Swing Kids

Lessons

Beginners

$20 per quarter

Wednesday 6:30-7:30 in the HUB

Offered Every Quarter

What's Covered:
  • Basic Lindy Hop step
  • Basic partner positions (open and closed)
  • Swingouts
  • Basic spins and turns
  • The Charleston step

Intermediate

$35 per quarter

Wednesday 6:30-7:30 in the HUB

Offered Winter and Sping Quarter

What's Covered:
  • Emphasis on technique and balance
  • Proper muscle engagement
  • Some solo jazz steps
  • Styling options in social dance settings

Members (advanced)

$35 per quarter

Wednesday 5:30-6:30 in the HUB

Offered Every Quarter

What's Covered:
  • Charleston variations
  • Swingout variations
  • Weight change in dance shapes
  • Advanced 8-count steps
  • Focus on body communication
  • If you're a new member, we strongly encourage you to go to beginner lessons and speak to an instructor or club officer about which lesson you would benefit most from.
  • Lessons are structured progressively; each academic quarter you should be able to move on to the next level of lessons. Repeating levels is okay, too!
  • Full-Year Membership: instead of paying dues each quarter, you can pay for the whole year during the first three weeks of fall quarter and pay only $60 regardless of the lessons you plan on attending– an excellent deal if you'd like to move up to intermediate or advanced lessons!

Instructors

Instructor: Ben White

Ben White

Ben is well known for his clear instruction and ability to break down and communicate technique while keeping classes entertaining and fun. His instructional resume includes co-founding Eastside Stomp, teaching at the University of Washington and other schools, and traveling for workshops all over the US and Canada. You can also find him leading swing dance classes at SalsaNSeattle or Savoy Swing Club, and working to organize events such as Big Sky Weekend, Emerald City Shuffle, and Northwest Followfest.

Instructor: Ariel Goh

Ariel Goh

Her very first day at the University of Washington, Ariel took a swing dance lesson and never looked back. She belonged to and led the Swing Kids at UW for four years, and now continues to teach and work with college clubs, including the University of Washington, Seattle University, and Cascadia College. She regularly performs and teaches in the greater Seattle area, and her competition titles include placing at events such as Killer Diller Weekend (2014) and Camp Jitterbug (2015), and first place in the Lindy Bout Knockdown Jack & Jill (2015) with Ben.

Weekly Events

Swing Kids Mondays

A weekly Monday night dance for practicing moves learned at lessons and/or general social dancing, put together by the club!

There are no beginners lessons at our Monday night dances, although most experienced Swing Kids would be happy to help teach the basics or help you out with any general questions you may have!

Location
eXit Space School of Dance: 414 NE 72nd St, Seattle, WA. Bus route 45 will get you there from U-District.
Time
Begins at 9:15 p.m. and runs until 11:30 p.m. every Monday.
Entry
$5 admission, cash and card both accepted! Also payable through Venmo to our account @swing-kids.

Friday Night Stomp at Aria Ballroom

Eastside Stomp puts together an all-ages dance every Friday night at Aria Ballroom in Redmond; Swing Kids will often go to these on a regular basis. The dance features a live band every single week, making it a very fun and authentic experience!

Location
Aria Ballroom: 15300 NE 95th St, Redmond, WA. A few of us drive our own cars over and usually have some extra seats– consult the Swing Kids Facebook group for carpooling options!
Time
Absolute beginners lesson at 8:30 p.m. (free with paid admission), dancing from 9:00 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.
Entry
$12 general admission, $10 for UW students (bring your Husky Card!). Cash and card both accepted.

Sunday Night Swing at Century Ballroom

A popular all-ages weekly swing dance, also a favorite venue for Swing Kids. Only a bus ride away from campus!

Location
Century Ballroom: 915 E Pine Street, Seattle, WA. Bus route 49 will get you there from U-District.
Time
Absolute beginner's lessons at 9:00 p.m. (free with paid admission), dancing from 9:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.
Entry
$9 regular admission, $15 admission on rare nights that they feature a live band.

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