Just back from a fabulous high-kicking can-can workshop in Swansea. Run in association with Circadian Fitness, a pole dancing school in central Swansea, I gave the lovely Swansea girls a thorough grounding in one of my favourite dance styles, the French can-can.
After a gentle warm up to Moulin Rouge classics, I had the girls step-ball-changing across the room (which always reminds me of my teenage jazz classes), drag-running, attitude-kicking and finishing with some dangerously close splicing gallops. They then put their fully frilled red, white and blue can-can skirts on, which gives any group of ladies that professional-looking sheen – matching costumes can hide a multitude of sins! After learning how to manipulate the skirt and mastering the art of the derriere flash – a cancan staple – we got the ladies in a straight line for the classic high (ahem) kicking chorus line. Swansea did us proud, requesting the ‘hard’ version which includes a very special step where you hold under your thigh, pulling your knee towards your chest, and kick your leg up and down repeatedly from there. I didn’t like it when I was a cancan dancer in Paris, I don’t like it now, but the ladies of Swansea loved it!
A full scale French can-can dance followed. Lots of can-can whoops may have hidden some kicks that weren’t quite 180 degrees high, and the girls did a great job of the rond de jambe, formation mini-kicks, full contretemps (jump like a fairy!) and the grand finale of not-quite-jump-splits. YEEE-OWWW! Is the world ready for the Swansea Moulin Rouge troupe?
“Just wanted to be the first to say I had an amazing time! It was a brill workshop full of fun and frillies and whoop whoop galore!” – Kindy M, Swansea.
“Had an absolute blast, yeeee-haaa!” – Stella R, Swansea
“Fantastic Can can workshop! I an now thoroughly addicted :D” – Mary-Eve N, Swansea