Lindy & Solo Jazz Series beginning the 15th!

 

Instructors have been chosen. Venues have been reserved. It’s time for our Winter 2020 series to begin! We’re mixing it up this semester – instead of Swing I and Swing II, we’ll be offering an Open Level Lindy Hop series and a Solo Jazz series!

***PLEASE NOTE***
Swing Ann Arbor’s series have changed times and locations from the Fall semester.

Open Level

Join Val Kutchko and Connor Cole for our open level Lindy Hop series!

What’s an open level series? It’s really similar to Swing I and Swing II (it’s progressive), except it’s a COMBINED class! Material will be accessible and useful for dancers across a wide spectrum of experience. Val & Connor will provide optional concepts and add-ons that you can try – if you want – so that you can pick and choose the level of challenge that best fits your needs.

The open level series is open to anyone who has attended 4-5 beginner drop in classes and/or feels very comfortable with basic lindy hop shapes (e.g., swing outs, circles, passbys, tuck turns).

Click here to register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/open-level-lindy-hop-tickets-89520623595

Solo Jazz(2)

Join Chris Glasow & Irem Yoruk for a series focusing on the “ABC’s” of solo jazz dancing: Common jazz steps, why solo jazz is important to we Lindy Hoppers, and more!

Click here to register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/abcs-of-solo-jazz-tickets-89516382911

You do NOT need any prior experience to join this series – all are welcome. Please bring comfortable shoes and clothing and a full water bottle, as this venue does not have water immediately available.

Swingin’ in 2020!

Monthly Venue Updates(2)

We’re making exciting changes to this semester’s lesson series, so keep an eye out over the next week for those updates! Series will begin the week of January 15th.

In the meantime, we’ll be changing venues frequently this month and next for our main dances/beginner lessons, so be sure to check out our calendar!

On break until January 8th!

While the University of Michigan is on break, so are we! No drop-in lessons, no series, and no dances until January 8th. We’ll update with more details, soon.

SAA & FNS’s Holiday Dance ft. Plenty Rhythm

‘Tis the season to come together and celebrate the people, music, and dancing that bring us joy!
On Saturday, December 7th, Swing Ann Arbor and Friday Night Swing (FNS) are teaming up yet again to bring you a night of splendid live jazz music and, of course, swing dancing at Concourse Hall. We love getting everyone together, and whether it’s your first time attending a swing event or you’re a regular face at weekly dances, it warms our hearts to have you celebrate with us!

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COOKIE EXCHANGE
Bring a batch of cookies to the dance and show off your baking skills! YUM! All we ask is that you label your contribution with possible allergens (nuts, gluten, etc.).

LIVE MUSIC by PLENTY RHYTHM
Local jazz band Plenty Rhythm will be gifting us with an evening of swingin’ tunes! We’ve loved what they’ve played for us in the past, and are stoked to have another night of dancing with them!

$10 general admission
$8 SAA, FNS, or AACTMAD members

Beginner lesson: 8pm-9pm
Live music: 9pm-Midnight
DJ’d late night: Midnight-2am

November Series: Swing I and II

Swing I is a 3-week series this month (UM’s Thanksgiving break means no class on the 27th!). Sarah & Connor will continue supporting you to add new tools to your Lindy Hop toolbox! Register here.

Swing II is a 4-week series! Work on the rhythm and flow of your dancing with Katie & Chien-Yi! Register here.

October events & reminders!

2019-2020 MEMBERSHIPS AVAILABLE!
Become a member of Swing Ann Arbor! Members get into regular Wednesday night dances for free, and receive discounts on series lessons, workshops, and other special events. The more SAA events you attend, the more you save.
If the cost of membership or lessons prevents you from attending Swing Ann Arbor, please email us at swingannarbor@umich.edu. We’ll do what we can to support you!

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WEDNESDAY NIGHT DANCES & LOCATIONS
Oct 2      Openfloor Studio, 213 S. State Street
Oct 9      Openfloor Studio, 213 S. State Street
Oct 16    Openfloor Studio, 213 S. State Street
Oct 23    Vandenberg Room, Michigan League
Oct 30    Vandenberg Room, Michigan League. This is our Halloween Dance!

OCTOBER CLASSES & EVENTS

  • Swing I: Intro To Lindy Hop & Swing. Wednesdays, 7-8pm (Oct 2, 9, 16, 23) in Weiser Hall room 268.
    Register here.
  • Swing II: Shapes & Sizes. Mondays, 7-8pm (Oct 7, 21, 28) in Weiser Hall room 268.
    Note: there is NO CLASS on October 14th.
    Register here.
  • Shim Sham Workshop. Wednesday, October 30th 7-8:30pm in Weiser Hall room 268.
    Learn the Shim Sham! One of the Lindy Hop community’s most beloved and well-known routines, the Shim Sham is a fun and easy introduction to learning choreography and solo jazz movements! $15 GA, $10 SAA members
    Register here.
  • Halloween Dance. Wednesday, October 30th 9-11pm in the Vandenberg Room, Michigan League.
    Yes. There will definitely be a costume contest. Yes. There will definitely be prizes!
    RSVP here.

Swing II starts 9/9

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Swing II is for dancers who have taken the equivalent of at LEAST one semester of Swing I. Must be proficient in Lindy Hop basic footwork (6- and 8-count) and shapes (e.g., swing out, circle, tuck turns). REGISTER HERE.

WHEN: September 9, 15, 23, 30
WHERE: Room 268, Weiser Hall
For this 4-week series, prices are as follows:
$40 general admission
$30 SAA member
$12 for a single class

Haven’t paid SAA membership dues yet? Click here: https://forms.gle/E1EBP8d91dpJfkH28

No Dance September 4th or 11th – Join us for our mass meetings!

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Do you have friends, family, coworkers, maybe a nemesis or two, who you’ve been trying to convince to come dancing with you? Here’s your chance!

This Wednesday and next (Sep 4 & 11), we’re hosting TWO mass meetings, where we’ll tell folks all about Swing Ann Arbor, teach a beginner lesson, and do a bit of dancing before heading out for food + socializing!

No experience and no partner required. Two left feet? No problem! Just bring your enthusiasm 🙂

 

WHEN: 8pm on September 4th and September 11th
WHERE: Near the fountain on Ingalls Mall (UM central campus), between the Michigan League and the belltower

2019-2020 Memberships Available!

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Semester and annual SAA memberships are now available for the 2019-2020 school year! Visit our Membership page to learn more, or click here to sign up!

Learn the St. Louis Shim Sham!

July Series

Ojan Damavandi & Val Kutchko are teaching the St. Louis Shim Sham! This is a fun and easy routine choreographed by Jon Tigert to the song “Murder He Said”.

No – you don’t need to know the original Shim Sham to learn this routine! It’s completely different.

Price: $12
Time: 8-9:30pm, Monday August 12th
Location: Room 1401, Mason Hall

Click here to register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/st-louis-shim-sham-tickets-68394849837