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I absolutely love Myles and Tessa’s approach to teaching. In just the first hour I spent with them, so many light bulbs were set off that I had to stop so I could start trying to keep track. They have a sincerity about them that I really appreciate. They’re really intent on helping me not just become a better dancer, but to understand what makes me a better dancer. It’s some of the best stuff you could hope to get from a teacher.
“I have taken lessons and workshops with both Myles and Tessa and have been impressed with their professional approach to teaching. Having come from a long history of “other” dance forms it was refreshing to be welcomed and encouraged to explore the script of West Coast Swing and then to be enthusiastically encouraged to incorporate my knowledge from my previous career in ballet, tap, contemporary, flamenco, jazz..SOOOO much fun! Their honesty and support in growing up in WCS is valuable to all and certainly appreciated by me.”
“What I love about lessons with Tessa is her really interesting way of teaching. She never says : “Stop thinking, just do this shape like that because I told you to”. Instead, she takes the time to ask you the right questions to guide you to think for YOURSELF about your dance. This self-analysis makes me understand my own body mechanics, and learn even faster! Now every time I leave the ballroom, it’s always with a big smile because I had a lot of fun and also because I discovered something new about my way of dancing. It’s always like a revelation.”
We've had several requests to post info on the Intensive workshop we are teaching in Vancouver at the end of June. Organized by Maryann Newmeyer and Tom Hickey of NewFuzzySlippers Productions, this annual event is called "The WCS Progressive Intensive: Renovate - Elevate - Motivate", and promises just that: it is not just another weekend of workshops. The intensive format does not follow the same hourly-class formula. It's an immersion experience where the topics flow organically, progressively, logically, and explain the crucial details you've been missing in simple terms. It creates a dramatic and permanent transformation in your dance learning regardless of your past experience, and the experience is amplified by the whole community unifying to learn together. In that isn't tempting enough, this year there are 3 options:
Phase I is our original intensive. Everyone needs to start with this experience, regardless of their level or background. It is NOT a basics workshop, and due to the content, levels are irrelevant. Dancers with decades of experience have walked away minds blown, and newbies have exploded ahead of their peers who missed out. Content will be focused on elusive essential practical technique for personal movement and partnership skills.
Phase II: For those who have already experienced an M&T Intensive. It is NOT aimed specifically at a higher level of dancer. Phase II will be taking the material and concepts from Phase I and adding on with material not covered in the original. Dancers need the material from Phase I in order to understand Phase II. It's like the "sequel" - it won't make as much sense if you never saw the original movie! Already taken an Intensive? Don't stop there! There's so much more in store for you!
Phase III add-on: This is an add-on workshop exclusively for competitors in WSDC Intermediate or higher. Unlike the other Phases, level does matter. In order to grow, you need a solid foundation, so if qualified dancers have yet to experience an M&T intensive, they need to assist in Phase I to gain access to Phase III. The content will be focused on competition exclusively: mostly improvisation with some choreography and presentation skills.
