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Introduction to 8-Count Single-Time Swing Dancing
Thursdays,  January 9th - February 13th,  2020,  9:00-10:00pm
at Simone Salsa
8336 W. Hillsborough Ave., Tampa, FL 33615
6-Week Course

CHARLESTON I 6-week progressive swing dancing course in Tampa Florida

Learn Charleston for swing dancing!  In this 6-week course, you'll learn 8-Count, Single-Time Swing also known as Charleston.  You'll learn:

The wildly popular Charleston dance started in the 1920's and became the biggest dance craze of all time!  With the advent of swing music, dancers incorporated Charleston kicks and steps into their swing dancing, and soon the swing version of the Charleston took on a life of its own.  Charleston, as a part of swing dancing, has kept evolving ever since, and today there are hundreds of moves/kicks/variations that are danced!  Our Charleston course covers all of the major variations, plus gives you a solid foundation for adding the rest.  Since swing dancing evolved directly from Charleston, roughly half of swing dancing today is Charleston-based.  So learning Charleston is not just an option for the swing dancer; it's essential to becoming a good swing dancer!

GET MORE THAN JUST KICKS!  Most people think Charleston is all about kicks.  Well, kicks can be part of it, but they're just one of many footwork options.  In fact, what you do with your arms and your body is more important than what you do with your legs.  In these classes, you'll learn Charleston steps, plus how to work not just your legs, but your arms and body into the dance.  We'll cover partnering, leading and following, plus dozens of Charleston moves.  We'll get you feeling and dancing that Charleston!

Swing dancing consists of 6-Count Swing (Single-Time & Triple-Time) commonly known as East-Coast Swing; 8-Count, Triple-Time Swing commonly known as Lindy Hop; and 8-Count, Single-Time Swing commonly known as Charleston.  A complete swing dancer will know all four varieties of swing and be able to mix and match them all!

PREREQUISITES:  None.  Whether you're new to Charleston or have taken several classes, try this course out.  We'll get you dancing the Charleston, so you'll wish you had taken it sooner!

INSTRUCTORSam  (Click for instructor bio.)

PARTNERS:  No partner is needed.  People are welcome either with or without a partner.  To maximize learning, all participants will be required to rotate and to dance with the entire class.

TUITION / FREE REPETITIONS:  Tuition is $70 for the 6-week course.  Please bring cash or check to the first week of class.  Tuition includes all six 60-minute sessions, six hours total of instruction.  It also includes up to three free repetitions of this course!  That's right....If you don't master the material the first time around, or if you happen to miss a week, you may re-register and re-take the same course up to three times at no additional cost!  Our foremost goal is for you to become a great dancer.  Offering free repetitions is the best way to accomplish that goal, because in the dance world, repetition equals learning and improvement.  This free-repetition offer is valid as long as this same course is still being offered.

REGISTRATION:  We encourage you to register in advance (no payment required).  Click "register in advance" link, and you'll be taken to the Simone Salsa website.  There, click "Register Here" link under Charleston 1.  Then fill out the form and click the "Register" button.  You can also register the first day of class at the studio, but please arrive early!

WHEN TO ARRIVE:  All classes start and finish promptly at the scheduled time.  Please arrive early for each class, and 15 minutes early for the first class.  This will give you time to warm up prior to the class, and will ensure that you don't miss the important material that starts each class.

WHAT TO BRING:  Please bring or wear comfortable clothes, bottled water, and swing-dance shoes such as oxfords, dance sneakers, etc. (Heels are NOT recommended for Charleston.)  Shoes should allow you to pivot freely.  Leather-bottom or suede-bottom shoes are best.

MORE INFO:  Please contact us (at least 24 hours in advance) if you have questions or for more info.

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