May 25, 2010

May 25 is National Tap Dance Day!

May 25 is National TapDance Day in the US, and the date is significant because it's the birthday of Bill 'Bojangles' Robinson.  You can read more about this on Dance Advantage:

If you're not familiar with Mr. Bojangles, you need to watch this clip- it's amazing!

Tap is an important part of the Lindy Hopper's history.  In fact, the line dance called The Shim Sham that is danced by swing dancers all across the globe, is actually stolen/borrowed/adapted from a tap line dance that is danced by hoofers all over the world.  I've got proof!

May 11, 2010

Using Dance to Teach Kids Healthy Living

Balletmet Columbus's blog, 'A Tutu For You' featured their Momentum program they present in area elementary schools that uses dance to teach concepts of healthy living and culminates in a year-end dance performance.

Here's how BalletMet's website describes Momentum:

BalletMet Momentum (4th Grade Program)
A program that engages students in movement, music, choreography--and so much more. Momentum uses dance as a springboard to help children develop excellence, discipline and self-confidence. All classes integrate ODE's Dance Content Standards. Throughout the academic year, classes are held weekly during the school day. Students present a mid-year lecture/demonstration in their school gym and a year-end performance on stage.

I think it's so great that BalletMet is giving kids around Columbus the opportunity to participate in dance.  Isn't it strange that 'art class' and band/choir are so standard but you don't ever see dance as a standard in schools?  And why should gym class be just about sports?   We need more programs like this!

For a full list and descriptions of all BalletMet's educational outreach programs:
Update!   Momentum was just featured on the news!  Check out the article and video! 

May 4, 2010

May classes start TONIGHT! (5/4)

Want to learn to Lindy Hop?  Duh, of COURSE you do!  Our May lessons start TONIGHT and this month it's all Lindy Hop, all the time!  Mark and Shannon from the Lindyroos are teaching! 

Just look how fun it is! (so this is Seattle, and the classes in the video are a lot bigger than ours, but same idea!)

WHERE:  FloorSpace Arts in Clintonville (next to Studio 35)  3041 Indianola Avenue, Columbus OH 43202

WHEN:  May 4, 11, 18, and 25
    There are 2 levels of classes meeting every Tuesday in May, so you get four classes, one hour each.  
     7:30-8:30pm - Intermediate Lindy Hop
     8:30-9:30pm- Beginner Lindy Hop  (no experience needed!)
     9:30-10:00pm - open practice and 'ask the teacher' time

    Anyone!  No partner required (you'll rotate!), No experience required (for the beginner class anyway).   We just want you to come and dance and have fun!  Jumping in on Lindy right now is great because you can move up to Intermediate Lindy in June!

For the beginner class you don't need to know anything at all about anything. At all.  However, for the intermediate class you should be comfortable with the swingout, sendout, and Lindy circle.

$45 for general public
$40 for members

Go register on our website!
Lessons Page
Registration Page  (select the May Swingology Series from the dropdown)

May 3, 2010

Rocktober 2010 Instructor Lineup!

Meet our amazing instructors for Rocktober 2010 - we know you'll love them! Kevin & Jo, Patrick & Natasha, and Caitlin & Jon!

October 15-17, 2010 better be on your calendar, because it's going to be an amazing weekend!


Kevin St. Laurent and Jo Hoffberg - Pittsburgh, PA (and lots of other places)

Hilarious, high energy, and great technicians of Lindy Hop. With their blend of comedic yet intensely effective teaching, they prove that you can have your cake and eat it too! They were a blast last year and we're very excited to have them back again!

Patrick Szmidt and Natasha Ouimet - Montreal, Canada

This pair is not super well-known in the US (yet!) but we think they're the NEXT BIG THING on the international scene! They're energetic performers and dedicated to growing Lindy Hop around the world. As instructors at Studio 88 Swing in Montreal, Patrick and Natasha are part of an elite team of Lindy Hop masters. Montreal is well known for the quality of its dancers and we look forward to introducing that influence to the midwest, so we can be dreamy too!

They've even been featured on Canadian television! Look!

Jon Tigert and Caitlin Baird - Indiana

Jon and Caitlin have the important role of addicting newbies to the Lindy Hop - they're teaching the beginner track at Rocktober. We are confident that after you've had your first experimentation with Lindy Hop from these two, we'll probably be seeing you again real soon ;)

Jon and Caitlin travel extensively and you may recognize them from all the Jack & Jill finals they bumped you out of. They are on a team of rockstars called The Hoosier Hotshots, that has been known to win competitions after only 4 practices or in spite of living in a variety of cities and spraining ankles in the middle of their routines. That's pretty damn rockstar. ish. (darn you, Hotshots!!)

(In the video below, Jon is in green, Caitlin is in blue)

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