Swing/Lindy Hop, West Coast Swing

Swing Dancing in San Francisco

Swing/Lindy Hop

Private Lessons & Group Classes Available

If you are new to swing dancing this monthly series is for you!  Swing is a fun social dance that is an instantly accessible way to enjoy social dancing to swing jazz, blues and rock and roll music. Swing is a form of social partner dance that evolved from Lindy Hop in the late 1940’s and early 50’s, and is based in six-count patterns that are simplified from of Lindy Hop patterns.  In practice on the social dance floor, the six count steps of the  Swing can be mixed with the eight count steps of Lindy Hop and Charleston. During this series some Lindy figures might be incorporated depending on the pace of the group.This basics in this class can then be applied in Beg 2 Swing/Lindy hop. No experience or partner is necessary.  Swing is a 4 week series that runs each Monday from 7-8PM.  Classes are progressive, therefore every week within that month, we build upon the moves taught in the previous class.

The four week series is $62 in advance. Drop-in students are allowed anytime for $20/person for the one hour classes. We accept PayPal on-line. See below. Or please call us at 415.752.5658 to use your Visa or Master Card over the phone. NEW STUDENTS ONLY may take one free class and pay the pro-rated rate of 46.50 (1 hour classes) in advance online or the night of class (no make ups for missed classes). Minimum requirement to attend one class is $20.00.

 Next Beginning  4 week Session... Swing/Lindy Hop:

* BEGINNING 1 Swing : Next 4 week series commences on Monday/September 17th/October 15th

First Time Student Beginning 1 Swing 7pm-8pm (To Be Used Only Once)

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Beginning 1 Swing 7pm-8pm

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Lindy Hop

Lindy Hop is the original American swing dance, also known as Jitterbug, which was created in the late 30’s and 40’s to really swing to the jazz music of the times which was being played in the dance halls in Harlem.  Danced to a wide range of tempos, there is a strong pulse that drives the movement of the dance, and the music is traditionally big band swing from the Golden Era of Jazz. Lindy Hop is danced to an eight count rhythm and is generally characterized as a fairly lively and happy dance.  Learn the basics of Lindy Hop including the Swing Out, Texas Tommy, Outside and Inside Turns, Lindy Circle, Charleston, and various follower and some leader turns.   The goal of the class will be to have you social dancing to some of North Americas most beautiful jazz music. It  is recommended that each dancer complete at least one month long series of Beg 1 Swing/Linday before enrolling in Beg 2 Swing/Lindy Hop.  During this class beginning and intermediate Lindy Hop figures will be incorporated along with some 6 count swing figures from Beg 1 Swing/Lindy.

Beg 2 Swing/Lindy Hop

 Next Beginning  4 week Session... Beg 2 Swing/Lindy Hop:

* BEGINNING 2 Swing/Lindy:

Next 4 week series commneces on Monday September 17th/ October 15th

Beginning 2 Swing 8pm - 9pm

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Private Lessons & Group Classes Available

Beginning West Coast Swing Classes are offered on a private lesson basis and rotated into the schedule on Monday or Tuesday evenings at 7pm. 

West Coast Swing is a partner dance with roots in Lindy Hop. It is characterized by a distinctive elastic look that results from its basic extension-compression technique of partner connection, and is danced primarily in a slotted area on the dance floor. The dance allows for both partners to improvise steps while dancing together, putting West Coast Swing in a short list of dances that put a premium on improvisation.Typically the follower walks into new patterns traveling forward on counts "1" and "2" of each basic pattern, rather than rocking back. Traditional figures include 6-count and 8-count patterns such as the Sugar Push; Left Side Pass; Right Side Pass; Tuck Turn; and Whip. Virtually all other moves in WCS are variations of these basic patterns.

 West Coast Swing

 Next Beginning  4 week Session... West Coast Swing:

* BEGINNING 1 West Coast Swing :

 Friday  7pm-8pm/Next 4 week series commences on September 21st/October 19th

First Time Student Beginning 1 West Coast Swing 7pm-8pm (To Be Used Only Once)

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Beginning 1 West Coast Swing 7pm-8pm

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 Next Beginning  4 week Session... Beg 2 West Coast Swing:

* BEGINNING 2 West Coast Swing :

Friday  8pm-9pm/Next 4 week series commences on September 21st/October 19th

Beginning 2 West Coast Swing 8pm to 9pm

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