January 2014 Classes

December 18, 2013 in Classes

Sundays (Jan 5, 12, 19, & 26) with Matt & Chris

Please note that because the Sunday classes are an hour instead of 1.5 hours, they will be charged differently at a straight $40 per class per person rate.  If you have class cards you would like to use for them, we are happy to make that work as well.

Progressive Lindy 6:30-7:30

UPDATE: This class has been changed to a Follower Secrets class

The original swing dance, taught with a focus on partnering and musicality. This will not be an arthur murray “your feet go here” type class, but please be familiar with some level of east coast swing and triple steps. From there, our talented crew will take you from walking in to swinging out in just a few short weeks.

Intermediate Lindy 7:30-8:30 

More Lindy content for the experienced aficionado.  Matt and Chris will offer up more stellar material to add creativity and a touch of class to your swing out.  Speaking of which, students at this level should be familiar with swingouts, triple steps, and basic turns to join this class.

Mondays (Jan 6, 13, 20, & 27) with Adam Speen

Balboa Fundamentals 2 7:00-8:00

Join Adam for a weekly look at some balboa fundamentals with focus on a different type of movement each week with details for all levels, followers and leaders. A few topics will be; Varying your basic footworks, the art of closed positioning, and maximizing stretch and twist.

The Big Apple 8:00-9:00

Originally choreographed by Frankie Manning, The Big Apple routine from the movie “Keep Punching” is one of the classic solo routines of the swing world.  Learning routines like this is a great way to improve, footwork, coordination, and give you more ideas to play with in partner dancing.  Plus this is a great time to learn the routine in preparation for the upcoming Frankie 100 NC celebration in May.

Tuesdays (Jan 7, 14, 21, & 28)

UPDATE: Tuesday night in January has change to a free Shim Sham class at 7:00 on the 21st and 28th followed by an open practice session at 8.

Lindy 3 (Turns, Styling, and Speed) – 7:00-8:30 with Jason

Building from Beginner into Intermediate levels of Lindy, this class expects that you are already comfortable (or on your way to comfortable) in your swingout and have a few turns and such under your belt.  We will work on adding turns and building the top speed at which you can swingout so that the moderate tempos begin to easier and allowing more time to think, breathe, and add to the swingout.  With this added space in the swingout, we’ll also talk more about how to add to what you’ve been doing and develop a style that fits the needs of your body and personal aesthetic as well as adapting to look and feel good as a partnership.

Charleston Fundamentals – 8:30-10:00 with Matt and Heidi

The dance of the Roaring 20′s, this wild exuberant dance eventually evolved into the Lindy Hop.  Charleston is a dance build on the high energy, bouncy rhythms of early New Orleans and Dixieland styles of music and involves a high amount of kicking footwork.  Charleston is great for building your repertoire for uptempo tunes and learning to move more effectively with a partner at high speeds.

Wednesdays (Jan 8, 15, 22, & 29) with Jason & Lindsay

Lindy 2 (Passes, Turns, and Mixing Rhythms) – 7:00-8:30

This class will focus on taking your charleston based Lindy from Lindy 1 and mixing it into a wider variety of rhythms and shapes.  Adding 6 count dancing into the mix as well as more passing based turns and learning how to effectively mix 6 and 8 (and other) count movements.  This forms the basis for a lot of what you will see the experienced dancers doing, that is to say, a few simple shapes and movements that can be spun into an infinite variety of options.

Lindy 1 (Charleston to Lindy) – 8:30-10:00

This class will start with examining Lindy’s roots in Charleston.  We begin with several variations on 8-count footwork and building the framework that allows you to start creating your own variations in Lindy.  This is also a great class for building speedy footwork and starting to dance at faster Lindy tempos.  We are also field-testing a flipped classroom model for this, meaning we will give you video of the week’s lesson ahead of time, so you will be able to see the new material and play with it before you show up to class.  If you are interesting in this class, you will find the video for week one at https://vimeo.com/61326221

November/December 2013 Classes

November 5, 2013 in Classes

New Classes, New Teachers, New Pricing

This month we are welcoming international instructor Adam Speen to the ranks of the Lindy Lab instructor roster.  Adam will be teaching on Monday nights for the time being and offering his own unique brand of awesome down-to-earth dancery.  Matt and Heidi also return to teach part of an all-Charleston night on Tuesdays this session.  And Jason is testing out a new “Social Dance Sainthood” class on how to give and get as much as possible out of your social dance experience.

