Learn to Dance: Wonderful World of SWINGOUTS!

Orlando Swing Dance presents:

Swingouts! The bread and butter of Lindy Hop!
You’ve seen dancers flying around, a huge grin on their face, and now it’s your turn to learn this classic and extremely popular swing movement. It’s more than a move… it’s a gateway to a whole new level of swing dancing! This beginner-friendly, all level workshop will bring you from the basics into your stretchy connection and through fun musical variations and beyond! No partner required, no prior knowledge of swingouts necessary, no swing dancing experience – no problem! Whether you want to learn about this dance or you’ve been dancing for years, everyone grows and everyone leaves with something.

Save time and money by pre-registering online at a discounted $40 OR pay $50 at the door. Registration is OPEN.

Register Here

SCHEDULE
11-12pm
Swingout Building Blocks
12-1pm Growing Good Swingouts
1-2pm LUNCH
2-3pm Stretchy Connection
3-4pm Swingouts and the Musical Menagerie

NEW WORKSHOP LOCATION
Learn Dance Studio
945 N Semoran Blvd,
Orlando, FL 32807

INSTRUCTORS
Lessa-
Lessa trained in Baltimore on the floors of Mobtown Ballroom. An excellent follow, lead, and instructor, she is delighted to share her love of technique, connection, and silly antics with you Saturday.

Aaron-
With nearly a decade of dance under his feet, local instructor, competitor, performer and Orlando Swing Dance President, Aaron is excited share his love of swingouts with the growing Orlando dance community. On his off time he likes to flap his arms and dance like a bird.

Register Here!

Questions? orlandoswingdance@gmail.com

Swing Workshop: SOLO (Jazz) – An Exploration

Orlando Swing Dance, in partnership with The Cat’s Meow and K-Town Boogie, is proud to announce a new workshop! Why Solo dancing? Because it helps with partner dancing! This workshop will help you understand your body and give you new movements and ideas to spice up your partner dancing.
This workshop will be taught by Orlando Swing Dance’s own Aaron and The Cat’s Meow’s Dominic.

When? Saturday, July 27

Classroom:
19 Broadway Ave, Kissimmee, Florida 34741

$35 in advance!
$40 at the door!
Sister Scene Discount – Come in a carpool of three or more, you all save five dollars ($5) off of each individual ticket!

Solo jazz can be a tough nut to crack from the outside looking in. You’re by yourself, with no partner to rely on for inspiration or ideas, and everyone is watching you. What even is there to do without a ‘basic step’?

That’s why in this four hour workshop, we’re going to get inside our own bodies, find out what makes us move to the music, sit inside some rhythms and see what makes them tick, and explore our fears and see how dancing by yourself isn’t so scary after all, but liberating, and the key to making every single social dance you go to into a party!

Check out our event on Facebook!

Topics we’ll be covering:

Tain’t What You Do It’s The Way That You Do It –
Rhythms. They are what make this dance. That swing, that swag, can all be found in the rhythms of our songs and the culture. We’ll take a few pieces of vernacular solo movement, getting inside the shape and the rhythm of it, and we’ll give you a couple of fun games to start your journey towards creating fresh shapes and movements out of tried and true rhythms!

Eccentric Dancing –
Eccentric dance is a style of dance performance in which the moves are unconventional and individualistic. Such amazing jazz dancers as Earl ‘Snakehips’ Tucker developed an entire style of dance around strange movements that became his defining characteristic. Here, we’ll explore the animal kingdom, seeking inspiration so we can move our bodies in challenging, hilarious ways!

Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Different –
We don’t have to only look at the music or the Elders for inspiration – we have our community! Here, in this collaborative effort, we’ll get paired up and jam with fellow dancers in class, finding out ways to take ideas and expand on them in an improvisational setting, making solo dance more social than you could have ever imagined.

Jam Circle Madness –
Jam circles. In jazz culture, it is our life blood. It’s collaboration, one-upmanship, supportive – it’s a battle, it’s a celebration. Here, we will be giving you the mental tools to prepare for the spotlight, to own your space, and to understand that no matter what, you have something to say, and that everyone wants to see you say it.

Open to all levels! Whether you’ve never danced solo jazz before in your life or you’re an expert boogie-monster, you’ll learn something new from this workshop. See you then!

Register Here!

Summer Swing Series

You asked for it so here it is! Introducing our Summer Swing Series for the month of July featuring Level 1 and Level 2 classes for both Lindy Hop SWING and BALBOA. That’s right – FOUR class series! Come grow your skills and make some new friends!

Don’t know what else to do on the dance floor? What’s Balboa? What’s Lindy Hop? What’s the difference between 6 and 8 count? What’s a swingout?
Show up and find out!

Saturday Dates
July 6
July 13
July 20

$30 per series – Take as many tracks and become as awesome you want!

1-2pm Level 2 Balboa
2-3pm Level 1 Balboa
3-4pm Level 1 Lindy Hop Swing
4-5pm Level 2 Lindy Hop Swing

No partner required, show up and be ready to move!
30 spots max per class.

Orlando Swing Dance Special Topic: Dance Training with Ellie Figgins

Ready to take your swing and Lindy dancing to the next level?

Aaron and Ellie lindy

Ready to improve your strength, speed, flexibility on and off the dance floor? Here at Orlando Swing Dance, we are all about taking your swing dancing to new heights! We will be presenting a special topics class taught by Ellie Figgins of Colorado.In this all-levels class, you can expect to train your body with a special focus on improving your posture, movement and core. You will raise your body awareness and work on improving flexibility through stretching. Ellie will also be sharing her secrets on improving overall health, increasing energy and self care on and off the dancefloor.**

Class runs from 4:30-6pm Saturday, April 6.
Payment:
It’s only $12 for an hour and half of training. As it is being held on April 6th, the first 6 to register will get the discounted rate at $10. You MUST fill out the form here.This special hour and a half class will be held in The Backroom at 1241 FL-436, Casselberry, FL 32707, in the plaza behind the Crystal Ballroom.

About Ellie:
Ellie BalletEllie started dancing when she was three years old and fell in love with ballet. She dance with all of her heart and performed many ballet, contemporary, and modern pieces for the next 15 years. Then a injury made her give up dance completely. After time off and physical therapy she discovered a new world called swing dancing. She fell in love with the community and the communication through movement that’s required. It was like learning a new language! Lindy hop has brought back a love for dance and she can’t imagine life without it. She is also very passionate about health and nutrition so she became a certified nutritionist with the International Sports Science Association In 2018. She loves combining her knowledge of health and dance to help students reach their goals.

**Workout clothes encouraged

 If you have any questions or need assistance with registration, please email us at orlandoswingdance@gmail.com.