Coming and past classes

Coming and past classes:

Registeration: info@jazzfactory.fi
30.09, 28.10, 02.12.2017 The Shim Sham

The Shim Sham is originally a tap dance routine – regarded as tap dance’s national anthem – but has taken soft shoe forms as well, one of which has become the one universally known routine in the swing scene globally. The soft shoe Shim Sham is must in a swing dancer’s vocabulary. Learn it in a 2,5h workshop at the Jazz Factory. Welcome!

TIME:
Saturday 30.09.2017 at 16.00-18.30

FOR WHOM:
Beginners and improvers

TEACHER:
Laura Halttunen

PRICE:
30€

PS. Shim Sham workshops are organised 3-6 times a year by the Jazz Factory. If this one had an inconvenient timing, stay tuned for the next ones.

 

Begins: 7.9.2017 WEEKLY BLUES CLASSES for partnered Blues dance:

WHEN:
Thursday 7.9.2017 AUDITION + Blues Party 18.00-21.00
Thursday 14.9.2017 FIRST CLASS
Classes (1h15min) are held on every Thusday evening (x 12)
(exception: 5.10. NO CLASS)
Thursday 7.12. LAST CLASS

Level 1: Thursdays at 18.00-19.15 (+ social dance 15min)
Level 2: Thursdays at 19.30-20.45 (+ social dance 15min)

LEVEL DESCRIPTIONS:
Level 1 = Beginners/Improvers (0-1years of experience)
Level 2 = Improvers/Intermediate (1+ years of experience)
-> You fill find your own level during the audition class on 7.9.
Returning level 2 students can choose to stay on the same level, but as requested to join the audition nonetheless.

TEACHERS:
Laura Halttunen & Arja Sahlberg

PRICE:
150€ (Students 135€)
Combo (both levels): 240€

REGISTRATION:
info@jazzfactory.fi

 

24.8.2017 BLUES BEGINNERS’ WORKSHOP

This is an introductory course to the basics of partnered Blues dance, touching on issues such as the pulse, some basic moves, and partnered connection and the history of Blues dancing.

FOR WHOM:
For absolute beginners in Blues dancing,
For those who wish to get the basics for their social dance,
For those who are considering taking the weekly classes and want to check it out first 😉 -> The weekly classes are held on Thursday evenings, starting 7.9. and ending by 7.12. There are two levels (beginners/improvers & improvers/intermediate) for which the audition is held on the first day.
Weekly Blues: https://www.facebook.com/events/439559429755220/

WHEN:
Thursday 24.8.2017 klo 18:00-21.00

TEACHERS:
Laura Halttunen & Arja Sahlberg

PRICE:
35 €

 

17.6.2017 BREATHING THE BLUES

An open level Blues dance workshop on Body Rolls, Isolations and Groove Fundamentals with Peter Sweet

Using simple concepts from the Alexander Technique and Wutao Breathwork, you will have the opportunity to heighten your movement awareness and bring more sensation, flow and pleasure into your dance. The fluid rolling motion of the pelvis that waves through the spine, is at the core of Blues movement. This is what makes it flow, what makes it fun and sensual, what makes it groove. In this workshop we will use the breath to fluidify this wave and gain access to a wide range of Blues movement and partner connection. We will work both solo and in pairs, using this heightened sense of the breath and movement to clarify and expand your own Blues reporitoir and to bring connection and spontaneity into your partner dancing.

FOR WHOM:
This is an open level workshop (beginners-advanced).
If this is your first workshop with Peter Sweet, this is a great chance to dive in and experience his unique approach to the Blues.
For return students Breathing the Blues is a perfect follow-up to apply the tools you have learned to enrich your Blues movement vocabulary.

