August, 2014

  1. Studio Hop – by Gillian Scott

    August 19, 2014 by Joo-Lee

    Gillian Blog


    Gillian, our Balboa teacher at Lindy Jazz spent an amazing week in France at Studio Hop Summer Camp Balboa week in August. See what she got up to . . . .

    What’s that? A whole week of Balboa workshops and parties that’s what!

    A chance to learn from top teachers such as Sylvia Sykes, Nick Williams, Mickey and Kelly, and social dancing all night every night with 250 like minded dancers from all over the globe. Balboa heaven!

    The camp takes place in Eauze in the south of France surrounded by vineyards and fields of sunflowers. There are classes from beginners to ninja level so there is something for everyone.

    There were 4/5 hours of classes a day, but plenty of opportunity to rest in between and enjoy the sunshine and Floc (the local brew….)

    I learned so much and I loved having the opportunity to spend a whole week just concentrating on improving my Balboa and I have loads to practice now.

    Going to dance camps is a great way to take your dancing to the next level and to put your skills into practice. It’s also a great way to make new friends.

    You don’t have to go all the way to France for a week though, there are lots of weekend dance camps in this country – including our very own DJam!

    So why not give it a go and expand your dance horizons.

    Oh, and I’m planning on going back to Summer Camp Balboa week next year – who’s up for joining me?

  2. “Getting Back to Nature”

    August 1, 2014 by Joo-Lee

    “Getting Back to Nature”

    Swing Summit 4

    Each year we take a week out of our normal working routine to attend ‘Swing Summit Teachers Training Week’ in the Ardéche, France.

    For 7 whole days we’re surrounded by dancers from, Germany, Austria, Prague, Moscow, Portugal, Switzerland and of course, France. This year there were 5 teachers from the UK, including myself, Andy and Gillian!

    Our days are filled with lectures, training sessions, workshops, dancing and practices. We even gave workshops and DJ’d, receiving some great feedback, which means a great deal when you’re audience consists of 50 AMAZING teachers, dancers and DJs!!!

    It’s not all-hard work though…

    There’s free time to sit and chat, or swim in the outdoor pool and each day we start with breakfast in the sunshine, surrounded by ‘Nature’ (a term that seems to cover everything from the abundance of plum trees to a shortage of water) and the odd cat or 2 stuck up a tree!

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    The inspirational dancers and teachers we spent time with all believe feedback is important as it helps us to improve more quickly. We learnt how to be receptive when feedback is offered to us and how to give more suitable, relevant and useful feedback to others.

    I feel that the feedback I received personally helped me to look at my own dancing in a more balanced way, considering the things I am good at and the things I would like to improve on. I regard feedback as a gift and would love to share this gift with everyone at Lindy Jazz! If you’re interested in receiving more feedback just ask Andy or myself.

    Roll on next Swing Summit. What a great opportunity to improve our own dancing; recharge the dance batteries; refresh those dance mojos and… “Get Back to Nature”!