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

Wed May 4: May Series Begin
Live Music w/ Rich & The Rhythm Roustabouts

Online registration is open till Tuesday midnight for our May series classes. Take our level 1 series this month to learn or improve your 6-count Lindy Hop, with Hanah & Justin. Or learn the Al & Leon Shim Sham with Cari & Hannah in our elective series. In our earlier time slot, Lori & Philippe will teach Charleston in level 2, while Doug & Kevin teach Rhythm & Footwork variations in level 3.

Let’s kick off May with Rich & The Rhythm Roustabouts! Come ready to dance till you drop — the Roustabouts will get you to move until you think you can no longer dance… and then you’ll want to dance some more!

Camp Jitterbug & The NorthWest Lindy Hop Championships is an exciting event that draws lindy hoppers from around the country and instructors from around the world. It will get you inspired and will take your dancing to a new level. There is still time to register!

OUR CLASSES

Upcoming Series Classes

If you have trouble with registration,
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May 2016 Level 1 Class Series – 6-count Lindy Hop
May 4 - May 25 @ 8:15 pm - 9:15 pm (Wednesdays)

Class details

Role type: Partnered

Price: see pricing section below

Teachers: Justin Lebar, Hanah Yendler

Start dancing from day one! We will get you moving in this month-long series that introduces you to basic footwork, turns, wraps, breaks and jazzy stylin'. Covers the 6-count basics, also sometimes known as East Coast Swing, also used in Lindy Hop.

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

Justin Lebarhanah

May 2016 Level 2 Class Series – Charleston
May 4 - May 25 @ 7:15 pm - 8:15 pm (Wednesdays)

Class details

Role type: Partnered

Price: see pricing section below

Teachers: Lori Taniguchi, Philippe Wilson

Add some pizzazz to your Charleston by kicking and double-kicking our way through "airplane" charleston, Hand-to-Hand moves, Hack-saws and Kick-Throughs.  We'll even make the magical mix of Charleston Swing-Outs to really get you flying through those swingin' beats!  This is a progressive 4-week class; show up on the first week to get maximum benefit.

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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May 2016 Level 3 Class Series – Rhythm & Footwork Variations
May 4 - May 25 @ 7:15 pm - 8:15 pm (Wednesdays)

Class details

Role type: Partnered

Price: see pricing section below

Teachers: Douglas Mathews, Kevin Weng

What does it mean to be musical?  What does it mean to incorporate musicality into your own body? And how can you do any of that without totally throwing off your partner? This lesson focuses on developing a responsiveness to music using unusual patterns and rhythms that will challenge your connection, balance, and ear for improvisational jazz.

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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May 2016 Elective Class Series – Al & Leon Shim Sham (solo jazz)
May 4 - May 25 @ 8:15 pm - 9:15 pm (Wednesdays)

Class details

Role type: Solo

Price: see pricing section below

Teachers: Cari Westbrook, Hannah Howard

The most famous version of the Shim Sham was widely taught by the Ambassador of Swing himself, Frankie Manning. But there are many variations of this popular routine that will stretch your creativity and technical skill! Best of all, it can be done without a partner, and to the same songs as other shim shams, so there are plenty of opportunities to practice on the social dance floor! This month, we'll be decoding the Al Minns and Leon James Shim Sham.

PRE-REQUISITES: Having completed 4 months of Level 1. No partner required; just bring your enthusiasm and comfortable clothes!

Cari Westbrook

Upcoming Drop-in Classes

May 2016 Level 1 Class Series – 6-count Lindy Hop
Wed May 4 @ 8:15 pm - 9:15 pm

REGISTER AT THE DOOR

Class details

Role type: Partnered

Price: see pricing section below

Teachers: Justin Lebar, Hanah Yendler

Start dancing from day one! We will get you moving in this month-long series that introduces you to basic footwork, turns, wraps, breaks and jazzy stylin'. Covers the 6-count basics, also sometimes known as East Coast Swing, also used in Lindy Hop.

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

Justin Lebarhanah

May 2016 Level 2 Class Series – Charleston
Wed May 4 @ 7:15 pm - 8:15 pm

REGISTER AT THE DOOR

Class details

Role type: Partnered

Price: see pricing section below

Teachers: Lori Taniguchi, Philippe Wilson

Add some pizzazz to your Charleston by kicking and double-kicking our way through "airplane" charleston, Hand-to-Hand moves, Hack-saws and Kick-Throughs.  We'll even make the magical mix of Charleston Swing-Outs to really get you flying through those swingin' beats!  This is a progressive 4-week class; show up on the first week to get maximum benefit.

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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May 2016 Level 3 Class Series – Rhythm & Footwork Variations
Wed May 4 @ 7:15 pm - 8:15 pm

REGISTER AT THE DOOR

Class details

Role type: Partnered

Price: see pricing section below

Teachers: Douglas Mathews, Kevin Weng

What does it mean to be musical?  What does it mean to incorporate musicality into your own body? And how can you do any of that without totally throwing off your partner? This lesson focuses on developing a responsiveness to music using unusual patterns and rhythms that will challenge your connection, balance, and ear for improvisational jazz.

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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May 2016 Elective Class Series – Al & Leon Shim Sham (solo jazz)
Wed May 4 @ 8:15 pm - 9:15 pm

REGISTER AT THE DOOR

Class details

Role type: Solo

Price: see pricing section below

Teachers: Cari Westbrook, Hannah Howard

The most famous version of the Shim Sham was widely taught by the Ambassador of Swing himself, Frankie Manning. But there are many variations of this popular routine that will stretch your creativity and technical skill! Best of all, it can be done without a partner, and to the same songs as other shim shams, so there are plenty of opportunities to practice on the social dance floor! This month, we'll be decoding the Al Minns and Leon James Shim Sham.

PRE-REQUISITES: Having completed 4 months of Level 1. No partner required; just bring your enthusiasm and comfortable clothes!

Cari Westbrook

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

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.

  • Series Classes -- Includes free admission to dance party.
    • Before Tuesday midnight of series start: $25 online price
    • At the door: $30 door price
  • Drop-In Classes -- $16 drop-in. Includes free admission to dance party.
  • Both Drop-In Classes -- $24 drop-in. Includes free admission to dance party.
  • Swing Dance Party -- only $6 from 9:30pm - 11:45pm
  • 4-week Series Classes -- Includes free admission to dance party.
    • Before Sunday midnight of series start: $45 early bird online price / $35 when registering for two series classes
    • After Sunday till Tuesday midnight: $50 online price / $37.50 when registering for two series classes
    • At the door: $60 door price / $45 when registering for two series classes
  • 3-week Series Classes (for months with only 3 weeks of classes) -- Includes free admission to dance party.
    • Till Tuesday midnight: $30 online price
    • At the door: $40 door price
  • Drop-In Classes -- $16 drop-in. Includes free admission to dance party.
  • Both Drop-In Classes -- $24 drop-in. Includes free admission to dance party.
  • Swing Dance Party -- only $8 from 9:30pm - 11:45pm; $12 on band nights.

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