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December 2023 – Journey Class Series | Me and Music: Embracing the Spectrum of Swing Dance Rhythms
December 20, 2023 @ 7:05am - 8:05am PST
We will be closed on Wednesday December 27th and January 3rd.
Me & Music: Embracing the Spectrum of Swing Dance Rhythms
Discover the full spectrum of rhythm, a series designed for intermediate dancers eager to delve into the rhythmic depths of swing. This class is an invitation to journey through both conventional and unconventional time signatures to recognize patterns. In this series, you will:
- Identify the Beat: Learn to identify and adapt to the rhythms unique to swing music, from the common 4/4 swing time to the intriguing 5/4 and 7/8.
- Listen for Phrasing: Understand how musical phrasing shapes dance movements and expressions.
- Incorporate Syncopation: Learn about syncopation, adding complexity and flair to your dance steps.
- Play with the Rhythm: Experiment with altering conventional steps to fit unconventional rhythms, enhancing your improvisational skills.
- Learn how to spontaneously Choreograph: Gain insights into sequencing dance moves that align with the unique structure and mood of the music as you listen to it.
We will attempt to embrace rhythmic experimentation through playful trial and error to push the boundaries of swing dance. This class welcomes intermediate dancers with a passion for rhythm and a desire to deepen their musicality. No partner needed; just bring your curiosity and readiness to explore the rhythmic landscapes of swing dance.
PRE-REQUISITES: 3 months of Beginners and/or 4 months of weekly social dancing. No partner necessary; students may retake Journey classes, especially in another role.