Tutor/Facilitator Gregory Woodford
Date: on/from Fri 12 May 2023 to end year
Class time: 1:30-3:00
South Melbourne Community Centre, hall 1
|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 monthly parcels. Each month I will teach a different style of couple dancing. We’ll cover waltz, foxtrot, cha cha cha, rumba and rock and roll/jive, probably doing each style twice over the year. In each style, we’ll cover freestyle dancing and sequence dances. 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 to the music. Sequence dancing is where the couple dances a set of organised movements and repeat until the music stops. Sequence dancing is also called New Vogue (ballroom) dancing in Australia. At the end of each class to add some extra variety, we’ll do a line dance.
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 teach 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.
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, you must wear shoes that have flat hard soles so that you can swivel your feet on the wooden floor. Rubber soled shoes, sandals etc are not acceptable and students who don’t have suitable shoes will be asked to watch only because I don’t want to be associated with twisted ankles etc. For ladies who wear heels, then for this stage, I recommend lower heels than real high heels if you have a choice available
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”
On the last Friday of each month, the class will start just after 1.30 pm.