In addition, with the new space, new instructors, etc. we have decided to try out a more standard pricing structure for a bit.  For this 4 week series, all hour long series will be $40 for the full series and all 1.5 hour classes will be $60 for the full series.  If you still have punch cards, you are welcome to turn them in for their remaining value, but for the next few months we will be testing out a more standard payment setup.  Unlimited class passes will still be available as normal at $100 for the month including all classes and regular DJ dances.

Sundays (Nov 10, 117, 24 & Dec 1) with Matt & Chris

Please note that because the Sunday classes are an hour instead of 1.5 hours, they will be charged differently at a straight $40 per class per person rate.  If you have class cards you would like to use for them, we are happy to make that work as well.

Progressive Lindy 6:30-7:30

The original swing dance, taught with a focus on partnering and musicality. This will not be an arthur murray “your feet go here” type class, but please be familiar with some level of east coast swing and triple steps. From there, our talented crew will take you from walking in to swinging out in just a few short weeks.

Progressive Blues 7:30-8:30

Blues is the catch-all term for a variety of slow dances in the vernacular dance world. Blues is typically danced to slower tempos with a heightened focus on improvisation and shared motion. If you want to break out of the “rock step, triple step, execute move X” mode of dancing, blues is an excellent place to start.

Mondays (Nov 11, 18 & Dec 2, 9) with Adam Speen

Balboa Fundamentals 7:00-8:00

Join Adam for a weekly look at some balboa fundamentals with focus on a different type of movement each week with details for all levels, followers and leaders. A few topics will be; Varying your basic footworks, the art of closed positioning, and maximizing stretch and twist.

Solo Jazz Medley 8:00-9:00

Adam will break down some essential movements in solo jazz and charleston dances with ties into pieces of many famous jazz line dances of the 1940s. We will vary it up week to week and break down particularly tough sequences from routines such as the Tranky Doo, Big Apple, All the Shim Shams, and even Gangbusters.

Tuesdays (Nov 12, 19 & Dec 3, 10)

Cardio Charleston 7:00-8:00 with Lindsay Gardner

A workout/conditioning class based on Charleston and solo jazz moves.  No experience necessary, Lindsay just says bring a towel and come prepared to break a sweat.

Charlestone Fundamentals – 8:00-9:30 with Matt and Heidi

The dance of the Roaring 20′s, this wild exuberant dance eventually evolved into the Lindy Hop.  Charleston is a dance build on the high energy, bouncy rhythms of early New Orleans and Dixieland styles of music and involves a high amount of kicking footwork.  Charleston is great for building your repertoire for uptempo tunes and learning to move more effectively with a partner at high speeds.

Wednesdays (Nov 13, 20 & Dec 4, 11) with Jason

Lindy 1 (Charleston to Lindy) – 7:00-8:30

This class will start with examining Lindy’s roots in Charleston.  We begin with several variations on 8-count footwork and building the framework that allows you to start creating your own variations in Lindy.  This is also a great class for building speedy footwork and starting to dance at faster Lindy tempos.  We are also field-testing a flipped classroom model for this, meaning we will give you video of the week’s lesson ahead of time, so you will be able to see the new material and play with it before you show up to class.  If you are interesting in this class, you will find the video for week one at https://vimeo.com/61326221

Social Dance Sainthood 8:30-10:00

An experimental class from Jason Sager, this series will be both fun, educational, and a great investment in your social dance experience.  It can be easy to get caught up in moves, footwork, and technique and forget that these dances are also about sharing an experience with someone and making that experience as enjoyable as possible.  This class will focus on games and strategies to help you improve not just your own social dance experience, but the experiences of the people dancing with you.

