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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

If you have trouble with our store or registration,
please contact:  

Our next series classes will start on Wednesday October 4th.

October 2017 Level 1 Class Series – 8-count Lindy
Oct 4 - Oct 25 @ 8:15 pm - 9:15 pm (Wednesdays)

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!

Laura Boon
October 2017 Level 2 Class Series – Classic Moves
Oct 4 - Oct 25 @ 7:15 pm - 8:15 pm (Wednesdays)

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!

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October 2017 Level 3 Class Series – Better Together
Oct 4 - Oct 25 @ 7:15 pm - 8:15 pm (Wednesdays)

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.

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October 2017 Elective Class Series – Dean Collins shim-sham (solo jazz)
Oct 4 - Oct 25 @ 8:15 pm - 9:15 pm (Wednesdays)

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.

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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 Sep 27 @ 8:15 pm - 9:15 pm

REGISTER AT THE DOOR
Role type: Partnered
Price: $16
Teachers: Rachel Philips, Steve Yadlowsky

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.

September 2017 Level 1 Class Series – 6-count Swing
Wed Sep 27 @ 8:15 pm - 9:15 pm
     September 2017 Level 1

REGISTER AT THE DOOR
Role type: Partnered
Price: see pricing section below
Teachers: Sam Nguyen, Calvin Lu

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

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

Youtube playlist: September 2017 Level 1

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September 2017 Level 2 Class Series – Lindy Stretch
Wed Sep 27 @ 7:15 pm - 8:15 pm
     September 2017 Level 2

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

Join us in an intensive look at the swingout! You will learn new and useful ways to think about your technique, improve your connection, and get exciting results.

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 2017 Level 2

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September 2017 Level 3 Class Series – Swing Physics
Wed Sep 27 @ 7:15 pm - 8:15 pm
     September 2017 Level 3

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

Get out of your grind! This class will focus on the connection points necessary for groovy decelerations and smooth accelerations that texturize your dance vocabulary. Students will be asked to focus on partnership and keeping their connection steady and comfortable even while making their dances more exciting!

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 2017 Level 3

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September 2017 Elective Class Series – Balboa C2: In N Out Secret Menu
Wed Sep 27 @ 8:15 pm - 9:15 pm
     September 2017 Elective

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

In Balboa, the secret menu is where you can really customize what you want from your dance. Using the solid out 'n in fundamentals from the previous class, you will learn to mix in more complexity to your patterns and explore creativity to the music.

PRE-REQUISITES: Balboa C1 or must be comfortable with a pure balboa basic, out n ins, lolly kicks. No partner required; just bring your enthusiasm and comfortable clothes!

Youtube playlist: September 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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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 27, 2017

DJ Dance Party

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The Ivory Club Boys
The Ivory Club Boys
October 4, 2017

The Ivory Club Boys

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DJ Dance: Main Floor and Balboa Room
DJ Dance: Main Floor and Balboa Room
October 11, 2017

DJ Dance: Main Floor and Balboa Room

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DJ Dance Party
DJ Dance Party
October 18, 2017

DJ Dance Party

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