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 September 7th.

September 2016 Level 1 Class Series – 6-count Lindy Hop
Sep 7 - Sep 28 @ 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, 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!

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

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!

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

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.

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September 2016 Elective Class Series – Fluid Movement
Sep 7 - Sep 28 @ 8:15 pm - 9:15 pm (Wednesdays)

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.

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Upcoming Drop-in Classes

Here are the coming week drop-in classes:

August 2016 Level 1 Class Series – 8-count Lindy Hop
Wed Aug 31 @ 8:15 pm - 9:15 pm
     August 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 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!

Youtube playlist: August 2016 Level 1

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August 2016 Level 2 Class Series – Tandem Charleston
Wed Aug 31 @ 7:15 pm - 8:15 pm
     August 2016 Level 2

REGISTER AT THE DOOR

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!

Youtube playlist: August 2016 Level 2

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

REGISTER AT THE DOOR

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!  (And for those familiar with the shout circle, but get lost during the line, please note that we will start with that second half promptly on Week 1.  So don't skip any of the earlier classes!)

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: August 2016 Level 3

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August 2016 Elective Class Series – Balboa Growth
Wed Aug 31 @ 8:15 pm - 9:15 pm
     August 2016 Elective

REGISTER AT THE DOOR

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.

Youtube playlist: August 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
August 31, 2016

DJ Dance Party

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Live Music: The Hot Baked Goods
Live Music: The Hot Baked Goods
September 7, 2016

Live Music: The Hot Baked Goods

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DJ Dance Party
DJ Dance Party
September 14, 2016

DJ Dance Party

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DJ Dance Party
DJ Dance Party
September 21, 2016

DJ Dance Party

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