Alltheskills’s Blog

May 2, 2009

Charleston dancing with 3rd Stage

Filed under: charleston, Community, dance — alltheskills @ 11:07 pm

22nd April

Naomi runs the second of a series of four Charleston dance workshops for 3rd Stage at The Lawrence Batley Theatre. The first session was only attended by two members so today she was pleased that the group size had grown. While many of the ladies who took part had some ballroom dance experience none had done Charleston before so we focused on learning some simple 1920s style solo steps which we then put together into a short routine.

Naomi also told the group about the origins and social history of Charleston dance.

I was very impressed at how well the ladies picked up the routine considering it was their first time doing this style of dance-they were similarly impressed with me turning up in costume! A 1920s style flapper dress complete with set of pearls!

Some of their comments on the workshop are listed below;

“Brilliant fun, had a wonderful afternoon. Thank God we don’t have prohibition now!”

“Great fun! My two left feet are now one left and one right-I think!

“Excellent! Fun but we also achieved something-co-ordination improved by the end of the session. Thank you.

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Naomi teaches Charleston at Bankfield Museum

Filed under: charleston, Community, dance — alltheskills @ 9:59 pm

15th November

All The Skills were contacted to deliver a 1920s Charleston dance workshop to tie in with a current exhibition at Bankfield Museum. The workshop was held in a beautiful room with period features including a lovely fireplace and really set the scene.The workshop was very well attended and participants ranged from 16-over 60s! Good to see that it appealed to a wide demographicNaomi taught both solo and couples Charleston and it was great to see strangers partner up and have fun mastering the moves together!If you would like a 1920s Charleston lesson delivered by someone in period costume (well via bay trading ;-p ) you know where to come!

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