Richard Badu, who's been teaching swing for over twenty years, is coming to New Haven for a full weekend of workshops. (Plus our monthly dance, but that'll be its own event.)
CLASSES AND SCHEDULE:
There will be two tracks, one for beginners that does not require a strong swing-out and one for intermediates that does. The two tracks will each have classes on their own, as well as one class each day that everyone does together.
12:00-1:00 [Track I] Energy Focus: attention on connection to support strong Lindy basics
1:15-2:15 [Track II] Broadening your Lindy Vocabulary
2:30-3:30 [Tracks I and II] Jazz Routine: honoring Frankie Manning
3:45-4:45 [Track I] Charleston Variations
12:00-1:00 [Track II] Tandem Charleston Variations
1:15-2:15 [Track I] Lindy the Rest of the Time: when you're not swingin' out!
2:30-3:30 [Tracks I and II] Blooz: hot moves for those slow grooves
3:45-4:45 [Track II] Even More Swing Vocabulary
Either track (I or II) and the dance for $60 ($50 for students)
Both tracks and the dance for $85 ($75 for students)
Richard Badu has been teaching classes and workshops in the various forms of swing dancing—Lindy, Charleston; East and West coast swing, Blues, St. Louis shag and Cajun jitterbug—since 1989, shortly after he began working with Frankie Manning. He is a founder of the Triangle Swing Dance Society, and he co-founded the performance troupes Swing Steppin’ and Swing Feats. Richard teaches Lindy in the dance program at Duke University and is a regular teacher at the annual Beantown Lindy Camp in Boston. He also co-founded the award-winning music group Big Zucchini Washboard Bandits, learning Cajun dancing during the band’s annual tours to the Bayou. Richard has a background in wushu and teaches T’ai-Chi, locally and in workshops for dance camps. Richard’s background in music and martial arts gives his teaching a grounded focus in connection, energy and musicality. Movie credits include dance consultant to choreographer Toni Basil and actress Julia Roberts for the film Something To Talk About; and choreographer and featured dancer in Chesterfield, a Black Mariah feature film.
Online registration and venue details coming soon.
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