Swing Workshops

with Peter Flahiff and Trudi Pickering

28 Feb - 1 March 2015


Swing Workshops

Swing and Blues Dancing in Adelaide is excited to announced that Peter Flahiff and Trudi Pickering will be coming to our fair state for a weekend of workshops on the 28th of Feb and the 1st of March which will cover lindy hop, balboa, and collegiate shag.

Peter Flahiff

Peter Flahiff has been swing dancing since 1993 and has had the privilege to study with many of the past masters of dance from the swing era. He is a highly sought-after social dancer and instructor who is known for his knowledge of dance history and jazz music. Peter counts some of the world’s top dancers and instructors as former students and has taught all over the world including the USA, UK, Sweden, and Germany including Camp Hollywood and Herrang Dance Camp. Peter’s classes are legendary for their clarity, humour and high spirits, and yes, he’s pretty much always in a suit!

Trudi Pickering

Trudi Pickering has been dancing since about 2000. In that time she has taught Rock ‘n’ Roll in Sydney and has also performed in an award winning Lindy Hop performance troupe. In 2010-2012 she lived in Vancouver where she taught, performed and DJ’d for both Royal City Swing and Suburban Swing. You can now find her on Sydney dance floors anywhere there is music and a bar. She also teaches Balboa once a month for Swing Patrol and is a part of the Hot Foot Stomp organising crew.


Saturday Class Schedule

Level: Beginner Friendly

9:30-10:00 Registration

10:00-11:15 Intro to Shag

11:15-11:25 Break

11:25-12:40 Continuing Shag

12:40-14:00 Lunch

14:00-15:15 Intro to Balboa

15:15-15:25 Break

15:25-16:40 Continuing Balboa

Sunday Class Schedule

Level: Intermediate/Intermediate-Advanced Lindy

9:30-10:00 Registrations

10:00-11:00 Fresh Technique (Beginner Friendly)

11:10-12:10 Movement and Momentum

12:20-13:20 Footworking

13:20-14:30 Lunch

14:30-15:30 Slick Moves

15:40-16:40 The Fine Art of Being a Sought After Social Dance

Class Descriptions


Saturday (Shag & Bal)

Location: Finsart
4/14 Grenfell Street, Adelaide SA 5000

1. Intro to Shag
Get the solid fundamentals for this classic Swing Era dance, and learn how to do it in a way that is smoother and easier than you ever thought Shag could be! You’ll learn footwork, frame, connection, timing and some tips and tricks to dance fast without getting tired!

2. Continuing Shag:
We will pick up where we left off, and add in loads of simple but exciting moves from the classic Shag repertoire! Turns, travelling steps and much, much more!

3. Intro to Balboa
One of the smoothest and greatest of the Swing Dances, Balboa is having a MASSIVE resurgence all over the world. Learn the basics of this subtle but hard-swingin’ dance and see why it’s considered a favourite dance of the great dancers!

4. Continuing Balboa
Add in more of the fundamentals of Balboa and then learn some SWEET combinations and variations to keep you busy and having fun with this classic dance!

SATURDAY NIGHT SOCIAL (Hungarian Club 82 Osmond Terrace, Norwood SA 5067)
On the Saturday evening we will hold a social for everyone to practice the pulsing bal and shag moves learnt in the workshops that day. There will be music, dancing, drinks and special guest DJs!

Sunday (Lindy)

Location: Finsart
4/14 Grenfell Street, Adelaide SA 5000

1. Fresh Technique — for Beginners and Veterans Alike!
This class makes sure that whatever you’ve got, it’s the best it can possibly be. If you are new to swing dancing, Peter will make sure that you are off “on the right foot” with your movement and lead/follow skills. If you’re a long-time swing dancer, we will break those obnoxious bad habits (especially the ones you may not even know you have!)

2. Movement & Momentum
Learn how to take the stuff you already know and have it feel better for both you AND your partner.

3. Footworking
Learn some sweet new syncopations for leads and followers, that you can put into your social dancing RIGHT AWAY!

4. Slick Moves
Clever and usable new moves and combos for leads, plus great stylings for follows, to up everyone’s game.

5. The Fine Art of Being A Sought-After Social Dancer
Over the years, Peter has developed a reputation for being a sought-after social dancer with an actual LINE of people who want to dance with him. What is it that makes this possible? The answers are very simple but not often talked about in classes. In this part of the workshop (possibly the most important class of the day), Peter will explain just what the things are that you should be doing as a social dancer. It’s not about your fancy moves and styling; it’s SO MUCH MORE!



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