27 October 2024 – Guest Teachers’ Workshop

The amazing and lovely Loretta and Onel have agreed to come and teach for us on Sunday 27 October at Andoversford Village Hall.

You can do one, or both, of the workshops they will be offering: Lindy Hop (morning) and/or Introduction to Argentine Tango (afternoon). Please bring your own lunch if you are doing the full day. Further details below.

Tickets nearer the event.

Loretta and O'Nell daning

Onel began dancing Lindy Hop in 1995 and quickly became hooked, learning from most of the teachers teaching in London and internationally for many years, including Dawn Hampton, Chazz Young, Chester Whitmore, Julie Oram, Simon Selmon, Ronnie Slide, Rob and Diane van Haaren, The Harlem Hotshots, and those who became his particular influences – Frankie Manning, Jenny Thomas and Ryan Francois.

Loretta is a life-long lover of dance who also discovered partner dancing in the mid 90s after dancing ballet, tap and jazz as a girl. She was an original member of Jenny Thomas’s performance group, The Sophisticated Ladies. When Onel and Loretta got together over 20 years ago, Loretta began learning Lindy Hop in earnest, and Onel began learning tango.

As well as teaching together for several years in London, beginning at Jitterbugs, then Opus One, Swing at The Scolt Head and Swing at Sway with SwingDance UK, Onel and Loretta founded and organised dance night Moonshine Alley in London with Ryan Francois. Loretta and Onel are passionate about social dancing and are keen to share their enthusiasm. They love the way social dancing fosters a sense of community, builds bridges between people of every age and background, and contributes to our well-being and our ability to celebrate our lives.

Loretta and O'Nell

Workshop 1: 10:00 – 13:00 (2.5 hours teaching plus 2 x 15 mins breaks). Lindy Hop. Suitable for anyone who is confident social dance to a whole song in Lindy Hop at whatever level you are.

Lunch break: Please bring your own lunch!

Workshop 2: 14:00 – 16:15 (2 hours teaching plus 15 mins breaks). Argentine Tango. You don’t need any Tango experience – you will be expected to understand the concept of lead/follow from swing dancing, but otherwise it’s a taster – no Tango experience necessary!

Per person: Lindy class is £20, Tango class is £15, or it’s £25 if you do both!