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Every Wednesday night features new lessons & fun dancing
at the First United Methodist Church in Palo Alto

SCHEDULE

7:15pm – 8:15pm: Level 2 & Level 3 Classes
8:15pm – 9:15pm: Level 1 & Elective Classes
9:30pm – 11:45pm: Dance Party

OUR CLASSES

We offer four classes every Wednesday night. Our classes are organized in progressive monthly series and we encourage students to sign up and attend the whole series. Nevertheless you can usually drop-in, check this FAQ for details.

Some lessons are solo classes, most lessons are partnered classes. Partnered swing dancing is a role based dance. You have to choose between the role of “leader” or the role of “follower”, and stick with it for the duration of the series class or drop-in. Check this FAQ for more information. Unless otherwise specified, you do not need a partner to come to class.

Upcoming Series Classes

Trouble with our store or registration?    

Our next series classes will start on Wednesday November 1st.

November 2017 Level 1 Class Series – Charleston
Nov 1 - Nov 29 @ 8:15 pm - 9:15 pm (Wednesdays)

Role type: Partnered
Price: see pricing section below
Teachers: Rachel Phillips, Justin Lebar

There will be no class on Wednesday November 22nd due to the Thanksgiving holiday.

Come out and kick your way through Charleston! Once a separate dance born of the Roaring 20s, these high-energy moves became an integral part of the Lindy Hop dance floor and are frequently danced together in a single song. This is the best way to get your heart-rate up and your feet moving to the fastest tunes available!

PRE-REQUISITES: None. No partner required; just bring your enthusiasm and comfortable clothes!

Justin Lebar
November 2017 Level 2 Class Series – Lindy Drift
Nov 1 - Nov 29 @ 7:15 pm - 8:15 pm (Wednesdays)

Role type: Partnered
Price: see pricing section below
Teachers: Hanah Yendler, Douglas Mathews

There will be no class on Wednesday November 22nd due to the Thanksgiving holiday.

In this series, we delve deep into the swingout, one of the cornerstone moves of the Lindy Hop! We will use a better understanding of technique and connection to create a relaxed, smooth rotation through even the hardest swinging beats.

PRE-REQUISITES: Level 1A-D; twice through recommended. Execute a swingout, lindy circle, charleston and 6-count moves and transition between them in open and closed positions. No partner required, just bring your enthusiasm!

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November 2017 Level 3 Class Series – The Alpha/Omega
Nov 1 - Nov 29 @ 7:15 pm - 8:15 pm (Wednesdays)

Role type: Partnered
Price: see pricing section below
Teachers: Lori Taniguchi, Gilles Bouvier

There will be no class on Wednesday November 22nd due to the Thanksgiving holiday.

The Swingout. Come dissect our most complex "basic" move. Find out how posture, balance, connection, stretch, timing, rotation, and orientation all get communicated between the advanced lead and follow and how this can open up creativity for each pair.

PRE-REQUISITES: At least nine consecutive months of Level 1 and Level 2 including one full year of social dance, or discuss your eligibility with instructors. Under-qualified students will be asked to transfer to Level 2 in order to strengthen their fundamentals.

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November 2017 Elective Class Series – Balboa & Beyond
Nov 1 - Nov 29 @ 8:15 pm - 9:15 pm (Wednesdays)

Role type: Partnered
Price: see pricing section below
Teachers: Joy Jing, Douglas Mathews
There will be no class on Wednesday November 22nd due to the Thanksgiving holiday.

Want to make your balboa even more shuffley, flowy, and musical? We've spent all year building up our fundamentals, so now let's see what we can do with them! We'll be covering higher-level technique, moves, variations, as well as classic combinations. Get ready to be challenged and have fun!

PRE-REQUISITES: Completion of Balboa Level 1 & Balboa Level 2 at least once. Should know & feel comfortable with: uphold, down hold, come around, ad-libs, toss outs, lollies, swivels. No partner required; just bring your enthusiasm and comfortable clothes!

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Upcoming Drop-in Classes

Here are the coming week drop-in classes:

Taster Drop-in Class – Great for first timers!
Wed Oct 25 @ 8:15 pm - 9:15 pm

REGISTER AT THE DOOR
Role type: Partnered
Price: $16
Teachers: Heather Mirletz, Justin Lebar

Born with two left feet? Not sure if you have rhythm? Our one hour taster class is for absolute beginners who want to dip their toes into partnered swing dance! We'll spend an hour getting you acquainted with the basic steps and get you on the dance floor that same night. No partner required! The class will be filled with newbies and new friends.

Heather Mirletz Justin Lebar
October 2017 Level 1 Class Series – 8-count Lindy
Wed Oct 25 @ 8:15 pm - 9:15 pm
     October 2017 Level 1

REGISTER AT THE DOOR
Role type: Partnered
Price: see pricing section below
Teachers: Laura Boon, Brian Mirletz

Hop on the fast track to amazing swingouts! Journey through the 8-count world on the road to Lindy Hop. You'll learn some cool ways to move your feet to the rhythm, as well as some some flashy figures. But best of all, you'll gain more confidence with a widening swing repertoire, paving the way to even more fun with your partner!

PRE-REQUISITES: None. No partner required; just bring your enthusiasm and comfortable clothes!

Youtube playlist: October 2017 Level 1

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October 2017 Level 2 Class Series – Classic Moves
Wed Oct 25 @ 7:15 pm - 8:15 pm
     October 2017 Level 2

REGISTER AT THE DOOR
Role type: Partnered
Price: see pricing section below
Teachers: Yulia Aslanova, Joy Jing

Points, Chases, and Mini-Dips? Swing is one of the most playful of partner dances, and we'll explore some of its most entertaining classic figures together. Know this must-have moves that are danced all over the world!

