Most dance forms were invented to fight adversity: swing dancing kicked dust in the face of the Great Depression, whereas limbo dancing battled the scourge of undersized emergency exits. Boogie your problems away with today's Groupon: for $24, you get one month (four or five weeks) of swing-dancing lessons, including admission to weekly Savoy Mondays dance parties, from Savoy Swing Club (a $60 value for nonmembers at the door). The classes and dance parties take place at Sonny Newman’s Dance Hall in Greenwood.
Since 1993, the passionate prancers of the community-run Savoy Swing Club have infused feet with rhythm and technique via infectiously fun lessons that celebrate the timeless giddiness of swing dancing. Sign up for a month of dancer-designed, once-weekly courses to allow the Savoy Swing Club's enthusiastic instructors to sprinkle your fertile brain garden with the watering can of their knowledge. Rookie rug-cutters can transport themselves back to an age before color televisions and remote-control toaster ovens as they examine the most popular form of swing dancing, the lindy hop. For experienced dancers, the intermediate lindy hop class explores advanced aspects of swing according to a rotating monthly schedule, covering topics such as new swing styles and six-count rhythms.
The four- or five-week course starts on the first Monday of each month and mines each successive Monday for magic. Beginners' classes start at 7:30 p.m., with intermediate courses at 8:30 p.m. The educational environment of Sonny Newman’s Dance Hall provides 2,000 square feet of space and a wall of full-length mirrors, so that dancers can monitor their own form and keep an eye out for surprise attacks by dance-hating ninjas. After lessons, all pupils get free admission to Savoy Mondays, a dance party where they can show off their new skills while DJs spin from 9:30 p.m. until midnight.
Savoy Swing Club
The jazz standard “Flying Home” brought Savoy Swing Club’s founders together in 1993 at a dance camp, after which the group of friends began meeting regularly to keep the choreography fresh in their minds. The troupe’s dedication to the lindy hop and other jazz-era dances gradually blossomed into the club’s current calendar of professionally staffed classes, workshops, and dance events. Classes grouped by skill level progressively transform students with two left feet or three right toes into fleet-footed hoofers, imparting classic moves that help nurture a sense of rhythm and speed. Each week, students of all levels can take part in Savoy Mondays, a decade-long tradition, as DJs and a single trumpeting swan provide background music for dancers to sharpen their moves. And on the first and third Fridays of every month, the basement of the local Bagel Deli becomes the Blues Underground, where a free introductory blues lesson is followed by a late night of dancing.
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