Wednesday, November 20, 2013

December's Grab Bag of Lindy Awesomeness

This December, Brew City Hops is presenting 3 weeks of lindy-hop awesomeness! Classes are held 7:00-9:00pm on Mondays. $8/$5 students

December 2: The one and only, the incredible Lian Tarhay from Madison, WI will be guest instructing to share with you some tips and tricks she wished she had known earlier in her dancing. She'll be covering turns, body matching, leading/following steps vs triples, momentum & stretch. This class will be great for dancers of any level, you don't want to miss it!!!!

December 9: Trevor Williams and Kirsten Boeh will be teaching some great new lindy moves that we promise you haven't done before. You've seen Trevor tear it up on the dance floor, this is your chance to steal some of his signature swag.

December 16: Ever been wowed by aerials and air steps when watching competitions? Ever wondered how they did that? Hank (Henry Boeh) and Kirsten will introduce you to the world of air steps with some flash, and maybe a tish of trash. -Please note that this class will require some athleticism, and moves taught are not appropriate for social dancing.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Movin' it to the Blues -- Blues Dance Workshop this Saturday!

Get ready for a weekend of blues!  Don't forget the Harvest Blues Dance on Friday night (November 22) and spend the following afternoon with Chicago's Bob Bednarz and BCH's Tory Bahe.
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Saturday, November 23, 1-4 pm 


Riverside Park Urban Ecology Center (1500 E Park Place)

How much?

$15 in advance (email torybahe [at] gmail [dot] com to secure your spot
$20 at the door

What we gonna do? 

Hour 1:  Back to Basics We'll start our class in close embrace -- make it comfy, make it move, and make it your own.
Hour 2:  Movin' It Rock bluesy solo movements in your own dance.  Put them together with a partner to expand your vocabulary and make our dancing pop.
Hour 3:  Call and Response 
Express what you hear, play off your partners movement as well as the energy throughout the room. Bob is a blues music geek, and has a lot of great music knowledge to share. Click here to read a post he wrote for our BCH blog after his last workshop in Milwaukee.

I'm in. So how do I get there? 

Good question.  These classes will take place in the Community Room at the Riverside Park Urban Ecology Center.  There are two parking lots available; keep going west on Park across the bridge and you'll see one just to your left and one a bit farther on to your left (just keep going towards the big stone arch) if the first one is full.  Once inside the Center, head to your right just past the reception desk, then down on the stairs and straight into the Community Room.  See you there!

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Blues and Solo Dancing in November

Hey folks and sundry; Elise here!  Have I got some news for you...

Monday Night Solo Movement Classes

This month is very exciting - on Monday nights, we'll be going over the fundamentals of solo movement!  This means line dances, choreographies and snappy solo moves, but it also means improvisation techniques from the ground up.

Last week, we covered the entire Jitterbug Stroll, a groovy line dance choreographed by Ryan Francois.  This coming Monday, the 11th, we will round off the Jitterbug stroll and then lay down the complete Shim Sham, as choreographed by the one and only Frankie Manning!  Further and more complicated line dances await!

In improvisation, we explored Musicality in terms of structure, mood, and musical comments.  We had a lot of fun with interactive activities like "Find the One," "Mood Charades," and "Instrumental Simon Says."  We illustrated the structure of standard 32-bar form, and we explored using our movements to express emotions and musical phrases.  Coming up next week, the many wonderful uses of Contrast in expressive, musical solo dancing!

Also coming up...

A Milwaukee Blues Dance!

Also on the radar for this month is Milwaukee's own Harvest Blues Dance, following up on the amazing fun and energy we had at this summer's Blues Revival!  Save the 22nd of November, the Friday before Thanksgiving, for your glorious blues enjoyment.

B-Fit Studios, 2nd floor of 219 N. Milwaukee Street.  Parking in a nearby lot on Milwaukee & Buffalo.

Friday, November 22, 2013
8:00-8:30 - beginner blues lesson with Elise and Justin
8:30-10:00 - tunes spun by local DJ Justin Raibolt
10:00-11:30 - further tunes by local DJ Henry Boeh

How much?
Cover $8

What else?
This is a potluck event, as befits the season!  Please bring snacks and drinks to share and enjoy!
This event is also BYOB, but only ages 21 and up allowed in.

Anything else?

Also A Milwaukee Blues Dance Workshop!

[Photo credit: Ben Hejkal Photography]
Don't put your calendars away - there will also be a Blues Dance Workshop, taught by Tory Bahe and Chicago's Bob Bednarz, on the day right after the dance (Saturday, November 23)!  More details will be posted as soon as we know. This will be one amazing weekend, everyone - I hope to see you all there!