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Blues: Lead, Follow, or Switch?

Thursdays May 2-June6 (6 week progressive)

If you dance blues in a large blues scene or at a major workshop, chances are you will hear someone looking for a dance ask: “Lead, follow, or switch?” Some scenes teach dancers both roles from the start, while others urge dancers to try the alternative role to enhance skills and appreciation for the creative potential of the dance. In this 6-week session, Jill and Toby will help dancers improve their understanding of the fundamentals of leading and following while learning some strategies for seamlessly switching between roles for an inspiring and fun dance.  

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Carpool to Swingin' to Spring

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Carpool to Swingin' to Spring


A group of dancers will be traveling to Fredericton's dance weekend Swingin' to Spring the weekend of April 27, 2019. They are having international dancers Bobby White and Kate!!! The weekend features social dances, live bands and workshops. Beginners are welcome too!

Event info:
https://www.facebook.com/events/323424891638195/?ti=as
Carpool info:
https://m.facebook.com/groups/857545651251650?view=permalink&id=857545661251649

(Note this is not an official DKSDS event.)

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Connection!

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Connection!

Ready for advancing your connection skills?

Join the connection class with Jessie & Pri! This class will break down the essentials of having a relaxed yet communicative connection to allow both dance partners have a dynamic and clear conversation. We will look into the balance between too tight and too loose, too loud and too soft, and what makes dancing connection feel smooth as butter.

*Pre-req: swingouts

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Suped Up Swing Outs!

Suped Up Swing Outs!

Want to learn some swingout sequences taught by world reknown instructors Skye and Frida? Tomorrow is your chance! Take part 2 of Jessie and Priyanka’s class from back in January (finally!!) with Priyanka and Logan. Those who already paid for that course are in for free (obvs) and those who are interested are totally welcome! Only requirement is Lindy 1a. $7.50 at the door. 6:45 start.

Blues Dancing for Lindy Hoppers

Blues Dancing for Lindy Hoppers

BLUES DANCING FOR LINDY DANCERS
This Saturday night (2 March) plan to join Jill Grant and Amy Belanger for an introduction to blues dancing at Swing Factory – just in time to get ready for DalKing’s Swing’s Bluenose Blues dance workshop with Dan Repsch (8-10 March). We’ll introduce Lindy hop dancers to some elements of blues dancing in ways that lets you draw on what you know from Lindy!
6:45-7:45 at the Church. Workshop price: $7.50

Lindy Hop Level 1a

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Lindy Hop Level 1a

Lindy hop is a wonderful, joyful dance for all ages! This dance comes to us from the ballrooms of Harlem where Black dancers and musicians pioneered this incredible art form. Please join us for a 4-week progressive series where you will be introduced to Lindy Hop fundamentals--no partner required! Gain some confidence and rhythm in your dancing. We will cover basic 6-count and 8-count moves, including tuck turns, promenades, send outs, and swing outs. This course is progressive, ie you must attend the classes in succession. Register now!


Cost: $30

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Bluenose Blues

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Bluenose Blues

Dal-King’s Swing Dance Society is thrilled to host the AMAZING Daniel Repsch – international blues dance instructor, competitor, and DJ—for a blues-dance workshop weekend from March 8th to March 10th in Halifax! You won’t want to miss this opportunity to learn more about blues dancing and styling from one of the best dancers and teachers in the world. Whether you are new to blues dancing or trying to bring your dancing up a level, the weekend will be fun, engaging, and challenging!!

We’ll have three days of workshops and dancing! The main workshops and dances are on Friday night and Saturday, with local blues band Shrimp Daddy playing on Saturday night. On Sunday we offer an “intensive” option for intermediate and advanced dancers (who have taken many blues classes or participated in national-level blues dance workshops); then we have our regular Second Sunday night Barrington Blues social dance.

Register now!

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BLUES IN MY BONES

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BLUES IN MY BONES

DalKingSwing starts a new 6-week session of blues dance lessons on 17 January 2019 [running until 21 February]!! This is a great chance to learn more about cozy and musically-inspired improvisational partner-dancing to blues music. The class is open to all levels and will focus on learning how to embody the music, to enhance partnering skills, and to improve dance dynamics. [The class will give great preparation for a workshop we are hoping to host the weekend of March 8 with an international-level blues dance instructor!!]

When and where? Thursdays, 6:30-8:30 pm, 17 January to 21 February at 1313 Hollis Street.

Cost: $45 for community members, $30 for students

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DalKing's Swing Factory - Saturday Night Dance

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DalKing's Swing Factory - Saturday Night Dance

Come learn to swing dance! Every Saturday, a group of wonderful dancers welcomes you to learn and dance with them. The night begins with an 45 minute introductory lesson, followed with dancing to some great swing music until 10:30pm--all for only $5!! 

No dancing experience or partner required, so come learn to swing, meet some friendly people, and dance the night away with us! 

