Last week, we had the pleasure of teaching at the Chase Festival in Heidelberg, Germany and we had an outstanding time — definitely one of the Top 3 Events of our year.
Here’s a quick explanations of what makes this event unique (and awesome):
Have you ever dreamed of being able to dance just like the Lindy hoppers in the vintage clips? That’s what the Chase Festival is all about: combining Lindy hop roots and history with present time dance technique – taking the best from the old days and bringing it into the now.
We believe that one of the fastest and easiest way of becoming a better social dancer is to combine 3 strategies:
1. Learn the lead and follow techniques that help you communicate with your partner
2. Learn how to move your own body in a clear and beautiful way through solo dancing
3. Develop an understanding for the dance by studying it’s history and evolution
The Chase Festival classes are designed to “hit the sweet spot” of those three strategies.
Heidelberg is our beautiful location and the entire festival will take place in the historic city hall – that means classes, as well as evening parties! Everything happens in one spot – so the only travel you do during Chase Festival is time travel! This year, we will be featuring three (!) bands for our live music pleasure: the incredible HOT SUGAR BAND, Huggee Swing Band and the IKS Big Band.
Below are the clips we used for the various classes we taught over the weekend, and as a reminder to the students, these are your review videos as there is so much more in these clips than we could possibly teach in an hour 😀 Enjoy!!
After Seben (1929)
Bobby McGee’s Dance Party
Dancers: Dean & Mary Collins, Hal & Marge Takier, Willie Desatoff & Marie Fidel, John & Anne Mills, Freda Angela Wyckoff & Bobby Hefner, Ed & Inez Thompson
George Christopherson & Freda Angela Wyckoff 1955 Part 1
Frankie & Ann vs Dean & Jewel
Watch Frankie Manning vs. Dean Collins side by side comparing their swingouts
Which clip is your favorite? What clip would you like to learn from?