JAZZ Workshops in Barcelona
starting from October 2018


Stop dancing for a while and learn more about the historical background of the jazz dance. And take your notebook with a pencil, as Alina Sokulska introduces a brand new theoretical course on jazz dance history, for the first time in Barcelona (and a dance school) ever!

We are going to learn from the academic research texts on African American dance, as well watch, analyse and discuss dance videos, that Alina carefully prepared and summarised for you. You are going to learn about the culture and history of a dance you practice and love most: Jazz.

This regular 1h weekly course will take a trimester with a detailed focus on roots (Africanist presence, prejazz dances, buck and wing, plantation dances, minstrelsy, vaudeville, cakewalk, foxtrot etc), jazz and swing dances as well as the postwar era dances in the US (bebop, applejack, etc.) and the UK (bebop, fusion).

Don't miss this rare opportunity to reach a better cultural understanding of what you are dancing ;)

Tuesdays, Swing Cats, 10 pm


Bebop is a new perspective for the jazz dance scene. This course focuses on post-war, post-swing, non-mainstream styles of jazz dance. Here, Alina will touch upon authentic American Bebop styles of the 1940s as well as UK Jazz dance language. You will discover how to improvise to more complicated jazz rhythms and phrasings and learn how to speed up your dancing while making it look easy and stylish at the same time. You will dance to bebop, cool and hard bop, latin jazz.

Mondays, Spank The Baby, 8pm


Open course for learning the basics of underground club jazz dance styles of London dancefloors in the 1980s. From latin jazz to bebop musically, from funk, through street dances up to its artistic interpretations, this dance phomenon absorbed many visions of jazz and club music and dance, creating a new, independent jazz dance discourse in the UK. During the course we will learn the basics and the grounding aesthetic principles of two most prominent trands in UK club dance, UK jazz fusion (historically presented by IDJ dancers) and UK bebop (by Brothers-in-Jazz).

Mondays, Spank the Baby, 9 pm


Learn (how to) dance history. This course focuses on the vernacular styles danced in America from the turn of the 20th century until the mid 1940s: from Cakewalks, Charleston, Blues, Jazz steps and Swing up to the beginning of the Bebop era. Alina will work with you on steps, basic jazz and blues rhythms, body movement, attitude and improvisation. For all the people out there who love solo dancing and want to take their physical and conceptual understanding of movement to a new level… authentic style!

Wednesdays, Swing Cats, 8 pm



The course explores the way we can train our bodies within the tradition of Afro-American body movement, from Afro dance and body isolations to the blues and jazz in order to achieve better understanding of dance's physical aspect and a quality of movement.

Wednesdays, Swing Cats, 9 pm (Body Movement & Blues)


The best dancer in couple is a good solo dancer. To be skillfull and creative in couple, you have to know first how to take control over your own body and jazz expression! Total dancer course, a solo course open for both leaders and followers, is destined for learning how to interpret the swing rhythmic and musicality in couple using jazz vocabulary. Course includes training of your footwork, body movement, musical aspects of swing and your creativity and expression!
Level: Int and up with lindy hop background

Wednesdays, Swing Cats, 7 pm


Photo - Julia Vdovichenko (с)

What is JAZZ? / The Way We Play [Premiere]
"The Way We Play is The Way We Love"
Premiere of a longpiece choreography dedicated to the search of the contemporary dance language of Jazz and its Roots. Inspired / in a collaboration with Marquis Hill Blacktet.

Next - DAR jazz festival 2019, January 12, St. Petersburg, Russia

photo - Artur Makarov
Sound from the Cat's Corner: Lecture course on jazz dance history
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A swing dance event in Minsk, Belarus.
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Mar Vilaseca 5tet w/ Taber Gable at Luz de Gas
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Sala Luz de Gas @Voll Damm Barcelona Jazz Festival
Am I Jazz?
Am I Jazz? festival dedicated to contemporary jazz music.

Kyiv, Ukraine
November 16-18
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DePo Dance Cafe
Moscow Christmas Swing Dance Camp 2019
Teaching jazz, lindy hop and performing
January 3-8
Moscow, Russia
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DAR 2019
Lectures of African-American dance history, authentic jazz class, performance @What Is JAZZ?, performance @Giant Steps dance group

January 9-12
St. Petersburg, Russia
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Plenty Hot 2019
Teaching jazz, lindy hop & performing with Fedor Nedotko
Dresden, Germany
May 4-6

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