This fun and informative course will teach the basics of Lindy Hop and explore its roots as an African-American partner dance originating in the late 1920s. Angela’s charismatic and uplifting teaching style will transport you back to the Savoy Ballroom in Harlem, New York, where everybody was welcome to dance, perform and compete, regardless of skin colour. Students will learn basic 6 count and 8 count steps, breakaway steps (solo jazz) and Charleston moves. There is no need to bring a partner – Lindy hop is a social dance, you will dance with everyone in the group!
Lindy Hop is an energetic partner dance which historically brought dancers together across racial divides. It gained popularity in the big band jazz era, evolving from the Charleston, Breakaway, and Texas Tommy. Over the last 30 years swing dancing has been enjoying a renaissance and there are now thriving swing* dance communities all around the world from Mozambique to Iceland. London is one of the major cities driving this revival and Chisenhale Dance Space was one of the first dance studios to offer workshops in the late 80’s. Now it’s back!
*Swing dance is an umbrella term for dances such as Lindy Hop, Vernacular Jazz, West Coast Swing, Peabody, Balboa etc.
New students can try out any class for £5 on their first visit!
The price of your taster class can be applied to a full-term booking.
About the Instructor:
Angela Andrew is a performer, teacher and producer specialising in dance and arts from the Jazz era. She is self-taught starting her dance story on the streets of Hackney where she was born and raised. The combination of her musical family background, classical music training, love for jazz and her passion for dance made for a natural progression to search for the roots of present day street-dance, the Lindy Hop.
She started lindy-hopping in 1991 having an already established dancing and teaching path. She is often called a “mid-timer” on the international Lindy Hop scene: renowned for unique yet grounded teaching style, mentoring of new teachers, pioneering out-of-the box events.
Her passion drives her to continue to spread and develop the lindy hop; her emphasis on the soul and roots of the dance. Her aim is for the Lindy Hop to be recognised for its duality: as a contemporary dance art form and as a popular Street / Club dance. Angela is a Chisenhale Dance Member.
You can find out more about Angela here: www.angelaandrew.com
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