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.

What class should I take?
Beginning Swing is different every month.  You will learn swing dance footwork, rhythms and partner connection, and we will build your dance skills throughout the month.  We encourage people to take these classes for 1-6 months.
Other classes expect you to be familiar with the skills learned in Beginning Swing.  If you are not sure if you are ready for a class, check in with the instructor or email us to ask.  Our other classes include a rotation of Lindy Hop Fundamentals, Continuing Lindy Hop and Special Topics (like Charleston, Collegiate Shag or Solo Jazz)


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July Beginning Swing - AMBIDANCE Style
Tuesdays  Jul 2 - Jul 23
6:30pm - 7:30pm
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    Our Beginning Swing class in July will be taught as an amibidance dance lesson.  What does that mean?  It means Everyone Leads, Everyone Follows.  Instead of segregating into a lead or follow role within the first few minutes of class, which you maintain throughout the 4-weeks (when you may not know which role suits you because you've never done partner dancing before!), everyone will learn how to lead and follow each move in every class.

    The benefits of learning ambidance style: even though the lessons may cover less moves and are at a slower pace, you develop a deeper knowledge of the moves and enhance connection with your partner; you learn things twice, which helps retain what you've learned; allows the class to always be balanced between leads and follows - no one sits out a partner rotation; role exploration without gender bias and stereotypes; inclusive of everyone and active participation by both roles during lesson - no one tunes out.  You get to dance with everyone in the class and not just those of the opposite role!

    No dance experience needed. This class is appropriate for all levels of dancer; we welcome those who have danced a specific role and would like to try the other.

    Details:
    Cost: $15/$10 for students, $50/$40 for the 4-week series
    Teachers: Jean Elizabeth and Michael

    Please pre-register using the form on this page.
    Bring clean shoes that won't track in grit or leave black heel marks.
    Parking is limited, so plan to park on nearby streets and walk to the North Start Hall at 20 Crowley Street.


Balboa - July CLASS IS FULL
Tuesdays  Jul 2 - Jul 23
6:30pm - 7:30pm
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    THIS CLASS IS FULL. ANY ADDITIONAL REGSTERATIONS WILL BE WAITLISTED. . SORRY.  ANOTHER BALBOA CLASS WILL BE OFFERRED IN THE FUTURE. .Interested in learning to dance to fast music without breaking a sweat?  Love fancy footwork?  Join Christianna and Luc for a four-week introductory balboa session to learn what has been called the "dancer's dance!"  While previous experience with swing or partner dance would be helpful, it is not required, and beginner swing dancers are more than welcome!

    No partner or dance experience required.

    Details:

    Cost: $15/$10 for students, $50/$40 for the 4-week series
    Teachers: Luc and Christianna

    Please pre register using the form at the top right of this page.
    Bring clean shoes that won't track in grit or leave black heel marks. Parking is limited, so plan to park on nearby streets and walk to the North Start Hall at 20 Crowley Street.

Beginning Swing - MONDAYS in August
Mondays  Aug 5 - Aug 26
6:30pm - 7:30pm
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    Let's get you out on the dance floor!

    In this class you'll learn the basics of swing dancing.  You'll get moving to big band and swing music, learn how to communicate through lead and follow connection and get lots of practice with 6 count footwork.  This class is great for beginning level swing students with any amount of experience (or no experience).  We'll make sure to do something a bit different than last month so there will be something new for repeating students too!

    Note that the teachers will stay to play music for students to practice to for about 30 minutes as soon as the formal class time ends.

    For new dancers, this is a series class.  Please plan to start August 5th and come the whole month!  People who have taken Beginning Swing before are welcome to drop in any week to learn some new things and hone your dance skills.  No partner necessary.

    Details:
    Cost: $15/$10 for students, $50/$40 for the 4-week series
    Teacher: Luc and Christianna

    Please pre register on this page.

    Bring clean shoes that won't track in grit or leave black heel marks.

    Parking is limited, so plan to park on nearby streets and walk to the North Start Hall at 20 Crowley Street.

August Lindy Hop Fundamentals
Tuesdays  Aug 6 - Aug 27
6:30pm - 7:30pm
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    This class is a four-week series focused on learning and developing the fundamental moves and technique of Lindy Hop - the swing out and circle, basic variations, and tranistioning between 6- and 8-count moves. Whether you've worked on swing outs before or they're brand new for you, this class will help you hone your swing out skills. We highly recommend dancers take this class several times to build a strong lindy hop foundation. Or if you’ve been dancing for years, this a great opportunity for a tune up!

    Prerequisite: 4-5 months of beginning swing, or instructor approval. You should be comfortable with the triple step, the basics of swing partner connection, and common moves like an underarm pass or tuck turn.  Unsure you're ready? Just ask a Vermont Swings instructor at any upcoming event.

    Details
    Teacher: Jean Elizabeth Shockley
    Location: North Star Community Hall
    Cost: $15/$10 for students, $50/$40 for the 4-week series 

    Pre-register on this page.

    Bring clean shoes that won't track in grit or leave black heel marks.
    Parking is limited, so plan to park on nearby streets and walk to the North Start Hall at 20 Crowley Street.

    Questions? Please contact us as contact@vermontswings.com

Big Apple - August
Tuesdays  Aug 6 - Aug 27
6:30pm - 7:30pm
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    The Big Apple is both a partner dance and a circle dance that originated in the Afro-American community of the United States in the beginning of the 20th century.
    Check out its history.
    See it performed in the 1939 movie "Keep Punching'"  by Whitey's Lindy Hoppers, choregraphed by Frankie Manning, and also starring Frankie and Norma Miller.

    We'll break down the steps of this fun and energetic group dance through this 4-week class series.  The expectation is that you're able to commit to all 4-weeks to learn the entire dance.
    No partner needed.

    Please pre-register on this page to let us know how many dancers are interested.

    Teachers: Luc and Lisa
    Location: North Star Community Hall downstairs Oak Room

    Bring clean shoes that won't track in grit or leave black heel marks. Parking is limited, so plan to park on nearby streets and walk to the North Start Hall at 20 Crowley Street.

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