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

If you have trouble with registration,
please contact:  

Our next series classes will start on Wednesday October 5th.

October 2016 Level 1 Class Series – 8-count Lindy Hop
Oct 5 - Oct 26 @ 8:15 pm - 9:15 pm (Wednesdays)

Class details

Role type: Partnered

Price: see pricing section below

Teachers: Lori Taniguchi, Douglas Mathews

This series is a 4-week progressive series.

When you really want to dig that swing beat, there’s nothing like 8-count Lindy Hop! We will start with the basics, from zero dance experience on up, and get you swinging around the dance floor in no time! This is a progressive class; show up on the first week to get maximum benefit.

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

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October 2016 Level 2 Class Series – 6 & 8 Remixed
Oct 5 - Oct 26 @ 7:15 pm - 8:15 pm (Wednesdays)

Class details

Role type: Partnered

Price: see pricing section below

Teachers: Lori Taniguchi, Douglas Mathews

This is a 4-week progressive series.

When the worlds of 8- and 6-count swing collide, amazing dancing results! Join us in learning some of the classic and awesome 6/8 count moves you see on the dance floor. You might think we'll be baking, with moves that include words like "roll" and "sugar", and you won't be far off as we explore the recipe for mixing them into more texture-rich dancing!

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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October 2016 Level 3 Class Series – Rhythm & Footwork Variations
Oct 5 - Oct 26 @ 7:15 pm - 8:15 pm (Wednesdays)

Class details

Role type: Partnered

Price: see pricing section below

Teachers: Yulia Aslanova, James Yeh

This series is a 4-week progressive series.

So many times we dance creatively "safe" dances by sticking to the same old combinations or styling. We're afraid of boring ourselves and our partner, but we're also afraid of messing something up. Come to this class full of courage and leave it with some inspiration! With the limitless world of jazz musicality as our guide, we will explore new and fancy footwork and variations to spice up your arsenal.

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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October 2016 Elective Class Series – WNH Solo Routine (int. level)
Oct 5 - Oct 26 @ 8:15 pm - 9:15 pm (Wednesdays)

Class details

Role type: Solo

Price: see pricing section below

Teachers: Cari Westbrook, Hannah Howard

This series is a 4-week progressive series.

You've learned the Shim Sham, maybe you've even learned the Tranky Doo or Big Apple, but you're wondering where to go from here. Solo jazz movement is a great way to learn rhythm and musicality, to train your body's reflexes, and teach yourself how to hold on to choreography. We have put together a special routine just for WNH dancers that can be busted out whenever you hear this special song played. Come out and learn this fun routine!

PRE-REQUISITES: One month of solo jazz experience.

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Upcoming Drop-in Classes

Here are the coming week drop-in classes:

September 2016 Level 1 Class Series – 6-count Lindy Hop
Wed Sep 28 @ 8:15 pm - 9:15 pm
     September 2016 Level 1

REGISTER AT THE DOOR

Class details

Role type: Partnered

Price: see pricing section below

Teachers: Lori Taniguchi, Douglas Mathews

This series is a 4-week progressive series, and is the third month of our Summer Swing program.

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!

Youtube playlist: September 2016 Level 1

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September 2016 Level 2 Class Series – Swing Out — Focus on the Send Out
Wed Sep 28 @ 7:15 pm - 8:15 pm
     September 2016 Level 2

REGISTER AT THE DOOR

Class details

Role type: Partnered

Price: see pricing section below

Teachers: Hanah Yendler, Paul Csonka

This is a 4-week progressive series.

Do you and your social dancing partners a favor by taking care of them during one of the most important moves in lindy hop, the Swing Out! Learn useful new ways to think about the dance, and expand your knowledge base and options for how to execute great and comfortable swingouts for both your leaders and your followers! This class focuses mostly on counts 4,5&6 of the swingout, and also deals with what the follow can do creatively when that happens!

