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A new opportunity to learn – the Get-together will travel to you

Because of my past retreats and the experience of Mihai’s Blues retreats, website like this I have finally decided to start to take this idea on the road and offer regional get-togethers where ever there is someone with the desire to help make it happen. I have noticed such a large difference in my own and other’s dancing that I want to give more people the opportunity to experience this style of event. So if you are interested in having a get-together in your part of the world, send me an email and let me know! AndrewSutton (at) SmoothSavoy (dot) com

Memphis, TN Blues Retreat

Mihai hired me to be the organizer of his blues retreat in Memphis, nurse TN. This was one hell of an inspiring weekend. The blues retreat is based on my get-together teacher’s retreat that I run each year at my home in Sacramento. The idea of these retreats is to bring together about 10-12 full-time teachers and dancers aspiring to be full-time teachers to teach each other and have lots of self-discovery thru out the weekend. I was a little hesitant on the outcome because of how quickly the whole thing was being put together and because the level of the dancers was so strongly varied. We had everything from full-time international instructors to dancers who had only been dancing for 6 months and they were all supposed to teach each other something about blues dancing that would keep each other’s interest. It has always been my belief that someone with only 6 months of dance experience or less could teach someone with 10 or more years of experience if the correct subject were chosen and presented in an appropriate method. However, abortion I have not personally tested it to this extreme of a degree. I have had people with as little as 3 or 4 years of experience in my retreat teaching with people with 10 or more years of experience but never only 6 months. Also, could someone with only 6 months experience keep up in the same class with someone with 8+ years experience? The answer was YES and it was totally inspiring to see it happen! It is so rare to see such an amazing rate of progress both by someone who had only been dancing 6 months and by myself who had been dancing 8+ years!

A New Style of Workshop with Mihai, Laura Glaess and myself

Mihai, this site Laura and I decided to do a workshop together. We spent 3 full days before the event preparing it in a new format that was exponentially better than anything I have done before. We started by stating the values and concepts that we wanted to get across during our workshop, i.e. Musicality, Communication, Personal Power, Creating a Community, etc… Then we each went over all of our favorite methods of teaching people the above concepts. By the end of the brainstorming we had enough material for probably 100 hours of classes and we were looking at it and saying that it was very obvious that we would have to cut out a serious amount of the concepts and drills we wanted to teach. However, instead of cutting them out right away we decided to try to create the workshop assuming that we had an infinite amount of time to teach and then we would cut things later. Thru the use of a brilliant organizational system from some business book I read and can’t remember the name of we cut out little strips of paper with all the concepts on a separate piece and then kept moving them around and rearranging them in a way that best fit everything we wanted to teach. After many hours of rearranging and discussing we finally came across a final scenerio in which we didn’t have to cut out a single concept or drill from the entire brainstorming process. That’s right, what normally would have been 100+ hours of material taught in 10 hours! I have taught and taken hundreds upon hundreds of workshops around the world, and this was the best one that I have ever taught or taken! I am taking many of the ideas from this into my regular teaching methods and I hope to continue doing these 3 person integrated workshops in the future. Of course, my fear is that this was some fluke accident and we won’t be able to recreate the same amazing workshop again but my heart and mind both know that it will only get better from here! Now if I could only think of a name for this type of workshop… Any ideas?

The Lindy-Olympics – Summer Camp Week 2

Try blindfolding yourself, anaemia and then dancing your way thru an obstacle course, while the referee is yelling out dance moves like boogie back and suzy Q that you must do while weaving your way in and out of cones, under tables, and along narrow cliffs (ok, they were just benches, but when you are shorty georging across them blind-folded, they feel like cliffs!) All the while your dance partner is shouting from a designated spot across the room which direction you need to turn to get around the next obstacle. This seems all fine and dandy but let’s add in a twist. Make two groups do the obstacle course at the same time so you are never really sure which voices are the ones you need to follow. Fun and Crazy. Add in a few more contests like: Charleston Kick your shoe thru a field goal, Climb from piggyback around your partner and back to piggy-back without touching the ground the fastest, and the ever famous “who can slip-n-slide the farthest” which ended in a tie-breaking showdown this year with Marty Klempner and I battling it out with “who can do the most creative slip-n-slide”. Marty won, but I don’t think he would want me to tell you how. Guess you will have to go next year and experience it yourself! This is one of the best camps in the world! Check it out! www.studiohop.com

