First Friday Returns Nov 2 & November Classes Are Open!

First Friday Returns Nov 2 & November Classes Are Open!

Group Class Descriptions

Lindy Hop is the granddaddy of all the swing dances. It incorporates 6-count figures (commonly know as swing), 8-count figures (commonly referred to as Lindy Hop), partnered Charleston, air steps, and vernacular solo movement all woven together spontaneously to jazz music.

This fabulous mix can be a little intimidating at first, so we break down our classes into sub topics to help you focus on each of the elements of Lindy Hop. We even have classes to help you combine the elements seamlessly.

If you are new to dancing, join us in Swing I. We’ll guide you through the curriculum the rest of the way.

Swing I

This class is for the true beginner. We introduce the concepts of leading and following as well as the basic rhythm and turns of 6-Count Swing. We present the material at a moderate pace – quick enough to keep it movin’ but slow enough to allow plenty of practice time. If you’ve never taken a dance class before, this is a great place to start.

Pre-Requisites: No experience or partner required.

Swing II A - Tuck Turns

This class teaches triple steps and several new turning variations for both leads and follows. These eye-catching turns will ramp up your 6-count swing repertoire. Swing II A, B & C each present different material and sessions can be taken in any order.

Pre-Requisites: Swing I

Swing II B – Cross Hands

This class really opens up your swing vocabulary using different hand connections and longer 6-count patterns to add variety to your dancing. Swing II A, B & C each present different material and sessions can be taken in any order.

Pre-Requisites: Swing I

Swing II C – Ins and Outs

This class focuses on creating smooth and eye-catching transitions between open and closed position. In addition, you’ll add triple steps to your 6-count swing repertoire. Swing II A, B & C each present different material and sessions can be taken in any order.

Pre-Requisites: Swing I

Swing III A – Tuck Turns & Way Way More

Pump up your six count swing dancing with these new figures that will get you traveling, turning and sliding across the floor. Swing III A, B & C each present different material and sessions can be taken in any order.

Pre-Requisites: Swing II A, B and C

Swing III B – Cross Hands & Way Way More

Pump up your six count swing dancing with these new figures that will get you traveling, turning and sliding across the floor. Swing III A, B & C each present different material and sessions can be taken in any order.

Pre-Requisites: Swing II A, B and C

Swing III C – Ins and Outs & Way Way More

Pump up your six count swing dancing with these new figures that will get you traveling, turning and sliding across the floor. Swing III A, B & C each present different material and sessions can be taken in any order.

Pre-Requisites: Swing II A, B and C

Swing IV: East Coast Swing Challenge A, B, & C

In this level, you’ll build on Swing III material, adding rhythm and directional variations for even more challenging and musical figures. This is a great level for more seasoned dancers Lindy Hop dancers as well, however, knowledge of the Swing Out is not required.

Pre-Requisites: Swing III A, B and C

Balboa I

Balboa is a smooth and relaxed close-embrace dance that is perfect for crowded dance floors and quicker tempos. Since its invention by Southern California teenagers in the 1930's, it has grown to world-wide popularity. In this class, you'll learn the basic rhythms and several classic variations, while focusing on good technique and connection, so that you can comfortably balboa all night long. You do not need a partner to enroll.

Pre-Requisites: Swing I and II suggested

Balboa II

In this class, you will continue to expand on your repertoire of Balboa and Bal-Swing, This class will build on your knowledge of up and down holds, come arounds, toss outs and more.

Pre-Reqs: Balboa I or instructor permission

Pre-Requisites: Balboa I or instructor permission

Solo Jazz/Charleston I

Solo movement is a fantastic way to work on your body control, styling, and fluidity. In this class, you'll learn the classic vernacular jazz steps that make up swing line dances, like "The Shim Sham" and add style to your Swing and Lindy partnered movement as well.

Pre-Requisites: None

Solo Jazz/Charleston II

In this class, you'll learn the next level of solo vernacular jazz movements that add syncopation and full body expression to your dancing. If you've got the moves of the shim sham in you back pocket, take your solo game up a level!

Pre-Requisites: Solo Jazz/Charleston I

Jazz III - Big Apple Choreography (2-session class)

The Big Apple is the solo circle dance made famous by the 1931 film, 'Keep Punchin.'" Choreographed by Frankie Manning. This dance has become one of the 2 most popular solo jazz-era dances around the world, second only to the Shim Sham. This fast paced classis for folks who want to improve their solo movement vocabulary and speed in addition to learning the choreography. It's also now a Fizz and First Friday tradition.