WHEN:
Saturday 17.6.2017
12.00-18.00 Workshop (including a 1h lunch break)
21.00-02.00 Blues dance party

PRICE:
100€ (students 90€)
(Including total of 5h of classes and the evening social dance)

ABOUT THE TEACHER:
Peter Sweet (San Francisco/Berlin) first learned to dance by jumping from rock to rock in the river as a young boy. Since then he has had many years of professional training, but has always held on to this playful spontaneous approach to movement in his dancing and teaching. Sweet is a certified teacher of the Alexander Technique and has been fascinated with the beauty and subtlety of partner work since he began studying tai chi push hands in 1999. As a drummer and a life long lover of jazz, blues and latin music it was inevitable that he would end up dancing his way around the world.

Sweet has spent more than 9 years in full time movement training as part of his work as a professional circus, dance and theater performer. Along with his 3 year education in Alexander Technique, he attended dance conservatory at the Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance (SEAD), studied movement based theater at the Helikos School for theater creation and is an instructor of the Wutao Breath and movement system. Peter has taught his own signature workshops, combining Alexander Technique with dance, Wutao and physical theater, at the DOCH University of Dance and Circus in Stockholm Sweden, the musical theater department of the Bayern Theater Academy in Munich Germany, the Jazz Factory in Helsinki, Finland and many many more.

 

PARTNER CONNECTION FOR LINDY HOPPERS

Transform your Dance with Breath

The simple act of breathing fully while you dance is a powerfully effective way to bring lightness, spontaneity and fun to your experience on the dance floor. Using tools from the Alexander Technique and Wutao breath-work, we will increase your sensitivity to the flow and movement of your own breathing. This awareness will help you to feel your partner more clearly, and dramatically increase your ability to both follow and lead. Your breath is a tremendous asset to you. With a bit of attention you can learn to use it to bring rhythmic variation, dynamics and enjoyment into your dancing, while at the same time increasing your connection to your partner and the music.

There is a strong push in our culture be superhuman and to view our body’s sensations and needs as a hinderance. This class is an opportunity to shut out all that noise. Dance is a fundamental human act. Just like speaking, moving or thinking, it is based on breath. Stop breathing and you die! So before that happens, lets breathe together ..and dance!

FOR WHOM:
This is an open level workshop (beginners-advanced).

WHEN:
Friday 16.6.2017 at 18.00-21.00

PRICE: 65€ (students 60€)

TEACHER: Peter Sweet (San Francisco/Berlin)

PRIVATES CLASSES?
You can also book private classes from Peter Sweet.
Reservations: info@jazzfactory.fi

 

WEEKLY BLUES CLASSES

Starting January 2017 the Jazz Factory will offer two levels of partnered Blues classes, rewarded with some social dance time (social practicum) after each class.

SCHEDULE:
The classes are held on Thursdays (total of 14 classes), starting 19.01.2017 and ending by 4.05.2017 (no class on 23.2. & 13.4.):

19.01. at 18.00-21.00 Introdution class & audition for both levels
26.01.-27.04. classes normally (12 x 75min class)
Blues Improvers 1 17.30-18.45
Social Practicum 18.45-19.15
Blues Improvers 2 19.15-20.30
Social Practicum 20.30-21.00
04.05. at 18.00-21.00 Final class & Blues party for both levels

LEVEL DESCRIPTIONS:
Blues Improvers 1
This course is a follow-up to last semester’s Blues Beginners course. You belong to this level if you can tick at least one of the following:
-you have already taken the Blues Beginners course
-you have taken a few Blues dance classes
-you will take/have taken the Blues Beginners Workshop (12.1.2017)
-you make it there in the audition (19.1.2017)

Blues Improvers 2
This course is a follow-up to last semester’s Blues Improvers course. You belong to this level is you can tick at least one of the following:
-you have already taken the Blues Improvers course
-you have been dancing Blues for at least a year or have equivalent skills
-you make it there in the audition (19.1.2017)

PRICE:
160€ whole course / 13€ single class (Students: 144€)

TEACHERS:
Laura Halttunen & Arja Sahlberg.

 

BLUES BEGINNERS’ WORKSHOP

This is an introductory course to the basics of partnered Blues dance, touching on issues such as the pulse, some basic moves, and partnered connection and the history of Blues dancing.

