Vintage Swing 1 (intro)
You are about to take your first step toward social Swing dancing! Woo Hoo! In this class you'll learn the 6-count rhythm pattern that is universally known as the basic Swing step (fundamental East Coast Swing), plus enough moves to get you out on the dance floor immediately! VS1 will also introduce you to lead-follow concepts that are essential to partner dancing of all types, making this the perfect class for students interested in general partner dancing skills, not just East Coast Swing.
Vintage Swing 2 (beg)
Move past the basics into the triple-step! In this level you'll become well-acquainted with the triple-step, a variation on the 6-count swing pattern. This will open the door to a new type of movement, giving you the ability to travel more smoothly across the dance floor. You'll see ways to increase your confidence as a lead/follow, new moves and combinations of moves based on the fundamentals covered in VS1, and perhaps a little bit of flash!
Vintage Swing 3 (int)
Discover new possibilities in direction and connection!
In this class you will discover how you can dance 'out of the box,' making your moves more dynamic, especially when you begin to dance in 8-count patterns known as Lindy Hop and partnered Charleston! You'll be shown seamless transitions into these exciting dances, greatly diversifying your swing repertoire. Because of the vast variety of material that can be learned at this level, VS 3 is best repeated several times as we alternate between Lindy hop and Charleston every other month. Two popular swing styles, style and connection pointers, and fun variations mean you won't want to skip a month!
November will be a Charleston focus
Vintage Swing 4 (adv)
Take your Lindy to the next level in skill and aesthetics! Lindy can be a truly blood pumping experience, as well as being subtle and finite. Learn how to make your Lindy more versatile and dynamic by learning how to incorporate the little nuances and grandios moves that make Lindy so much fun, and how to sprinkle bits of other popular Swing dances, like Balboa and Charleston, into your Lindy. Students at this level will work with musicality, stylistic embellishments, and breaking the rules to create new dynamic partner work!
swing outside the box WORKSHOP (beg) w/melissa
11/10 SAT 12:00a-2:00p $30 in studio ($25 online) per person *new time!
Like swing music? Like dancing? This workshop is designed to approach social swing dancing with basic movement and partnering skills that don't necessarily stay within a particular or standardized pattern. We will work on steps, solo and with partners, and explore a range of tempos and styles of music, to inspire feeling the music and developing rhythmic 'conversations' with your dance partners. Some social swing dancing helpful but not required.
shim sham WORKSHOP (beg) w/melissa
11/24 SAT 11:00a-12:30p $25 in studio ($20 online) per person
Shim Sham & Solo Jam Workshop : Shim Sham is the decades-old classic line dance based on tap and vernacular jazz steps. It was danced in vaudeville shows and ballrooms way back when and is even more popular today, not just in Portland but globally! Then we'll take some of those notions along with other fun moves from the era and piece together dance phrases and mini-routines. Not only will it be a super way to spend a Saturday afternoon, but it'll get you ready for the solo jam circle and make your swing dancing - solo and partnered - even more exciting and versatile!
Lindy hop and solo jazz experience helpful but not required.
What IS the Shim Sham? http://www.easy-swing.be/en/catalog/7-swing-history/59-history-of-shim-sham/
vintage sWING routine WORKSHOP (beg) w/melissa
12/8 SAT 1:00-4:00p $45 in studio ($40 online) per person
Know some partner swing? Want to take it to the next level? This is a choreography workshop where you can bring what know, build on it, and learn a few new steps, all while having fun with musicality. Though you'll be learning a routine, we will make sure to touch on the lead/follow aspects of making those moves really sell so you can bring them right on to the social floor! Partner not required. Beyond Beginning/Int levels. Prerequisite is a VS 2 class with Melissa and/or experience with social dancing in triple time.
SWING QUICKSTART WORKSHOP (INTRO)
1/5/19 SAT 12:00-3:00p $45 in studio ($40 online) per person
This monthly workshop is geared to get you from Swing-curious to Swing-furious in just 3 hours! The class will cover Swing rhythm and timing, basic Swing steps with basic step variations; three turn patterns, and more! Vintage Swing is an ageless and ever popular dance that has filled dance halls for over 70 years, and it is still as popular as ever! That said, the Swing Quickstart workshop fills up fast, so sign up ASAP! Don't miss out on this exciting and easy to learn dance. Students will learn the equivalent of the 'Intro to Swing' 4 week series material, plus some bonus material in a non-intimidating, low pressure, fun environment. No partner necessary, no prior experience required!
$15 Drop In
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