Summer Dance Workshops 2018

WEDNESDAY NIGHTS

ETTILEY HEATH COMMUNITY CHURCH

Beginners/Refresher (Open to everyone) 8pm

Improvers/Intermediates 8.30pm – 9.30pm

 

1st August 

CHA CHA CHA Fun Figures for All

In the early 1950s, dance groups performed the danzón-mambo in the dance halls of Havana. Many dancers at these gigs had difficulty with the syncopated rhythms of the danzón-mambo. To make this new dance form more appealing to social dancers, the melody was altered. The first downbeat was stronger and the rhythm now less syncopated. The sound of the ladies shoes and an improvised triple step we know as a “chasse” produced the sound “cha-cha-cha”.

This craze soon spread to Mexico City, and by 1955 the music and dance of the cha cha cha had become popular in Latin America, the United States, and Western Europe, following in the footsteps of the mambo, which had been a worldwide craze a few years earlier.

8th August 

BATCHATA & MERENGUE Lively Latin Rhythms

Merengue was made the official dance of the Dominican Republic. The dance originated from the enslaved labourers working in sugar beet fields. These workers were connected to one another by a chain strapped to their ankles and had to walk in such a manner as to drag one leg. Taught in ballroom studios around the world, the Merengue can be seen in other latin dance styles (cha-cha-cha, rumba, mambo and salsa).

Bachata is a style of dance that also originated in the Dominican Republic. The basics to the dance are three-step with a Cuban hip motion, followed by a tap including a hip movement on the 4th beat. The knees should be slightly bent so the performer can sway the hips easier. The movement of the hips is very important because it’s a part of the soul of the dance. Generally, most of the dancer’s movement is in the lower body up to the hips, and the upper body moves much less.

15th August

VIENNESE WALTZ Turning to Tempo

Viennese Waltz, was the first ballroom dance performed in the closed hold. The German, Austrian, and Scandinavian word “Walzer”, also the French “Valse”, or “Vals” (Danish, Norwegian, and Swedish), still implicitly refer to the original fast moving form of the Viennese Waltz and not the English Waltz or Slow Waltz.

Constantly rotating, a true Viennese Waltz consists of Natural and Reverse turns interspersed with change steps to switch the direction of rotation. Couples follow the same counter-clockwise path as each other around the floor without overtaking. Many dancers aspire to include The Fleckerl, however this modern invention is a figure not normally included at the annual balls in Vienna.

22nd August

ARGENTINE TANGO Expression & Music

Argentine tango relies heavily on improvisation and is essentially walking in an embrace with a partner to the music. The hold can vary from very open at arms length, to very closed, in which the connection is chest-to-chest, or anywhere in between.

Dancing appropriately for the emotion and speed of Tango music is extremely important. A good dancer will transmit the feeling of the music to their partner, leading them effectively throughout the dance. Dancers generally keep their feet close to the floor as they walk, the ankles and knees brushing as one leg passes the other.

29th August

KIZOMBA The African Latin Tango

Kizomba is a slow African rhythm dance, with an electronic percussion. It was first described as an African Tango with the feel of blues and Bachata.

Both Kizomba and Tango are characterised as walking dances requiring a close connection. The Tango embrace feels formal with a very strong masculine dominance and feminine submission, whilst Kizomba feels casual with more harmony between two people dancing.

Kizomba has a reputation; it can be a sexy dance. Many online videos feature people pulsating, grinding their pelvis against each other – However, that is not inherent to the original dance developed in Angola in the late 70s. Rumba is the most sexual (competitive) dance by far, yet we do not dance it socially as we should.

Strictly – The Results

Please note: Voting is now closed

Well, what a fantastic evening we all had at Crewe Hall on Saturday night. We could not be more proud of all our dance couples. Huge thanks to everyone who made the event possible by contributing their skills, talents and resources to make it a night to remember. Especially to St. Luke’s Cheshire Hospice for inviting us to coach, support and collaborate on the organization of this spectacular and emotional event.

The final total raised in aid of St. Luke’s is yet to be confirmed, but early figures show we raised in excess of £10,000… We will update this page as soon as the news comes in 🙂

It was an evening full of joy from the start as hosts Clare and Paula (“Tess” and “Claudia”) delighted us all with their witty banter and introduced Team Strictly. The dancers kicked off in style with the group dance routine to a remix of the Strictly theme “Let’s Go Dancing”. Joining dancebespoke’s Rachel Brandreth on the judging panel were retired Line Dance teacher Chris Braddon, former Strictly contestant Darren Jobson an head Judge and former World Semi Finalist Madeline Brennan.

