April 13/14, 2014: Sunday Swing Dance & Monday Classes

  • Posted on: 10 April 2014
  • By: mari

Hope to see everyone at our Sunday Social Dance in Rob Gym #2320 this Sunday! I'm going to take up a DJ challenge by playing a whole set based on music by modern musicians. Everyone is welcome to use this time to practice, ask for feedback, and/or simply social dance.

Monday nights have been going great! Mike and I have gone over the Swing Out in great detail and we've seen a lot of improvement across the floor. With a solid foundation under your feet, we'll now start to teach some fun Swing Out variations that include solo footwork, styling, and variations on the partner mechanics.

In our beginner class, we'll be serving up a hot plate of 8-count Lindy Hop now that we have the 6-count down like pros.

Monday Schedule:

  • 7:00-8:00pm -- Swing Out Soiree
  • 8:00-9:00pm -- 8 Count Lindy Hop
  • 9:00-10:00pm -- Open Dance Practice

Where: Goleta Valley Community Center, 5679 Hollister Ave, Goleta, CA 93117

If you have any questions, suggestions, or the like, please leave us a comment below or feel free to send us an email!

April 7, 2014: Swing Outs & More 6-Count Lindy Hop

  • Posted on: 4 April 2014
  • By: mari

Don't forget that we have our first Sunday Social Dance in Rob Gym #2320 this Sunday! We'll play a variety of swing music for 2 hours. Everyone is welcome to use this time to practice, ask for feedback, and/or simply social dance.

On Monday, we'll be picking up where we left off last week with Swing Outs and more 6-Count Lindy Hop awesomeness!

Schedule:

  • 7:00-8:00pm -- Swing Out Soiree
  • 8:00-9:00pm -- 6 Count Lindy Hop
  • 9:00-10:00pm -- Open Dance Practice

Where: Goleta Valley Community Center, 5679 Hollister Ave, Goleta, CA 93117

If you have any questions, suggestions, or the like, please leave us a comment below or feel free to send us an email!

March 31, 2014: Lindy Hop Fundamentals & Swing Outs

  • Posted on: 31 March 2014
  • By: mari

We hope everyone had a lovely Spring Break!

Are you ready to dance? Because we are.

Schedule:

  • 7:00-8:00pm -- Swing Out Soiree
  • 8:00-9:00pm -- 6 Count Lindy Hop
  • 9:00-10:00pm -- Open Dance Practice

Where: Goleta Valley Community Center, 5679 Hollister Ave, Goleta, CA 93117

If you have any questions, suggestions, or the like, please leave us a comment below or feel free to send us an email!

ANNOUNCEMENT!

  • Posted on: 25 March 2014
  • By: mari
Good news, everyone!

Spring Quarter is less than a week away. Wowza!

On Monday, March 31, we're kicking off our new session with classes and practice at the Goleta Valley Community Center.

On Sunday, April 5, we'll have our first of many social dances in Rob Gym 2320 at UCSB.

Spread the word!

March 6, 2014: Classic Moves & The Shim Sham!

  • Posted on: 5 March 2014
  • By: mari

This will be the last meeting of Winter Quarter '14! Even though we won't be meeting until Spring Quarter begins, we'll still be here, dancing and trying to drag everyone out to dance with us.

We'll conclude this quarter with a wrap-up of our Frankie's Favorites & Dean's Delights class that synthesizes everything that we covered into an awesome pattern to practice. After that, we're gonna Shim Sham Shimmy like crazy. This is a line dance that's near and dear to every lindyhopper's heart and I love teaching it every quarter. Solo jazz is the bee's knees.

ONE MORE THING -- we're having teacher evaluations! It's a quick, easy form to fill out. We want to know how we're doing and what we could do better. Continually improving ourselves as teachers and giving you guys what you want to learn is important to us. Feedback is always welcome.

Schedule:

  • 7:30-8:15pm -- Frankie's Favorites & Dean's Delights
  • 8:15-9:00pm -- The Shim Sham (all-levels)
  • 9:00-10:00pm -- Open Dance Practice

Where: Goleta Valley Community Center, 5679 Hollister Ave, Goleta, CA 93117

If you have any questions, suggestions, or the like, please leave us a comment below or feel free to send us an email!

February 27, 2014: Frankie Dean & Sugar Pushes

  • Posted on: 27 February 2014
  • By: mari

Our trip to Ventura's YeahMan Swing Club was tons of fun! For quite a few dancers, this was their first time dancing outside Santa Barbara. Thanks to all who joined us! If you didn't make it, don't worry - we'll have more field trips soon.

