Classes & Workshops


Check out our current and upcoming dance classes listed below. Students taking any weekday class can attend our Weekly Tuesday Practice Session for FREE.


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Beginning Lindy in WATERBURY!
Mondays  Jan 28 - Feb 18
6:30pm - 8:00pm
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    Vermont Swings travels to Waterbury!

    (NOTE: Please contact Grange Hall Cultural Center to pre-register.)

    This class will provide an introduction Lindy Hop swing dance, a fun social dance that is most often associated with Jazz and Big Band Music from the 1920s to 1940s. Instructors Maria Garrido and John Antram of Vermont Swings will teach a variety of moves and techniques to get you moving on the dance floor. This course is designed to be progressive so we will learn new moves building on the skills of the previous week. We will teach you the basics of the dance, rhythm, and movements to have you dancing with any partner by the first night and help you develop skills to use in any social dance environment from clubs to weddings and beyond!
    • No partner or previous dance experience required; these classes are suitable for dancers of all levels.
    • Please bring a change of clean, soft-soled, non-marking shoes to protect your knees and our wooden dance floor.
    • Please plan to arrive 15 minutes early to the first class to register and sign-in.


    FEE:
    $80 for four-class series; $25 for drop-ins (as space allows). Space is limited. To pre-register, email grangehallcc@gmail.com or call (802) 244-4268. This class is part of the Grange Hall Cultural Center's Winter Workshop Series and discounts are available for multiple course participants.

    Vermont Swings is an LGBTQS affirming community.
    Everyone is welcome to join and experience our dance community.



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Beginner Swing Charleston
Tuesdays  Feb 5 - Feb 26
6:30pm - 7:30pm
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    Learn the basics of Charleston Swing Dance from Terry and Cate. This style of swing is regularly combined with both East Coast Swing and the Lindy Hop. It evolved and changed from the old Charleston of the Roaring 20's

    Cost: $40/person for the 4-week series 

    This is a progressive series, we will learn concepts that build on each other from week to week. No Partner necessary.  Please no drop-ins after the first class without instructor permission.

    Prerequsites: No previous dance experience required; these classes are suitable for dancers of all levels.

    Please bring a change of clean, soft-soled, non-marking shoes to protect your knees and our wooden dance floor.


    Pre-register at http://vermontswings.com/classes.php

    Questions? Please contact us at contact@vermontswings.com

    Vermont Swings is an LGBTQS affirming community. Everyone is welcome to join and experience our dance community.

Advanced East Coast Swing
Tuesdays  Feb 5 - Feb 26
6:30pm - 7:30pm
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    Join us for an Advanced East Coast Swing class taught by local instructor David Larson!

    Cost: $10 per class or $40 for the 4-week series

    Prerequsites: Must have previous experience with East Coast Swing, including a strong grasp of fundamental and intermediate East Coast Swing moves and patterns, as well as good partner connection.
     
    No partner necessary.
     
    Please bring a change of clean, soft-soled, non-marking shoes to protect your knees and our wooden dance floor.
     
    Pre-register on this page to let us know you're coming!
     
    Questions? Please contact us as contact@vermontswings.com
     
    Vermont Swings is an LGBTQS affirming community. Everyone is welcome to join and experience our dance community.

Beginner East Coast Swing
Wednesdays  Feb 6 - Feb 27
6:30pm - 7:30pm
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    East Coast Swing has its roots in Lindy Hop, but the basic step is 6-counts, rather than 8-counts. Professional dance schools of the 1930-40s felt this 6-count version of swing was more accessible to the masses of people wanting to get out and dance to the big bands, and its popularity continued with 1950s rock-n-roll. East Coast swing is a great place to start if you've never partner danced before.
     
    Jean Elizabeth and Betsy will guide you through this 4-week series that covers the basics. You will gain confidence in the basic footwork and rhythm of this dance, and learn about frame and partner connection, all within a variety of fun moves and figures.
     
    Cost: $10/$8 students for each class or $40/$32 for the 4-week series, FREE entry into the Practice Session. Repeat students $5 per class!
     
    Prerequsites: No previous dance experience required; these classes are suitable for dancers of all levels. If you've taken this class as a follow or lead, try taking it as the other role!
     
    No partner necessary.
     
    Please bring a change of clean, soft-soled, non-marking shoes to protect your knees and our wooden dance floor.
     
    Pre-register on this page to let us know you're coming!
     
    Questions? Please contact us as contact@vermontswings.com
     
    Vermont Swings is an LGBTQS affirming community. Everyone is welcome to join and experience our dance community.

Beginning Blues Dance
Wednesdays  Feb 6 - Feb 27
7:45pm - 8:45pm
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    Join John & Mo in February for a Beginning Blues Dance series!

    Four weeks* on Wednesdays, February 6, 13, 20, 27

    Blues dancing is a family of dances and moves that developed alongside blues music in the late 19th- and early 20th-century, as well as modern dances performed in the same aesthetic. More than just "dancing to slower music," Blues dancing is strongly rooted in African-American folk traditions and emphasizes creativity, rhythm, and a deep connection to the music and one's partner. This beginner-friendly series is designed for dancers of any level wishing to understand the fundamentals of partner dancing within the Blues genre.

    Class: 7:45 PM - 8:45 PM
    Open Practice: 8:45 -9:30 PM

    Pre-requisite: No dance experience or partner necessary.

    COST: Class: $10/class* ($8 for students)

    * Each class will introduce different dances and moves, but will build upon earlier material. No drop-ins after the first week without instructor permission.

    Please bring a change of clean, soft-soled, non-marking shoes to protect your knees and our wooden dance floor.

    Pre-register at http://vermontswings.com/classes.php

    Questions? Please contact us at contact@vermontswings.com

    Vermont Swings is an LGBTQS+ affirming community. Everyone is welcome to join and experience our dance community.

Beginner Texas 2-Step
Thursdays  Feb 7 - Feb 28
7:00pm - 8:00pm
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    Join Jean Elizabeth and Rich for a 4-week series on the basics of Texas 2-Step. We will cover the fundamental rhythms and steps of this versatile "traveling" dance, with tips on partner connection and frame, and several basic turns and figures.
     
    Texas 2-step is traditionally danced to country/western music, but the lesson and practice music styles will vary so that students will be able to adapt this dance to all kinds of music.
     
    Cost: $10 general/$8 students with ID for each class, $40 general/$32 students with ID for the 4-week series.
     
    Class starts at 7pm, ends at 8pm, and there will be a 30-minute practice session following the class until 8:30pm.
     
    No partner necessary. Appropriate for all levels of dancer. This is a dance series; attendance after the first class by instructor approval - please contact.
     
    Please bring a change of clean, soft-soled, non-marking shoes to protect your knees and our wooden dance floor.
     
    Vermont Swings is an LGBTQS affirming community. Everyone is welcome to join and experience our dance community.
     
    Questions? Please contact us as contact@vermontswings.com
     
    To Pre-register on this page to let us know you are coming.

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