The audience were wowed with a sneak peak of the dancers moves, and an array of stunning dance costumes in the hospice colours. The evening’s judges got chance to see all couples side by side and knew that the task of scoring was going to be tricky – everyone had come so far in ten weeks. What amazing confidence and talent they had all acquired under the guidance of their dance partners, supervised by coach and choreographer Steve Brandreth.

After an excellent two course meal and drinks the competition began – a dynamic start with Technical Consultant Graham Fisher and Kat Hassell’s confident and cheeky Cha Cha to “Can’t Stop The Feeling”.

An elegant Waltz from President of Nantwich Rotary Dr. Tony, and Geraldine Rhodes to “Morning Song”. A popular Jive routine followed to “Pack Up” – depicting a “tired and upset” patient visiting her GP, from the hospice’s Dr. Mark Lawrence and partner Rachel Kibblewhite (former Strictly Winner). Incredibly good fun.

The classy Foxtrot to a remix of “All About The Bass” from Crewe Hall’s Gym Manager Jamie Harvey and partner Rose Grubert, left everyone astounded by the amazing ending… and the huge split in Jamie’s trousers acquired in lifting Rose onto his shouders!!!

A very accomplished Rumba to “Satisfy My Soul” from Sales manager Maria Vickers and partner Tim Clarke (former Strictly Winner) was simply stunning to behold. A truly magical and intimate performance from our only couple, that was a couple!

Acting Cheif of Cheshire Police Janette McCormick, brought a touch of Hollywood glamour to Crewe Hall with an “arresting” Quickstep with partner Kevin Shufflebottom, as they danced to “Ain’t Gonna Give You None Of My Jelly Roll”.

Last but by no means least it was the turn of Teacher and Footballer’s Wife Katie Rachubka and her partner Adam Simpson to perform a very sexy Samba to “Shape of You”. Full of sass and a bubbly routine that brought our competition seemingly to a close?…

However, onlookers were delighted with the news that there were to be two performances from our “Mystery Dancers” who had also been training in secret.

Event co-organiser Catherine Moore from St. Luke’s produced a spectacular performance of the Argentine Tango to “Por un Cabeza”partnered by teacher Steve Brandreth. She wowed her unsuspecting family and friends on the night. Dancer Adam Simpson partnered Tracy Shufflebottom (Kevin’s wife who also provided essential support in the training room and with childcare) for a very moving Viennese Waltz to “A Thousand Years” that accompanied a video from the hospice. Both Ladies were received warmly by the spectators with well deserved cheers of admiration – the event would not have been possible without either of them.

Whilst the votes were verified, the audience were also treated to a fusion of Tango & Paso Doble to the Pirates of The Caribbean theme music, and Espania Carni “The Bull Fight” from UKA Dance finalists Kat Hassell, Geraldine Rhodes, and Rachel Kibblewhite. Also performing was UKA Medalist of the Year Rose Grubert partnered by actor, singer and former dance competitor Adam Simpson.

Following rapturous applause the results were in…

Well deserved winners of the first glitter ball award for “The Best Strictly Journey” went to Tony Hoy and his partner Geraldine Rhodes. We could not be more delighted for them.

Three couples made the final and performed a dance off to fight for the chance to raise the glitter ball – Katie and Adam were first to dance again with their Samba, followed by Maria & Tim’s Rumba then Janette & Kevin’s Quickstep.

The audience watched with anticipation as the hosts announced that (both the audience vote and also a unanimous Judges vote) the winners of Stricly Learn to Dance 2018 are Janette McCormick and her dance partner Kevin Shufflebottom. Congratulations guys.

 

 

Strictly Learn to Dance 2018 – NOW SOLD OUT!!!

Let’s meet the stars of our show…

This year’s willing bunch of would-be dancers met their “professional” partners for the first time in December. Much fun was had as the dancers embarked on learning their first group routine with Rachel and Steve Brandreth from dancebespoke, before the grand reveal when our local “celebrities” found out who’s dancing what and with whom!

