Bal in Hal - Beginner Balboa Series!

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Bal in Hal - Beginner Balboa Series!

Cost:  $20 for students, $30 for community members
Experience: All levels welcome!

We need a minimum of 14 people to run the class, so please mark your interest now. Registration link will be posted shortly, and you don't want to miss this intro to Balboa!

Do you want to try out the slidy-skating-silkiness of Balboa? This dance developed when lindyhop had to get small on the dancefloor, but the tightness, flow, and precision of this dance is a joy to experience. 

*No previous experience necessary* 

Jessie Litven will be guiding you through the basics of balboa from scratch, learning up-hold and down-hold basics, come-arounds, and other balboa foundations.

7:00pm lesson
8:30pm bal practice/social


Watch some pro bal for some awe: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DdHN3Uf4lNY

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Mark's Moves Workshop Series

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Mark's Moves Workshop Series

Space is limited! We will only have capacity for 10 leads and 10 follows. The registration link will be posted soon, so stay tuned so you don't miss out on this incredible opportunity to learn from one of Halifax's best swing dancers!

Cost: $10/person/class

November 8th & 15th - Intermediate Workshops
Intermediate is 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.

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)
- Footwork
- Some of Mark's secret tricks that make dancing easier and more comfortable

Format:
- We'll cover as many moves as possible in the 2 hours. 
- At the end we'll record a recap of everything we covered so you can practice at home.

About the instructor:
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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Seaside Shimmy

Seaside Shimmy

Ready, Set, Sail! 

To Halifax's Lindy Hop & Blues Weekend!

Save the date as we welcome another weekend of dancing in Halifax November 17th to November 19th!

Click here for more information!

 Last Waterfront Dancing social moved!

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Last Waterfront Dancing social moved!

Because of expected rain tomorrow evening, we're moving the last Waterfront Dancing event to next Tuesday, Sept. 26.

This will be the final opportunity for Waterfront Dancing. There will not be a rain date. If we have to cancel the event again because of rain on the 26th, Waterfront Dancing is done for this summer since the days are getting shorter and shorter and sometimes colder. So everyone, do the sun dance for next Tuesday!!!!

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Spring Swing Modules

Located at Happy Soul Dance Studios, 3089 Oxford Street, 2nd floor, Halifax, Nova Scotia B3L 2W8

Prices: $25 Community Members, $15 Students

Prerequisite: At least one semester of Level 1 Lindy Hop

Timing: Wednesdays 7:15-9:15 pm

Expand your swingrizons to learn different styles, fancy footwork, crazy choreos, connection, technique, and more. Swing Modules are a series of 3-4 progressive classes. Each module will focus on a different style or theme. It is helpful if participants can attend all or most classes of a module.

MODULE 3: UP YOUR TECHNIQUE, FREE YOUR LINDY HOP SPIRIT, With MARK MANSER & JESSIE LITVEN

Wednesdays May 17 to June 7

7:15 pm to 9:15 pm

This will be a unique opportunity to get one-on-one instruction time while also having the class-like setting to practice what you learn with other dancers. While group classes are helpful, because every dancer is different and all of us have our personal strengths and challenges, sometimes it is much easier to have direct instruction from teachers to help your dancing get to the next level. This class combines both!

Each 2-hour class will include three elements:

  • learning specific exercises to help you with various elements of Lindy hop such as lead-follow connection, musicality, movements, and balance
  • receiving a 15-20 minute slot for a mini-private with both instructors
  • practicing the exercises and whatever came up in your one-on-one session with fellow dancers

These lessons are appropriate for all post-level-one dancers. Drop-ins welcome, though doing the whole module is encouraged.

More modules to come!

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Blues Switch Class

A 5-week “Switch” class that teaches people to dance as a leader, follower, and to switch between them.

Have you ever been at a major blues dance event where someone who wants to dance with you asks, “lead, follow or switch”? In this 5-week lesson set we’ll aim to develop the skills of dancers who have already completed a set of blues lessons (as a lead or as a follow) but want to seriously amp up their skills by learning the other role and the skills needed to switch seamlessly between the roles. There will be a field trip for blues on the week of July 10th as the Halifax Jazzfest is on - stay tuned for more to follow!!

The classes will occur June 8, 15, 22, 29 and July 6th.

Here’s some videos of switch dancing:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5gk-Y6RmPXo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oKCUj-UK570

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Winter Lindy Hop Classes Beginning January 14

We are happy to announce the start of our winter semester of Lindy Hop Beginner lessons Saturday January 14 at 6:45pm. This set of lessons will teach you the basic dance steps, moves and how to dance with anyone and everyone on a social dance floor.

No partner or experience required, and all are welcome to attend!

The very first class is FREE! Registration can be performed in person or online at http://www.dalswing.ca/registration/. If you're on Facebook please sign up for our first class event so we can gauge the attendance.

Please bring your own waterbottle, comfortable shoes (heels and sandals are not recommended), and your smile.

Beginner Lindy Hop classes will continue weekly on Saturdays at 6:45pm. See the website calendar at http://www.dalswing.ca/ for the most up-to-date schedule.

Curious as to what Lindy Hop looks like? Check out these awesome videos:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N-4ibbZFbJY
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_m8fyRvifIY
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V21PEmv_8yY

What is Lindy Hop?
Lindy Hop is a North American dance that evolved in Harlem, New York City, in the 1920s and 1930s. It was very popular during the Swing era of the late 1930s and early 1940s.
It was then brought back in the 1980s and has been popular ever since. It is now danced in most major cities.

For more information about DalKing's Swing:
Check out our Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/dalswing/
Check out our Facebook group:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/dalswing/

Feel free to contact us with any questions you may have.

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Halifax Lindy Explosion and Swing with the Fishes 2016

This weekend will be our yearly fall event Swing with the Fishes! We will have a Lindy social and a Blues social on Friday, as well as a treasure hunt on Saturday morning, and Saturday evening will be Swing with the Fishes. We will have an opener band, followed by a beginner lesson, and then a big band for the rest of the evening. For details see here. YOU MUST BRING YOUR ID TO ENTER.

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December 3, 2016 Temporary Venue Switch

The final Lindy classes of the semester will be located at DANCESpace on 1531 Grafton Street, Halifax. This will be the venue in place of our usual venue First Baptist Church.

The Beginner and Beginner Plus classes will begin at 6:45pm.

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November 5, 2016 Temporary Venue Switch

All of our regular scheduled classes on November 5, 2016 will be temporarily located at St. Andrew's United Church on the corner of Coburg and Robie. We will be in the gym upstairs and also the basement room. This is a week which First Baptist was busy, but we will have our regularly scheduled classes the next week.

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