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Started In 6-Beat Swing"
Dance Style: East Coast Swing AKA "Jitterbug"
The "Introduction to Swing Dance Basics" class is designed to help aspiring swing dancers get started with Basic 6-Beat Swing Dancing. The primary focus of this class is helping you more fully develop your individual basic rhythm & movement (dance) skills. At the same time we will teach you the basic moves and turns you need to start dancing out in public.
You will learn to hear and follow the basic swing dance beat. You will be taught a simple 6-beat footwork pattern that forms the basis for literally dozens of swing dance moves and turns. Once mastered, the simple basic dance steps you learn here will carry you well into "Advanced Beginner" level Swing and beyond.
As you begin to master you own individual dancing, you will be
introduced to the basics of good partner connection (dancing with
your partner "to" the music), necessary for enjoyable
social partner dancing. The skills learned in this Basics Class
provide a strong foundation for continuing in other styles of
Swing Dancing (i.e. West Coast and Lindy Hop) as well as more
advanced levels of East Coast/Jitterbug.
While your rate of progress will vary, depending on basic aptitude and motivation (how many nights a week you dance and how much time you are willing to spend practicing between classes), you should plan to continue in this class for from 1-6 months.
Many students progress to "Swing Dance: Basics +2" in as little as 4 weeks. Approximately half will move on after one six-week class, while others will need more time.
You will receive lots of individual attention and be allowed to progress at your own pace.