Winter Quarter is almost over, but we have 2 more awesome sets of classes planned before our early Spring break begins.

Schedule:

  • 7:30-8:15pm -- Frankie's Favorites & Dean's Delights
  • 8:15-9:00pm -- Sugar Pushes
  • 9:00-10:00pm -- Open Dance Practice

Where: Goleta Valley Community Center, 5679 Hollister Ave, Goleta, CA 93117

If you have any questions, suggestions, or the like, please leave us a comment below or feel free to send us an email!

February 20, 2014: Field Trip to Yeah Man!

  • Posted on: 20 February 2014
  • By: mari

Since our usual room was booked, we decided why not go dance elsewhere and bring everyone with us? This is why we're headed to the YEAH MAN Swing Club in Ventura tonight. This is a great dance venue and it's hosted by Rob & Diane Van Haaren, two amazing instructors who know how to create a fun, friendly atmosphere.

To sweeten the deal, special guest DAVID FRUTOS will be DJing! David, along with his partner Kim Clever, are nationally known instructors, competitors and judges. As a DJ, David is known for playing a wide variety of music that always keeps the dance floor moving.

We encourage everyone to join us! If you need a ride, or can offer a ride, please go to our Facebook event page and make a post. My car is quickly filling up.

Schedule:
• Beginner Swing Class: 7:00 - 8:00 pm
• DJ Dance: 8:00 - 10:15 pm

Location: Golden China Restaurant, 760 S Seaward Ave, Ventura, CA

Admission: $10 if you arrive for the class, or $5 after 8 PM

February 13, 2014: Frankie's Favorites, Dean's Delights, & Floorcraft

  • Posted on: 13 February 2014
  • By: mari

We hope everyone enjoyed Jonathan Stout & His Campus Five! Pictures are up on our Facebook page. If you have any to share, please send them our way and we'll add them to the album.

Tonight Nick and I will continue teaching distinct ways to style and inspire your Lindy Hop. We're taking from the schools of Frankie & Ann and Dean & Jewel. Both did whips, both did fatty swingouts, but when you watch them in their performances, you can see how their individual styles shined and made them the distinguished dancers that inspire our generation. Rather than picking a side, we want everyone to start developing their own unique voice and texture within the dance.

After that, Melissa and Robert will be teaching a class that covers floorcraft. Aka how to survive when the dance floor is the size of a postage stamp and you MUST DANCE. This is important for all-levels of dancers.

Schedule:

  • 7:30-8:15pm -- Frankie's Favorites & Dean's Delights
  • 8:15-9:00pm -- World of Floorcraft
  • 9:00-10:00pm -- Open Dance Practice

Where: Goleta Valley Community Center, 5679 Hollister Ave, Goleta, CA 93117

If you have any questions, suggestions, or the like, please leave us a comment below or feel free to send us an email!

February 6, 2014: Classic Moves & Shiny Moves

  • Posted on: 6 February 2014
  • By: mari

Happy Thursday!

This week Nick and I will be teaching the intermediate class a few classic patterns that come from two somewhat popular dancers: Dean Collins and Frankie Manning. No big deal or anything.

After that, Melissa and Robert will guide the beginner class through some awesome ways to shine on the floor using 6-count Lindy Hop.

Schedule:

  • 7:30-8:15pm -- Dean's Delights & Frankie's Favorites
  • 8:15-9:00pm -- Easy Moves to Make You Shine
  • 9:00-10:00pm -- Open Dance Practice

Where: Goleta Valley Community Center, 5679 Hollister Ave, Goleta, CA - Room 7

If you have any questions, suggestions, or the like, please leave us a comment below or feel free to send us an email!

January 30, 2014: Musicality with Repetition & Passes Galore!

  • Posted on: 30 January 2014
  • By: mari

Heyo!

Tonight I'll be in Ventura to DJ at the YeahMan Swing Club. In my absence, Nick and Melissa will be present to teach both classes and keep everything awesome.

For intermediate level, they're going to explore that vague thing lindyhoppers call musicality with patterns that use repetition. It's just one of the many ways that you can dance and be expressive with the music.

After that, we've got passes galore for the beginner class! This will be a great class to give you a feel of the momentum that gives Lindy Hop that swing.

Schedule:

  • 7:30-8:15pm -- Did I Stutter? Musicality with Repetition
  • 8:15-9:00pm -- Beginner Passes Galore
  • 9:00-10:00pm -- Open Dance Practice

Where: Goleta Valley Community Center, 5679 Hollister Ave, Goleta, CA - Room 7

If you have any questions, suggestions, or the like, please leave us a comment below or feel free to send us an email!

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