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 Jul 27: July Series Conclude
Live Music & August Series next week

July series registration is closed, but you can drop in.

Our 5-week August series start next week, sign up online now.

We are excited to welcome back the Don Neely Swingtet on August 3rd to kick off our second month of Summer Swing and the August series classes.

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.

Summer Swing Special: 3 months of Level 1 Lindy Hop for the price of 2*!
(limited quantities, offer expires July 5th at midnight)

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No summer-swing classes found, stay tuned.

Upcoming Series Classes

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Our next series classes will start on Wednesday August 3rd.

August 2016 Level 1 Class Series – 8-count Lindy Hop
Aug 3 - Aug 31 @ 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 5-week progressive series, and is the second month of our Summer Swing program.

We have added a second 8-count Lindy Hop class series to our level 1 curriculum.

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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August 2016 Level 2 Class Series – Tandem Charleston
Aug 3 - Aug 31 @ 7:15 pm - 8:15 pm (Wednesdays)

Class details

Role type: Partnered

Price: see pricing section below

Teachers: Laura Boon, Justin Lebar

This is a 5-week progressive series.

Spice up your Lindy language with some hot, fast-paced Tandem Charleston. Your trusty guides will navigate you through the ins and outs and all of the awesome variations in between. We'll focus on footwork, connection, and creative ways these fun steps can be added seamlessly into your Charleston repertoire.

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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August 2016 Level 3 Class Series – The Big Apple
Aug 3 - Aug 31 @ 7:15 pm - 8:15 pm (Wednesdays)

Class details

Role type: Partnered

Price: see pricing section below

Teachers: Cari Westbrook, Hannah Howard

This series is a 5-week progressive series.

The Big Apple was a national phenomenon that blended the circle formations of African-influence with the trendy jazz figures and rhythms of the time. Popular moves were called in a manner similar to square-dancing and each dance was new and the figures particular to the region. However, most lindy hoppers today will only recognize Whitey's Lindy Hoppers who displayed this dance as a choreographed routine in the film, Keep Punching (1939). This routine is long and complex, requiring a wide breadth of jazz vocabulary and rhythm, but most importantly, it's incredibly energetic and fun! Come challenge yourself to learn this famous choreo in only five weeks!

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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August 2016 Elective Class Series – Balboa Growth
Aug 3 - Aug 31 @ 8:15 pm - 9:15 pm (Wednesdays)

Class details

Role type: Partnered

Price: see pricing section below

Teachers: Crystal Nakatsu, Chris Enriquez

This series is a 5-week progressive series.

Ready to twist? This class will harness the rotational basics of Balboa Plus to send energy out and back and around in all sorts of creative moves!

PRE-REQUISITES: Balboa Plus or equivalent mastery. 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:

July 2016 Level 1 Class Series – Charleston
Wed Jul 27 @ 8:15 pm - 9:15 pm
     July 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 first month of our Summer Swing program.

Come out and kick your way around some basic Charleston! You will learn basic body movement, drill technique on Charleston kicks, and explore 20s and 30s style Charleston as you get ready to kick it on the social dance floor.

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

Youtube playlist: July 2016 Level 1

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July 2016 Level 2 Class Series – Classic Moves
Wed Jul 27 @ 7:15 pm - 8:15 pm
     July 2016 Level 2

REGISTER AT THE DOOR

Class details

Role type: Partnered

Price: see pricing section below

Teachers: Hanah Yendler, Andrew Huang

This is a 4-week progressive series.

Points, Jig Walks, and Mini-Dips? Swing is one of the most playful dances, and we'll explore some of the most entertaining classic swing figures. You'll have a chance to add in your own style and creativity to make these figures your own, so that they evolve with your 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!

Youtube playlist: July 2016 Level 2

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July 2016 Level 3 Class Series – Flow & Momentum
Wed Jul 27 @ 7:15 pm - 8:15 pm
     July 2016 Level 3

REGISTER AT THE DOOR

Class details

Role type: Partnered

Price: see pricing section below

Teachers: Chiara Coombs, James Yeh

This series is a 4-week progressive series.

When everything feels right, leaders and followers feel comfortable playing off each other by directing and redirecting energy and momentum. In this class, we will help you explore this flow and share a few ways to incorporate it into your dancing.

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: July 2016 Level 3

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July 2016 Elective Class Series – Balboa Plus
Wed Jul 27 @ 8:15 pm - 9:15 pm
     July 2016 Elective

REGISTER AT THE DOOR

Class details

Role type: Partnered

Price: see pricing section below

Teachers: Margot Helm, Richard Perkins

This series is a 4-week progressive series.

Originating in the Balboa Peninsula of Orange County, Balboa combines intricate footwork with smooth body movement, to create a dynamic and fast-paced dance that is fun to watch but even more fun to do. In this 4-week Beginner/Intermediate series, we’ll explore the rotational energy of Balboa and Bal-Swing, adding some new vocabulary focused on Lollies and toss-outs to really get you spinning!

PRE-REQUISITES: Beginners are welcome, but some prior experience with Balboa and Bal-Swing will be helpful. (If you took our March/April "Balboa Crash Course" series and are ready for more, this class is for you!) No partner required; just bring your enthusiasm and comfortable clothes.

Youtube playlist: July 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
July 27, 2016

DJ Dance Party

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Live Music: Don Neely Swingtet
Live Music: Don Neely Swingtet
July 27, 2016

Live Music: Don Neely Swingtet

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DJ Dance Party
DJ Dance Party
August 3, 2016

DJ Dance Party

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DJ Dance Party
DJ Dance Party
August 10, 2016

DJ Dance Party

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