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You'll receive regular emails about classes, parties and just general goings-on with the Hilo Hep Cats

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....)  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.

Group Classes

Mondays, May 27 - June 17, 2024: 


 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.  Learn the Swing Out!

The Swing Out is one of Lindy’s iconic moves; it helped to define the dance when it was created back in the 1920s.  You’ll experience how generating natural momentum can be used to smoothly separate partners and bring them back together again.  If you’ve had any background in 8-count footwork (rock steps and triple steps), you’ll have a good foundation for this class, but beginners who are new to swing are also welcome.  Taught by Andie


Tuesdays, May 28 - June 18, 2024:


 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.  Using Jazz Movement to Enhance Your Lindy!

The Lindy Hop universe is full of choreographed “jazz routines” (aka line dances).  This class is your opportunity to learn two of the easiest—the Shim Sham and the Boogie Stroll—and then immediately excerpt moves from the choreography and insert them into your partner dancing.  Improvised embellishments, Swing Out variations and opportunities during break-aways will demonstrate how jazz movement will add spark and individuality to your dancing.  Students should already be familiar with Lindy Hop footwork and comfortable with the Swing Out.  Taught by Angela.

 7:00- 8:00 p.m.  Introduction to Lindy Hop!

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.  

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

If you're a Hep Cats student, click here for additional class resources.

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