Friday Night Drop-In Lessons

Every Friday night, 7:45pm to 8:30pm before the dance starts, there is a beginner drop-in dance lesson. Our dance lessons have a reputation for providing the very basics for dancers who have never danced before, but also contain different moves taught in the lessons every week. Dancers attending regularly can buiild up a repertoire of dance moves. 

We have dancers with years of experience attending our drop-in lessons because they are so much fun, and they can still learn new things. This seeds the drop-in lesson with experienced dancers who can help all those new dancers pick up the basics.

Single step rhythm east coast basic with lindy hop pulsing and connection. Moves are inspired (or possibly completely the same) by movements in all forms of swing dancing including Lindy hop, West coast swing, Balboa, Charleston and Shag.


Summer Swing Series: Lindy Hop

Saturday August 19th at Centennial Lodge in Queen's Park

5:00 - 6:00pm: Fast Lindy Hop Fundamentals
6:15 - 7:45pm: Lindy Hop Variations and Connected Movements
8:00 - 9:30pm: Amazing sequences and lindy hop moves
(See below for full descriptions)

INSTRUCTORS: Kyle and Natsuko

COST:
2 Lindy classes minimum: $35*
3 lindy classes:
Tier 1 - $50* (first 8 couples)
Tier 2 - $60*

*Cash only

REGISTRATION:
To register please email rcsmessage@gmail.com with “Register” in the subject line. Please include your name, phone number, email address and if you are a lead or a follow. Payment will be received at the first lesson.

Arrive early, ready to dance 10mins before class starts. Please note that this workshop will not take place at our usual venue. 

Centennial Lodge is located in Queen's Park, New Westminster. There is ample free parking available and Queen's Park can also be accessed by the C4 and 155 buses.

FAST LINDY HOP FUNDAMENTALS
Welcome to swinging out to music in the 180-240 bpm range. This technical course is designed to bring dancers who have got their lindy hop basics down, comfortable swing out, dancing lindy hop to entire songs, but not quite comfortable dancing to the faster tunes (choosing other styles of dances for those songs, not out of choice but more our of necessity)

This fast paced and exciting class will help build the tools for lindy hoppers to not only express and feel the music at higher tempos better, but also help build fundamentals that enable all their dancing to have the large and controlled dynamic movements lindy hoppers can offer. 

The level of this class is designed for dancers already comfortable with much of the basics of lindy hop. Those who struggle to swing out at more mellow tempos (150-180 bpm) will struggle to keep up. Dancers of this class will typically have been dancing lindy hop for over a half a year. If you feel you have what is needed, please feel free to ask.

LINDY HOP VARIATIONS AND CONNECTED MOVEMENTS
Kyle and Natsuko are excited to bring variations and movements that they use regularly in their social dancing, but don't see many people around the world doing. Pops, slides, hesitations and wicked stretch are some of the exciting descriptions they like to label some of the techniques and movements that fit in their modern style of Lindy Hop. 

This class requires use of faster tempo songs with higher energy, and thus it's required for participants to take 'Fast Lindy Hop Fundamentals' together with this class.

AMAZING SEQUENCES AND LINDY HOP MOVES
Kyle and Natsuko have put together some amazing sequences of Lindy hop movements that apply to all sorts of fantastic lindy hop jazz music. They are excited to give students some of their musicality styling and approach to constructing larger sequences in their social dancing. 

This class requires use of strong grounded movements and faster lindy connection techniques for the movements to be safe and successful. So must be taken with the 'Fast Lindy Hop Fundamentals'.

***

Kyle has spent the last year living in Gothenburg Sweden, one of the largest swing dancing communities in Europe, teaching Lindy hop, Charleston, Balboa, Collegiate Shag, Blues and Fusion dances. He has also been traveling around Europe dancing, DJing, teaching and competing. 

Previously, Kyle traveled the world, teaching, DJing or participating in events in over 10 countries in 4 continents. He is excited to bring his wealth of knowledge (specifically new knowledge and techniques) back home to Vancouver/New West with Royal City Swing, the organization he co-founded.

Summer Swing Series: Balboa

Thursday August 24th at Centennial Lodge in Queen's Park

6:45 - 8:00pm -- Balboa Fundamentals and Styling
8:15 - 9:30pm -- Intermediate Balboa Moves and Variations
(see full descriptions below)
 

INSTRUCTORS: Kyle and Natsuko

COST:
1 class: $25*
Both classes:
Tier 1 - $30* (first 10 couples)
Tier 2 - $40*

*Cash only

REGISTRATION:
To register please email rcsmessage@gmail.com with “Register” in the subject line. Please include your name, phone number, email address and if you are a lead or a follow. Payment will be received at the first lesson.

