This was my first all-jazz weekend. Ten Hours of Classes and nothing but jazz. Oh my goodness, it was a freaking FUN weekend. Here was the schedule and some highlights:
Friday, March 18th
What: Dance and Vintage Bathing Suit Badminton Contest
Where: Baltimore Strut
The location of this venue is completely on the wrong side of the tracks, but it’s a cool venue. I believe it’s a modern dance studio when it’s not inundated by whom Michael Seguin dubbed his “Baltimore’s At-Risk Youths”. Buwahahah!
Vintage Bathing Suit Badminton Contest
Kevin and I performing before the badminton contest
Photos from the weekend:
Saturday, March 19th
|12pm-1:15pm||Slow Strut ( VFW )||Girls’ Choreography( VVA )|
|1:30pm-2:45pm||** Big Apple part 1, guys and girls together ** ( VVA )|
|3:00pm-4:15pm||Jazz Details ( VVA )||Jazz Details ( VFW )|
|4:30pm-5:45pm||Guys’ Choreography ( VVA )||Blues ( VFW )|
|9pm-midnight||Blue Vipers of Brooklyn and Solo Jazz Dance Contest ( VVA )|
I taught Can-Can in my Girls Choreo class and had a blast! Getting all those girls to kick up their legs and “woo” together was one of the highlights of the weekend for me. In Jazz Details, we covered Boogie Forward, Squat Charleston, and one other move. Does anyone remember?
I taught a modified version of my fan dance choreography in the blues class so the girls could learn some moves and we could work on movement. Again, I focused in on the details of committing weight to one foot or the other, using the hips, and looking with intention.
Later that night there was a solo dance contest. I haven’t found video of it just yet, but I’ll share it once it’s up. The finalists danced live to The Blue Vipers of Brooklyn, who were outstanding. There were a few late night parties after the dance, but Kevin and I needed to go home so we could get some sleep. We wanted to be in tip-top shape to abuse the students the following day
Sunday, March 20th
|12pm-1:15pm||Jazz Details ( VFW )||Jazz Details ( VVA )|
|1:30pm-2:45pm||Hat Tricks ( VFW )||Secrets of the Killer Dillers ( VVA )|
|3:00pm-4:15pm||** Big Apple part 2, guys and girls together ** ( VVA )|
|4:30pm-5:45pm||Secrets of the Killer Dillers ( VVA )||Burlesque ( VFW )|
|After||Afterparty at VVA lounge|
Another day of successful classes! I started Sunday off by breaking down the details of the Shim Sham. I completely mismanaged our time and took 1hr 40 to do so. I had such a great time though…..all those little detail. Ladies, you were amazing. I then explained who the Killer Dillers were and then talked about how to compete in Charleston, phrasing music, and gave some quick tips about what to do when you go blank. This class probably would have been more useful to a few people the day before, but c’est la vie.
The Big Apple pt 2 is always a tricky class; the attrition rate is higher than I’d like. I think it’s because it was day 2 of nothing buy jazz, the 2nd half have very little repeating choreo, people max out, and the choreo is a bit fiddly. Hehe (embarrassed), it could have also been that Kev and I had a few flubs in the choreo that we eventually fixed :p But we had a few troopers that made it to the end. Congratulations to you badasses!!
A new favorite of mine was the burlesque class. I had the girls bring heels and we spent time walking. We reviewed what we did in the blues class the day before, but this time wearing heels. We sat, we stood, we took off our jackets, and we walked away. I thought it was a super fun class! Girls, let me know if the stuff works (or not)!!