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Focused Workshops

This year, we are running focused workshops in specific areas fuelled by your requests.  This is not a situation where you walk into a workshop and the instructor assesses the measure of the average talent and then does a technique class....No sir..... These are professional levelled workshops for specific purposes.  There will be prerequisites, so please do read them.  If you're not ready for the level of the class, you are invited to be a spectator.  The prerequisites are NOT based on your competitive level, they are based on specific personal ability.  Please read the descriptions and be in touch with me if you have any questions.  Also note that some classes have a part 1 and part 2 which may be on separate days.  

Rides

Our Ride Workshop will be aimed at our progressive dancers, ideally someone who dances at either level 2 or 3 or competes at intermediate level.  You should have a solid understanding of connection, rhythm pattern and structure and be confident integrating it within the dance.  We will focus on finding balance and manipulating your centre within a shared axis. Feeling comfortable using leverage as a standard part of your dance would be a good indication as to whether this workshop is suitable for you.  The workshop will be challenging, but highly rewarding.  Adding these dynamic movements to your dance  is a surefire way to take your dance and enjoyment of it to the next level.

Finger Turns - Part 1  

(Lead by Tara and PJ, and 4 staff members to work with the group)

This workshop focuses on the first principles required to create these turns with complete stability.  We will discuss which muscles to activate, how and when to use them to create a single axis spin without falling off balance and becoming disoriented.  This class will be beneficial for dancers who are seeking to only do one or ten turns as the number of rotations are dictated by the Follow. 

Finger Turns -  Part 2  

This class will focus on timing, shaping, and redirecting your rotations while working with different genres of music commonly used in WCS.

Dancing to Vintage Music with PJ Turner and Tara Trafzer

Switches, hitches, and shimmies; Vintage music comes with its own early Jazz vernacular that perfectly express each phrase.  Join this workshop to explore the genre with PJ & Tara

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Hip Hop Swing with Tren and Marcus

WCS dancers have poured into our global community from various backgrounds bringing prior professional and home grown applications to the dance with them.  When these expressive styles are shared and re-owned by more and more dancers; they become available in our movement repertoire, hence our dance becomes even more expressive.  The ballroom, latin and modern dance influences have been steadily applied in our dance; it's time to take a look at Hip Hop's influence in Swing.  This workshop will study the influence of early swing and Hip Hop's roots in WCS the Street Dance. 

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Choreography Intensive with Lee Easton & Lauren Jones
Join us for a group choreography experience
Sunday, January 28th 2024
3 hours learning the choreography with1 hour rehearsal then performing Sunday night!

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Follow Focus with Phoenix Grey

Being a Follow is no longer defined by traditional rules of the role.  Have a peek into Phoenix's perspective on style and a fresh approach to the dance. Trail blazing, I would love to read Phoenix's mind when the music starts and the spotlight is on!

Follow Focus

with Ksenia Nomberg

Back by popular demand; this class is packed year after year. Musicality meets a feminine touch on the slot.  Ksenia lays the ground work then adds the angles of wrists, fingers, ankles and toes that create a professional finish. 

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Styling Your Primary or Secondary Role

with Paul Warden and Leo Lorenzo

In Paul's own words, "Style should be generated by music not necessarily by role".  Both Paul and Leo are strong dancers in either role and can switch roles while still maintaining their musical expression and personal style within the partnership. With the popularity and necessity of Switch and picking up a secondary role, lets have a closer look and advance our practice in this workshop.  

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Kiz Meets West with Miss Ginga Boo & Elisha

With lots of musical cross over, Kizomba’s popularity is on the rise.  Join us, 17:00 on Saturday to learn Kizomba Fusion patterns, with similarities to WCS basics.  Its a connected dance with a closed hold style and a range of complementary steps with fun tricks straight out of the Kiz hand book!

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