On Thursday, December 2, members of the Loyola community gathered for swing dance lessons taught by the LIEP students of the New Orleans Culture Class. We began with the basic swing dance step sequence, upon which all other movements are based. For men, this is a long step to the left, a long step to the right, quick step to left, quick step to right. Women begin on the right and do the same sequence of steps, mirroring the men.
Below, James Zhang and Kevin Li show a chart they have prepared to illustrate the steps.
James also illustrates the sequence of steps with gestures.
Then, James demonstrates the step sequence as learners watch.
After the demonstration, we engage in some slow individual practice. Below, Shelly Zhang works with John Ellison on the step sequence.
Finally, we form lines, couples join hands, and all begin to dance!
Below are some especially attractive swing dance movements.
Near the end, Jack Suzuki and Jonathan Lam catch their breath by enjoying a snack and soft drink.
We wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year! We look forward to reporting again in January on our Spring Semester 2011!