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We are offering "outside" classes in a private, covered pavilion in Hilo with a smooth dance floor. (Well, it does have a couple of wrinkles, but it's more forgiving than the concrete we've been using.) Please wear clean dance shoes (not street shoes) or socks. Beginners welcome per class description.
No partners needed; we rotate.
Masks recommended. Class size limited.
Please pre-register by email here.
The cost is $35 if you pre-pay for all 4 sessions; payment accepted at the first class.
Drop-ins are $15 and only available with instructor permission.
Introduction to Lindy Hop - Mondays, March 4 - 25, 2024
5:30 - 6:30 p.m. New to dancing? New to swing? No experience is necessary for this class, which will focus on fundamentals such as swing’s syncopated rhythm, partner communication and basic moves. If you’ve already been dancing Lindy, this class can help fine tune your foundation…or you can choose to learn the "other role" (experienced followers will get a new perspective by learning to lead, and vice versa). We will cover both 6-count and 8-count footwork. Lindy Hop is the original form of swing dancing—learn a true American art form! Taught by Andie.
Beginning Balboa - Mondays, March 4 - 25, 2024
7:00- 8:00 p.m. This enchanting swing dance style features subtle, shuffling footwork—a contrast to Lindy Hop’s more energetic movements. Danced in close embrace, Balboa is suitable for fast music but elegant at slower tempos. Balboa can be intermixed with Lindy or danced on its own to the same music. It’s a part of the vintage swing dance repertoire no one should be without! No previous experience necessary. If you’ve taken a Bal class previously, this class will improve your confidence and solidify your foundation. Taught by Mike.
Exploring Blues Dance - Tuesdays, March 5 - 26, 2024
5:30 - 6:30 p.m. Blues dancing originated about the same time as Lindy Hop, but in response to blues music instead of syncopated jazz. It has expanded from its roots in juke joints frequented by African Americans to include a variety of styles which accommodate modern music and tastes. Each class will explore different expressions of blues such as slow drag, body isolations, micro blues, blues waltz and ballroomin’ blues. Because Blues dancing is simple in concept, it’s a perfect dance for beginners. Experienced dancers will appreciate the freedom to improvise and will gain new vocabulary to use during those delicious slow dances with your partner. Taught by Andie.
Dips, Drops & Tricks - Tuesdays, March 5 - 26, 2024
7:00- 8:00 p.m. Lindy Hop is famous for its flashy moves; air steps (also known as aerials) originated in Harlem in the 1920s and became a defining characteristic of Lindy. These fun and exciting athletic moves can really make you stand out on the dance floor. We will introduce some easier moves, most of which will keep your feet on the ground. Students should already have a strong core; some moves also require flexibility and upper body strength. Students who have already learned some Lindy will be able to incorporate these moves into their dancing. Taught by Mike.
Our primary swing dance instructors offer private lessons by request. In addition, most of our workshop instructors offer privates when they are in town. If you would like to take private lessons please use the Contact Form.
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