Slow Bal Teacher Deirdre
How it all started
I would never have thought that my dance journey would lead me to becoming a Slow Bal teacher. When I discovered Lindy Hop, many years ago in Berlin, I became a true addict. Soon, Lindy Hop wasn’t enough, so Balboa joined the Swing Book. Afterwards, I found that teaching Lindy Hop helped me learn more quickly and get a better understanding of the dance. In 2015, I learned about Slow Bal, watching a video with Mickey Fortanasce and Kelly Arsenault.
Starting with Slow Bal
Following an online course with Mickey and Kelly helped me get the basics, but there was hardly anyone to practice with… so what was next? I started teaching short basics courses and together with some enthusiasts we formed a practice group. The big change came in 2018 when gradually, Slow Bal was getting more popular. First in Vienna, and later in Oxford, I met Mickey. Taking classes and private lessons with him improved my dancing considerably. Together with Luciën, my first Slow Bal dance partner, I started to train until we were ready to spread the love for this beautiful dance.
What Slow Bal means to me
I love to dance. It makes me feel free. I forget all my sorrows, worries and stress and just dance. Even though I love Lindy Hop and Balboa, mostly because of the energetic music, Slow Bal is more special to me. The easy pace of the music allows me to really ‘live it’; to ‘use’ and feel every beat. The flow of the dance helps me to connect with myself and with my partner. This pure connection, relaxation and joy that Slow Bal brings, is something I wish for everyone to experience.
The birth of Slowfeet Studio
In January 2019 I started Slowfeet Studio together with Luciën. Teaching Slow Bal is a great passion of mine and I always strive to bring this enthusiasm to the dance floor. My journey so far has brought me not only to teaching Slow Bal in our local community in Rotterdam, but also to cities all over The Netherlands, Belgium and Scotland. I hope to travel lots more and spread Slow Bal across Europe (and maybe even the whole world?).