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Dance Club

 

SWING DANCE LESSONS

Dance Club

Definition of Social

"Imperial" Swing

 

'Imperial Swing' is a cross between East Coast and West Coast Swing as it is done in slot and in the round.

 

It started at the Club Imperial in St Louis. George Edick, who owned the club, let teenagers dance on the lower level and the swing dancers of the time taught them what was learned from their trips to the East coast.

 

As people traveled around, they added parts of West Coast, Bop and Carolina Shag to complement the dance and make it distinctive.

 

People can tell the difference between St. Louis dancers and dancers from other parts of the country.

 

"The Imperial" has elements of "East Coast", "West Coast", "Carolina Shag" and "Bop".

Group Dance Lesson are given every Friday Night at Concord Hall at 7:00 pm, right before our Dance at 8:00 pm.

10140 Concord School Rd., St. Louis, MO 63128.  Near Hwy 270 & Tesson Ferry Rd.  Next to SPERRENG Middle School.

 

Cost for Friday Night admission is $9.00 per person.  Lessons are FREE with paid admission.

Please! No bills larger than a $20.00

 

We have five (5) Group Dance Lessons going on at one time.  Four (4) are 'Beginner to Advanced' levels of 'Social Swing' and one (1) is a 'Bonus Lesson'.   All Lessons on Friday nights are 7:00 to 8:00 pm.  See Schedule below.

 

We recommend taking Swing 1, four (4) times (or (4) weeks).  Same with Swing 2, and Swing 3.

Each level of Swing Dance Lessons should be taken a minimum of (4) times.  Some repeat Swing 1 for a total of (8) times.

 

The Bonus Lesson could be a Line Dance, Country 2-Step, Waltz, Nightclub 2-Step, West Coast Swing, Stationary Cha Cha, River Waltz, Specialty Dance, Mixer, or any other dance our dancers are interested in learning.

 

You do not have to have a partner.  There are usually other men and women taking lessons that come without partners.

No reservation or pre-sign up necessary.  Just show up.  Pay as you go.  Start on 1st or last week in month, it does not matter.

 

Group, Semi-Private, and Private Lessons.  Our Location or Your Location.

Available on weekdays, weeknights, and weekends, depending on availability.

Contact Terry at 314.603.6337 or Email 'terryjames@jitterswing.com'

Social Swing  -  Lesson Schedule  -  Friday Nights  -  Concord Hall

 

Swing 1  -  BEGINNER

 

1st Friday of Month

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Basic Step

Basic Closed Position

Ladies Glide Away

Open Position

Simple Return

 

 

2nd Friday of Month

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Basic Step

Basic Closed Position

Walkout/Ladies Underarm Turn

Open Position

Simple Return

 

4th Friday of Month

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Basic Step

Basic Closed Position

Left Side Pass

Simple Return

 

 

3rd Friday of Month

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Basic Step

Basic Closed Position

Mans Glide Away

Open Position

Simple Return

 

5th Friday of Month

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Basic Step

Basic Closed Position

Review Weeks 1,2,3,4.

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TIPS:   1.  TAKE SMALL STEPS.    Dance with your feet UNDER you.    DO NOT 'back up' or 'travel' when taking your steps.

            2.  When taking the Rock Step on count 5, make sure it's to the SIDE and BACK....NOT straight back.

            3.  When taking the Rock Step on count 5, do not put your weight on your 'heel' or in other words, do not put your 'heel' down.

            4.  Do not 'hold on' or 'grip' your parnters hand.  And no thumbs!  Use 'resistance' with 'cupped' hands.

            5.  'Leads' are on count 6.

            6.  Ladies turns are lead on count 2.

            7.  Keep your arms close to a '90 degree' or 'L' shape.  Do not straighten your arms.  Stay close to together...DO NOT BACKUP in the Open Position.

            8.  Leaders should 'watch out for' and 'protect' Followers from running into other dancers and keep other dancers from running into Followers.

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Swing 2  -  NOVICE

 

1st Friday of Month

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Closed Position

Tuck & Turn

Crossover/Ladies Underarm Turn

Return (To Closed Position)

 

2nd Friday of Month

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Closed Position

Tuck & Turn

She Goes, He Goes

Return (Circle to Closed Position)

 

3rd Friday of Month

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Closed Position

Caught in the Cage

Tuck & Turn

Crossover/Ladies Underarm Turn

Pattycake

Return (To Closed Position)

 

4th Friday of Month

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Closed Position

Tuck & Release

Man's Right Turn to Back Hand

Slide By

Return (To Closed Position)

 

5th Friday of Month

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Review Weeks 1,2,3,4.

Swing 3  -  INTERMEDIATE

 

1st Friday of Month

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Imperial Walk

 

2nd Friday of Month

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Hully Gully

 

3rd Friday of Month

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Sweetheart Basket

 

4th Friday of Month

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Hammer Lock

 

5th Friday of Month

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Swivels

Swing 4  -  ADVANCE

 

Advanced

Moves & Patterns

 

Instructors Choice

 

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