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Swing Dance Classes in Midcoast Maine!
   West Coast Swing, East Coast Swing,
Lindy Hop and Blues
  
Come explore the wide world of swing dance with us in MidCoast Maine. Get solid beginner lessons and exciting intermediate and advanced lessons in different styles of authentic swing dance: East Coast Swing, West Coast Swing, Lindy Hop, Charleston, Blues, Vintage Swing, swing line dances and more.
 
You'll learn the basic moves, technique, styling, and music that are appropriate for each dance. You'll work on partnering skills (lead/follow) in every class so that you can enjoy dancing socially in any dance style. The class format is designed to give you plenty of time for questions and practice.
 
Come dance with a fun and enthusiastic group as you learn from the most experienced swing dance instructor in Midcoast Maine! Expand your world with special guest teachers and visiting dancers.
 
Information: Katie Tranzillo 203-915-9371
katiet @ joyfuldancing.com

Current Classes

West Coast Dance Classes
Tuesdays 7-8:00 pm
July 10, 17, 24, 31 2018
 
Beginners! These are the classes you have been waiting for! 
You have seen others dancing this smooth style of swing. Now you can learn basic must-know moves with this up-to-date series. 
We will move through material quickly, with time for practice and questions. Also great for those who want a review. Plus, all of our classes focus on lead/follow skills, because west coast is a social dance!
 
At the door: $40/4 weeks $75/couple/4 weeks
Prepay and Save: $35/4 weeks 
$12/drop in
 
Location: High Mountain Hall
5 Mountain Street Camden, 04843

Register: Katie, 203-915-9371
katiet @joyfuldancing.com
Facebook: Joyfuldancing

West Coast Swing Classes and a Flashmob/Rally!
Tuesdays in August, 7-8 pm
Aug 7, 14, 21, 28, 2018
 
It's time for the 2018 International WCS Flashmob routine! 
Beginners and experienced dancers will enjoy this routine and learn cool moves to use socially. Basic experience in west coast swing is required. Participation in a flashmob is not required!

Saturday, Sept 4th is International West Coast Swing Day. Make this the year you join us!
 
weeks: $40 at the door
Prepay and save $5. Bring a partner and save $5

Location: High Mountain Hall, 5 Mountain Street, Camden

FMI, Katie: 203-915-9371
katiet @joyfuldancing.com
Facebook: Joyfuldancing    



Past Classes

Salsa: Beyond the Basics!
Tuesdays 7-8:00 pm
June 5, 12, 19, 26 2018
Do you already know basic salsa and want more? Getting ready for summer dance parties? Learn more salsa moves (on 1), variations, styling, and lead/follow skills. Get ready for fun!

Salsa: Ladies Styling!
Tuesday, May 29th, 2018 7-8:00 pm
Ladies, here is your opportunity to focus on you!With guest instructor, Misha Vargas, learn to use your arms, hands, head, legs, posture, and body movement, for a more feminine and authentic look and feel. Plus, we'll apply this to a few of the latest shines (footwork variations) that are fun to do solo. Some basic salsa experience is suggested to get the most out of this class.

Salsa for Beginners!
May 1, 8, 15, 22, 2018
Join the fun in this popular dance class. Get ready for summer dance parties!Learn basic moves and styling, and lead/follow skills.
Salsa originally hailed from Cuba in the 1950's, and was influenced by dancers and musicians in Puerto Rico, Miami and New York. A fast mambo was "mambo con salsa" (mambo with hot sauce).

Swing & Lindy Hop: Beginners!
April 3, 10, 24, 2018
This popular class brings you authentic and up-to-date swing & lindy hop. Start with the basics and add styling and variations, lead/follow skills and how to listen to music. Also great for those wanting a quick review. 

West Coast Swing: Level Up!
March 6, 13, 20, 27 2018
Advanced Beginners & Early Intermediates: You are ready to take it to the next level! 
Continue to learn the latest moves, styling, and footwork variations, increase lead/follow skills, dance to different tempos and styles of music. 
Prepare to be challenged!

