TONIGHT at the Petersham Bowling Club

6.30pm Beginner lindy hop
This week we’re in week 5, we’ve pwnd side by side charleston, we are kings and queens of swing outs, etcetera etcetera etcetera. So let’s get into hand to hand charleston, let’s learn a nice meaty step (texas tommy perhaps?), let’s be more awesome.

7.30pm break

8.00pm Intermediate lindy hop
We have a little bit more of the ‘smaller’, more controlled lindy hop to explore, this time with a slightly different rhythm to the circle. A ‘rhythm circle’ if you will. And we still need to master standing still on the spot without rock stepping. It’s on.

Solo jazz tonight



TONIGHT at Solo Jazz in Enmore
7.30pm All-levels vintage jazz dance class

Tonight we go HARD on the fun, with a Big Apple extender class. Anyone can join in – even first time Big Applers. We take what we know about phrasing, about working with a partner, about charleston, about fun, and we extend it to the funnest dance of all time: the Big Apple. Not the routine, the called party game dance.

And because Australia’s Preeminent Big Apple Caller has lost her voice, Laura will be stepping in to bring the learns, assisted by Sam. The called Big Apple is FUN. It also features charleston, which is helpful if you’re working on charleston in beginner classes atm.

Thinking about intermediate classes?


Are you thinking about intermediate classes? If you check our FAQ page, you’ll see this:

“We recommend doing our 6 week beginner course twice before you tackle intermediate classes. We prefer students check with their teachers before beginning the intermediate classes.
Why so strict? We want to be sure everyone has the best learning experience in class.”

Some peeps in the beginner group are beginning to think about intermediate classes, and AliceH, AliceR, Sam, and Laura are all very happy to talk about this with you – grab them in the break.
We only have 2 beginner blocks left in 2015 (inorite?!), so it’s worth making a plan if you’re super keen to start intermediate classes.

NB: If you do start the intermediate class, it is a very good idea (ie we very strongly recommend) continuing with the beginner class as well as the intermediate, as that’s where we do the most important work: learning social dance skills, refining our basic rhythms and core lindy hop steps.

NB2: We don’t run an advanced lindy hop class, but we do have a solo jazz class. Because lindy hop and solo jazz are a team.

Swing dance classes tonight

11062713_1043615588994613_7138552344113215712_nTONIGHT at the Petersham Bowling Club:

6.30pm Beginner lindy hop
We’re in week 4 for beginners, and this week we’ll nail down knitting charleston into our swing outs. Tip: circles vs linear mo
vement, and how a step-step becomes a rock step.

7.30pm break

8.00pm Intermediate lindy hop
We’ll continue with the sort of stuff we did last week – using a small, well-directed rock step to initiate momentum, closed position as a super-powered connection, and simple, beautiful combinations of 6 and 8 counts. Also, standing still on the spot.

It is very on.

TONIGHT at solo jazz


TONIGHT at solo jazz:
7.30pm All-levels vintage jazz dance class
Oh YES, we are back for more funs. This week we use a similar class structure as last week (ie social solo dancing, with a focus on using a small vocabulary of steps to make super-interesting and creative dancing), but we use just one basic step: CHARLESTON.
Yes, if you’re doing lindy hop on Wednesdays, tonight’s solo class is PERFECT for helping you get a handle on charleston before you touch another human!

8.30pm Solo Jazz guided practice
Some peeps are getting ready for the solo jazz comp at SLX 2015 – Sydney Lindy Exchange, so that means practicing jam style dancing: 2 phrases to show off. Everyone is welcome to join in, even if you’re not planning on competing.

When: 7.30pm tonight (Mondays)
Where: St Luke’s Anglican Church Hall, 11 Stanmore Rd, Enmore
Cost: $15 for the class, free practice
What is solo jazz?


Last night we had a very enjoyable class focussing on using simple steps to mark out musical structure. What?
We learnt about phrasing, finding the beat, and finding 1 or 8 in the music. And we used a simple vocabulary of steps to explore these ideas with our bodies. Musical structure: we pwn you.
Best of all, though, we used partner work. Most important thing: dance each step with confidence, as though you are showing your partner a step, and simple is perfect. Don’t try to trick your partner with difficult or confusing movements.
…wait, were we lindy hopping or solo dancing?
For phrasing practice, here is ‘Bearcat Shuffle’ by Andy Kirk and his Twelve Cloud of Joy, featuring Mary Lou Williams on piano.