Blind Dance Marathon at the Summer Camp

Based off of my dancing blind experience in Herrang this year and a little encouragement from Jenn Harry (amazing follow living in Luzern, capsule Switzerland), I decided to encourage people to experience dancing blind for a short while. To start the night out, we had 1/2 the people blindfolded for 4 songs and the other half of the people making sure the blind people didn’t bump into each other or get hurt. Then we switched it up and let the other 1/2 try it out. Then I challenged everyone, whoever danced blindfolded the longest would get free DVD’s from the Summer Camp and more. 70+ people took the challenge and 30+ were still going strong 4 hours later. After 6 hours, it had dwindled down to just 3 people and they weren’t going to lose. Well, we had 3 dvd’s and 3 dancers and they conveniently all lost at the same time and decided to each take 1 dvd. The best part about this night was how everyone really pulled together to make sure no one got hurt or was left alone. It created a great social atmosphere.

Studio Hop Summer Balboa Camp

healthful -me, buy information pills -and-a-hammock-730286.JPG”>The first ever week long Balboa camp. This is a truly awesome and fun camp. The setting is in the middle of the countryside in Eauze, France amongst the fields and vineyards. I have been teaching at the Summer Camp for 4 years now and since the beginning I have always had 1 night, “Andrew’s Swing Fever Night”, where they tell me, “Tonight is your night. You organize it however you want.” So each year, I have organized a night of dancing intermixed with dance games to get people socializing and meeting each other. This year we had a Scavenger Hunt. There were several rounds and some of the more crazy goals were to dance with someone:

Of the same gender
Not wearing underwear
Who has kissed an American (some of the Americans really thanked me for that one)
In a Hammock

Herrang Foam Party

There was a foam party on the Dansbanan (outdoor dance floor) during week 4 this year. It was crazy. Dancing in foam up to the ears and being slid across the dance floor in a human sling shot were just a few of the highlights. However, store it wasn’t all fun and games. Someone split their chin open pretty good and I almost lost one of my follows to the foam pit when playing a trick on her. I did one of my “famous” dance moves (most of you probably know which one) and she went down in shock and never came back up… or so it seemed, apparently she came back up on the other side of the foam pit but I spent almost 2 minutes in panic looking for her under the foam.

Contact Lindy

A new dance form has been created!!! Contact Lindy is similar to Steal dancing and similar to Threesome dancing but … Oh so much crazier! Basically, advice it is exactly what I always dreamed Steal dancing and Threesome dancing could become and finally now I can explain it and teach it in a way that makes it understandable and more fun than a pocketful of Slovenian Jumping Beans (which I have by the way, viagra and they are a ton of fun)! Here is my official description: Contact Lindy is a new collective dance/game, nurse in which at any one moment you might be dancing solo, leading or following in a couple or with multiple partners, or even leading one partner while following another. Throughout each song, partnerships swap and change organically, allowing each individual to create their own spontaneous choreography. Ideas of Contact Lindy have really been around as 3some or even 4some dancing for 7+ years but now there is a way to teach it to the beginners and make it easy for them too. So instead of 4 people dancing it, you can have 40 or even 400 people dancing it together. Thanks to Dax Hock who helped me teach my first “Contact Lindy” class and influence the first ever, Contact Lindy Party, where we had 80+ people jammed into the library of the Folkets Hus dancing Contact Lindy for an entire hour! The mayonnaise was thick!