FOR WHOM:
For absolute beginners in Blues dancing,
For those who wish to get the basics for their social dance,
For those who are considering taking the weekly classes and want to check it out first 😉
More info on the weekly classes:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1042967785848707/

WHEN:
Thursday 12.01.2017 klo 18:00-21.00

TEACHERS:
Laura Halttunen & Tiina Pasuri

PRICE:
35 €

 

COLLEGIATE SHAG WORKSHOP

Join this long-requested beginners’ workshop to learn Collegiate Shag!

WHAT:
Collegiate Shag is a swing dance that originated in the United States during the 1920s and 1930s. Some of the most influential Shag dancers of that period were Arthur Murray and Ray Hirsch. Collegiate Shag is particularly known for its fast paced, extroverted and fun character.

This workshop is divided into two parts. For the first part, no prior Shag experience is needed – it’s for everyone who wishes to learn how to dance Shag or practice the basic steps, some useful footwork variations and nice figures. In the second part we will add some more fancy footwork to our vocabulary, learn a couple of flashy moves and breaks and crank up the speed of the music little by little with the aim that at the end everyone will feel confident to dance any time a “shag-able” song comes on during a swing dance social.

WHEN:
Sunday 18.12.2016
12.00-14.00 Part One
14.00-15.00 Lunch Break
15.00-17.00 Part Two

TEACHER:
Judith Valerie Engel

PRICE:
50€ (10% student discount)

ABOUT THE TEACHER:
Judith Valerie Engel is a pianist from Vienna. She is currently doing an exchange semester at the Sibelius Academy. In addition to her musical profession she has been dancing all her life: She started taking classical ballet classes at the age of 6 until she was 11. After that she spent a few years focusing mainly on ballroom dancing. In addition to that she trained Brazilian Samba for a year and sought to become a more versatile dancer by participating in various workshops and classes in a variety of dance styles from Oriental to Hip Hop. For the past few years her focus has been on Swing Dance. She started out with Lindy Hop but soon discovered her passion for Collegiate Shag which she wishes to share with as many others as possible.

 

THE SMALLEST DANCE – 2.0

Micro Blues with Peter Sweet

Peter Sweet returns to Finland to present the second eddition of this unique workshop on the magic of bringing breath into your micro blues. We will review and enrich the fundamentals (newcomers welcome) and go on to apply them to more aspects of your dance, including further work on musicality, fluid isolations of the spine and individual Alexander-based coaching on alignment. Get your spot early as they are limited!

The Smallest Dance

The magic of Micro blues is that with fine movements in a tiny space, you can dance a dance that is every bit as rich and varied as a full strut through the ballroom. It’s like having a beautiful conversation that only you and your partner can hear.

Using simple tools from the Alexander Technique, we will work to increase your sensitivity to the ever present movements of your own breath and balance. With this awareness you will make contact with your partner. Once you begin to feel the basic rhythm of your partners breath and balance, then the slightest movement in either lead or follow will send ripples through both. This is micro blues. Once we arrive at this baseline of connection and listening, then we will explore how to be just as sensitive to the detailed movements of the music. At this point the “little” dance becomes an infinite playground of possibilities. Micro blues can be slow or fast, high or low, sensual, playful and totally surprising. There is a whole universe in this dance once we learn to listen.

WHEN:
Friday 09.12.2016 – Saturday 10.12.2016
Friday: Workshop 19.00-22.00 + Social practicum 22.00-21.00
Saturday: Workshop 12.00-18.00 (incl.1h break 14.30-15.30)
Saturday: Blues dance party 21.00-02.00 -stay tuned for more on this!

PRICE:
120€ (Including total of 8h of classes + 1h social practicum)
(10% student discount)

PRIVATES CLASSES?
You can also book private classes from Peter Sweet during his stay in Helsinki (8.-14.12.). (Note: Last time Sweet was fully booked for two days straight. Make your reservations early!)
Questions and registration: info@jazzfactory.fi

 

THE HEART OF THE (MICRO) BLUES

A two hour, all levels course covering the essentials of Peter Sweet’s unique approach to Micro blues.

