Balboa (varying levels) W/rod + rachael

Wednesdays 7:30-8:30p

June is Slow Bal month!
July is Intro month!

Vintage style swing music is back in the mainstream and dance nights are popping up all over Portland. Whether the music is live or DJed, there is always a great variety in the music, including varied tempos! When the music slows down we need a dance that matches the rhythms of these sweet slow tunes...enter, Slow-Bal. Slow Balboa originated in Southern California in the 1940's, was created specifically for slow songs. If you already know some Balboa it will be a help, but there are lots of fancy new steps and most of the Balboa moves have been retooled so you can elegantly take advantage of the slow music and still look like a kick ass dancer! Beginners also welcome! No partner required.

sign up! - June 6/5-6/26
sign up! - JULY 7/3-7/24

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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!

Heads up, though. Shag is fast! BUT, it will be your go to in fast Swing songs when trying other styles just turns your legs to marshmallows. Shag will win the race.

Our beginning shag course will get you comfortable with the double rhythm basic and also get you ready to face those higher tempos with ease - even if you’ve never danced before! We’ll cover the basic footwork, basic turns, getting into, and out of, closed and open positions, and then we’ll do it all again… faster! The speed will increase at a comfortable pace, and soon enough you’ll be begging for those 200+ BPM songs. Our weekly pace will go from slow, slow, to quick, and quick(er)!

sign up! - June 6/5-6/26
sign up! - july 7/3-7/24

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fast feet swing social (all levels) w/Mike, Haily, Colin, melissa, emily, and rod!

TBA SAT 7:00-9:30p $10 in studio/online

It's time to get footloose and fast-foot-free! Exercise your footwork chops in Swing’s quicker dances - Charleston, Balboa, and Collegiate Shag. You'll get a micro lesson in each style, refreshments and snacks, and lots of opportunities to learn, dance, practice, and socialize with your friends and instructors. All levels welcome! All ages welcome!

sign up! or JUST SHOW UP

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collegiate shag workshop (intermediate) w/Mike + Haily

TBA $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, and prepare you for those really fast songs you’ve been itching to master!

sign up! 

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the madison line dance workshop (all levels) w/Mike + Haily

TBA $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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