Expired Botley Workshops & Tea Dance

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  • Getting Started With Balboa
     Sunday, April 10, 2016
     10:00 am - 12:15 pm
  • Getting Started with Cha Cha
     Sunday, April 10, 2016
     12:30 pm - 2:45 pm
  • Tea Dance
     Sunday, April 10, 2016
     3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

The ever popular Botley afternoon tea dance returns! As a special treat why not try our new introductory workshops; Getting Started with Balboa and Getting Started with Cha Cha earlier that day… and look forward to the lovely tea and cake that awaits you at the dance.

It’s a pick’n’mix day, so simply book the sessions that suit you or take advantage of the part or full day packages.

The plan for the day is as follows;

10:00 to 12:15 Getting Started with Balboa
12:15 to 12:30 Break
12:30 to 14:45 Getting Started with Cha Cha
14:45 to 15:00 Break (music will be playing)
15:00 to 18:00 Tea Dance

Everybody’s Favourite Tea Dance

Share tea, biscuits and fantastic cakes with friendly faces from one of our longest established Swing Dance Company venues. A splendid late afternoon of dancing, socialising and having fun with great music is coming up. With limited capacity, tickets need to be booked in advance.

This laid back Sunday afternoon treat is an ideal hang-out for new and existing social dancers, as a practice session or a happy welcome back for lapsed dancers. We’ll be playing all the popular tunes from our classes so you can practice all you have learned recently. Tea, coffee and water will be available – guests are welcome to bring alcohol and other refreshments.

“Getting Started with Balboa” and “Getting Started with Cha Cha, will cover the basics needed to get you started dancing these popular dance styles over two and a quater hour sessions. Please book with your dance partner.

These Workshops are Probably Designed For You!
These workshop are aimed at dancers who have started learning jive or lindy hop and want to give this different style a go. They are also ideal for anybody who has started learning these styles already, or who has taken taster classes at other events and wishes to reinforce the basics. Lapsed dancers who have not had an opportunity to practice recently as well as complete novice dancers are very welcome too.

Known as a “dancers” dance, Balboa is a style that gives dancers a great dancing feel and close connection with their dance partner without needing to look flamboyant. Danced mainly in a closed hold position, this dance style is an excellent option to cope with busy dance floors as it doesn’t take much space.Trademarked The Swing Dance Company LogoIt’s also a brilliant option for dancing to faster music as the footsteps are generally small, taking less energy than jive, lindy hop or collegiate shag.

Balboa is a dance style that developed in the 1920s, 30s and 40s, originating from Southern California. As with so many dance styles, Balboa has been fused with other dances, it tends to be popular amongst more experienced local dancers. It is often seen at social dances across Hampshire alongside lindy hop and jive.

Cha Cha is a latin style ballroom dance containing steps and movement that is similar to jive and lindy hop, but with stylisation to suit music with a little more latin flair and a little less swing.

Please book WITH a dancing partner to ensure even numbers – we will not arrange partners for these workshops. If you book at a separate time to your dance partner please send us a message through our Contact Form to tell us who you will be dancing with.

Although there needs to be a dedicated leader and follower in each booking, same gender pairings are very welcome as well as traditional male/female partnerships. Participants will remain with their original partner almost exclusively during the workshop.

The sessions will take place at The Botley Centre, taught by Lorraine and Keith with a maximum of 12 couples to ensure great teacher to student ratio. Places will be filled on a first-come first serve basis and we are expecting to sell-out!