La Jam Barcelona festival is unique because all swing dance classes have live music.
It means classes will be lead by both amazing swing dance instructors and swing musicians. In this edition the extraordinary Carolina Reapers with Maka, and Pol Prats Septet will be the musicians in charge of music during Lindy Hop and Solo Jazz classes.
Classes will not be focused on moves but on musicality: Breaks and riffs, swing and blues structure, accents and syncopations, rhythm, different jazz music styles… These are some of the topics to be worked in class.
The Intermediate and Intermediate-Advanced levels will enjoy 6 hours of Lindy Hop classes. The Advanced and Top levels will take 6 hours of Lindy Hop combined with Solo Jazz.
We assume that the Intermediate and Intermediate-Advanced swing dancers may know the main Solo Jazz moves but probably their Solo Jazz improvisation skills are less strong. Solo Jazz classes will be focused on musicality through improvisation, so dancers really need to have both moves and improvisation skills strong. We want everyone to make the most of the classes, and not to feel uncomfortable. That is why the festival took the decision to only offer Solo Jazz to Advanced and Top dancers, while the Intermediate and Intermediate-Advanced dancers will be able to work extensively on Lindy Hop musicality.
And last but not least, you can assist to the taster “Rhythms and Music” with Tj Jazz to broaden even more your awareness regarding musicality in swing dance.