Balboa (varying levels) W/rod + Emily

Wednesdays 7:30-8:30p

Now that vintage style swing music is back in the mainstream, dance nights are popping up all over town. With the up-tempo music, crowded dance floors, and sometimes tiny venues, there is no better dance than Balboa to get you moving in situations just like these. In fact, it was born out of those very elements. Close connection and itty-bitty footwork are characteristic of this dance, making it ideal for space and energy conservation, while still swingin’ to the hot rhythms of the 1930s… and 2019! 

Varying levels:
January, April, July, October - intro
February, May, August, November - beyond beginner
March, June, September, December - intermediate

sign up! - January
sign up! - FEBRUARY

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collegiate shag (beg) w/Mike + Haily

Wednesdays 8:30-9:30p

Collegiate Shag is an energetic partner dance that was popular in the 1930s and 40s. It has a history similar to other jazz and swing era dances like Lindy hop, Charleston, and Balboa, but its unique double-rhythm six-count basic and fancy footwork flourishes distinguish it from other styles of swing and other dances that use the 'shag' name such as Carolina Shag or St. Louis Shag. It is currently in the middle of an explosive revival in current social swing dancing circles, and Portland is the perfect town to do this dance justice, with all our fabulous local swing bands that often play uptempo tunes. But whether you're dancing out on a Thursday night, or in your own living room with friends, Collegiate Shag is a great go-to no matter the situation! Hop to it!

sign up! - January
sign up! - FEBRuary

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collegiate shag workshop (intermediate) w/Mike + Haily

2/9 SAT 11:00a-1:00p $25 online, $30 in studio - INTERMEDIATE
2/23 SAT 2:00-4:00p $25 online, $30 in studio - INT/ADV

Collegiate Shag is an energetic partner dance that was popular in the 1930s and 40s. It has a history similar to other jazz and swing era dances like Lindy hop, Charleston, and Balboa, but its unique double-rhythm six-count basic and fancy footwork flourishes distinguish it from other styles of swing and other dances that use the 'shag' name such as Carolina Shag or St. Louis Shag. It is currently in the middle of an explosive revival in current social swing dancing circles, and Portland is the perfect town to do this dance justice, with all our fabulous local swing bands that often play uptempo tunes. But whether you're dancing out on a Thursday night, or in your own living room with friends, Collegiate Shag is a great go-to no matter the situation! Hop to it!

This 2 hour workshop format allows you to really dive and dig in to some techniques that you can carry with you wherever you go.

sign up! 

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Dean collins shim sham workshop (intermediate) w/Mike + Haily

1/26 SAT 1:30-3:30p $25 online, $30 in studio

You may know the Shim Sham or have seen the Shim Sham performed at local Swing social dances, but did you know that it comes in many flavors? Dean Collins, who many attribute to being the creator of Hollywood-style Lindy Hop, created a version of the Shim Sham in 1983 that was never taught - it was only performed as a three-dancer group. Don’t worry, though; There is no parter needed since we’ll be doing the line dance individually.

Come learn his flavor of the dance that can still be performed alongside the standard Shim Sham, or to other songs as well. We’ll explore the most authentic form of the line dance and then add our personal styling after.

All levels welcome! No prior Shim Sham experience necessary.

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the madison swing line dance (al levels) w/Mike + Haily

1/26 SAT 4:00-5:00p $15 online, $20 in studio

Ahh, the Madison! 

First created in the Midwest in 1957, this fun and easy-to-learn jazz piano-backed line dance can be seen in films and TV shows such as Maniac (2018) on Netflix, The Go-Getter (2007), and even on the Broadway version of Hairspray! We’ll cover all the steps and you’ll see why this dance has survived so long and why people of all walks of life love it. 

Whether you’re at the beach in Barcelona at 4am, at the LA Shag Festival, or even at a party that’s starting to lose its groove, you’ll be able to say “it’s Madison Time!”. No experience necessary and no partner needed!

sign up! 

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WEEKLY CLASS PRICING

Drop In - $15
4 class pass - $50 online, $55 in studio - expires 30 days from activation
8 class pass - $90 online, $95 in studio - expires 45 days from activation
12 class pass - $120 online, $130 in studio - expires 60 days from activation

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