Monday Lindy Hop Classes in the Mission
Next class session starts Monday, October 3rd
with Nathan Dias & guest teacher Christine Nguyen
- 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!
4-week Class Costs:
$40 Super Early-Bird Discount for first 5 leaders and 5 followers to register!
$50 online early registration by Saturday, [first_saturday].
$60 full price after the deadline.
$15 weekly drop-in with teacher permission.
- 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.
Intermediate Lindy Hop 6-month Curriculum (Updated & Revised for 2016!)
|Basics & Beyond||Charleston & Classic Sequences||Advanced Topics|
|Jan/Jul (D)||Swingouts, Circles & 6-counts
Mixing 6- vs 8-counts, Forward vs. Backward technique, Rotational Swingouts
Side-by-side, Yo-Yo, Face-to-Face, Hacksaw
|Moving Like A Dancer||Musicality & Timing|
|Feb/Aug (E)||8-count Turns
Inside, Outside, Finger-roll & Texas Tommy from an 8-count Swingout
Tandem + Hand-to-hand
|Footwork, Rhythm & Style A|
|Mar/Sep (F)||Tuck Turns||Classic Sequences
Mini-Dip, Behind-the-Back Promenade, Sailor Kicks, the Chase, Hacksaw
|Spins & Turns|
|Apr/Oct (A)||Swingout Like Things
Reverse Jerk, Reverse Swingout, Half-Swingout, Slip-out, Travel Swingout
Airplane, Cross-Plane, Shadow
|Footwork, Rhythm & Style B|
|May/Nov (B)||Turn, Turn, Turn
Mixing 6-count, 8-count Turns & Tuck Turns
|Classic Sequences B
Pecking Promenade, Curl & Points, Quick-Stop, Jump Turn, Tango, Drags
|Spins & Turns|
|Jun/Dec (C)||Dancing Fast
Jig Walks, Charleston Swingouts & more
Kick-Through & Hand-to-Hand
|Footwork, Rhythm & Style C|
About the Instructors
Chiara started her swing dance journey while living abroad in Seoul, Korea. Having studied classical harp since age seven, she instantly fell in love with Lindy Hop as a new way to express herself.
Chiara wants her students to learn to express themselves musically through the dance along with giving them a solid technical foundation. Chiara hopes to inspire her students to work hard and reach their goals while having fun.
Nathan is an award-winning swing dancer, 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 Balancoire Night Club, and also teaches weekly group classes at the SF Women’s Building in the Mission District.
Notable dance awards include:
- 1st Place Lindy Hop Jack & Jill, Boogie by the Bay 2011
- 2nd Place Strictly Lindy – Boogie by the Bay 2011
October 2016 Guest Teacher
Christine Nguyen started lindy hopping in 2008, thanks to the swing dance program at City College of San Francisco and the renowned Carla Heiney. She taught and performed with Nathan at Cats Corner and Avenue Dance Studio in 2010 & 2011 before moving to Southern California. While down there, she continued dancing and teaching at LindyGroove in Pasadena. Christine's lindy philosophy is that each dance is a conversation, and we are all working to become the best conversationalists we can be. Her teaching style involves a lot of pop culture references, sound effects, and analogies. Christine, who finds herself back in the Bay Area for a short-term visit, is excited to reunite with Nathan for some more fun Swing & Lindy Hop classes this October!
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.