Swing Dance Classes in the Hudson Valley
We teach authentic style Lindy Hop born out of the Savoy
Ballroom in Harlem, NY and danced worldwide. Our
teacher was Frankie Manning, featured on Ken Burns'
Jazz series and documentaries.
Also known as Lindy, East Coast Swing or Jitterbug,
Lindy Hop is a fun style of dance immensely popular since
the 1930s. It is often done to big band music like Count
Basie and also to rock and roll. Whether you are looking
for a new hobby, to meet new friends or are getting ready
to dance at a wedding or event, swing is the most versatile
and fun partner dance around. There are many
opportunities to go swing dancing in the Hudson Valley
Build your skills and confidence. No partner or experience needed.
- Beginners with no experience.
- Those who think they have two left feet.
- New dancers trying to improve their skills, confidence and
- Experienced dancers who want to "learn the other role" and
expand their capabilities.
- Social dancers who want to enhance lead/follow ability and
We offer three different beginner-level series classes, each
focusing on different entry-level moves, footwork and technique.
Each of the three-week series can be taken in any order, but all
must be taken at least once to build a solid foundation on which to
- Level One: Arch Turns & Trading Places series introduces
single step six count footwork, leading and following moves in
closed and open positions including the arch turn, inside turn,
outside turn, belt pass, neck pass and more.
- Level One: Send Outs & Sweethearts series introduces triple
step six-count footwork, leading and following moves in closed
and open positions including the send out, inside turn, free side
pass, and more.
- Level One: Swing Outs & Circles series introduces eight-count
footwork, leading and following moves in closed and open
positions and more
Now you are working on calling yourself a Lindy Hopper!
Feel good about your basics and ready to move on and expand your
skills and repertoire? If you've completed all three of our Beginner
Swing series and/or have taken classes elsewhere and/or have
instructor permission, this is the right class for you!
We will build on your basics to lead and follow more complex moves
and introduce you to dips, jazz steps, charlestons, combining-six and
eight-count moves, swing outs, and more! Each series focuses on
Prerequisites: Completion of all three beginner Level 1 class series
and instructor permission.
Now you are a Lindy Hopper!
Ready to shine! This class assumes you are well-versed in basic 6 &
8 Count moves including jazz steps, the swing out, charlestons. At
this level we work with more complicated combinations, musicality
and dance presence that really make your dancing pop. Each series
focuses on different themes.
Prerequisites: At least six months of level 2 intermediate classes and
FAMOUS LINDY HOP ROUTINES!
This class focuses on learning fun swing dance routines. Different
routines will be offered including:
The Lindy Chorus
The California Routine
The Big Apple
The Trankie Doo
The Shim Sham
The Jitterbug Stroll
Prerequisites: For intermediate and beyond dancers
SPECIALTY Classes...not all offered all the time. Check the
These classes are intended to enhance your dance experience and
focus on different, fun aspects and styles of classic swing dancing so
you can dance to all tempos at a swing dance.
INTRO TO BLUES AND BALBOA (see videos of and descriptions of
each below). This class is specifically designed for beginners to get a
feel and basics of these fun dances.
CLASSIC Blues (watch Linda & Chester Blues demo!)
Now you are ready to incorporate the full scope of classically
inspired social dancing. This is the classic blues style danced in the
ballrooms and rent parties of the 1920's, 30's and 40's to blues
music. Extremely popular form of dance at swing dance events, fun
and easy to learn.
BALBOA (watch Linda & Chester's Balboa demo!)
Now you are ready to take on the dancer's dance. Balboa is a style of
swing done to faster tempos involving quick footwork and
movements. It is an integral part of a Lindy Hopper's repertoire
especially good for crowded dance floors and quick tempos.
INTRO TO PERFORMANCE Class
Put yourself out there! Emily's performance class. Vanston's Vintage
Vixons (and Vice!) Wade into the waters of swing dance performance
with the special class welcoming both newbies and seasoned
performers. Challenge yourself to take this next important step in
your dancing journey! Must be at least an intermediate-level dancer.
In a class by itself! Chester's Cool Cats & Kittens.
Take this opportunity to shine! Work with Artistic Director and
Choreographer Chester Freeman and discover your inner performer!
Instructor permission and previous dance experience required.
For advanced dancers who are hungry to explore Lindy hop on a
deeper level than they’re able to in standard group classes. In this
highly interactive series, we’ll break down the dance to its
component parts, rebuild it from the inside out, and polish it to a
MOVEMENT FOR SWING DANCERS
Go beyond footwork, and explore the qualities of movement that will
transform your dancing. Strength, balance, grace, turning,
connection, momentum… if you have a body, this class will teach you
how to use it! For both leads and follows, at all levels.
PLAYING WITH RHYTHM
Break out of the box of your basic footwork patterns, and learn to
think more rhythmically in your dancing. In this class we'll learn
some simple ways to play with rhythm in your steps, and explore new
ways to approach the dance.
STYLING AND EXPRESSION
You are more than a move-executing machine! Learn how to put more
of yourself into your dancing, with techniques and exercises to help
you become a more stylish, expressive dancer. After all... "T'ain't
what you do--it's the way that you do it!"
SIMPLE SOLO CHARLESTON
You don't need a partner to have a great time swing dancing. Come
learn some simple solo Charleston steps, and bring out your inner
chorus girl or vintage jazz dancer. Steps can be modified to all
experience and energy levels. Everyone welcome!
SWING OUT FOCUS
Brush up your swing out! Get your swing out swinging and your
swivels swiveling...with confidence!
6 & 8 COUNT TRANSITIONS
Learn how to smoothly integrate 6- and 8-count patterns in your
dancing, how to lead and follow transitions between them, and ways
to think about and demystify this common concern.
THE SHIM SHAM!
Come learn (or re-learn…or brush up on…or refine…) this classic
swing line dance created by Frankie Manning and done at all our
swing dances. Now you’ll be able to join in the fun!
SHIM SHAM VARIATIONS
If you already know the Shim Sham and are looking for ways to
freshen it up, this class is for you! We’ll learn a whole mess of
variations to make the Shim Sham your own