World of Arms

Original 5-part series in collaboration with Barcelona- based dancer Aina Lanas as part of "Secrets of Solo" online dance course suite
World of Arms vol I

Lines to Gestures

In this volume we will play with lines, poses, scapula and gestures. Develop your perfect lines & learn how to create “pictures” in your dance. Explore how to convert expressive gestures that we use in daily life into your free improvisation. You will work on some set exercises and dance in free improvisation.
64min
21 lessons
all levels
World of Arms vol II

Lines to Gestures

In this volume we mainly work with free improvisation in order to focus on different qualities such as textures (tension - release) and dynamics (slo-mo - fractionating - speed). Working on these qualities will help create tension curves, a sense of development in your dance as well as improve overall control over your body movement.
48min
16 lessons
all levels
World of Arms vol III

Touch

In this volume we work with touch and caress. Both are concepts coming from the vogue dance style. We touch and caress our body and the space around to highlight specific moments, to invite the audience to pay attention and guide their gaze. We will work on choreographies to practice sophisticated geometric shapes that we can create with these concepts.
109min
35 lessons
all levels
World of Arms vol IV

Circles & Upper Heads

In this volume we are going to explore upper heads and circles. Both concepts are coming from the waacking dance style. Upper heads allow us to create diverse arm movement over the head, while circles are all about rotation of arms. We will work on set choreographies to perfect the shapes and dynamic movement that we can create with these concepts.
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int & up
World of Arms vol V

In Jazz

Taught by Aina and Ksenia together, this volume is a culmination of the whole course. We will bring material from World of Arms and merge it with solo jazz movement. You will learn choreography with familiar jazz footwork and new ways of moving your arms. Discover new shapes and challenge coordination to gain more freedom of expression in your dance.
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int & up

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September 29, 2021

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June 21, 2021

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February 20, 2021

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January 28, 2021

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December 15, 2020

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November 21, 2020

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July 13, 2020

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July 12, 2020

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June 15, 2020

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June 10, 2020

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June 5, 2020

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June 3, 2020

I will be a member forever. Ksenia is truly the best dance teacher I've ever had. I've learned so much and I can feel in my dancing how my musicality is improving. I've also learned a lot more about jazz music and have been inspired by Ksenia to read several books about jazz and jazz history. This is such a fun learning adventure with Ksenia. I never want to stop being her student.

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janne
May 23, 2020

seems like forever.. that i´ve been dancing with you, and it´s only a month now! to be honest, i wanted to bridge the gap until the lockdown is lifted and my group classes resume. a few minutes into your course, though, it was obvious that this is no substitute, it´s a miracle!! the combination of your sophisticated teaching skills (precise, vivid and funny), your incredible musicality (in dancing AND singing and conveying your feeling for the rhythms we use) - plus the structure of the course is all i could ever wish for. i like your general suggestions for a regular practice, too - and it is SO! easy to come back to the course every day!! so much fun and i love everything about secrets of solo, from the organizational framework to the tiniest little detail in a camel walk ** thanx a million and keep swingin` ! janne

Dianne Romain
May 22, 2020

I’ve been studying and teaching Lindy Hop for a few years, and I like to incorporate solo jazz in routines. I’m delighted to be learning more solo jazz steps—especially now that we’re sheltering in place! I love these classes, which explain and demonstrate steps clearly and thoroughly! I use the classes to improve my dancing and to help me become a more effective teacher.

Ksenia is an amazing teacher and dancer. The classes do are challenging, but they really worth it. She is very enthusiastic, joyful and extremely precise. Also, she is very encouraging and benevolent. What I really appreciate is that Ksenia is not teaching you just how to dance. She shows you how to express yourself, how to blend dance with the music, intuition, and fun. She is really passionate about it, and her enthusiasm is communicative! The classes are very organized, step by step each with "that little detail" that makes you feel you not only know the step, but own it. Thank you a lot.

As a dance teacher (International Ballroom) I can only recommend Ksenia’s online course! It is well structured, following a consistent methodology suitable for both beginners and advanced dancers. The cherry on top is that Ksenia’s positive vibes are contagious and will definitely brighten your day!

Laura Steffner
May 14, 2020

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Sara Angius Dance
May 12, 2020

As a professional contemporary dancer I can totally recommend this course suitable for both beginners and professional. It is complete in exploring all the aspects of the Solo Jazz/Charleston Dance. The teaching methodology is structured in a very intelligent way and it allows the students to build their knowledge in a very consequent way. I am fully satisfied and enthusiast to get to know Ksenia's beautiful universe and I strongly recommend it!!

Sooskool
April 26, 2020

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Ed B.
April 26, 2020

I've been taking Lindy Hop lessons for 20 years, and Ksenia offers a deeper knowledge of the dance than I've ever gotten anywhere else. When she explains something -- anything -- she goes into such depth, that even if it's something you've had explained a hundred times before, you'll hear things you've never heard before, and you'll understand it afresh. I especially love that she emphasizes technique with everything she says, so whatever she's teaching, steps, choreography, whatever, you learn how to do it the right way, AND you can always apply that technique to everything else you do.

Oonagh
April 26, 2020

Really fun way of learning to dance, Ksenia is a great teacher, loving the online classes

Sara A.
April 26, 2020

I have been taking Ksenia's online courses for the past six months and to say it's worth every penny is an understatement. You can feel her passion and love for dancing even through the screen and it definitely rubs off! For me she's one of the most inspiring dancers and teacher. She breaks things down so creatively to not only help you understand moves but actually to tell stories through your dancing and to help you find your expression. She is the only dancer who has opened my eyes to the communication aspect of dancing -- with others and perhaps even yourself. I highly recommend her brilliantly organized secrets of solo courses,

Nadezda Kantur
April 26, 2020

Thank you very much, Ksenia and David, for the opportunity to unite with so many people from around the world to practice solo jazz in these uncertain times! Thank you for your attention and time for making these courses! It really makes me feel connected and hope that we will get through this COVID crisis very soon.

Joe Viola
April 26, 2020

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K'Sandra Sampson
April 26, 2020

Ohhhhh my! My 1st ever class and on my birthday, too??? Best birthday so far to train with a master! Ksenia brings the heat and creates a raging inferno! It's been my wish to train under her tutelage for years and I finally get the chance. She is truly one of the best in this genre and inspires me to rise to her level! I'm a newbie (under 2 years) and this LADY HAS THE SECRET SAUCE....literally! Cannot wait to continue my growth!

Ksenia is a multitalented, amazing teacher with sharp, kind and helpful personality! She is unique and opens for her students a brand new world, with her entirely new perspective on dance. Highly re commented for regular classes and any kind of jazz workshop!

I will be a member forever. Ksenia is truly the best dance teacher I've ever had. I've learned so much and I can feel in my dancing how my musicality is improving. I've also learned a lot more about jazz music and have been inspired by Ksenia to read several books about jazz and jazz history. This is such a fun learning adventure with Ksenia. I never want to stop being her student.

As a dance teacher (International Ballroom) I can only recommend Ksenia’s online course! It is well structured, following a consistent methodology suitable for both beginners and advanced dancers. The cherry on top is that Ksenia’s positive vibes are contagious and will definitely brighten your day!

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