Fluidity in Partner Dances
When learning most partner dances, people are traditionally presented with two roles - leading and following - usually bound to gender. In certain communities (e.g. queer Tango), students might choose to learn the "other" (or both) role(s). This way of learning also gained traction in the Blues and Fusion communities in recent years. And from some of those dancers who know both sides, we have seen more and more "switching" of roles during a dance. Switching is exciting because it provides an explosion of possibilities for expressing oneself, a wider variety of sensations and endless playful fun between partners. In this 2-hour workshop we will show how fluidity of roles can be applied to partner dances such as Blues and Tango. By this we mean: no set leader and follower; suggestions for movement may come from either partner at any moment; role switching itself is on a spectrum rather than a binary division. Entire phrases of the dance can still have one given leader. Fluid. Free. Fun.
Dancers of all levels and backgrounds are welcome since we will play with the fundamentals of fluid role changes, delving into the nitty gritty as we need to.
Teachers: Alain Andrieux & Love Dragon
The techniques are based on zouk among other dances and takes it a bit further so the dance becomes a conversation between two people. In this way there is no longer one person leading but instead a shared sensitivity and common understanding is the foundation. These techniques will add to your fusion skills and create a better coherence and sensitivity in your dancing.
Teacher: Connie Yndal
Rebecca Mary’s Instant Composition practice is based in the principle that our world is filled with stories waiting to be told and our bodies are the portal. In her teaching, she introduces exercises based in grounding techniques which allows one’s body to open up to the hidden movement within and awaken the intuitive, listening body. She facilitates the bodies of her students to engage with space, physicality, musicality, inter-action between bodies and the state of oneself to develop their sense of listening and expression and enter into a practice of real-time composition and story-telling. In doing so, the work brings us to experience and express a new, multi-dimensional understanding of ourselves and the world around us.
Moving From the Centre (ConTango)
The keyword of this class is centering. We will work from the centre, as the centre is at the centre in both contact improvisation and Argentinian tango. What does it take to move from the centre? How do we move ourselves and how do we lead or guide others from this outset? I see a dominating arm-tendency in much partner dance and believe that alternative communicative channels are limited, if we become too dependent on our arms. I don’t advocate that we cut off the arms, but we might want to tie them a bit for the sake of practice :-) We will work with close centre contact through tango embraces and weight sharing, and I hope to present a dance perspective that can be applied to all dance genres.
Teacher: Maja Ejrnæs
Blues with Live Music
Blues music was born in the African American community post slavery during a time when the black community went through many hardships. It was a way of singing out pain and telling the stories of their daily lives. With Celso Paco on the guitar we will listen, understand and dance to Blues music opening up for an open hearted connection with our partner. We will go back to the roots of blues and find a way to be present in our emotions and really feel the blues touching us from the inside.
Teacher: Lisa Josefsson
Musician: Celso Paco
What does a flamenca look like, and what if you don’t fit that image? I can't help but wonder.. Who is keeping the 'flamenco image' going; the flamenco community, the flamenco venues, or the tourists paying to see the shows? Why don't we see more afro descendent flamencas in Spain's flamenco scene? Looking at the history of flamenco it should be common or at least more common to see ‘afro’ flamencos. Where did they go? Because, surely, they have been here at one point. Just listen to current flamenco rhythms or watch flamencas dance and you'll see a clear connection to the African continent and Diaspora. The anthropologist in me is interested in investigating these notions academically, whilst the artist in me needs to express it from a personal standpoint. You are invited to dive into the music and find your inner flamenca!
Teacher: Phyllis Akinyi
The Blues Key to Dancing to any Style of Music
The richness of blues music encompasses quite different musical landscapes; from slow, touching and emotional, to fun and funky grooves, all the way to the latin juice and attitude. In this workshop we'll dig into the heart of the blues to try to find that essence that makes it flow and groove for such varied music styles. So come and join us on the journey where connecting closer to the music will help us find the harmonious and delicious connection with our partner that feels just right.
Teachers: Piotr Borowian & Sandra Thörn
Shake it Loose Skaka Loss - African Roots with live drums
Drums help us unite around one thing: the rhythm that moves us. From around the African continent there are thousands of different peoples with particular dances, and cultural traditions. However, whether you come from northern, central or Southern Africa, people dance to come together, to express emotions and to feel free.
Skaka Loss is an invitation to a journey to feel all these things without specific dance steps. We shake our bodies, we meet, we dance and we let go. Join us on this dance experience where all that matters is how it feels.
Teachers: Lisa & Celso