“Getting Back to Nature”

August 1, 2014 by Joo-Lee

“Getting Back to Nature”

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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”!


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