Social dancing and learning to dance can be an amazing and overwhelming experience at the same time. There are quite a few things to think about all at once, so it's easy to fall into habits where we miss the perception of our own body, our partner’s body, barely hear the nuances of the music, or get caught up thinking “what do I do next?”
Being in our heads all the time can cause us to disconnect from the sensations our bodies receive from the ground, the environment, the music, and our partners. There are tools, however, that we can use to experience the dance in a more mindful way and increase our connection and enjoyment.
In this 8-week long online course, Gui Prada will focus on providing these tools to bring these important aspects into your dance experience. From mindset to movement, this course will cover the different topics that will help you dance with presence and attention. We'll think less of the next thing and more of what is happening now.
This course has 6 hour long classes recorded live with students' questions and participation and 2 pre-recorded classes. Classes are a mix of talking, experiencing with exercises, moments to follow along, and sharing.
Each week focus on a new topic. The idea is for you to get an assortment of different tools that will help you develop more mindfulness about your body, your dance, the surroundings, and the patterns.
This course complements the learning of Brazilian Zouk techniques and touch on details that we normally don’t get the opportunity to explore in-depth.
This is strictly a solo class for both leaders and followers.
This course provides you material that is rarely covered in regular technique classes. Such content can make a significant positive impact on the way you perceive your dance, your body, and what it is that makes a dance good.
You will see that small things can make a big difference in the end. More importantly, this course shows you that you really - REALLY - don’t need to be an advanced dancer to be able to have and provide an amazing experience for you and your partner.
This is also a way you can support our instructors - some of whom teach dance as their full-time occupation - and they can support you during this time.
The only thing we ask for this class is knowledge of timing and the basic fundamentals, especially the Basics in place, side, and linear.
The more you know and have experience with the dance, the more examples you will be able to draw on to apply the concepts you learn.
Mindset, environment, and preparation
Breath and Movement
Creativity and Versatility
Groundedness and Balance