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LAST Moon Dance and 7 Ways to Practice Dancing!
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Last FREE dance at Pier 84
with LIVE MUSIC!
LAST DANCE 8/12: Hudson River Park's Moondance
Every Sunday 7/15-8/12 at Pier 84.  Starts at 6:30.  FREE lesson and dancing (with a dancefloor).  Painted Rhythm does not provide this lesson but it's an awesome event.  Every Sunday is a different style:  Swing, Salsa, or Tango.  Get the whole schedule here:  
http://www.hudsonriverpark.org/events/series/moondance

TUESDAY, 8/14:  Intermediate/Advanced West Coast Swing Lesson
7:30 PM at Connoly's in Times Square with Strictly Tuesday.
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SATURDAY, 8/18:  Lindy Hop Boot Camp  1:00-5:00PM
East Coast Swing, Chareston, and Lindy Hop!
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SUNDAY, 8/19: West Coast Swing Intensive 2:00-5:00PM
WCS Foundations and Technique, Fun Patterns, and Dips and Tricks!

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DISCOUNT FOR PRE-REGISTERING
I made it a little cheaper to pre-pay AND removed any transaction fees.  I will always accept students the day of class but pre-registrations let me know what size room to book, it streamlines the check-in process so the classes stay on time, and it lets me know if moving the class to a different day may even be in order.  Overall, it's a good thing!
7 Ways to Practice Your Dancing

Hi Guys!

I am constantly getting questions on what's the best way to practice.  I've listed out 7 different ways below.  Try ALL of them.  Even though one may be easier than another for you or you may like one way more than another, each different exercise will help you improve in different ways.  And the best part is most of these exercises DON'T require a partner.
  1. Practice counting sets of 8. Sets of 8 define the beat of the music and learning to count sets of 8 is the primary way to train your ear to hear the beat (ahem, some people naturally hear the beat, counting sets of 8 is for the rest of us). Listen for a count 1 in the music (not to be confused with a count 5, the first beat of the second measure), count to 8, start over.
  2. Practice music identification. That is, practice identifying musical genres. Learn to distinguish between, say, blues and swing. If you’re taking salsa lessons, listen to salsa music and learn how to identify it. While you can learn some easy salsa step patterns in an evening, it could take you a while—I don’t know how long, but it’ll take more than a day—to distinguish between salsa, samba and merengue music. A website to check out is pandora.com—just search for a genre: Swing, big band, blues, rhythm and blues, foxtrot, Latin, mambo, salsa, samba, cha-cha, rumba, merengue, reggae, tango, waltz, soul, folk, pop, house, techno, hustle, rock and roll, country and western, etc.  There are also some dance specific stations that have been created on Spotify and you can usually google search something like "west coast swing playlist" and find music of a particular style.
  3. Practice dance identification. Try to determine which dance fits a particular piece of music. Visualize, in your head, doing the basic step pattern for each dance you know that you think might fit the music. If something doesn’t work, try something else. If more than one dance seems to fit, decide which one feels best. I like to tap my feet–I tap the rhythm pattern (for instance: slow, slow. quick, quick, slow).
  4. Practice footwork that you already know. Visualize yourself doing footwork. Go through, in your head, the step patterns and syncopations that you learned in class. Then, try walking through the footwork on your own in the kitchen, living room, or hallway.
  5. Practice choreography. String step patterns together to create a routine. Pick moves that flow one into the next and that match the mood of the music. You can both improvise stuff on the fly as well go over planned routines like, say, wedding dance choreography. If you practice this all in your head now, it’ll make it easier to do on the floor.
  6. Practice improvising footwork. This will help your “spontaneous social dancing,” which is good for both survival dancing and sweeping a lady off her feet–especially, slow dancing. Visualize yourself mixing single rhythm (STEP HOLD – one weight change for every two beats of music) and double rhythm (STEP STEP – two weight changes for every two beats of music).  Listen to what’s going on in the music and let that suggest a rhythm for your feet. Let go and get lost in the music.
  7. Practice phrasing. Once you can identify sets of 8, listen how the sets of 8 are grouped together into major phrases. The most common major phrase (but certainly not the only) is four sets of 8, which is 32 beats (4×8=32 beats). If you want to do a dip, it often fits best during the last set of 8 of a major phrase, which is typically where some thematic element of the song momentarily winds down or resolves. Visualize yourself leading a dip and note, especially, the timing for coming out of the dip (time it so you’re upright and ready to start a new pattern on the count 1 of the first set of 8 of the next major phrase).

Most beginners ignore the music because they’re focused on remembering step patterns. But dance is a threesome: you, your partner and the music. One of the big differences between beginner and intermediate level dancing is that the intermediate dancer listens and dances to the music while making their partner look great!


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See you on the dance floor soon,
-Chrissy

Upcoming Events


7/15-8/12 Moondance
6:30 PM-11:00 PM, http://www.hudsonriverpark.org/events/series/moondance

8/14 Int/Adv West Coast Lesson
7:30 PM-8:30 PM, www.StrictlyWestie.com

8/18 Lindy Hop Boot Camp
1:00 PM-5:00 PMwww.PaintedRhythmDance.com

8/18 Leify Green at Saturday Swings
9:30 PM  www.StrictlyWestie.com

8/19 West Coast Swing Intensive
2:00 PM-5:00 PMwww.PaintedRhythmDance.com

8/23-8/26 International Lindy Hop Championships
www.ILHC.com

8/23-8/26 Summer Hummer
http://www.dancepros.net/summerhummerhome.html

Every Wednesday
The Steve Rubin Orchestra
8:30-11:30 PM, www.Swing46.com

Also, private lessons are available by appointment 7 days a week from 10AM-10PM!  Private lessons are a GREAT way to move your dancing to the next level and are affordable (especially if you split them with a partner!)  Also, check out our private lesson special - 2 private lessons for $99! 



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