New Summer Times Starting May 4th!

Swing Ann Arbor’s times will look a little different this summer! We’re still meeting on Wednesdays: just a little earlier!

Starting May 4th, our schedule will look like this:

  • Beginner drop-in lesson: Wednesdays 7-8pm
  • Social dance: Wednesdays 8-10pm

Please tell your fellow dancers!

Admission

  • Admission to beginner drop-in lesson: FREE!
  • Admission to social dance: $5 or FREE if you take the beginner drop-in lesson!

Location

Beginner drop-in lessons and dances will mostly take place in the Vandenberg room of the Michigan League this semester. Check the calendar for any potential changes on location and time.

Covid Protocol

Proof of vaccination INCLUDING BOOSTER shot is still required to attend a SAA in-person event. Masks are also mandatory.

No drop-in beginner lesson or social dance 4/20/22

Hi folks!

We won’t be holding a beginner drop-in lesson or a social dance this Wednesday, April 20th. Instead, we’ll be holding a social event! This will be an opportunity to hang out, grab some bubble tea, and get to know your fellow dancers off of the dance floor.

Time: 8pm – 10pm

Location: Sweeting (1205 S University Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48104), a local bubble tea shop

Hope to see you there! And if not, see you on the dance floor next Wednesday, April 27th!

Solo Jazz Workshop with Remy Kouakou Kouame

Register here!

Who: Remy Kouakou Kouame! Remy is one of the most well known swing dancers in the swing community. He dances, teaches, and performs at events all across the world!

What: a solo jazz workshop catered toward intermediate swing dancers. But! if you are a beginner, please come anyway!

Time: 3-4:30pm. Please arrive at least 30 minutes early to check in.

Cost: $20

Location: Riverside Arts Dance Studio in Ypsilanti, Michigan. 76 N Huron St.

Other details:

Pre-registration required.

A social dance will follow this event from 4:30-6:30pm.

Taking this workshop will get you into the social dance for free! Laura Glaess will be teaching a workshop at this same location from 11-12:15pm, hosted by UMS. You can register for her workshop here. We recommend attending both workshops and spending the day in Ypsilanti! Both workshops accompany the Sw!ng Out performance happening at the Power Center on April 1st and 2nd.

If you need a ride to this event or can drive people to this event, please fill out this carpool form here.

If you have never attended a Swing Ann Arbor event, please fill out our COVID form here ahead of time! Masks are required at this event.

If you must pay in cash, please fill out this form ahead of the event.

Shim Sham Workshop

Some fabulous dancers doing the Shim Sham

On Wednesday, March 23rd, Swing Ann Arbor will not be holding a beginner drop-in lesson or our usual social dance. INSTEAD, Chien-yi Tsai and Clarisse Jorah will be teaching us the Shim Sham!

What IS the Shim Sham?
The Shim Sham is a swing line dance that was originally choreographed by Al and Leon and galvanized by Frankie Manning, the ambassador of Lindy Hop. If you’ve attended our dances before, you’ve probably seen it! It is a routine that every swing dancer should be familiar with and is a great gateway to solo jazz. What does it look like? Check out this video! https://youtu.be/2cUPYkJQ29s

No partner or experience necessary.

Location: Room 3330 Mason Hall (419 S State St, Ann Arbor, MI 48109)

Time: March 23rd from 8:30pm-10:00pm

Admission to this workshop: $5 (payable by cash or PayPal at the door)

COVID Protocol: Proof of vaccination (including of a booster shot) as well as masking wearing is required to attend this workshop!

We’re back!

SAA starts back up this week!

Progressive lessons, beginner drop-in lessons, and social dances all start up this week and continue the rest of the semester.

Check the calendar to find out where we’re at!

SAA on break this week!

We won’t be holding progressive lessons, drop-in lessons, or a social dance this week (February 28th-March 5th). The University of Michigan is on Spring Break, so we are too.

Hope to catch you next week! 😊

Progressive Dance Lesson Series Starts Up February 15th

New to swing and/or interested in honing your swing skills? Join local swing dancers, Chris and Irem for progressive dance lessons starting February 15th through March 29th!

No partner needed! No experience needed (if joining at the start of the series)!

Times: Tuesdays, 8-9pm from February 15th through March 29th

Location: Room 2469 Mason Hall, 419 South State Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Series Price: $12 per lesson

Register here!

Covid policies:

  • You must have proof of vaccination INCLUDING booster shot in order to attend.
  • You must wear a mask the entire session.

Please try to show up 5-10 minutes prior to class to get warmed up, change shoes, check in with instructors/make any necessary payments, etc.

Swing Ann Arbor Reopens!

When COVID-19 hit in March of 2020, we went on a bit of a break. It’s been a quiet couple of years… :/

But this February 2022, we plan to open up for in-person dancing again! Join us Wednesday, February 9th, as we get back on our feet! We’ll have our usual beginner lesson from 8-9pm and then social dancing from 9-10:30pm.

You’ll find that things are little different than they used to be. In an effort to keep each other safe, we have set of COVID-19 protocols that all attendees must abide by. These include vaccination and mask wearing at all times. Click here to read more!

Check out the calendar for when and where you can find us.

Hope to see y’all soon! πŸ™‚

SAA March events cancelled

As a proactive measure to keep our community healthy, we will be CANCELLING all of our March events for Swing Ann Arbor. We will not be having our classes, practice sessions, or social dances for the month of March and we will keep you updated moving forward into April.

We have no reason to believe that anyone involved in our community has come into contact with the Coronavirus; this is merely a preventative measure in the interests of our collective safety.

However, we can’t stop you from practicing or dancing on your own! This provides an excellent opportunity to practice solo jazz!