Feels Like I Upped My Charleston With Newingtong Green Classes And Socials!

Hi there,

Today I went to Newington Green classes (lv 2 and 3 + socials) just like last time. I was going to name this post as “Another Newington Green Class And Socials” but thought that such title would mean nothing … it would make an impression as if just another night for me … well, it was to some extent … except that I really feel like I upgraded my Charleston! Not only that but lindy hop as well …

OK, I already blogged today (or technically yesterday as it is Friday as of writing this post lol) so yeah, anyway, I added another 50 miles to my journey so I drove around 270 miles today which is a bit further than Durham … I am driving there next Friday (yes, I am going to remind you that I am driving there every day now since I am very excited to drive that far!). Warm up for DJAM in terms of driving has been completed … feeling like ready lol.

Anyway, let’s talk about the classes. During the class 2 (level 2 class which was first class for me), we had this theme “What to do when you are out of moves” … I don’t normally get out of moves as I can just loop swing outs through out entire song … nah, I am not that evil … yet. OK, we learned reverse swing out. It’s not like sending followers forwards … it’s like doing swing outs through leader’s left side (anti-clockwise direction). It’s quite easy and for leaders, it’s like 8 walks lol. Then we did like catching the followers right before count 4 and then send it back to where they came from, still 8 steps, no triple steps or anything like that. I know someone who would truly enjoy that 😀 It was awesome. We also learned some footwork variations for basic swing out. Well, that was for followers, like putting triple step for beat 1 and 2 …

OK, class 3 started which was level 3. Last time we did like pulsing leading/following exercises which I didn’t particularly like. Today we added onto it. You know sometimes leaders and followers land on the same feet … so we learned how to fix that. I thought it would be like simple stuff like quickly shuffling or swapping leader’s feet but no … it was something … so much BETTER! JAZZ! You know I love jazz and all. We learned how to do cross overs in close position and we added boogie forward and apple jacks onto that! YES, I CAN DO THIS IN EITHER CHARLESTON OR LINDY HOP! We also did camel walks but it is quite hard … it’s like step, slide, quick step … it also has some Beyonce style stuff but even without it I find it quite difficult … I guess some homework to do for me 🙂 So that’s pretty much it. I preferred class 3 over class 2 this time! LOVE JAZZ!

Then I went downstairs for socials. I could dance for like 40-50 minutes and I only rested for 3 songs tops! I danced for the rest of the songs. I practiced what we learned last Thursday and what we learned today. It was awesome. My musicality is getting slightly better … I am not surprised when followers do slower moves, I just adapt and do something slow as well, it feels like I can feel when that slo-mo ends so I rock step and stuff … on time … also, finding count 1 is easier but some songs have so subtle count 1 that it’s impossible to pick up by man’s ear … I tell you one thing about subtle things … men can only recognise 16 colours while women know like millions of colours … for me peach is a fruit, not a bloody colour … oh wait, wtf this has to do with dancing?

Anyway, I truly enjoyed it today! It was fabulous, new and great stuff fixed and learned! Thank you! If I don’t blog tomorrow then Sunday for sure 🙂

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Don Mazonas

Don Mazonas

CEO & Founder at Don Markets Limited
Hello, internet marketing (blogging) and swing dancing are two of my biggest passions. Combining them both was a good idea to spread the word about awesomeness of swing dancing. For more information about me, please check the "about" section of this blog.
Don Mazonas

Don Mazonas

Hello, internet marketing (blogging) and swing dancing are two of my biggest passions. Combining them both was a good idea to spread the word about awesomeness of swing dancing. For more information about me, please check the "about" section of this blog.

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