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"I'VE NEVER SEEN A LINDY HOPPER WHO WASN'T SMILING. IT'S A HAPPY DANCE. IT MAKES PEOPLE SMILE."

- Frankie Manning (b. 1914 d. 2009).

 
 
 
 

Swing Music

Swing music is a style of jazz that was dominant in the 1930s, and performed by jazz big bands primarily for dancing audiences.  Jazz reached broad audiences over the radio, on records, and in dance halls around the nation.

Swing music is characterized by a syncopated rhythm where all the beats are not evenly spaced in time. Familiar songs with this swing rhythm are Benny Goodman’s “Sing Sing Sing” and Duke Ellington’s “It Don’t Mean A Thing If It Ain’t Got That Swing”.

The syncopated swing rhythm made the music sound more lively, and also had the psychological effect of causing listeners to want to move with the music. The Charleston was a dance that was quite popular during the 1920s, and as jazz music took on stronger syncopations, the music began influencing how the dancers danced their dance. This caused a feedback with the live bands who would begin playing their music influenced by how the dancers in front of them were dancing. By the end of the '20s, this feedback between live bands and dancers evolved both the music and the dance into new forms: swing jazz (also called "swing music" or "big band jazz"), Lindy Hop (also called "swing dancing" or "the Jitterbug").

Lindy Hop

Lindy Hop is a partner dance and is the original form of Swing dancing created by teenagers in the 20's and 30's in Harlem, NY. Like hip hop is today, lindy hop was a street dance made up by youth responding to the popular music of the day, which was swing-era jazz.

This unique American art form spread around the globe in the years leading up to WWII thanks to representation in popular movies such as Keep Punchin’, A Day At the Races, and then Hellzapoppin. As jazz musicians began to play bop, dancers began to partner less and less, and lindy hop fell out of favor, but revivalists in the 1980s learned from some of the original great dancers and brought it back!

Today, we continue to dance to the swinging jazz music that inspired lindy hop in the first place, from artists such as Count Basie, Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington, and many more.

Lindy hop can be danced fast or slow, and it's for ages 3 to 103.  Check out that video above for a great example what what lindy hop looks like!

 

Our mission is to Celebrate and Preserve American Swing-era music and dance and to expose the greater community to the Joys of Swing. 

We'll achieve this through education, events, performances, and outreach.  We aim to create opportunities for spectators, listeners, dancers, and musicians to interact with this American art form in their day-to-day lives.

 

Salt Lake Swing is a 503 c3 nonprofit, founded 2016.

"Splash" photo by Anthony Chen.  "Calendar" photo by Byron Hon.  "Classes" photo by Emily Daubenmire.  Effects by Prisma.  
Music and Dance descriptions adapted from 920special.com

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CALENDAR

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Classes

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progressive Swing dance lessons

 

All lesson packages include at least 4 classes, once a week, that build on material covered in previous classes.  For this reason, drop-ins are typically not allowed.  If you have to miss a class, we'll try our best to help you catch up.  Missed classes do not count as credit towards future classes.

Questions?  Comments? Contact Anthony@saltlakeswing.com.  Complaints?  Keep them to yourself.  Just kidding, we like feedback too!

 

 
Level 1 Swing: 8-count
45.00

Four 1-hour classes, happening each Wednesday in September!

Time: 6:30-7:30 PM

Location: Ballroom Utah, 3030 S Main St, Salt Lake City, Utah

Level 1 Swing starts from the very beginning of your Lindy Hop journey, focusing on partner connection and 8-count patterns, leading up to the swing out!  This is your lindy hopper bread and butter.  Let's get you out on the dance floor!

Beginner level classes will rotate between 6-count, 8 count, and Charleston, and are perfect for those starting out, or those wishing to brush up on their basics.  All three series are required before moving on to Level 2.

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Level 2 Swing: The Swingout
45.00

Four 1-hour classes, every Wednesday in September!

Time: 6:30-7:30 PM

Location: Ballroom Utah, 3030 S Main St, Salt Lake City, Utah

The swingout is the Lindy Hop basic, and yet one of the most complicated moves to master. We could spend a year (or more) working on this, but we're going to condense it down to the most important parts for this month.  We'll work on technique of the swingout, stylizations, and moves based on the swingout.  No partner required. You must have either taken both Level 1 series classes to register for this class, or have experience dancing Lindy Hop and have some familiarity with the swing out already. 

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Balboa Beginner Crash Course!
45.00

This is a style of swing dance that is characterized by its close embrace and footwork finesse, often danced to more upbeat swing tempos. We rotate partners in class, and we'll start you off from the beginning, so no partner or experience required!

Saturday, August 18th:
11:00AM - 1:00 PM (Pure Bal Fundamentals): Starting from scratch, we'll go over the closed position basics, connection, aesthetic, and critical vocabulary to get you on the dance floor.
1:00 - 2:00 (Lunch break): Bring a lunch and eat and hang out!
2:00 - 4:00 (Bal-Swing Fundamentals): This is going to open up the dance a bit for ya. Feel that stretch, throw in some spins and take it up a notch!

Location: Ballroom Utah, 3030 S Main St, Salt Lake City, Utah

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Intermediate Balboa Workshop!
25.00

Here's the moment you've been waiting for! We're hosting a one-day workshop of Balboa, including two hours of instruction for those who've been around the block, taught by Irina Amzashvili, Anthony Chen, and Guest Star Natalia Eristavi. No partner required. If taking the beginner crash course is the only Balboa you’ve done, the material in this class likely will be too challenging.

Saturday, August 18th:
4:30-6:30: (Dripping in Finesse): This intermediate class will focus on style and technique, to smooth out your Balboa and add a little flash to make some 24K Magic!

If you've taken the beginner Balboa series with us and you want to brush up on your basics, add the “retake a level 1/2 class” to your cart on top of the Intermediate workshop to include the 4 hour beginner crash course. That's a total of 6 hours of Balboa classes for under $7/class. Come spend the day with us! (We totally recommend this. It’s a steal.)

Location: Ballroom Utah, 3030 S Main St, Salt Lake City, Utah

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Retake a Level 1/2 Class!
15.00

Choose this option if you just plan on retaking a level 1 or level 2 class you've already taken (and a lot of people do this, because you will learn quite a bit the second or third time through!). If you're not entirely certain if you have, just ask. We'll make sure you've already completed this series previously at the door. This is also an affordable option for those higher level dancers who also want to continue solidifying their fundamentals (it's ridiculously priced at $3.75 a class)! If you’ve taken the beginner Balboa series before, put two of these in your cart for the whole 8 weeks.

Time: Whenever your class time is!

Location: Ballroom Utah, 3030 S Main St, Salt Lake City, Utah

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