DB Weekender 2017

DB Weekender 2017

How it danced out


This weekend event opened with a Friday night social with the amazing Gordon Webster and band providing the most excellent music. Unfortunately, Karl had to go it alone as I doubled booked myself and went to see Scott Bradlee’s Post Modern Jukebox #pmjtour at The Academy in Birmingham.

Saturday was a leisurely start at 11:00 and our first workshop with Vincenzo Fesi  and Jenny Thomas challenging the concept of circles and different ways of undertaking a circle! The wealth and depth of knowledge and skill with this teaching partnership can only be described as inspiring.

This was followed by our second workshop of the day with Bic Graham and Simone Graham. We played with rhythms and connections through different shapes and movements, including the ‘man basket’. These guys never fail to entertain and push boundaries, and they always provide a thought provoking class.

After lunch, Peter Loggins and Katya reintroduced us to the concept of being able to social dance. They are an awesome duo – to watch, listen to and learn from; their knowledge and style is truly captivating.

Gordon Webster in Worcestor

The Saturday night social featured several sets from Gordon Webster  and band. I was incredibly excited to see these musicians, especially as I had missed them on the Friday. They did not disappoint -at all. Absolutely superb musical talent.

Sunday morning was kicked off with Solo Jazz with  Vincenzo.  I really enjoyed this class, and my only hope was that I was able to channel Fred Astaire and do the steps minus the tap justice. I wanna be a dancing man.

This was followed by further workshops with Bic and Simone, Peter and Katya and Vincenzo and Jenny to finish the day.

A non dancing session

After all that brain and leg work, we were treated to a talk by Peter Loggins. I have seen and heard Peter talk a couple of other times and no talk has been the same or at all repetitive. He has so much experience and so many stories to share, the short time he had to talk was only the tip off the iceberg.

The weekend was finished with a tea dance. I had some lovely dances, and a very ‘fun’ dance with Rob Farley.

I’ve definitely got some things to think about and contemplate whilst planning the next dance adventure!

Firstly, got to finish planning our fun class for Wednesday – Let’s Dance for Comic Relief!