Last year, this event was extremely well supported with dancers of all levels from BC, Alberta, Washington and Oregon, California and Hawaii. Word spread and people were sad to have missed out, asking desperately when we are offering the next one. We have been teaching these Intensives all over the world for the past decade, so stay tuned or request one in your area. But it would be great to see you in Vancouver in June! www.facebook.com/events/1388404448131603/ ... See MoreSee Less
The WCS Progressive Intensive: Renovate - Elevate - Motivate
June 27, 2015, 10:00am - June 28, 2015, 9:30pm
Dancey Ballroom and Dance Studio
with Canadian Champions Myles Munroe & Tessa Cunningham Munroe Back by overwhelming popular demand! An incomparable learning experience, for EVERY level: PHASE I: The Original Myles & Tessa Intensive: A unique and comprehensive learning experience guaranteed to explode your WCS world wide open, demystify the dance and reconstruct your foundations, and catapult your dance forward. Everyone needs to start with this experience, regardless of their level or background. Rest assured this is not another basics workshop: basics are a pre-requisite! All levels welcome. Content will be focused on elusive essential practical technique for personal movement and partnership skills. $180 for 6 hours. PHASE II: Building on the Original: New topics, new adventures! If you have taken a Myles & Tessa Intensive before, this is the next progression. Review and refine your skills while adding on with loads of fresh material not covered in previous Intensives. It is NOT aimed specifically at a higher level of dancer. Phase II will be taking the material and concepts from Phase I and adding on. Dancers need the material from Phase I in order to understand Phase II. It's like the "sequel" - it won't make as much sense if you never saw the original movie! Already taken an Intensive? Don't stop there! There's so much more in store for you! All levels welcome: we will suggest ways to adapt movements to increase or decrease the challenge. $180 for 6 hours. PHASE III: ADVANCED ADD-ON: A bonus workshop exclusive to competitors in WSDC Intermediate or higher. Unlike the other Phases, level does matter. In order to grow, you need a solid foundation, so if qualified dancers have yet to experience an M&T intensive, they need to assist in Phase I to gain access to Phase III. The content will be focused on competition exclusively: mostly improvisation with some choreography, tricks and trends, and presentation skills. The pace will be much faster and will assume higher level of understanding AND ability. * If you have never taken an M&T Intensive before, you need prior approval by M&T and have to assist in Phase I. $140 for 4 hours. Confused about which Phase you're in? See FAQ's below Friday night location: Meet & Greet Dance D2 Dance Rehearsal Studio - 55 8th Ave., Vancouver, BC 8pm-12am (more details to follow) Saturday & Sunday location: Dancey Ballroom 505 Hamilton Street, Vancouver, BC INTENSIVE SCHEDULE: Saturday: (Day one) Phase I - 10:00 am - 1:00 pm (Check in 9:30am) Phase II - 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm (Check in 1:30pm) Phase III - 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm (Check in 5:15pm) Saturday night Social dance (Same location): 8PM - 12AM ( more details to follow...) Sunday: (Day Two) Phase I - 10:00 am - 1:00 pm (Check in 9:30 am) Phase II - 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm (Check in 1:30 pm) Phase III - 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm (Check in 5:15 pm) PRICING: $180 - 6 hour Intensive (Phase I or II) $290 - 10 hour Intensive (Phase II and III combined) $140 - 4 hour Intensive (Phase III Add-on only) EARLY-BIRD PRICING (deadline May 18) $150 - Phase 1 or 2 $260 - Phase 2 and 3 *need approval for phase 3 REGISTRATION: Cash, cheque (Locally) Pre-Arrange meeting contact: Tom and Maryann 604-454-4957 email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org Interac eTransfer: Online banking through your Financial Institute (Canada only) www.interac.ca/en/interac-etransfer/etransfer-detail Send to security question/answer separately from funds to: email@example.com PayPal: sites.google.com/a/wcsvancouver.com/the-wcs-progressive-intensive/business-website-products ABOUT Myles & Tessa: Myles and Tessa Cunningham Munroe are Canada’s West Coast Swing Champions and the highest ranked international dancers on the NASDE circuit, consistently placing 1st or 2nd in the Showcase division and placing 2nd at the US Open for the past three years. Myles 26 years of diverse dance training includes 6 UCWDC World Championship titles, and Tessa brings a professional coaching career to the partnership with university degrees in both