Dance the Charleston

Learn to dance the Charleston! Improve body movement, rhythm, coordination, get fit and have a load of FUN!
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Instructed by Dax Hock Health & Fitness / Dance
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  • Lectures 44
  • Length 2 hours
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 1/2014 English

Course Description

I have been dancing everything from hip hop to tap to ballet, and there isn't a dance that gives me as much pleasure as the Charleston! There is a reason why Charleston swept the nation during the 1920s and is once again sweeping the world with an incredible rebirth! This dance is ridiculously fun, easy to learn and some how provides the depth for a life long journey of discovery and improvement.

If you don't believe me, just Search "I Charleston" on youtube.

In this course you will start out with the basic's, but we are going to take it much further. I am going to give detailed breakdowns of the Advanced Charleston steps that only a handful of dancers in the world know, and took me over 12 years to figure out how to actually do properly.

I think Charleston is most natural dance for the human body. It is based the body movement of walking combined with the head boppin' rhythm of authentic jazz and swing music. Now it has evolved to where you can dance it to your not only swing, but just about any for of pop music found today.

Though simple at first glance, the Charleston expands into a variety of styles that are exciting and dynamic to dance once learned. They offer a great physical challenge for people looking to improve their dance skills and coordination since it is based on counter body movement and balancing the upper and lower body movements.

A lot of the footwork and body movement found in Swing Dancing and Lindy Hop along with modern street dances like Shuffling, Hip Hop, Locking, House is based on the Charleston. Learning this dance is probably one of the best things you can do to strengthen your dance foundation and improve coordination and Rhythm.

Once you have mastered the steps in this course, an endless world of improvisation is at your finger tips using vernacular jazz movements and self expression. In addition, it will open the doors to the world of swing dancing, Lindy Hop, Authentic Jazz and an international community of friendly dancers.

Lastly, I can get through an hour of CrossFit or yoga but struggle to Charleston for more that 40 minutes. It is simply one of the most intense calorie munching workout's when done right. In this course, getting fit becomes the sweet side effect of having fun.

What are the requirements?

  • Small Dance Space
  • Mirror (Ideal but optional)
  • Dance Shoes (Optional)

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Learn Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced forms of Charleston
  • Gain Confidence in Your Dance Skills
  • Learn to Improvise Solo Charleston to Music
  • Improve Body Control and Fundamental Dance Skills
  • Improve Coordination
  • Improve Body Movement & Rhythm
  • Get Fit, Loose Weight, Gain Core and Leg Strength
  • Build Basic Foundation for Swing Dancing & Lindy Hop
  • Have More Fun than You Can Imagine!

What is the target audience?

  • All Dancers, All Levels, All Styles!
  • People Looking for a Fun Way to Get Fit, Loose Weight, and Build a Dancer Body
  • People Wanting to Try Dancing Without Doing Something Overly Intimidating
  • All Swing Dancers & Lindy Hoppers Looking to Improve

What you get with this course?

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Certificate of completion.

Curriculum

Section 1: Introduction to the Course
01:51

Get a quick overview of what you will be learning during this course.

Section 2: Beginner: Groove Walk Charleston
00:24

This is the Groove Walk Charleston Exercise Pattern that you will be learning next. Watch this clip to get an idea on what it looks like and then get started in the next lecture.

06:26

Get up and dance along with me as I guide you through the movements we will be using in the Groove Walk Charleston Pattern, which we will be learning in the next lecture.

03:27

Get up and dance along with me as I guide you through the Groove Walk Charleston Exercise Pattern. We will be going slow through each eight count at a pace that will help you memorize the sequence. Feel free to jump ahead to the next chapter if you want to see the exercise straight through with counts non-stop.

01:00

Here is a demo of the Groove Walk Charleston Exercise Pattern to counts, non-stop. Go through this a few times to make sure you feel comfortable before moving to the music dance along loop next.

01:09

Now that you know the exercise pattern, you can follow along with me and dance it while watching from behind. This will loop for a total of 4 rounds. Don't let the edit through you off.

