TEACHER TRAINING

Teaching dance is a completely separate skill set from dancing socially or competing. Joel has trained teachers in Germany, Australia, and the USA. He is proud to be asked back to many major workshops based on his teaching skills.

Teacher Training topics include:

* Joel's Top 10 Teaching Tips
* Dances of the Swing Era
* Keys for Leaders & Followers
* Lead/Follow 101
* Breaking it down / 4MAT Modeling
* Handling class situations
* Mock classes

All participants receive a copy of supporting documents for the topics above.

Seminars may include a general overview of teaching or specific Swing dance genre focus.

HISTORY OF SWING WEEKEND

Few instructors can cover all of this material with your dancers.
2PlySwing can do the schedule listed, or spend more time on any of the topics here or topics listed below:

Class 1: TEXAS TOMMY (1900s)
Class 2: SOLO CHARLESTON / BLACK BOTTOM (1920s)
Class 3: COUPLES CHARLESTON – the transition to Lindy Hop (1927 After Seben Sequences)
Class 4: LINDY HOP & LINDY CHARLESTON (1930s/40s) - this can be split into 2 classes
Class 5: JAZZ MOVEMENT (1930s/40s) - or any of the classic line dances...
Class 6: LINDY HOP ROUTINES - or - Incorporating Jazz Movement in your Lindy Hop (1930s/40s)
Class 7: COLLEGIATE SHAG (Single, Double, and Triple Rhythm Shag done all over the nation in the 30s)
Class 8: BALBOA HISTORY - Who did you talk to? (showing various dances that influenced the creation of Balboa)

PRE-SWING ERA

The dances of the swing era have a history rooted in dances done long before the first Swingout.
Educate your dance community with these rare and very fun dances:

CAKEWALK (1850-1920) - CAKEWALK DETAILS
the first American dance to cross over from black to white society as well as from stage
(minstrel shows) to ballroom. The movements continued and can be traced in vernacular
Jazz steps and the Lindy Hop. There are many steps both solo and partner.

ONE STEP (1890-1914) - ONE STEP DETAILS
said to be of American origin and is a very simple and easily dance to learn and to perform.
Many of the dances of the day were modified to fit the one step and eventually gave way to
the modern Quick Step done in Ballroom. There are many steps to this dance, favorites include:
Castle Rocks, Grapevine, Marcel Wave, Pivots, Pony Trot, Serpentine, and Zig Zag

PEABODY (1915) - PEABODY DETAILS
a unique, jaunty type fast fox-trot, done to ragtime music . It is based more around a dance position
(called the "English") which lead to some unique steps or patterns.

TEXAS TOMMY (1909-1924) - TEXAS TOMMY DETAILS
said by many to be the first swing dance due to the BREAKAWAY step.
Steps include: Texas Tommy Basic, Back to Back turn, Breaks, Turns, Sweetheart Passes, Breakaway, Pivots

1920s BLUES
specific moves danced in the 20s to slower tempos, including: walk, rock, twist, side lunge, suzy-Q, corkscrew, drag walk

BLACK BOTTOM (1926) - BLACK BOTTOM DETAILS
original steps of this craze that replaced Charleston before the Lindy craze took over.

1920s CHARLESTON

The Charleston is widely considered the grandfather of the Lindy.
This a very energetic and fun dance that should be in every swing dancers' repertoire:

Solo Charleston Figures
Solo Charleston Routines (choreography)
Couples Charleston Moves
After Seben Sequences - 1929 film clip broken down

COLLEGIATE SHAG

History of the Collegiate Shag is unclear since it was done all over by college kids in the 20s & 30s.
There are many variations and styles in this energetic dance:

Shag Foundation
Single Rhythm Shag Figures
Double Rhythm Shag Figures
Triple Rhythm Shag Figures
Styling (step-hop, quick-quick)
Combinations

About Collegiate Shag

LINDY CHARLESTON

The Charleston made some changes when the music and dance started to evolve.
Take your Charleston into the 30s with these great variations:

Side By Side Figures
Back to Back (Tandem) Figures
Chase/Open Figures

LINDY / SWING

The dances of the Big Band/Swing era:

Savoy Classic Figures
Smooth Style Figures
Fast Lindy Variations
Styling / Jazz Movement / Musicality
Jitterbug - classic 6-count figures
Double Bug - one leader, two followers - no problem!
Lindy/Swing Rueda - partner switching dance - www.swingrueda.com

BALBOA / BAL-SWING

This dance has roots from couples 20s Charleston,
with small intricate footwork variations. Our friend Willie Desatoff
says the Balboa comes from the Rumba. Either way, the Balboa
was very popular during the Big Band/Swing era on the West coast.

