Tutor/Facilitator Gregory Woodford
Date: on/from Fri 16 Feb 2024 to end year
Class time: 1:30-3:00
South Melbourne Community Centre, hall 2
Improve your fitness! Learn to concentrate! Come and learn to dance and
have fun too! If you can tap your fingers to a tune, then you can learn to
dance. Come along, learn and have fun.
My plan is that we are going to take it in term parcels. Each term I will teach
a different style of couple dancing. We’ll cover waltz and perhaps foxtrot,
cha cha cha and perhaps rumba and rock and roll. In the 4 th term, we see
what the class wants to do. In each style, we’ll cover freestyle dancing
techniques and if time maybe a sequence dance and/or a line dance.
For information, freestyle is where you walk onto the floor with your partner
and the music and have no idea what you’re going to do except to dance
with the music. Sequence dancing or New Vogue is where the couple dances
a set of organised movements and repeat until the music stops.
In this course, social dancing as done in the real world is what it’s all about.
We are not doing competition-style ballroom dancing. Overall, the class is
designed to learn stuff that’s useful socially as well as being enjoyable.
Dancing is mainly couples dancing together. While I respect that some
couples may not want to change partners, and that’s fine, everyone else will
change dancing partners through the class. Honestly, if you don’t, you don’t
learn to dance as well.
If you can convince a dance partner to come with you, that’s fantastic
otherwise we’ll just have to adjust to the gender ratio that the class ends up
with and everyone will need to accept that. That may mean that some
followers may end up trying out the leader role!
I expect all attendees to be courteous and respectful to everyone else in the
class. The class is about dancing; debate on non-dancing topics, while always
interesting, is reserved for outside the class room and class times. Let’s just
turn up and get on with learning to dance.
REQUIREMENT: No prior dance experience is required but it’s always good if
you’ve got it. Students must be mobile and active.
If you come, wear shoes that you can twist/swivel in with your feet while
wearing them – that way you won’t twist your ankle while dancing!.
TUTOR: Over the last 20 years or so, Greg has done 5 to 6 thousand hours of
dancing so, he says: “I can more or less step to the beat of most music”