Classes

 

 

Our classes rotate based on teacher availability, so make sure to keep up with our schedule here to see what's coming up!

100 level classes: Fundamentals

All 101 classes assume no prior knowledge but are open to any dancer who wants to work on their fundamentals. These classes may be drop in or run as a series (check out the class info each week for where we are in the series, as not all weeks will be appropriate for drop ins).

 102 and above will require having taken the 101 class or have equivalent knowledge in that style.  You'll delve deeper into connection and musicality, learn basic moves and stylings, finesse your basics, and further explore what it means to be a social dancer.  These classes will be different every time they're offered, so we encourage you to repeat them as often as you'd like.

Photo by Darin Dubinsky, 2017

Photo by Darin Dubinsky, 2017

200 level classes

These classes will seek to elevate your dancing to give you a musicality, flow, and an overall comfort in the style -- particularly on the social floor.  Similar to the 102 classes, these classes will be different every time they're offered.  There will be prerequisites, so please check those before dropping in.

300 Level classes

These classes will be offered more rarely and will push you with tricky moves, faster tempos, and fun challenges to get you thinking outside of the box. Prerequisites required.

 

Dance Styles

Lindy Hop

Lindy Hop is our favorite style at CCSwing and offered every month in one of our two locations.  It's a fun, athletic dance that  saw its heyday in the 30s and 40s in the ballrooms of Harlem and made its comeback during the swing revival in the 80s and 90s -- thanks, in  large part, to Frankie Manning, "the Ambassador of Lindy Hop"  (Google him.  You won't regret it!)  The core of Lindy Hop is an 8-count basic called the "swingout."  We recommend repeating the 101 and 102 series as much as you need to feel comfortable and confident in your swingout, as it can take some time to get it into your muscle memory.   Whether it's fast and bouncy or slow and groovy -- it's some of the most fun you'll have on (or off) the dance floor.

 

6-Count East Coast Swing

6-Count East Coast Swing was born out of Lindy Hop, though it’s often taught as an introduction to swing. As it says in the name, it’s a pattern of steps that fills 6-counts in a musical phrase vs. the 8-counts you’ll see in Lindy or Charleston.  It can be performed with triple steps or not and is useful in combination with 8-count styles to add musicality interest to a dance.  We offer a 30 minute basic 6-count lesson every Thursday night before our socials -- even if you've never danced before,  it can keep you dancing all night!

 

Charleston

This was a dance style that was extremely popular in the 1920s into the 1930s.  It's seen on the dance floors in many varieties - face to face, hand to hand, side by side, tandem, solo, etc.  It’s a high energy dance that is well suited to faster songs and blends well with both 6-count and Lindy hop. 

 

Jazz Steps

Jazz steps can be plugged into partnered movement within a social dance or performed solo, but you'll most often see them  in a choreographed swing line dance.  The most popular is the Shim Sham, a tap-based line dance that is a standard in the swing community.  Other well known,  but more complicated choreographies are the Tranky-Doo and the Big Apple.  All of these are universal and performed all over the world.  

Blues

This is a style that, in its roots, predates swing dance and has evolved over the years to a smooth, rhythmic, earthy dance that can be performed partnered or solo. Blues is driven by the deep pulse of the music and a strong partner connection.

 

Electives

We also offer special classes, workshops, and series from time to time including: Collegiate Shag, Balboa, Steals and Jams, Floorcraft, Musicality, and other swing and soul line dances. Let us know if there's anything you want to learn and we'll see what we can do!