november, 2019

23nov9:45 am6:00 pm3 in 1 workshop day with Ruth and Mike

Event Details

Oxford Lindy Hoppers proudly presents the big 3-in-1 Workshop Day with international instructors Ruth & Mike all the way from Boston! Join us on 23rd Nov for 2 hours Balboa, 2 hours Lindy Hop & 2 hours of Blues.


Known for both her leading and her following skills, Ruth’s teaching gives detailed, inspiring, and artistic guidance for both roles. Ruth’s 20+ years as a dance instructor have taken her on teaching adventures in more than 20 countries around the world. Some students enthusiastically claim that “mean Ruth” is their favourite – a hard-core coach happy to help people push themselves to fulfil their goals. Others say they prefer some of her more light-hearted classes, with vivid metaphors and lots of fun exercises that make learning natural and easy. Organizers, co-teachers, and students agree that Ruth’s teaching techniques combined with her dance expertise make her a fantastic instructor.
In addition to teaching, Ruth is passionate about choreography. She is one of the choreographers and founding members of the B-sides, the world’s first professional blues dance group, and collaborated with many people on projects. Her university studies in music and dance impact her choreographic style, merging stage and social dance ideas and aesthetics.
Students rave about Ruth’s uncanny ability to change their lives on and off the dance floor by drastically deepening their body awareness and restructuring their longstanding movement habits. She draws on her two certifications in Franklin Method, as well as deep studies in many other mind-body modalities to help students eliminate pain and to discover new movement possibilities.
As a dancer, Ruth is a technique geek whose true love is artistry. Her dance passions range across several dances: Balboa, Blues Dances (over 30 idioms), Lindy Hop, and Argentine Tango are her current focuses. When asked what her uniting vision is across dance – leading, following, solo, she replies, “Relating. Relating to a partner, relating parts of the body, relating to music, relating to community, relating to culture, relating to history.”

Mike Sonder combines his knowledge of music, functional anatomy, physics, and a plethora of dance forms to create classes that are uniquely insightful, inspiring, energetic, and challenging. Mike strives to put himself in his students’ shoes so that he can convey material as intuitively and thoroughly as possible. He loves seeing students’ eyes light up when they understand a concept or feel a movement work naturally in their body for the first time.
Mike has taught in 19 countries and counting. He currently teaches Lindy Hop, Solo Jazz, Balboa, and well over 30 Blues idioms. Mike has not only placed in and won respected competitions across multiple genres but also thrown down hard in unofficial late night dance-offs.
Mike lives and breathes dance. He is constantly honing his skills and developing new ideas. If you run into him at a grocery store, on public transit, in a museum, or on a mountain top, you’ll probably catch him dancing.

Check them out!

Ruth & Mike Open Classic at ILHC 2018:

Great Lakes Balboa Escape 2019 Slow Balboa Finals:

Improvised Performance at Korea Blues Camp 2018:

Exact times will be announced as soon as we have nailed all the details, but classes will likely run from 10am to 6pm incl. breaks.

East Oxford Primary School (behind Tesco on Cowley Road)

The workshops will be taught to multiple levels. They will be suitable for newer dancers and challenging for more experienced students. Here are the preferred experience levels:

You should be able to comfortably social dance a full song in each style to a variety of speeds and music.
For Balboa, it is ideal to know uphold and downhold basics as well as out-and-ins and toss-outs.
For Lindy, you should know 6 and 8 count patterns.
For Blues, you should be comfortable with pulse and step touch.

Join us in November! 🙂


(Saturday) 9:45 am - 6:00 pm


East Oxford Primary School

East Oxford Primary School OX4 1JP