Herräng Dance Camp

2nd July to 6th August

Prepmode for Camp 2016
Lindy Hop, Boogie Woogie, Balboa, Solo Jazz & Tap

Solo Jazz

Solo Jazz is a general term that can refer to anything from the pre-Cake Walk dances to post war era material linked with be-bop as well as rhythm 'n' blues music. In modern terminology, it often refers to dancing without a partner rather than dancing with a partner, and it comes without any influences of ballet or any other modern contemporary techniques. Solo Jazz can be danced free and improvised or in routines such as Shim Sham Shimmy, Big Apple or Tranky Doo.

Origin: various places and time periods all over the U.S., but taken to a peak in Harlem, New York City in the 1920s, 30s and 40s.
Music: all kinds of jazz and jazz related music.
Synonyms: Vernacular Jazz, Authentic Jazz and Original Jazz.
Film clips: Keep Punchin' (1938), Stormy Weather (1943) and Spirit Moves (1950).

Solo Jazz Alternatives: 
This level will not be far away from a beginner ditto. The teaching will start off and focus on a lot of basic rhythms, steps and easily doable combinations, as well as touch base with some of the basic routines and stay away from too fast tempi.

Available: Week 1
This is where an average old-school jazz dancer with a decent knowledge around traditional solo steps and traditional routines will feel comfortable. The level will for sure deal with rhythmical fundamentals, but will also open doors to new rooms. The material will cover choreographed pieces, combinations, traditional steps as well as some slightly faster music here and there.

Available: Week 2
If the intermediate level will open doors to new rooms, this level will offer full entrance and presence inside the rooms. Dancers on this level should be able to somehow understand and speak the physical language of swing, and be familiar with lots of traditional solo jazz steps and routines. The program in general will focus on elements around improvisation and development of sensitivity in connection to the music.

Available: Week 4 and Week 5
This level is for the truly experienced solo jazz dancers. The material and ideas passed on will be surrounded by rhytmical interpretation, improvisation and general sensitivity to music. Dancers on this level should be able to successfully take care of themselves dancing on their own to adequate music. Both slow and fast tempí will be used as well as an emphasis on personal interpretation.

Available: Week 3
Back in the days, all theatres and night clubs with self-respect had their own chorus line to back up different guest appearances and to perform their own numbers. In recent years this tradition has on and off been in circulation in the contemporary Lindy Hop scene, in Herräng especially in connection to the Daily Meetings.

The program will follow the traditions featured in especially so called race movies from the 1930s and 40s. The level of the teaching will demand some basic experience of solo jazz. If many dancers sign up, the program might very well divide into two groups, one on a slightly higher and one on a slightly lower.

Available: Week 5