This course has concessions available

American Smooth: Fred and Ginger Style Hollywood Dancing

Traditional standard style ballroom featuring more freestyle choreography and fewer syllabus steps..

Who is this course for

No previous dance experience necessary. Learners with experience in ballroom dancing may find this complements their existing knowledge but it is not necessary to have experience in ballroom dancing. This course is designed for anyone who is interested in learning to dance 'American Smooth' style.

What does this course cover

This course will cover basic dance technique in order to create American Smooth routines. Each week will feature one self contained routine featuring a mix of standard ballroom steps and creative choreography, which will be danced as a group, both solo and with a partner. The routines will take the form of a 'show' style dance with elements of formation dancing and the opportunity for learners to contribute creative ideas.
Main Outcomes
1, Demonstrate a selection of American Smooth dance routines.
2, Perform steps and movements in time to a range of authentic music, showing rhythmical interpretation.
3, Demonstrate ability to dance with and without a partner in a group sequence.

What will it be like

The steps and movements will be demonstrated, described and modelled by the tutor and then learners will follow, working firstly solo and then with a partner. Independent practice time will be given and creative input facilitated. The tutor will observe your performance and make suggestions for improvement. Self and peer assessment will also be encouraged. You don't need to come with a partner; dancers will be encouraged to rotate partners across the group to enhance leader and follower skills and to fully experience the social nature of the dance.

What else do you need to buy or do

Participants should wear loose clothing comfortable for movement. Dance shoes are recommended (ballroom or jazz shoes) or lightweight trainers / plimsolls.

What this course could lead to

Follow on courses may be suggested by your tutor. You may wish to participate in social dances and your tutor will advise you on opportunities to do this locally.

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This course has concessions available for people who meet certain criteria

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