PRE-REQUISITES: Level 1A-D; twice through recommended. Execute a swingout, lindy circle, charleston and 6-count moves and transition between them in open and closed positions. No partner required, just bring your enthusiasm!

Youtube playlist: October 2017 Level 2

Yulia Aslanova Joy Jing
October 2017 Level 3 Class Series – Better Together
Wed Oct 25 @ 7:15 pm - 8:15 pm
     October 2017 Level 3

REGISTER AT THE DOOR
Role type: Partnered
Price: see pricing section below
Teachers: Lori Taniguchi, Douglas Mathews

When truly delightful moments happen on the dance floor, we think it's magic, but in reality these dancers have worked hard on prioritizing partnership and play through buildable skills. This class explores how connective, attentive partnering can take your dancing to the next level and open up worlds of creativity you never could have accessed alone.

PRE-REQUISITES: At least nine consecutive months of Level 1 and Level 2 including one full year of social dance, or discuss your eligibility with instructors. Under-qualified students will be asked to transfer to Level 2 in order to strengthen their fundamentals.

Youtube playlist: October 2017 Level 3

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October 2017 Elective Class Series – Dean Collins shim-sham (solo jazz)
Wed Oct 25 @ 8:15 pm - 9:15 pm
     October 2017 Elective

REGISTER AT THE DOOR
Role type: Solo
Price: see pricing section below
Teacher: Douglas Mathews

Want to level up your shim sham? Learn this slidey, smooth, syncopated version by that old-time So-Cal dancer, Dean Collins. You will not only learn a new version to rock on the dance floor, but also investigate variations that you can add independently to your own movement, whether social or solo.

PRE-REQUISITES: Familiarity with the "basic" shim-sham routine and/or experience with solo jazz movement recommended.

Youtube playlist: October 2017 Elective

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Gift Certificate

Buy a gift certificate for a friend, colleague, or family member. Gift certificates can only be used towards paying for class series online on our website and are valid for 6 months.

If you are new to Wednesday Night Hop…

We offer four classes every Wednesday night. Our classes are organized in progressive monthly series and we encourage students to sign up and attend the whole series. Nevertheless you can usually drop-in, check this FAQ for details.

Some lessons are solo classes, most lessons are partnered classes. Partnered swing dancing is a role based dance. You have to choose between the role of “leader” or the role of “follower”, and stick with it for the duration of the series class or drop-in. Check this FAQ for more information. Unless otherwise specified, you do not need a partner to come to class.

Our class syllabus is organized into three progressive levels (level 1, level 2, level 3) and an elective class topic category. Please check our curriculum page for details.

If you’re dropping in, registration is at the door. For series classes, we encourage you to register online. It is cheaper and you will get through the line faster at the studio. You will need to create a user account. This will allow you to keep track of the classes you have attended. Online registration closes at 11:59pm on the day before the first class of the series.

  • 4-week Series Classes (most months) -- Includes admission to dance party.
    • Before Tuesday midnight of series start: $25/person per series
    • At the door: $30/person per series
  • 5-week Series Classes (for months with 5 weeks of classes) -- Includes admission to dance party.
    • Before Tuesday midnight of series start: $30/person per series
    • At the door: $35/person per series
  • 3-week Series Classes (for months with 3 weeks of classes) -- Includes admission to dance party.
    • Before Tuesday midnight of series start: $25/person per series
    • At the door: $30/person per series
  • Drop-In Classes -- $16/person drop-in. Includes admission to dance party.
  • Both Drop-In Classes -- $24/person drop-in. Includes admission to dance party.
  • Swing Dance Party -- only $6/person from 9:30pm - 11:45pm
  • 4-week Series Classes (most months) -- Includes admission to dance party.
    • Before Sunday midnight of series start: $45/person for one series or $70/person for two series in the same month
    • After Sunday till Tuesday midnight: $50/person for one series or $75/person for two series in the same month
    • At the door: $60/person for one series or $90/person for two series in the same month
  • 5-week Series Classes (for months with 5 weeks of classes) -- Includes admission to dance party.
    • Before Sunday midnight of series start: $50/person for one series or $80/person for two series in the same month
    • After Sunday till Tuesday midnight: $55/person for one series or $85/person for two series in the same month
    • At the door: $65/person for one series or $100/person for two series in the same month
  • 3-week Series Classes (for months with 3 weeks of classes) -- Includes admission to dance party.
    • Till Tuesday midnight: $30/person per series
    • At the door: $40/person per series
  • Drop-In Classes -- $16/person drop-in. Includes admission to dance party.
  • Both Drop-In Classes -- $24/person drop-in. Includes admission to dance party.
  • Swing Dance Party -- only $8/person from 9:30pm - 11:45pm; $12/person on band nights.
  • 4-week Series Classes (most months) -- Includes admission to dance party.
    • Before Tuesday midnight of series start: $25/person per series
    • At the door: $30/person per series
  • 5-week Series Classes (for months with 5 weeks of classes) -- Includes admission to dance party.
    • Before Tuesday midnight of series start: $30/person per series
    • At the door: $35/person per series
  • 3-week Series Classes (for months with 3 weeks of classes) -- Includes admission to dance party.
    • Before Tuesday midnight of series start: $25/person per series
    • At the door: $30/person per series
  • Drop-In Classes -- $16/person drop-in. Includes admission to dance party.
  • Both Drop-In Classes -- $24/person drop-in. Includes admission to dance party.
  • Swing Dance Party -- only $6/person from 9:30pm - 11:45pm

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