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Sunset Swing Dance Classes in San Francisco with Nathan, Audrey & Rose

New 4-week sessions start Monday, and Tuesday, .

Register online by Monday, April 26  and save $10!

Nathan & AudreyLearn to Lindy Hop – the classic partner swing dance from the 1930s and 40s – as well as other fun swing and jazz dances on Monday and Tuesday evenings at the Avenue Dance Studio in the Sunset. In our friendly, neighborhood dance classes you’ll learn to dance, have fun, meet new people, and get great exercise all at once!

Our Sunset Swing Dance classes offer:

  • friendly, knowledgeable & skilled dance instruction with Nathan, Audrey and special guest instructors
  • progressive classes that help you to build your skill each week
  • new 4-week class sessions starting the first week each month
  • 30-minute practice session right after class — dance and socialize with your instructors and classmates
  • monthly field trips to San Francisco swing dance events to try your steps on the dance floor and meet new people
  • online class registration & discounts

Class Location

Avenue Dance Studio
4541 Irving St. @ 46th Ave
San Francisco, CA 94122

Class Descriptions

Beginning Lindy Hop

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 week. 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.

Towards the end of the month our class takes a field trip to an actual swing dance event in San Francisco to try our steps on the social dance floor!

Intermediate Lindy Hop

In this class, you will build up your repetoire 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 months of Beginning Lindy Hop and social dancing are recommended before taking this level. Students usually remain at this level for 6-12 months.

All Levels Jazz: The Big Apple Routine

The Big Apple routine is a classic jazz dance performed as a group in a big circle that originated in South Carolina in the 1930s. In it’s original form a designated “caller” would yell out the names of particular dance steps and everyone in the circle would dance them. In 1937, Frankie Manning, one of Whitey’s Lindy Hoppers, choreographed a performance version of this dance for the  film Keep Punchin’, and his choreography has become a piece of common vocabulary among modern Lindy Hoppers.

In this class, you will learn essential jazz vocabulary, improve your personal body movement and styling, and learn Frankie’s original choreography from start to finish. No partner is needed. This class is an All Levels format class, which means we cover the fundamentals of each step for beginners, and also add optional details and styling for more experienced dancers. No partner needed.

Watch the Tranky Doo Routine performance by our previous All-Levels Jazz Class:

Intermediate/Advanced Lindy Hop

This class is for dancers who have been taking Intermediate Lindy Hop for at least one year and who want to take their dancing to the next level. We will work on refining our partner connection, improving our ability to lead and follow complex patterns, exploring musicality, personal expression and performance aspects of dancing, and more. Students in this class MUST be regular social dancers, and demonstrate proficiency with our Intermediate Lindy Hop curriculum, especially if coming from other Lindy Hop programs. If in doubt, please conact Nathan.

The class has a progressive format which means we review and build upon previous weeks’ material each week. No partner is needed; we rotate frequently in class.

A new 4-week class series starts the first Tuesday of every month.

About the Instructors

Nathan Dias

Nathan Dias, swing dance teacher in San FranciscoNathan 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. He is often a guest instructor at Lindy in the Park and the 9:20 Special.

Audrey Kanemoto

Audrey Kanemoto, swing dance teacher in San FranciscoAudrey has been tap dancing for 23 years with a smattering of jazz, ballet, tango, waltz, and lindy hop along the way. She enjoys executing big ideas, so when she first started swing dancing in 2001, she produced a music video with a 40-person cast and crew that included all of her new friends and instructors. She continued work on her technique, style, and stage quality with lindy hop performance groups SF Bounce, The Swing Cats Rhythm Revue, and the 3-Minute Maniacs.

In the last two years, Audrey has been traveling and competing at lindy hop events and camps earning a name for herself as an exuberant and passionate solo charleston dancer. Her most recent lindy hop success was a clean sweep of the three first place trophies at Inspiration Weekend 2007 in Orange County. When she is not dancing Audrey is an architect specializing in green custom residential additions and remodels.

Cancellations, Refunds & Missed Classes

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.