Lessons

Pricing

  • Series Classes -- Includes free admission to dance party.
    • 25 and over »
      • Before Sunday midnight of series start: $45 early bird online price / $35 when registering for two series classes
      • After Sunday till Tuesday midnight: $50 online price / $37.50 when registering for two series classes
      • At the door: $60 door price / $45 when registering for two series classes
    • 24 and younger »
      • Before Tuesday midnight of series start: $25 online price
      • At the door: $30 door price
  • Drop-In Classes -- $16 drop-in. Includes free admission to dance party.
  • Both Drop-In Classes -- $24 drop-in. Includes free admission to dance party.
  • Swing Dance Party -- only $8 from 9:30pm - midnight; $12 on band nights.

Registration

We encourage online registration to benefit from class discounts and avoid the line at the front desk. We recommend creating a user account to avoid having to enter your information every time. Online registration closes at 11:59pm on the day before the first class of the series. Drop-in class registration is at the door only.

To register for class at the door, bring cash, check, or credit card and sign up at the front desk. Please arrive 15 minutes before class starts on the first day of our series to avoid the line and make it to class on time. Please read our Agreement of Release and Waiver of Liability.

Current Classes (April)

We hope you enjoyed these series.

Class schedule summary
7:15pm - 8:15pm Level 2 Lindy Hop - 6 and 8 Remixed
w/ Carla & Philippe
Level 3 Lindy Hop - Musicality
w/ Olivia & Justin
8:15pm - 9:15pm Solo Jazz - Al & Leon Shim-Sham
w/ Lori & Hanah
Level 1 Lindy Hop - 6-count Lindy Hop
w/ Olivia & Justin

Class Details

7:15pm-8:15pm Level 2 Lindy Hop - 6 and 8 Remixed
Apr 1, 2015 - Apr 22, 2015

Lindy Hop Series Class w/ Carla & Philippe

When the worlds of 8- and 6-count swing collide, amazing dancing results! Join us in learning some of the classic and awesome 6/8 count moves you see on the dance floor. You might think we'll be baking, with moves that include words like "roll" and "sugar", and you won't be far off as we explore the recipe for mixing them into more texture-rich dancing!

PRE-REQUISITES: Execute a swingout, lindy circle, charleston and 6-count moves and transition between them in open and closed positions. No partner required; just bring your enthusiasm and comfortable clothes!

Pricing for this series class: see Pricing section above.

7:15pm-8:15pm Level 3 Lindy Hop - Musicality
Apr 1, 2015 - Apr 22, 2015

Lindy Hop Series Class w/ Olivia & Justin

Musicality, or how you adapt your dancing to the music, is something very personal and differs greatly from dancer to dancer. Yet there are fundamental elements that can guide you on this journey. Macro-musicality involves the structure of music, its phrasing, but also the general feeling and atmosphere of the song. Then there is micro-musicality: rhythms in each bar the music, accents, stretches, pauses, instruments playing with each other... During this class series, we will look at those different musicality elements and how you can use play with each them in your dancing.

PRE-REQUISITES: At least nine consecutive months of Level 1 and Level 2 including one full year of social dance, or discuss your eligibility with instructors. Under-qualified students will be asked to transfer to Level 2 in order to strengthen their fundamentals.

Pricing for this series class: see Pricing section above.

8:15pm-9:15pm Solo Jazz - Al & Leon Shim-Sham
Apr 1, 2015 - Apr 22, 2015

Elective Series Class w/ Lori & Hanah

The most famous version of the Shim Sham was widely taught by the Ambassador of Swing himself, Frankie Manning. But there are many variations of this popular routine that will stretch your creativity and technical skill! Best of all, it can be done without a partner, and to the same songs as other shim shams, so there are plenty of opportunities to practice on the social dance floor! This month, we'll be decoding the Al and Leon Shim Sham in a special interpretation by NorCal dancers Amanda Marchand and Gary Sharpe.

PRE-REQUISITES: Having completed 3 months of Level 1. Knowledge of Frankie Manning shim-sham a plus. No partner required; just bring your enthusiasm and comfortable clothes!

