Levels and Classes

Description of

LEVELS

Musicality, improvisation & showcase

If you are looking for more freedom in your dance this super class is just for you.

You will get to know better ways of feeling music and footwork that will enhance you range of shag skills. You will work on your improvisation skills and and you will diverse your basic routine. Then you will have a chance to implement it in the dance and learn how to use it in performance.

In another words, Egle and Arnas will walk you through the meanders of shag musicality and shag showcase. It is the thing the have been working on recently and they are eager to share it with you. And believe us, there is plenty to share as you can see in their latest performance 🙂

KILLER BOOGIE

Energic and crazy fast routine created by Marcus Koch. There is no better news for fans of it than that on Krak the Shag Hola Balboa we get to learn it from scratch from  the author himself! It is a real challange that will bring huge satisfaction.

Marcus ensured us that he will do the class in the way that everybody can learn it even without basics of Boogie Woogie. Additional surprise is that it’s going to be performed on one of our parties. We personally cannot wait!

See for yourself: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xZTBMkV7RNQ

Collegiate Shag Roots

If we our goal is to be concious and credible in any kind of dance, apart of obtaining new skills, we should be also fammiliar with the history if the style we do. We should reach to the bottom, roots of its foundations and see why do we dance it in this particular way. Nicky and Jim are here to help you with that. And they are just right for that, due to their impressive experience and knowledge.

On this class, you will learn how to do Shag just like they used to do it back in the old days. You will get to know more traditional, classic passes and steps. This will expand your range of social dance and surprise an audience and judges during a competition and enrich your imagination when working on a choreography.

Balboa Intensive Intro

Always wanted to try Balboa but never been able to find a right moment? Or maybe you already know the basics but you don’t feel like it is enough for any higher than beginner level? Well, this class is just right for you! An intensive basic course where you will be able to learn a wide range of Collegiate Shag essentials! All under the experienced sight of Agnes and Tomek whose desire is not only to teach you the footwork, but also to master your technique. This course is particularly recommended for people with an experience in other styles. Objective number two is to make you able to join the regular classes.

Fancy slides + fake aerials

This is Gosia and Matteo’s specialty and if you know their energy, then you know, a lot is going to happen. There’s going to be a lot of non standard material. Footwork and technique you can learn with them will improve your sense of dynamics and will allow you to handle rapid changes in pace or melody in music. Your will become aware of space in your style and your new footwork will surely surprise your future partners. Gosia and Matteo will also advise you how to create your own new footwork so that your style can be fully genuine.

Balboa Master Class Strictly ADV

This course is a hit for those who are experienced in Balboa, those for whom Balboa became no.1 style. Advised by one of the most experienced Balboa dancers in Europe – Barbl and Marcus, you will work on details, technique and aesthetics of your style. Teachers will share their thoughts, answer all your questions and give you a lot of attention. The course is are in strictly couples so you can focus on your work.

Shag intensive intro

Always wanted to try Collegiate Shag but never been able to find a right moment? Or maybe you already know the basics but you don’t feel like it is enough for any higher than beginner level? Well, this class is just right for you! An intensive basic course where you will be able to learn a wide range of Collegiate Shag essentials! All under the experienced sight of Nicky and Jim whose desire is not only to teach you the footwork, but also to master your technique. This course is particularly recommended for people with an experience in other styles. Objective number two is to make you able to join the regular classes.

BAL-SWING: Unusual contact points

Did you know that the body is not all arms? In this class of Agnes & Tomasz present thoughts on connecting with not-arm body parts. If you want to imbue your Bal-Swing with new ways of communicating within the partnership then this is the class for you. Here you will enhance your ability to creatively interplay your fundamentals with interesting moves that take advantage of unusual lead and follow situations.

Technique CLASS – turns, footwork, posture

This course is all about one of the most important matters in every style. It must be a priority if we strive to develop. And that is technique, that consists of a right posture, clear and firm footwork, balance and esthetics. In this course you will work intensively on details that will improve it all. It will allow you to learn how to practice and master your technique. It is organized separately for leaders and followers and led by Egle and Arnas

Stretching

We guess there is no need of telling about the important of taking care of your muscles and joints. Which is why we encourage you to enjoy stretching, which will allow you to stay in shape. You can do the stretching on your own after classes but for the sake of quality, safety and motivation, this class is worth taking. If this is still not really convincing, it really helps you stay in good mood despite being tired.

Please read the descriptions of levels carefully, so you will be able to find the right one for you. Please be honest. This is important not only for you, to enter the correct level as well as for other dancers, to help us create the most optimal learning environment for everyone. Finally, please note that there will be audition for every level, besides the Level I.