This forthcoming charity event will give those involved a Strictly-Style experience – all for a worthy cause. Their sparkly journey begins with weekly training from January 2018. Their training culminates in a performance in front of a live audience, following the BBC television series format as closely as possible.

image1 3 imageDancebespoke are supporting St. Luke’s Hospice in seeking as much money as possible for “Strictly Learn To Dance”, as possible. All participants are now raising sponsorship ahead of their performance on Saturday 24th March 2018 at Crewe Hall. The evening includes a two course dinner, dancing, entertainment luxury auction and our wonderful dancers competing to raise as much money as they can to support St. Luke’s Hospice.

There are a variety of ticket prices – a Gold Table for 10 guests is £450 and includes a pre-dinner drink and a table close to the dance floor, a Silver Table for 10 guests is £375 and individual ticket are £45.

For tickets, to offer your support or donations for the luxury auction please contact Catherine Moore at St. Luke’s Hospice on 01606 555832 or visit www.stlukes-hospice.co.uk/strictly. And remember … keep dancing!

A DECADE OF DANCE

Over a decade of dance partnership for Rachel and Steve Brandreth, professional and friendly tutors from dancebespoke. Helping aspiring ballroom dancers achieve their goals from social dancers to competitors.
Rachel was a regional and national competitor, before becoming the dance teacher at Sandbach adult education in 2007 and taking her professional qualifications. As a regional competitor she was 2nd in the North West Young Masters and also won the Open Cheshire and Lancashire Pre-Championships.
Steve danced at international level, including a successful career representing England as a junior dancer, he was a UK finalist and World Semi-Finalist three years running. He first came to Sandbach School (during a break from competing) as Rachel’s friend to assist with an end of term demonstration that had been requested by the students. The couple fell in love during training (thanks Sandbach School xx) and Steve joined Rachel teaching classes after they got engaged in 2009. They then set up dancebespoke in 2010 before getting married in the July of that year.
Steve also undertook his professional qualifications and the couple had a baby in 2013. Following the arrival of their daughter, Rachel and Steve gave their final performance demonstration at Sandbach Town Hall for the Mayor’s Ball – a rumba to the same piece of music, performed as their very first demo together at Sandbach School. Rachel is currently taking a break from teaching, assisting now and then, but now leaving the fancy footwork to Steve as she manages the business from “behind the scenes”. Steve continues to teach courses in Ballroom, Latin, Argentine Tango and other current dance styles for The Link at Sandbach School.
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FREE DANCE SESSIONS FOR ALL

To celebrate a wonderful 10 years of teaching we would like to invite you all to participate in the following FREE DANCE WORKSHOPS during half term week:
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Wednesday 25th October 2017 7pm

A taster session for new starters and absolute beginners. Why not give it a whirl? We would love to meet you!

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Wednesday 25th October 2017 8pm

For returning dancers, past students & current beginners we revisit and recap the basics of social dancing. It will be great to see you again

Contact The Link office on 01270 758886 or visit thelink.sandbachschool.org to book your place
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Sunday 29th October 2017 Chance to Dance from 6.30pm

FREE basics revision workshop Waltz, Quickstep, Cha Cha and Jive. We revisit and recap the basics of social dancing before the usual Chance to Dance social at 7.30pm – 9.30pm.
Contact dancebespoke to confirm your attendance.
To all dancers past present and future – Thank you x

Burland Hall Vintage Fayre 2017 & Strictly Learn To Dance

THANK YOU TO ALL THOSE WHO JOINED US AT BURLAND HALL

The rain showers didn’t spoil what proved to be a fun afternoon of Swing, Foxtrots & Pimms! Thank you to everyone who joined us on the outdoor dance floor, and enjoy the 1940’s tunes from the gramophone. We are passionate about fundraising for St. Luke’s and very excited about the special event we are involved with, this coming November…

WE NEED YOU!

Calling all dancers
(and those who want to be)…

We are looking for dancers (and partners for them) for a forthcoming Charity event which will give those a Strictly Style experience all for a worthy cause. Your sparkly journey begins with training with dancebespoke week by week and culminates in a “trip the light tan-tastic” performance in front of a live audience, following the BBC television series as closely as possible.

Training is provided from end of August/early September for “Strictly Learn To Dance”, all participants raisng money in aid of St. Luke’s Hospice. The show will be performed LIVE on Saturday 24th March 2018 at Crewe Hall.

Contact dancebespoke or Catherine Moore at St. Luke’s Hospice on 01606 555832 for more information and to register your interest.

