Wouldn’t Real Life be so much nicer if people broke out into spontaneous dancing all the time, just like in Footloose? Or pretty much any Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire film?
Well, the good folk at Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre clearly think so – and perhaps they’re onto something. Their free monthly dance workshops, reviving some of our best-loved dance genres from yesteryear, are becoming hugely popular.
The idea is joyously simple. A one-hour dance lesson with an experienced dance teacher, mastering the basic techniques, followed by a live-music party (with an orchestra or DJ) where participants are encouraged to practise the steps they’ve just learned in a relaxed, fun and non-judgy environment. It’s a fantastic way to exercise, de-stress, live in the moment and make new friends.
“It’s a really friendly atmosphere with everyone from 7-70 year-olds,” reports Insider’s French Editor Anita Robert, who has now attended two of the Social Ballroom events (rock ‘n roll and salsa) at SNFCC.
“You’ve got young hipsters dancing next to old yia-yias! It really reminded me of the old French tradition of bar populaire where people would go to dance (and meet their future husbands!) in their local village square before we all started going to nightclubs.”
Since kicking off in January this year, Social Ballroom has brought together people of all ages and abilities in dance styles including samba, swing, rock n’roll, boogie-woogie, tango and disco. This month’s genre is the lindy hop, a swing-era dance of motion and aerials!
Pre-registration is not required, places will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.
WHEN: Saturday, November 26 (class: 11am-12 noon; party: 12.30pm).
WHERE: Lighthouse, SNFCC, Leof. Syngrou 365, tel: 216.809.1000, www.snfcc.org
Insider Weekly, November 15, 2017.