JAZZ Workshops in St. Petersburg
at
Casa Latina
September 2 - 27
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BEBOP

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, Thursdays, 22:00
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AUTHENTIC JAZZ

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!

Beginners: Tuesdays, Thursdays, 21:00
Intermediate-Advanced: Mondays, Wednesdays, 19:00
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PERFORMANCE (closed group)
Surprise! Preparing a new jazz piece for Evolution Solo Weekend Cabaret!
Join by invitation only.

Photo - Paul Enguehard


JAZZ Workshops in Barcelona
starting October 2, 2017
3 hour intensives
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BEBOP + Dance Jam

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, 9:30 pm, Jam 10:30 pm
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AUTHENTIC JAZZ

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
Thursdays, Ballaswing (Gracia), 7:15 pm, 9:15 pm, 10:15 pm
Tuesdays, Ballaswing (Sants)
, 7:15 pm, 8:15 pm
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BLUES & ROOTS

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.

Mondays, Spank the Baby, 7:30 pm
Wednesdays, Swing Cats, 9 pm
Intensive, Ballaswing, October 14, 6 pm
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FOLLOWER'S CHOICE

It is no longer a secret that the follower doesn't exclusively depend on the leader and has many opportunities for expressing his or her individuality. Developing and shaping this dance identity is the focus of this course: practicing basic rhythm variations and footwork that doesn't depend on the lead but are the followers personal choice during couple dancing. Alina is going to teach you how to apply your solo Vernacular jazz or bebop steps in your usual Lindy Hop.

Thursdays, Ballaswing (Gracia), 8:15 pm
Tuesdays, Ballaswing (Sants), 9:15 pm
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UK JAZZ

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).

October 7, Spank the Baby
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FROM TRADITION TO CREATIVITY

Intensive for Authentic Jazz and Solo Swing dancing, focusing on the quality of traditional jazz steps and the ways you could develop them and use them in your improvisation. Departing from the Tradition, searching for creative ways of expressing your dancing individuality.

October, Spank the Baby
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Photo - Julia Vdovichenko





Evolution Solo Weekend 2017
Festival of African-American Dance, St. Petersburg, Casa Latina, September 22-24
Evolution Solo Weekend is an annual festival of African-American Dance and Culture held by Jazz Workshop w/Alina Sokulska, Casa Latina Dance Studio and Fedor Nedotko in St. Petersburg, Russia.
The main philosophy of the event embraces exploration of the evolution and artistic development of African-American and Latin American performance arts from its African roots, through the twentieth century up to nowadays. With such social dance artforms as jazz, tap, mambo, Afro-Latin dance, appearing in America throughout 20th century, we make an educative attempt to investigate the performance arts of mixed societies and identities via theory, practice and entertainment, as well as trace its African roots.

The Festival events include dance workshops: traditional African and Afro-Cuban dance, gospel, tap, vernacular jazz, modern jazz, afro-latin, mambo, funk; social dance parties with live music and guest bands; performances by guest giants of jazz and latin dance; educational meetings and lectures which focus on the historical and anthropological Evolution of African-American major dance displays.

Kazan' Blues Way 2017
Blues and lindy dance festival in Kazan', Russia, September 15-17
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Al-Andalblues Festival
Blues Dance in Granada, November 3-5, 2017
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SOUND
from the Cat's Corner
Series of lectures on the Jazz Dance, its history and anthropology. Organized by OK Projects, held in Closer. Jazz read by Alina Sokulska

poster - Closer.Jazz, photo credit - Paul Jung

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