general lesson information
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Drop-in Beginner Lessons
We have many social-dance events that include drop-in beginner dance lessons, such as year-round indoor dances, and free outdoor dancing during the summer with our Swingin' on the Saskatchewan series. Drop-In lessons are designed so that individuals with no dance experience can comfortably learn the basics. Our drop-in lessons also vary in content, so people can attend multiple drop-ins and learn new moves as they go. Styles taught include Lindy Hop, Charleston, and Solo Jazz.
Lesson Series - "Intro to Vintage Swing"
Intro to Vintage Swing is our fun and relaxed beginner-level introduction to some of the most common styles of vintage partner swing dance: 8-count Lindy hop, 6-count Lindy Hop, and different styles of Charleston (20's Charleston, 30's Charleston). No two sessions of Intro to Vintage Swing will be the same, and not all the aforementioned dance styles will be taught in each session; expect to learn a range of different dance moves and styles each time you attend the course. For what to expect in your Intro to Vintage Swing course, check out the lesson description for the dances styles you will be learning.
No partner required. This is a partner dance course, but students need not register with a partner; students will be encouraged to change dance partners frequently in class.
This course differs from attending multiple drop-ins because it provides a structured foundation for you to continually build upon in a 5-week period. This allows participants to develop technique while more fully learning how different move sets can blend in together.
Intro to Vintage Swing is structured so you can retake the course as many times as you're comfortable with, and also keep learning something new. That way you can get as much practice as you like and gain as much beginner-level breadth as you wish, before you decide whether you're interested in taking any other courses. This course is a prerequisite for all our other partner dance courses.
Solo Jazz and Choreography
Solo jazz dance can be used to add your unique flair to a partner dance, it can be danced in a solo jazz jam with your friends or in the center of a Lindy jam circle, and it can be a performance dance form. Choreographies are one way to learn solo jazz moves; some swing dance choreographies also have sections of partnered dancing.
Intermediate Practice Sessions
If you're an experienced dancer of vintage-style swing dance and you're ready to do some collaborative independent learning, consider attending one of our practice sessions.