Archive: Swingin’ to Spring 2018


Fredericton Swing Dance is inviting community members, music lovers, and dance aficionados to Swingin’ to Spring 2018, a swing dance party with live music by the Alex Bailey Swing Band (Saturday) at the Royal Canadian Legion at 199 Queen Street.

A beginner swing dance lesson is included 8:00pm Friday in the price of admission – no partner or previous experience required! There will also be a Mix & Match preliminaries Saturday afternoon and the finals Saturday evening.

Indoor footwear is required at all events. There will be refreshments and a cash bar will be available at the dances – a valid I.D. is required for the cash bar.


poster_2018Friday April 6

Dance at the Royal Canadian Legion (199 Queen Street)
7:00pm Doors open
8:00pm Beginner swing dance lesson with Brittany and Jon
10:45pm Instructor performance

Saturday April 7

Workshops at the Royal Canadian Legion (199 Queen Street)
(#1) 9:00am-10:00am: Building on Patterns & Alternate Endings – Take a simple pattern and learn ways to vary it with direction and connection.
(#2) 10:15am-11:15am: Heels & Kick-Aways – Learn these two classic variations that can be done during a swingout. Prerequisite: experience with swingouts.
(#3) 11:30am-12:30pm: Mini Routines for Social Dancing – Because it’s fun to throw in a little choreography while social dancing!
12:30pm-2:00pm Lunch and Mix & Match preliminaries. Lunch will be provided for those who wish to stick around.
(#4) 2:15pm-3:15pm: Frankie Manning vs. Al Minns – Our interpretation of Frankie Manning’s stying versus Al Minn’s on some quintessential steps.

Dance at the Royal Canadian Legion (199 Queen Street)
7:00pm Doors open
10:00pm – Mix & Match finals

After party at the Unplugged Cafe (418 Queen Street) until 4am

Sunday April 8

Workshops at the Royal Canadian Legion (199 Queen Street)
(#5) 10:00am-11:00am: Keep the Ball Rolling – Keeping the momentum going and flowing together with your partner.
(#6) 11:15am-12:15pm: Sailor Kicks – Learn this classic Charleston-esque move and how to incorporate it into your Lindy Hop.
(#7) 12:30pm-1:30pm: Stealing Moves – Learn a fun sequence inspired by Frankie Manning.


We are so excited to announce our instructors for the weekend: Daryl Begin & Jennifer Stout!! 🙂

Based out of Providence, RI, Daryl and Jennifer have been dancing Lindy Hop and Charleston together since 2002 and teaching since 2005.

Daryl has spent a considerable amount of time studying the classic footwork and movements of the original Lindy Hoppers and as a result, has an in depth and personalized understanding of the dance. Mostly self-taught, Daryl has the ability to demonstrate complex concepts and loves incorporating the history of the Jazz era dances into his teaching. He also loves to compete and sees it as an opportunity to continuously improve. In addition to choreographing quality performances for Providence Swings since 2006, he created the performance group The DownCity Strutters in 2009 to further his own dancing and commiserate with fellow obsessed Lindy Hoppers.

Jennifer, who can’t keep still whenever music is playing, likes to let movement flow organically, as dictated by the feel of the music and loves any chance to be spontaneous and silly. She has a solid understanding of how to move the body and strives to articulate those ideas to her students. Most of all, she’s big on having fun with it, which is usually quite evident when she hits the dance floor. In addition to being an active competitor and teacher, she’s also a tireless organizer, choreographer and performer, having contributed her talents to Providence Swings and Lil’ Rhody Big Swing Out (formerly the Dirty Dozen Weekend) since their inception and challenging herself in performance groups, such as The DownCity Strutters and Divine Providence.

Daryl and Jennifer are thrilled to be invited to Fredericton and can’t wait to dance with you all!

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.

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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 (email link removed).


Friday dance: $10
Saturday dance: $30
Workshops: $15 each at the door (limit of 60 people)
Weekend pass (includes Friday, Saturday, the four workshops on Saturday and the three workshops on Sunday): $120  (limit of 60 people) – $80 student price, $80 early bird price until March 1, and $100 early bird price until April 5.
Tickets are available at Read’s Newsstand & Cafe, in class, via Paypal (on this page), and at the door. The Paypal price includes an extra fee.

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We also have a facebook page for this event.


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