Learn to Dance
There is absolutely no experience (not even a partner!) needed when you join us for lessons here at the DSDS.
All that we ask is that you come with a smile, an open mind, and wearing clean indoor shoes with non-marking soles.
~At DalKing's Swing Safe Dance~
We care about your safety and comfort. If anyone, regardless who, is making you uncomfortable, please come tell a staff member , executive or volunteer.
As these are private lessons, we reserve the right to ask anyone to leave if they are disrupting the event, the enjoyment of our attendees or any other reason that we deem reasonable.
Lindy Hop lessons are progressive so drop-ins are not advisable.
Winter Lessons 2018
We've got some wonderful lessons to keep that autumn chill away, and you don't want to miss them. Join us at the First Baptist Church at 1300 Oxford Street for lessons and social dances. As always, you don't need to bring a partner or have any experience in dance, so come on!
Lindy Hop Level 1a
Date: Jan 19 - Feb 9, saturdays
location: 1300 Oxford street
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.
For an example of lindy hop, watch us at summer waterfront dancing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yuqRQWcUJ44
Rhythm and Connection
Date: Jan 19 - Jan 26th
location: 1300 Oxford street
Week 1: Rhythm
Want to explore the beast that make your lindyhop-heart tik? Afraid to step outside the triple step? Come have fun with different rhythms both as a solo and partner dancer. Maybe you want to feel more relaxed and confident in your basic lindyhop rhythms, or maybe you’re curious to feel the music in a new way; whatever your approach, this will be a time for you to express the music and play with rhythms, and see how rhythm connects us to our dance partner. Bonus: there will be mini-choreo challenges to really get you feet thinking!
Week 2: Connction
This class will break down the essentials of having a relaxed yet communicative connection to allow both dance partners to 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 a dancing connection feel smooth as butter.
This is a two-week course., with pre-requisites of basic six and eight-count, lindyhop patterns, and Charleston basic required.
Shim sham Routine
location: 1300 Oxford street
Looking to add to your swing repertoire? Well, look no further! The Shim Sham is a fun, engaging, and common routine you will see at almost any swing social. With fun moves and foot work, the Shim Sham is the perfect way to expand your dance and have a great time!
Lindy Hop level 1b
Location: 1300 Oxford Street
So you’ve finished Lindy 1A, and have fallen in love with the dance. We definitely can't blame you! In order to satisfy that craving for MOAR LINDY, we are happy to offer Lindy 2! What you'll learn: more swing out practice, working with circular momentum, swing out variations, swivels, mixing 6&8 count, and some musical breaks. Basically, all the fun stuff! We look forward to seeing you on the dance floor!!
Winter Blues lessons 2018
Join us this fall for blues dancing lessons at 1313 Hollis Street – Thursday nights 6:30-8:30 pm.
No previous blues dancing experience is necessary, but experienced dancers will learn more about blues dance techniques, idioms, and strategies to push their dancing to a higher level. No partner required because we will rotate partners often.
What is blues dancing? Blues dancing is a relaxed partner or solo dance that responds to the rhythms and emotions of blues music. It includes a family of dances created in African American communities for social dancing to blues music, from the late 19th through the 20th century. Rooted in African movement, blues dancing values improvisation, rhythm, and fun. Over the last several decades, a vibrant blues dancing community has grown in many parts of the world, from the birthplace of the blues in Louisiana, to festivals in Europe, to clubs in East Asia. (For more on blues dancing, check out Blues Dance New York or Laura Chieko’s pages http://bluesdancenewyork.com/what-is-blues/ http://www.laurachieko.com/blues-idiom-dances/
BLUES IN MY BONES
Date: Thurs Jan 17th-Feb 21st at 1313 Hollis Street
Time: 6:30-8:30 pm
Price: $45 for community members, $30 for students
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!!]
Date: March 8th, 9th, 10th
Full weekend Price: $60. additional/alternative pricing available
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 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.
About our guest instructor… Dan Repsch
Dan is immersed in the music and the movement. He constantly travels internationally teaching and learning, happily sharing his ideas along the way. In his teaching, Dan’s enthusiastic approach brings a focus on innovation, connection, and attention to your partner. Dan is also a veteran DJ, spinning for events across 4 continents and DJing everything from international events to local dances on a weekly basis. He’s also organized both locally and for international events as their Head DJ, including BluesSHOUT! and The Blues Experiment. In the end, Dan is most excited to work hard at improving the dance and to see his students break through their boundaries.
Not sure if you want to make the leap? Check out our weekly swing factory for a drop in lesson!
Want to be a DJ?
If you really like swing dance music, we invite you to learn about DJing! Other than volunteers, the DSDS is looking for a Head DJ (preferably someone with DJ experience) and DJs to help out with events. Ready to be a DJ? Apply here!
Our Head DJ Ian Whitman offers lessons to prospective DJs.
A message from Ian:
"This is a basic, high level, DJ intro web series being done by a site that I use for DJ information pretty regularly. It's covering the basic concepts of DJing (from a club DJ standpoint, however the basics apply to all DJing). Have a look if you're interested. FYI this is meant as a lead-in to a paid course, and the courses aren't cheap. For basic info video the series is useful, and there is a free weekly training course you can sign up for through the site as well."