogy
- How to facilitate multiple learning methods within your classes - Discussion & Examples
- Understanding what you see, knowing what you do yourself - Tips for analysing dance & exercises
 
This workshop will be useful to anyone interested in dance teaching, including those who are already teaching regularly, those who only teach occasionally, and people who haven't yet begun teaching but perhaps aspire to in the future. The workshop is absolutely not about dancing per se! It is about the learning and teaching of physical movement. Your level of dancing skill is therefore largely irrelevant since we will not actually be doing any dancing, nor talking about any specific dance techniques. It will be an interactive presentation with plenty of discussion and sharing of experiences. As a Swing dance teacher I anticipate that the majority of attendees will come from the swing dance community. However, people from other dance styles are equally welcome as the content is applicable to any style of dancing.
 
This workshop will be lead by Dan Guest, a renowned dance teacher specialising in Afro-American partner dances and vernacular Jazz from the 1920 to 1940s. His particular specialties are Lindy Hop, Balboa and Charleston, together with other, less well-known dances of the era. He started swing dancing in 1994 and is a former UK Lindy Hop Champion. He is a respected dance historian and a renowned instructor, having taught at many prestigious swing dance events throughout the world, such as Herrang. He has taught his own regular weekly dance classes for nearly 20 years, further honing his teaching methods during the hundreds of workshops that he has taught over the years across dozens of different countries. During this time he has become just as passionate about teaching as he is about dancing itself. This obsession lead him to investigate which academic theories relate to teaching dance, and which could be helpful in understanding and improving his own teaching. This workshop is an excellent opportunity for people to share in his accumulated teaching wisdom.
 
BOOKING
 
You need to book and pay in advance to attend this workshop. Please email us to book your place and we will send you the necessary payment details. You do not need a partner as the workshop will be theory-based. Places are limited and will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.
16th Aug 2014
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17th Aug 2014
Cambridge Balboa Workshop
A two-day intermediate-level Balboa workshop in Cambridge
30th Aug 2014
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31st Aug 2014
Glasgow Lindy & Balboa Weekend
A weekend of Lindy Hop and Balboa in Glasgow
19th Sep 2014
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21st Sep 2014
Brighton Balboa Festival
The Brighton Balboa weekender. Two days of workshops with social dancing and live bands.
1st Nov 2014Leicester Balboa Workshop
Details TBA
16th Jan 2015
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19th Jan 2015
Djam 2015
The North East Swing & Blues Festival held in the vibrant city of Durham.

 

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