West Coast Swing: Beyond the Basics!
Feb 6, 13, 20, 27, 2018
You already have the basics of west coast swing and are ready to take it to the next level! 
Enjoy this smooth style of swing with new moves, variations of the basics, fancy footwork, lead/follow, technique, and authentic styling.
Begin to hear the music and to express musicality. Focus on lead/follow skills, because west coast swing is a social dance!
Appropriate for beginners, and early intermediate dancers.

West Coast Swing for Beginners
Jan 9, 16, 23, 30, 2018
Beginners! These are the classes you have been waiting for! 
You have seen others dancing this smooth style of swing. Now you can learn basic must-know moves with this up-to-date series. 
We will move through material quickly, with time for practice and questions. Also great for those who want a review. Plus, all of our classes focus on lead/follow skills, because west coast is a social dance!

Smooth & Sweet, Fast & Fun
Styling classes for men and women
Smooth, sharp, fast, slow, beginner, experienced, in any type of dance, everyone benefits from more styling! Explore new ways to move, increase your dance vocabulary, and match movement to music. Get tips for better balance, spins and turns, footwork variations, and syncopated rhythms.
These are solo classes. No partners! Men and women welcome in all 3 classes.

Dec 5: Focus on Men's Styling (w/ Steve)
Dec 12: Focus on Women's Styling (w/ Katie)
Dec 19: Footwork for Everybody


West Coast Swing Dance Classes
Tuesdays 7-8:00 pm, Nov 7-28
Level Up! Advanced Beginners/Early Intermediates
You are ready to take it to the next level! Continue to learn the latest moves, styling, and footwork variations, increase lead/follow skills, dance to different tempos and styles of music. Familiarity with the basics required. Prepare to be challenged! 

Swing & Lindy:Beyond the Basics!
Thursdays 6-7:00 pm
October 12, 19, 26, Nov 2

Have you already mastered the basics of East Coast Swing? Take it to the next level with this swing and lindy hop class!
Learn more swing variations, styling, and the signature moves of lindy hop. Continue to build your confidence on the dance floor and find out why swing dancers are such happy people!

Location: Rockland Congregational Church
180 Limerock Street, Rockland, ME 04841

You must Pre-Register with Journey to Health
207-921-3950, Sandy Gordon, sgordon@wcgh.org
Online: Journeytohealth.coursestorm.com


West Coast Swing: Beyond the Basics
Tuesdays 7-8:00 pm
October 3, 10, 17, 24, 2017


You already have the basics of west coast swing and are ready to take it to the next level!
Enjoy this smooth style of swing with new moves, variations of the basics, fancy footwork, lead/follow technique and authentic styling. Begin to hear the music and to express your creativity.
Appropriate for beginners, advanced beginners, and early intermediate dancers.

High Mountain Hall, 5 Mountain Street, Camden

West Coast Swing Dance Classes!
Tuesdays, 7-8 pm
September 5, 12, 19, 26, 2017
 
An up-to-date intro to this smooth style of swing. Basic must-know moves with lots of fancy bits blended in. We will move through material quickly. Plus, all of our classes focus on lead/follow skills, because west coast is a social dance!
 
Location; High Mountain Hall, Camden

East Coast Swing - Rockland, with Katie Tranzillo
September 7-28th, 2017
Thursdays for 4 weeks from 6:00 - 7:00

Join us for an introduction to East Coast Swing. We will teach you the basic footwork to this fun, happy and upbeat dance. You will build your confidence on the dance floor and we are sure you will find out why swing dancers are some of the happiest people around!

