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.
Fall 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 1
Date: Sep 29-Oct 20, Saturdays
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, i.e. 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
Bal in Hal - Balboa Level 1
Date: Sep 29 - Oct 6, Saturdays
Do you want to try out the slidy-skating-silkiness of balboa? This dance developed when lindy hop had to take up less space on packed dance floors, and the tightness, flow, and precision of this dance is an absolute joy.
No experience necessary! We will be starting right from scratch.
Watch some pro bal for some awe: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DdHN3Uf4lNY
Fall 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/
Turn, Turn, Turn– Blues Dance Taster Class
Date: Thursday 13 September
Time: 6:30-8:30 pm
PRice: $10 at the door
Location: 1313 Hollis Street
Join us at 1313 Hollis street where we will introduce some fundamentals of blues dancing to give dancers a taste of how much fun blues dancing can be. We will try a few jukin’ and ballroomin’ blues dance styles and play with many kinds of turns.
Instructors: Jill Grant and Tobias Zan
Jammin’ at the Juke Joint - Blues Session A
Date: 27 September to 1 November 6-week course, Thursdays
PRice: $45 community, $30 students - $10 drop-in
Loction: 1313 Hollis St
Instructors: Jill Grant and Tobias Zan
Our first six-week session will focus on Jukin’ blues: the kind of blues danced in crowded juke-joints and at weekend rent-parties. Jukin’ blues can be relaxed and cool or energetic and engaged, depending on the blues shuffle rhythms in the music. We’ll experiment with some jukin’ idiom dances, such as Touch-and-go, Mooche, and Fishtails.
Ballroomin’ at the Savoy - Blues Session B
Date: 8 November to 13 December 6-week course, Thursdays
Price: $45 community, $30 students - $10 drop-in
Location: 1313 Hollis St
Our second six-week session will focus on Ballroomin’ blues: the kind danced in elegant dance halls like the famous Savoy Ballroom in Harlem in the 1920s and 1930s. Ballroomin’ blues styles are travelling dances that respond to the driving beats of jazz blues music. Styles include Strut, Stride, and Savoy Walk.
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."