Saturday Activities

As well as all the dancing in the evenings, RSX is once again planning a range of dancing and non-dancing daytime activities for Saturday. Full details to be confirmed, so watch this space! A full timetable of activities will be released closer to the event. In the meantime here’s what we’ve got planned so far…

PLEASE NOTE: Space is limited on some activities due to venue capacity – entry will be on first-come-first-served basis. Please arrive early to avoid disappointment. Late admittance will be at the teacher/session leader’s discretion. Activities and schedule are subject to change, please seek confirmation at the Friday night Welcome Dance.

 

BALBOA TASTER

Lynn Maslen Photo by Hot Ginger Photography – hotginger.org

Whilst a brilliant dance in its own right suitable for all tempos of swing music, Balboa is also a great way to improve your lindy hop, shag and other dance technique with its focus on connection (as well as being a great fun dance). Suitable for complete beginners, in this taster session Lynn Maslen will give you the tools to try out Balboa on the dance floor right away (and it certainly comes in handy on busy dance floors!).

Lynn dances and teaches Balboa all over the world, most recently competing (as well as MCing) at the California Balboa Classic, but her greatest love is her weekly classes in Reading, Balboa Mondays. Lynn cannot wait to open up the secrets of the wonderful dance of Balboa to you all (then bug you for lots of dances at the socials!).

NOTE: This taster is included in the RSX Weekend Pass. Absolute beginners encouraged! No partner necessary, partners will be rotated through out the class. High/sharp heels discouraged.

 

SHIM SHAM CRASH COURSE

Shim Sham at RSX 2016

The Shim Sham is possibly the most performed of the vintage Swing dance routines – fun and engaging, it brings with it a strong sense of community. At RSX 2019 you’ll be able to dip your toe into the wonderful world of Solo Jazz or brush up your skillz with our Shim Sham taster.

Reading Swing Jam‘s Jenn Maghzal will be running through the fundamental moves of the Shim Sham so you can join the community when it’s performed later that evening at the RSX Ball. This class is perfect for absolute beginners or those wanting to polish their basic Shim Sham.

NOTE: This taster is included in the RSX Weekend Pass. Absolute beginners encouraged! No partner necessary. High/sharp heels discouraged.

 

LATIN BLUES TASTER

Late night Blues Jam, RSX 2018

You won’t want to miss the magical Blues at RSX! If you’ve never danced Blues before never fear! Reading Swing Jam’s‘ Jenn Maghzal and Jon Dance have got you covered. They’ll be taking you through some fundamentals of partnered Blues dancing as well as introducing some Latin-inspired moves. By the end of this session you’ll be set with enough material to get your groove at the RSX late night Blues Jam Saturday and Farewell Blues Jam on Sunday.

NOTE: This taster is included in the RSX Weekend Pass. Absolute beginners encouraged! No partner necessary, partners will be rotated through out the class. High/sharp heels discouraged.

 

SOFT-SHOE TAP TASTER

Josie Daman will be introducing you to the wonderful world of tap dancing!
This taster class will focus on solo tap footwork but with some partner dancing when the steps are appropriate.

Never fear – No experience or tap shoes required!

 

Acro-Balance

Whether you’re daunted by the prospect of being thrown in the air, or you’re a veteran to swing aerials, come and try some beginner partnered acro-balance! Working in groups of three, local circus enthusiasts Alison and Marcus will guide you through your first steps of being a base, a flyer and a spotter to make sure that your first adventure in acro-balance is fun, varied and above all safe.

This taster class will be starting with the basics so no experience is necessary but will aim to teach variations and transitions to anyone who already has experience with the basic poses.

Note: No partner required and roles will be rotated throughout groups. Yoga mat or similar highly recommended!

 

CIRCUS TASTER

Want to work on your mad skills, or just come and see what this circus stuff is all about? Join our local circus enthusiasts, Ali and Jamie, for a relaxed and informal introduction to some popular circus props, no experience necessary.

There will be juggling balls, clubs, poi, hoops, and staffs on hand for you to dabble in and a chance to practice what you’ve learnt in the courtyard garden at our Sunday Tea Dance venue.

Note: A second session may run after the first if there is sufficient interest or if those in the first session wish to continue practicing.

 

STRETCH & UNWIND

Get your mind and body ready for the RSX Ball with this guided stretch and unwind session. Jenn Maghzal will lead you through a series of gentle yoga-inspired stretches, working from head to toe, before allowing you the opportunity to unwind with a
short guided mindfulness meditation.

NOTE: This session is open to anyone no matter your physical ability or flexibility. Please wear clothing that does not restrict your movement. Yoga mat or similar strongly recommended. This session will be conducted in bare feet. Warm layers recommended for meditation.