Jenny Sowden & Dan Repsch Workshop – Southside Stomp Style!

SCHEDULE:
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Satuday, March 19

1 PM – 3 PM – 2 lindy classes
3 – 3:15 PM – Quick snack break
3:15 PM – 5:15 PM – 2 blues classes
5:30 PM – 8:00 PM – POT LUCK at the Celania house.

7:30 PM – 8:30 PM – Beginner Lesson with Victor Celania
8:30 – 12:00 AM – Dancing to DJ’s Laura Windley and Dan Repsch

Pricing Options:
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$45 for ALL classes, potluck dinner and admission to the dance,
$25 for either the lindy OR blues classes (does not include dance admission)
Dance Only: $7 ($5 student/military)

Afternoon Workshop Details
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It’s March and Southside Stomp is shaking off the winter blahs by presenting a Four hour afternoon workshop with two of the most enjoyable, playfully fun, dancers in the east – Jenny Sowden of NYC and Dan Repsch of Philadelphia!

Jenny and Dan will be teaching 2 hours of lindy hop instruction plus 2 hours of blues classes that are designed to unleash the fun and spontaneous play that is locked within your dance!

Check out their award winning blues routine from last year’s Bambloozled:

INSTRUCTORS’ CLASS DESCRIPTIONS
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Class Title: S.O.C.K.
LINDY : 1pm-2pm

There’s more than just one kind of swing out! Every step is loaded with opportunity for play, if you know where to look. We’ll explore some of the possibilities to enrich your swing out without having to learn any crazy new moves… and then we’ll give you some crazy new moves for good measure… and reveal the ancient mystery and whispered secret that is S.O.C.K.

Class Title: Ain’t Got Rhythm…Yet
LINDY : 2pm-3pm

Rhythm is one of the joys of Lindy Hop, and Lindy Hoppers got it! We’ll layer rhythmic complexity into the moves you already know, and help you find the space for your own rhythm. This class is just as much for the follows as for the leads; we’ll give you ideas for independent elaboration within your partner’s connection in addition to leading your own unique rhythms.

Class Title: Sha-bam! vs Doooo-wah
BLUES : 3:15pm-4:15pm

Sometimes Blues is ‘sha-bam!’, and sometimes it’s ‘doooo-wah’. We’ll expand your repertoire with some of Dan and Jenny’s favorite movements in Jukin’ and Ballroomin’ styles. Our focus in this class will be to provide varied movement rather than a stylistic comparison, and to give you a more diverse vocabulary to play with on the dance floor.

Class Title: Characters
BLUES : 4:15pm-5:15pm

Jenny and Dan have ridiculously fun dances by role-playing characters they create within a song. In this class we’ll talk about a few that Jenny and Dan commonly use, and simple ways to create rich characters of your own to dance out. It’ll be a loose but challenging hour where imagination – rather than technique – will be the focus.


Tag along for a potluck dinner afterwards and then come dance the night away to the tunes of DJ Laura Windley (Durham) and DJ Dan Repsch. Bring a dish to share (make it as simple or as complex as you like) and come chat with Jen, Dan, Laura and other dancers.  Email (or call) Victor at artphreak1980 yahoo com to say what you’ll bringing so we don’t have 18 people bringing potato salad!

As always, there’s overnight housing available and we’ll be hitting brunch on Sunday morning to ensure our guests head home happy, well rested and well fed.

ABOUT THE SPECIAL GUESTS
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JENNIFER SOWDEN, originally from SF now based in NY, has been training in dance for 20 years and teaching for 15 years. Her love for many styles of dance is seen in her choreography, dancing, and as she walks down the street. Jennifer’s dance background includes Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Tap, Hip-Hop, Funk, Gymnastics, Capoeira, Aikido, Lindy-Hop, Balboa, Charleston, Tango, Waltz, Salsa and Blues. Jennifer has been seen teaching and DJ’ing in such scenes as Boston, DC, Philly, Baltimore, San Francisco, Montreal, and NYC where she also organizes local and national events. Find out more at jennifersowden.com.

DAN REPSCH has spent the last few years dancing, competing, and DJ’ing lindy and blues exchanges and workshops across the country. He was a primary instructor for the Penn State swing club and has taught classes in Lindy, Blues, Charleston,and Balboa along the east coast. In his classes, Dan focuses on creating the most comfortable connection between partners, bringing a better aesthetic into individual dancing, and simple conceptual movement. In the end, he wants his students to understand the concepts behind what makes movements work so they can shape them and make their own individual dance style more free and improvisational.

DJ LAURA WINDLEY
Laura began DJ’ing in Greenville, NC in 2001 for the yet-to-be-formed ECU Swing Dance Club, chosen by default because she had the most swing CDs (which, at the time, was about 10). Since then, her music collection has expanded greatly to become a joyous selection of swinging music. She loves female vocalists, bouncy instrumental tunes, songs with lyrics that make her laugh, and, above all, hot trombone solos. You may have recently heard her DJ’ing at: Jammin’ on the James, Eastern Balboa Championships, All Balboa Weekend, or Rocky Mountain Balboa Blowout.

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