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Ragtime Dance Workshop – The Peabody and The Cakewalk

2nd September 2023 @ 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Ragtime Dance Workshop – The Peabody and The Cakewalk Walk
This is a workshop in two halves.
The first hour(ish) we will introduce you to the Peabody.
The Peabody was basically a unique, jaunty type fast fox-trot, done to ragtime music. It is based more around a dance position (called the “English”) which lead to some unique steps or patterns. It came onto the ballroom around 1915.
This is an energetic dance but can be danced at half-time!
The Pea body will be taught by Erica and guest teacher Rob McElvanney!
The second hour (ish) will be dedicated to the Cakewalk.
We will take you through the steps, which will end up into a full blown routine.
The Cakewalk is one of the lesser known “grandparents” of Lindy Hop, alongside the Charleston, Black Bottom, the Breakaway and others. As early as the 1860s, Black slaves recounted how they would promenade around, imitating and parodying the dance forms they saw their owners doing in their ballrooms. These were called “cakewalks” because the couple deemed the best dancers were awarded a cake — which led to the phrase “taking the cake” or winning the prize.
The Cakewalk will be taught by Erica and Cliff!
On completion of the workshop you will have time for a social dance to practice what you have learnt.
Both workshops are partner dancing but not so much lead and follow! So no restrictions on attending!
£18 per person.
Free Tea/coffee and biscuits will be available. There is free car parking a 3 minute walk away
You can pay in advance or on the door but either way please confirm you will be attending to erica@swingoutswindon.co.uk


2nd September 2023
2:00 pm - 6:00 pm


Erica Fowers


Gorse Hill Community Centre. Chapel Street Swindon SN2 8DA
8DA, Chapel St, Gorse Hill, + Google Map