Vintage Swing Dance I: Introduction to Lindy Hop Swing

Ages 16+

Tuesdays, 7:00 – 9:00pm

This beginner class in Six-Count East Coast Swing will focus on the fundamentals of the vintage dance posture & style that evolved on the streets and in the dance halls of Harlem NYC in the 1930’s. Emphasizing the PHYSICS that drive all partnered dance, this class will concentrate on the Lead and Follow skills of: body movement, posture, footwork, frame, range of motion, elements of tension and compression, dance connection, and the transfer of momentum and energy.

All essential dance techniques and topics that cannot be well addressed in common large group classes. The class will cover a variety of ways to move from closed to open dance position and up to fifteen different common patterns; all taught from the perspective of the PHYSICS that make them happen. This class will also include a brief history of swing dance to illustrate why this dance style and its African origin make it different from the more common Ballroom and West Coast Swing styles.

  • Sessions: 6 weeks (June 26 – July 31, 2018)
  • Class Size: 6 – 12 students per class.  A minimum of 6 students must be registered in order for class to run.
  • More Information: NO PARTNER REQUIRED! Look us up on Facebook at “Vintage Swing Dance Incubator” or contact instructor at 513-226-4733.
  • How to Register: To register, email classes@cliftonculturalarts.org and place “Vintage Swing Dance I” in the subject line of your email. Class Tuition is payable at or before the first class session.

About the Instructor: George Hildebrand (assisted by Cari Moy)
Dancing since the Spring of 2000, George Hildebrand’s range of experience lies solely within the confines of Social Vintage Lindy Hop Swing and its companion dance styles: Six and Eight Count Lindy Hop Swing, Charleston (Lindy and 1920’s Style), Balboa, Collegiate Shag, and Blues.

Adopting a detailed teaching style guided by a mission to …

“Teach people how to DANCE … instead of how to PRETEND TO DANCE”

… his methods and approach are different than those offered by low cost, one hour (or less) large group lessons.

George teaches at a slow pace that emphasizes the fundamentals of movement and the physics that drive social vintage swing dancing. By encouraging his students to base their learning on these principals (instead of mere memorized choreography) it prepares them to move on to advance their dancing to an intermediate level and beyond.

The lessons George provides are targeted for those who are SERIOUS about learning how to dance under the universal Lead/Follow method. While FUN will certainly be had, successful participation will require a sincere desire to learn how to dance, careful attention, and PRACTICE – PRACTICE – PRACTICE.

Date

Jun 26, 2018 - Jul 31, 2018

Time

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Cost

$120 for 6-week session
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