Location: Rockland Congregational Church
180 Limerock Street, Rockland, ME 04841

Register: Journey to Health
(207) 921-3950 Sandy Gordon, sgordon@wcgh.org

"Solo" Swing Dance Classes!
Tuesdays, 7-8 pm
June 6, 13, 20, 27, 2017

 
Have fun this summer with these non-partner classics done by dancers all over the world! They are easy to learn, a healthy workout, and will increase your "vocabulary" of moves. This is a very poplular series!
  
Learn cool moves such as the "sailor step", "boogie walks", "fish tails", "mess-a-round". Connect with your own body, increase balance and flexibility, feel rhythm, use your arms, practice weight transfer, breathe, and increase your self-expression, all in joyful community. Focus on you!
  
June 6: The Big Apple
June 13: The Shim Sham
June 20: The Madison
June 27: The Jitterbug Stroll

West Coast Swing Dance Classes
Tuesdays 7-8:00 pm
May 2, 9, 16, 23, 2017
   
Level Up!
You are ready to take it to the next level! Continue to learn the latest moves, styling, and footwork variations, dance to different tempos and styles of music, and increase your lead/follow skills so that you can dance with anyone.
You must already know right and left side passes, sugar push and whip to take this class.
Prepare to be challenged! 

Swing and Salsa Sampler!
Mondays, 6:30-8:00 pm
May 1, 8, 15, 23, 2017
 
Explore the wide world of dance with this swing and salsa sampler: east coast swing, west coast swing, slow lindy or night club, and salsa.  
You'll learn basic moves, styling and music that are appropriate for each dance, and technique and partnering skills that can be applied to any dance style. 
Learn enough in class to get right onto the dance floor!
 
Location: Camden Hills Regional High School
25 Keelson Dr., Rockport, ME 

Register with Camden Adult Ed: 207-236-7800, ext 274


West Coast Swing Dance Classes
April 4, 11, 18, 25, 2017   
  
WCS Beginners Plus!
An up-to-date intro to this smooth style of swing, with lots of fancy bits blended in. New moves each week, lead/follow technique, variations and authentic styling.
Be prepared to move through material quickly!
Also good for intermediate dancers to get a solid review plus variety.

Swing & Lindy Hop Dance Classes!
March 7, 14, 21, 28, 2017
   
Swing & Lindy: Beyond the Basics!
Further develop your basics with new moves each week, layers of variations, lead/follow technique and authentic styling. 
For beginners and intermediate dancers.    

Swing & Lindy Hop Dance Classes!
February 7, 14, 21, 28, 2017
 
Basics Plus!
An up-to-date series on authentic swing and lindy hop, starting with the basics and blending in lots of styling and variations. Learn new moves, lead/follow technique and how to listen to music. 
For beginners and new dancers. 

West Coast Swing Dance Classes!
January 10, 17, 24, 2017
 
Level up! For Early Intermediates
You know your basics and are ready to take it to the next level! 
Continue to learn new moves, styling and footwork variations, increase lead/follow skills, and dance to different tempos and stles of music.
 
West coast is not the same as east coast. This smooth, contemporary style of swing can be danced to blues, R&B, funk, soul, contemporary, and jazz music. 


REFINE & SHINE: SWING CLINICS!
Two Tuesdays, Dec 6 and Dec 13, 2016, 7-8pm
  
These swing clinics are an ideal way to get one-to-one support in a small group setting. Refine your technique or make your moves shine!
High Mountain Hall, 5 Mountain Street, Camden, ME

West Coast Swing Dance Classes
"Beyond the Basics"
Tuesdays 7-8:00 pm
November 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, 2016
   
You already have the basics of west coast swing and are ready to take it to the next level!
Enjoy this smooth style of swing with new moves each week, variations of the basics, fancy footwork, lead/follow technique and authentic styling. 
Begin to hear the music and to express your creativity. 
   
Appropriate for advanced beginners and early intermediate dancers.    

