What is the course about?
Charleston became a dance craze in the 1920’s. You will gain an insight into the origin and history of this dance through learning the basic steps and patterns to feel confident on the dance floor, progressing into learning original and more challenging choreographed routine. Whilst the focus is on solo dancing their may be some partner work.
What will we cover?
The course will include: Warm up and stretch, history and origin of the Charleston, Charleston as social and performing dance, musicality, Basic foot work, more challenging dance sequence, learning a choreographed performing piece, style and improvisation.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
Demonstrate learning a new dance style
Perform a Charleston dance routine
Use the Charleston and its influence on other dance styles such as Lindy hop and Hip Hop.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is a class for beginners. No previous experience is needed to enjoy this course. Students with experience in dance and performing arts are welcome.
A beginner’s dance class isn’t just for newcomers. In any beginner’s dance class there will be student’s from all types of backgrounds. We all have different learning techniques and paces. If your first class seems overwhelming and you can’t get it the first time, don’t worry: dance is heavily reliant on repetition so it will happen. We want you to learn and to have fun so just give it your best and keep coming back!
In order to get the most from the course you will be able to:
Follow spoken instructions.
Use numbers to recognise musical phrasing within dance.
Work within groups and pairs safely.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
There is no work outside the class. The course will be taught verbally, through demonstration and with the use of music. Some video material may be shown to the group which will be provided by the teacher.
You may or may not be asked to participate in rigorous activity from time to time. Please consider whether you could do this, if you are in any doubt consult a medical practitioner.
As part of the course content, your tutor may record your image for initial and ongoing assessment purposes. You are entitled to decline to participate in the recording of your image.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Please wear clothing that does not restrict your movement and allows you to adapt to changes in your body temperature. The classes are best undertaken in jazz shoes or comfortable shoes with non-grip soles, for this reason trainers are not recommended.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
You can remain in the Charleston: beginners or progress to Charleston: improvers. We also have Solo Swing and Jive classes. Speak to the tutor for advice and guidance or contact the department.
General information and advice on courses at Build is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details