Santa Cruz Dance Awesomeness (with Ruth and Mike)
Sunday, January 20, 2013 from 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM (PST)
Santa Cruz, CA
Ruth and Mike are excited to come teach a workshop of four classes in Santa Cruz. They travel the world spreading their enthusiasm and expertise about dance.
In this set of four classes, we'll focus on movements that can be done in a blues aesthetic or manipulated to suit other types of music for your AltDancing (or Fusion). We will play both blues and AltDancing music in each class, and fit the vocabulary and concepts into the feel of the music.
2801 Mission St. Extension, Santa Cruz, 95060
This class will sharpen your turn technique and expand your turn repertoire. Leads will learn how to lead turns with their butts (well, sacrums), and follows will learn how to follow complex turn sequences effortlessly.
We'll play with rotational energy from tango, blues and beyond, learning movements that take both the lead and follow around a partner. We'll delve into some shared axis orbits and counterbalance. This class fuses ideas encountered in several dance forms and plays with ways of manipulating the aesthetic to fit the music.
A lot of music has a strong underlying groove in it. Learn to find the groove and feel the music on a deeper level. We'll explore movement variations to help you put the groove into your body and express it.
Questions? Message us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call Ruth 646.267.8714.
Ruth and Mike are full-time dance nomads, teaching together internationally. Blues, Lindy, AltDancing, and Tango head up their dance obsessions, though they are known to dabble (or more) in many other dance forms. They both love carrot juice and philosophical discussions but differ on the use of the oxford comma (One of them won for this paragraph.). They also have been known to swing out in grocery store lines, dance in close embrace down the sidewalk, and plank on moose statues.
Mike Grosser reluctantly started social dancing in college when a couple of his friends persuaded him to do some ballroom east coast swing in their dorm social lounge. A few years later in 2008, Mike discovered Lindy Hop and Blues and quickly got hooked. Since then, he has danced his way around the United States and learned from dozens of instructors. Mike loves communicating concepts to his students and watching them grow their abilities before his eyes. He strives to put himself in his students’ shoes so that he can explain techniques as intuitively and thoroughly as possible.
Ruth Hoffman skipped into her first dance class more than 25 years ago, and has since been dancing as many styles as she can get her feet on. Passionate about teaching, and with over 14 years of experience, she brings a balance of silly fun and precision. Ruth is known for her teaching adaptability in group classes and private lessons, crafting explanations to fit students’ learning styles. She has a long-standing love affair with close-embrace connection, and is curating a fine collection of fishtail variations.
Here are some videos of them:
Boston Blues Union: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zjWPJtr4SnM&feature=g-u-u
Sacramento Firehouse: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cVT0-CzqRB0
New York FNB: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QQiUdY3oa78&feature=relmfu
Seattle Fusion Exchange:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mj1LqtaN9SQ
Youtube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/RuthAndMikeDance