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Electro Swing Dance Tutorials - Sven Otten 1
Electro Swing Dance Tutorials 1 by Sven Otten (JustSomeMotion)
You can find here the first 5 tutorials of Sven Otten’s Electro Swing Dance Tutorial series. Enjoy and learn from his worldwide years of experiences. The series includes 11 dancing video parts overall and the following dance steps and moves: Hop Walk, Water Doll, Pendulum, V Travel Tip, V Shifting and Turn Tip. #ItMustSchwing
From his early success as a viral YouTube sensation 7 years ago, Sven Otten – also known as JustSomeMotion – has taken the Electro Swing and dance world by storm with his fancy footwork and upbeat movement style. He learned to dance by his own, watching YouTube tutorials. He filmed his own video at his room and uploaded it in YouTube. Now it has more than 52 million views.
After becoming viral, he did his first publicity campaign in Germany. Also his YouTube success encouraged him to participate in a talent show in Germany, arriving to the semifinals. He became popular in Germany, and now he is having a great success in Italy, where everybody knows him as “il ballerino de la TIM”, as he is the ambassador of the brand. He has just launched in Brazil, as ambassador of Telecom Brasil, also with a great welcoming and he is also shaking the US!
His unique neoswing dancing steps and fast feet-moves are being imitated all over the globe. That’s why he created his Dance-Academy in his YouTube channel, so everybody can learn his style!
Dance Tutorial #1 – Hop Walk
This is the first out of 10 tutorials, Sven Otten tried to sort them by their degree of difficulty. In this one you’ll learn the rather easy Hop Walk. Have a look at it and see who’s joining him. Enjoy!
For those who don’t know which the most important points in the summary at 3:38 are (‘Inara Couto’ translated them for you):
– aus einer Sprungbewegung = from a jumping motion
– Rücken gerade, Arme ruhig = Back straight, arms still
– Fersen hoch! = Heels high!
– Bodenkontakt behalten = keep contact with the ground
– gleichzeitiger Wechsel = simultaneous exchange
Dance Tutorial #2 – Water Doll & Pendulum
This is Sven Otten’s second tutorial. It’s getting a littler tougher this time. He’s going to show you two movements at once: the Water Doll and the Pendulum. But no worries, you can do it! Enjoy and keep going!
Dance Tutorial #3 – V Shifting
In his third tutorial Sven Otten shows you how the v shifting works. To give the arms something to do as well you’ll also learn the traffic navigator. He increased the level of difficulty but he’s confident you’ll handle it. Have fun!
Dance Tutorial #4 – V Travel Tip with Dounia Slimani
The fourth tutorial is now online. The lovely Dounia Slimani is joining Sven Otten and together they’ll learn how to do the V-Travel Tip. She’s also on YouTube and her topics are beauty, fashion and lifestyle. Be sure to check her out as well HERE! She’s totally gorgeous and it was really fun for Sven Otten to dance with her. Enjoy and stay tuned!
Dance Tutorial #5 – Turn Tip
In tutorial number #5 Sven Otten will show you the „Turn Tip“. As promised, this one is going to be a little bit easier than last time. Enjoy and remember: Don’t give up if it doesn’t work straight away.
Stay tuned for Electro Swing Dance Tutorial 6-11 on Saturday!
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Shuffle Dancing to Electro Swing is Fun
I spend a good part of my day looking for awesome dance videos. With this intention, recently I looked for some Swing dancing videos. Finally, after lots of searching, I hit paydirt with a video entitled, Electro Swing & Shuffle – Top 10 – The Best of the Most Motivated Dancers. Electro Swing music is featured along with some superfine shuffle dancing. I know you’re gonna love it.
Before we get to the video, the Urban Dictionary definition of Shuffle dancing is:
“A dance style originating in the 1980s characterized by the fast heel and toe twisting and stepping, running man variations, stomping with the beat, foot swiveling from side to side, and having feet that appear to be gliding on and off the ground.Running man dance move – yes.
(This guy – no!)
Some Shuffling Basics
- To begin with, your feet and arms do most of the work in this dance.
- In addition to enjoying a fun dance, you can expect a very fast-paced and intense cardio workout.
- As far as which type of music to use, you can dance to Techno, Electro Swing, or any music with a consistent and heavy beat.
- Although it’s sometimes danced in socks or bare feet, to avoid injury it’s a good idea to wear shoes when shuffling.
- Many shufflers gain some popularity by dancing in public, but mostly by posting their videos.
To be sure, after watching shuffle dancing videos, you’ll want to learn how to do it.
Your conversation might go something like this:
A: “Holy shit dude, what’s that guy doing?! It looks like he’s floating on air as he’s stomping to the music!”
B: “Yeah, he’s just shuffling”
A: “DAMN! I want to do that!
This video, Electro Swing & Shuffle – Top 10 – The Best of the Most Motivated Dancers, was produced by Vico Neo.Music: “Public Enemy Pt 1” by Odd Chap
He’s also one of the dancers – the guy in the black suit and fedora. In fact, Vico’s got lots of videos on shuffling. With this in mind, if you fancy this one, I recommend you check him out.Vico Neo
I don’t know about you, but I can’t get enough. So, let’s watch this video called, “Top 10 – Best Electro Swing Dancers That Are ‘Lost in the Rhythm“.
Want some tips on Shuffling?
I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised if you wanted to be able to rock the Shuffle moves from the videos. It’s probably gonna take some time to look like these dancers, but you can get started with this beginner’s shuffle video.
In the event that you’d like to know more about Electro Swing music, check out the Dance Safari post, “Electro Swing…Funky, Feel-Good Music”. Indeed, it is!
As I watch the dancers, I almost get the feeling that their bodies have been hijacked by the music. So much so that I can’t help thinking how delightful that would be!LIKE, SHARE, and FOLLOW
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Swing (dance) - training, lessons for beginners and more
Swing. School invites everyone to learn how to dance swing - a group of improvisational social dances that are now actively reviving and gaining immense popularity around the world. Episodes with swing dancers can be seen in "La La Land", "Hipsters", "Chicago", "Swing Kids" and many other films dedicated to the era of 1920-1960s. Dance fragments, and sometimes even whole stories, can be found in the work of Bradbury, Sellinger, King and other classics.
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It dances to both fast and slow jazz, which opens up space for variety and gives you the freedom to relax and release all your energy. Improvisation and freedom are exactly about him, which distinguishes him from ballroom dancing, for example. It is quite simple, which allows you to start dancing right after a few lessons. nine0003
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Balboa is another swing dance style. He dances to very, very fast music - sometimes even the shag dancer can't keep up with them! And he is also distinguished by a close position and a cloud of rotations. This couple requires a minimum of space: balboas danced in crowded halls, and everything in the dance was miniature and neat.
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