Kinesiology and Education. As performers, they are known for their cutting-edge artistic choreography, innovative and high-risk acrobatics, and enviable musical expression. Their comedic approach and accessible delivery of correct foundational technique inspires and empowers students of all levels. They are ambassadors for modern, authentic West Coast Swing: teaching, judging, performing and competing 40+ weekends a year, all over the world. www.canadianswingchampions.com PRIVATE LESSONS: Myles and Tessa teach privates regularly in Vancouver and can be booked by local students via their website. During the Intensive, preference will be given to out-of-town students. www.canadianswingchampions.com HOSTS: Newfuzzyslippers Productions Event Directors: Maryann Newmeyer & Tom Hickey CONTACT: firstname.lastname@example.org 604-454-4957 (Maryann) PARKING: Easy Park: 150 West Pender Street, Vancouver, BC 1 block away $10 day (in after 6am out before 6pm) $8.50 evening (in after 6pm out before 6am) $18 event (maybe this price because of Jazzfest weekend) Payments accepted: Coins, Cards, Pay-by-Mobile Impark: VCC Downtown Campus, 250 West Pender Street, Vancouver, BC 1 block away $2/ hr Sat/Sun open 24 hours Payments accepted: Coins, Cards, Pay-by-Mobile Street parking: metered parking on Hamilton. $2/ hr max 2 hrs. TRANSPORTATION: Translink: Two blocks from Stadium-Chinatown and Granville Skytrain stations and on or near many bus routes From Airport: Easy train ride on the Canada Line to Granville Station. FOOD: Some snacks and refreshments provided during each Phase to keep your energy levels up for this intense training. There are also coffee shops and restaurants within 1-2 blocks. LODGING: Within 1-4 blocks from main venue (Saturday/Sunday) victorianhotel.ca/ www.ramada.com/hotels/british-columbia/vancouver/ramada-limited-downtown-vancouver/hotel-overview... www.sandmanhotels.ca/hotels/vancouver-city-centre/ or you may try: www.airbnb.ca/ FAQ's docs.google.com/document/d/1Tp7WofdPAvrNo8OxAwRp5VcuvdiOnTUPv29970LLVfo/pub """How do I know which level I should be in?""" There are no levels. Everyone is in the same level. There is an additional add-on workshop for high level competitors. There are however, 3 Phases, which are distinct from levels. Choose which describes your current level of understanding of Myles and Tessa's curriculum, and note the Phase you should register in. -I have never studied under Myles & Tessa before: Phase I -I took a private once from Myles/Tessa: Phase I -I have taken all the levels at an another dance studio: Phase I -I took the M&T Vancouver Intensive last year: Phase II -I took the M&T Intensive elsewhere less than 5 years ago: Phase II -I have taken at least 6 privates with Myles/Tessa in the past 2 years: Phase II -I am a regular private lesson student of Myles/Tessa (at least one lesson per month): Phase II -I am a WSDC Int+ competitor, but I have never taken an Intensive: Phase III, but you must assist in Phase I. -I am a WSDC Int+ competitor, I have never taken an M&T Intensive, but I am a regular private lesson student of M&T: Phase II and III -I am a WSDC Int+ competitor and I have taken an M&T Intensive before: Phase II and III ""I am level X in my studio classes. Why do I have to take Phase I?"" Myles & Tessa are world class teachers who have developed a unique and extremely effective dance learning method that is quite different from the average studio classes. Your level and experience elsewhere is irrelevant to the content they will be teaching. You will find, however, that you may progress through your studio classes faster after haven taken the Intensive. ""What does it mean to assist in Phase I""? Competitive dancers don't necessarily have a conscious understanding of their skills. In order to keep building their skills, they need to reinforce their foundation, which means filling in the gaps in their learning. Good dancers appreciate the value of constantly maintaining and improving their fundamentals, because complacency=stagnation, especially in this ever-evolving dance style. Because of the reason to the above question, the competitive dancers NEED to have this fundamental method vocabulary in order to comprehend the material in Phase III. But due to their experience and skill level, they will pick it up faster, which means they can pass it on and reinforce their own learning of the new material by helping their peers in Phase I. These assistants will be participating in the Phase I workshop, but coached in advance on how to offer constructive and encouraging feedback on the material being taught. Creating a true learning community, this was a very successful and popular feature of last year's Intensive.
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