Current Monthly Class Schedule

November 2022

All November 2022 monthly class series run on Tuesdays for 5 weeks: November 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29.  Check the class descriptions and schedule below.

Registration for the full November 2022 monthly class series is now CLOSED.

However, you can still drop in for a single week of any November monthly class series (space permitting) for $25, as described below.  NOTE:  Beginning Balboa  is currently FULL (so unless there are cancellations, we are unable to accept drop-ins for this class).

Or register for next month’s 4-week Sign Up for ClassesDecember 2022 monthly class series (Dec 6, 13, 20, 27)!

Or just attend our live music Dance Party and learn a few easy steps in our 15-minute drop-in Basic Swing dance lesson (included with the $10 Dance Party admission, different steps taught each week, and no partner or registration is required)!

As always, enrollment includes admission to the live music Dance Parties immediately following classes!

COVID-19 Safety Precautions

To keep our event as safe as possible from COVID-19, we are currently requiring proof of full vaccination and a properly worn face mask at all times while inside the building unless actively drinking.  So please remember to bring:

  • Face Mask: a high-quality, well-fitting face mask
  • Proof of Vaccination: vaccination card, photocopy or picture of your vaccination card, or digital vaccine record, etc.  (To avoid having to bring proof of vaccination to the Woodchopper’s Ball, click here for instructions on being added to the Woodchopper’s Ball Vaccination list.)
  • Photo ID: driver’s license, student ID, or passport, etc.

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, November 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
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: $110/mo door ($90/mo adv, $45/mo as an additional class), $25/wk drop-in (All prices include admission to the Dance Parties.)

Intermediate Lindy Hop

Dates: Tuesdays, November 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
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: $110/mo door ($90/mo adv, $45/mo as an additional class), $25/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, November 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Time: 8:00-9:00pm (upstairs)
Instructors: Tor Helmer & Carissa Koo
Description: Learn the basic steps, technique, connection, and partnership of Balboa.  We’ll be covering both closed position pure balboa and open position bal-swing.  Beginner dancers looking to get started, as well as those looking to refine their technique, are all welcome!
Prerequisites: Some previous experience in swing dancing or partner dancing in general is helpful but not required.
Cost: $110/mo door ($90/mo adv, $45/mo as an additional class), $25/wk drop-in (All prices include admission to the Dance Parties.)

Intermediate Balboa

Dates: Tuesdays, November 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Time: 7:00-8:00pm (upstairs)
Instructors: Tor Helmer & Carissa Koo
Description: After having mastered the Beginning-level core material, the Intermediate level classes adds depth and texture, including musicality, refined technique, fancy footwork variations, transitions, classic and new combinations.
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: $110/mo door ($90/mo adv, $45/mo as an additional class), $25/wk drop-in (All prices include admission to the Dance Parties.)


Solo Jazz

Here, “Solo Jazz” refers to the solo dance steps rooted in African American traditions and movements that evolved together with partnered Lindy Hop dance steps, both of which were danced to the swing jazz music of the 1920s, 30s, and 40s.

Solo Jazz: Pizzazz Your Jazz *NEW*

Dates: Tuesdays, November 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Time: 9:00-10:00pm (upstairs)
Instructors: Hanah Yendler
Description: Do you want to learn more about solo jazz, but dislike choreography?  Have you ever felt stuck in how to express yourself in movement?  Do you want some more tools in your solo jazz toolbox?  Then read on!  This is a concept-based solo jazz class, in which we will cover basic solo jazz moves and then learn how to apply different concepts to those moves.  Some of the concepts include making shapes, directionality/turns, transitions, adding texture, etc.  This is an all-levels class, so if you have never done solo jazz before or you want to work on something different, this class is for you!
Prerequisites: All levels–some dance experience helpful, but not required.
Cost: $110/mo door ($90/mo adv, $45/mo as an additional class), $25/wk drop-in (all prices include admission to the Dance Parties).


Dropping in for a Single Week of a Monthly Class

As long as there is space in class, dropping in and paying for a single week of a monthly class series at the door is allowed for any week ($25/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 drop-in 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) may prove 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 Jen at hepjen@hepjen.com.