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As of March 15, CLASSES ARE BEING OFFERED as scheduled. Options for solo movement and learning jazz step will be offered to accommodate social distancing, when possible.
Our group classes are usually offered at the Paradise Performing Arts Center in downtown Hilo:
29 Shipman St. (Koehnen's Alley, across from the Hilo Armory) 2nd floor--go up the outside ramp.
The studio is roomy and well-lit, features a sprung floor and mirrors, and even has two air conditioners!
If classes are held at a different location, that is noted in the class description.
One-hour classes are followed by a half-hour guided practice period.
Discounts for multiple classes, or if you bring a new student.
No partner necessary; we rotate!
Lindy Skills - 6 Classes - Mondays, February 24 - March 30, 2020
7:00 p.m. Dancers who are confident in their swingout will learn new moves and reinforce essential skills. Andie will focus on Swingout variations, including sweeps, kicks, and alternatives to the Rock Step, some of which were recently taught by Lucky Skillen. Six weeks for $45; $35 if this is your 2nd or 3rd class this session. $10 drop-in.
Beginner-Plus 8-Count Lindy Hop - 6 Classes - Tuesdays, February 25 - March 31, 2020
7:00 p.m. Review and solidify your Swingout and other Lindy Hop moves. Angela will touch on subjects such as momentum, musicality, and mixing 6- and 8-count rhythms, making sure you get plenty of practice so you can dance confidently and have more fun. Six weeks for $45; $35 if this is your 2nd or 3rd class this session. $10 drop-in.
Beginning Balboa - 6 Classes - Wednesdays, February 26 - April 1, 2020
7:00 p.m. Balboa is another way to enjoy dancing to great swing music, but is less energetic than Lindy Hop—featuring smaller footwork and a close embrace. Mike will introduce you to the joys of Pure Balboa, including ad libs and the come-around. Six weeks for $40; $35 if this is your 2nd or 3rd class this session. $10 drop-in.
Privates with the Hep Cats' instructors
Our primary swing dance instructors, Andie Gill , Angela Beck and Michael Connelley, offer private lessons by request. If you would like to take private lessons please use the Contact Form.
Privates with our workshop instructors
Almost all of our workshop instructors offer private lessons when they are in town. If you are interested in a little one-on-one time with some of our award-winning, nationally- and Internationally-acclaimed workshop instructors, please check the current workshop registration forms for information on how to schedule private lessons.
Resources for Students
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