Class Schedule & Registration

March 2020

NOTE:  As of now, the Woodchopper’s Ball is on hiatus until further notice due to the Governor’s “Stay at Home” executive order N-33-20 issued March 19th to reduce the spread of the coronavirus.

We will continue to monitor the situation and keep you posted about our status if anything changes.  Thank you for your patience and understanding.  We miss you all and hope to reopen as soon as possible.

Stay healthy, and keep on swingin’ (at home)!


All Lindy Hop and Balboa March 2020 monthly class series run on Tuesdays for 5 weeks: March 3, 10, 17, 24, and 31.

Starting this month, we’ve added an Intermediate Boogie Woogie class series in addition to the Beginning Boogie Woogie series.  Please note that both Boogie Woogie class series run for 3 weeks: March 3, 10, and 17, and that each week’s classes are 45-minute classes, allowing students to enjoy more of the dance parties.

Check the class descriptions and schedule below to decide which class series to take.

Advance online registration for all March 2020 monthly class series is now closed.

However, you can still register for any of the March monthly class series at the door on the first day of class, Tuesday, March 3, at the full price, $95/person ($60/person for Boogie Woogie).  Cash only, please–ATM located in lounge.  If you’d like to register at the door, please arrive early before class.

And as always, enrollment includes admission to the live music Dance Parties immediately following each week’s classes!

Registering for More than One Class Series in the Same Month

You may register for more than one monthly class series scheduled during the same month, and pay only half-price for each additional class!  Just make sure the classes are scheduled at different times.


Lindy Hop

The original swing dance from 1930’s Harlem, Lindy Hop evolved from the Charleston and African-American dances along with the jazz music of that era.  It is characterized by dynamic movements, the breaking away of partners into open position, and a joyful improvisational nature.  Quite possibly the most fun partner dance ever created!

Beginning Lindy Hop

Dates: Tuesdays, March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
Time: 8:00-9:00pm (main floor)
Instructors: Hep Jen & Ken Watanabe
Description: The Lindy Hop basics, Side-by-Side Charleston, Swingout, and Lindy Circle, are taught every month, and different variations are taught each month in the later weeks of class.  Important concepts like frame, connection, musicality, styling, and etiquette are also introduced.  By the end of the month, students will have learned enough to dance on their own!  However, many students take this class more than once to review and build confidence with the 8-count basics and fundamentals.
Prerequisites: Previous swing dancing experience is helpful, though not required.  Complete beginners are welcome in this class!
Cost: $95/mo ($85/mo adv, $40/mo as an additional class), $20/wk drop-in (All prices include admission to the Dance Parties.)

Intermediate Lindy Hop

Dates: Tuesdays, March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
Time: 7:00-8:00pm (main floor)
Instructors: Hep Jen & Ken Watanabe
Description: Different steps and concepts are introduced each month, so this class is designed to be taken continuously over several months.  Topics include more complex variations, footwork syncopations, fine-tuning of frame and connection, more advanced musicality concepts, jazz steps, and improvisation.
Prerequisites: Students must already be confident with 8-count basics, including the Lindy Hop Swingout and related turns, and basic Charleston steps.  They are expected to be social dancing Lindy Hop regularly outside of class.
Cost: $95/mo ($85/mo adv, $40/mo as an additional class), $20/wk drop-in (All prices include admission to the Dance Parties.)


Balboa

Balboa originated in Southern California in the 1920s and enjoyed huge popularity during the 1930s and 1940s.  Because it emphasizes rhythmic weight shifts, subtle movements, and closed-position partnering, Balboa is ideal for very fast tempos (around 180 to 300 beats per minute).

Beginning Balboa

Dates: Tuesdays, March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
Time: 7:00-8:00pm (upstairs)
Instructors: Jeff Kroll & Jenna Chalmers
Description: There are many core concepts and skills to learn in Balboa.  Mastery takes time and practice.  In recognition of this, we have crafted 4 months’ worth of classes to introduce new ideas and review challenging ones over time.  There is no “first” series, so feel free start any month that is convenient for you.  And don’t worry, you won’t be promoted out of the Beginning level until you are comfortable with all the material.  Many dancers prefer to stay at this level for 6 or 8 months.
Prerequisites: Previous swing dancing experience is helpful, though not required.  Complete beginners are welcome in this class!
Cost: $95/mo ($85/mo adv, $40/mo as an additional class), $20/wk drop-in (All prices include admission to the Dance Parties.)

