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Class Descriptions

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Classes by Schedule

Saturday

Dan Repsch and Laney Barhaugh

More Dancing, More Fun

10:45 am - 11:45 am

Library, German Society

Why do we social dance? Because it's fun! This class is about just that: how to have a fun dance with everyone, no matter the experience level. We'll give you technical tips, conceptual ideas, and mindsets to get the most out of every dance. No matter the song, no matter the partner, you'll have the tools to end the song with that happy feeling.

All Levels

Miscellaneous Teachers

Auditions

10:45 am - 11:45 am

Ballroom, German Society

Auditions for Level 4 and 5

Level 4 + 5

Dan Repsch

The Battle

11:55 am - 12:55 pm

Library, German Society

The Battle is a choreographed dance that you learn in class and then perform at midnight on Saturday! Learn the choreo in this class so you can strut your stuff on the floor. 

All Levels

Julie Brown

The Battle

11:55 am - 12:55 pm

Ballroom, German Society

The Battle is a choreographed dance that you learn in class and then perform at midnight on Saturday! Learn the choreo in this class so you can strut your stuff on the floor. 

All Levels

Adam and Krystal Wilkerson

Steal That Move

11:55 am - 12:55 pm

Upstairs Cabaret, Ruba Club

We all want to get better at observational learning! In this class, we’ll work with you to develop the skill of watch and learn through a LOT of practice. After breaking you in with an intense no-breakdown “See, then do” session, we’ll answer questions in the end of class about specific movements and how you can get better at learning by watching and repeating.

All Levels

Mike and Dan Legenthal

You Are Here

2:45 pm - 3:15 pm

Library, German Society

This is a class about partnership, and we'll be taking it from the perspective of self awareness. The long format of this class will allow for thoughtful exploration of your own movement and how it relates to your partner and movement that you create together.

Level 2 + 3

Kenneth Shipp and Laney Barhaugh

Maintain Your Voice

2:15 pm - 3:45 pm

Ballroom, German Society

This class will explore how to maintain your creativity and presence in the dance across partnerships and connection styles. It is essentially a class on where & how your voice shows up in partnership, and we'll talk about tricks for maintaining it across physical differences, skill differences, and philosophical(?) differences.

Level 3 + 4

Adam and Krystal Wilkerson

Precision in Partnership

2:15 pm - 3:45 pm

Upstairs Cabaret, Ruba Club

Crafting a tight partnerships starts with your footsteps. In this class, we'll explore what it means to lead and follow precise foot placement and timing!

Level 4+

Dan Repsch and Julie Brown

Groove Together

2:15 pm - 3:45 pm

Rathskeller, German Society

In this class, we’ll learn how to build a relaxed connection that lets each partner express themselves and add their own stylings & variations while leading or following in blues.

Level 2 + 3

Kenneth Shipp and Julie Brown

Leverage & Compression: Texas Shuffle & Piedmont 

3:55 pm - 4:55 pm

Library, German Society

Work on stretch & compression general technique; then use the technique in the different dances, differentiate the music & styles of the different dances (our goal will not be an intro to the styles, but to work on stretch & compression & get a little bit of music and idiom dance knowledge)

Level 1 + 2

Mike and Dan Legenthal

Juke Joint Jammin'

3:55 pm - 4:55 pm

Ballroom, German Society

Arkansas has been an underrated hotbed of blues talent, and this includes both musicians and dancers. We've poured over the documentaries, and come up with some of our favorite juke joint and drinkhouse movements, and we're excited to share them with you!

Level 3 + 4

Laney Barhaugh, Adam and Krystal Wilkerson

Master Class: Icy Hot

3:55 pm - 4:55 pm

Upstairs Cabaret, Ruba Club

At muse our master classes are catered to our attendees and topics will be solidified at the teacher summit.

Level 5

 
 

Sunday

Kenneth Shipp and Laney Barhaugh

Ass Back in Jazz 

11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Library, German Society

Eliminate the stiffness, create dynamic shapes, and maximize a relaxed, youthful feeling in your ballroom blues by focusing on a often neglected body part: the gluteus maximus. We’ll show you how to exert energy in a powerful way, that's necessary for the African American spirit and aesthetic of the dance.

Level 1 + 2

Mike and Dan Legenthal

Flow

11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Ballroom, German Society

This class is going to be challenging. We're going from "when" and "where", and playing with acceleration and deceleration, with balance, with precision. Think Technique with a capital T! This class will help you find your flow-related weaknesses, and find ways to improve them. Come prepared to work hard, and to fail... and then to practice, and then to get better. Prereqs: Students in this class should already be very familiar with stretch and momentum, able to comfortably lead and follow complex passes and turns, and to have a strong sense of their own balance. If you're on the border for these pre-reqs but don't quite meet them, please bring a partner (or partners) rather than joining in rotation.

Level 4 + 5

Dan Repsch and Julie Brown

Independent Footwork and the Swirling Vortex

11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Upstairs Cabaret, Ruba Club

Using a series of uncommon and particular connection techniques, we'll create a context that opens the door for individual rhythmic expression amidst an ebb and flow of momentum.

Level 2 + 3

Dr. Christy Jay Wells

Whose('s) Muse?

1:25 pm - 2:25 pm

Ballroom, German Society

Lunchtime Lecture

Julie Brown, Kenneth Shipp, Mike and Dan Legenthal

Master Class: Choices

2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Library, German Society

At muse our master classes are catered to our attendees and topics will be solidified at the teacher summit.

Level 5

Adam and Krystal Wilkerson

Variations and Composition in Close Embrace

2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Ballroom, German Society

Close embrace is more than a hug. In this class, we'll work on texture variation, position changes, and partnership independence in close embrace to help you find your voice with your partner!

Level 2 + 3

Laney Barhaugh

What's Cooler Than Being Cool?

2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Upstairs Cabaret, Ruba Club

Come to this class ready to work and we’ll help you answer that question above. We will be drilling you to push your current understanding and range with your polyrhythms, your polycentric movements, and your spirit of cool.

Level 3 + 4

Dan Repsch

Influencing and Responding

2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Rathskeller, German Society

Dancing is a two-way street, with both partners listening and adapting based on each other. In this class, we'll explore how follows can influence a dance on both macro and micro scales, and how leads might respond to that to alter the course of an idea. Let's create a dance built on the merged ideas of both partners!

Level 1 + 2

Mike and Dan Legenthal

 Big Easy Blues

4:10 pm - 5:10 pm

Library, German Society

Blues piano players out of New Orleans often combine latin rhythms with “busy” right hand work, leading to a sound that is rich and rolling. It’s more complex than a shuffle, but it can be immensely satisfying to dance to! Come get your boogie on to one of our favorite styles of music! Note that this music can be a little tricky, so this class requires a strong understanding of basic blues music and rhythm.

All Levels

Adam and Krystal Wilkerson

Composition: Flow and Transitions in Line of Dance

4:10 pm - 5:10 pm

Ballroom, German Society

How do you transition from one figure to another? How do you string them together to tell a cohesive story with the music? That's what composition is all about, and we want to help you find your flow in Line-of-Dance ballroomin'!

All Levels

Laney Barhaugh

Integrated Body

4:10 pm - 5:10 pm

Upstairs Cabaret, Ruba Club

Isolation is awesome, but learning how movement in one part of your body affects another is just as useful and fun! We'll explore how movement and energy flow through your body, and give you the tools to create on your own.

All Levels

Classes by Level

Level 1