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 2019
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!
Date: Every saturday! (with some exceptions)
location: 1300 Oxford street
Come learn to swing dance! Every week, 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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Doors open at 6:30pm
Beginner lesson 7:00-7:45pm
Music ends at 10:30pm
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You can invite your friends to the Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/619564775148911/
Please note that for progressive classes, if you can not attend all of the classes in a series, please mail email@example.com to see about partial attendance.
LINDY HOP MODULES
Day of the week: Fall - Wednesdays, 7:30-9pm @ Dalplex
October: Smooth Moves & Flow
November: Musicality & Rhythm
December: Fast & Slow Lindy
Day of Week in 2020 TBD
February: African Roots & Sister Dances
March: Choreo & Solo Jazz
April: Tricks & Air
May: Bal & Shag
June: Jams, Steals, Switch & Doublebug!
September Module is Charleston!
Dates (3 progressive classes): Wed Sept 11, Wed Sept 18, Wed Sept 25
Prerequisite: Lindy Level 1 or 1a, Lindy Level 2/1b preferable.
We are so excited to kick off our Wednesday modules with Charleston classes with long-time teachers Priyanka Varkey and Jessie Litven. Priyanka has been itching to teach Charleston to the Halifax scene, for both newer and seasoned dancers. Kick and kick, jump and bounce, there is so much dynamic movement and rhythm in Charleston, one of the original Lindy Hop movements. We will learn basic Charleston rhythms, side by side partnered Charleston, variations, tandem, hacksaws, and a sweet jig-walk sequence presented by world-renowned lindy hoppers Frida and Skye. Already feeling confident with Charleston? Why not try the class in your other role? Although we will be covering a lot of material for all levels, we welcome those who've never done Charleston before as long as you have taken some Lindy Hop before (prereq is Lindy 1a or 1b).
Lindy Hop Level 1
Date: Sept 21-Oct 26 (6 WEEKS)
Price: $45 ($?? for repeaters)
location: 1300 Oxford street
Want to try a partner dance? Are you an absolute beginner with little or no experience? Trying to get some exercise while just having a blast? 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 where you will be introduced to lindy hop fundamentals (no partner or previous experience required!). In this class, we will start from square one, going step by step to get you moving with some confidence and rhythm on the dance floor. We will cover basic 6-count and 8-count moves, including tuck turns, promenades, send outs, and swing outs.
For an example of lindy hop, watch us at summer waterfront dancing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yuqRQWcUJ44
You can invite your friends to the Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1026790757526182/
Lindy Hop level 2
Date: Nov 9, Nov 23-Dec 14 (Nov 16 is Seaside Shimmy)
Price: $37 ($?? for Repeaters)
Location: 1300 Oxford Street
Have you taken Lindy 1, 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 expand your ability to connect to the music and our partners, 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.
AKA Lindy Hop 1b. 5 Weeks of Lindy Hop lessons, continuing and refining what you learned in Lindy 1. (Please indicate whether you are repeating the class.)
FALL Blues lessons 2019
Blues dancing classes are back this fall -- Got the blues so bad!
Location and time: 1313 Hollis St, 7 pm to 8:30 pm Thursday nights
Dal-Kings Swing is happy to announce that blues dancing classes are back this fall. Classes are designed for all levels, with something for everyone interested in moving and improvising to blues music while improving their repertoire of strategies and moves to make the dance interesting.
(Classes are progressive, so dancers are encouraged to register for the 6-week set.
Drop-ins are possible for dancers with previous blues experience: cost $10 per lesson to drop in.]
Session A: September 12 to October 17 – I think I got the blues
This session will focus on partnering techniques and dance dynamics.
Session B: October 24-November 28 - Got nuthin’ but the blues
This session will focus on quality of movement, musicality, and improvisation.
Cost per 6-week session: $30 students, $45 community members
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 and jazz 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 the US south, 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/ )
Check the Dal King’s Swing website registration page to register. http://www.dalswing.ca/registration/
Modules Class: The Big Apple
Date: TBA (5 WEEKS)
location: 1300 Oxford street
Prerequisite: Level 1a
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).
Note: people who already have learned the Big Apple routine are welcome to join the class as Teacher's Assistants free of charge (pay only $5 for the dance)
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
"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.
Time: 7-8 PM
location: dalplex (6260 South St)
Intermediate & Advance dancers, starting June 3rd we will have weekly Peer-Lindy Practices held at Dalplex, $5. This will be a space where we can expand our knowledge and improve our skills with the help of feedback from our fellow dancers. A pair of dancers will lead the practice with a theme, exercises and discussion points for the group. If you plan on attending, please let Claire (claire.boteler at gmail.com) know so we can get a rough idea of numbers. Also say if you want to be put into the rotation for leading an upcoming practice.
Shim sham Routine
location: 1300 Oxford street
In preparation for World Lindy Hop Day on June 14, 2019, we will be presenting the Shim Sham Routine. 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!
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!
Our Head DJ Rissa offers lessons to prospective DJs.