June 2014 Classes

May 30, 2014 in Classes

Mondays (June 9, 16, 23 & 30)

Pure Bal Improvisations - 7:00-8:30

A dance of graceful simplicity, pure balboa is often overlooked in the swing field because it lacks the flash of Lindy.  Pure Bal is a dancers’ dancer that evolved from crowded dance floors where wild swing moves could become dangerous.  While the steps are simple, the simplicity offers a wide range of expression and ability to recombine steps to improvise your own dance.  Pure Bal is also a great way to work on footwork speed, connection, and an excellent transition into gaining comfort at higher tempos.  For an example of the kind of awesomeness that you can create, check out this video of Peter and Mia.

Thursdays (June 5, 12, 19, & 26)

The Thursday night Lindy class will proceed the Thursday night dance.  Students are welcome to attend the free beginner lesson at 7:30 or go grab dinner before the dancing starts.

Lindy 1 (Charleston to Lindy) - 6:30-7:30

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

April 2014 Classes

April 4, 2014 in Classes

Mondays (Apr 7, 14, 21, & 28) with Adam & Aba

Balboa Slides, Shuffles and Shines 7:00-8:30

This series will focus on the common sliding movements used in Pure Balboa and Bal Swing. We will incorporate interesting footwork styling including V-slides and circle slides as well as tackle some complex Bal Swing patterns that will make your dancing shine.

Tuesdays (Apr 8 & 15) with Jason

Shim Sham 7:00-8:30

Note: This class will be $30 for the 2 weeks or $20 per night drop-in

The Shim Sham is a classic solo jazz routine in the swing world, modified from a class tap dance routine.  It’s a great way to build some repertoire in the fancy footwork department and to not be stuck on the sidelines when T’aint What You Do or Tuxedo Junction are played.  One of the classes in the upcoming Frankie 100 NC celebration will also be on how to fancy up your shim sham, so you’ll want to learn it before then in order to have something to fancy up!  Below, you can see a video of the man himself, Frankie Manning, doing the Shim Sham.

Wednesdays (Apr 9, 16, & 30) with Jason & Lindsay & Laura

Intro Series: All The Swings (or at least the current big 3) 7:00-9:00

Note: This series will be taught on a drop-in basis, $20 per class or $50 for all three

This class series is designed to help you get your feet wet in Charleston, Balboa, and Lindy and get a feel for classes you’d like to try more of in May.  Each night will be a 2-hour into to one of the major swing dances and the overall series will help you get a feel for both what is different but also how much is ultimately the same between these dances.  So rather than just learning 3 separate dances, you will get a solid foundation in what makes swing swing and develop the tools to do awesome things and move seamlessly between styles.  Please note that there will also be a break the week of April 23 as Jason will be out of town at The Experiment.

Apr 9 – Charleston with Jason & Lindsay
Apr 16 – Pure Bal with Jason & Laura
Apr 23 – No Class, Go Dance at Humble Pie
Apr 30 – Lindy Hop with Jason & Lindsay

March 2014 Classes

March 1, 2014 in Classes

Sundays – No Sunday Classes this Month

We may however have some special topics later in the month or a movie night, stay tuned to our Facbeook page to find out.

Mondays (Mar 10, 17, 24, & 31) with Adam Speen & Abigail Browning

Balboa Whirls and Twirls 7:00-8:30

A pure balboa and bal swing course focused on balance and turning techniques complete with vintage balboa patterns.  Please note this class does not start until the 2nd Monday in March.

Update: Tuesday and Wednesday classes have been cancelled for this month.  Instead, lead instructor Jason Sager is available Sundays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays for private lessons (one-on-one, pairs, or small group) at a special discounted rate of $40/hour.  Email info@thelindylab.com to schedule a private lesson.

 

February 2014 Classes

January 24, 2014 in Classes

Sundays (Feb 2, 9, 16, & 23) with Matt & Chris

NOTE: Both of these classes will be “cross-platform” classes that will cover a range of skills applicable to both Lindy and Blues as well as other dances.

Ambidanceterity 6:30-7:30
While this is not a new idea, there has been a growing movement in the world of swing to grow dancers who are proficient in both leading and following.  This opens up greater opportunities for conversation in dance whether it is trading roles over the course of a dance or learning to “speak” more as a follow or “listen” better as a lead.  All the great dancers involve some mix of the two and typically the most fun dancers are those who embody some balance.  This class will help you develop those skills whether you are already deeply embedded in one role or have never danced a step in either.

Back to the Basics: Fundamental Dance Skill Drills 7:30-8:30

It has been said that all great partner dancers are also great solo movers, but what if you don’t want to have to go take jazz, tap, bellydance, and zumba to get better?  This “how to practice” style class will be chock full of juicy tidbits to play with on & off the dance floor and as you go about your daily life to build those personal movement skills that can make you not just a better dancer on the floor, but a better mover in your life.

Mondays (Feb 3, 10, 17, & 24) with Adam & Aba

Balboa and Bal-Swing Styling 7:00-8:00

In this intermediate balboa series we will focus on the fundamental movement patterns in our balboa vocabulary and see how to spice them up with kicks, shines, and triple steps. The classes will also encompass how to utilize solo jazz movements in your balboa social dancing.

Dean Collins’ Shim Sham 8:00-9:00

Shim Shammers old and new will love learning the take Dean Collins and Jewel McGowan had on this classic routine.  Classes will involve learning the basic choreography as well as delve into specific details on how each movement works.See it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i0SPauuiFmE

Tuesdays (Feb 4, 11, 18, & 25) with Jason & Tiffany

Tempo Extremes and Finding the Sweet Spot 7:00-8:00

This song is too fast/slow/whatever is a common refrain that keeps people off the dance floor.  Part of this is based on the mistaken assumption that dancing does not work unless one dances to the beat exactly as written for the musicians.  However, there are plenty of tools available to help slow things down, speed them up, or making it through that extended drum solo all while honoring a connection to the music.  This class will be all about how to do that so you can expand your own range of opportunities to dance (and dance well) to a larger variety of music and tempos.

Open Practice Time 8:00-10:00

Not a class, but open practice time from 8-10.  Work on whatever you want as long as you do it safely and respectfully of other people’s practicing.  Trade secrets with friends or have a few minutes to ask an instructor how to make something work better.  No charge for any current Lindy Lab students, if you are not currently taking classes, please drop a few bucks in the hat to help cover the space costs, we suggest $5.

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

Charlestonian Principles 7:00-8:30

Not your average Charleston class, this “from the ground up” class is designed to teach Charleston as a lead/follow improvisational dance.  If you’re new to Charleston, we’ll get you grounded and bounce/kicking your way through the basics in a truly lead/followable fashion.  And if you’ve done Charleston before, this class will blow minds and open up the world of Charleston to something that you can create arts and crafts style in rather than paint-by-numbers patterning.

Lindy 2 (Passes, Turns, and Mixing Rhythms) – 8:30-10:00

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.

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.