DalKing’s Swing Dance Society is thrilled once again to host the AMAZING Daniel Repsch – international blues dance instructor, competitor, and DJ—for another blues-dance workshop weekend in Halifax with all new material! You won’t want to miss this opportunity to learn more about blues dancing 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!!
This time the workshop focuses on Jazz Blues or “Ballrooming” styles – the kinds of blues dancing that started in places like the Savoy Ballroom in Harlem and moved to the stylings of the great bands and jazz blues artists like Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, and Sidney Bechet. We’ll have three days of workshops and dancing! The main workshops and dances are on Friday night and Saturday, with local blues band Ced, Marty and Dave 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. [Note that Sunday events require extra fees.]
To stay updated, watch for information on the Halifax Blues and Fusion Dancers FB page https://www.facebook.com/groups/299840556772541/
BLUENOSE BLUES – Schedule
Friday, 6 September 2019: Workshop 7:30-9 pm, dance 9-12 midnight – 1313 Hollis
Saturday, 7 September 2019: Workshops 10 am-4 pm [DalPlex]
Lesson 8:15-9 pm; Dance 9 pm to 2 am -- Band: Ced, Marty, and Dave – 1313 Hollis
Sunday, 8 September 2019: added events -extra fee
Intermediate and advanced intensive -12:00 to 1:30 pm – [DalPlex]
Second Sunday Barrington Blues social dance (blues and blues-fusion)– Haliente studio, Barrington St (upstairs) $5 entry at the door— lesson 8 pm, social dancing 8:30-10:30pm
Lindy Hop level 1b
Date: June 22-July 27 (no class july 6)
Location: 1300 Oxford Street
Have you taken Linday 1a, or have done a lot of social dancing and want to work on your swing outs and charleston? Please join us for a 5-week progressive series where we will take your dancing to the next level, no partner required. In this class, we will work on improving your swing out technique and show you cool variations for both swing outs and basic 6 count moves. We will also speed the music up and introduce you to partnered charleston, an energetic and exciting style of moves. At the end of these classes, you will be dancing to a larger range of music tempos, and will have more tools to express yourself on the dance floor.
June 8 at 2pm: FUSE pre-festival at Halifax Central Library
June 15 afternoon (time TBA): Sharing Dance Day, June 15th at Halifax Central Library
July 1 from 2:30-3:30pm: Canada Day FUSE Festival , at the Halifax Commons.
On Canada Day we will be performing at the Big Apple at the Halifax Commons
For Canada Day’s performance, we will perform a routine, teach the audience a move, and social dance. Practices will be Mondays in June, 6-7pm at Dalplex.
Are you up for a jazz-step challenge? Do you want to bring some lindyhop greatness to Halifax? The Big Apple is such an amazingly fun group routine. It's not an easy routine, but the feelings of elation are worth the effort, and it is now going to be taught once again, back by popular demand. One of the things that makes it great is that it's done in a circle and that Frankie Manning is credited with many of the steps (see more history below).
Once you've learned this routine, you will have a plethora of jazz steps at your musical disposal. Check it out:
Whitey's Lindy Hoppers perform the Big Apple: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OfgKMfexdPQ
Harlem Hot Shots perform the Big Apple: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TmsYp583IYw
Time: 6:30-7:40 pm
Dates: Five Saturdays June 1, 8, 15, 22, & 29
Who: Level 1a
Cost: $30 (or free for Teaching assistants who already know the Big Apple)
You can invite your friends on Facebook to the Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/389363655000306/
"The Big Apple had already exploded in New York City when we started doing it in the famous Savoy Theatre every Saturday"Night!
- Frankie Manning
Frankie Manning is credited with inventing the steps of the famous Big Apple Contest for the Movie "Keep Punching." With the release of the Movie in 1937, his steps where preserved for all of us to see. Along with the original footage of this dance, Hanna & Mattias attempt to recapture the original Hype of the 1920s. They give step-by-step instructions on how to dance the Big Apple Routine and with Whiz and Jazz make the routine fun for all dancers alike.
The exact origin of the Big Apple is unclear but one author suggests that the dance originated from the "ring shout", a group dance associated with religious observances that was founded before 1860 by African Americans on plantations in South Carolina and Georgia. The ring shout is described as a dance with "counterclockwise circling and high arm gestures" that resembled the Big Apple.
It is still practiced today in small populations of the southern United States. The dance that eventually became known as the Big Apple is speculated to have been created in the early 1930s by African American youth dancing at the House of Prayer Synagogue on Gates Street in Columbia, South Carolina. The synagogue was converted into a black juke joint called the "Big Apple Night Club.
REVIEW OF SWINGIN’ INTO SPRING WORKSHOPS
DATE: MAY 11- 18 (2 WEEKS)
LOCATION: 1300 OXFORD STREET
After an amazing dance weekend at Fredericton’s Swingin’ to Spring April 26-28, we are inspired to bring back some of the highlights of what we learned from the amazing teachers, Bobby White and Kate Hedin. We will take two weeks to recap and share our favorite pieces from their workshops, including some snazzy swingout variations and cool movements to refine partner connection & momentum. Feel free to come to both weeks or only one. [Note: Did you attend this year’s Swingin’ to Spring workshops? Come help out the class and get a refresher for free; just pay $5 for Swing Factory dance entrance!]
Pre-reqs: Lindy level 1a & 1b OR 6-count & 8-count basics, including swingouts
Instructors: Pri and Logan (11th), Yuvii and Jessie (18th)
You can invite your friends to the Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/2293176680945764/
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 6-week progressive series (May 11-June 15) 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!
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.
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!
(Note this is not an official DKSDS event.)
The church is unavailable April 27, 2019 and May 2, 2019 so there will be no lessons nor Swing Factory those weeks.
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.
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 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 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!
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.
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
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
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!
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!
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.
Date is Wednesday July 25th
Doors open at 7:00pm
Beginner lesson from 7:30 to 8:15pm
Music ends at 10:30pm