Please bring non-scuffing indoor shoes, and keep scented products to a minimum.

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Location: First Baptist Church, 1300 Oxford Street, Halifax, NS, B3H 3Y8
Doors open at 6:30pm
Beginner lesson 7:00-7:45pm
Music ends at 10:30pm

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10th Annual Swing with the Fishes - An Evening of Music & Dance

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10th Annual Swing with the Fishes - An Evening of Music & Dance

Our biggest night of the year is here! Join us October 27th to celebrate the 10th anniversary of this event with a night of live big band jazz, non-stop dancing, and plenty of fun.

Swing with the Fishes includes live music from the Big Valley Swing Orchestra, an introductory swing dance lesson (so bring your friends), our dance competition finals, a bar (with specialty drinks!), and plenty more!

Tickets are sold in advance at Atlantic News (5560 Morris Street) and online at seasideshimmy.ca/fishes for only $25! Tickets at the door are $30. Visit our Facebook event for more details and updates!

* Please note all attendees who wish to purchase alcoholic drinks from the bar must bring a valid ID (regardless of age).

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Doors open: 7:30
Intro lesson: 8:00
Live music, dancing, performances, competitions and more: 9:00-12:00
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** Never danced before? Not to worry! Our intro lessons are always no partner or experience required. So come learn to swing dance, meet some friendly people, and dance the night away with us!

** Really don't want to dance? That's okay, too! You are free to come have a drink and listen to the band!

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Seaside Shimmy

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Seaside Shimmy

Ready, set, sail - to Halifax's swing dance weekend! Seaside Shimmy is back October 26th-28th, featuring the 10th annual Swing with the Fishes dance, and guest instructors Natalia Grañé & Luis Arredondo! Come share the love for Lindy Hop with us again in the Maritimes. With live bands, dances, competitions, and workshops, this weekend is sure to be a whale of a time! 

Follow our Facebook event for more updates and information, or visit our website at seasideshimmy.ca

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Out Dancing

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Out Dancing

Join us during Pride Week for a special evening of dancing and festivities, including a photo booth! The evening will begin with a 45 minute introductory swing dance lesson, followed by dancing, dancing, DANCING--and all for FREE!

If you’ve ever wanted to learn partner dancing, now is the time to do so in an open, welcoming environment. No dance experience or partner required, so come learn to swing dance, meet some friendly people, and dance the night away with us! 

Please bring indoor shoes, and refrain from using scented products.

This is a Halifax Pride community funded event.

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Date is Wednesday July 25th
Doors open at 7:00pm
Beginner lesson from 7:30 to 8:15pm
Music ends at 10:30pm


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Hoppin' at the Harbour - a Lindy Hop and Swing Dance

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Hoppin' at the Harbour - a Lindy Hop and Swing Dance

We are so excited to be back dancing under sunny skies and smelling that fresh sea breeze! Join us from 6:30 to 8:30 every Tuesday this summer at the gazebo on the waterfront (just down Morris Street) to dance to some swingin' tunes!

Cover: $5 or pay what you can

Rainy day plans: the party will move to Menz & Mollyz on a case-by-case basis (to be announced by Monday evening). Please check the Facebook events page for the latest information on where the dance will be held: http://www.facebook.com/events/383064388862697/?ti=ici

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Break It Down Now: Deconstructing a Swing Out

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Break It Down Now: Deconstructing a Swing Out

Ah the swing out - the one thing we need right is the one thing we can never get right, am I right?

Let's all come together and get into the nitty gritty details of our swing outs, one beat at a time.

Sounds of frustration and exasperation are not only encouraged, but expected.


Date: Wednesday, July 11
Location: Happy Soul Dance Studio
Time: 7:15pm-8:45pm
8:45-11 pm **unstructured social/practice (BYOMusic, $2)
Teacher: Gaby Macklin
Cost: $10 or pay what you can


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Brigitte has kindly offered to let us use the Happy Soul studio until 11pm by asking that anyone who stays pays $2. This means that even if only 4 people want to stay, those people only need to pay $2/each and they can use the space, ie if there aren't many people, we would not need to cover the regular room rental after 8:30pm.

Sometimes I will be there to host; sometimes I won't, so if you want to stay, please bring your own music to practice!

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Shim Sham Flash Mob

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Shim Sham Flash Mob

We want YOU for our shim sham flash mob! Help us celebrate World Lindy Hop Day and the birthday of Frankie Manning, one of the original lindy hoppers, with a series of Shim Sham performances in some of our city's nicest outdoor locales. We will meet at Halifax Public Gardens at 1:00, before moving to the Commons, and, finally, the waterfront. This will be followed in the evening by a special edition of Swing Factory to celebrate World Lindy Hop Day.

Don't know the shim sham or aren't interested in performing? We need people to film the dancers! Message us if you have a camera (or have high quality video on your phone) and are interested in filming the event!