West Coast Swing Dance Classes
Tuesdays 7-8:00 pm, October 4, 11, 18, 25
 
West Coast Swing Beginners Plus!
An up-to-date intro to this smooth style of swing, with lots of fancy bits blended in. New moves each week, variations, lead/follow technique and authentic styling. For beginners, but also good for intermediate dancers to get a solid review plus variety.

SWING & SALSA SAMPLER at CAMDEN ADULT ED 
Mondays, Sept 26 - Oct 24th, 2016 
4 weeks 6:30-8:00 p.m.
 
Explore the wide world of dance with this swing and salsa sampler: east coast swing, west coast swing, slow dance and salsa. You'll learn basic moves, styling and music that are appropriate for each dance, and technique and partnering skills that can be applied to any dance style. Learn enough in class to get right onto the dance floor!

Swing & Lindy Hop Dance Classes!
Tuesdays 7-8:00 pm, September 6, 13, 20, 27

Swing Basics Plus!
An up-to-date series on basic swing, plus lots of styling and variations. Start as a beginner and quickly move beyond with new moves each week, lots of variations, lead/follow technique and authentic styling. For beginners, and also for intermediate dancers  who want a solid review plus variety.

Summer 2016 Dance Classes:
Swing and Salsa Sampler

Come explore the wide world of social dances with this swing and salsa sampler.
Tuesdays in July and August, 7:00-8:00 pm

This swing and salsa sampler is a great opportunity to get a taste of these fabulous dances. You can drop in at any time or take the whole series. These intro classes focus on the basic moves, styling and music that are appropriate for each dance. Learn technique and partnering skills that can be applied to any dance style. Take as many classes as you want. You'll learn enough in class to take it right "onto the floor"!

July 5:   East Coast Swing, part 1
July 12: East Coast Swing, part 2
July 19: Salsa, part 1
July 26: Salsa, part 2
Aug 2:  West Coast Swing, part 1
Aug 9: West Coast Swing. part 2

June Dance Classes, 2016                      
 
Learn cool moves like the sailor step, boogie walks and mess-a-round. Connect with your own body, increase balance and flexibiity, feel rhythm, practice weight transfer, breath, move your arms, and increase self-expression, all in joyful community. Focus on you!
June 7: The Big Apple
Find out why this was the most popular dance in the country in 1938. Inspired by teenagers, "You just got in a group and followed along."
June 14: The Shim Sham 
This is the national dance of swing dancers. It is now danced globally in honor of Frankie Manning, one of the original Whitey's Lindy Hoppers and "ambassador of swing".
June 21: The Madison 
A huge dance craze in the 60s, these solo steps poked fun at celebrities and the culture of the times (ex. Gun Smoke, Wilt Chamberlain). This wacky dance is seen in the musical HairSpray. 
A contemporary choreography by Ryan Francois, using vintage moves and danced to a funky swing tune of the same name. 

West Coast Swing Dance Classes
"Beyond the Basics"
Tuesdays 7-8:00 pm
May 3, 10, 17, 24                         
 
This is a great dance you can use anywhere.
If you have the basics of west coast swing you are ready to take it to the next level! Enjoy this smooth style of swing with new moves each week, variations, lead/follow technique and authentic styling. Learn to dance to different tempos and styles of music.  
An ‘advanced beginners' class, this is also good for intermediates to get a solid review plus variety. You could even try the opposite role!   

West Coast Swing Dance Classes
April 5, 12, 19, 26, 2016
 
West Coast for Beginners!
An up-to-date intro to this smooth contemporary style of swing. West coast can be danced to blues, R&B, funk, soul, jazz and contemporary music.
Learn all of the basics, with lots of fancy bits blended in. New moves each week, variations, lead/follow technique and authentic styling. 
A good class for those who want to try the opposite role! Also good for intermediate dancers who want a revew of all the little details they may have missed the first time around. 

Swing & Lindy Hop Dance Classes!
 
