featuring Jeremy Otth & Laura Keat and Jeff Kroll & Jenna Chalmers!
Saturday, February 1, 2014
Imperial Ballroom • 822 Cassia St. Redwood City [MAP]
With the success and positive feedback from our attendees of Shuffle Step 2013, we're bringing back the same group of extraordinary instructors for part two of our Interactive Balboa Enthusiast's Dream Event!
Continuing on the idea of building a curriculum focusing on key components of Balboa dancing to create an experience of having the equivalent of a head-to-toe makeover for your dancing – and we think we’ve got it.
As a Balboa enthusiast, we invite you to experience an unforgettable day of learning, dancing and socializing with our amazing instructors and your fellow local dancers.
10:30 - registration opens
INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED TRACK (w/Jeremy & Laura)
11 - 12:15 - Musical Feet - the art of being musical in closed position (Int/Adv)
12:30 - 1:45 - Showing Off! - fancy and dynamic moves in closed (Int/Adv)
1:45 - 3:00 - BREAK
3:00 - 4:15 - Turning on a Dime- learning ways to enhance and better your turning abilities! (Int/Adv)
4:30 - 5:30 - I'll Super-Size That!- fun combos that include turns and stylings (Int/Adv)
5:30 - 6:45 - practice time and wrap-up
BEGINNER/INTERMEDIATE TRACK (w/Jeff & Jenna)
1:45 - 3:00 - Dancing Musically in 8 Easy Steps!
3:15 - 4:30 - Out Out In In...Well Done Fun Fun
4:45 - 5:45 - Sendout Spikeout Subtleties, Tossout Throwout Tricks
5:45 - 6:45 - practice time and wrap-up
$65 (INT/ADV) for the first 15 people (or until January 15th)
$70 (INT/ADV) January 16 - 30
$80 (INT/ADV) Jan 31st & walk-in
$35 (BEG) until January 15th
$40 (BEG) January 16 - 30
$50 (BEG) Jan 31st & walk-in
Drop-ins welcome to the classes, space permitting
Drop-ins are $20 / person / class
Jeremy Otth amassed a great amount of knowledge on the historic essence of vintage swing dances from many of the original jitterbuggs and swing dancers. Along with his seemingly inexhaustible amount of energy, Jeremy’s natural talent and dedication led him to accumulate championship titles at many acclaimed dance competitions such as the International Lindy Hop Championships, National Jitterbug Championships, American Classic Balboa Championships and the US Open Swing Dance Championships. Jeremy is now able to share that breadth of knowledge and passion for these classic partner dances by entertaining and educating feet around the world from Southern California to Asia and Europe.
Laura Keat began her swing dance career in Denver when she joined the award-winning Lindy Hop performance team, 23 Skidoo! She immediately developed a passion for the art of swing dancing. Ever the disciplined student and skilled competitor, Laura began winning national titles and gaining recognition as a championship lindy hop follow with an independent style and point of view. She loves dancing with a wide variety of leads with diverse styles and ideas to challenge and broaden her own abilities as a follow. And as an instructor, she brings a fresh perspective towards developing each student’s technical foundation and individual style. For Laura, every dance is a chance to put smiles on peoples’ faces with an entertaining performance which shares and inspires the joy and excitement for swing dancing.
Jeff Kroll has been swing dancing since 1996, and teaching and competing nationally since 2004. He has danced on TV and for the big screen, and has performed, taught, and DJed at countless weddings and private events.
While Jeff enjoys all styles of swing dancing, he has a particular fondness for Balboa-Swing and will dance it and teach it almost every chance he gets. His love for dancing and his desire to share it shows in the enthusiasm and positive energy he brings to his classes, the fun and creativity with which he infuses everything including even the most technical of details, and the relaxed, patient individual attention and encouraging guidance he gives.
Jenna Chalmers has been teaching and performing dance professionally since 1993. You may have seen her in the Sony TriStar film "The Thirteenth Floor" or "Swing: The Movie." Jenna has appeared in a national Washington Mutual ad campaign, 7x7 Magazine, and KRON’s Live Broadcast of the New Years Eve countdown. She provided dance reference for animators at Pixar Studios and Electronic Arts, and choreographs for groups like The Decobelles and Retro Cabaret and SF Jitterbugs! She is the co-director of the long-running Camp Swing and has appeared on TV and National Public Radio as an expert in the field of swing dance.