Lindy Hop & Tap Beginners' Weekend

New to Lindy Hop? Start here

During the weekend Aug 22-23, we bring you a workshop for total beginners in Lindy hop and Tap dance.

Start date:
End date:
Time: 12:00 - 17:00
Address: Bulevardi 31, 00180 Helsinki, Finland
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/339623840771115/


During the weekend Aug 22-23, we bring you a workshop for total beginners in Lindy hop and Tap dance. The workshop weekend is held at our dance hall in Bulevardi 31. Registration will open July 17 at 4PM.

LINDY HOP

During the total of 4h of lessons, you will get a profound insight into the world of authentic swing dancing. You will get a sense of interpreting swinging rhythm in dancing, how to both lead and follow simple movement, and learn some of the iconic moves lindy hoppers have been rocking since the 1920s.

No previous dance experience needed. All you need is a partner. When choosing a partner for dancing, the most important is that the two of you are ready to work together as a team. In our Beginners’ course everybody learns the basics of leading and following regardless of gender. If you don’t have a partner, you can use our BPS Community Facebook group to ask around for one.

After the weekend course, we will offer a follow-up course on a time agreed with the group. (max 7 couples)

Teacher: TBA
Location: Old-school BPS hall, Bulevardi 31, ground floor.
Price: 50€ per person, students and unemployed get 10% discount
Course page: https://portal.blackpepperswing.com/courses/3h108obpulnkgedp06hj8q02ru/lindy-hop-beginners’-weekend-course

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TAP DANCE

In this 4-hour Beginners’ track, you will get a quick intro to tap dancing and get some knowledge of this part of the jazz dance family. We’ll go through basic steps, practice rhythms and timing, and also learn catchy combinations to drill while waiting for your bus.

The track covers 4 hours of tapping. This is a good chance to get the basic skills of tap dance, or freshen up your taps from previous courses. (max 12 participants)

Teacher: Essi Tikanoja
Location: Old-school BPS hall, Bulevardi 31, ground floor
Price: 50€ per person, students and unemployed get 10% discount
Course page: https://portal.blackpepperswing.com/courses/41p89cm2nvbik08j7dg5gepojk/tap-beginners’-weekend-course

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Schedule

Saturday 22.8.
12 - 14 Lindy hop Beginners
15 - 17 Tap Beginners

Sunday 23.8.
12 - 14 Lindy hop Beginners
15 - 17 Tap Beginners


More about the dances:

Lindy hop

Lindy hop is an energetic and rhythmical dance which emerged in the African-American communities in Harlem, New York, during the late 1920’s. It became a dance craze with the popularisation of jazz music by artists like Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Benny Goodman and countless others. In Lindy hop both partners are invited to improvise within the flow of the dance and to have an equal voice. Lindy hop experienced a huge revival in the 1990’s and has since then spread all over the planet.

Explore our youtube-channel for old and new clips of Lindy hop dancing.
https://www.youtube.com/c/blackpepperswing

Tap dancing

Tap dancing was more or less a must for any dancer during the era of American show business of the golden age of pre-jazz and jazz. A percussive dance based on rhythm, timing and balance, where the executor is also a front line musician. Tap dancing became famous through Hollywood movies with dancers like Betty Grable, Ruby Keeler, Eleanor Powell, Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly and Bill Robinson and it is still often brought back to the silver screen in modern movies like La La Land.

Famous tap scene Stormy weather (colourized by Karri):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IoMbeDhG9fU

Also, read which COVID-19 safety precautions you can expect from us:
https://blackpepperswing.freshdesk.com/support/solutions/articles/42000077421-our-covid-19-protocol


Address
Bulevardi 31, 00180 Helsinki, Finland