October 2013 Classes

September 29, 2013 in Classes

Tuesdays (October 8, 15, 22, & 29) with Jason & Lindsay

Please note the 6:30 Lindy 2 class has been canceled.

Twist and Shout (Swivels, Rotation, & Twisty Moves) – 8:00-9:30

Not just for follows, this class will focus on the often-neglected core rotational skills that make moves pop.  This class will help enhance your connection and balance in any style while adding options for styling and creating dynamic energy.

Wednesdays (October 9, 16, 23, & 30) with Jason & Tiffany

Pure Balboa – 6:30-8:00

The original Balboa from Southern California didn’t have the breakaways and toss-outs that we associate with today’s Bal-swing style of Balboa.  Balboa was originally danced in all closed position to a wide variety of tempos.  Balboa is an excellent way to develop connection, foot speed, and really tune in to your partner.  Where dances like Lindy are more showy, Balboa is a more intimate dance for the dancers, but keeping a classy, swing vibe.  If you want to learn more about this, check out the recent post Bobby White wrote on the development and the greats of Balboa.  This class is also an excellent way to get your feet wet or brush up your skills for the upcoming awesomeness that is the Eastern Balboa Championships.

Lindy 1 (Charleston to Lindy) – 8:00-9:30

This class will start with examining Lindy’s roots in Charleston.  We begin with several variations on 8-count footwork and building the framework that allows you to start creating your own variations in Lindy.  This is also a great class for building speedy footwork and starting to dance at faster Lindy tempos.  We are also field-testing a flipped classroom model for this, meaning we will give you video of the week’s lesson ahead of time, so you will be able to see the new material and play with it before you show up to class.  If you are interesting in this class, you will find the video for week one at https://vimeo.com/61326221

Sundays (October 13, 20, 27 & Nov 3) with Matt & Chris

Please note that because the Sunday classes are an hour instead of 1.5 hours, they will be charged differently at a straight $40 per class per person rate.  If you have class cards you would like to use for them, we are happy to make that work as well.

Progressive Lindy 6:30-7:30

The original swing dance, taught with a focus on partnering and musicality. This will not be an arthur murray “your feet go here” type class, but please be familiar with some level of east coast swing and triple steps. From there, our talented crew will take you from walking in to swinging out in just a few short weeks.

Progressive Blues 7:30-8:30

Blues is the catch-all term for a variety of slow dances in the vernacular dance world. Blues is typically danced to slower tempos with a heightened focus on improvisation and shared motion. If you want to break out of the “rock step, triple step, execute move X” mode of dancing, blues is an excellent place to start.

June 2013 Classes

June 2, 2013 in Classes

Tuesdays (June 4, 11, 18, & 25) with Jason & Mary Kyle

Lindy 2 (Passes, Turns, and Mixing Rhythms) – 6:30-8:00

This class will focus on taking your charleston based Lindy from Lindy 1 and mixing it into a wider variety of rhythms and shapes.  Adding 6 count dancing into the mix as well as more passing based turns and learning how to effectively mix 6 and 8 (and other) count movements.  This forms the basis for a lot of what you will see the experienced dancers doing, that is to say, a few simple shapes and movements that can be spun into an infinite variety of options.

Basics of Bal-Swing – 8:00-9:30

This will be a no-prior-Balboa experience required class focused entirely on the open position variant of Balboa known as Bal-swing.  This class will build on the Out & In energy of Bal-swing to give you a solid foundation to build into the flashy side of Balboa.  Crossovers, Lollies, Tossouts and more will be the order of the day and this class will set you up nicely for the anticipated return of Balboa Cram Sessions.  We feel that most of the fancy stuff in Bal-swing is built on a few basic moves so we will finish this class making sure you feel comfortable in those moves and solid on lead/follow in them.