Summer Workshops 2017

WEDNESDAY NIGHTS at ETTILEY HEATH COMMUNITY CHURCH

Improvers/Intermediates 7pm
CANCELLED Beginners 8pm – Due to low numbers

2nd August Disco Fox – Decades Music CANCELLED – Due to low numbers
9th August Viennese Waltz – Finish, Finesse & Fleckerl
16th August Floor Craft – Dance Your Way Out of Trouble CANCELLED – Due to low numbers
23rd August Argentine Tango – Tricks & Flicks
30th August Kizomba – Argentine Latin You Will Love

*£5.00 per person per session (£10 per couple)

*includes discount for payment in advance

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CANCELLED – Due to low numbers Discofox is a partner dance born during the improvisational social disco dance scene of the mid-1970s, evolving in Europe whilst “The Hustle” emerged in the United States. Both dances were greatly influenced by Saturday Night Fever.

Figures include various hand wraps, spins, throw-outs/catches, poses, drops; and also acrobatic figures included for competitions. Different types of single and double handhold are used.

In various regions it is also known under different names: Disco Hustle, Swing Fox, Disco Swing, and Rock Fox. It is very popular in European countries and becoming increasingly popular in Russia.

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Viennese Waltz, was the first ballroom dance performed in the closed hold. The German, Austrian, and Scandinavian word “Walzer”, also the French “Valse”, or “Vals” (Danish, Norwegian, and Swedish), still implicitly refer to the original fast moving form of the Viennese Waltz and not the English Waltz or Slow Waltz.

Constantly rotating, a true Viennese Waltz consists of Natural and Reverse turns interspersed with change steps to switch the direction of rotation. Couples follow the same counter-clockwise path as each other around the floor without overtaking. Many dancers aspire to include The Fleckerl, however this modern invention is a figure not normally included at the annual balls in Vienna.

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CANCELLED – Due to low numbers Floor craft is a necessity when dancing on a crowded floor, but is also the umbrella term we use to describe how dance couples use the full floor in order to enhance their competitive performance.

Outside of your regular dance class, it can be tricky to know how to over/under turn figures or alter your rhythm and timing; which sometimes means adapting your routine. Floor craft is using the figures and routines that you know, to navigate your way around the floor.

Developing your technique and floor craft is essential for confidence on both a social and competitive dance floor.

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Argentine tango relies heavily on improvisation and is essentially walking in an embrace with a partner to the music. The hold can vary from very open at arms length, to very closed, in which the connection is chest-to-chest, or anywhere in between.

Dancing appropriately for the emotion and speed of Tango music is extremely important. A good dancer will transmit the feeling of the music to their partner, leading them effectively throughout the dance. Dancers generally keep their feet close to the floor as they walk, the ankles and knees brushing as one leg passes the other.

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Kizomba is a slow African rhythm dance, with an electronic percussion. It was first described as an African Tango with the feel of blues and Bachata.

Both Kizomba and Tango are characterised as walking dances requiring a close connection. The Tango embrace feels formal with a very strong masculine dominance and feminine submission, whilst Kizomba feels casual with more harmony between two people dancing.

Kizomba has a reputation; it can be a sexy dance. Many online videos feature people pulsating, grinding their pelvis against each other – However, that is not inherent to the original dance developed in Angola in the late 70s. Rumba is the most sexual (competitive) dance by far, yet we do not dance it socially as we should.

Thinking of Competing?

Training and Coaching for solo dancers or couples available

Whether you have a partner or not, there are range training options suitable for all ages and all levels of dancer:

EXAMS & MEDAL TESTS to assess your progress as a dancer with our society The United Kingdom Alliance.

TRAINING FOR MEDALIST COMPETITIONS also through our professional body The UKA – where you are judged individually. You may dance as a couple (twice to judge both gent and lady) or with your teacher if you don’t have/want a partner.

COMPETITIVE COACHING for dance couples (or solo dancers in the process of finding a dance partner) wishing to compete on the open circuit at regional/national level.

For more information or an informal chat about how to start contact us directly. All coaching/training and private lessons are just £34 per hour.

Rock ‘n’ Chips 2014

Rock ‘n’ Chips Charity dance night – Saturday 25th January 2014

Sandbach Town Hall was the venue for another Jumpin’ Jiving evening of general dancing, hosted by dancebespoke with live music from the Jalapenos and entertainment. The evening began with a short speech by the Mayor, Mike Benson thanking everyone for their support, and also to everyone who had pitched in to organise such a wonderful evening. His daughter Jenny was the inspiration for this charity night after needing the services of the air ambulance last year, following a serious motorbike accident. The room was packed with over 120 spectators and keen dancers, showing off their 50’s outfits as well as their moves! Courtesy of Fran Halliwell a fabulous programme of 50’s songs and dance demonstrations was performed by the talented children of the Cheshire Academy of Performing Arts. What a superb start to the night.

