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NEW TEMPORARY LOCATION: we are offering "outside" classes in a garage with a smooth, concrete floor.  Please wear athletic shoes or other footwear which provides a cushion.  Beginners welcome.  Masks required.  Please pre-register; no drop-ins.  Each class $5.

Group Classes

Solo Skills for Balboa 4 Classes - Mondays March 8-19, 2021

4:00 - 5:00 p.m. Although Balboa is danced in a wonderful close embrace partnership, there are skills in footwork, timing, movement across the floor and counter-body motion which can be practiced without a partner.  Keep your Bal from getting rusty!

Solo Skills for Lindy Hop - 4 Classes - Mondays, March 8-22, 2021

7:00 - 8:00 p.m.  Working with Lindy's basic footwork and rhythms, we'll explore alternatives to rock steps and triple steps as well as concepts such as counterbalance which can be practiced without physically touching a partner.  These skills will serve you well when we can partner dance again!

Solo Jazz Vocabulary - 4 Classes - Tuesdays February 2-23, 2021

5:00 - 6:00 p.m. There are tons of vernacular jazz movements!  Many originated in the early 1900s and were incorporated into Lindy Hop and Charleston dances; additional moves are being created today, but we will focus on the standard, well-known ones.  By increasing your “vocabulary” of movements, you’ll be able to insert them in both solo and partnered dancing. 

The Shim Sham - 4 Classes - Tuesdays March 9-30, 2021


7:00 - 8:00 p.m. One of the most popular jazz routines (line dances) in the Lindy universe, the Shim Sham incorporates common jazz steps such as Cross-Overs, Shorty George and Boogie Back.  It often ends with a partner-switching free dance mixer.

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.

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