Fredericton Swing Dance is inviting community members, music lovers, and dance aficionados to Swingin’ to Spring 2019, a swing dance party with live music by the Alex Bailey Swing Band (Saturday) at the STU Conference Centre at 368 Forest Hill Road from April 26-28, 2019.
A beginner swing dance lesson is included 8:00pm Saturday in the price of admission – no partner or previous experience required! There will also be Mix & Match preliminaries Saturday afternoon and the finals Saturday evening.
Indoor footwear is required at all events. There will be refreshments at the dances and a cash bar will be available on Saturday – a valid I.D. is required for the cash bar.
7pm-midnight Dance at the STU Conference Centre (368 Forest Hill Road)
7:00pm Doors open
Workshops at the STU Conference Centre (368 Forest Hill Road)
(#1) 10:00am-11:00am: Rhythm (& Partnership) Is Our Business – Exploring swing rhythm and partnership — the foundation of Lindy Hop.
(#2) 11:15am-12:15: Swingin’ Out – Shaping and fine-tuning the favorite Lindy Hop move, the “swing-out”.
12:30pm-2:00pm: Lunch and Mix & Match preliminaries. Lunch will be provided for those who wish to stick around.
(#3) 2:15-3:15pm: Turn, Turn, Turn – Getting comfortable with turns, torque, and spins for both leaders and followers.
(#4) 3:30-4:30pm: Balboa Taster – Get a little taste of the subtle, beautiful Southern California swing dance that emphasizes partnership connection and makes dancing to fast swing music much easier.
midnight-4am After party at the Unplugged Cafe (418 Queen Street)
Workshops at the Grant-Harvey Centre Community Room 1 (600 Knowledge Park Drive)
(#5) 10:00am-11:00am: May the Rotational Force Be With You – Using rotational forces to take your Lindy to places you’ve never taken it.
(#6) 11:15am-12:15pm: Impressive Feats of The Feet – Having our feet do stuff while we somehow magically still partner dance.
(#7) 12:30pm-1:30pm: Hard But Fun – We’ll have some specially-chosen hard moves and concepts to throw at you to break your brain and give you something fun to play with.
We are super excited to announce our instructors for the weekend: BOBBY WHITE & KATE HEDIN!! They have taught at innumerable events both internationally and within the US, such as Beantown, Herräng, Sydney’s Little Big Weekend, and Korea Balboa Weekend!
Always striving to capture the classic spirit of the original jitterbugs with a modern voice, Bobby and Kate teach Balboa, Lindy Hop, Solo Jazz, and Collegiate Shag throughout the US as well as internationally.
Both Bobby and Kate are recognized for their engaging teaching — Kate instructs with a thorough, mechanics-based method, while Bobby prefers unique analogies and irk-irk noises. Along with more traditional classes based around moves, variations, and lead/follow technique, Bobby and Kate also enjoy teaching many “alternative education” classes on subjects like partnership, practicing, dancing personality, and developing a unique voice.
Between them they have championship titles in almost every major Balboa and many major Lindy Hop competitions.
Bobby is a passionate dancer of Balboa, Lindy Hop, and Solo Jazz which he teaches all over the world. His welcoming nature and humorous personality are complemented by his passion for the dance and in-depth instruction. He is dedicated to exploring the art form and history of swing dance, as shown through his well-read blog, Swungover, and the story-telling talks that he delivers at events.
Following in the path of her great ancestor, Swedish explorer Sven Hedin, Kate has traveled to the greatest unknown regions of following and footwork. Aside from a love of classically inspired Lindy Hop, she is most known for her unique and elegant style of Balboa. As a teacher, Kate is known and loved for her logic-based language, her unique methods of teaching technique, and never leaving student followers disappointed.
Be sure to get your weekend pass soon so you don’t miss the opportunity to take their classes. Spaces are limited! Any remaining spaces will be available at the door. You do not need to bring a dance partner to join the workshops.
All workshops have a prerequisite of Lindy Hop 1 (formerly known as Intro to Swing Dance), or equivalent. If you haven’t taken any swing dance classes before, fear not, there will be a taster class on Saturday night at 8pm!
If you’re a local dancer able to offer a place, or coming from out of town and looking for a place to stay with friendly local swing dancers, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday dance: $20
Saturday dance: $30
Workshops: $18 each at the door (limit of 60 people)
Weekend pass (includes Friday, Saturday, the four workshops on Saturday and the three workshops on Sunday): $140 at the door – $120 early bird price (limit of 60 people).
This year there are no physical tickets. “Tickets” can be purchased at Unplugged, in class, via Paypal (on this page), and at the door. The Paypal price includes an extra fee.
We also have a Facebook event for this weekend.