Swing Dance

From the Charleston to Lindy-Hop

April 15, 2019

VENUE: Historic Villa


About the instructors, Margot Helm and Richard Perkins:

Margot Helm and Richard Perkins have been dancing Lindy Hop for over a decade. They have performed with and choreographed for the Bay Area performance troupe Double or Nothing, and are co-founders of For Dancers Only, the South Bay venue for swing dancing addicts. If not on the dance floor, Margot can often be found in the DJ booth, playing a mix of trad jazz, big band, gypsy swing and jump blues from original and contemporary bands.

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Rooted in African American culture of the early 20th century, swing dancing was inspired by the rise of jazz music, and reached its height of popularity in the 1940s. The dance evolved rapidly, as young people modified their movements according to changing musical styles, creating a partner dance which emphasized expression, personality, musicality, and the lead/follow connection techniques needed for un-choreographed social dancing. 

Today, "swing dancing" is an umbrella term for the family of dance styles from that era, and includes Charleston, Lindy Hop, Balboa, and Shag, all of which are danced to music with a swing rhythm. In this class, you will learn the basics of partnered Charleston and 6-count Lindy Hop, and get an introduction to the history behind this beloved and all-American art form.

Note: No wine or refreshments will be offered at dance classes. Please make arrangements to eat before or after the class.

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