Class Descriptions

Organized by instructors

 

JO AND KEVIN

MUSICALITY
Part theory, part practical – this class will help you hone your ear, find the phrase, and improve communication in your partnerships.
IMPROV
Never get stuck again! Learn to have an endless stream of variations and how to practice them to perfection.
CHARLESTON
If you don’t like Charleston, this class is for you! If you like Charleston and want to look better doing it, this class is for you.  Learn how to make it look good, make it look better, and make it look easy.
RHYTHM GAMES
How good is your rhythm? Let’s find out! We’ll teach you how to train various rhythms and make sure you look good doing it.

 

 

NICK PETERSON

 

CHARLESTON MOOOVES

Old MacDabney had a farm. E-I-E-I-O.  And on that farm he had some Charleston. E-I-E-I-O.  With a kick kick here, and a kick kick there, here a kick, there a kick, everywhere a kick kick…

 

SNYDER’S OF HANOVER PRESENTS THE ONLY MOVE EVERY SWING DANCER SHOULD KNOW

This is it.  The big one.  The lights are on and the cameras are rolling. Grab your cheesiest cheese, your biggest grains of salt, walk up next to Woody and state: “These pretzels are making me thirsty!”

 

BOB ROSSIN’ IT

“We can do anything in our world that we want to do.” Bob Ross, S29E01

The canvas is primed.  Our paints and palette knives are ready. The brushes have had the devil beaten out of them. So, let us start by pulling down a little Pthalo Blue, maybe just a touch of Titainum White.  We can create and shape our worlds to look however we want and anything we don’t like, we’ll turn into a happy little tree or something.  Now, there is nothing like a blue sky.  With your 2-inch brush…

NICHOLAS AND STEPHANIE

 

HOW TO TANGO

Designed SPECIFICALLY for swing dancers, this class will show you how to dance tango using swingy things you already know. And we will show you in which ways tango is totally opposite from swing. After this class our expectation is that you would actually be able to go to tango event and be able to 1) dance to the music with a partner 2) not run into any one and 3) understand why tango people can seem so stuck up / un-fun / rude / unwelcoming.

Tango isn’t fishnets, feather boas, and a half naked Derek Hough. It’s an actual vintage dance and living tradition. It began in the 1880’s, became an international sensation in 1911, and had its golden era in the 1940’s and 50’s. For 20 or so years it ‘died’ but was reborn in 1983, had a ‘neo tango’ movement in the late 1990s and is now once again an internationally established dance. It has fully developed performative, social, and musical traditions. The Koreans are also really good at it. Any of this sound similar to swing??

Check out some videos!

-The performative tradition: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N3F7fnbW41U

-The musical tradition: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Z5qEKxfmm8

 

USING TANGO TO IMPROVE YOUR SWING

A class for those who want to understand how to consistently create ‘good connection’ with ANY partner in ANY style. This class codifies the definition of physical connection and quantifies the dynamics that govern it. Using our extended knowledge of Argentine Tango and 35 other different partner dances, we have adapted a sterling system from tri-genre champions and the ultra codified ballroom world. Using this system you can enjoy social dancing with different styles more because you understand what they are going for! It has helped dancers become open to different styles and enjoy social so much more! This class won’t ruin the magic of partner dancing with structure and definitions. It will make it repeatable. After this class our expectation is that you will be able to define and execute 1) connection 2) the major variables that influence connection 3) momentum.

 

PAUL AND LAURA

 

JUICING YOUR SLOW DANCE

We’re going to drop the tempo so we can spend some time and love on our pulse, triple steps, and individual moments of connection.

DIPPIN’ SAUCE

Learn and sauce up the Minnie Dip, Chase, and other “common knowledge” lindy hop moves.

 

JULIE AND JEREMY

 

INTRO TO SHAG

Whether you are new to shag or trying to perfect your fundamentals, this class is for you. We will cover the most common basics and moves you will encounter while dancing collegiate shag

 

ALL THAT SHAG

This is for people who took the first class or have experience dancing shag. We will move past the fundamentals to cover some classic patterns and combos

 

MORGAN DAY

HISTORY OF JAZZ MUSIC

Where did swing music come from? How did it become the most popular form of dance music for its time? Discover the origins of jazz, how the music evolved and find out what makes swing music, swing.

HISTORY OF SWING DANCING ON FILM

Come enjoy some of the most iconic films featuring swing dancing, from grainy soundies of partner Charleston, to big budget feature films featuring boogie woogie. Watch and see how the original swing dancers danced, and how their dancing changed over time.