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)
Wednesdays 6:30-7:30p *no class 7/4
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!
2018 Summer + Fall Schedule:
July - Lindy Plus
Aug - Collegiate Shag w/Haily and Mike
Sep - Lindy A
Oct - Lindy B
Nov - Charleston A
Dec - Charleston B
Vintage Swing 4 (adv)
Wednesdays 7:30-8:30p *no class 7/4
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!
collegiate shag (all levels)
August only: Wednesdays 6:30-7:30p
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! - august
SWING QUICKSTART WORKSHOP (INTRO)
TBA 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!
CHARLESTON WORKSHOP (BEG) W/MELISSA
TBA SAT 12:00-2:00p $25 online ($30 in studio) per person
Charleston Variations Workshop: Looking to let your social swing dance repertoire really explode? With so many variations on the Charleston, we can make that happen! Whether you've done some side-side patterns or 20's style, this workshop will build on all styles and get you versed in some must-haves, like Tandem, hacksaws, and fun solo moves like the Scarecrow, just to name a few! We'll also go over some transitions so you can weave your steps together seamlessly as they were done in the days of the Savoy Ballroom and beyond.
Some Charleston and/or Lindy hop experience helpful but not required.
LINDY LAB WORKSHOP (beg/INT) W/MELISSA
TBA SAT 3:00-5:00p $30 in studio ($25 online) per person
So, you’ve tried Lindy hop, perhaps taken a few classes, and maybe even have tried it socially but feeling like you could dial it in a little more? That’s what Lindy Lab is for! In a true workshop setting, we’ll dissect the swingout and reveal the ins and outs of developing a strong one. With the inspiration of some great hard-swingin’ tunes, you can test the core concepts of lindy hop: connection, momentum, and rhythm. We’ll also have some fun with transitions into and out of Charleston and your 6-count swing basics. This is very hands-on, with less blah-blah and more practice and feedback. Some lindy hop experience expected.
FAB FOLLOWS SWING WORKSHOP (BEGINNING) W/MELISSA
TBA SAT 11:00a-1:00p $25 in studio ($30 online) per person
You got style, yes you do - let your voice be heard! Following is about reacting and responding, but it can also be about suggesting and owning! We'll learn footwork variations, musical timing, swiveliciousness, and lots of tips and ideas on how to bring that extra somethin-somethin to the partnership.
Hey Lindy Hop leads - we need you to help us work all this out. You can come for free and learn how to deal with all our new-found fab-ness! This workshop is intended for dancers who have some experience dancing Lindy Hop socially.
swing outside the box WORKSHOP (beg) W/MELISSA
TBA SAT 1:00-3:00p $30 in studio ($25 online) per person
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.
$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