Balboa is done solely in a close connection.
Bal-Swing has patterns where you break away from your partner.

I have had the honor to personally work with the masters:
Maxie Dorf, Willie & Lila Desatoff, and Jonathan & Sylvia.

Pictured here is Maxie Dorf, a true inspiration for the dance today known as Bal-Swing.

Balboa (Break time/turns, Ad-Libs, Crabwalks, Paddles/Serpentines)
Bal-Swing ( Lollies, Throwouts, Pop Turns, Crossovers)
Classic Moves (Maxie rocks, Maxie stop step, Maxie slide; Hirsch, Damron, Helwig, Dream)
Bal-Rueda - partner switching using Balboa moves
Footwork / Styling / Musicality

SLOW BALBOA / LAMINU

Think Balboa is only for fast tempos? Think again...

We can work with your scene on some great BLUES DANCING techniques as well as
showing you the versatility of Balboa with SLOW BALBOA.

BAL-TROT / SLICKER

A progressive form of Balboa, inspired from other dances such as Peabody, One Step, Slicker, and Steven & Virginie's Swing Walk (Fox Trot).

The birth came from an event we attended on the Queen Mary for a Vintage Dance. We invited our Balboa mentor, Willie Desatoff, to attend with us. The crowd was dancing along the floor doing One Step and Fox Trot and we were scared to join in and get run over doing Lindy or Balboa. We asked Willie what to do and of course he said "aaaah, just do Balboa..." so we danced into the swirling crowd and the BAL-TROT was born. Willie always said the Balboa was a versatile dance - how true!

Slicker is taking the Bal-Trot movement and sliding with it along the floor - smooth dance floor required!
Maxie Dorf (Joel) & Willie Desatoff (Joel & Alison) showed us steps in slicker describing it as skating around the floor.

ROUTINES

Jazz Routines / Groups dances were popular with many of the original dancers.
These classic routines are still popular today - plus learn the jazz steps to create your own movement/routines:

SHIM SHAM ROUTINES:
Original Shim Sham
Dean Collins Shim Sham - 1.5 hours recommended to learn full routine
Al & Leon Shim Sham - 1.5 hours recommended to learn full routine

LINDY HOP ROUTINES:
California Routine - 1.5 hours recommended to learn full routine
Lindy Chorus - 1.5 hours recommended
STOPS (3 variations - 2 from Sugar Sullivan and 1 from Al Minns & Leon James) - classic routines done by dancers in the Savoy Ballroom

OTHER ROUTINES:
Tranky Doo (Frankie) - 2 hour class time recommended
Tranky Doo (Spirit Moves) - 2 hour class time recommended

Big Apple (Keep Punchin’) - 2 hour class time recommended
Social Big Apple - there are many unique Big Apple moves - learn a bunch to do socially with your community

Madison - 1950s line dance
Couples Madison - partnered version of the line dance

Jitterbug Stroll - a swing scene favorite choreographed by Ryan Francois

Vernacular Jazz Movement - learn individual steps or a choreographed routine

AERIALS / AIR STEPS / DIPS & TRICKS

Aerials are a big part of the Lindy Hop & Joel excels at teaching some of the classics as well as super fun Dips & Tricks.

Everyone has a different name for air steps - the most common ones are:
* Handspring (or the pancake)
* Handspring Down the Back
* A-Jump or Russian Kick & Front Flip from Tandem Charleston
* 'The Floorial'
* Basket
* Leapfrog
* Duck & Dive
* Shake the Change
* Fish Flip
* Neck Throw