This past weekend, I went to my first ever dance workshop. Specifically, I went to a Charleston Workshop hosted by the lovely Jan Marie. The workshop went from 1:30pm on Saturday to 5pm, split into three classes at MIT. First was basic Charleston, then more advanced Charleston, then finally partnered Charleston. For those of you who don’t know, Charleston is a form of swing dancing that was popular during the 1920’s big band swing era. It’s often used at social swing dances, but I’d never found a good place to learn it before. Here’s an example of the Charleston:
The whole workshop experience was very cool. It was great getting to concentrate solely on learning how to dance for over three hours. 🙂 One thing I didn’t expect: swing workshops can make you work up quite a sweat. I work out 6-7 days a week, running 6+ miles 2-3 of those days. So I thought this wouldn’t be enough to make me break a sweat. Boy, was I was wrong. 😛
While I have some swing dance experience, the workshop was meant for people of all skill levels. Some people were there learning their very first form of swing dancing, which was super cool to see. And regardless of each person’s skill level, there was very visible progress during the course of the workshop. For me personally, it was quite encouraging to see my own process. Even if my feet hurt by the end. 😛
If you have any thoughts, questions, or experiences of your own you’d like to share, feel free to post a comment! I’d love to hear what you have to say!