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Let Mike & Mary put the swing in your step!
Let Mike & Mary put the swing in your step!
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 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!
Two ways to learn:
(1) Group classes. Next series of Hepcats group classes to be announced. Check back on this web page, or sign up for the Hepcats Email Newsletter (send an email to Mike at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll get you added) to get the most current info on Hepcats group class offerings.
(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 email@example.com for more info.
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. 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 Newport 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.