Skill shares

Skill shares are taught by all of you!

Everyone has something valuable to teach the community, whether that be dance, contact improvement, circus, music, activism, community development, carpentry . . . you get the point. Every year, EBI offers a diverse workshop forum in which every participant, professional instructor or otherwise, will be able to offer classes within the same schedule. We will offer space for skill share workshops throughout the weekend and will put them right on par with the weekend’s dance classes. Have something you want to offer? We want to hear about it!

Skill share form


The skill shares that will be taught at EBI this year include:


Samuel: Pushing Hands

Pushing hands is the sparring modality of taiji. It makes use of the same fundamental concepts as dancing: balance, grounding, weight shifts, listening… but in a totally different way. I will introduce the modality progressively from a very simple fixed form, and add more and more liberty as the students become more and more attuned to their body and the method, and go towards a freer form.

Laura: Kizomba my blues and fusion

Kizomba is an African dance rapidly gaining popularity across Europe and in the USA. Its close embrace, very similar to the blues one, and African rhythms lend themselves to crossover in blues, which owes much to African roots as well. We’ll explore the safe, relaxed intimacy of kizomba connection, then learn a few sweet basic moves you can steal to use on the blues and fusion floor.

Ryan: Tappin’ into blues

Tap dance predates both swing and blues dancing and has contributed significantly to the development of both. Tapping and shuffling styles are seen in several blues dances, such as flatfooting and buck-dancing. In this class we will be looking at how to incorporate basic tap dancing steps such as tap steps, step heels and shuffles into your blues solo and partner dancing as an independent footwork styling choice. We will also be looking at how to use tap-dance styling in the turnarounds and other accents in the music, and how historically, tap dancing relates to both flatfooting and buck-dancing

Learning objective: To be comfortable adding tap steps, stylings and rhythms into both your partnered and solo blues dancing. No previous experience of tap-dancing required