Start dates for classes in 2019

Welcome back to everyone, we hope you had a wonderful festive holiday. Check out below for details of our class start dates and times. We recommend that you visit the individual class pages linked below for more details about each class as well as links to these classes on social media for notifications.

SOLO JAZZ Monday 14th January
7:15pm
LINDY HOP Wednesday 16th January
7.00pm  Level 2: Followers Focus
7:30pm  Level 2
8:30pm  Level 1
9:30pm  Social dancing
BLUES Thursday 17th January – *NOTE: NEW SCHEDULE*
7:30pm  Level 2
8:30pm  Level 1
9.00pm  Social dancing

Next at Solo Jazz: The Stew!

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We’ll once again be warming up the Rising Sun Arts Centre this winter with one of our favourite endorphine-rushes, The Stew. This choreography is attributed to Mama Lu Parks, a woman who grew up in the swing heyday and was instrumental in teaching the next generations and keeping Swing dancing alive in the 50s-70’s.

If you’re looking for an adrenaline hit, this routine is for you! All welcome! We’ll be teaching it from scratch starting on Monday 14th January and gradually building up the pace over three weeks. Visit our Solo Jazz page for more details

NOTE: Please come prepared to sweat! Bring a change of clothes (especially if you’re staying on for Balboa after our class) and especially a drink – a towel or fan may also be useful. Wear comfortable shoes that stay on your feet (i.e. with laces or straps) and avoid any heels (definitely no high heels/stilletos).

7:15pm | Upstairs at the Rising Sun Arts Centre

Next at Solo Jazz: Remy’s Caribbean Shim Sham

RSJ Solo Jazz  is heating things up with Remy Kouakou Kouame’s Caribbean Shim Sham for our final routine rotation of 2018. A full body workout, this Shim Sham is guaranteed to make you sweat and a smile in equal measure! Check out Remy leading the Caribbean Shim Sham at Lindy Focus.

All welcome! No previous jazz experience necessary!
Knowledge of the vanilla Shim Sham will be an advantage not necessary as we’ll be teaching it from scratch.

IMPORTANT: This is a high energy class. Please bring with you a drink, a towel/fan, deodorant and a change of clothes if you’re staying on for the Balboa class after!

WEEK 1:
3 December
The Routine – Getting a started from the top!
WEEK 2:
10 December
Polish & Practice – Finishing the routine and then practice, practice, practice!

Mondays at 7:15pm | Upstairs at the Rising Sun Arts Centre.
Join our Solo Jazz Class facebook group for regular class updates and helpful links.

Next at Solo Jazz: Remy’s Caribbean Shim Sham!

The Caribbean Shim Sham

Starting Monday 3 December

It’s getting cold outside so we’re heating things up with Remy Kouakou Kouame’s Caribbean Shim Sham. A cardio workout, this Shim Sham is guaranteed to make you sweat and smile in equal measure! Check out Remy leading the Caribbean Shim Sham at Lindy Focus.

All welcome! No previous jazz experience necessary!
Knowledge of the vanilla Shim Sham is an advantage but not necessary as we’ll be teaching it from scratch.

IMPORTANT: This is a high energy class. Please bring with you a drink, a towel/fan, deodorant and a change of clothes if you’re staying on for the Balboa class after!

WEEK 1:
3 DECEMBER
The Routine
Getting a started from the top!
WEEK 2:
10 DECEMBER
Finish & Practice
Finishing the routine and then practice, practice, practice!

 

Up Next in Solo Jazz: Al & Leon’s Shim Sham

On the next routine rotation at RSJ Solo Jazz we’re taking a look at an alternative Shim Sham created by Al Minns and Leon James. Sometimes called The Savoy Shim Sham, this routine starts off feeling like deja vu before striking out on a complete tangent. It’s a great one for rhythm and jazz step combinations. Check out Al & Leon performing their Shim Sham.

All welcome! Knowledge of the vanilla Shim Sham will be an advantage but we’ll be teaching it from scratch over three weeks so no experience necessary.

WEEK 1:
12 November
The Routine – Getting a started from the top!
WEEK 2:
19 November
The Routine – Working our way through the choreo!
WEEK 3:
26 November
Practice & Polish – Revisiting any tricky bits then practice, practice, practice!

