Adult Lindy Hop (General Level)
Wednesday Evenings 19:30-21:00
Lindy Hop is often known as the ‘Grandfather of Swing’ and is a vibrant, joyful and fun partner dance. Originating in the early 1900s in the ballrooms of Harlem, Lindy Hop was influenced by such dances as the Charleston.
In the first section of the class focus will be on teaching, practicing and improving the basic Lindy footwork. The second section of the class will start to take things up a notch and expand on this learning into movement phrases and sequences.
During the term you will also learn a brief history of the dance style, posture and co-ordination and simple (but impressive!) routines. You will build skills and confidence to dance in a group, on your own and with a partner to a range of uplifting jazz band music. No partner needed!
- Wear comfortable clothing that you can move freely in
- Open level for ages 18+
Wendy Steatham is a professional dance artist whose career has included roles as a performer, choreographer, teacher, movement director and lecturer. She has taught and performed with companies including London Swing Dance Society/ Swing Dance UK and toured with bands such as Ray Gelato and the Gelato Giants. She teaches and works regularly with former jiving Lindy Hopper Temujin Gill and his company ‘Grounded Movement’. In 2011-2012 Wendy worked as Mass Movement Choreographer on all four Opening and Closing Ceremonies for the London Olympic and Paralympic Games. She co-led the audition and rehearsal process, training the cast for the Ceremonies and directing the large-scale cast rehearsals, including the NHS ‘Swing Out Sister’ sequence in Danny Boyle’s acclaimed Opening Ceremony.