We attended a really great workshop yesterday featuring Jofflyn, Amber, and Peter Flahill as instructors. James and I took the intermediate/ advanced track. Jofflyn and Amber taught two classes, and Peter and his partner taught two classes, then at the end of the day James and I received a “golden ticket” to attend a master class with all of them. Here’s a quick recap of what happened!
Make it comfy- This class was all about making lindy comfy. The biggest take home that I took from this class was that I can leave my left arm completely off the shoulder on his right side, and it “shouldn’t” affect the connection. If it does, then clearly something is wrong. We spent a lot of time rotating (and it was a very big class) so I was swinging out with multiple leads. We did a lot of work on the connection on the back. More to come when I get James perspective on this class.
Make it sharp- in this class we talked a lot about lines. In doing so, we learned a change places footwork variation. THis can be done together, or just leader, or just follower. The variation goes like this- rock step, tap, switch, back, switch, back. I know that sounds confusing but we will get a video up later on this. we also did another variation for the ladies on beat six and seven which involved a hop and a leg swing and then rock steps into a double turn. Video to come!
Make it fast- James and I have been at a halt with this kind of dancing so we were really looking forward to this class. We learned some footwork that is counted- one, two, a-three, five, six, a-seven. It made the fast music seem like half time, and still look rocking fast! We kept increasing the tempo of the music, and then went back to our first trial of fast music, and it didn’t seem that bad at all! Jofflyn and Amber then showed us a little bit of one of their competition numbers (which was smoking fast) and I was super impressed!
Make it awesome- This class was kind of putting it all together, by learning a couple of awesome combinations. The first one had an elongated beat six… but other than that, I am not sure how to describe it, so you will have to wait for the video. The other combination was pretty complex. It started with a tuck turn but the follow goes around more than once. The lead catches the follow under the arm in a unique way. He then rock steps her out, and does a tuck turn with an elbow catch, rock steps her from there, and catches her in the other elbow and leads an inside turn to catch her. That took us right up to the end of this class.
On the break James and I spent some time talking to Jofflyn, and he even helped fine tune our swing outs. He did swing outs with both of us, and then told us little things to fix. My biggest thing was making sure to keep my heels from digging in on the five six, and also not to turn my head to see where I was going. I don’t exactly know what he told james, but I know that part of it had to do with his right arm and leading by leaving it out. I felt really great having Jofflyn say that my swing outs felt good. I have only been working on Lindy since February, and I feel like I have really come a long way!
The golden ticket class was going even further with all the concepts. We didn’t learn anything new, but we did a lot of three swing outs to a lindy circle. The instructors would come around and watch everyone and then lead the class off of things they saw. Something we talked a lot about was that you can’t get caught up in the pattern. A swing out doesn’t have to be 360 degrees. It can rotate a little more. But, as a follow, doing the last triple any other way then straightforward doesn’t help the lead, and in fact impairs him.
There will be more to come, but I didn’t want to forget so I thought I would write it down now
Dancing today- we need to get the new moves on to video!