Wednesdays (June 5, 12, 19, & 26) with Jason & Lindsay

Lindy 1 (Charleston to Lindy) – 6:30-8:00 

This class will start with examining Lindy’s roots in Charleston.  We begin with several variations on 8-count footwork and building the framework that allows you to start creating your own variations in Lindy.  This is also a great class for building speedy footwork and starting to dance at faster Lindy tempos.  We are also field-testing a flipped classroom model for this, meaning we will give you video of the week’s lesson ahead of time, so you will be able to see the new material and play with it before you show up to class.  If you are interesting in this class, you will find the video for week one at https://vimeo.com/61326221

Lindy 3 (Turns, Styling, and Speed) – 8:00-9:30

Building from Beginner into Intermediate levels of Lindy, this class expects that you are already comfortable (or on your way to comfortable) in your swingout and have a few turns and such under your belt.  We will work on adding turns and building the top speed at which you can swingout so that the moderate tempos begin to easier and allowing more time to think, breathe, and add to the swingout.  With this added space in the swingout, we’ll also talk more about how to add to what you’ve been doing and develop a style that fits the needs of your body and personal aesthetic as well as adapting to look and feel good as a partnership.

Sundays (June 9, 16, 23, & 30) with Matt & Chris

Please note that because these classes are an hour instead of 1.5 hours, they will be charged different at a straight $40 per class per person rate.  If you have class cards you would like to use for them, we are happy to make that work as well.

Progressive Lindy 6:00-7:00 

The original swing dance, taught with a focus on partnering and musicality. This will not be an arthur murray “your feet go here” type class, but please be familiar with some level of east coast swing and triple steps. From there, our talented crew will take you from walking in to swinging out in just a few short weeks.

Progressive Charleston 7:00-8:00 

The predecessor of The Lindy Hop, this flashy dance from the 20′s began as a solo dance and grew into the partnered variant that influences our Lindy today.  Whether you’re brushing up or just getting your feet off the ground for the first time, this class will help you spark a love for the bouncing kicking rhythms.  Charleston is also an excellent dance for getting used to higher speeds and having a way to catch your breath in the midst of swinging out.

May 2013 Classes

May 1, 2013 in Classes

Tuesdays (May 7, 14, 21, & 28)

Lindy 1 (Charleston to Lindy) – 6:30-8:00 

This class will start with examining Lindy’s roots in Charleston.  We begin with several variations on 8-count footwork and building the framework that allows you to start creating your own variations in Lindy.  This is also a great class for building speedy footwork and starting to dance at faster Lindy tempos.  We are also field-testing a flipped classroom model for this, meaning we will give you video of the week’s lesson ahead of time, so you will be able to see the new material and play with it before you show up to class.  If you are interesting in this class, you will find the video for week one at https://vimeo.com/61326221

Pure Balboa – 8:00-9:30

The original Balboa from Southern California didn’t have the breakaways and toss-outs that we associate with today’s Bal-swing style of Balboa.  Balboa was originally danced in all closed position to a wide variety of tempos.  Balboa is an excellent way to develop connection, foot speed, and really tune in to your partner.  Where dances like Lindy are more showy, Balboa is a more intimate dance for the dancers, but keeping a classy, swing vibe.  If you want to learn more about this, check out the recent post Bobby White wrote on the development and the greats of Balboa.

http://swungover.wordpress.com/2013/04/12/meditatin-on-the-nature-of-pure-balboa/

Wednesdays (May 8, 15, 22, & 29)

Developing Presence and Skillful Contact – 6:30-8:00 

Most of us learn to dance in a relative bubble.  We are split apart, told to learn our own part, and then smooshed back together with a partner where we struggle to execute the moves together.  This class will change all that.  We will explore how to make physical contact with a dance partner in ways that create a shared experience and an invitation.  We will also be discussing principles of how to create a relaxed and fun atmosphere with your partner instead of one based on trying not to screw up.  This class is good for all levels and will build on skills from last months’ Everybody Leads, Everybody Follows class.

Lindy 2 (Passes, Turns, and Mixing Rhythms) – 8:00-9:30

This class will focus on taking your charleston based Lindy from Lindy 1 and mixing it into a wider variety of rhythms and shapes.  Adding 6 count dancing into the mix as well as more passing based turns and learning how to effectively mix 6 and 8 (and other) count movements.  This forms the basis for a lot of what you will see the experienced dancers doing, that is to say, a few simple shapes and movements that can be spun into an infinite variety of options.