Specialty Intensives

 

The Swing Literacy Intensive

 

Our signature Intensive, this is a powerful learning experience for both dancers and teachers.

This 3 hour paradigm-shifting, progressive workshop focuses on the core fundamental skills that are holding most dancers back. Myles & Tessa deliver key techniques in a unique entertaining and accessible way, leaving students better able to connect and apply material they have collected from other dance training. Permanent improvement guaranteed.

Students enrolled in the SLDM programs can earn credit for participation.
SLDM graduates enrolled in the Teaching Practicum attend for free and can earn credit for acting as teaching assistants.

Pre-requisites:
Basic WCS understanding. Partner not required.

Recommendations:

Time: 3 hours in one block is preferable, but negotiable.

Price: approx. $100

Promotion:

Requirements:

  • 2 microphones
  • Shared registration list to track credits

LiftCraft

 

Wanna get high? Now’s your chance! Spend 3 glorious hours with top Showcase Champions who can not only show you how to get airborne and explore elevation changes, but literally wrote the book on teaching these skills progressively and safely.

Myles Munroe and Tessa Cunningham Munroe are known for their outside the box, hold-your-breath, athletic aerials. But don’t worry, over the course of 3 hours, you and your partner can work up to the level you feel comfortable. They will show several variations and modifications for every level and body type.

Pre-requisites:

  • Reasonable fitness level
  • Designated parter: no rotating, but you will be working in groups.
  • Flexible, fresh clothing.
  • No jeans or sharp belts.
  • Must attend Intro in order to access Part 2.*
  • Must attend Part 2 in order to access Part 3.

*Exception: those with prior lifts training do not need to attend the Intro hour.

Recommendations:

Schedule:
3 hours, split in to 1 free hour and 2 paid hours later in the weekend.

Friday evening:
Part 1: Intro: FREE Foundations Class
Saturday* or Sunday midday:
Part 2: 3-6 Simple Lifts
Part 3: 3-6 More complex Lifts
*not before Showcase

Promotion:

  • Create a designated Facebook event where interested dancers can opt-in and find partners
  • Bio & Photos

Price: approx. $100

Requirements

  • Workshop room with at least 10 ft ceilings

DipMe DropMe SlideMe RideMe

 

Showcase Pros Myles & Tessa teach how to safely and consistently handle weight support moves for lead/follow dancing and competition. Material will get increasingly more complex, and cover popular must-have moves like dip-slides, monkey bars, carousels, and more! You will leave this intensive with new technical tools and toys you can use immediately, with confidence!

Pre-requisites: 

  • Please register with an opposite role buddy to keep the role balance. Class will rotate.
  • Flexible pants

Recommendations:

Schedule:

3 hours, split in to 1 free hour and 2 paid hours later in the weekend.

Friday evening:
Part 1: Intro: FREE Weight Support Foundations Class
Saturday* or Sunday midday:
Part 2: 3-6 Drops, Slides, Rides
Part 3: 3-6 More complex fun!
*not before Showcase

Promotion:

  • Create a designated Facebook event where interested dancers can opt-in and find partners. Make Tessa a co-host/admin
  • Shared registration email list
  • Bio & Photos

Price: approx $100

Requirements:

  • 2 microphones
  • Workshop room with proper dance floor (not hotel floor) in order to accommodate sliding.

Masculine vs Feminine Styling

Myles works in one room exclusively with those who want to work on masculine, powerful, confident and cool movement, while Tessa offers her signature Diva training in a separate room, focusing on feminine, strong, sexy movement. Both classes will be focused on practice skills and drills, not choreography. Then, both class will join together to put the new skills into practice in WCS. This Intensive is open to any gender.

Pre-requisites: none

Recommendations:

Avoid conflicting with other solo movement classes.

Promotion:

  • Bio & Photos
  • Create a designated Facebook event page and make Tessa a co-host/admin
  • Shared registration list to track credits

Requirements:

  • 2 hours minimum.
  • 2 rooms for the separate hour(s)
  • Microphone for each teacher

 

Crossover Clinic

Myles and Tessa are known for their dance diversity, and are experts in translating skills between West Coast Swing and Lindy Hop, Balboa, Salsa, Ballroom, and Modern Jive. This clinic can be custom-tailored to your market.

Pre-requisites: Basic knowledge of any partner dance

Recommendations:

Time: 1-2 hours, not during contests for that style!

Promotion:

Bio & Photos

Requirements:

2 microphones


The Strongest Start Newcomer Intensive

Trust seasoned master teacher trainers with your most sensitive and vulnerable group: newcomers. Myles & Tessa literally wrote the book on how to teach newbies from scratch the most effective way to get them moving, having fun, and being successful enough to feel competent social dancing – right from their first class! No more starting at the floor, frustrated over footwork. Students learn progressive skills using the Swing Literacy Development Method.

Recommendations:

  • Integrate with an AllStar incentive program

Promotion:

Requirements:

  • 2 microphones

 


Musicology Clinic

Ready to tackle the musicality beast? Whether you are a seasoned musician or musical rookie, this Intensive will help you sort through the clutter and figure out exactly what to prioritize to build your musicality skills in West Coast Swing.

Pre-requisites

The Intensive is open to all levels except New Beginners.
The 3-hour Intensive is progressive, meaning the topics build on each other. You must attend Part 1 in order to qualify for Parts 2 & 3*
*Exception: those with prior music training do not need to attend Part 1.

Schedule:

3 progressive hours total:

Part 1: Intro: FREE Basic Music Theory for Dancers
Essential music structures that dancers need to know
Swing Literacy recommendations for how to teach basic musicality
How to distinguish a WCS song
How to “find the beat”
How to find and keep your pulse in WCS

Part 2: Blues Appreciation
Understanding Swing rhythm and getting it in your body
Structures of *good* Blues songs: layers & phrasing
Designing & manipulating WCS moves for Blues

Part 3: Contemporary Appreciation
Understanding contemporary groove & flow
Structures of *good* Contemporary songs: layers & phrasing
Designing & Manipulating WCS moves for contemporary & lyrical

Recommendations:

Promotion:

Requirements:

  • 2 microphones
  • Banquet chairs for participants

Other available Intensives:

Swing C.L.I.C. (Community Leadership Inspiration Challenge): Seminar format. This unique, interactive 90-minute workshop is designed to inspire dancers to take control of their own development and inspiration and empower them to share it, in order to spread enthusiasm and growth in their home West Coast Swing scene.  Tons of practical ideas and tips for personal dance improvement and for growing your dance community. HIGHLY recommended for veteran social dancers and up-and-coming instructors!

The Culture of WCS: Seminar format, with some activity. We describe verbally and physically the evolution and influences of WCS, the culture of social vs competitive dancing, and the social agreements of the conversation of improvisation.

Keynote Sessions: These classes would be placed as bookends at beginning and end of weekend, to “warm the students up”, focus on a theme for the weekend, give students as sense of the “whole story”, and allow for closure and questions.

The Feedback Lab: 1-2 hours. Students work in small groups, guided by us and teaching assistants, to provide guided feedback to each other on specific, hard-to-master skills.

Competition Prep: 2 hours. Aimed specifically at competition strategies and styles.

Musicology – 1-3 hours. Various levels/topics in both theory and practical application.

 

That’s not all! These are just Intensives for open level.

Check out our MasterClasses for restricted levels

and our signature

Workshop Mentorship Program and Competitor Critiques

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