Section 3: Beg/Int: Kicking Charleston
00:22

This is the Kick Step Charleston Exercise Pattern that you will be learning next. Watch this clip to get an idea on what it looks like and then get started in the next lecture.

06:23

Get up and dance along with me as I guide you through the technique and movements we will be using in the Kicking Charleston Pattern, which we will be learning in the next lecture.

03:12

Get up and dance along with me as I guide you through the Kick Step Charleston Exercise Pattern. We will be going slow through each eight count at a pace that will help you memorize the sequence. Feel free to jump ahead to the next chapter if you want to see the exercise straight through with counts non-stop.

00:59

Here is a demo of the Kick Step Charleston Exercise Pattern to counts, non-stop. Go through this a few times to make sure you feel comfortable before moving to the music dance along loop next.

00:54

Now that you know the exercise pattern, you can follow along with me and dance it while watching from behind. This will loop for a total of 4 rounds. Don't let the edit through you off. Be sure to practice this regularly!

Section 4: Beginner Review
01:43

Music Loop Dancing along from the back of both the groove walking and kick stepping charleston patterns.

Section 5: Intermediate: Foot Pivot Charleston
00:20

This is the Foot Pivot Charleston Exercise Pattern that you will be learning next. Watch this clip to get an idea on what it looks like and then get started in the next lecture.

08:56

Get up and dance along with me as I guide you through the technique and movements we will be using in the Foot Pivot Charleston Pattern, which we will be learning in the next lecture.

02:30

Get up and dance along with me as I guide you through the Foot Pivot Charleston Exercise Pattern. We will be going slow through each eight count at a pace that will help you memorize the sequence. Feel free to jump ahead to the next chapter if you want to see the exercise straight through with counts non-stop.

00:58

Here is a demo of the Foot Pivot Charleston Exercise Pattern to counts, non-stop. Go through this a few times to make sure you feel comfortable before moving to the music dance along loop next.

01:10

Now that you know the exercise pattern, you can follow along with me and dance it while watching from behind. This will loop for a total of 4 rounds. Don't let the edit through you off. Be sure to practice this regularly!

Section 6: Int/Adv: Heel Flick Charleston
01:42

This is the Heel Flick Charleston Exercise Pattern that you will be learning next. Watch this clip to get an idea on what it looks like and then get started in the next lecture.

09:35

Get up and dance along with me as I guide you through the technique and movements we will be using in the Heel Flick Charleston Pattern, which we will be learning in the next lecture.

02:07

Get up and dance along with me as I guide you through the Heel Flick Charleston Exercise Pattern. We will be going slow through each eight count at a pace that will help you memorize the sequence. Feel free to jump ahead to the next chapter if you want to see the exercise straight through with counts non-stop.

00:58

Here is a demo of the Heel Flick Charleston Exercise Pattern to counts, non-stop. Go through this a few times to make sure you feel comfortable before moving to the music dance along loop next.

01:11

Now that you know the exercise pattern, you can follow along with me and dance it while watching from behind. This will loop for a total of 4 rounds. Don't let the edit through you off. Be sure to practice this regularly!

Section 7: Intermediate Review
Foot Pivot & Heel Flick: Music Loop - Dance Along
01:43
Section 8: Advanced: Flash Charleston
00:21

This is the Flash Charleston Exercise Pattern that you will be learning next. Watch this clip to get an idea on what it looks like and then get started in the next lecture.

08:33

Get up and dance along with me as I guide you through the technique and movements we will be using in the Flash Charleston Pattern, which we will be learning in the next lecture.

03:03

Get up and dance along with me as I guide you through the Flash Charleston Exercise Pattern. We will be going slow through each eight count at a pace that will help you memorize the sequence. Feel free to jump ahead to the next chapter if you want to see the exercise straight through with counts non-stop.

