|MISCELLANEOUS DANCE CLASSES
|SLOW DANCE AND ROMANCE
Special occasions like the First Dance at Weddings, fancy New
Years Eve parties, or a torch song at a night club call for the lost art of Formal
From classic Foxtrot songs like Sinatras "The Way You Look Tonight" and
"New York, New York" to Natalie Cole s Slow Dance standard
Unforgettable", there are moments when the ability to dance gracefully to romantic
music is mighty important.
Slow Dancing is much trickier than it looks. This course covers 4
different types of Slow Dances : the Walking Slow Dance, the Rhythm-Switch Slow Dance, the
Honky-Tonk Slow Dance, and the Foxtrot. All four systems have similar patterns, but
learning how to adjust these patterns to different speeds of romantic music is the tricky
part. Fortunately, a little practice goes a long way!
Social dancing is a great way to meet people, a pleasant way to
exercise, and a marvelous way to raise spirits. Many people avoid dancing out of shyness,
fear of embarrassment, or worries that they possess two-left feet. Most social dancing is
fairly easy, but you will never find out if you dont try. This class takes a
light-hearted look at social dancing, how footwork fits various kinds of music, how to
develop a sense of rhythm, and the basic steps to Western, Swing, Latin, and Freestyle
The main intent of this class is to give people who
don't know much about Social Dancing a quick 4-class introduction to the
major dance programs we have at the studio. At the end of the course you
not only have enough dance material to last you on the average Caribbean
Cruise trip, but you also will have an idea what kind of dancing you enjoy
the most and would like to learn more about.
We might add you will probably also discover you didn't
have Two Left Feet after all.
Note: This course is excellent preparation for a one-time dance event
such as a wedding reception, Christmas Party, or high school reunion where a wide range of
music may be played. Partner not required.
is a Creole Swing dance that is
extremely popular in the Houston area. However it is tricky to learn just
by watching, so join us and learn the Basic Steps of Zydeco!
Zydeco dance music
originated in the state of Louisiana in the United States. Similar to Cajun music,
Zydeco is more heavily influenced by blues and music from the West Indies. Fast and bouncy,
Zydeco uses instruments such as the accordion, saxophone, and washboard. It was popularized by American singer and accordion player Clifton
Chenier, often called the "King of Zydeco music."
Dancing is high energy fun. The music grabs you and makes you want to
move ! Typically on the final
week of class the group goes dancing after class to Jax on Shepherd/I-10
We would like to
introduce Willie Bushnell, a new SSQQ staff member. Originally from
Ville Platte, Louisiana, just outside of Lafayette, Willie grew up in a
family of Zydeco dancers. He actually began dancing at age 3! He
won his first Zydeco contest as a kid at age 11 dancing against
grownups. From this point on it was pretty obvious that he had Zydeco
inside his veins!
Now a Houstonian, a
medical technician at Kelsey-Seibold, and a winner of numerous contests,
Willie often travels around the country giving Zydeco workshops. However
he is trying to "settle down" a little as well and asked to be
connected to SSQQ. We feel very fortunate to have attracted a new
instructor of this caliber!
Hopefully as Willie gets
used to our studio, he will be able to expand our Zydeco program to
include higher level classes as well.
As 90s Swing Music made dancing to
Big Band music and Frank Sinatra "cool" again, Club Dancing
began to call for
the knowledge of more than just Swing when different types and speeds of music are played.
Lounge Dancing teaches
Closed Position Swing: special moves for when the
floor is crowded,
Cha-Cha: for Latin rhythms such as Santana's Grammy Winner
Night Club: a unique up-tempo form of Slow Dancing drawn from
Salsa and Bolero,
BoxFox: a special form of Foxtrot perfect for Frank Sinatra
("The Way You Look Tonight"), Bobby Darin ("Mack the
Knife") and small dance floors. Learn all four in this unique four week class !
Note : This course is tailored specifically for music
currently played in Houstons Swing clubs. It assumes the floors will be crowded.
At many nightclubs, Freestyle is the only form of dancing used. This
class is a Beginner - level program which targets people with little or no dance
experience at Freestyle. We take a stab at getting the hands, feet, arms, and hips to
pretend that they all play for the same team.
Freestyle is not hard to learn, but overcoming a paralyzing sense of self-consciousness
is frequently a major hurdle. Fortunately once you learn some of the basics steps you will
develop enough confidence to go out and practice - at which time you will improve
There are actually two different Freestyle classes. Freestyle I is taught in the odd
months while Freestyle II is taught in the even month. Although there are a couple moves
that appear in both classes, the courses are basically completely different patterns with
the same level of difficulty. Therefore, you are welcome to take Level II before Level I
if you wish.
Once you have taken either of I or II, you are welcome to take
the followup course for half-price.
For a more
of Night Club,
Night Club is an interesting dance that
is described as an "up-tempo" Slow Dance, assuming your
sensibilities can handle such an obvious oxymoron. Popular first in
California and now making its way across the country, Night Club is a
triple-step dance that combines a little bit of several dances and adds
some twists of its very own.
Latin dancers say Night Club is taken
from Salsa, Western dancers claim it is a slow Polka, and Ballroom
dancers see resemblances to Samba and Bolero. Personally I see
similarities to some of the early Disco partner dances. Chances are, if
you know any dance at all based on a Triple Step, at some point you will
notice similarities between your dance and Night Club. I might add that
the man who created the dance, Buddy Schwimmer, said in his experience
Night Club most closely resembles Cumbia, but adds he had never seen a
Cumbia in his life when he began experimenting with his own dance back
Although we will teach Night Club
predominantly as a Western dance, everyone should be very clear that the
dance is versatile enough to be danced to any 72-90 beat per minute
romantic song there is if that is what you wish to do.
Night Club spans an enormous range of music from
an In Sync love ballad to a Gloria Estafan Latin torch song to a
Platters hit from the 50s to Bill Withers’ 70s hit “Ain’t No
Sunshine When She’s Gone”. Up to now, most of you either found your
seat or did the vertical Bear Hug when songs like these were
played. Night Club gives you a fascinating alternative!
For a more lengthy description of Night Club, click here