Vintage Dancing: 1920s to 1950s

243 TUTOR: Marie-Louise Flexen

Have fun learning the cheeky Charleston from the 1920s, experience the elegant dancing of the 1930s, the swinging Lindy Hop from the 1940s and the classic jive of the 1950s. This course is a perfect introduction for anyone interested in the vintage scene, dance history or for anyone who likes to bop along to great music from the Golden Age of Hollywood. Complete beginners, couples and solo dancers of any age are all welcome.

Course Notes

Throughout the week we will explore the music and dances from the Golden Age of Hollywood! You will learn how to swivel like a pro for the 1920s Charleston, how to glide with the elegance of the 1930s, swing and shuffle to the Lindy Hop of the 1940s and learn how to bop along to the classic jive of the 1950s - with a little bit of vintage rockabilly and some famous strolls thrown in too!

Each session will start with a gentle warmup, with movements chosen specifically to match those of each dance, followed by a brief history, listening to and understanding the music - and then onto dancing! Emphasis will be placed on fun and authentic moves from each era so that, if you would like to attend a vintage event in the future, you will be able to do so with confidence.

At the end of the week, you will have a brand-new set of skills to show off at a local Tea Dance, Wedding or Special Event! The pace of learning will be tailored to those attending and questions are always welcome!

Please wear shoes with a smooth sole to allow you to turn/swivel - thank you!

Course Tutor

Marie-Louise Flexen

Marie-Louise Flexen

About Marie-Louise

Marie-Louise Flexen is an experienced professional dance artist, performer & award-winning choreographer with 25 years' experience working extensively with renowned dance makers & theatre directors.

Her vintage song & dance duo, The Mary Lou Revue, is hugely popular and has gained a reputation as being highly engaging, top class performance, receiving Arts Council England funding for UK Tours, Bedside Cabaret and Bandstand Cabaret. 

Marie-Louise has many years' experience of teaching dance and leading community and inclusive dance practice.

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All courses run for 5 days

WK 1 11 Jul - 15 Jul

WK 2 18 Jul - 22 Jul

WK 3 25 Jul - 29 Jul

WK 4 1 Aug - 5 Aug

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9.15AM to 12.15PM

Afternoon Courses

1.45PM to 4.30PM

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9.15AM to 4.30PM