Pre-Requisites: Jazz II (several sessions) or instructor approval

Solo Jazz/Charleston III: Tranky Doo

The Tranky Doo is toe-tappin solo Charleston routine which first appeared in the Savoy Ballroom in Harlem in the 1940s and in the documentary film Spirit Moves. It's now performed by Lindy Hoppers all over the world in both social dances and performances.

This moderately paced class is for folks who want to improve their solo movement vocabulary and speed in addition to learning the choreography.

The Tranky Doo will be taught over 4-weeks

Pre-Req: Solo Charleston or instructor permission

Pre-Requisites: Previous Solo Jazz Classes

Lindy I – Beginning Lindy Hop

Building on the rhythms and skills of Swing I and II, Lindy I will add numerous 8-Count patterns, including the most prominent steps of the Lindy Hop: the Swing Out, Circle and Skip Ups.

Pre-Requisites: Swing I, And 1 Full 4-week Session of Swing II (A, B or C)

Lindy 1.5 – Continuing Lindy Hop

This class introduces even more 8-count patterns, including side by side Charleston (that kicky-thing that looks like so much fun), and builds confidence in your swing out, circle and double turns. There will be lots of new patterns and helpful technique tips to make your dancing feel yummy to you and your partner.

Pre-Requisites: Lindy I, Swing II

Lindy II A, B, C, & D – Super Fun Variations

In each of our Lindy II classes, you’ll learn numerous Swing Out variations and the skills to create your own. Each session will also add unique 8-count turning patterns, swivels, traveling steps and eye-catching endings. But wait, there’s more! You’ll also learn how to seamlessly re-incorporate your 6-Count patterns to create a dynamic, musical dance with your partner. Lindy II A, B, C & D each present different material and sessions can be taken in any order.

Pre-Requisites: Swing II A, B and C and Lindy I and 1.5

Lindy Lab

This class deeply examines the lead/follow technique that makes partnering more effective and efficient. As form and function are deeply connected, your styling will improve as well. Each class presents different material, and it designed to take 5-6 times in a row.

Pre-Requisites: At least two Lindy II classes and Swing III classes as familiarity with mixing 6s and 8s is essential.

Lindy III A – Side by Side Charleston Variations

This class focuses Side-by-Side, KickAway, and Chase Charleston patterns. This class may be taken concurrently with Lindy II. Lindy III A, B, and C may be taken in any order.

Pre-Requisites: At least one session of Lindy II

Lindy III B – Tandem Charleston Variations

This class focuses on Tandem (or shadow) Charleston. It’s the “kicky-thing” that everyone is so excited to learn and dance. This class may be taken concurrently with Lindy II. Lindy III A, B, and C may be taken in any order.

Pre-Requisites: At least one session of Lindy II

Lindy III C – Partnered 20’s Charleston

In this class, you’ll learn the fundamentals of partnered 20’s Charleston. This will give you a go-to repertoire for faster tempos and 20’s era jazz tunes. This class may be taken concurrently with Lindy II. Lindy III A, B, and C may be taken in any order.

Pre-Requisites: At least one session of Lindy II

Lindy IV A-I – Lindy Hop Spectacular

With each Lindy IV class, you’ll take your technique and musicality to a new level. The Lindy IV series introduces new patterns, swing out variations, rhythm options and Charleston variations. In this level, you’ll improve your technique, timing, pulse and balance to become better leaders and followers through exciting redirections and impressive turns. Each session presents different material, and sessions can be taken in any order.

Pre-Requisites: Lindy II A-D, Lindy III A-C, Swing III A-C, and instructor permission

Lindy V – Lindy Hop Challenge

If you are ready to challenge your technique and repertoire, this is the class for you. You’ll explore movement redirection, rhythm changes and level variations. This class requires a mastery of the mixing of 6’s and 8’s, because you’ll also be using 2’s, 4’s, 10’s and 12’s. This class will also demand body awareness to make small adjustments that lead to impressive improvements for you and your partner. This class offers new material each session.

Pre-Requisites: Lindy IV A, B, C, D & E and Instructor Approval

BCS Instructor/Performer Class

This class offers continuing education to our current BCS instructors and performers.

Pre-Requisites:

Group Classes

Class meet once per week for 4-weeks. Our schedule is designed to take back-to-back classes when able.

Current Schedule

Pricing & Registration

One 4-week class is $67 per person, $62 with early registration discount.

Two 4-week classes in the same month is $110.

Three 4-week classes in the same month is $140.

Enroll via our Student Portal

After that first class, I got sucked in and now I take at least two or three of their classes each month. I’ve worked with almost all of their teachers, Luke, Julee (the owner), Audra, Jon, John, Melissa and Jenna and every single one of them is fun, accommodating and knowledgable. Seriously, they taught me how to actually dance. Ask anybody I know; that was an impossible task.

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