My name is Emily and I’m the new prez for the coming year! If we haven’t talked yet, please feel free to find me at social– I’m usually DJing and would love to dance and/or chat with you!
Regular Monday Lessons
Monday April 2nd in Aquatic and Fitness Center, Multi Purpose Room 1 (downstairs)
Intermediate: 8:15 – 9:15 – Jazz Up Your Lindy Hop II- Learn more solo moves that you can incorporate into your dancing and how continue communicating with your partner during these snazzy new jazzy moves.
Beginner: 9:15 – 10:15 – Charleston III – Apologies again for the messy lesson last week. This week we know we’re doing the third week of Charleston so we’ll be prepared! Come learn more cool things you can do in Charleston.
Social Dance: 10:15 – 11:00 – Come dance with me!
Remember, your first two lessons are free. Please make sure you pay Abhisheik $15 dollars if you haven’t yet.
Salsa Showcase and Performance Team
April 21st and 22nd in the evenings, free, and is usually at the Chem Auditorium. Exact times and places TBD.
For the last few semesters, Swing Club has done a guest performance at Salsa Showcase, and we’re back this semester for both nights! It’s free and you get to see dancing of all sorts. I’ll update you with more details soon.
The group from Swing Club that does this is the performance team, which you are eligible to join after completing one semester of beginner lessons! It’s a really fun way to really improve in your dancing quickly and I’ve enjoyed it a lot. We have a separate rehearsal each week, and if you’re interested in joining for next semester, please email both Kaitlin (kcf3gu) and Jannie (jlj5hz) or talk to them on Monday so you can get the rest of the details and ask any questions.
The performance team in action at the Collegiate Lindy Hop Championships a few weeks ago: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vm3eHLO86Bk
SwingCville is the Charlottesville Lindy Hop group and we join them every Wednesday for their social dance, which is $5 and starts at 9. If you would like to come and want a ride (or are driving and can drive other people!) sign up here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1a5VLF1dDedx6YIuynMykw3jNjl0lQgrfWvfnuLrIUIU/edit?usp=sharing
They also hold lessons every Wednesday before the dance, host workshops, and a dance every fourth Saturday of the month. Check out details here: http://swingcville.org.
Video of the Week
As you know, Youtube is a beautiful thing. There’s everything you could want to watch, including swing dancing. In this section, I’d like to include a video that could be anything from a different style of swing dance (St Louis Shag, anyone?), to a type of competition (I spend way too much time watching Jack and Jills), to something about the history of swing dance (clips of the original dancers who made this thing we do! A well known original big band leader’s music!), to a cool performance, clips from an upcoming event, to whatever dance-related thing I think would be fun or helpful to share.
This first video that I’m sharing is the Advanced Jack and Jill Finals from Montreal Swing Riot 2015, and the main reason that I’m sharing it is simply because I think this really captures the joy of the dance, and a diversity of different ways to dance Lindy Hop. It’s also a Jack and Jill, which means that competitors get randomly paired with a partner, and dance to a song chosen by the band or DJ. It’s basically just judged social dancing, and it’s super fun to watch. Enjoy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hlfUrVFsGI4