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Swing Dances
 1st Friday Dances
Friday - April 7th, 2017  - This "Swing-Etc" was our last dance of the season.
It was a great success with Sara Raymond as our instructor teaching a lovely "Rueda" sequence of Nightclub Two Step. Thank you Sara and also to the willing and supportive dancers. It was fun.
         This dance had a record number of dancers for a First Friday (44 people).
         We will re-start in September.
During the summer there will be fairly regular Friday night dances at 256 Legion. For example:
      Club-256 - W.C.S. Collective - Wanna Dance with Gwen   
WHAT TO EXPECT (in September!)
We have arranged to use a rented Dance Studio on Wednesday evenings starting in September 13th with (a) an hour of instruction, (b) an hour of "practica" (practice dance time).
We will have to take registrations for this, as we have a limit of twenty people per session due to the size of the studio. The cost will be $20 for a series of 4 lessons (thus $5 per evening!). We have volunteer instructors lined up for our Wednesday evening programmes.. 
For Instructional (and fun) purposes we will use a "LINDY LADDER"

Other Basic Dance "Moves" 
(Lindy related)
1. BASIC - Facing
2. BASIC - Side-By-Side
3. He Goes and She Goes
4. Swing Out
5. Swivels
6. Throw Out
7. Lindy Tuck Turn
8. Inside Turn
9. Outside Turn
10. Lindy Promenade
11. Lindy Circle
12. Lindy Cuddle (8 count)
13. Hand Passes (and kicks)
These will be all Fundamental basic moves that can become a part of your dancing. They are not advanced steps and will allow dancers to improvise and make their dancing more varied.
  - simple kick aways
  - groove walk
  - tandem kicks
Swing Waltz moves for fun
Social Foxtrot
West Coast Swing (8 count Blues)
  - Right & Left side passes
  - Sugar push
Booggie Woogie
Fiddle-Diddle Rueda (mixer)
Waltz Rueda (mixer)
"Shim Sham" routine (partial)
"The Big Apple" routine (partial)
Spotlights (voluntary!)
Fun Dance Jams (vouluntary)

"Retro Swing"
In September we will encourage dancing in a RETRO SWING style. We intend to have regular weekly lessons and practices on Wednesday evenings, and then our 1st Friday dances at 256 Legion.
What is "Retro Swing?"
       The music is mostly from the Big Band era (1935-1945+) and some from Dixieland, Ragtime and other Dance Band styles from 1890's to 1940.
       True swing dancing started in the late 1930's when the music began to "swing" - but it was preceeded by similar dances to similar music as early as the early 1910's.  Lindy Hop itself started about 1925 at the Savoy Ballroom in New York city. It was built on dances that dancers already knew, the formost of which was the foxtrot (slow, medium and fast) and solo jazz moves. To this they added some Charleston steps. Thus the basic step of Lindy is the classic "Slow, Slow, Quick-quick, Slow" in an 8 count pattern.
        As the years passed by new dances evolved from Lindy Hop. 
True to the origins of swing dancing true Swing Dancers still include some of the moves from newer dances in their Lindy Hop dancing. So the variety of dance styles included in Lindy Hop includes:
Foxtrot (1912+)
Charleston (1920's)
Shag (Street Swing) (1927) Some Universities in Texas and Louisian were said to be dancing Shag in inter-campus competitions as early as 1915. It was revived and adapted in Carolina in the 1920's and later on the West Coast. At one time it was called the "Flea Hop." Original music was fast Ragtime music but Shag easily adapted to other music. 
Lindy Hop (1925) Now danced as "Retro Swing" to include all the dance style listed here.
Jitterbug, (6 count) (1928)
Boogie Woogie (1928)
East Coast Swing (6 or 8 count) (also known as East Coast Lindy)
Balboa (perhaps as early as 1915, but not widely know until the early 1940's.
Today it is danced as either "Pure Balboa" or as "Bal-Swing." 
West Coast Swing (originally 8 count to slow or medium speed blues music; it is now mostly 6 count). Originally from the 1930's with Lindy roots called "Blues" or "Western Swing" and gradually became known as W.C.S. many years later. Many W.C.S. dances today do not use swing music at all but use "contemporary" music. The dance has evolved into something quite different and in its own way quite beautiful.
Rock and Roll (1950's +) Jive style similar to jitterbug, but much simplified.
A great deal of Rock and Roll music is suitable for smooth Lindy.
Disco Dancing (1970's). The music is seldom swing, but an amazing amount of moves are based on solo jazz steps used in many swing dances. It was origanlly a partner dance but gradually became almost an entirely solo. At one time it also used line dances updated from the 1920's versions (LIne Dancing has now become very popular).
Other Dance Forms. There are many - but since they are not swing dances they are mostly ignored here. Of note, however, are Ballroom Dances (of which there are a huge variety back to 1840's), Argentine Tango, Waltzes of many different styles, and Latin and, of course, fitness "Exercise Dances". 
        Almost all of the music for swing dances is also suitable for for either, fast Jive or slow jive.
         During our dances we will also play some Rumba, Cha-cha, Nightclub Two Step and Swing Waltzes. 
         We will include some mixers in the programmes of our Retro-Swing First-Friday dances, and have some fun "Dance Jams." Ruedas, etc
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