The main act was the much anticipated energetic live music from “The Jalapenos” which ensured a lively atmosphere all night. Toes were tapping and jaws were dropping as they watched this dynamic band play guitars over their heads, spin around and keep the crowd in the mood. Rachel & Steve Brandreth from dancebespoke remarked on the turn out and the support for the night: “Good luck to all couples who have entered the dance contest. And thank you to those of you who have travelled especially to be here tonight, to raise money for such a worthy cause.” The evenings adjudicator and World Solo Style Champion, Michelle Robinson was welcomed to the floor as the crowd showed their support. Dancers readied themselves for the Jive Competition and the music kicked in. On lookers were dazzled by displays of Jive, Rock n Roll and also some original moves during two heats of this exciting competition, before an energetic final. Then it was up to the crowd who voted for their favourite couples. The evenings results were as follows:

JIVE COMPETITION
1st. Sophia Kibblewhite & Izzy Wallis dancing their own moves (Sandbach & Wrenbury)
2nd. Rachel Kibblewhite & Tim Clarke dancing Ballroom Jive (Crewe)
3rd. Melinda Howarth & Adam Simpson dancing Ballroom Jive (Crewe)
4th. Joyce & Ron Highley dancing the Rock n Roll (Middlewich)
5th. Annabel Jackson & Gracie Shellcross dancing Their own moves (Wrenbury)
6th. Joy & Alan Baskerville dancing Modern Jive (SANDBACH)

Before the evenings dancing continued, a well earned Fish and Chip supper was served from the local chippy. The room was served 125 hot portions at an impressive pace, and everyone contentedly tucked in. The success of the evening and generous donations from the spectators meant that a huge £893.97 was raised in aid of Cheshire Air Ambulance.

Biddulph Festival 2013

Summer Dance Workshops – July 2013

At Biddulph Town Hall

Fun & friendly evening workshops. Children must be accompanied by an adult for the half hour children’s sessions. An informal practice session follows each of the adult workshops. Beginners to experienced dancers – everyone is welcome!

Monday 1st July – American Prom Dance Workshop

Improve your swing for Prom Night
6.30pm – 7.15pm Children’s class £2.50
7.30pm – 9.00pm Adult workshop & (informal practice session) £3.50

Monday 15th July – Rock ‘n’ Chips Dance Workshop

Another Chance to dance the Rock ‘n’ Roll
6.30pm – 7.15pm Children’s class £2.50
7.30pm – 9.00pm Adult workshop & (informal practice session) £3.50

Monday 29th July – Disco Fox Dance Workshop

Disco dance fever, simple moves to sounds of the seventies!
6.30pm – 7.15pm Children’s class £2.50
7.30pm – 9.00pm Adult workshop & (informal practice session) £3.50

Tuesdays 16th, 23rd & 30th July – Absolute Beginners Ballroom & Latin Dance Workshops

Ballroom and Latin Dancing made easy in this fun & friendly class. This taster session is ideal for beginners, but no matter what your ability – everyone is welcome!
8.15pm – 9.15pm Adult’s class £2.50

American Prom Night – Saturday 6th July 2013

At Biddulph Town Hall tickets £10.00

Croon, swoon & swing as the sensational VCO Big Band play the great American Dance Favourites. A chance for Mum & Dad to look fabulous in ball gown and tuxedo – party frock and lounge suit if you prefer. Bring your own drinks and snacks.

Supporting Dementia Friends & The Donna Louise Trust

7.30pm – 11.30pm

Dress code: Formal

Rock ‘n’ Chips Charity dance night – Saturday 27th July 2013

SOLD OUT!

At Biddulph Town Hall

A Jumpin’ Jiving evening of general dancing, hosted by dancebespoke with live music from the Jalapenos and entertainment. So Grease back your hair and put on your blue suede shoes for the Jive competition – “It doesn’t matter if you win or lose, it’s what you do with your dancin’ shoes”. Bring your own drinks. Fish ‘n’ Chip supper included. Prizes for best 1950’s fancy dress.

Supporting Dementia Friends & The Donna Louise Trust

7.30pm – 11.30pm

Dress code: 50’s fancy dress preferred.

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