Follow This: Manchester

Saturday 23rd June 2018 // 14:00 – 16:00 // Location: TBC

Follow This is a workshop designed to give followers the tool kit to be better dancers. It focuses on key skills you need as a follower, spinning, rhythm, swivels and style! We will be working on developing these skills solo and you can come along to this workshop no matter what gender you identify as. Just as long as you’re ready to step up your following game!

This workshop also comes with free access to Katie’s online video tutorials for all of the drills you learn during the session. Plus the playlist of music we’ll use, just so you can fully associate these particular songs with these drills forever.

So Manchester, are you ready to follow this?

Katie dancing with SwingOut Manchester Director Matt Lane at Bristol New Year 2016.
Photo Credit: Christopher Allen 


More about Katie Cobalt

As part of our recent series celebrating International Women’s Day 2018, we spoke to Katie Cobalt about her experience and career so far in Swing Dancing. Find out more about Katie’s origins with dancing. You can also read the full interivew on our features page. 


When did you start to learn to dance?

 My first dancing experience was when I was very little and my mum made me go to ballet. It was at a French school in Hong Kong and I was the only girl there who couldn’t speak French – it made me an instant target for bullying and I hated it. I begged my mum to quit from the get go.

 I found the Lindy Hop about 5 years ago – my friend tricked me into going. He thought it would be a great place to pick up ladies and took me along his wing woman.

What made you fall in love with Lindy and Jazz?

 At first it was the freedom to be goofy and silly. This was the first dance style I had come across where I could be myself – I didn’t have to pretend to be cool or sexy, I could just be me.

 In hindsight, I think there is also an element of progression which I found really appealing. There was a clear path to getting better. I could see the dancers who were better than me and I could see what I needed to do to get there.


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