No lesson or dance tonight due to inclement weather

Due to the snowy conditions, SAA is canceling our beginner drop-in lesson and social dance tonight.

Catch us next week in the Vandenberg Room of the Michigan League from 7-9:30pm!

Until then – stay home and stay safe, friends!

SAA memberships are back!

SAA is offering memberships again this semester!

Memberships cost $55 ($56.70 if you use PayPal to offset fees). Fun perks of being an SAA member include:

  • FREE admission to our weekly social dances
  • A free Swing Ann Arbor t-shirt (once per academic year) and sticker
  • Discounts on lessons, workshops, and special dances
  • The ability to vote on the next executive board of SAA

We are currently only offering semester memberships. This means that if you were a member last semester (Fall 2022), you will need to renew your membership to stay a member this semester (Winter 2023). Anyone can be a member of SAA: you do not need to be a student of the University of Michigan to sign-up!

Click here to buy a Winter 2023 SAA membership!

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SAA reopens tomorrow, January 4th!

There are a few changes this semester we want you to be aware of!

  1. We reopen tomorrow, January 4th! Our first social dance of the year will be FREE, as well.
  2. Our beginner drop-in lessons will take place every Wednesday from 7:00pm – 7:50pm this semester
  3. Our social dances will take place every Wednesday from 7:50pm – 9:30pm this semester
  4. Proof of vaccination (including of a booster shot) is still required to attend SAA events. Masks are recommended (and provided if needed).

Winter Dance ft. The Royal Garden Trio!

After nearly three years, the December dance is BACK! Join Swing Ann Arbor, Friday Night Swing, and Riverside Swings to celebrate the end of the year with friends, jazz, and, of course, dance! No partner needed

DATE: December 16, 2022

SCHEDULE:
6:30pm-8pm: Lindy Hop Swingout Crash Course
8pm-9pm: Free beginner drop-in lesson
9pm-11pm: Social dance with music provided by local jazz band, The Royal Garden Trio!
11pm-12am: Social dance with DJ-ed music

LOCATION: Concourse Hall, Ann Arbor, MI (click here for directions)

DANCE COST:
$15 general admission
$10 for SAA and AACTMAD members

COVID PROTOCOL: Masks required

The Lindy Hop Swingout Crash Course will be taught by Paul Carryer. This lesson will cost $10. See the event page for more details: https://fb.me/e/2pQi4j0mB)

Three more Wednesday Night Drop-In and Dances left this year!

Hi, friends. We’ve missed you!

SAA is back up and running this week. We have three more Wednesday Nights left. Free beginner lesson 7-8pm; social dance 8-10pm ($5 or FREE if you attend beginner lesson/are an SAA member).

  • November 30th: Vandenberg Room (2nd floor) of the Michigan League
  • December 7th: Vandenberg Room (2nd floor) of the Michigan League
  • December 14th: Vandenberg Room (2nd floor) of the Michigan League
    • This is the last Wednesday Night Drop-in and Dance of the semester/year!
  • December 21st: University breakno lessons or dance
  • December 28th: University break no lessons or dance

What is SAA up to?

This coming a week is a little different than usual for us!

Solo Jazz Workshop: Learn the Big Apple!

What: One of the earliest swing line dances, the Big Apple is a fast, fun routine that incorporates solo jazz, a dynamic dance circle, and partner work! Usually performed to “Jumpin’ at the Woodside,” this dance always excites performers and audiences alike. No experience required, so if you’re interested in learning this classic routine, join us on Tuesday for our Big Apple Workshop! You can check out the routine here!

When: Tuesday, November 22nd, from 7:30pm-10:00pm

Where: Mason Hall Room 3463 (419 South State Street Ann Arbor, MI 48109)

Cost: FREE

Instructor: Claire Danna

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No beginner drop-in lesson or social dance this Wednesday, November 23rd!

The University is on break and we are, as well!

Beginner lesson and social dances will start up again November 30th! See our calendar for more details!

Swing I: Intro to Lindy Hop starts TOMORROW, October 25th!

This class takes place immediately after the Charleston class.

Have you been to a few of our beginner drop-in lessons but want jump in with both feet? Or are you a seasoned dancer looking to firm up your fundamentals? Join Emily and Sarah as they explore the essential shapes and rhythms of Lindy Hop! Get more personalized attention in a smaller class size, and build on your knowledge week to week. By the end, you’ll be able to swing out all night and improvise with your partners in fun and musical ways!

No partner necessary!

When: Tuesdays, October 25th – November 15th from 8:30-9:30pm

Where:Mason Hall Room 3463, University of Michigan (click here for directions)

Cost:

  • $12 for a single class
  • $30 SAA member 4-week pass
  • $40 general admission 4-week pass

Instructors: Emily Topham and Sarah Redman

Advance registration required. Click here to register!

Swing I: Intro to Charleston starts TOMORROW, October 25th!

This four week class will cover basic Charleston footwork and moves, hand-in-hand, airplane, Tandem Charleston, Charleston swing outs, and potentially 1920s Charleston. No previous Charleston experience or partner necessary.

When: Tuesdays, October 25th – November 15th from 7:30-8:30pm

Where: Mason Hall Room 3463, University of Michigan (click here for directions)

Cost:

  • $12 for a single class
  • $30 SAA member 4-week pass
  • $40 general admission 4-week pass


Instructors: Claire Danna and Zayne Knuth

Advance registration required. Click here to register!

Dancing during the Covid-19 Pandemic and Monkeypox Outbreak

Preventing Covid-19 Infection
Swing Ann Arbor is still requiring all attendees to wear a mask and provide proof of vaccination (including of a booster shot) when we dance inside. When we dance outside, however, these things are not necessary.

Being Mindful of Monkeypox
Monkeypox is becoming a more serious concern in the US. It is is often spread through close, intimate, skin-to-skin contact.

According to the CDC, symptoms of Monkeypox can include:

  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Muscle aches and backache
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Chills
  • Exhaustion
  • Respiratory symptoms (e.g. sore throat, nasal congestion, or cough)
  • A rash that may be located on or near the genitals or anus but could also be on other areas like the hands, feet, chest, face, or mouth.
    • The rash will go through several stages, including scabs, before healing.
    • The rash can look like pimples or blisters and may be painful or itchy

While there are no known cases of monkeypox in our dance community, we are asking everyone to read up on Monkeypox and be familiar with its symptoms. Click here to learn more.

We will be posting information about symptoms at our indoor events and adding this to our existing Covid-19 wavier.

If you ever feel unwell, please stay home.
Please refrain from attending dance events if you experience covid-like symptoms and/or Monkeypox-like symptoms. Keeping dance alive during an outbreak on top of an existing pandemic is a tenuous balancing act. We do not want to shut Swing Ann Arbor down again out of fear of infection (we were closed for two years due to Covid-19). By being mindful of how you’re feeling and staying home when you feel unwell, you help ensure the longevity of Swing Ann Arbor. Thank you for keeping our dance community safe.

Where is SAA meeting these next couple of weeks?

Good question!

This where we’ll be located the rest of the summer:

  • July 27th: Pendleton Room, Michigan Union
  • August 3rd: Outside, south side of Hatcher Graduate Library
  • August 10th: Vandenberg Room, Michigan League
  • August 17th: Vandenberg Room, Michigan League
  • August 24: Outside, south side of Hatcher Graduate Library
  • August 31: Outside, south side of Hatcher Graduate Library

As always, be sure to check our website calendar just in case!

As a note, our social dances are FREE when we’re outside!