Intermediate Balboa

Dates: Tuesdays, March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
Time: 8:00-9:00pm (upstairs)
Instructors: Jeff Kroll & Jenna Chalmers
Description: Having mastered the core material in the Beginning level series, the Intermediate level classes adds depth and texture, including musicality, refined technique, fancy footwork variations, transitions, classic and fresh baked combinations.  We have several years of ever-evolving Bal material, as well as 3 months of Slow Bal material that we work into the rotation.
Prerequisites: Students must be able to confidently dance both up- and down-hold basics, scoots, paddles, the breakturn, transition, crossovers, come-around, and send-out.  They are expected to be practicing and/or social dancing Balboa regularly outside of class nights.
Cost: $95/mo ($85/mo adv, $40/mo as an additional class), $20/wk drop-in (All prices include admission to the Dance Parties.)


Boogie Woogie

Boogie Woogie as a music form was born in the 1930s in America.  Initially it was only improvised piano music, played to entertain workers at the end of a long day.  Boogie Woogie finds its roots in Blues, emphasizing rhythm rather than melody.  Boogie-Woogie dancing was a response to this new sound, but didn’t really evolve until Rock ‘n’ Roll music came into existence in America and Europe in the 1950s.  Its popularity grew as the fledgling Rock ‘n’ Roll stars such as Elvis and Jerry Lee Lewis replaced the older Swing music on the radio and in nightclubs.

Boogie Woogie dance is a partner dance based in 6 or 8 counts with a strong emphasis on musicality.  It’s known for its fast and spectacular footwork, high energy, and freedom that allows space for improvising and free-styling.

Beginning Boogie Woogie

Dates: Tuesdays, March 3, 10, 17
Time: 9:00-9:45pm (upstairs)
Instructors: Cooper Buffa & Marco Buffa
Description: We’ll be teaching the base footwork of Boogie Woogie, starting with the simple base and moving to the fun kick base.  We’ll teach changing positions, multiple spins, and spins with variations.  We’ll also cover multiple ways to move from the starting position to an open position, with different variations and technicality emphasized.  We will also spend time covering “breaks” in songs (an important part of Boogie Woogie music) and show how to use musicality to dance to these breaks.  Overall, the basic moves of Boogie Woogie will be covered with emphasis on musicality so you can dance socially to Boogie music.
Prerequisites: Previous swing dancing experience is helpful, though not required.  Complete beginners are welcome in this class!
Cost: $60/mo ($50/mo adv, $25/mo as an additional class), $20/wk drop-in (All prices include admission to the Dance Parties.)

Intermediate Boogie Woogie (*NEW*)

Dates: Tuesdays, March 3, 10, 17
Time: 9:45-10:30pm (upstairs)
Instructors: Cooper Buffa & Marco Buffa
Description: This class series will build on the material taught in the Beginning Boogie Woogie series by introducing more advanced footwork, transitions, spin variations, and breaks.
Prerequisites: Students must have previously taken at least 1 month of the Beginning Boogie Woogie class series and be comfortable with Boogie Woogie footwork, basic spins, breaks, and transitioning between closed and open positions.
Cost: $60/mo ($50/mo adv, $25/mo as an additional class), $20/wk drop-in (All prices include admission to the Dance Parties.)


Dropping in for a Single Week of a Monthly Class

If a monthly class series is not already full, dropping in and paying for any single week of that monthly class series at the door is allowed ($20/person) and includes admission to that night’s Dance Party.  You may also drop in to additional monthly class series on the same night and pay only half-price ($10/person) for each additional class!

However, because these series classes are progressive, unless you already have sufficient swing dance experience, dropping in for classes later in the monthly series (without having taken that month’s earlier classes) could be difficult.

To get the most out of the classes, we recommend that you take the full series.  In particular, if you cannot make the first week of class for a certain month, we recommend waiting to register for another month in which you can.  And if you must miss a class, you may want to consider taking a private lesson from one of your instructors to catch up.

Registration Questions?

Please feel free to email Hep Jen at hepjen@woodchoppersball.com.