Fred 'N' Co
The beginnings in Paris
When they met, Frederic was already using the floors of ballroom dances.
It was quite naturally that Corinne followed him there at the beginning of 1991, in a group dance class at the CDS Paris Nation directed by Pierre Burdon (Dance Master).
Sensed by their club, they launched into Sports Dance in competition that same year.
For the competition, they stopped group classes to take private classes with their Dance Master, Pierre Burdon. It will give them a taste for detail, the desire to deepen and strengthen their foundations - the Technique - in order to give way to FUN...one day...
Started in 5th grade in October 1991, they will be 3rd in their 1st competition and will win for the first time in Coubertin this same season, in February 1992.
They will go to the French Championships (7th in Latin Dances in Villeurbanne and 3rd in Standard Dances in Cergy Pontoise) and will have a very nice 2nd season, before stopping (1st child).
The "big" Break
They will finally take a 17-year break without dancing.
Then, in 2009, at random in life and encounters, they will meet a dancer from Toulouse (Jean-Phi, a friend, nicknamed Salsa Fuego, a real happiness on the dance floor) who will transmit to them his passion for Lindy Hop and swing dances.
Determined to discover this dance further, they will follow private lessons and workshops in Montpellier.
The Learning process
The lack of "SWING" courses on Narbonne (at the time) forced them to work, which they had seen in internships and private lessons, "at home".
Frederic likes to say that they don't work for hours, but just 15' to 20' almost every day... or at least as often as possible.
The basic movements and figures are peeled and detailed (this will take 3 years).
In 2010, they found themselves, almost by chance, doing Rock and Lindy demonstrations on different stages in Narbonne during different animations, in improvisation, first, then they create their own choreographies.
These choreographies (real scenes from the Vintages years) will take them further into the region and France (Beziers, Lyon, Le Grau du Roi, Toulouse...).
For the stage, Corinne makes the "epoch" costumes fairly faithful, to the point that they will be invited to illustrate military and civil commemorations or 50's or 60's birthdays.
The Swing Dance School
The local public will encourage them to create a Swing dance school.
They created the SwingINarbonne association (Swing In Narbonne) in 2012 and will start classes in September 2015.
"And now you know what to do" (F. Manning)
Photo credit : Marie Seron
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