This workshop will feature various classic air steps, starting with some easy ones to get you going and finishing with some more impressive ones! Whether you've been swing dancing for many years or whether you've just started, this workshop will give you a few fun aerials to throw into a jam, performance, competition or routine. Air steps are a quintessential part of lindy hop history, and while they're no good on the social dance floor, they are exhilarating to do and great fun to practice! Dancers should register with a partner, we will not rotate partners in this workshop.
Michaela and Rupert have been dancing together since 2011, and started learning and practicing air steps that same year. They have attended many aerials workshops themselves over the years, some of the formative training being with the Harlem Hot Shots at Herrang Dance Camp. They have taught many aerials workshops and taster classes and have put together routines for students and peers featuring some of their favourites. They are excited to come and work with the Reading dancers and help everyone take to the skies!
Getting Started: We will get warmed up, work on some jumping technique and some simple air steps.
Flying High: We will work on some more complex air steps to add to our repertoire - don't worry, all still very beginner friendly!
Building It Up: We will work on one more air step, and mostly consolidate what we've learnt. Each couple will build a mini jam featuring their favourite air step. Final stretch and warm down, and recap videos.
This workshop will be held at Watlington House Community Hall (accessed via South Street), the home of Reading Swing Jam. Address: 44 Watlington Street, RG1 4 Reading, England
- 1:30pm – 1:50pm Event Registration
- 1:50pm – 2:00pm Welcome & Teacher Introductions
- 2:00pm – 3:00pm 1st Class
- 3:00pm – 3:15pm 1st Break
- 3:15pm – 4:15pm 2nd Class
- 4:15pm – 4:30pm 2nd Break
- 4:30pm – 5:30pm 3rd Class
8:00pm – 12:00am Reading Swing Jam Social
This workshop will be are suitable for improvers to those intermediate/advanced swing dancers. No previous aerial experience required. Not suitable for absolute beginner swing dancers.
Tickets & Booking
Due to the nature of this workshop tickets are only available in lead/follow pairs. Workshop tickets include cake and refreshments at the event + free entry to our Reading Swing Jam social in the evening! For notifications on updates please join our Facebook event.
Reading Swing Jam is our monthly social dance at the Community Hall at Watlington House (accessed via South Street), where we play DJed swing music and dance the night away. It’s a great place to practice, hang out, meet new people from near and afar as well as discover inspiration and new moves! If you come to this workshop you entry to the social is FREE! Visit our webpage for full details.