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Hepcats Fall 2017 classes start Sunday, October 22nd!

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Why learn from Mike & Mary?  Mike & Mary Richardson have been teaching swing dancing, Lindy Hop and Balboa, for over 16 years.  They don’t just “dabble” in swing dancing: they love the dances, and they study the dances.  They believe that learning to swing dance is a journey, not a destination.  They often travel to out of town swing dance workshop events such as the All Balboa Weekend, Camp Hollywood, the International Lindy Hop Championships, etc…. to take classes, private lessons and compete to further hone their skills.

They are the most knowledgeable swing dance instructors in the Lexington/central Kentucky area and are passionate about sharing all the great things about swing dancing, and swing music!  Mike & Mary have taught literally thousands of people to swing dance – and they can teach you – just give it a try!

Here are the offerings for classes starting Sunday, October 22nd (see below for detailed info on each class series):
1. Beginner Class:  October 22nd – November 19th, 5:30-6:15 pm.
2. Expand Your Bag of tricks:  October 22nd – November 19th, 6:30-7:15 pm.

o Beginner Class – Learn to Swing Dance with the Hepcats!  Sundays, October 22nd – November 19th, 5:30-6:15 pm.
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SO,BW1Want to learn to swing dance?  This is the class for you!  No previous dance experience required; no partner required – single dancers welcome.

Mike & Mary have taught literally thousands of people to swing dance, and we can teach you – give it a try!  For this class series we’ll learn the original swing dance:  Lindy Hop.  Lindy Hop is built around 8 count patterns and requires good lead and follow skills, and good technique.  Learn Lindy Hop – and get hep to the jive!

o Already know some swing dance? Don’t settle for “step, step, rock step” – – learn the original swing dance, Lindy Hop!

o This is also a good class series for those that have a basic or introductory knowledge of Lindy Hop and want to learn and reinforce good Lindy Hop technique, styling and movement.

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Fall 2017 Classes

Cost:  $40 ($35 students) for the entire 5 week class series.  Register In Advance On-Line and save $5!  (Use promo code Hepcat)

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o Expand Your Bag of Tricks!  Sundays, October 22nd – November 19th, 6:30-7:15 pm.

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Time to add some new moves to your swing dance repertoire!  For this class series, we’ll add some cool new moves and footwork variations to your swing dance to help expand your bag of tricks.  The goal is for you to be able to incorporate these moves and footwork into your social dancing.

Knowledge of Lindy Hop helpful for this class series, but not required.  No partner required, single dancers welcome.

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Cost:  $40 ($35 students) for the entire 5 week class series.  Register In Advance On-Line and save $5!  (Use promo code Hepcat)

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Instructors for these classes:  Mike & Mary Richardson (see below for more info on Mike & Mary)

Location for Sunday classes: 
Arthur Murray Dance Studio, 1801 Alexandria Dr., Lexington, KY (in Gardenside, across from Kroger).  The Arthur Murray studio has a smooth, floating smooth wooden dance floor, the best in Lexington!  Click here for map and directions.
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What to wear?  Dress for comfort, casual is fine.  For shoes, wear comfortable shoes, preferably shoes you can turn and spin in.  We don’t recommend high heels, sandals, boots or heavy type shoes.
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How to Register for Classes
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/> Register On-Line in advance and save $5 (use promo code Hepcat).
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> Register by regular mail, click here to download a registration form (pdf). Your letter must be postmarked by Thursday, October 12th.
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> Register at the door on Sunday, October 22nd. Cash or check only accepted at the door.
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/Questions? Contact Mike Richardson, 859-420-2426; info@luv2swingdance.com.
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Private Lessons.  Want to learn right away and at a much faster pace?  Mike & Mary also offer Private Lessons.  Private lessons are an excellent way to learn how to swing dance.  A big advantage of private lessons is that you get individual attention from working one-on-one with the instructors and you’ll progress at a much faster pace.  Private lessons may be arranged for individual dancers or couples.  Contact Mike Richardson at 859-420-2426 or info@luv2swingdance.com for more info.

Let Mike & Mary put the swing in your step!

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Let Mike & Mary put the swing in your step!

Mry,MR,a[1]Looking for a fun activity, wanting to meet new people, explore a new hobby or just stay in shape – swing dancing is for you!

Why learn from Mike & Mary?  Mike & Mary Richardson have been teaching swing dancing for over 15 years.  They don’t just “dabble” in swing dancing:  they love the dances and they study the dances.  They believe that learning to swing dance is a journey, not a destination.  They often travel to out of town swing dance workshop events such as the All Balboa Weekend, Camp Hollywood, the International Lindy Hop Championships, etc…. to take classes, private lessons and compete to further hone their skills.  They are the most knowledgeable swing dance instructors in the Lexington/central Kentucky area and are passionate about sharing all the great1png[1] things about swing dancing, and swing music!  Mike & Mary have taught literally thousands of people to swing dance – and they can teach you – just give it a try!

 

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Two ways to learn:

(1) New series of group classes start October 22nd!   Check out the info above.

(2) Want to learn right away and at a much faster pace?  We also offer Private Lessons.  Private lessons are an excellent way to learn how to swing dance.  A big advantage of private lessons is that you get individual attention from working one-on-one with the instructors and you’ll progress at a much faster pace.  Private lessons may be arranged for individual dancers or couples.  Contact Mike Richardson at 859-420-2426 or info@luv2swingdance.com for more info.

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What we teach:

Mike & Mary specialize in the original swing dances of the 1930’s and 40’s big band swing-era: Lindy Hop and Balboa!

Lindy Hop is the original swing dance that developed in the Harlem district of New York City in the late 1920’s and early 30’s. SavoyBallroom With influences that originated in the Charleston, traditional West African dance styles, and a variety of European social dances, the Lindy Hop included not only partner dancing, but also individual solos and line dancing. Lindy Hop quickly spread all over the U.S. and overseas, influencing and reflecting the development of many regional styles of swing dance. Lindy Hop is the grandfather of all swing dances, and eventually evolved into many other variations, to include West Coast Swing, Boogie Woogie, etc. But like many things in life, the original is still the best!

Balboa. What’s that cool dance where people shuffle their feet to fast (and even really fast!) swing music as they slide and glide on the dance floor? Balboa is the dance! To be a well-rounded and versatile swing-era swing dancer, you should learn – and embrace – Balboa!

Tradition holds that Balboa was developed primarily in the Southern California/Los Angeles area in the 1930′s, as a result of very crowded dance floors in ballrooms. The dance was named after Balboa Island in the BalCoupleNewport Beach area which was the location of the Rendezvous Ballroom. The dance is known for its closeness, fast and fancy footwork and effortless looking flow and an overall look optimized for fast swing music. By the mid 1930′s, it was not unusual for ballrooms to host dances for 3,000 or more people. As ballrooms became more and more crowded, dances like the Charleston and the Lindy Hop became less practical; some ballrooms even instituted “no breakaways” policies to prevent injuries.

After a while some of the original Balboa dancers grew tired of doing just pure Balboa and started to introduce fancier variations which forced the close connection to be broken. Today, this is sometimes called Bal-Swing. In this form anything goes: spins, turns, dips, tricks, slides, etc. Bal-Swing variations keep the overall style, feeling, and framework of the original dance with recognizable Balboa footwork.


One call or email does it all!
Contact Mike Richardson at 859-420-2426; email: info at luv2swingdance dot com for more info on how you can get started in swing dancing!

Note: while Lindy Hop and Balboa are our specialities, we are also very adept in many other forms of dance, to include Collegiate Shag, 1920’s Charleston; and most of the ballroom dances.

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