Swing Dance 101: The Jitterbug
Swing Dance Academy
4-week Series: $40
Weekly Drop-In: $15
Students/Teachers Weekly — $10
Swing Dance 101: The Jitterbug
The Most Popular Swing Dance of All Time
Kick off your New Years Resolution by jumping onto the dance floor and learning this thing called Swing! We'll spend four week exploring the basics of America's favorite partner dance of the 30's, 40's, and 50's. This 90 minute class is aimed at not only teaching you the steps, but also the tips and techniques that will enhance your social dancing experience!
Music that swings is popular again, with bands like Scott Bradlee's Post Modern Jukebox & the Hot Sardines playing sold-out venues across the nation. With this 4-week Jitterbug class, you'll have the tools and moves to get you out of your chair and on the dance floor.
Week 1 — Thursday, January 3, 2019
6-count Basics: Open & Closed Position
The first class of 2019 will have us starting at the very beginning, a very good place to start! Over 90 minutes, we'll take you back to the ballrooms of the 1940s and have you ready for the dance floor by covering the basic 6-count Jitterbug, and some moves to get away (and back to!) your partner.
Week 2 — Thursday, January 10, 2019
6-count Basics: Open Positions Options for 1 & 2
After we review what we covered in Week 1, we'll continue to build our Swing dance foundation with a focus on counts 1 & 2. We'll cover the two standard options that we have and apply what we've learned through the Underarm Pass (Inside Turn).
Week 3 — Thursday, January 17, 2019
6-count Basics: Open Position Options for 1 & 2 (Part 2)
Our third class of the series will continue to explore the options discussed in week 2. We'll go over the Underarm Pass again, add a Cross-Handed modifier, and end with some variation on a Side Pass. After these three weeks, you will have everything you need for a full night of dancing on Fridays at the Mint Tavern...and we still have one more week left!
Week 4 — Thursday, January 24, 2019
6-count Basics: Open Position Turns
Our final class of the month will find you twisting and turning every which way, as focus on some basic Swing dance turns. We'll cover important tips for both leaders and followers to keep in mind when doing a turn, as well as the foundations of Tuck Turns. We'll explore the Tuck Turn through a specific move called the American (or, Liberty) Spin, plus a turn that is guaranteed to make your partners smile.
Join us on January 31, as we focus on the more frivolous side of Swing with our one night only class. Details to come soon.
Plan on joining us in February, when the Swing Dance Academy presents Swing Dance 101: The Lindy hop!
What is Swing Dance Academy?
Swing Dance Academy is the flagship class of a multi-time Swing dance champion and instructor with almost 20 years of weekly teaching experience. The 90-minute class is geared toward the most important aspect of social Swing dancing: leading & following. Each 4-week series (and random one-weekly only classes) are designed to teach the «why» behind the moves and to give you the time and opportunity to practice.
Do I have to start on Week One?
While the Swing Dance Academy is intended as a 4-week series, students may drop-in whenever they are available. It is advised that those who have zero-to-little experience with partner dancing of any kind wait until the first week of the month to join, as it might be difficult to jump in. If you are looking for a class in the middle of the month, please check out our Weekly East Coast Swing lesson, every Friday at 7:30pm at the Mint Tavern. Classes are an hour long and only $10/week.
Where can I dance in Las Vegas?
The best place to stay up to date on all that Vegas has to offer for your Swingin' feet is at facebook.com/SwingDanceVegas
or our website, SwingDance.Vegas.