Savoy Dance Open Day – Saturday 22 July!

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Come and be a part of our Open Day where we will teach you the foundations of swing dancing in one intensive morning! Savoy Dance is Canberra’s premium and newest swing dancing school and what better way to see what we have to offer, than to try all the different dance styles available to you, and have fun meeting new people while you’re at it!

Our instructors have over 10 years teaching experience each and are excited to invite you morning of 30 minute taster classes and general dancing fun.

Is this workshop for me?
This workshop is ideal for those who want to start dancing and don’t know where to begin. It is also a great taster session for those who may have taken some classes already, or seasoned lead and follow dancers wanting to learn the opposite role in the dance or a new style.

No experience is required – everyone is welcome: beginner and experienced dancers, current students and those who learn elsewhere, all ages and background – if you’re keen to dance, we want to see you!

What to bring
Comfortable shoes (most swing dancers don’t wear heels), water bottle, lunch, mints, deodorant, spare t-shirt, small towel, band aids – swing dancing is exercise, and you may well break a sweat, so be prepared.
No partner required. Swing dancing is a lead & follow partnered dance, so you will need to register as a Lead or a Follow.

And if you like what you try, there will be discounts for our 6 card passes to do more swing dancing classes during the week!

What will I learn?
On 22 July, you can learn the basics of the following dance styles:

9.30-10.10am SwingTrain
10.15-10.45am Balboa
10.50-11.20am Slow Balboa
11.25-11.55am Charleston
12.00-12.30pm Lindy Hop

How do I book?
The workshop is $45 for the 3 hours of classes. Simply register through Try Booking and enjoy your dancing adventure!

Please email info@savoydance.com.au with any queries, and please feel free to check out our teacher profiles.

Celebrate our 2nd Birthday with cake! 05/05/17

We keep pinching ourselves that our dream to get more people dancing all the fun swing dances is still going strong after two years – thanks to our incredible teaching team and all of YOU!

Plus we are extra excited to see the wonderful heartfelt documentary just released in the US about the dance we all love – Alive and Kicking! So, please come and join in the fun at our regular social Friday 5 May. All the details can be found on the Facebook event – we hope you can join us. The night featuring the swing documentary and fantastic live band is a perfect way to introduce those who might not have seen or tried swing dancing before, so the more the merrier!

Alive and Kicking, Dan McLean and cake!

 

 

Be part of a new fitness movement!

Not keen on dance classes? Don’t like working out at gyms? Then come and try a swing dance inspired exercise class and experience a joyful new way to fitness!

Available for just 4 weeks starting Tuesday 14 March, SwingTrain is a high-intensity dance cardio workout inspired by the joyful, energetic sounds of Charleston, Swing, Gospel, Rhythm & Blues, Electro Swing, and Hot Jazz. These total-body exercise classes are suitable for all levels and the music is so infectious that you won’t even realise you’re burning over 500 calories an hour! We will lead you through a series of fun, follow-along moves and interactive choreography guaranteed to get you sweating and smiling.

Where: ANU Sport, Studio 1 (upstairs)
Date: 4 weekly classes starting Tuesday 14 March
Time: 7:30am (45 min class)
Cost: $50 for all 4 classes. Bookings through reception at ANU Sport until Monday 13 March

SIGN UP NOW by visiting the ANU Gym, or just turn up on Tuesday morning!

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Saturday 4 week swing dancing taster course – calling uni students!

Tick off that ‘get fit’ new years resolution and try swing dancing with our 4-week intro course!

• Saturdays 25th Feb and 4th, 11th & 18th March
• 12:15 – 1:15pm at ANU Sports Centre (Studio 1)
• $50 for the 4-week course
• Simply register your interest and sign up at ANU Sport reception.

All skill levels welcome (yep, even if you’ve never danced in your life… we especially want you!)

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We always love meeting new students at the beginning of each year, and 2017 is no different. We had a ball at ANU this week greeting first year students and introducing them to swing dancing!

 

Swing Dancing is back Wednesday 1 February!

Hello 2017 dancers! We’ve been busily working on our class line-up for this fine New Year, and are excited to announce that Swing classes start back Wednesday 1st February! Grab your friends, dust off your dancing shoes (or grab some runners) and come jump back into the year with swing dancing classes from some of the best in the business! Full details under Classes – see you then!