The magic of Micro blues is that with fine movements in a tiny space, you can dance a dance that is every bit as rich and varied as a full strut through the ballroom. It’s like having a beautiful conversation that only you and your partner can hear.

Using simple tools from the Alexander Technique, we will work to increase your sensitivity to the ever present movements of your own breath and balance. With this awareness you will make contact with your partner. Once you begin to feel the basic rhythm of your partners breath and balance, then the slightest movement in either lead or follow will send ripples through both. This is micro blues. Once we arrive at this baseline of connection and listening, then we will explore how to be just as sensitive to the detailed movements of the music. At this point the “little” dance becomes an infinite playground of possibilities. Micro blues can be slow or fast, high or low, sensual, playful and totally surprising. There is a whole universe in this dance once we learn to listen.

WHEN:
Thursday 08.12.2016 at 18.00-20.00
+ social dance 20.00-23.00

TEACHER: Peter Sweet (San Francisco/Berlin)

PRICE:
40€ (Including total of 8h of classes + the Thursday social dance)
(10% student discount)
Social dance 5€ (free for class participants)

REGISTRATION: info@jazzfactory.fi
Include in your email the name of workshop, your name, your preferred role (leader/follower) and a few words on your blues dance experience.

 

CHRIS HÄRM WEEKEND EXTRAVAGANZA!

Chris Härm (AUS) is coming over for the weekend to teach workshops in different vintage dance styles, such as blues, lindy hop, and authentic jazz. The weekend consists of 6 workshops in 3 styles and different levels. All workshops can be taken separately:

FRIDAY 9.9. at 18.00-21.00
BLUES 2 (intermediate/advanced)
“Jazz-Blues and Fancy Stuff”
One Step, Peabody, manouvering and some slick turns too.
PRICE: 50€

SATURDAY 10.9. at 14.00-16.00
LINDY HOP 1 (intermediate/advanced).
“The Rhythm In Me”
Lindy hop rhythm variations class mostly using accented syncopations
PRICE: 40€

SATURDAY 10.9. at 17.00-19.00
LINDY HOP 2 (intermediate/advanced).
“Fancy Footwork”
Footwork variations for different moves. Good for leads and follows.
PRICE: 40€

SUNDAY 11.9. at 14.00-16.00
SOLO JAZZ 1 (open/intermediate)
“ Make Your Shim Sham Not Boring”
Shim Sham variations class.
PRICE: 40€

SUNDAY 11.9. at 17.00-19.00
SOLO JAZZ 2 (open/intermediate)
“Solo Charleston and Solo Jazz Power Moves”
Probably a routine based class including some more physical moves
PRICE: 40€

MONDAY 12.9. at 18.00-21.00
BLUES 1 (beginners/intermediate)
THIS WORKSHOP HAS BEEN CANCELLED!
Join our Blues 2 workshop on Friday!

MONDAY 12.9. & TUESDAY 13.9.
Option for private classes with Chris Härm.

ABOUT THE TEACHER

 

LINDY HOP FOR INTERMEDIATES AND ADVANCED

Monday 22.08.2016 at 18.00 – 21.30 (with a half-hour break)

Following up on the success of last year’s workshops, Nikolas Lloyd returns from Great Britain to teach two workshops in Lindy hop. A familiar figure at the Herräng Dance Camp, where he has been something of fixture since 1999, he has been teaching Lindy students for nearly twenty years. Expect him to push you towards the limits of your Lindy ability, and to use some obscure English words (which will be explained upon request).Three hours of teaching, suitable for those with a solid core of moves, reliable connection, and the ability to keep things going that comes with experience (18months +). This workshop will include some challenging Charleston variations, some moves to test the quality of your ‘frame’, and will put emphasis on musicality.