For those who were trying Shag in the past, but are not sure if they could attend our Shag Track, please read the description of Shag Intensive Intro.

BEGINNER+/INTERMEDIATE

It is level dedicated to all of you who doesn’t have a lot of experience in shag, but knows the Collegiate Shag basics and already feels in their hearts that they are in love with it J So you are after few workshops and classes (especially when you dance sth else you catched it really quickly) but don’t attend regular classes. You know the different basics and some easy steps and variations but you don’t have a lot of possibilities to improve yourself or to dance it during the social parties. If you can dance Shag, you are dancing to normal, mid-tempo . In quicker rhythms rarely you can loose you steps or timing. And what you want is to know more movements, steps and technique. So this level will be great for Shag dancers who either do not have access to a local Shag class or who are interested in progressing quickly and amplifying interest to Collegiate Shag. If you are not sure if you can come to this group – we encourage to take Friday Super Class – Shag Intensive Intro 🙂

For those who were trying Shag in the past, but are not sure if they could attend our Shag Track, please read the description of Shag Intensive Intro.

BEGINNER+/INTERMEDIATE

Level 1 is made for Balboa dancers who feel confident in basics and in leading or following different simple variations. It means you have basic familiarity and feel comfortable with close embrace connection and common pure Balboa steps (progressives, side scoots, etc). You also have tried some common Bal-Swing figures like lollies, out & ins or toss-outs. You or attend regular classes for a while or are attending possible Balboa events and practice on your own. Still you feel more successful in a classroom setting, but often less so when social dancing. You want to improve your dance vocabulary by learning new steps and variations, but also want to improve your overall technique to be able to more express yourself and to jump to the next level.

INTERMEDIATE

You are impressed by Collegiate Shag and it’s energy, and maybe you can see some first signs of bigger addiction…:P  You are on the stage where you no longer have to think about the basic footwork and you are confident in leading or following different simple variations. Your repertoire of moves is growing. You can easily transmit from open to close position, and dance moves/movements from those positions including tuck turns, pass-bys, Collegiate kicks, Bunny Hops, Sailor etc. You know some variations like Superman move or Fish tale.

So you are not a beginner anymore :).You’ve participated in a few workshops or at least one bigger collegiate shag festival. You have done a fair bit of Shag social dancing, You take regular classes for some time already/or  if not, as there are no regular courses in your town – you have attend a few workshops/classes/events and practice regulary. You feel comfortable in mid-tempo and are curious to know more to dance in faster tempos. And you want to know more and more movements. If it suits you – feel welcome to Level II.

Intermediate/Advanced

You are totally shag addicted  You experienced shag dancer. You have been attending regular Shag classes for a while now and except classes you dance and practice shag often. Or you don’t attend regular classes (as there are no any in your town), but you attend every possible and achievable event around and practice deeply and regularly. You are very confident with 6-count double time Shag footwork as well as 8-count and other variations. You are comfortable dancing Shag on the social dance floor and you have an impressive repertoire of moves under your belt. You know shagout, sugarpush, vomit commet and you are able to dance to mid-fast tempos (200BPM) without losing your footwork or timing. You play with different basic shag steps. Now you want to take it to the next level and refine your techniques as well as expand on the moves you know. You are ready to challenge yourself with the faster tempos and you will take it with pleasure. You’ve been to some international shag workshops and for sure you are the the local events.

Advanced

You dance shag whenever you have a possibility and you are not afraid of fast-tempo songs. You can easily do shagouts, vomit commet, double turns and other fancy variations in 250 BPM and more. It is easy to encourage you to take the challenge of checking your dance endurance. You can dance shag almost all night long 🙂 You know many shag steps, variations and you easily put them into your dance. You play with rhythms, basics and try to improvise more and more. Using single, double and triple rhythms is not a nowelty for you. It is easy to meet you at shag festivals, local or international. You want to sharpen your technique and moves, work on clear leading or following, work on accurate moves, more freedom, improvisation and simply be the best as possible in collegiate shag 🙂 As there is not so many shagers all around, everyone in your town knows that can dance shag with you/or sometimes you are even a local teacher spreading the interest to shag in your community. You take part in Shag competitions.

Intermediate/Advanced

Level designed for more experienced Balboa lovers. You are really proficient in all of the basic of Bal and Bal-Swing moves. You can do variations on footwork and some complicated turns as well as dance bal to fast tempo. You have a strong interest in mastering your technique – you already know that the quality of movement is more important than a large number of figures. So you want to work on musicality, aesthetics of your movement, leading or following. You also try to use use different rhythmical variations and improvise without fear. You dance Balboa on regular basis, travel to Baloba events and at the parties you always wait for the fast music 