Swing dancing was developed in the 1920s, the combined result of a craze for the charleston and a prohibition on social gatherings without brass-band supervision. Celebrate rhythmic resourcefulness with today's Groupon to Ellington Hall in Santa Rosa. Choose between the following options:
- For $10, you get two tickets for a swing lesson and dance on a Friday evening (a $20 value).
- For $45, you get four lindy-hop lessons for two participants on a Tuesday evening (up to a $90 value).
Ellington Hall instructors David and Cirkl lead would-be jitterbuggers through the simple steps necessary for an evening of on-tempo fun. The rug-cuttery begins with a class aimed at beginners and more advanced dancers alike, who can arrive partnered or fly solo to join the crowd of two-steppers. Students arrive dressed in whatever makes them feel comfortable; after the one-hour seminar in fancy footwork, the evening's dance begins. Swing students spin, jump, and twirl on the expansive hardwood dance floor, pausing for breaths and Great Gatsby impersonations on the garden terrace. An all-brick fireplace dominates the dance space, adding a note of elegance and an easy place to store extra left feet.
Dancers cavort through trickier steps in a month of lindy-hop lessons taught by four experienced instructors. The Level 1 classes fill Tuesdays with toe taps and swing-outs—the fundamental element of the lindy-hop. Each class session lasts four weeks, and after three months of Level 1 classes, fleet feet can advance to Level 2 classes, where students learn techniques for counterbalance, complicated footwork, and curing Saturday night fever.
3535 Industrial Dr.
Santa Rosa, California 95403