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Hudson Valley

Swing Dance

New Sessions Start November 27!! 

Charleston Workshop | NEW |

Mondays, November 27 - December 18

8:30pm - 9:30pm

 

For the first time, HVSD will be offering a mini course concentrated on Charleston! A predecessor of, and influence on, the Lindy Hop, this dance style first appeared in Black communities in the southern United States around 1903 or earlier, and is believed to be based on an African dance called Juba. By the 1920s it was a mainstream dance craze associated with flappers that was even featured on Broadway.

 

Over 100 years later, it is still popular among swing dancers everywhere. It can be danced both solo and with a partner, as well as blended into lindy hop. There are countless styles and variations of this fun dance and we will be going over some of our favorites that you can use at social dances.

 

Charleston is an energetic, bouncy, syncopated dance - so wear comfortable shoes that don't have a lot of grip, clothes you can sweat in, and bring water to stay hydrated. You do not need a partner or prior experience to sign up.

 

This mini course is $105 per person and includes 4 classes, entry to our social dance on Dec 16 at TDC, plus access to recap videos.

 

Minimum of 10 participants required.

Lindy Hop

Mondays, November 27 - January 29*

7:30pm - 8:30pm

Currently open by invitation only to our prior Continuing Swing students. Contact hvswingdance@gmail.com for more information.

*No Class December 25 or January 1

Continuing Swing

Mondays, January 8 - March 11*

8:30pm - 9:30pm

Note: This is an ongoing course which will pick up where the previous session left off and will be open to our prior swing students who have gone through and internalized the Swing Foundations course*.

 

Continuing Swing will delve deeper into the details of rhythm, connection, and creativity over a series of 8 lessons and includes the two corresponding monthly social dances for the opportunity of practical application. Our goals in creating this course are providing a dedicated space for swing dance enthusiasts to further their understanding and explore more of the fun possibilities of swing and lindy hop, as well as nurturing the community of swing dancers in our area.

 

Minimum of 10 students registered by January 7 required.

$185 per person for full course includes 8 lessons, free entry to our monthly social dances on Jan 20 & Feb 17, and lesson recap videos

 

You do not need to have a partner to do this course | Wear shoes you are comfortable in (we recommend Keds or similar)

 

If you would like to jump into this course, we will be holding auditions by appointment before and during our social dances (Nov 18 or Dec 16, schedule by emailing hvswingdance@gmail.com. Prerequisites include: Switching smoothly between basic 8 count and 6 count rhythm patterns; switching between open and closed positions; 2 variations of the basic 8 count rhythm pattern; triple & single step; inside & outside pass; basic tuck turn; demonstrate good grasp of frame and connection; use the space/move intentionally while dancing.

*No Class January 15 or February 19

 

Swing Foundations

Fridays, January 5 - March 1*

7:30pm - 8:30pm

 

We encourage everyone to start here regardless of previous dance experience!**

 

The Swing Foundations course is a uniquely curated eight week lindy hop program designed by Hudson Valley Swing Dance to give participants the ability to dance with anyone at any social dance for full fun potential, as well as foster the growing community of swing dancers in our area.

We approach some of the fundamentals of swing dance, such as rhythm, connection, & creativity as the basis of our classes. At its core, swing dance is a street dance popularized in Harlem in the 1930s that’s now enjoyed worldwide, and we want to share that joy with you!

 

The full course includes 8 classes and entry to our 2 corresponding monthly social dances (Jan 20 & Feb 17) at TDC, as well as lesson recap videos.

You do not need to have a partner to do this course Wear shoes you are comfortable in (we recommend Keds or similar)

We encourage everyone to start here regardless of previous dance experience*

 

Minimum of 10 students registered by Jan 4 required. No drop ins beyond Jan 12, please.

$185 per person for full course includes 8 lessons & free entry to our monthly social dances on Jan 20 & Feb 17

$30 for drop ins per person per class (does not include free entry to our social dances; no drop ins after Jan 12)

 

**If you would like to jump into our Continuing Swing course, we will be holding auditions by appointment before and during our social dances, schedule by emailing hvswingdance@gmail.com. Prerequisites include: Switching smoothly between basic 8 count and 6 count rhythm patterns; switching between open and closed positions; 2 variations of the basic 8 count rhythm pattern; triple & single step; inside & outside pass; basic tuck turn; demonstrate good grasp of frame and connection; use the space/move intentionally while dancing.

*No class on February 23

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