Pricing for this series class: see Pricing section above.

8:15pm-9:15pm Level 1 Lindy Hop - 6-count Lindy Hop
Apr 1, 2015 - Apr 22, 2015

Lindy Hop Series Class w/ Olivia & Justin

Start dancing from day one! We will get you moving in this month-long series that introduces you to basic footwork, turns, wraps, breaks and jazzy stylin'. Covers the 6-count basics, also sometimes known as East Coast Swing, also used in Lindy Hop.

PRE-REQUISITES: None. No partner required; just bring your enthusiasm and comfortable clothes!

Pricing for this series class: see Pricing section above.


What class should I take?

We recommend you take the level 1 series class (at least) three times (meaning for three months) to give you a chance to take all three different topics covered in each of those months, as well as getting a good foundation with your basic send-out, swing-out, lindy circle and charleston.

After three months, depending on your comfort level, you can choose to take another round of level 1 classes, graduate to the level 2 class, or take both classes for a while. There is always something more to learn in either of the classes, and there are no exams :)

Wondering if you're eligible for level 3, it is best to ask one of the teachers. Contact us here.

If you're hesitating between level 1 and the Balboa class, we advise you to take level 1 first and come back to Balboa later. It is beneficial to have some Lindy fundamentals when taking the Balboa class.

What to wear?

Clothes

The most important thing is to wear comfortable clothing that is easy to move in. The lindy scene is very casual, and there's a wide range of clothing from jeans and t-shirts to nice dresses and suits (especially on band nights). Some people choose to come in vintage clothing or hair styles, which can be a very fun way to get into the mood! When wearing skirts, be careful that fast spins or jumps will not reveal more than you intend, and that they are loose enough to allow you to stand with your feet shoulder-width apart. Whatever the temperature outside, remember that you'll get warm after dancing for a while. Light layers that can be removed will help keep you comfortable so you're not sweltering all night long.

Footwear

For both men and women, it is much easier to dance, spin, and generally impress your partner with your fancy moves in smooth-soled shoes. Shoes that have a really grippy sole can cause injuries to knees and ankles when you try to spin or turn quickly. The most important thing is to wear comfortable shoes, and you may want to experiment with different types to find which you prefer. For ladies, make sure that the shoes you wear have a back to them and will not fall off your foot when you kick or drag on the floor when you pick up your heel. If you need to "doctor" your shoes, you can do something as simple as putting a strip of duct tape on the sole of the shoe to give it more slip or, for a more permanent solution, you can take them to a cobbler to add a suede or smooth leather sole.

For Lindy, flat shoes or shoes with very low heels are easiest to dance in. It's also recommended to wear closed-toed shoes (to protect your toes!). Unlike some partner/ballroom dances, high heels (especially stilettos and platform shoes) are not a good choice and can be dangerous if they are unstable.

For Balboa, we recommend that followers wear shoes that have a short heel and a smooth sole which will not drag on the floor when you're standing on the balls of your feet.

You can find links to online dance shoe stores on our links page.

24 & younger Discounts

WNH welcomes individuals of 24 years or younger! Show proof of age 24 or younger at the front desk for 50% off the regular price of series classes. Dances are also discounted to a $6 admission cost. Drop-in classes are not discounted.

Discount policy for 24 and younger:
  • $25 for series classes online / $30 at the door (regularly $50 online / $60 at the door)
  • $16 for drop-in classes (same as regular price)
  • $6 for the dance only (regularly $8 or $12 on band night)

If you are 24 or younger, you need to register in our user area to be able to take advantage of the 24 & younger discount.
>> Click here to register <<

Punch Cards

WNH offers $80 value pre-paid punch cards for entrance to the dance only. Each card gets you 10 admissions to the dance party be it a band night or a special party or performance. No more messing around with cash at the door. Just present your card and sign in!



Classes Every Week! (Drop-ins welcome)
Next Lindy Hop Series Classes Start on June 5th!