7:15pm | Upstairs at the Rising Sun Arts Centre.
Join our Solo Jazz Class facebook group for regular class updates and helpful links.

Up Next in Solo Jazz: The Shim Sham

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Starting Monday 29 October 2018

Possibly *the most* performed stroll in the modern swing dance community, the Shim Sham is a *must-know* solo jazz choreography. The Shim Sham has it’s roots in tap and it’s origins on the 1920’s stage.

Originally attributed to Leonard Reed and Willie Bryant but made famous by Lindy Hop legend Frankie Manning, the Shim Sham is now performed at social dances and events all over the world! Check out Frankie Manning leading the Shim Sham at Lindy Fest 2007.

All welcome – no experience necessary for Week 1! We’ll be working on the Shim Sham over two weeks. Where’s what you can expect each week:

WEEK 1:
29 OCTOBER
Prep-Work
Getting a handle on the trickier steps and transitions!
WEEK 2:
5 NOVEMBER
Finishing Touches
Putting it together and finishing off the choreo!

7:15pm | Upstairs at the Rising Sun Arts Centre.
Join our Solo Jazz Class facebook group for regular class updates and helpful links.

Level up your following skills!

Want to nail those swivels? Work those switches? Figure out what to do with your hands? Pick up some tricks and hacks for adapting your footwork?

Join Jenn Maghzal for a weekly session that’s dedicated to followers! This mini-class is open to any Level 2 dancer who wants to work on their following skills. It will include a mixture of rhythm and footwork drills and variations as well as styling options and personal expression. Over the course of the year the class may expand it’s remit to  also look at improving movement quality, turning skills, creativity exercises and self-practice development.

CLASS DETAILS

Weekly on Wednesdays
Starting 17th October
7:00pm-7:30pm
Wessex Hall (Whiteknights Road)

Try Swing dance for Free!

Just before our regular class schedule resumes we’re running two FREE Swing dance tasters with Reading University Swing Dance Society starting next week! These sessions are perfect for anyone Swing-curious and tempted by the jitterbug. Join the taster facebook event for the latest updates including information about the walking bus from the Palmer Building in the center of campus.

Taster Details

Wednesday 26 September &
Wednesday 3rd October
7:30pm-8:30pm

Wessex Hall
,
University of Reading,
Whiteknights Road,
RG6 6BQ (MAP)

What to wear?

Comfortable clothing and shoes you can move freely in. Avoid heels and shoes that come off easily. Laces and ankle straps encouraged. A spare top/shirt might be useful as we might get rather warm!

What to bring?

Bottle of water
Fan, handkerchief or small towel might be useful

Solo Jazz A-Z Summer Series

RSJ Solo Jazz  continues over the summer months with the A-Z of Jazz starting Monday 2nd July.

Each week we’ll start by taking a look at a handful of solo jazz steps to flesh out your solo dance vernacular,  breaking them down from scratch for new students and considering variations for those more practiced. After practicing the steps individually and in sequence, we’ll then work through a some exercises and games aimed at developing your improvisational, creative and solo dancing skills.

IMPORTANT: As with all of our solo classes, please bring with you a drink, a towel/fan, deodorant and a change of clothes especially if you’re staying on for the Balboa class after! A notebook is also highly recommended.

Mondays at 7:15pm | Upstairs at the Rising Sun Arts Centre.
Join our Solo Jazz Class facebook group for regular class updates and helpful links.

Up Next at Solo Jazz: The Big Apple!

From Monday 14th May we’re going to be tackling the king of solo jazz routines, The Big Apple!

It started out as a call and response dance but was then immortalised as a stand alone routine when choreographed by Frankie Manning and performed by Whitey’s Lindy Hoppers for the 1939 film Keep Punchin’. It’s now known and danced by lindy hoppers all over the world and is soon to join the Reading swing scene repertoire!

This is a beast of a routine so we ask attendees to arrive early so we can start promptly and make the most of the time we have.

All welcome! No experience necessary! Just wear comfy clothes and shoes that stay on your feet and bring a drink – a fan or towel might be useful tool. We highly recommend a notebook and pen to make notes as we go along!

7:15pm | Upstairs at the Rising Sun Arts Centre.
Join our Solo Jazz Class facebook group for regular class updates and helpful links.