In addition to the regular bi-monthly dances, the Spokane Swing Dance Club also offers workshops and mini-workshops throughout the year. Workshops are planned for both beginner as well as more advanced dancers. There are lots of people to dance with so don’t stay away just because you don’t have a partner!
Big Brothers Big Sisters Back to School Blitz, August 2nd
Spokane Swing Dance Club is excited to be partnering with Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Inland Northwest. Big Brothers Big Sisters is a program dedicated to the goal to enrich, encourage and empower children to reach their highest potential through safe, positive, professionally supported mentoring relationships. They have been serving the kids in the Inland Northwest since 1965 and have touched the lives of thousands, including their volunteer mentors. Children in this program are significantly less likely to encounter adolescent depression than their peers all because they have a mentor in their life. They have an upcoming event on August 2, 2014, Back to School Blitz. The Back to School Blitz is a way to help families by providing the children who are in need in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program with new school clothes. Sponsorships are needed so that they can send as many kids as possible to this event. To find out more information visit http://northwestbigs.org/. In support of this event, anyone who shows proof of donation to the Big Brothers Big Sisters Back to School Blitz will get into our August 3rd Dance Free. Be sure to watch for other fun exciting collaborations between the Spokane Swing Dance Club and Big Brothers Big Sisters.
Leify Green Live and SSDC Workshops, August 24th
Hosted by the Spokane Swing Dance Club at the Corbin Center located at 827 W Cleveland Spokane, WA
Leify Green is an American singer-songwriter and musician. He is best-known for his involvement in the West Coast Swing dance community and for his creative acoustic arrangements of popular songs. Hailed as “the Rock Star of West Coast Swing acoustics,” he performs regularly at major dance conventions all over the United States and Canada. In 2011, his cover of Usher’s “DJ Got Us Falling in Love” became an underground hit on the international Westie circuit. Since then, he has been on a constant tour performing live at major dance conventions, local dances, and intimate gatherings alike. More recently, he has gained recognition in the Blues and Fusion dance scenes and he has taught several musicality workshops for dancers all over the United States.
Leify will be playing live at a special Spokane Swing Dance Club dance on August 24, 2014. DJ James will also be spinning music that night and there will be a raffle for special prizes you won’t want to miss. Entry to the dance is $10 for members and $15 for non-members.
Workshops, Sunday, August 24:
3:00pm -4:00pm: Back to Basics – This class will be beginner friendly as it will cover basic steps, but it will also challenge those who have been dancing for a while by focusing on technique (footwork, leg articulation, posture, and contra body movement).
4:00pm-5:00 pm: Connection 101 – This class will focus on connection (it’s all about the boing). It will touch on issues of stretch, multi-dimensional connection, connecting from the core, and if time allows counter balance.
5:00pm-6:00pm: Musicality – The first hour of musicality will focus on rhythm, phrase changes, speed changes, and how to hit certain accents in the music without abandoning connection!
6:00pm-7:00pm: Musicality (with live music from Leify Green) – The second hour of musicality will focus on the swung rhythm.
Full Workshop Pass for SSDC members $25/ Individual Class for SSDC members $10
Full Workshop Pass for non-SSDC members $40/ Individual Class for non-SSDC members $15
Bring a beginner discount: If you bring a beginner to the workshops, you will both get into the dance that night free!
Pre-register to reserve your spot in the workshops.
Special Workshop Weekend with Jim Minty and Chris Jones, October 18th
Event details coming soon.