Events in February:
Saturday 24th Feb
Workshop and Social Dance with Zoë and Alain
Blues dance workshop with international teachers Zoë and Alain, followed by a social dance.
Alain (he/him) and Zoë (she/her) are both passionate dance nerds and have dabbled in many styles between them: from Voguing to Ballet, Hip-Hop to Lindy Hop, and Hustle to Argentine Tango! They have both found a "home" in Blues, drawn by the emotional and expressive music and the emphasis on creativity of movement.
From their classes, you can expect a focus on refining that feel-good connection and experimentation with body mechanics to help you find your own style. In this workshop, we’ll explore two contrasting styles of Blues dancing: from funky jukin’ to jazzy ballroomin’, equipping you to dance to very different styles of Blues music. We’ll work on getting down and funky with our butts in the first half of the day, then travel with elegance and style in the second half, with some fun variations and dips along the way!
This workshop is aimed at anyone familiar with connecting to your partner in blues dance, a basic “pulse”, and those already comfortable dancing on the social dance floor.
13:30 - 17:00: Classes (3 hours, plus breaks) at Methodist Central Hall
19:00-23:15 - Social dance to DJs at The English Lounge
£25 in advance
£22 in advance for Swing North Members
£5 Social only
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Places are limited at this event due to the space available, so booking is required.
The workshop venue:
Methodist Central Hall
11 min walk from Manchester Piccadilly
The evening party venue:
The English Lounge
64-66 High Street
5 min walk from Methodist Central Hall, 14 min walk from Manchester Piccadilly
Please bring a water bottle and feel free to bring snacks.
The evening party venue serves food, and there are plenty of other places to eat nearby, so you can grab a bite to eat between the workshop and the evening social dance.
This is a non-profit, community led event. Please get in touch through this page, to volunteer.
SAFETY IN BLUES DANCING
We are a welcoming and inclusive community and attendees should be aware of, and abide by the principals for appropriate behaviour, contained within the Swing North Manifesto...
We subscribe to the S.T.E.P.S. code, which promotes appropriate conduct at dance events, and can be found at the link below. Inappropriate behaviour will not be tolerated.
What is an 'all levels class'?
Our classes are all multi-level, like a yoga class, in that we offer options for you to add extra things if you're wanting to challenge yourself but they're always accessible to complete beginners. In our classes everyone dances with everyone & learns to both lead & follow.
What is 'social dancing'?
The best part of the night, we DJ great blues music & people dance! Don't worry, we'll teach plenty of things you can use on the floor or just stay & chat
if you don't want to dance. If you want to dance & don't know who to ask, come & ask us - we can either dance with you (if we're free) or introduce you to someone friendly to dance with.
**We have a zero tolerance policy on harassment, everyone has a right to enjoy themselves free of racist, sexist, homophobic & transphobic abuse. Please see our code of conduct for more info.**