PRICE: 50€

 

BALLROOM BLUES WORKSHOP

Ballroom Blues is a newer style of Blues dancing. It’s an intriguing combination of the draggy bluesy feeling, classy ballroom style and some show elements.
This is a soft landing to Blues for any ballroom dancer (or lavatanssija), and a new perspective for those more experienced in the authentic Blues styles.

WHEN: Saturday 16.7.
Workshop 18.00-20.00
Social dance 20.00-22.00

FOR WHOM:
This workshop is open level: for beginners and improvers alike.

TEACHERS:
Laura Halttunen & Arja Sahlberg

PRICE:
25€

 

FAST BLUES WORKSHOP

Fast blues is an essential part of blues dancing. It’s rhythmical, and playful, and after learning about the techniques and steps – it’s loads of fun!

After this workshop you will know what to do when the mellow blues is spiced up with some fast Chicago or Delta Blues tunes, which often happenes in events with live blues.

WHEN: Friday 10.6.
Workshop 18.00-20.00
Social dance 20.00-22.00

FOR WHOM:
This workshop is open level: for beginners and improvers alike.

TEACHERS:
Laura Halttunen & Arja Sahlberg

PRICE:
25€

 

LINDY HOP FOR BEGINNERS!

WHAT:
Learn the basics of lindy hop in an 8h workshop (4x 2h)! Two inspiring and fun teachers are there to make sure you improve fast. The group will be a small one (max 7 couples), allowing the possibility for a lot of personal attention and feedback.
The four 2h classes are held weekly, on Monday nights:

WHEN:
16.05. klo 19-21
23.05. klo 19-21
30.05. klo 19-21
06.06. klo 19-21

FOR WHOM:
Absolute beginners and beginners in lindy hop.

TEACHERS:
Laura Halttunen & Sasu Rissanen

PRICE:
120€ (per person)

 

Blues Dance Privates with Peter Sweet

Dive into micro blues and understand more in depth the ways in which to use breath and movement in your dancing. One of the specialisations of this masterful acrobat is how to draw from the Alexander Technique to develop clarity and awareness for the smallest movements of your partnered blues dance, opening up a whole new world of possibilities.

WHEN:
Sunday 15.5. 12.00-19.00
(the specific times we agree via email upon your registration)

FOR WHOM:
You! Anyone, from beginners to advanced.

PRICE:
60min – 65€ (60€ for students)
90min – 90€ (80€ for students)

TEACHER:
Peter Sweet

 

THE SMALLEST DANCE – A WORKSHOP IN MICRO BLUES WITH PETER SWEET

The magic of Micro blues is that with fine movements in a tiny space, you can dance a dance that is every bit as rich and varied as a full strut through the ballroom. It’s like having a beautiful conversation that only you and your partner can hear.

Using simple tools from the Alexander Technique, we will work to increase your sensitivity to the ever present movements of your own breath and balance. With this awareness you will make contact with your partner. Once you begin to feel the basic rhythm of your partners breath and balance, then the slightest movement in either lead or follow will send ripples through both. This is micro blues. Once we arrive at this baseline of connection and listening, then we will explore how to be just as sensitive to the detailed movements of the music. At this point the “little” dance becomes an infinite playground of possibilities. Micro blues can be slow or fast, high or low, sensual, playful and totally surprising. There is a whole universe in this dance once we learn to listen.

WHEN: 13.- 14.5.2016
Friday 13.5.: Workshop 17.30 – 21.00 (30min break)
Social Dance 21.00 – ?
Saturday 14.5.: Workshop 14.00 – 16.00
Lunch Break 16.00 – 17.00
Workshop 17.00 – 19.00

FOR WHOM:
For beginner/intermediates and upwards

TEACHER:
Peter Sweet & Laura Halttunen

PRICE:
120€
(Including total of 7h of classes and the Friday Night Dance)

PRIVATES CLASSES?
You can also book private classes for Peter Sweet for Sunday the 15th. Email to info@jazzfactory.fi
Here the link for the privates:
https://www.facebook.com/events/124324461305573/

 

20’S PARTNER CHARLESTON WORKSHOP

WHAT:
This workshop will introduce to you the wild partner charleston dance of the 1920’s glamorous jazz era. During these two hours you will learn the basics of this fun dance as well as some crazy moves you can show off on the dance floors of any Speak Easy joint in town!