Arrive early, ready to dance 10mins before class starts. Please note that this workshop will not take place at our usual venue. 

Centennial Lodge is located in Queen's Park, New Westminster. There is ample free parking available and Queen's Park can also be accessed by the C4 and 155 buses.

BALBOA FUNDAMENTALS AND STYLING
Ready to be inspired in your balboa dancing again? Ready to be able to have the fundamentals of balboa so solid that you can express musicality by breaking all the rules? This class is specifically designed for you. Get inspired! Get styling, get connected and get expressive!

The structure of this class is ordered to push dancers into hearing the music while they are doing their basics so that expressing the music with their partner just flows naturally and combines techniques that expand balboa to a full art form of creativity. 

Techniques will be covered in depth and ideas and stylings will be covered very quickly to expand the balboa dancers skills and material. 

Terms that most students may already be familiar with when signing up for : in and outs or break rhythms, up holds and down holds, toss out, come around, swivels, promenade, shuffle steps, paddles... If you wonder if this class is for you, please ask.

INTERMEDIATE BALBOA MOVES AND VARIATIONS
(required: Intermediate Balboa Fundamentals and Stylings)
Closed embrace, closed and bal-swing movements and variations will be introduced in this class with the feeling for play. Dancers will be able to take awesome new balboa sequences that draw upon partnered dancing fundamentals, stretch and release, in a smooth and connected way.

***

Kyle has spent the last year living in Gothenburg Sweden, one of the largest swing dancing communities in Europe, teaching Lindy hop, Charleston, Balboa, Collegiate Shag, Blues and Fusion dances. He has also been traveling around Europe dancing, DJing, teaching and competing. 

Previously, Kyle traveled the world, teaching, DJing or participating in events in over 10 countries in 4 continents. He is excited to bring his wealth of knowledge (specifically new knowledge and techniques) back home to Vancouver/New West with Royal City Swing, the organization he co-founded.


Summer Swing Series: Collegiate Shag

Tuesday August 29th at Centennial Lodge in Queen's Park

6:45 - 8:00pm -- Collegiate Shag fundamentals and stylings
8:15 - 9:30pm -- Collegiate Shag moves, sequences and variations
(see full description below)

INSTRUCTORS: Kyle and Natsuko

COST:
1 class: $25*
Both classes:
Tier 1 - $30* (first 10 couples)
Tier 2 - $40*

*Cash only

REGISTRATION:
To register please email rcsmessage@gmail.com with “Register” in the subject line. Please include your name, phone number, email address and if you are a lead or a follow. Payment will be received at the first lesson.

Arrive early, ready to dance 10mins before class starts. Please note that this workshop will not take place at our usual venue. 

Centennial Lodge is located in Queen's Park, New Westminster. There is ample free parking available and Queen's Park can also be accessed by the C4 and 155 buses.

COLLEGIATE SHAG FUNDAMENTALS AND STYLINGS

Ready to bring your collegiate shag to the next level? Hot new collegiate shag fundamentals and stylings will be covered in this exciting class, constructed in the way that will connect various styles of collegiate shag to the music and give variations for all the styles to increase the connection dancers have to the music. 

This class is not designed for the complete beginner, but for dancers of collegiate shag that have taken a beginner or intro series at a minimum. The more Shag you have been exposed to, the more in depth you will absorb the subtle body movements that make fast exciting and dynamic collegiate shag.

COLLEGIATE SHAG MOVES, SEQUENCES AND VARIATIONS
('Collegiate Shag fundamentals and stylings' class required)
Ready to bust out uniquely shag moves and movements on the dance floor? This exciting fast paced class is meant to give students a wide range of moves and movements that build upon strong collegiate shag fundamentals. Modern shag techniques, connection types for fast, explosive and expressive collegiate shag will be introduced as well.

***

Kyle has spent the last year living in Gothenburg Sweden, one of the largest swing dancing communities in Europe, teaching Lindy hop, Charleston, Balboa, Collegiate Shag, Blues and Fusion dances. He has also been traveling around Europe dancing, DJing, teaching and competing. 

Previously, Kyle traveled the world, teaching, DJing or participating in events in over 10 countries in 4 continents. He is excited to bring his wealth of knowledge (specifically new knowledge and techniques) back home to Vancouver/New West with Royal City Swing, the organization he co-founded.

 

NOTE:
Facebook has recently begun to limit the length of events. Due to these restrictons we will now create all workshops (regardless of length) as 1-week events. The duration will be noted in the event title and the actual dates will be noted in the description. We apologize for any confusion, but we have to do our best to work around these new Facebook restrictions.


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