Current Monthly Class Schedule

May 2018

All May 2018 monthly class series run on Tuesdays for 4 weeks: May 1, 8, 15, and 22 (the Woodchopper’s Ball is closed May 29).  Check the class descriptions and schedule below.

Registration for the full May monthly class series is now closed.  However, you can still drop in for a single individual class of a May class series, as described below.

Or check out and register for our June class series (starting June 5)!

Or just attend our live music Dance Party (with a different band each week) and learn a few easy steps in our 15-minute Drop-In Basic Swing dance lesson (included with the Dance Party admission)!

Single Class Drop-In

Dropping in and paying for a single class of a monthly 4- or 5-week class series at the door is allowed for any week ($20/person) and includes admission to that night’s Dance Party.

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 the earlier classes) could make things 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.

Lindy Hop

The original swing dance from late 1920’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.

Beginning Lindy Hop

Dates: Tuesdays, May 1, 8, 15, 22 (no class May 29)
Time: 8:00-9:00pm
Instructors: Hep Jen & Ken Watanabe (main floor)
Description: The same Lindy Hop basics (Side-by-Side Charleston, Swingout, Lindy Circle) are taught every month, but different variations are taught each month in the later weeks of class.  Many students take this class more than once to review and build confidence with the 8-count basics.
Prerequisites: Previous swing dancing experience is helpful, though not required.  Complete beginners are welcome in this class!
Cost: $20/wk drop-in (includes admission to the Dance Party.)

Intermediate Lindy Hop

Dates: Tuesdays, May 1, 8, 15, 22 (no class May 29)
Time: 7:00-8:00pm
Instructors: Hep Jen & Ken Watanabe (main floor)
Description: Different steps and concepts are introduced each month, so this class is designed to be taken continuously over several months.
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: $20/wk drop-in (includes admission to the Dance Party.)

Balboa

Balboa originated in Southern California in the 1920’s and enjoyed huge popularity during the 1930’s and 1940’s.  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, May 1, 8, 15, 22 (no class May 29)
Time: 8:00-9:00pm
Instructors: Jeff Kroll & Jenna Chalmers (upstairs)
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: $20/wk drop-in (includes admission to the Dance Party.)

Intermediate Balboa

Dates: Tuesdays, May 1, 8, 15, 22 (no class May 29)
Time: 7:00-8:00pm
Instructors: Jeff Kroll & Jenna Chalmers (upstairs)
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: $20/wk drop-in (includes admission to the Dance Party.)

Monthly Class Questions?

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