Salsa is not only doing steps and figures, true dancing comes through expression, and expression is fully possible only when the body becomes your instrument to play with. This course will deal exactly with that – with our body as our instrument for dancing. What parts can be moved? In which ways can we move these parts? How can we make the movement clean and expressive?
The course is unique from many other courses. You will not have a routine to perform or a figure to show off on the dancefloor. Instead, there are three major parts of each class:
- Warmup and a practicing our course drill.
- Theory of the body and Isolations practice
- Challange exercises
In the second part of each lesson, we will concentrate heavily on one part of the body (Shoulders, Hips, Chest, Feet, Legs, Arms, Head). We will briefly explore the anatomy of the chosen area, and test the capabilities of how our body can move. Then we will practice different isolations, the right technique of movement and how to match the movement to the rhythm.
To put it to practice each lesson we will perform a series of exercises that will challenge our acquired skill. These challenges will also let you practice or introduce you to many various sub dances of salsa from Afrocuban dances through contemporary dance, salsa, and traditional dances.
Who is it for?
The level of the course is suitable for intermediate-advanced and can be physically demanding.
It can be done however at any level as body movement is really a journey that has no point of beginning and end. Complete novices to dance might find the course too hard but dancers with a few months of experience or intermediate dancers will get to know many new isolations and challenge the body. Advanced dancers might be introduced to some new isolations and understand their body better, perfecting their movement, and have difficult versions of each challenge. I will try my best to be personal and match the challenges to the level of the student.
The course is intended for both men and women, most exercises will be unisex with a couple of touches that might be different for lady style or men style.
Even though the underline subjects are Salsa and Cuban dances, body movement and isolation is a general topic and might be appropriate for all kinds of dancers.
Time: 8 Weekly meetings, Wednesdays 20:00-21:30, starting at the 04.7.18 and finishing at 22.8.18
Schedule: 8 Weekly meetings, 90 minutes each
Location: First Floor Studio – Prenzlauer Promenade 189, 13189 Berlin
Course Price: 105 Euro (Until 20/06), 115 Euro (Until 31/06), 120 Euro (until the start of the course)
Drop-ins Price: 16 Euro per lesson. ( better to contact beforehand to ensure availability)
Promoter Discount: If you bring 2 new students – 25% off, 3 new student – 50% off, 5 new students – free of charge.
- The number of participants is limited to 20 students, if you want to ensure your place please sign up in advance.
- The course will open with a minimum of eight participants.
Why is the course so long? / I cannot commit to all period
First, drop-ins are allowed if you just want to have a taste or be flexible. However, improvements require dedication. It is important to me as a teacher to see that my lessons have contributed to my students. One time workshops are not very effective, and for that reason I encourage signing up for the whole course.
Comments from previous students of the course:
“Ido really surprised me, I mean, clearly as a dancer he is performing body movement in a natural and a professional manner, but I was almost sure it’s not something that can be taught, either you have or not. I was surprised that the movements was broken down to simple elements, and all of this was done with high patience and motivating comments. Even with differences in levels, Ido insisted on personal attention so that we will grow and get better.”
~ Uzi, dancing 5 years
“The course helped me understand a very important part of dancing and how great it is to know how to move and isolate each and every part of the body. The course gave me the awareness and the tools to improve with all that there is to do with body movement, isolation and how to incorporate them into dancing. My favorite experience was the tensed muscles after every class. No doubt the course is hard, and it’s great because I felt I was practicing something that is really new to me. I recommend this course to anyone, it’s adding a lot to dancing, it’s not easy but whoever commits to it improves their dance hundredfolds.”
~ Gadi, dancing one year