Monday Lindy Hop Classes in the Mission
with July guest teacher Ken Watanabe & Rebecca Shannon
Next 4-week class session starts Monday, July 11th*!
- 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 for the first 5 leaders and 5 followers to register in each class!
$50 early registration by Saturday, July 30th.
$60 normal monthly registration.
$15 weekly drop-in
*July class session runs July 11, 18, 25 & Aug 1. No class July 4th due to Memorial Day Weekend.
- 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 (A)||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 (B)||8-count Turns
Inside, Outside, Finger-roll & Texas Tommy from an 8-count Swingout
Tandem + Hand-to-hand
|Footwork, Rhythm & Style A|
|Mar/Sep (C)||Tuck Turns||Classic Sequences
Mini-Dip, Behind-the-Back Promenade, Sailor Kicks, the Chase, Hacksaw
|Spins & Turns|
|Apr/Oct (D)||Swingout Like Things
Reverse Jerk, Reverse Swingout, Half-Swingout, Slip-out, Travel Swingout
Airplane, Cross-Plane, Shadow
|Footwork, Rhythm & Style B|
|May/Nov (E)||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 (F)||Dancing Fast
Jig Walks, Charleston Swingouts & more
Kick-Through & Hand-to-Hand
|Footwork, Rhythm & Style C|
About the Instructors
July 2016 Guest Teachers
Ken is the co-founder and regular teacher & DJ at Lindy in the Park in SF. Ken began swing dancing in 1987, and has been teaching Lindy Hop in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1998, including classes at the Allegro Ballroom in Emeryville, the Metronome Ballroom in San Francisco, as well as numerous workshops, including the 2000 Frankie Manning Millennium Birthday Bash in Tokyo, the 2001 Lindy U. swing dance camp in Chicago, the 2003 Japan Lindy Exchange, and the annual NCLS Frankie Manning workshops in San Francisco.
His greatest claim to fame, however, may be as the (one-time) swing dance instructor to Xena, the Warrior Princess (Lucy Lawless).
Rebecca is known for her friendly, fun-filled classes and her love of all things swing. Knowledgeable in Lindy Hop, Charleston, Balboa, Blues and Collegiate Shag, she has taught, performed and competed throughout the Bay Area and beyond and is currently the teaching partner of David Blood at San Francisco City College. She also performs with and does choreography for the City College performance troupe the Hot Bloods.
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
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.