Dance Courses

We love teaching a wide variety of dances. It keeps us fresh and constantly exposed to new ideas. It also means that we build a foundation of strong dance techniques across the spectrum of styles.

 

Balfolk Workshops

Czwartkowe Wprawki Balfolkowe

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The return to European dance roots, with a contemporary sensibility.

Balfolk celebrates traditional folk dances from across the European continent. Just as the peoples of Europe come from varied heritages, the dances that fall under Balfolk are equally diverse. Among the many dances, you’ll learn simple and trance-inducing line dances, energetic group dances requiring teamwork, and intimately majestic partner dances set to exotic time signatures!

See the the spirit of Balfolk, exquisitely captured by filmmaker Laetitia Carton in her César nominated documentary, Le Grand Bal.

Each weekly workshop will focus on a different aspect of one of the many different dances in Balfolk. Beginner friendly, no partner needed. 15zł/workshop.

First workshop is Thursday, January 16, at 20.00h.

Stick around after the workshop for a Balfolk dance too. 5zł goes towards the Balfolks May Weekend.

 

Beginner Blues

Grounded, expressive, and filled with soul… Blues!

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Take a tour of the different Blues styles in this beginner friendly course.
 
Like all folk dances of the world, Blues is composed of many different styles. Wherever Blues went in America, the local conditions influenced how the people expressed themselves with each other and to the music. The best way to learn Blues dancing is to follow the roots of each style, wherever it might have originated. This way, you learn not only how to move in a certain way, but why you move that way.
 
In these beginner friendly lessons, we’ll explore the different Blues styles, and use each of them to learn foundational elements of Blues dancing. We’ll use historical insights to learn why the technique of each dance is the way it is. From these lessons, we’ll also gain an understanding of how Blues is danced today both in Poland and in Europe in general.
 

No prior dance experience required. No partner necessary. This session is progressive, which means that it builds upon each previous lesson. 15zł/class.

Semester starts Tuesday, January 14th at 20.30h.

Beginner Zouk

Sensual, sexy, Samsonesque… ZOUK!

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Brazilian Zouk is a partner dance originating from Brazil. It’s a descendant of Lambada, the music & dance style that swept over the world like a storm in the late 1980’s.

As with any dance, there are many styles of Zouk, such as Rio zoukSoulZouk, lyrical, and many more!  Zouk also claims a wide array of musical styles, all of which we can dance Zouk to, as we connect and progress along our Zouk journey.

In our classes, we will focus on the connection between the dancers rather than just learning set moves or sequences, and prioritize the comfort and pleasure of the dance. This approach utilizes natural movement and body leading as the main source of communication between the leader and the follower, making it a very enjoyable and relaxing dance.

No prior dance experience required. No partner necessary. This session is progressive, which means that it builds upon each previous lesson. 15zł/class.

Semester starts Monday, January 13th at 20.00h.

The Texas Shuffle

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The story of the Blues often overlooks the tremendous impact of Texan musicians. We all know about Chicago and New Orleans Blues, but what about the contributions from the Lone Star State? In fact, in can be argued that Texas had just a large impact on the development of the Blues as any other region of America. We’ll use this class on the Texas Shuffle Blues idiom to argue just that.

Starting in January, we will explore the origins of the Texas shuffle rhythm. We’ll follow along as this rhythm sprouted out of the pine forests of East Texas, made its way along the train tracks of Texas, and finally found mainstream appeal in the rest of America. The resulting style has resonated with all people from all walks of life, across the world. In fact, wander into any dive bar in Poland where Bluesmen play, and you can bet that the Blues is a shufflin’, Texas style!

In this class, we’ll spend an entire semester mastering the elements of the Texas Shuffle. We’ll start at the beginning, with the shuffle rhythm, and add technique, just as the music was added upon as it moved around the country.

No previous dance experience needed. No partner necessary. This session is progressive, which means that it builds upon each previous lesson. 15zł/class.

Semester starts Monday, January 13th at 19.15h.

Delsarte System of Expression

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Widely credited as an originator of modern dramatic arts, little-known Frenchman François Delsarte began his career by moving to Paris in 1825 to become a singer. The fates, however, had other ideas for his life. Only a few years into his studies, bad instruction from his tutors ruined his
vocal cords and so was lost his tenor voice. Faced with an artistic crossroads, Delsarte found inspiration in his failure as a singer, and dedicated the remainder of his life to understanding Art through movement, bearing, and gesture. He produced a system of understanding how movements of the body express the ideas of the mind and the emotions of the soul.

His observations lead to the first serious systematization of the theatrical arts, as understood in European society of the industrial age. His pupils carried this system over to America, where it was formalized in a book by actor Genevieve Stebbins. From her writings, his ideas spread around the country, finding eager audiences in theater, gymnastics programs, and the budding modern dance movement. Finally, after centuries of development, we find can even echoes of his teachings in contemporary exercise yoga. Did you know that when yoga was adapted to Western tastes, it fused Hindu spiritual techniques with poses from Western gymnastics? Nameste, indeed!

In these lessons, we will go all the way back to 19th century to see what Delsarte himself has to say about expression. The lessons will be based upon his work, as written down in Genevieve Stebbins’ Delsarte System of Expression. Although not strictly a “dancing” class, the ideas we will work on can immediately be used to improve one’s dancing in any dance.
 

No prior experience required. No partner necessary. This session is progressive, which means that it builds upon each previous lesson. 15zł/class.

Semester starts on Tuesday, January 14th, at 19.15h.

More Courses

Since the studio is a welcoming place for dancers and teachers to pursue their artistic journeys, several independent courses are happening in the studio from January. These classes are organized independently from the studio, and as such, the schedules and prices are fully dependent on the independent organizers. Contact them for more information.