Classes

Let our dances take you to a different world...

Share the joy of dancing and stay fit by practising a form of movement that

elevates the spirit and pleases the soul.

Dance with us to

18.30–20.00 on Tuesdays (advanced)

 

Vedanza Studios

18, rue Louvigny, L-1946 Luxembourg

18.00–19:30 on Fridays

 

Salle de Gym, Publications Office

2, rue Mercier, L-2144 Luxembourg

Our Dances and Our Goals

Pavane, polonaise or the Viennese waltz as it was danced in the 19th century? Learn the fascinating dances of European ballrooms of the 16-19th century. The choreographies are based on figures and sequences noted down by famous dance masters of the respective era. We plan to introduce every new dance in more detail on the blog, so it is worth checking it out regularly.

One of our goals is to show the beauty of European court dances in their full splendour to people in Luxembourg. We are building a performing group with magnificent costumes. Parallelly, we are working on creating more and more performance opportunities at the country's scenic historical venues that celebrate traditions and take both our dancers and our audience to a different world!

Apart from performing, we would also like to simply share the joy of dancing together. We want to offer a weekly escape of the stress caused by work, expectations and the urban environment. Our classes invite to a place where you can simply feel good, enjoy classical music and keep fit by dancing. No judgement, no expectations but we are there for you if you want to achieve more.

Choose the class that matches Your current needs and ambitions the best.

Q&A

What should I wear?


Comfortable (sports)wear, a skirt for the ladies. It is a good idea to wear shorts/leggings under the skirt so that you also feel comfortable during the exercises of the warm-up and stretching. Training clothes should be neither too tight (so that you can beath and move freely) nor too loose (so that they don't get easily caught by your limbs or by others and cause injuries). Ideally, they are made of breathable material: cotton or functional fabric that also drives the sweat away. Think about dressing up more warmly in the winter (ladies especially: make sure to cover your waist). It's good to wear layers that you can take off after the warm-up and put on again for stretching. If you have a problem with your joints, wear protective pads unless your physiotherapist has advised otherwise. Take care of your body and wear appropriate clothes and shoes (see next section) for dancing.




What should I bring?


Bring a yoga mat for the warm-up and the stretching.




How do you guarantee that everyone feels comfortable at the class?


We should all make an effort to ensure that it is a pleasure for everyone to dance with us. It all begins with arriving in time to get ready by the start. Check out this article for general guidelines on dance-floor etiquette (asking someone to dance, leading and following, collisions on the dance floor, etc.). Very useful in the context of both rehearsals and social dancing. Sensitive as the topic might be, we consider it especially important to talk about personal hygene so that everyone may feel comfortable at the class. We cannot avoid sweating more or less intensely while dancing but we can make sure that it causes the least inconvenience to our partner if we wear clean training clothes, have a shower or wash our upper body right before the rehearsal, use deodorants (natural or other) or have a little towel with us in the class to dry our temple or hands if needed. A fresh breath will also be appreciated by every fellow dancer—if we cannot wash our teeth right before the rehearsal, a pack of chewing gum or mints can still save the situation. For a funny summary of the subject and some amazing products that you didn't even know existed, have a look at these articles: 5 Hygiene Rules Every Adult Ballet Student Should Follow 5 Must-Haves for Stinky Summertime Situations




What do you do for my safety during the class?


We will do everything to avoid injuries during the class but we also need your cooperation. Wearing appropriate shoes and clothing, not wearing jewellery, participating at the warm-up and the stretching, following the general structure of teaching the choreographies, arriving in a state in which you are able to focus all contribute to this. If anyone comes to the rehearsal in a state that is deemed unsafe for themselves or the others by the instructors (e.g. under the influence of alcohol or drugs), they will be asked to leave. Please tell the instructors before the first class if you had an injury/operation or if you have a known musculoskeletal or other health problem. We will adjust the exercises to your health and fitness circumstances. While we do our part for ensuring your safety, the organisers and the teachers cannot be held responsible for injuries.




What are the right shoes for court dances?


Sports shoes/dance shoes, ballet shoes. Shoes that are appropriate for court dances: - hold your feet firmly - are flat or have wide heels - are preferably made of breathable material (textile or leather) - have a flexible sole - ideally, have a leather sole so that they don't stick to the ground when you turn (most importantly to avoid straining your joints).




Do I need to have a dance partner?


It is not obligatory to come with a partner but we will be very happy if you do. :) We will keep changing dance partners during the class so that everyone has the possibility to practice 'properly' and because we believe that it multiplies your chances to learn and to dance creatively later on.




What do you mean by the feel-good class? (Description & prices)


A class with a focus on improving posture, general fitness, movement patterns and wellbeing. Feel good while keeping fit at a class which offers a special connection to culture. You may be invited to join the performing group after a minimum of 1 trimester if you would like to be more involved in our activities and regularly perform with us at historical venues.

Age: at least 14 years (exceptions possible)

Experience:

Beginners: no previous experience is needed Advanced: after a minimum of 1 trimester

Partner: you don't need to bring a partner but we will be happy if you do

Location: Vedanza studios

Prices:




What do you mean by the performing group? (Description & prices)


Enjoy the best part of this project and have the full time-travel experience! Become a master of court dances and perform in costume at special events and historical venues! To be up for the challenge, be ready to start at 18:00. Structured warm-up and stretching will help you getting prepared to perform even more difficult steps and dances with ease and elegance. Feel how your fitness and technical competence improve. Age: at least 14 years (exceptions possible) Experience: You may be invited to join this class after one trimester if your skills, elegance and ease of movement are close to the level needed for stage performances. Personalised workshops will help your full integration. Partner: you don't need to bring a partner but we will be happy if you do Location: Salle de Gym, Publications Office Price: Yearly membership at the Club Danses populaires et Danses de la Cour: EUR 40.





More questions? Feel free to ask us either in email or in person.