Rhythm City Productions

The Lab

Wednesdays, 7-8:30pm at The Ukrainian Hall, 154 East 10th Avenue. $19 drop-in / $80 for a 5x Lab card.

The Lab is the arena for play and exploration in your dancing. Once you’ve mastered the material in the Intermediate classes, and you’ve been social dancing long enough to know that there’s more out there to discover, you’re ready for the The Lab. This is where we experiment with techniques, patterns, and topics that don’t fit neatly into any series.  This arena is for you to develop and grow! Tell us us what you’d like to explore: we’ll help you do it. Join the facebook group for discussion and topic requests. Past topics include:

  • styling variations
  • partner Charleston
  • solo vintage Jazz
  • challenging moves
  • fast dancing (or slow dancing… in many ways more challenging!)
  • other dance styles (with guest instructors, as appropriate)
  • vintage jazz routines (such as The Big Apple and Tranky Doo)
  • air steps
  • role reversal – leading for follows and following for leads
  • slides in your Lindy hop

Lab students enjoy a discounted admission of $5 to the regular DJ’ed weekly dance, Rhythm City Strut. For band nights, please purchase tickets here.

Lab Topics

(Drop in and by request topics for advanced–intermediate lindy hoppers)

Upcoming Lab topics:

April 5: Musicality – how much do you listen to the music when you dance? How aware of the rhythm (and difference in rhythms, song to song) are you? Let’s get into the music! This is not about specific styling options, but about connecting more with the music and joining it as another instrument!

April 12: Musicality and Versatility – dancing to different sounds and styles… partly with a view toward Lindy Bout XI and the varieties of music that are played in, for instance, the Interregional and So You Think You Can Lindy Bout, but also just to better tune your ear for the various rhythms within the genre of Swinging Jazz and improve your skills at dancing to each different song’s particular style and sound.

April 19: Guest instructors in town for Lindy Bout – more info coming soon…

April 26: Guest instructor in town for Lindy Bout – Léo Newman joins us in the Lab – topic TBD

 Other past topics: Choreography; Frankie’s favourite moves; follows’ focus; vintage blues and slow dancing; fast dancing; flashy figures; fancy footwork; Poise, Posture, and Pirouettes; Charleston variations; musicality in social dancing and Charleston; out-of-town guest instructors; solo jazz steps and routines (e.g., Tranky Do, the Stew); solo jazz in partner dancing; jams, competitions, and spotlights; role reversals and lead/follow swapping; swivels and styling; connection; moves development; lifts & jumps; swing-out clinics; moves creation; back-to-essentials, closed & close embrace Lindy hop (fast, not slow), Caribbean shim sham… and more!

Lab topics are always open for discussion … send your requests! Join and comment in the Lab facebook group.