Blake Thiessen Workshop
Blake Thiessen ‘California’s swing dance star on the rise’ is heading to Belgium! And for the occasion, he will teach Balboa & LA Lindy Hop classes in Brussels and Ghent.
Who is this guy?
Blake’s journey has been a remarkable one. Ever since he took his first swing dance classes at The Atomic Ballroom only three years ago, it’s been one crazy ride for Blake. From having the chance to work with Sylvia Sykes - who learned the moves from the original Balboa and LA Lindy Hop dancers - to competing in international events, Blake is only getting started. Catch him while you can!
Why should I take classes?
Even though some of them are alive and kicking, only few among us have had the chance to work with the old time dancers. Blake got to share thoughts with them and got some first hand knowledge on their technique, shapes and footwork during classes. Along with his personal teachers - Sylvia, Nick Williams, Jeremy Ott, Laura Keat and Bobby White to name a few - Blake is on a quest to finding the core of Balboa and LA Lindy hop. When David Rehm, Mickey Fortanase and the international teachers mentioned above point to Blake Thiessen as their New Star of the young generation swing dancers in California, you know you mustn’t miss out.
Does he have something special for advanced dancers or teachers?
Absolutely. Blake has an ‘Intensive Course for Advanced dancers’ in store, during which he will focus on special footwork and on creating moves through the rhythms.
Here's the latest competition he was in:
Tuesday 06/02, Gent, De Ingang, Ballroom.
19.00-20.30 Lindy Hop BI
20.30-22.30 Lindy Hop I
Wednesday 07/02, Brussels, Centre Rosocha, Room 15.
18.30-19.45 Balboa B
19.50-20.50 Balboa BI
20.55-22.15 Balboa I
Thursday 08/02, Brussels, Centre Rosocha, Room 05.
19.00-20.30 Lindy Hop B&BI
20.30-22.00 Lindy Hop I&IA
Friday 09/02, Gent, De Ingang.
19.00-20.30 Balboa I
21.00-23.00 Balboa Beginner Friendly Party and teacher's presentation
Saturday 10/02, Brussels, Espace Catastrophe.
13.00-17.00 Intensive Lindy Hop Course IA&A
Sunday 11/02, coming soon...
Monday 12/02, Gent, De Ingang, Ballroom.
19.00-20.30 Balboa B
20.30-22.00 Balboa A
Tuesday 13/02, Brussels, Salle Dublin.
19.00-20.30 LA Lindy Hop B
20.30-22.00 LA Lindy Hop I
1 class - 15 €
3 classes - 40 €
Lindy Hop in Gent:
Beginners Intermediate, Tuesday 19.00: you have started to dance Lindy Hop not that long time ago (in 2017). Or you have danced longer and you want to come to Intermediate class.
Intermediate, Tuesday 20.30: you have at least 1 year of dancing Lindy Hop and you visited LH BI class at 19.00.
Balboa in Gent:
Beginners, Monday 19.00: no experience in Balboa, but you do Swing Dance (or you have started Balboa in the last few months and you want to work on your basics).
Intermediate, Monday 20.30: 6 month to 1 year of Balboa. You know the basics (single time, double time, come around, lollies, throw out, swivels and out and in).
Lindy Hop in Brussels:
Beginners Intermediate, Thursday 19.00: you have started to dance Lindy Hop not that long time ago (in 2017), or you have danced longer and you want to learn the Californian style from zero.
IntermediateAdvanced, Thursday 20.30: you have at least 1,5 year of dancing Lindy Hop and you visited LH BI class at 19.00.
Balboa in Brussels:
Beginners, Wednesday 18.30: no experience in Balboa, but you do Swing Dance (or you have started Balboa in the last few months and you want to work on your basics).
Beginners Intermediate, Wednesday 19.50: 6 month to 1 year of Balboa. You know the basics (single time, double time, come around, lollies, throw out, swivels and out and in).
Intermediate, Thursday 19.00: you dance Balboa for 1 or more years and participated in some international workshops.