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Balboa Explosion this September!

Tuesday nights are being transformed for the month September! Leading up to Slowdown, Savoy Dance is proud to be offering two whole hours of Balboa on a Tuesday night at the ANU Pavilion. Our regular resident teachers are proud to be offering 4 weeks of intermediate-pitched classes, and Jamie and Kathy and fresh back from Herrang and keen to share new material with Canberra – aimed at intermediate and adventurous dancers!

Starting Tuesday 30 August is your chance to get a bumper Balboa fix! Check out the Facebook event for all the details!

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Tap classes are back!

That’s right! Back by popular demand, Jamie is running another Beginner Tap course and a Continuing Tap class for those who have completed the first course. All the details can be found under Classes – but the best bit is – they start this Saturday 28 May! We hope you can join in!

Tap is back!

Drop in any Saturday from 28 May – just don’t forget to email us so we have a tap board for you!

Tap classes – get in quick!

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Want to add rhythm and styling to your dance?! Tap dancing is great fitness and provides a fantastic foundation to allow more creativity and movement in your swing dancing. Tap has started to become a thing in the worldwide Swing Dance community, and we’re joining in.

Savoy Dance is excited to announce our ‘4 weeks of beginner Tap dance series! Come to all four classes or drop in any of the four Saturdays. Each class will comprise :
– 3 foundational tap steps
– a practice chorey using those steps
– 1 tap time step or speed step
– one quarter of the Leonard Reed tap shim sham from 1927, leading to the full SHIM SHAM over 4 weeks!
– one tap step substituted into a swingout, leading to a full-tap swingout variation over the 4 weeks

Dates and time: Saturdays 23 April, 30 April, 7 May and 14 May from 9:00-10:00 am.

Cost: $12.50 per class at the door, or with your Savoy Dance 6 visit pass.

Venue: Blue Room, ANU Sports Union, North Road ANU. Ask the room location at the Sports Union reception desk, or turn right to the end of the corridor and up the stairs.

Shoes:
If you don’t have taps, bring leather or other hard soled shoes. If you have taps bring them! If you’ve always wanted an excuse to buy tap shoes and this is it, see bloch.com.au, cost $90 for womens and $110 for guys. There is a Bloch shop in the Canberra Centre Civic.

If you can already tap and just want to learn the Leonard Reed SHIM SHAM, join us in week 4 where we’ll review and dance the whole thing! Please email us to book if you’d like to join so we have a tap board for oyu. The more the merrier!

We are also looking to run a second 4 week beginner-intermediate class to follow on from this block. Come join in!

Launching Advanced Swing Lessons

By popular demand, Savoy Dance is incredibly excited to be adding a third, ADVANCED level swing class to our regular Wednesday night line-up! Starting Wednesday 6th April 2016, Advanced Swing will start at 8:30pm every week at the Griffin Centre, following Intermediate at 7:30 and Beginner at 6:30pm.

This class is designed to be challenging and rewarding and push dancers who have been taking level 3 lessons for at least 3 years, are comfortable dancing in and out of all styles of Charleston, are proficient in 6 and 8 beat Lindy Hop and may have had experience performing or competing. We will be rotating the teaching between 4 highly experienced teachers, all of whom have extensive teaching, performing and competing experience.

We are thrilled to be able to dance with our peers and we invite you to join in if the above sounds like it’s you!

The details:

Every Wednesday night, the Griffin Centre (Genge st Canberra City), 8.30-9.30pm, $15 at the door – class passes welcome.

 

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Live Music Social Friday 1 April!

That’s no April Fool! Come join in our monthly social dance this Friday night 1 April. Don’t miss Canberra sensation Dan McLean and his talented friends as they kick start our weekend.

The essentials:

  • Friday 1 April 2016
  • 7pm start through til late
  • Kmotion Dance Studio, 54 Northbourne Ave Canberra City (upstairs)
  • $15 at the door
  • What to expect: Live music to boot, social dancing goodness, catch up with friends and meet new one, drinks available or BYO, relax in the lounge area or jump up for every song – set your own pace and begin your weekend with a buzz!

Join the event on Facebook and let us know you’re coming. Spread the word and we look forward to seeing you for a swinging great time!

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