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NEW TEMPORARY LOCATION: we are offering "outside" classes in a carport with a smooth, concrete floor.  Please wear athletic shoes or other footwear which provides a cushion.  Beginners welcome.

Vaccination required. Masks required. Class size strictly limited.

Please pre-register via email; no drop-ins.  Each class $5.

Group Classes

Beginning 6-Count Swing - Mondays, November 21 - December 12, 2022

5:00 - 6:00 p.m.  The fastest way to get you onto the dance floor!  Learn the footwork, rhythm, connection and basic turns for both the leader and the follower in this class, perfect for beginners.  Similar to East Coast Swing and sometimes called Jitterbug, you can dance this to early rock & roll as well as classics from the Big Band Era. 

Learn the Laminu - Mondays, December 5 & 12, 2022

7:00 - 8:00 p.m.  This little-known dance, based on Balboa, is perfect for slow tunes.  You’ll hold your partner in a close embrace, gliding over the floor in an 8-count rhythm.  Check out this demonstration by Ray Cunningham and Darleen Lind: .  Mike will teach two classes introducing the flavor and footwork of Laminu, encouraging musicality and improvisation.  Beginners welcome, though experience with triple-steps and/or Balboa will give you a head start.

Fancy Moves - Tuesday, December 6, 2022


 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.  Are you looking for ways to dress up your Lindy Hop?  Perhaps you want to add a simple dip or improvise during a breakaway.  Dancers should already have some experience in swing footwork so you can integrate the moves into your dance.


Four Flavors of Blues - Tuesday, December 6, 2022


 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.  This quick introduction to Blues dancing will engage you in four different expressions of the dance: grooving with your partner, moving your partner, breaking away from your partner, and slowing to stillness with your partner.  Mix these concepts together during the course of a song to experience an infinite variety of expressions!  No dance experience necessary. 


Private Lessons

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.

Resources for Students

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