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Lindy Hop Connection Exercises and Guided Practice

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Lindy Hop Connection Exercises and Guided Practice

::: Open to ALL DANCERS :::

Come learn how to improve your following and leading technique for swing outs, charleston, and more! Good lindy hop connection is like a great conversation in which the language is clear, expressive, and vibrant. This class will include specific drills and exercises to build those conversational skills. There will also be time for one-on-one feedback with Jessie to work on specific moves. 

Date: Wednesday, May 16th
Location: Happy Soul Dance Studio
Time: 7:15pm-8:45pm
8:45-11 pm **unstructured social/practice (BYOMusic, $2)
Teachers: Jessie Litven
Cost: $10 or pay what you can


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Brigitte has kindly offered to let us use the Happy Soul studio until 11pm by asking that anyone who stays pays $2. This means that even if only 4 people want to stay, those people only need to pay $2/each and they can use the space, ie if there aren't many people, we would not need to cover the regular room rental after 8:30pm.

Sometimes I will be there to host; sometimes I won't, so if you want to stay, please bring your own music to practice!

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SWING OUT! at Menz & Mollyz

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SWING OUT! at Menz & Mollyz

Get your weeknight swing dance on at Menz & Mollyz--every second week starting March 6th! The first night will have an introductory lesson for any newcomers to the dance, so join us and swing out proud 😉

No experience or dance partner necessary. 19+

Introductory lesson: 6:15 - 7:00
Music and dance: 7:00 - 8:30
Cover: $5 or pay what you can

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Learn the new STS 2018 Moves with Pri & Jessie

Learn the new STS 2018 Moves with Pri & Jessie

::: Open to all dancers that can do swing-outs:::

Did you miss Fredericton's Swingin' to Spring workshops? Were you there, but want to practice what you learned? Come join us for a detailed review of Daryl and Jen's moves that were presented, including the awesome Frankie Manning swingout sequence!

(If we don't get through all the material, we'll add another class!)

Date: Wednesday, May 2nd,
Location: Happy Soul Dance Studio
Time: 7:15pm-8:45pm
8:45-11 pm **unstructured social/practice (BYOMusic, $2)
Teachers: Priyanka Saira Varkey and Jessie Litven
Cost: $5 if you went to STS, $15 if you are learning these for the first time (or pay-what-you-can: no one turned away!)

We will need a minimum of 12 participants to run this class, so please say "going" if you are planning to attend. Head to the following Facebook event link and select "going" to let us know you'll be attending!

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/416094492150657/

Prerequisites: being familiar with 6 and 8-count movements such as tuck turns, swingouts, and lindy circles

What we'll learn/practice over the course of these reviews:
- Frankie Manning sequence
- Swingout variations ala Al Minns & Frankie Manning
- Sailor Kicks
- More choreo-incorporated lindy


**SOCIAL/PRACTICE INFO
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Brigitte has kindly offered to let us use the Happy Soul studio until 11pm by asking that anyone who stays pays $2. This means that even if only 4 people want to stay, those people only need to pay $2/each and they can use the space, ie if there aren't many people, we would not need to cover the regular room rental after 8:30pm.

Sometimes I will be there to host; sometimes I won't, so if you want to stay, please bring your own music to practice!

Mark's Moves Lindyhop Workshop - Part 3

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Mark's Moves Lindyhop Workshop - Part 3

Although recommended, it's not necessary to have done previous Mark's Moves workshops

Mark's Moves - Lindy Hop Workshop Series
with Mark Manser and Jessie Litven

Date: Wednesday, March 28th,
Location: Happy Soul Dance Studio
Time: 7:15pm-8:45pm
8:45-11 pm **unstructured social/practice (BYOMusic, $2)
Teachers: Mark Manser and Jessie Litven
Cost: $15/person/class

Back by popular demand! In this class, we will expand even more on our lindyhop repertoire.

We will need a minimum of 14 participants to run this class, so please say "going" if you are planning to attend.

Prerequisites: You must have a solid grasp of lindyhop fundamentals appropriate for anyone who feels firmly comfortable with all the following forms:
- Basic forms (tuck turn, sugar push, side passes, lindy circle, swing out).
- Ability to lead/follow 6 and 8 count rythms.
- Side-by-side charleston.

We'll expand on the previous "Mark's Moves" with time to both revisit moves learned in November as well as learn new movements rarely seen in our scene. This time, there will be more time per move, practicing the connection & technique needed for each move and locking in the ability to do it in the wild:)

What you'll learn:
- To lead/follow a bunch of moves in many different positions and orientations
- Styling/Variations on moves
- Patterns (sequences of moves)
- Some of Mark's secret tricks that make dancing easier and more comfortable


ABOUT MARK
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Mark started dancing Lindy Hop in 2008 with the DalKing's Swing Dance Society. Over the last 9 years he has taught each level of LindyHop and Blues offered by the society. He doesn't teach much anymore, so come take advantage of this rare opportunity to learn from one of Halifax's best!

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