Level Up! Early Intermediates: March 1, 8, 15, 22
You are ready to take it to the next level! Continue to learn new moves, increase lead/follow skills, transition between 6 & 8 ct patterns, and dance to different tempos and styles of music.

Swing & Lindy Hop Dance Classes!

Beyond the Basics: February 2, 9, 16, 23, 2016
Now that you have solid basics, with a few fancy bits thrown in, let's take it to the next level! Continue to learn new moves, increase lead/follow skills, transition between 6 & 8 ct patterns, and dance to different tempos and styles of music.   

Swing & Lindy Hop Dance Classes!

Basics & Beyond: January 5, 12, 19, 26, 2016

An up-to-date review of the basics, with lots of styling and fancy bits blended in. Go beyond beginner with new moves each week, lots of variations, lead/follow technique and authentic styling. For beginners and intermediate dancers who want a solid review plus variety.    


West Coast Swing at Camden Adult Ed

West Coast Swing Basics

Tuesdays, Oct 20th - Nov 17th, 2015

West coast is not the same as east coast! This smooth, contemporary style of swing can be danced to blues, R&B, funk, soul, contemporary and jazz music. This class is for those who are new to dance but who like to learn at a fast pace. It is also perfect for those with some experience who want a review of basics and then quickly move on to new material and techniques.

fivetowns.maineadulted.org


West Coast Swing, Monday August 17th, 7:15-9:15
Join us learning the West Coast Swing 2015 International Flashmob Routine 
 
West Coast Swing dancers all over the world are participating in a flash mob on September 5th, 2015. 
You can learn this routine here in mid-coast Maine. Take home some cool new moves and a fun choreography.
Experience with west coast swing is required. Participation in a flash mob is not required!
 
“Westie Salon” At High Mountain Hall, 5 Mountain Street, Camden, ME

In Camden

Mondays, April 6, 13, 27, May 4, 2015

Swing and Salsa Dance Sampler 

Explore the wide world of dance with this swing and salsa sampler: east coast swing, west coast swing, slow dance and salsa. You'll learn basic moves, styling and music that are appropriate for each dance, and technique and partnering skills that can be applied to any dance style. Learn enough in class to get right onto the dance floor! No partner or experience needed. We can rotate partners in class.

Camden Hills Regional High School
25 Keelson Drive, Rockport, ME 04856

Register online here, or call 207-236-7800, ext 274

In Belfast

Third Thursdays Swing in 2015!
Belfast Dance Studio, 109 High Street, Belfast, ME 04915 

Class: Beyond the Basics, 6:15-7:15 pm.
New moves and dance styles each month. Learn variations, add footwork and styling, blend 6 count and 8 count moves.
Some experience in swing basics is expected.
Jan 15: West Coast Swing
Feb 19: Lindy Hop
March 19: West coast swing
April 16: Lindy Hop

Swing Dance Open Practice, 7:15-8:30
Jan 15, Feb 19, March 19, April 16
Don't let your dance skills get rusty this winter! 
A mentored practice/ social dance. Open to all levels.
Practice your moves, review a class or video, ask questions, or just dance. East coast, west coast, balboa, blues or lindy hop depending on YOUR requests! 

In Camden
   
Solo Swing & Soul!
Thursdays, 7:00-8:15 pm
JoyfulDance Studio, Camden, ME. 
Solo means no partner! You move your own body your own way while learning new moves and styling. 
  
January 8th, 2015: It's Madison Time! 
A huge dance craze in the early 60s, these solo steps poked fun at celebrities and culture of the times (ex: Gunsmoke, Wilt Chamberlain). You can see this wacky dance in the musical HairSpray and in today's swing dance scene. Get a workout. Get some history. Get ready for fun!
1/22/15: Shoo Ra, slides & strolls
1/29/15: Soul Train
2/12/15: The Jitterbug Stroll
2/26/15: The Shim Sham (lindy style)
3/12/15: Soul Party (Philly Bop, etc)
3/26/15: On the Rocks (westie style)