The dance form was originally inspired by American Rock 'n' Roll/Lindy Hop dancing of the 1950s, but gradually developed its own European style and personality. Boogie Woogie is a playful and improvised couple dance, often in medium or slightly fast tempi, with a significant footwork based on musical interpretation. Boogie Woogie of today functions as a social dance, but is sometimes recognized even more as an established competition dance. In Herräng, the social side of the dance will be emphasized and in focus..
Origin: central Europe in the mid 1950s.
Music: Boogie Woogie, Rhythm 'n' Blues and Rock 'n' Roll.
Synonyms: Rock 'n' Roll, Jitterbug and Jive.
Film clips: Rock Around the Clock (1955), Untamed Youth (1957), Andreas & Jessica (2007) and Pontus & Isabella (2013).
The word itself is self-explanatory, and no previous dance experience at all is necessary. The classes, each 70 minutes long, will start from scratch and will pay attention also to newcomers equipped with two left feet. The first class will take place on Friday evening, and the remaining five classes will take place on Saturday (three classes) and Sunday (two classes). For ambitious proselytes feeling inspired on Sunday afternoon, there are often possibilities to prolong your Herräng visit by registering for the BeginnersIntermediate one-week full-time programmes starting on Sundays.
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Available: 15 July - 17 July
This programme is intended for dancers who dance boogie woogie on and off, and those with some casual experience of the dance form and its basic material. General experience of being on the boogie woogie social dance floor is expected, and previous experience in a handful of classes taken here and there is preferable.
All basic rhythms, patterns and lead-follow aspects of the dance should be under good control. The mix of regular six-counts should be possible to combine also with traditional eight-counts. A good amount of social dance floor experience is also a necessity.
Please note that if enough students sign up, there will be auditions in order to split this level into IntermediateAdvanced and Advanced.