January: 8, 15, 22, 29
at Lake Merrit Dance
Note: Class times have changed for 2019.
Level 1: Tuesdays, 8:00 - 9:00 pm
Level 2: Tuesdays, 8:00 - 9:00 pm
Level 3: Tuesdays, 7:00 - 8:00 pm
Swing Dance Series
Level 1 : 8-Count Lindy Hop
This class will cover 8-count footwork and classic moves of Lindy Hop - like the swing out! You’ll learn about partnered connection, how to hear the music, and just how fun and playful this dance can be. Suitable for beginners with no experience in swing dancing or for those looking to deepen their understandings of the fundamentals.
Level 2: Triples and Turns
This class will focus on triple steps and turning in the context of being in tune with your partner and being clear about your ideas, whether you are leading or following.
Level 3: Finding Yourself in Partnership
This class will be focusing on musicality, solo movement, and partnership. You’ll be doing solo jams, breakaways, and exercises where you’ll focus on supporting your partner.
Swing Series Instructors
Level 2 & 3
Erendiz Tarakci & Brynna Ledford
Erendiz started her Lindy Hop journey at UC Berkeley in 2014 as both a leader and a follower. As a part of Cal’s swing dancing club, Lindy on Sproul, she was able to teach and DJ in addition to choreographing and performing with campus groups Sproul Stompers and The [M]ovement. As a part of her passion for de-gendering dance roles, Erendiz is also an organizer for The Switch Workshop which is a workshop weekend that aims to help dancers grow their proficiency in both roles. Above all, she values the playfulness and connection that comes with social dancing as well as respecting the roots of the dance. She hopes that her students will walk away from class with a smile and excitement for the dance floor!
Brynna fell in love with dance when she was a four-year-old watching Singing in the Rain for the first time. She loved that dancing could be goofy, or romantic, or over-the-top expressive, or subtle; she she endeavored to find out all the creative ways in which her body could move to music. In 2010, Brynna discovered swing dancing at UC Berkeley during her freshman orientation, when she saw a group of Lindy Hoppers outside having a blast while effortlessly swinging out. From that moment, she was hooked. Brynna aims to foster an open and supportive environment in her classes, where her students feel comfortable experimenting with their partnership and responding to the music in interesting ways. In her teaching, she loves to focus on each person’s unique style and quality of movement, and hopes that her students leave each class feeling both challenged and motivated. On the social dance floor, you can find her leading or following, so come ask her to dance either role (or switch!)
Rachel Phillips & Kendall Lui
Rachel started dancing in Berkeley. She loves to go social dancing, to travel and dance, to DJ, and to choreograph. Rachel’s favorite part of swing dancing is that there’s always something new to explore! Recently, she’s discovered a love for solo jazz movement and rhythms. She also loves to talk about swing music!
Kendall is a dancer from Davis but goes to every Bay Area dance he can. Dancing did not come naturally for Kendall and he remembers doing the 6 count basic for an entire song off tempo. Since then, he now teaches regularly and choreographs for the Tranky Moo performance team. A social dancer at heart, Kendall loves the improvisational aspect of Lindy Hop and the unique voices that of each of people with whom he dances.
FREE FOR ALL STUDENTS: REGULAR OPEN PRACTICE
Every 3rd Friday of the month is The Breakaway's regular Open Practice session.
It's FREE for ALL students!
More info here.