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Fallin in Blues – our second time in Grenoble

- 05 / 3 / 18 -

Two years ago we participated in Fallin in Blues as students and this year we did it as teachers. It was really nice to visit the city again and have blues classes – this time from the other side 🙂 Thank you very much and we hope to see you again in the nearby future!

by the way, what is Slow Dance?

- 04 / 15 / 18 -

People often ask us how they should understand the term “Slow Dance” and what is the difference between Slow Dance and other dances? That is a good question!

The easiest and the best definition of Slow Dance is just dancing to slow music. But practice isn’t as easy as the theory 🙂 Dancing to very slow and very fast music are the two main challenges of swing dancers, which is why it is worth practicing, even if the goal is reaching a contrast in your regular dance, making your dance more interesting and conscious.

The characteristic features of Slow Dance are, e.g.:
– contrast (slowing down and spreading up, changing energy), playing with rhythms, improvisation to the music,
– extension of movement,
– entering a frame (closer embrace) from time to time, pivots, etc.
– differentiating between triple, grooves and smooth walking without pulse or bounce,
– elements borrowed from other styles, such as Blues, West Coast Swing, Tango, etc.

Dancing to slow swing music can have a very wide scope, depending on the character of the music. The groove can be more rhythmic or melodic, have a more swinging feeling or focus on a single beat and the beat itself may be sharp or smashy. If the swinging mode prevails, the dancers need to slowly fill in all the time and space between the beats, making their movement very smooth. This requires mastering the technique of a gradual shift of your balance and is related to advanced work of your feet, as well as gradual body movement (in contrast to the sudden changes of balance). The dance has a sway and a bit of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers flavor to it, even though it typically also maintains the tripples, swing-out and other Lindy Hop steps, rhythms and figures.

Skye Humphries & Sylvia Sykes

On the other hand, Slow Dance can also be danced without the swinging feeling, acquiring more of a West Coast feeling, when the beat feels more simple and less flowing:

Mikey Pedroza & Jo Hoffberg

can very much look like jazzy Blues, with a lot of walking on 1 and characteristic stretches led above the follower’s hip, etc. (see e.g. the interpretation of the winners, Ron and Sharon):

Ron Dobrovinsky & Sharon Dobrovinsky

Sometimes Slow Dance can also be inspired by Tango and be based on stretches, speeding-up and slowing down (Fabien Vrillon & Lisa Clarke):

Fabien Vrillon & Lisa Clarke

Finally, it can even have some elements of Lyrical Jazz and focus on expressing and interpreting the prevailing instruments:

again, Mikey Pedroza & Jo Hoffberg

As you can see, there is a wide variety of styles in Slow Dance and everyone can choose something for him- or herself. It is useful to take at least one Slow Dance workshop in order to try a different approach to swing dancing and decide for yourself, what you could adapt to your Lindy Hop or Blues.

Amber Swing – here we come!

- 04 / 8 / 18 -

It is our first time to teach Slow Dance classes on a Lindy Festival. We are really excited and looking forward to present a different style than people are used to.

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Valentine’s Blues recap video – Slow Dance classes

- 04 / 2 / 18 -

During our holidays we finally had some time to do a recap on Slow Dance classes which we have had on Valentine’s Blues.

During the classes we focused on “walking” type of slow dance and covered basics of movement, stretch and connection – all based on several figures.
More movies are on the way

More than 700 pubs in one city? yes, only on Fair City Blues!

- 03 / 28 / 18 -

Dear Dancers and Friends from all over Europe, we would like to wholeheartedly thank you for being given the opportunity of spending this beautiful weekend with you! We want to thank Olga, Audrey and Margarita for inviting us and taking such good care of us and all the hard work involved in the event organization. We’d like to thank the students for participating in our classes as well as great moments on the dancefloor (you rock!) and the musicians for inspiring us to dance.

It was our first time in Dublin and in Ireland. We hope to see you all again on another wonderful blues festival in Europe… or just to have another Guinness in Dublin. Cheers! 🙂

Christmas Wishes

- 12 / 24 / 17 -

We would like to wish a very bluesy Christmas to all of our students and fellow dancers all around the world. We feel very thankful for all the great moments and dances we had with you this year. May all your dreams come true in 2018!
Looking forward to more next year,

Agnieszka and Konrad

PS: This is how we spent our Christmas party last year 🙂

Christmas is coming and … – July Slow Dance workshops

- 12 / 16 / 17 -

Well, Christmas is coming and cleaning is a must – do not forget the desktop. Thanks to that you may find a lot of recap movies. Summer time was also the time of our Slow Dance classes in SWINGOUT.PL. For three hours we have been focusing on changing the energy, mood and shaping the dance. We did a lot of material and it was such a pleasure to see the dancers working on basics, implementing new ideas and … revealing their talent and having fun. We had so much fun while watching them 🙂

Blues and Shag? Slow Lindy and Fast Lindy? C’est possible!

- 11 / 16 / 17 -

Quick Quick Slowwwww – it was possible in Katowice! 🙂

It was a great opportunity to share our ideas for both, Slow Dance and Blues, in a totally new place we had never been before to dance. Without much info about the people dancing there we were amazed by the joy and warm welcome we found. Thank you all for dancing, workshops and organizing it (thanks to Kasia and Jarek!)

http://swingcity.pl – Hope to see you all soon. Till then … may the pulse be with you! 😉

La Folle Journée Festival in Warsaw – Światowe Dni Muzyki

- 11 / 5 / 17 -

Wow, that was something special!

A month ago we had an opportunity to dance in the Polish National Theather during La Folle Journée Festival in Warsaw. Together with Piotr Kostrzewa Big Band we performed in the main hall in front of the biggest audiance in our lives. We were totally amazed because of the atmosphere we found and kind artists we met there.
On the top of all our student, who works there, gave us a unique opportunity to visit backstage and see places not available for common visitors – such a surprise!

It was an awesome experiance and a good chance to spend some time with great people.
Huge thanks for Piotr and his band… huge thanks to our super student!

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I Blues Warsaw!

- 08 / 21 / 17 -

We would like to share with you our routine! Furthermore, if only you are brave enough, gather your friends and prepare your own routine or use ours and record “I Blues… (your city)” . Just like “I Charleston” let’s make the idea of common blues dancing spread around the world! 🙂

You may watch or learn our routine with following movie :

https://youtu.be/1bTMVEVOwH4

Hope to see your movies or dance “My girl” together somewhere! 🙂

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