Rhythm City Productions

Intro to Swing

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Beginning Swing Lessons are designed to get you out on the dance floor and having fun immediately. The Thursday Swing 1 class is followed by the weekly swing dance, Rhythm City Strut. It’s free for Swing 1 and 2 students!

Each series is 6 weeks of 1 hr classes.

Cost:

  • $73.50 / $80 at the door
  • $132.30 for two people or Swing 1 & 2 for one person / $148 at the door
  • $36.75 in advance to repeat the series / $30 at the door
  • All prices include GST

Note: We advocate rotating in our beginner classes, because it is a helpful learning tool, and because it helps to establish and nurture a community of positive students sharing in a group learning environment. Our priority is a community of Swing dancers who mix, mingle, and participate in a joyful dance scene.

See also “First time taking lessons?” link above for more discussion of the benefits of mixing in social dance settings and lots more useful info.

Intro to Swing students enjoy free admission to the weekly dance, Rhythm City Strut.

Intro to Swing

Get started in the wonderful world of swing dancing! There’s nothing like moving in rhythm with a partner. If you’ve always wanted to try but were afraid you’d have two left feet, these are the classes for you. Super basic and easy-going, learn to dance in a friendly, supportive environment. Meet new people, get moving, improve your co-ordination, and have a lot of fun! We start with an introduction to partner dance technique and 8-count swing dance basic steps, and we put them together so you can enjoy the dance and the music with any partner! No partner required to register or attend.

Swing 1: Swing in Rhythm

We introduce the basic 8-count steps of Lindy hop and how to unite those steps with partner dancing. This series has lots of dancing to Swing music of moderate tempos to get you swinging with comfort and confidence. Simple patterns (moves) are taught, to give you some fun and dynamic ways of practicing and exploring the basic steps.

Swing 2: Swinging out

We review the material from Swing 1, introduce the 6-count basic and Charleston: a predecessor to Lindy hop, the Charleston survives as a versatile figure that has many variations. We’ll practice the step, as well as mix it in with the patterns you’ve already learned. and spend lots of time practicing both the 8-count and 6-count basic steps (both widely and indiscriminately used by Lindy hoppers in their social dancing). We add patterns that give you a greater vocabulary of moves for your social dancing, as well as a deeper understanding of how the partnership works.

Pre-requisite: Swing 1 or equivalent. You should be comfortable with the 8-count basic and a few moves using that basic. Some students choose to take Swing 1 & 2 simultaneously; we recommend this only if you have previous dance experience.

Register!

Date/Time Event
Tuesday, Feb 20 - Tuesday, Mar 27
7:20pm - 8:20pm
Swing 1 - Swinging in Rhythm
EDAM Studio, Vancouver BC
Thursday, Feb 22 - Thursday, Mar 29
6:30pm - 7:30pm
Swing 2 - Swinging Out
St. Michael’s Hall, Vancouver BC
Thursday, Feb 22 - Thursday, Mar 29
8:00pm - 9:00pm
Swing 1 - Swinging in Rhythm
St. Michael’s Hall, Vancouver BC
Tuesday, Apr 3 - Tuesday, May 8
7:20pm - 8:20pm
Swing 1 - Swinging in Rhythm
EDAM Studio, Vancouver BC
Thursday, Apr 12 - Thursday, May 17
6:30pm - 7:30pm
Swing 2 - Swinging Out
St. Michael’s Hall, Vancouver BC
Thursday, Apr 12 - Thursday, May 17
8:00pm - 9:00pm
Swing 1 - Swinging in Rhythm
St. Michael’s Hall, Vancouver BC
Tuesday, May 15 - Tuesday, Jun 19
7:20pm - 8:20pm
Swing 1 - Swinging in Rhythm
EDAM Studio, Vancouver BC
Thursday, May 24 - Thursday, Jun 28
6:30pm - 7:30pm
Swing 2 - Swinging Out
St. Michael’s Hall, Vancouver BC

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