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: September 2016 Level 2

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September 2016 Level 3 Class Series – Connection
Wed Sep 28 @ 7:15 pm - 8:15 pm
     September 2016 Level 3

REGISTER AT THE DOOR

Class details

Role type: Partnered

Price: see pricing section below

Teachers: Shannon Lea Watkins, Kevin Weng

This series is a 4-week progressive series.

In this social dance of ours, it is our connection with our partners that makes it MAGIC. In this series, you will learn to play and move with connection, to listen actively to both leads and follows, and how to use that connection to build increasingly complex and great feeling dances.

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: September 2016 Level 3

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September 2016 Elective Class Series – Fluid Movement
Wed Sep 28 @ 8:15 pm - 9:15 pm
     September 2016 Elective

REGISTER AT THE DOOR

Class details

Role type: Partnered

Price: see pricing section below

Teachers: Shannon Lea Watkins, Kevin Weng

This series is a 4-week progressive series.

Swing dance can be powerful and explosive, or sharp and defined, but by far the most felicitous connection comes from smoothing the edges of your movement until there's little boundary between you and me, follow and lead, your ideas and my ideas. Come and work on creating a solid foundation of movement that will both improve your most basic triple-step and also give you the body awareness to build complex rhythms and patterns of your own.

PRE-REQUISITES: 8-count and 6-count basics, swingout, inside/outside turns, understanding of stretch, compression, relaxed connection, pulse.

Youtube playlist: September 2016 Elective

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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 online price
    • At the door: $30 door price
  • 5-week Series Classes (for months with 5 weeks of classes) -- Includes admission to dance party.
    • Before Tuesday midnight of series start: $30 online price
    • At the door: $35 door price
  • 3-week Series Classes (for months with only 3 weeks of classes) -- Includes 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 admission to dance party.
  • Both Drop-In Classes -- $24 drop-in. Includes admission to dance party.
  • Swing Dance Party -- only $6 from 9:30pm - 11:45pm
  • 4-week Series Classes (most months) -- Includes admission to dance party.
    • Before Sunday midnight of series start: $45 online price / $35 for two series classes
    • After Sunday till Tuesday midnight: $50 online price / $37.50 for two series classes
    • At the door: $60 door price / $45 for two series classes
  • 5-week Series Classes (for months with 5 weeks of classes) -- Includes admission to dance party.
    • Before Sunday midnight of series start: $50 online price / $40 for two series classes
    • After Sunday till Tuesday midnight: $55 online price / $42.50 for two series classes
    • At the door: $65 door price / $50 for two series classes
  • 3-week Series Classes (for months with 3 weeks of classes) -- Includes admission to dance party.
    • Till Tuesday midnight: $30 online price
    • At the door: $40 door price
  • Drop-In Classes -- $16 drop-in. Includes admission to dance party.
  • Both Drop-In Classes -- $24 drop-in. Includes admission to dance party.
  • Swing Dance Party -- only $8 from 9:30pm - 11:45pm; $12 on band nights.
  • 4-week Series Classes (most months) -- Includes admission to dance party.
    • Before Tuesday midnight of series start: $25 online price
    • At the door: $30 door price
  • 5-week Series Classes (for months with 5 weeks of classes) -- Includes admission to dance party.
    • Before Tuesday midnight of series start: $30 online price
    • At the door: $35 door price
  • 3-week Series Classes (for months with only 3 weeks of classes) -- Includes 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 admission to dance party.
  • Both Drop-In Classes -- $24 drop-in. Includes admission to dance party.
  • Swing Dance Party -- only $6 from 9:30pm - 11:45pm

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OUR UPCOMING EVENTS

We host a dance party every Wednesday, with live music once a month, usually on the first Wednesday of the month. Below are our upcoming events. You can check our recent events here.

DJ Dance Party
DJ Dance Party
September 28, 2016

DJ Dance Party

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DJ Dance Party
DJ Dance Party
October 5, 2016

DJ Dance Party

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DJ Dance Party
DJ Dance Party
October 12, 2016

DJ Dance Party

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DJ Dance Party
DJ Dance Party
October 19, 2016

DJ Dance Party

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