Everyday Creativity for Swing Dancers
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Everyday Creativity for Swing Dancers

Everyday Creativity for Swing Dancers

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Everyday Creativity for Swing Dancers is a workshop in which you will use your knowledge and skill as a swing dancer to help you discover creative techinques that you can apply away from the dancefloor. Whether you want to develop your skills as an innovative thinker in your professional work, or you are looking for a creative boost to your personal projects, this workshop will provide you with directly transferable strategies to boost creativity in what you do.

Swing dancing is a highly creative act. When we dance, often without realising, we process a wide range of stimlui - from the music to the signals our dance partner gives us - together with an extensive back catalogue of moves and other experiences to create somethng that is new and unique every time. This creativity, which we all possess as dancers, is tacit: we all use it, but we probably can't explain how. In this course we unpick this creativity and identify how these processes can be applied more generally in other parts of our lives.

The workshop content is grounded in creativity research. At the same time, the course is designed to be highly practical - you will leave with a clear set of strategies that you can start applying straight away.

What you will learn

By coming to this workshop you will be able to:

  • Explain the components of a creative system
  • Understand and be able to apply a simple model for generating ideas
  • Understand how to develop your internal 'creative database'
  • Describe and apply techniques for tuning into the needs of the people you work with
  • Apply rapid idea-development techniques
  • Influence your state of mind to increase creativity
  • Understand the importance of sharing ideas and apply techniques for better listening
  • Understand the importance of prototyping and iterative design


To get the most out of this workshop you need basic proficiency as a swing dancer. The course will use both partnered and solo lindy hop. As a guide, if you attend classes, then you should be at 'intermeidate level', and you should feel reasonably confident social dancing lindy hop. You should also know most of the moves to the Shim Sham.

You don't need a dance partner to attend this event.

About the workshop leader

This workshop is led by Oliver Broadbent. Oliver is teacher, trainer, writer and workshop leader specialising in creativity and design. Through his work at Think Up, he has designed workshops and training programmes for organisations such as the University of Cambridge, Imperial College and Arup. Oliver is also co-founder of the Mudflappers, a not-for-profit swing dance collective that has been teaching and performing swing dancing at festivals up and down the UK for the last four years. Oliver teaches swing dancing on a weekly basis in London.

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