01:03

Here is a demo of the Flash Charleston Exercise Pattern to counts, non-stop. Go through this a few times to make sure you feel comfortable before moving to the music dance along loop next.

01:11

Now that you know the exercise pattern, you can follow along with me and dance it while watching from behind. This will loop for a total of 4 rounds. Don't let the edit through you off. Be sure to practice this regularly!

Section 9: Advanced: PinWheel Charleston
00:23

This is the PinWheel Charleston Exercise Pattern that you will be learning next. Watch this clip to get an idea on what it looks like and then get started in the next lecture.

05:07

Get up and dance along with me as I guide you through the technique and movements we will be using in the Flash Charleston Pattern. This one is a bit more complex so I broke it into 4 parts.

04:55

Get up and dance along with me as I guide you through the technique and movements we will be using in the Flash Charleston Pattern. This one is a bit more complex so I broke it into 4 parts.

02:27

Get up and dance along with me as I guide you through the technique and movements we will be using in the Flash Charleston Pattern. This one is a bit more complex so I broke it into 4 parts.

04:51

Get up and dance along with me as I guide you through the technique and movements we will be using in the Flash Charleston Pattern. This one is a bit more complex so I broke it into 4 parts.

05:01

Get up and dance along with me as I guide you through the PinWheel Charleston Exercise Pattern. We will be going slow through each eight count at a pace that will help you memorize the sequence. Feel free to jump ahead to the next chapter if you want to see the exercise straight through with counts non-stop.

00:58

Here is a demo of the PinWheel Charleston Exercise Pattern to counts, non-stop. Go through this a few times to make sure you feel comfortable before moving to the music dance along loop next.

01:10

Now that you know the exercise pattern, you can follow along with me and dance it while watching from behind. This will loop for a total of 4 rounds. Don't let the edit through you off. Be sure to practice this regularly!

Section 10: Advanced Review
Flash and Pinwheel Charleston: Music Loop - Dance Along
00:44
Section 11: Full Routine: All Six Styles
01:45

This is the Full Routine with all 6 Charleston Exercise Patterns back to back that you will be learning next. Watch this clip to get an idea on what it looks like and then get started in the next lecture.

01:44

Now that you know all 6 exercises patterns, you can follow along with me and dance it while watching from behind. Practice this regularly!

1. Groove Walk Charleston Pattern

2. Kick Step Charleston Pattern

3. Foot Pivot Charleston Pattern

4. Heel Flick Charleston Pattern

5. Flash Charleston Pattern

6. PinWheel Charleston Pattern

Section 12: Advanced Concepts & Improvisation
01:22

The first step to basic improvisation is being able to mix each of the 6 style's of Charleston together. In order to get used to this we are going to start with this basic pattern of doing basic Charleston's back to back with all 6 styles.

00:41

Dance Along with me as we go through a loop of all six charleston basics consecutively.

00:45

Now we will talk about choosing which style to do and when so you can start to improvise a little and do it based on the intensity and feeling of the music. The idea is you pick a style that most closely resembles the sound and sensation of the music.

01:03

Once you get comfortable changing styles every eight-count, it is time to start thinking of changing every 4 eight-counts. This is the concept of half and half. You can even change styles every 2 counts when you are ready. These transitions can be tricky at first but are essential to becoming comfortable with improvisation.

01:52

As we covered in the technique and movement lectures, the Charleston is broken down into 4 elements that are all repeatable. Here I will show you how to break from our basic exercise pattern and repeat the elements more freely in a way that fits what you hear in the music.

Section 13: Final Project

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Instructor Biography

Dax Hock, Rhythm is my Business

Los Angeles, USA

Dax Hock is an internationally renowned Authentic Jazz Dance Teacher and Professional Lindy Hopper. He and his dance partner Sarah Breck are world champion dancers and international teachers. Dax is especially known for his unique and effective teaching methods along with his superior understanding of Rhythm, Body Movement and Communication of Movement.

Enough reading, the best way to get to know him is by watching. Just search Dax and Sarah on youtube.

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