Subjects taught by Liza:
Charleston Dance Classes
Liza Patoux has been dancing since the age of three, with many years specialising in the jazz dances of Harlem.
Trained in old-school Lindy Hop and Charleston by both original dancers from the 1930s and the leading lights of the swing revival, Liza studied closely under world swing dance masters including Frankie Manning, Chazz Young, Chester Whitmore, Ryan Francois and Jenny Thomas. She teaches authentic swing dances, in a historical context, combining good technique with personalised styling and flair, that emphases responding to the music.
A former UK Lindy Hop champion, she has performed and choreographed for many venues and events, as well as dancing on some of the best loved TV shows, in films, music videos and for private events. Liza performed Charleston with the Sophisticated Ladies dance group as part of the People’s Strictly Come Dancing on BBC One, for the Help for Heroes charity at the Chelsea Hospital and at major dance events around the UK. She was also privileged to dance an original tap choreography by Miriam Nelson, a star of vintage Hollywood musicals, in front of both Miriam and the legendary Fayard Nicholas.
As a charleston dance tutor, Liza teaches students good basic technique that forms the basis for variations and developing their own individual style, with enjoyment and a tailored approach at the heart of her classes.