A dance class can teach anyone to move with grace through bee attacks, while getting served in front of a blind date, or during mega-prom. Achieve confident feet with today's Groupon: for $20, you get one month of swing dance lessons (a $45 value) with The Lindy Project. Lessons are held once a week at Tapestry Dance Company's studio on Western Trails Boulevard.
The Lindy Hop is a vivacious style of swing dancing that evolved from the Charleston in late-1920s Harlem. This historic boogie boasts a harmonious balance of solo and partnered movements, a formal eight-count structure, and loose improvisation. The Lindy Project's expert instructors aim to spread swing-induced smiles as far as possible, leading fun weekly classes for students of all skill and experience levels, from seasoned swing sensationalists to non-nimble neophytes who frequently fall out of their shoes. Sessions for beginners introduce the fundamental movements of Lindy and Charleston, and more advanced levels build on the basics with heaps of patterns and personal flair.
Swing classes meet at convenient times in the evenings, and each session begins at the outset of a new month, focusing on the skills needed for the Lindy Hop or the Charleston. Space is limited, so students should pre-register for a four-week session by filling out the form online. Though partners aren't required to attend classes with The Lindy Project, you may purchase multiple Groupons as gifts to hone your well-timed kicking skills with friends, a loved one, or a particularly rhythmic seamstress mannequin.
The Lindy Project
Named for Charles Lindbergh's feat of leaping across the Atlantic with a plane strapped to his back in 1927, the lindy hop shook the foundations of many an American dance hall in the 1920s and '30s. During those roaring decades, the dance blended unrestrained new forms of movement, including jazz, tap, breakaway, and the Charleston. The dance became synonymous with swing, requiring of its dancers athleticism, enthusiasm, and a bit of training. Today, in an era of popping and locking, or programming robotic shoes to dance for you, the instructors at The Lindy Project keep the art form fresh, imparting Austin's two-steppers with the skills and fitness to perform this slice of Americana.
They lead group classes twice a week for couples and solo artists, or expedite the process with private lessons taught by an instructor schooled in a wide range of styles, such as balboa and shag. The art's many influences leave room for individualization and improvisation in dance styles, with some instructors incorporating more lifts and twirls while others perform tap moves while wearing scuba flippers.
2302 Western Trails Blvd.
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