Join us for fun and practical lessons in all these styles of swing and blues dancing in our Vancouver UBC campus. No partner required! We offer both beginner and progressive lessons.
You must be a member to register for classes. Registration is done at the first lesson of any of our series.
Members $60 for the the first lesson series, 50% off additional lesson series if you register for more than one!
UBC Dance Club Members 25% off your first lesson series!
UBC students $10
non UBC students $15
Membership privileges include discounts for classes, social dances in the community, and other UBC Swing Kids events!
Lindy Hop is an African-American dance based on the Charleston. It is danced to the classic Jazz and Big Band music of the 1930's and 40's. Lindy Hop's active and energetic feel can be attributed to its combination of African-American dance movements and improvisation with Europe's formal eight-count dance structure.
Lindy Class Schedule:
Teachers: Laura & Simon
Beginner: Thursdays 7:30pm to 8:30pm
Intermediate: Thursdays 8:30pm to 9:30pm
West Coast Swing is both a modern and versatile partner dance. It can be danced with Top 40, R&B, Hip Hop, Rock, Jazz, and Blues - perfect for parties, weddings, and other social events. With its roots in the bouncier Lindy Hop, West Coast Swing focusses on an extension-compression partnership connection that gives it its distinctive smooth and elastic feel.
WCS Class Schedule:
Teachers: Shannon & Zoltan
Beginner Class: Mondays 7pm to 8pm
Intermediate Class: Mondays 8pm to 9pm
This semester, we will be holding practice sessions to cement what's been taught in class. We will alternate between lindy hop and west coast tunes, with a blues session on March 1.
In a practice session, you can expect to experience dancing full songs with one partner, and getting a feel for dance outside the structure of patterns taught in class. It's also a space where it's okay to pause in the middle of a dance to ask your partner to repeat a move, or work on a move that doesn't quite feel right yet.
Blues is an African-American vintage jazz dance based on feel and partnership. Among its distinctive features are a rhythmic pulse, relaxed frame and the use of pauses in musicality. Blues dancing is often a slow, intimate affair, with dancers learning techniques to respect their partner's boundaries and exert their own. It is most commonly danced to blues music, though it can also be danced to many other kinds of music (often referred to as "alternative blues"). Learn to blues dance and you won't just awkwardly sway from side to side when that slow song comes on.
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