19/11/23, 18.15 - 19.45 @Rhythm Hoppers Studio

This class will emphasize rhythmic improvisation during dancing, aiming to eliminate relying on footwork variations and instead, focus on spontaneous improvisation with rhythms. The aim will be on developing the ability to recognize, respond and create common rhythms inherent in jazz music.

🗓️Sunday 19 of November
⏰18.15 – 19.45
📍Rhythm Hoppers Studio – Evrimedontos 7A, Kerameikos
Cost: 20€ or 35€ for both Lindy Hop (➡️ Facebook event) & Bebop Workshop (➡️ Facebook event)

⚠️ To participate in the workshop, fill out the Google form ➡️

Erol Akinci:
An admirer of ‘bop style’ of music and dance. His understanding shifted over the years, towards respecting and understanding the culture and history. Researching into bebop/bop dancing for the past few years, he choreographed several ‘bop-influenced’ performances. Being a part of the local community, he tries to re-shape the approach towards jazz dancing. He shares his free perspective about technique and style, focusing on improvisation and groove.

Vassia Panagiotou:
She is a Jazz Dance performer, educator and choreographer focusing on African American Vernacular Jazz and Lindy Hop.

Her love for the Jazz Dances has led her to an ongoing pursuit of delving into the cultural roots of this art form. With an unwavering dedication to research and understanding, she focuses on the legacy of the dancers in Harlem and the tradition of the female performance troupes in night clubs and theaters such as the Cotton Club and the Apollo Theatre (Chorus Lines).

To get a deeper understanding of the culture, she is also practicing tap dance focusing on the musical, improvisational aspect of the art form as it was danced by the hoofers in Harlem.

She is based in Athens, but quite often she travels in Europe to teach and perform. She is a co-founder of Rhythm Hoppers, a leader of the Rhythm Hoppers Chorus Line, the Hot Mallets & the Rhythm Hoppers performers and one of the organizers of the Athens Rhythm Hop Jazz Dance festival.