Swing Dance lessons at the Doghouse

Each Saturday, before the swing dance party gets underway, the Doghouse offers the following classes:

7:30-8:15pm Intermediate II Lindy Hop with Chad & Melanie

Chad and Melanie's weekly intermediate class is now progressive! Incorporating our new "Buddha Dog" curriculum, this class teaches concepts from Chad's "Zen and the Art of Lindy Hop" workshops in a progressive format. This class is ideal for intermediate dancers who want to work on form, connection, frame, balance, and momentum while learning the repertoire of classic lindy hop steps.

8:15-9:00pm Beginning East Coast Swing with Chad & Melanie

START HERE if you're totally new to Swing Dancing. Every week we'll cover the basics of swing dance, giving you enough in one class to keep you dancing the night away! No partner or experience necessary. Take this class several times until you're ready to move into Beginning Lindy Hop Level I.

7:30-9pm (1st and 3rd Saturdays) Beginning Lindy Hop Level 1 with Jennifer & Nate

WHAT COMES AFTER BEGINNING EAST COAST SWING? For those who have a handle on East Coast Swing (6 count) and want more, welcome to Lindy Hop basics (8 count). You'll learn the foundations of lindy hop, including the swingout, Lindy circle, and Charleston kicks.

7:30-9pm (2nd and 4th Saturdays) Beginning Lindy Hop Level 2 with Jennifer & Nate

I HAVE MY LINDY HOP BASICS NOW WHAT? Want to combine your East Coast Swing with the Lindy Hop basics and add more moves? This class is for beginning students who are comfortable with the basic moves they learned in Level 1, and want to learn more fun moves.

7:30-9pm DogSkool! Every Week A Different Specialty Class With the Bay Area's Top Instructors

Stay tuned for the info on the next DogSkool!

How much?

  • $15 for a class AND entry to the dance party (costs may differ on band nights).
  • $10 - just the party
  • $18 - DogSkool classes (includes the party).

Learning to Swing Dance

Learning to swing dance is like learning to speak a foreign language. It takes practice and dedication. Just as you would practice say...French with different people, don't forget to practice your dancing with different partners -- it will help you improve much faster.

Of course, what better place to practice than at the Swing Dance Party that follows the classes. Get out on the floor with the partners you met in class. But don't be shy, either -- make new friends and ask strangers to dance.

Social etiquette applies: Be courteous, and thank your partner after the dance.

We all began as beginners at one time, so don't be discouraged if you hit some speed bumps on your journey. Watch others, learn, and perservere. In the end, it's all about having fun, dancing to some of the greatest music in the world.

See you on the dance floor!



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