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Celebration of Black History Month

February 16-17th, 2007

Presidents' Day Weekend
Phoenix, AZ

Guest Artists Include :    

Friday night dance will be held ...
location : Mesa Arthur Murray (run by our dancing friend Lowell)
time : 8:30 - 11:30 pm
price : $5

Lowell will be teaching 2 classes prior to the start of the dance.
Swing, and Lindyhop.  Starting at 6:30pm
price for taking both classes = $5

Our guest DJ for that night will be : Lennart Westerlund

- Saturday & Sunday Workshop Location :

Held at DancEnergy. Large dance spaces for our classes and dances. The address is 2401E Baseline Rd, Gilbert, AZ.  

Directions: Take Hwy 60 to Gilbert Rd and turn South. Go for 1/2 mile to Baseline (major intersection), and turn Left. Drive for 1/2 mile. DancEnergy is on the SE corner (right side) of Baseline and Corrine. DancEnergy is in the corner of the complex.

-  Saturday Schedule
            11:00 am – Noon      Beginner Tap – Lennart
                                               Beginner Swing – Mickey Davidson
            Noon – 1:00 pm        L U N C H    
            1:00 pm – 2:00 pm    History Discussion – Lance Benishek   
            2:00 pm – 3:15 pm    Heel Shag – Lance & Shannon Butler
                                                Musicality & Rhythm – Lennart     

            3:30 pm – 4:45 pm    Black Bottom – Shannon
                                                Solo Charleston – Lennart     

            4:45 pm – 6:00 pm    20’s Style Charleston– Lance/Shannon
                                                Jazz Steps – Mickey     

-  Sunday Schedule
            Noon  – 1:15 pm     Intermediate Lindy – Lennart
            1:30 – 2:45 pm        20's Partner Charleston– Lance/Shannon
            3:00 – 4:15 pm        Collegiate Shag – Lance/Shannon  
            4:30 – 6:00 pm        Big Apple Steps – Lance/Shannon

             Saturday classes before 2pm = $10 each
             Sat. after 2pm = $15 each
             Sunday classes = $15 each
             For Students & Seniors = $8 each class

*** students must show ID to get special rate
*** seniors  = above 55 years of age


Notes :

1.  No videotaping allowed

2.  Waiver forms will need to be signed while you are in attendance
       - required by the insurance writer


1920’s Partnered Charleston
The Charleston, the biggest dance craze of all time became a sensation after the appearing in the 1923 Broadway Revue “Runnin’ Wild”. Since then this early jazz dance has seen several resurgences and has become an iconic part of the 1920s.
Both Lance and Shannon learned Charleston in the 1970s. They teach authentic 1920’s Charleston steps as they would have been danced in the early 20s – to syncopated 2-beat Charleston rhythm. Join us to learn various lead –follow techniques and authentic partnered moves to this exciting dance.

The origins of this unique swing dance are unknown, but sources suggest that Heel-shag dates to the 1930s. It had a mini resurgence in the 1950s and again in the 1990s when Lance Benishek began teaching it in the Twin Cities and across the country.
It is a versatile dance which can be adapted for many styles of music including swing, blues, rockabilly, and even funk. Although it is a “Shag” it is unrelated to 30’s Shag (Collegiate), St. Louis Shag or Carolina Shag.

Black Bottom
At the end of the Ragtime Era a group of dances for blues music evolved called “low-down dancing” among them was the Black Bottom. In mid-20’s Black Bottom was danced to faster Jazz music after it was adapted for the Broadway stage and popularized in George Whites Scandals of 1926. Several moves were later incorporated into the wildly popular Charleston. Shannon Butler is excited to share with you some of her favorite authentic moves and styling.

Big Apple
Big Apple, which originated in Columbia, South Carolina, in the 1930s, was the 3rd biggest dance craze of all time. It is a called dance, done in a circle to swing music using swing steps.
Lance Benishek is known to have the most comprehensive research collection to date and was honored by the state of South Carolina and given the Key to The City of Columbia, South Carolina for the preservation of this American Dance. Lance has cataloged over 400 calls to this dance and is considered the master. Shannon Butler has been dancing and performing Big Apple since the late 1990s.