Classes & Workshops

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


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Beginning Charleston
Tuesdays  May 3 - May 24
6:30pm - 7:30pm
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    Charleston is a fast-paced and energetic dance full of kicks. It’s great for dancing to faster music and for mixing in with other swing dancing as some fun flair! We’ll learn the basics of partner Charleston while we work on connecting and communicating with our partner.

    This is a 4 part series, so plan to come all month!

    This beginning Charleston class is for people who are new to dancing, or who have done other dances, but are new to Charleston.

    Nitty gritty details.....
    Teacher: Sarah King
    Location: Champlain club (upstairs)
    Cost: $10/$8 students
    Includes free entry into the practice session following class

    You can pre-register at https://vermontswings.com/classes.php
    Please bring a change of clean, soft-soled, non-marking shoes to protect our wooden dance floor.
    Proof of vaccination is required. Masks are also required. We want to protect each other.
    Vermont Swings is an LGBTQS affirming community. Everyone is welcome to join and experience our dance community.

Intermediate Swing Spins and Turns
Tuesdays  May 3 - May 24
6:30pm - 7:30pm
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    A set of tuck turns and fast spins for both the leader and follower that can be incorporated into 8-count Lindy Hop or 6-count Swing styles. Students need to be comfortable with either Lindy Hop or a 6-Count swings style, and be balanced enough to make fast spins.  No partner required.

    Teachers: Terry Bouricius and Cate Lamb
    Location: Oak Room (downstairs)
    Cost: $10/$5 with valid Student ID (includes 2 hour practice session after class)

    Let us know you're coming and pre-register on this page.

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

    Proof of vaccination is required. Masks are also required. We want to protect each other.

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

Westie Foundations and Evolutions - 802 Westie Collective
Wednesdays  May 4 - May 25
7:00pm - 9:00pm
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    802 Westie Collective is a new West Coast Swing organization in the area, and we're grateful to VT Swings for letting us post events on this page!

    Already a West Coast Swing Dancer? Hungry for more? This will be an intentionally multi-level class that will go beyond the basics to expand your versatility as a West Coast Swing dancer. Recommended for beginners and experienced dancers alike! New dancers should have completed at least one month of the Basics class.

    Schedule:
    6:45pm: Doors open
    7-8pm: West Coast Swing lesson
    8-9pm Social dancing
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    Please note: This class will NOT take place 5/25/22 because we will have a special workshop with Tessa Antolini (Tessa workshop has been moved from 5/11 to 5/25, so we will have regular class on 5/11)

    Pricing:
    3 weeks of classes and social dancing: $40 / $35 with student ID
    OR
    Weekly drop in for class and social dance: $15 general admission / $12 with student ID

    Please preregister here! https://forms.gle/xYuCGNo8opJdRbbA8

    Please bring a change of clean, soft-soled, non-marking shoes to protect the wooden dance floor. Clean socks will work in a pinch!
    Bring your ID and proof of COVID-19 vaccination and booster to show at the door. This will be a fully vaccinated, mask-required dancing environment.  Please note: Boosters are required for 802 Westie Collective events.

    Please park on North Avenue or other side street and leave Crowley Street available for our neighbors. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.
    The Champlain Club, Vermont Swings, and 802 westie Collective is an LGBTQ+ space and welcomes all. 



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West Coast Swing Basics - 802 Westie Collective
Wednesdays  May 4 - May 25
7:00pm - 9:00pm
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    802 Westie Collective is a new West Coast Swing organization in the area, and we're grateful to VT Swings for letting us post events on this page!

    Are you brand new to West Coast Swing? This is the place to start!
    For this 4-week long series of classes, we will be teaching the basics of West Coast Swing to get you moving and grooving to your favorite song! No experience or partner necessary!
    You're welcome to take this class more than once, because these "basics" are the building blocks of all the other moves in this dance.

    LIMITED SPACE: Please preregister here to ensure your spot for this month.
    https://forms.gle/ALMCdASDKd2y7ATP9

    Schedule:
    6:45pm: Doors open
    7-8pm: Basics lesson
    8-9pm Social dancing

    Pricing:
    Full month of classes and social dancing: $50 general admission / $40 with student ID
    OR
    Weekly drop in for class and social dance: $15 general admission / $12 with student ID

    Please bring a change of clean, soft-soled, non-marking shoes to protect the wooden dance floor. Clean socks will work in a pinch!
    Bring your ID and proof of COVID-19 vaccination and booster to show at the door. This will be a fully vaccinated, mask-required dancing environment.  Please note: 802 Westie Collective events require boosters.

    Please park on North Avenue or other side street and leave Crowley Street available for our neighbors. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.
    The Champlain Club, Vermont Swings, and 802 westie Collective is an LGBTQ+ space and welcomes all.



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SOLD OUT - May Beginning Swing - Montpelier
Thursdays  May 5 - May 26
7:00pm - 8:30pm
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    THIS CLASS IS SOLD OUT - NO MORE SPACES AVAILABLE  AND NO WAITLIST - THANK YOU!

    Pre-requisites: No dance experience or partner needed. Open to all ages.

    Cost: $60 for the entire series (you can pay by-the-week). Drop-ins after the first class with instructor permission (contact@vermontswings.com).

    Bring a change of shoes with smooth soles (no or little tread), or socks are an option.

    COVID Requirements: Proof of full vaccination and ID and well-fitted masking.

    Questions?  Email contact@vermontswings.com
    (PLEASE DO NOT CONTACT MONTPELIER SENIOR CENTER)

Shim Sham
Tuesdays  May 31 - Jun 7
6:30pm - 7:30pm
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    2 Classes: May 31 and June 7

    The Shim Sham is a line dance that has been done by tap dancers and Lindy Hopper for almost 100 years.  The first class we'll learn the structure of the Shim Sham, and some of the signature moves. This will be an overview and introduction class, so expect to learn some parts in class, and take other parts home to keep working on. In the second class we'll dig into some of the details of the Shim Sham. This will be a follow-up, and a time to get more in depth on some of the footwork and transitions. Come out and learn why "The shim sham shimmy is fun to do".

    Teacher: Sarah
    Location: Champlain club (upstairs)
    Cost: May 31 $10 (last class with our OLD rate!) June 6 $15 (First class with our new rate)
    FREE entry into the Practice Session following class.

    Please bring a change of clean, soft-soled, non-marking shoes to protect our wooden dance floor.
    Proof of vaccination is required. Masks are also required. We want to protect each other.
    Vermont Swings is an LGBTQS affirming community. Everyone is welcome to join and experience our dance community

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