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These workshops tend to focus on a specific dance style, such as Balboa, Charleston, Shag or Lindyhop.
Sometimes we go over technique, fast dance styles, or slow dance styles as well.
Watch below for our next workshop date and details.
COMING UP NEXT:
We are sad to announce that we are canceling all remaining dance events until further notice, to comply with the The City of Longview and Gregg County issued mandatory orders for residents to Shelter-in-Place.
With Coronavirus/COVID-19 cases in our area, we believe this to be in the best interest of our community. We’ll miss the opportunity to get together to dance and we’re looking forward to resuming our events when circumstances allow. Thank you for understanding!
April 18th 2020
We have a special treat for you! Matt Mitchell & Jennifer Reed will be teaching the workshop this month!
Jennifer learned her first rock steps in 2000 from Valerie Salstrom and Joel Plys in her hometown of Cleveland, Ohio. After a foray into West Coast Swing and sparkly clothes, Jennifer returned to Balboa and Lindy Hop in 2010. She loves teaching Balboa to all levels of dancers and holds a special place in her heart for newcomers. Jennifer values partnership, and the feel and flow of the dance above all, and she strives to demonstrate a classic aesthetic and elegance in her own dancing.
Jennifer believes in giving back to the Swing community, because it has enriched her life so greatly. She serves as the current president of the Hot Rhythm Foundation and as the teacher and volunteer coordinator for the Austin Swing Syndicate. She organizes Hot Rhythm Holiday in Austin and works on the organizing team for California Balboa Classic and Rocky Mountain Balboa Blowout. She also runs contests at multiple events. In addition to dance instruction, Jennifer is also available for lectures or workshops on event planning and scene building.
Since 1998, Matt has been honing his dance skills; starting with East Coast, he quickly moved into Lindy Hop and other Swing-era dances–with a very short detour into Ballroom. He’s studied with top Lindy Hop and Balboa contemporaries as well being influenced by the original greats (Frankie Manning, Dean Collins, Maxie Dorf and Willy Desatoff).
From 2007 through 2011, he was one of the lead instructors for Get Hep Swing (assisting the incomparable Valerie Salstrom) and helped choreograph Hustle and award winning Swing routines. He strives to bring solid fundamentals and just-the-right amount of connection to Lindy Hop and Balboa, while creating room for musicality and playfulness. In 2011, he relocated to his home town of Austin where he’s enjoyed teaching Lindy Hop and Balboa for Four on the Floor, and is a contributing instructor for BalAustin. He’s happy to be wrangling the talented group of DJs Austin is lucky enough to have at the Swing Syndicate.
Nationally and internationally, Matt has been an instructor at Boogie By The Bay, the Eastern Balboa Championships, Dance Renaissance, and the Canadian Balboa Championships, Northwest Balboa Fest, Hot Rhythm Holiday, BalAstOff, Rocky Mountain Balboa Blowout and the California Balboa Championships, among other great events. He competes regularly in Balboa, consistently making the finals, invitationals, and has several placements at ABW, EBC, CalBal, ILHC, and Camp Hollywood.
He was also a stand-in for Kevin Bacon in Footloose.*
*Recreating the famous dance scene in a skit. C’mon, he’s not that old.
Classes will begin at noon and go until 4pm with varying levels of instruction starting with Beginner and progressing to Advanced.
Cost for all 4 classes:
$32 General Admission
$20 Members and Students
Cost per class:
$8 General Admission
$5 Members and Students
No partner needed
All ages welcome
Join us after the workshop at 7:30pm for an evening dance! Attendance at this workshop gets you into the dance for FREE!
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