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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 Lindy Hop - 4 Classes - Mondays, August 2-23, 2021

4:00 - 5:00 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, whether you're a beginner or an experienced Lindy Hopper, when we can partner dance again!

Tranky Doo - 4 Classes - Mondays, August 2-23, 2021

7:00 - 8:00 p.m.  Tranky Doo is a popular jazz routine (choreographed line dance), danced worldwide which incorporates common jazz steps such as Apple Jacks, Boogie Back, and Suzie Q.  These moves can be used to add interest, variety, and fun in your partnered swing dancing.  Of course, Tranky Doo can also be danced in a group, just as it was choreographed by the late, great swing icon, Frankie Manning. 

Solo Skills for Balboa 4 Classes - Tuesdays, August 3 - 24, 2021

5:00 - 6:00 p.m. Although Balboa is normally 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, or (if you're new to Bal) learn new skills which you can apply to our next Beginning Balboa class.

The Big Apple - 4 Classes - Tuesdays,August 3 - 24, 2021


7:00 - 8:00 p.m. One of the most famous jazz routines (line dances) in the Lindy universe, the Big Apple was (briefly) a nation-wide dance craze.  The version choreographed by "Ambassador of Swing" Frankie Manning is now used as a performance piece by Lindyhoppers around the world.  This challenging routine will take more than four weeks to master; we'll get started and will continue if demand warrants. 

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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