Level 1: Swing
Swing Basics (Level 1A)
If you've never been introduced to swing dancing, or if it's been a while, then this is the class for you! In this four-week series, students will learn basic Swing and Charleston moves, and how to feel comfortable on the social dance floor.
Swing Expansion (Level 1B)
In this four-week series students will expand upon skills learned in our Swing Basics class. This includes new moves to add to your repertoire, Charleston and turn variations, and a fun routine. Students will also improve their technique and musicality skills, preparing them for an easy transition to Lindy Hop!
Tap Dancing is a very close relative of Lindy Hop. They both developed in parallel with the jazz and swing music of the early part of the 20th Century. This four week session will get you started with the fundamental techniques of Rhythm Tap Dancing. Starting with shuffles and flaps, and moving on to paradiddles and riffs, you’ll be a regular Fred Astaire in no time! No prior dance experience (Tap or Lindy Hop) required. Come with or without tap shoes.
Sugar pushes are one of the most important moves of the modern swing dancer. They may look simple, but they have a lot of depth and they can feel really great when you get the connection working right. Come on out to learn one of the most influential Lindy Hop moves of the modern era!
So, you can shuffle and flap, and you're ready for more! This tap class will build on what you have learned in Beginning Tap by continuing to refine your technique through more quintessential tap steps as well as some more complex patterns inspired by the classic hoofers of the early part of the 20th century.
Coles & Atkins Softshoe Tap Routine
Come learn one of the most quintessential tap routines of all time. Charles Coles and Cholly Atkins choreographed and performed this classic soft shoe tap routine to a solo piano version of "Taking a Chance on Love." It's most defining characteristic is that it is very slow. The steps themselves are relatively simple, however doing them with accurate rhythm and clarity is surprisingly challenging. Tap dancers of all levels are welcome to take this class, as long as you can shuffle and flap. See you there!
Swing 1: Intro to Swing (Level 1A)
Whether you are new to swing or it’s your first time partner dancing, this class will teach you all you need to have fun on the dance floor! You’ll start out with some easy and fun moves that will have you smiling right away, and then progress through some foundational skills that will prepare you for future Lindy Hop classes and the wide world of swing dancing!
Learn to Choreograph!
Seen some awesome performances lately? Want to learn how you can make killer routines that will awe and inspire? Come to this special two hour workshop to learn about the process of choreographing a routine and what goes into the various parts of putting on a performance. We will do a number of different guided choreography activities working on solo, partnered, and group choreography! No partner required!
Swing 2: The Lindy Hop
The Lindy Hop is the original high-energy partnered jazz dance, invented during the late 1920s in Harlem and popularized in the '30s and '40s. During this four-week series you will apply the skills learned in Swing 1 as a basis for Lindy Hop. This class will focus on the fundamentals of the dance, swing outs and other classic moves that made Lindy Hop so popular.
Beginner Solo Charleston
The hottest dance craze of the Jazz Age is still a blast after all these years! We'll help you learn the basics of the Charleston, and soon you'll be kicking up a storm. No partner or previous experience necessary!
Charleston 1: 1920s Basics
Come learn all basics of the dance that inspired the Lindy Hop! Charleston was the original swing dance, beginning in the 1920s. Not only is it an energetic, exciting dance in and of itself, but it's lots of fun to integrate into other forms of swing such as East Coast and Lindy Hop. No experience nor partner required for this class.