NUTMEG DANCE FESTIVAL

Friday to Sunday, July 23-25, 2021

Garage Dance, 1385 East St, New Britain CT

West Coast Swing, Hustle, and Ballroom Workshops

INSTRUCTORS: Austin Kois, Donna DeSimone, Wendy Neilsen, & Others TBA

DJs: Bob Frione, Austin Kois, Donna DeSimone, Muna Swairjo, & Tom Johnson




Schedule of Events

Friday, July 23

4:00 - 5:00 Welcome and Warmup with Wendy (Wendy Neilsen)(W1)
Settle in to the event with ballroom warmup exercises for Rhythm dancing + a Rumba move grouping

5:00 - 6:00 Registration for Friday Evening Sessions

6:00 - 7:00 Intermediate Waltz (Donna DeSimone)(W2)

7:15 - 8:15 Ballroom Meets West Coast Swing (Donna DeSimone)(W3)
How ballroom training influences the technique, foot action & body posturing for WCS

8:30 - 12:00 Opening Night Social Dance (DJs Bob & Donna)

 

Saturday, July 24 @ THE HIVE

12:30 - 1:30 Registration for Both Hive and Garage Saturday Sessions

AUSTIN KOIS, West Coast Swing Instructor

1:30 - 2:30 Communication Skills: Let's Talk Dance (W7)

2:45 - 3:45 Pattern Extensions & Signals: Red Light, Green Light (W8)

4:00 - 5:00 Playing with Leverage / Creating Shapes (Put a little lean in it) (W9)

5:00 - 7:00 DINNER @ THE HIVE

7:15 - 8:00 Beginner Hustle Lesson (Wendy)

8:00 - 8:45 Beginner West Coast Swing Lesson (Angelique Early)

9:00 - 1:00 SOCIAL DANCE -- WCS + Hustle + Mix (DJs Bob, Tom & Austin)

 

Saturday, July 24 @ THE GARAGE

DONNA DESIMONE, Instructor

1:30 - 2:30 Hustle Timing, Connection, Techniques (W4)
Focusing on the foundation of footwork, timing, connection, and posturing, using drill patterns with slow music for easy learning.

2:45 - 3:45 Intermediate Hustle (W5)
Focusing on turn patterns & hustle styling within a cool hustle dance combination of steps to medium speed music.

4:00 - 5:00 Hustle Partnering Skills and Introduction to Swustle (W6)
The term Swustle relates to crossing over back and fourth basic steps between Hustle and West Coast Swing. Both dances have a distinct slot action and can be danced to popular music and are easily implemented by the leader. You must know the basics in both dances.

7:30 - 8:30 Beginner Argentine Tango Lesson (Muna)

5:00 - 7:00 DINNER @ THE HIVE

9:00 - 1:00 SOCIAL DANCE -- Argentine Tango Milonga (DJs Muna & Guest)


Sunday, July 25 @ THE GARAGE

AUSTIN KOIS, West Coast Swing Instructor

12:00 - 1:00 Registration for Sunday Sessions

1:00 - 2:00 Legwork in West Coast Swing: Let's Look Good (W10)

2:15 - 3:15 Musical Strategies & Techniques: Different Grooves, Different Moves (W11)

3:30 - 4:30 Ballroom Wind Down -- Smooth Dances Balance & Control (Wendy Neilsen) (W12)
Balance and control in the Smooth Ballroom Dances + a Fox Trot move grouping

4:30 - 7:00 FAREWELL SOCIAL DANCE (DJs Bob, Muna, & Tom)