Title: Weekend Workshop with Liisa Walimaa – East Coast Swing and Frankie Manning’s Shim Sham
Location: Wall-2-Wall Dance Center
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Description: Join Liisa Walimaa for 2 incredibly fun classes:
12 noon – East Coast Swing (bring a partner if you have one. If not, come anyway and we’ll help find you one!)
1:30 pm – Frankie Mannings Swing Style Shim Sham (a great opportunity for tappers to learn “the other Shim Sham Shimmy!)
Advanced Registration prices are:
1 class: $15 ($10 for W2W Members)
both classes: $26 ($18 for W2W Members)
1 class: $17.50 ($12.50 for W2W Members)
both classes: $30.00 ($20 for W2W Members)
Liisa is a lifelong dancer with a background in gymnastics. Whilst seeking something–anything–that wasn’t competitive, she found yoga. Years and years, and more than 30,000 downward-facing dogs later, she leads yoga practices with a unique blend of grace, athleticism, and humour–without a hint of competition. She is an Experienced Yoga Teacher (E-RYT), registered with Yoga Alliance, and teaches over 1000 hours a year in group classes, workshops, and for private clients. Serving yoga practitioners of all levels of experience and ability, her classes reflect the integration of many styles of yoga, as well as nerd-level information about anatomy and body-mechanics. Liisa’s teaching style is welcoming, vibrant, and fun, and she loves bringing yoga to new students and to people whose “bodies have stories, and issues in their tissues.”
Liisa & her husband Bill are specialists in Partner Yoga, teaching several workshops a year together, including the very popular “Vinyasa & Vino,” combining partner yoga with wine, and Acro-Yoga playshops, which bring a little Cirque du Soleil into the yoga practice. When they are not on their yoga mats, you’ll likely find them wherever there is music, enthusiastically dancing the Lindy Hop or engaged in a sultry Argentine Tango. The couple regularly performs at events and benefits, and with two local bands. You might have seen them performing during the India Festival, or dancing in an art installation at ARTEL-PHX, on the catwalk during Phoenix Fashion Week, and in a major motion picture. Together, they also teach social and swing dancing lessons for small and large groups.
Supporting the community, Liisa developed and is sustaining a yoga outreach program allowing Phoenix’s homeless population to participate in no-cost yoga and meditation practices with qualified teachers several times a week. When she is not on her yoga mat or on a dance floor, you might find her plucking out a tune on her yellow ukulele, Jake.
Start Time: 12:00
End Time: 15:00