Extended Singlesword Class
This Spring, Certified Teacher Mike Lubke is bringing you an extended, longform class series on the swashbuckling style of theatrical singlesword. This course will feature over 35 hours of instruction, delving even deeper into what is widely recognized as one of the most advanced styles the SAFD recognizes. No previous experience necessary, however, as this course is designed to bring someone from a raw beginner to a proficient performer over the span of the class. The course will culminate with a public showcase, with an option to test for Skills Proficiency certification with the Society of American Fight Directors. Fore more information on the SPT process, check out their FAQ here.
Cost: $30 per class
$350 for full course ($450 value)
August 31st - December 8th.
Classes will be held in the gymnasium in the basement. Please bring separate indoor shoes for use on the gym floor so we don't all slip and kill ourselves when it's snowy outside.
Due to space constraints and an optimal student/teacher ratio, the class can only accept a limited number of students. Priority will be given to students who register for the full course over those opting for the pay-per-class model. In order to reserve your space, a non-refundable $50 deposit will be required along with your registration.
The test/final performance will be conducted on a date and location TBD, most likely somewhere in December 8-10, will confirm soon.
Christ Church Lutheran Gym
3244 34th Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55406
About the Weapon
The Smallsword was the final stage of evolution for the European sword. Dating to the 17th century, the art of the blade had been refined to an almost exclusively thrusting weapon, which required precise targeting and timing in order to be used effectively. The practice of smallsword fencing is equal parts aesthetics and mathematics, and resulted in a style so deadly in duels that laws were passed across Europe to shift over to pistols as the preferred weapon for settling disputes because they were safer. On stage and screen, the smallsword is iconic to the Restoration and the Colonial era, featured in stories such as Les Liasons Dangerouse, The Count of Monte Cristo, and Les Miserables. Studying this style is an incredible boon to any performer, as the focus on specificity in action above all else applies not only to every other form of stage combat but scene work as well.
Mike Lubke is a stage combat instructor, performer and violence coordinator based in Minneapolis. He has been studying various martial forms since he was 7, and has more than a decade's experience adapting that knowledge to the stage. He is the resident fight director for Six Elements Theatre Company, and is the driving mind behind their annual Human Combat Chess show, featuring multiple choreographers working on over 20 fights. His choreography has graced the stages of multiple local professional theatres, including History Theatre, Theatre Unbound, Children's Theatre, and the Guthrie. Mike holds a BA in Theatre Arts from the University of Minnesota and is a Certified Teacher with the Society of American Fight Directors.
Amie Root is certified teacher with the Society of American Fight Directors, an actor, fight director and movement instructor. She worked as a teaching artist for the Tony award winning Shakespeare Theatre Company, DC, for three years. She studied her BA in Drama at the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point. She is currently based out of Minneapolis, MN, but travels teaching movement and stage combat courses at universities and theaters across the country.