Monday Lindy Hop Classes in the Mission
Next 4-week class session starts Monday, June 3rd!
- Beginning Lindy Hop, 7-8pm
- Intermediate Lindy Hop, 8:30-9:30pm
- plus 30-minute practice session after each class!
Learn to Lindy Hop – the classic partner swing dance from the 1930s and 40s – on Monday evenings in the heart of the SF Mission district at the Women’s Building. In our friendly, neighborhood dance classes you’ll learn to dance, have fun, meet new people, and get great exercise all at once!
$40 for the first 5 leaders and 5 followers to register in each class!
$50 early registration by Friday, May 31st.
$60 normal monthly registration.
$15 weekly drop-in first 2 weeks of the session / $20 weekly drop-in last 2 weeks of the session.
Our Monday Lindy Hop classes offer:
- friendly, knowledgeable & skilled dance instruction with Nathan Dias and monthly guest teachers
- progressive classes that help you to build your skill week by week
- new 4-week class sessions starting the first Monday of each month
- 30-minute practice session right after class — dance and socialize with your instructors and classmates
- online class registration & discounts
- monthly class field trip to fun SF swing dance venues…practice what you learned in class!
There are two roles in Lindy Hop: leaders (traditionally men) and followers (traditionally women). You don’t have to be traditional in our class, but we do ask that you choose one role and stick with it for the 4-week series.
The Women’s Building, Auditorium
3543 18th Street, between Valencia & Guerrero
San Francisco, CA 94110
You will learn the fundamentals of this flashy, athletic and high-energy dance, introducing fundamental footwork, lead-and-follow technique and Lindy Hop’s signature style. This is beginner level class. Previous swing dance experience (e.g. East Coast Swing) is helpful, but not required. The class has a progressive format which means we review and build upon previous weeks’ material each class.
No partner is needed; we rotate frequently in class.
A new month-long class series starts the first Monday of every month. We always cover the essential Lindy Hop steps (swing out from open/closed and lindy circle) and then teach a variety of beginner moves each month. We recommend taking all 4 months of Beginning Lindy Hop (A-D) before moving up to the Intermediate Level. Start during any month A-D…there is no need to start with month A.
|Beginning A (Mar/Jul/Nov)
||Beginning B (Apr/Aug/Dec)
|Beginning C (Jan/May/Sep)
||Beginning D (Feb/Jun/Oct)
Intermediate Lindy Hop
In this class, you will build up your repertoire of lead and follow techniques, classic lindy hop moves and styling. You must already be confident with 6- and 8-count basics, including the Lindy Hop swingout and related turns, and basic Charleston steps. 4-5 months of Beginning Lindy Hop and social dancing are recommended before taking this level.
|Swingout Footwork Variations||Basics + Beyond||Charleston Variations||Classic/Flash Moves|
|Jan/Jul||charleston swingout , follower swivels||swingout w/ behind the back hand change (aka Texas Tommy) + variations||face-to-face||
|Feb/Aug||leader’s kick, follower swivels||8-count reverse jerk + variations||airplane||
|Mar/Sep||heel pop, follower swivels||tuck turn variations||hand-to-hand||
|Apr/Oct||kick ball change, follower swivels||8-count outside turn + variations||behind the back (tandem)||
|May/Nov||scissor kicks, follower swivels||6-count turns & variations||side-by-side||
|Jun/Dec||Al Minns styling, follower swivels||8-count inside turn + variations||kick-through||
About the Instructors
Nathan is an accomplished swing dance instructor, performer and DJ in San Francisco. Dancing since 1997, Nathan learned his chops on the social and competitive dance floor, at national and international dance camps, and as a performer with the SF Bounce and 3 Minute Maniacs swing dance troupes. Nathan started teaching dance in 2005 and is the regular dance instructor at Cat’s Corner – the Wednesday night swing dance at Savanna Jazz Club, and also teaches weekly group classes at the SF Women’s Building in the Mission District. He is often a guest instructor at Lindy in the Park and the 9:20 Special.
Recent awards include:
- 1st Place Lindy Hop Jack & Jill, Boogie by the Bay 2011
- 2nd Place Strictly Lindy – Boogie by the Bay 2011
A relentless dance-floor giggler, Jessica discovered a love for Lindy Hop upon moving up to the Bay Area where she immersed herself in workshops, lessons, and as much social dancing as she could find. She is currently training and performing with the swing dance group Eight Misbehavin’ and recently won 1st place in the 2013 Pro-Am Dance Competition at the 9:20 Special in San Francisco. In both life and dance, her focus revolves around play, solid communication, and appreciation of one another.
There will be a $20 additional charge for all returned checks.
No refunds or discounts for missed classes and sorry, no make-ups for the classes. Credit can be given for a future series to students who are going to miss an entire series if you inform Nathan by no later than the 2nd class of any series.
If you miss a class, consider a Private Lesson or arriving early to ask your instructors and fellow students about the material missed. We also hold a practice session after class every week which is a great opportunity
to practice and ask about missed material.
With a bright smile and endless energy, Idalia swivels across the dance floor day in and day out. Since she found Lindy Hop, she made it her life. The welcoming faces of the swing dancing community in San Francisco, plus the vintage charm of the city, left her with no choice but to transplant herself all the way from Las Vegas to the Bay Area. She didn’t have a job or a place to live, but there was plenty of dancing to be done in the city while the rest fell in order. Now that’s passion. Some of her accomplishments include placing 1st in the Fillmore Jazz Festival in 2011 and making all the finals at Camp Hollywood which included the Amateur Balboa, Strictly Lindy, Classic Lindy, and Jack and Jill. She ended up taking two trophies home for Classic Lindy and Jack and Jill! Not to shabby for her first time competing at a National level.When she is not on the dance floor, and not dancing by herself in her room, she goes on culinary adventures with friends, takes hikes, paints/draws, and occasionally plays bartender to come up with cool cocktails!
Yon became obsessed with Lindy Hop in 2003. Since then, she has traveled to Italy, Holland, Denmark, Sweden, and Korea, taking lessons and social dancing with some of the best dancers in the world.
Her teaching experience includes the 920 Special, Swing Central, Cat’s Corner, Wednesday Night Hop and Santa Barbara’s Lindy Circle.
As a competitive dancer, she has placed 1st in the Amateur Jack & Jill at Camp Hollywood, 1st in the Jack & Jill at Boogie By the Bay and has placed in several other Lindy competitions.
Yon is also the creator of Santa Swing, a New Year’s Eve extravaganza held in Santa Barbara.