If our scene is so rich and varied, we owe it largely to our swing schools. Schools with their own and very different identities, but complementary, that help us build a community. For this reason, one more year, they have a large role in our exchange, bringing wisdom and good vibes with their tasters. These are their proposals:
- Blanco y Negro Studio. Musicality and “Japy breaks”, to give your breaks a different and fun touch.
When? Where? Friday, at 7:00 PM, at Círculo de Bellas Artes
- Animal Jazz & Barrelhouse. These two schools come together to share Norma Miller’s most emblematic choreography: Trickeration. A taster divided into two parts, but for all levels. Come with a fresh mind!
When? Where? Friday, from 7:40 PM to 9:00 PM, at Círculo de Bellas Artes.
- A Ritmo de Swing. This school’s proposal is a taster that will make you take your feet off the ground with simple air steps in pairs. They’re inspired by Norma Miller and Hellzappoping, and Atenea Mariña and Carlos Ibáñez will be our teachers.
When? Where? Saturday, at noon, at Templo de Debod.
- Big Mama. Inspired by “A day at the Races”, Gastón and Laura will teach us a little (aerial) trick for advanced medium dancers (mostly advance level). In this you won’t change partners, so find one, and let’s fly!
When? Where? Saturday, at 6:20 PM, at Círculo de Bellas Artes.
- Swingmaniacs. Norma and Frankie Manning worked side by side for many years. Inspired by their relationship, we’ll offer a taster with which we’ll learn some of their most famous steps.
When? Where? Saturday, 7:00 PM, at Círculo de Bellas Artes.
- Minor Balboa. Can you dance balboa to slow music? Sandra and Javi show us that it’s possible with a “Slow Balboa” taster.
When? Where? Saturday, at 7:40 PM, at Círculo de Bellas Artes.
- Big South. At the Savoy Ballroom other dances coexisted with Lindy Hop! Guy Lombardo and Chick Webb moved the floor to different rhythms: with the sweet sound of the “Sweet bands” or the vibrant energy of the “Hot bands”. The era of Ragtime at the beginning of the century was the predecessor of jazz, and the transition reflects in the different dances you might find at a party in 1929. One of the rhythms of the pre-swing era is the One Step. If you want to learn Lindy Hop, there is no healthier recipe than to understand its context and sound through a curious look at its surroundings.
When? Where? Saturday, at 8:20 PM, at Círculo de Bellas Artes.
- TJ Jazz. This year, coinciding with International Tap Day, we feel very lucky to have this wonderful teacher. Thanks to her you will learn some of the basic steps of Tap Dance. Making the most of Norma Miller’s inspiration, she will combine some steps from her choreography Trickeration to create a new rhythmic proposal. No experience needed – although the more steps you know, the faster you will learn. No special shoes needed.
When? Where? Sunday, at noon, at Centro Cultural Conde Duque.
In total, 9 tasters to learn and dance non-stop. Thank God there’s not much time left to enjoy these wonders –we are waiting for you!