Educational Series

The Educational Series is a class designed to narrow down and focus on just one topic of dance in just 4 weeks. This is a perfect class for dancers who wishes to learn a specific dance style and its history but may not have much free time. The Educational Series is taught on Saturdays from 11am to 11:55, 1pm to 1:55pm, and 4pm until 4:55pm, here dancers can change their class time week-to-week to accommodate an ever changing schedule.

 

Disco-tech & Bright Lights, September 10th – October 1st

In the 1960’s and early 1970’s, music changed once again and the Motown and disco music hit the dance scene. From this new music influence, we have the creation of the hustle. NO, not the line-dance, but a disco swing emerges on the scene and dancers take to the dance floor at rapid speeds and with a whole new look. In this class, dancers will focus on the Detroit style of hustle, its history, and the musical influences that keep this dance alive today. With its rising popularity for over 40 years and after a Detroit dance couple won the Hustle USA national event in New York in 1995, the Detroit hustle became a subject of heated debate among dancers across the U.S. Come and learn head spinning patterns, techniques, and styling options for this amazing dance and see why this dance is not only here to stay but is being sought out by hustle dancers across the United States, Canada, and throughout Europe.

 

History of Swing, October 8th – November 5th

Swing dancing is a true American dance. Influenced from the popular dance the Charleston in the 1920’s, swing or Lindy Hop as it was first called was named in honor of Charles Limburg’s flight across the Atlantic and has been an American favorite every since. With each change in music or in pop culture in the U.S. we see a change in swing dancing. Swing dancing has taken on many names through the decades and many of them you know, Lindy Hop, Jitterbug, Jive, Shag, East Coast Swing, West Coast Swing, Half-time, Push, Bop, Double time to name a few. In this class, dancers will travel back in time and learn many of the swing patterns created by such masters as Frankie Manning and Norma Miller, two of the original creators of swing as well as works by current day swing dance educators here at the Center for Social Dance and from the Metro Detroit area. Dancers will learn patterns, leading and following skills, style, and yes, technique and continuity.

 

From Turkey Trot to Fox Trot, November 12th and November 19th (both classes double class time)

American ballroom dancing is a wonderful experience. Better equipped for the American size dance floor, American ballroom offers a more social approach to ballroom dancing. In this class, students will learn to glide across the floor while dancing a beautiful Waltz or Fox Trot, dance the rumba or cha cha while dabbling with some of America’s vintage creations such as the Turkey Trot and East Coast Swing.

 

Vintage Dance Flare, December 3rd – December 17th

Jumping off the pages of Scott Fitzgerald’s book, The Great Gatsby is the ever so popular Charleston. Known for its influence of the Lindy hop, the Charleston was so much more. Like many dances throughout history, the Charleston incorporated patterns and style from other popular dances such as the Tango and the Grizzly Bear. In this class’s dancers will learn many of these popular dances, their history, and where to dance them in the 21st century.