Solo Jazz & Charleston

Solo Jazz & Charleston

Mondays from 7.15pm at the Rising Sun Arts Centre
30 Silver Street, Reading, RG1 2ST | £5 per class

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During term-time this fun and informal weekly class will work through a series of jazz strolls and choreographed routines including the Charleston Stroll, Shim Sham and Tranky Doo and more! These classes are great for both complete newbies to vintage dancing and those already learning partnered swing dances such as the Lindy Hop.  You’ll also have a chance to join in and perform what you learn when strolls are played at Reading Swing Jam!

Outside of term-time and during the summer months we work on developing step and variation repertoire with our Jazz A-Z series, incorporating dance and rhythm technique as well as improvisation and creative skills.

What to bring?
Comfortable shoes and clothes for dancing and active movement (wear heels and shoes that slip off easily at your own peril)
Bottle of water
Fan or towel
Change of shirt/top
Deodorant
Notebook – highly recommended!

Don’t forget your Class Card to get your 6th class half price and your 12th for free!


Coming Up at Solo Jazz!

Next up on the routine rotation at RSJ Solo Jazz we’re taking at look at the Tranky Doo. The Tranky Doo is attributed to Pepsi Bethel, who can be seen performing it in Mura Dehn’s documentary The Spirit Moves with Al Minns and Leon James. It’s a fun routine with lots of fundamental jazz steps and contains some super sweet musicality and variations that’s regularly performed at our swing social dances. Check out this contemporary version of the Tranky Stew performed by Remy Kouakou Kouame and Pontus Pearson – a mash up of the Tranky Doo and our last routine Mama Lu Park’s Stew!

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.

WEEK 1:
4 February
Prep-Work – Getting a started by focusing on a couple of the trickier steps!
WEEK 2:
11 February
The Routine – Working our way through the choreo, part 1!
WEEK 3:
18 February
The Routine – Working our way through the choreo, part 2!
WEEK 4:
25 February
Finish & Polish – Finishing the routine and then practice, practice, practice!