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Celebrate the holidays with SAA & FNS!

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Celebrate the holidays with Swing Ann Arbor and Friday Night Swing (FNS) during our Holiday Dance on Saturday, December 15th! Bring your friends and fam for a wonderful evening of live music and dancing!

Never danced before? No problem! We’ll kick off the night with a beginner lesson to get you out on the dance floor!

We’re delighted to have Planet D Nonet playing for us! Planet D Nonet is a “a down & dirty little swing band from Detroit” – and a SIX TIME Detroit Music Award-winning swing band. They’ll keep us swinging out all night long!

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Schedule of the night:
8:00pm-9:00pm ~~ Beginner Lesson
9:00pm-12:00am ~ Dance w/ music from Planet D Nonet

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Pricing:
$10 (regular)
$8 (students, SAA members, & AACTMAD members)

Saturday Night Dance ft. Plenty Rhythm!

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Join us this Saturday night (11/10) at Campus Chapel! Doors open at 8:30, band starts at 9pm.

This fine frolicking autumn night, music is brought to you by

  • Plenty Rhythm, featuring so many of your favorite local musicians:
    • Dawn Giblin – vocals
    • Chris Smith – trombone
    • Jim Dapogny – piano
    • Rodney Rich – guitar
    • Erick McIntyre – guitar
    • Gwen MacPhee – bass
  • & band breaks/late night brought to you by DJ Ike Swets!

 

WHERE: Campus Chapel @ 1236 Washtenaw Ct., Ann Arbor, MI
WHEN: 8:30pm-Midnight
PRICE AT THE DOOR:
$12 community
$10 community SAA member or student
$8 student SAA member

 

Get Spooky at our Halloween Dance!

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Come in costume (or dress up in some other way) and join us on October 31st for our Halloween Dance!

Location: Ballroom, Michigan League

  • MIX & MATCH dance competition
  • COSTUME CONTEST
  • PRIZES:
    • Private lessons
    • Class series
    • Dance entry (for a month!)

Plus, you can learn one of our favorite line dances, the Shim Sham, at our workshop from 7-8pm in the Ballroom!

Fast Dancing & Jams Workshop with Charlie Wieprecht!

Fast Dancing & Jams

WORKSHOP INFO:
Fast Dancing & Jams with Charlie Wieprecht!
Afternoon workshop & evening dance.

Join us for an advanced 4-hour lindy hop workshop with Charlie Wieprecht! Charlie is coming all the way from Baltimore to bring a little spunk and speed from his main gig at the popular Mobtown Ballroom as one of their main instructors. Charlie has been dancing fast since he started, and he’s going to share some of his favorite tricks for how to keep moving when the tempos get high. In Baltimore, they have jams at almost every dance, so he’ll also be talking about going into jams and what to do once you’ve gotten there.

This workshop is designed for those who are very comfortable with their basic lindy hop movement. This workshop will be a little more physically demanding, so please plan ahead! Bring plenty of water, snacks, and more than one shoe option to make sure you’re comfortable during the day. A NOTE ON JAM CIRCLES: Jam circles are a great space to show off and support your fellow dancers! We will be asking people to step a little bit outside their comfort zone and practice dancing in front of and for an audience. Contact us at swingannarbor@umich.edu with any questions!

Click here to register & view workshop schedule!

  • Times: Workshop 11:00am – 4:15pm
    Evening Dance 8:30pm – Midnight
  • Location: Campus Chapel, 1236 Washtenaw Court, Ann Arbor, MI
  • Prices:
    Scholarships
    SAA is offering two full-ride scholarships to POC dancers. To be considered for this scholarship, indicate your interest on the registration form.

    Workshop & Dance
    $60 Community member
    $55 SAA member or student
    $50 SAA member and student

    Workshop Only
    $55 Community member
    $50 SAA member or student
    $45 SAA member and student

Back to School Dance – 2018

We had a wonderful turnout at our first dance of the new school year – so many new faces! We’ve uploaded a few photos from the lesson & dance here, but you can check out the rest on our facebook page!

 

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Valentine’s Dance 2018!

We had such a wonderful time dancing with all of you at our Valentine’s Dance, our annual joint event with Friday Night Swing! A special thanks to the amazing James Dapogny Quintet, all of our hardworking organizers and volunteers, and of course – to you, for filling the floor with your love of dancing! We can’t wait until next year 🙂

Mix & Match Winners!
1st place – Bryana Hall & Mike van Andel
2nd place – Kendra Wade & Emily Topham
3rd place – Maddie Harris & Douglas Bae
Congrats, everyone! Make sure to contact SAA & FNS to receive your prizes!

Photos!
John Jay Li Photography took some stellar photos of y’all dancing and cheesin’ at the photo booth. We’ve uploaded just a few here, but you can check out the rest at http://www.johnjayli.com!

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For more photos of the dance, visit John’s website!

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Check out the rest of the photo booth pics HERE!

Danse Macabre

Don’t tuck those Halloween costumes in depths of your closet just yet – on November 1st, we’re bringing you:

  • FREE beginner lesson from 7-8pm
  • 3 hours of dancing from 8-11pm
  • live music from 501 Swing Street
  • a battle-style Mix & Match competition
    • 1st & 2nd place prizes: FREE private lesson or FREE month of series classes
  • a costume contest
    • 1st place: FREE month of series classes
    • 2nd place: FREE entry to a regular Wednesday Night Dance
  • Too much discount Halloween candy

RSVP to the facebook event for specific updates!

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Shim Sham with Sarah!

A song starts to play, and dozens of dancers rush onto the floor. They’re not partnered up, yet somehow everyone is moving in sync and doing exactly the same moves. It’s almost as if they’re… choreographed!
Have you ever seen this and wanted to join in, but didn’t know what to do? Sign up here!

Sarah Campbell Jones is teaching a workshop on the Shim Sham! It’s quite possibly the most famous line dance in the Lindy Hop world. Sarah will guide you through these need-to-know solo jazz moves, and teach variations for those of you who already know the original. To see

shimshamsarahBring your own style and attitude to this line dance – after all, ” ‘Tain’t what you do; it’s the way that you do it!”

Wednesday, October 25th, 8:00-9:30pm
Space 2435, North Quad on State St.
$12 regular
$10 student
$7 SAA Member
SIGN UP HERE!

Shim Sham Workshop!

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We’re kicking off August with a one-hour Shim Sham workshop, taught by Connor Cole!

What’s the Shim Sham?
The Shim Sham is a well-known line dance in the Lindy Hop community. The Shim Sham consists of solo jazz moves (which means you don’t have to dance with a partner!). This class is a great way to explore solo movement.

What if I already know the Shim Sham?
That’s awesome! In addition to the basic Shim Sham moves, Connor will be teaching bonus variations on the standard moves, plus some exciting new breaks!

 
Workshop Price: $8
Student or Member: $7
Student+Member: $6
Please pay by cash or check BEFORE class – please show up 10-15 minutes early!

April Finale: Ambidancetrous IV Swing Workshop w/ Alex Tripp!

Screen Shot 2016-04-01 at 4.21.11 PMIt’s time for the grand finale of the 2016 Ambidancetrous Lindy & Charleston workshop series! Huzzah! This is the final workshop in the series. If you missed the earlier workshops that’s okay; you should be comfortable with basic Lindy and Charleston to take this class (swingouts, circles, Charleston basic, and tuck turns). For more details click here.