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DANCE IN TRANSIT AT CULTURE DAYS

Culture Days with Dance in Transit

Queen Elizabeth Theatre Lobby

Friday, September 29, 6 – 8:30 pm

 

Vancouver Civic Theatres presents:

  • Dance in Transit
  • Sam’s Dance
  • DJ MIXXX

 

FREE Program:

Celina Villaroel Whiting • Reggaeton mini-class

Celina Villaroel Whiting • Performance

Juliana Oliveira • Zumba mini-class

Jheric Hizon • Hip Hop mini-class

D’Angels • Bellydancing performance

Steve Amoti • Bachata mini-class

Then social dancing to bachata, hip hop, reggaeton, forro!!

ROAD TO DANCE: STEP #14 • WHY A DANCE SCHOOL?

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ROAD TO SAM’S: STEP #14

An Idea is Born

My ZOUK teacher was a Brazilian. We talked about what we both wanted to be doing in a few years, what we saw for the future. He wanted to open his own dance school with a different teaching method than other Vancouver schools. I wanted to create a place like something I saw in Cuba, where people could engage in art and music and dance and conversation—a real arts community. I wanted a place that was so much more than people arriving, changing shoes, having a dance lesson, changing shoes, and leaving. I wanted to build a place people couldn’t wait to get to–to dance, to learn, to talk, to hang out, to spend time with friends, to meet new people.  We thought we could combine our concepts.  An idea was born.

 

 

WHAT MAKES A GOOD LEADER?

IMG_1749Are you a Good Leader or a Great Leader? (Or neither?)

First, to define the role:

Leader = responsible for guiding the couple and choosing, then initiating, transitions to different steps.  The leader should signal the follow by using subtle physical and visual cues.

A Good Leader:

  1. Dances at the follower’s level.
  2. Has good musicality, which means the leader can hear the rhythm and understand the nuances in the music.
  3. Is clear.  Not rough or forced, but the signals should be easily understandable to the follower.
  4. Has good connection with the follower.
  5. Is creative, but not a show-off.  Part of being a good leader is making your partner feel great.
  6. Dances safely by watching out for other dancers.
  7. Makes the follower enjoy the dance.
  8. Understands that partner dancing is about two people.
  9. Is familiar with the basic rhythm and elements of the dance.
  10. Is calm, confident, and kind.
  11. Smells clean!

A Great Leader:

  1.  Reads the follower and adapts to his/her level.
  2. Adjusts the lead based on how the follow reacts to each signal.
  3. Can make the follower feel like they are moving together with the music.
  4. Can do all this AND enjoy each dance!

 

(source: zouktheworld)

ROAD TO DANCE: STEP #7 • WHY A DANCE SCHOOL?

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Two Little Brown Girls

More in Vancouver, we thought we would try some HAWAIIAN dance classes. It was taught by a 98-year-old lady. Her sound guy was another old lady named Freddy who used a walker and a cassette player, which she couldn’t really operate properly. There was a lot of swaying, some vague hand movements, and something about “a little brown girl in a little grass shack in a little something something called Hawaii.” Sometimes, we wore plastic leis. We waited for the day the little teacher would collapse and we would have to call 9-1-1. Never happened. We did not buy the recommended grass skirts and leis.

SHOWBOAT: SUMMER OF FUN

SAM'S SUMMER OF FUN!

We will be at the Kitsilano SHOWBOAT on Monday, July 4th at 8:30 pm for a FREE  mini-dance.  Join us for some summer fun!

www.kitsilanoshowboat.com

DANCE IN TRANSIT

DANCE IN TRANSIT

THIS is SAM’S SUMMER OF FUN!  Join us for lots of FREE outdoor events, dancing in the street, dancing in parks, dancing on stages, and dancing, dancing, dancing!!  These dances are come-as-you-are, dance-in-your-sneakers events–don’t wear your fragile dance floor shoes.  This is all about DANCING IN TRANSIT–where you are, wherever you go, when you feel like dancing.

Come dance with us at RYU (Respect Your Universe) on West 4th Avenue between Pine & Burrard.

Saturday, July 2:  Jason Jang will be teaching a mini-class in FUSION, followed by social dancing. If the weather is fine, 4 – 6 pm outside; if bad weather, 6 – 8 pm indoors.

Saturday, July 16:  Francis will be hosting a TANGO PRACTICA. If the weather is fine, 4 – 6 pm outside; if bad weather, 6 – 8 pm indoors.

Saturday, July 30:  Francis will be hosting a TANGO PRACTICA. If the weather is fine, 4 – 6 pm outside; if bad weather, 6 – 8 pm indoors.

www.ryu.com

ROAD TO SAM’S: STEP #3 • WHY A DANCE SCHOOL?

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Our Bellies were a No-Go Zone

My friend Lennie and I took a BELLY DANCING class. It was ridiculous, and we were ridiculous, but the best parts were finding scarves with jingly things on them to wrap around our waists and watching our other friend, who was very overweight, do the exercises. I didn’t say we were kind! But we laughed a lot. At her AND with her. She laughed at us, too. Because, well, we ALL looked really, really stupid. I wish I had pictures, which I would cut myself out of and post to embarrass them.

 

 

 

 

 

ROAD TO SAM’S: STEP #2 • WHY A DANCE SCHOOL?

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We Had Jazz Hands

There were many highlights in my early dance days, all of them with my Mom. At one time, we took JAZZ. Our main entertainment was to jockey into a position behind one of my Mom’s friends because her tights were WAY too small and the crotch was WAY too low and she could hardly move her legs in them. The teacher had us prancing around the room in long strides. It was awesome to watch Mom’s friend try to move in her tights. I can still replay that in my head anytime I need a mental-health break!