WHEN:
Friday 15.4.2016 at 17.30 – 19.30

FOR WHOM:
Absolute beginners and improvers, fun loving Speak Easy goers 😉

TEACHER:
Laura Halttunen

PRICE:
22€

 

SHIM SHAM

The Shim Sham is originally a tap dance routine – regarded as tap dance’s national anthem – but has taken soft shoe forms as well, one of which (made my Frankie Manning) has become the one universally known routine in the swing scene globally. The soft shoe Shim Sham is must in a swing dancer’s vocabulary. Learn it in a 2h workshop at the Jazz Factory! Welcome!

TIME:
Saturday 09.04.2016 16.00-18.00

FOR WHOM:
For beginners and improvers

TEACHER:
Laura Halttunen

PRICE:
25€

 

MAMA CHARLESTON

WHAT is Mama Charleston?
– A dance class for mothers/fathers and their small babies!
The classes consist of warms ups, choreographies, and muscle workouts. You can participate without previous experience. Also toddlers are welcome!
Take with you your own matt and baby sling.

WHEN:
Every Tuesday at 10.00-11.00, starting 19.1.2016.
19.1, 26.1. 2.2, 9.2, 16.2, 1.3, 8.3, 15.3, 22.3, 29.3
(EXCEPTION: 23.2. no class)

TEACHERS:
Hanna Kerman / Erja Huttunen

PRICE:
10 x Class package (10h): 110€
1 x Single class (1h): 13€

 

THE TAP CLUB

The Tap Club is a series of workshop held at Jazz Factory during the spring, and the sessions include technique, rhythms, dance routines, and improvisation. Every time Säde brings in new practices and routines, and theses can be filmed in order to continue one’s practice at home.
The Tap Club consists of 3 x 2h workshops that are held once a month. You can register either for certain workshops (normal price), or for all the workshops (with a discount).

FOR WHOM:
This workshop series is meant for anyone with a little experience in tap dance (or at least fast learning skills).

WHEN:
Vol.1 Sat 16.1. at 12-14
Vol.2 Sat 13.2. at 12-14
Vol.3 Sat 19.3. at 12-14

PRICE:
Single workshop (1 x 2h): 40€
All workshops (3 x 2h): 105€

TEACHER:
Säde Kajovaara

OTHER:
Tap shoes are useful, but not necessary.

ABOUT THE TEACHER:
Säde is a dancer, choreographer, Pilates and dance teacher. She has graduated as a dance teacher from Savonia AMK (2004) and as a Master of dance art from Teatterikorkeakoulu (2013). She works full time with dance and pilates in dance schools, theatres, groups and productions, the latest of which were by Helsingin Tanssiopisto, Helsingin Kaupunginteatteri and Pilates Helsinki.
Säde has travelled the world at international tap courses and festivals. She has performed tap e.g. in the great musical Mary Poppins at Helsinki City Theater, in cabarets at Studio Hop Summer Camp in France and the Stockholm Tap Festival, as well as as a solo act of the Sinfonia Lahti at the Sibelius concert hall. Säde is an experienced, inspiring and professional teacher. She gets her kicks from rhythms, rough jazz, and those quality sounds of tap shoes.

 

LINDY HOP FOR INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED VOL. 2 WITH NIKOLAS LLOYD

Nikolas Lloyd from Newcastle, England will deliver his second Lindy Hop workshop for those who want challenge, dealing with the subtelties of lead and follow and footwork variations. Mr. Lloyd is well-known in the Herräng scene, and brings us not just novel moves, but a fresh perspective and his rather British wit.

Have you already done at least one semester in the intermediate level (see eg. levels of Rock’n’Roll Dance Club Comets ry)? Or are you already at the advanced level? Then this workshop is made for you!

Price: 35€