Ballroom & Latin Dance Class + Practice Session
We are pleased to invite you to a series of dance classes where you will be taught the basics of some of the following dance styles: Slow Waltz, Viennese Waltz, Quickstep, Slowfox, Tango, Polka, Swing, Charleston and Latin dances such as Cha-Cha, Rumba, Samba and Jive. These classes will help you get ready for the next Brussels and European Ball season*.
The classes will normally be held on Sunday evenings starting at 7:00pm. This coming Sunday the programme is as follows:
Last Sunday we repeated the footwork of the Viennese waltz for the natural (right) turn and we also showed you how to do the footwork for the reverse (left) turn. The count for the reverse turn is the same as for the natural turn: "and-one, two, and- three, and-four, five , six". The steps are also similar - as you can guess, we replace right with left and vice versa. However, there is one small but significant difference: at count And-Three we do a lock-step (left foot in front of right foot). Note that the lock step is only done at step 3 (when completing a forward move) and NOT at step 6 (when completing a backward move). Here are the complete counts and steps for the Reverse Turn, turning Counter Clock Wise (CCW), starting by facing Diagonal Wall:
And One: Heel Flat movement of the left foot as it goes forward In the line of dance: put the Heel down on the And count and Flat on the One count. Keep this step small. Turn 90 degrees CCW facing the wall as you make this step.
Two: Ball movement of the right foot as you move sideways in the line of dance, landing on the Ball of the right foot. Keep the heel of the right foot up, also during the next step. This should be the largest step in this dance. Shift your weight to the right.
And-Three: Ball Flat lock step movement of the left foot: with your weight on the right and pivoting on the right foot, slide your left foot in front of your right foot, landing on the Ball on the And count, then Flat on the floor (heel down), on the Three count. Turn between 45 degrees and 90 degrees CCW while doing this step.
And-Four: Ball Flat movement of the right foot as you move your right leg back in the line of dance, landing on the Ball first on the And count, then Flat on the floor on the Four count. Keep this step small. Turn 90 degrees CCW facing the Centre (your body should twist from the waist down) as you make this step.
Five: Ball movement of your left foot sideways (parallel to the line of dance) landing on the Ball of the left foot. Keep the heel of the left foot up, also during the next step. This should be another large step in this dance. Shift your weight to the left.
Six: Flat movement of your right foot: drag it on the floor towards your left foot, ending next to it. Turn 45 degrees CCW while doing this step. The Flat movement is to ensure that you don’t rise during this movement. Remember, no rise and fall in the Viennese waltz.
If any of the above is not clear and you have questions, write it down and take your questions to the dance class. We’ll repeat the moves often but try also to practice at home!
This coming Sunday we will repeat what you've learned in the past week and practice , before starting with other dance styles that many of you want to learn in preparation for the upcoming balls.
No previous experience is required, beginners are welcome. Come alone or with a partner, we will change partners during the class.
Please note that the insurance cover that you get with the Euro Danse Club card does not apply at this venue. As with all InterNations activities, you participate on your own risk.
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*About the Brussels Ball season.
The Brussels Ball season stretches from October to June.
Upcoming Balls in Protected content
• Protected content BALL IN BRUSSELS Protected content , February 9th, Protected content . See Protected content
• LE TURBILLON BALL in ENGHIEN/EDINGEN - Saturday, February 23rd, Protected content . See Protected content
• MASKED BALL - WALTZ PARTY in PARIS - Saturday, March 30th, Protected content . See Protected content
• TULIPS BALL Protected content THE HAGUE, NL - Saturday, May 25th, Protected content . See Protected content
• CONCORDIA BALL Protected content VIENNA - Friday, June 14th, Protected content . See Protected content
Recent Balls in the last months of Protected content Brussels (and some other cities in Europe):
• Protected content BALL OF ROME Protected content , October 27th, Protected content . See Protected content
• LE GRAND BAL Protected content Protected content BRUSSELS - Saturday, November 10th, Protected content . See Protected content
• LE BAL Protected content Protected content BRUSSELS - Saturday, November 24th, Protected content . See Protected content
• BALLROOM & LATIN CHRISTMAS BALL in THE HAGUE - Friday, December 14, Protected content . See Protected content
(Photo: Bal du Cercle Royal Gaulois in Brussels on 25 Nov Protected content
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