Classes

Learn in Margaret River and Cowaramup!
At South West Swing we teach the prominent and unforgettable dances from the 1920s through to the 1940s, the Lindy Hop and it’s predecessor, the Charleston. We also share and immerse ourselves in the music of the wonderful Jazz Era that goes with it. Our classes run in both Cowaramup and Margaret River and cater for all levels and abilities, from never danced before to those who have been doing it forever. They are suitable for those 16 years and older.

There’s nothing more that the South West Swing committee want than to get back to classes and social dancing. However these are strange times and some adjustments must be made to enable us to get back to classes.
2 Square metres of floor space is needed per person. Our average attendance numbers at Cowaramup will adhere to this governement restriction however we will need to control numbers attending beginner classes in Margaret River.
Most importantly, the Phase 3 guidelines state “we must practice good hygiene and physical distancing by keeping 1.5 metres from other people where possible.” We realise it seems a little ridiculous to social distance while partner dancing in class (oxymoron!). But we must follow the guidelines as closely as possible to keep us all as safe as possible and to avoid fines to our Not-For-Profit.
So while we will have physical contact while dancing to the music and learning the moves in class, we ask for 1.5 metre distancing signing in, while listening to teacher instructions and leaving class. That means no hugs and kisses hello or high fives.
We ask all students to wash hands or use hand sanitizer when you enter class. Please do not come to class if you have cold and flu symptoms.

Beginners

We regularly run 5 week Beginner’s Blocks, providing dancers with an introduction to Lindy Hop and it’s history. There’s no need to have any dancing experience or a partner to join in the beginners class fun. In these welcoming and engaging classes we will help you get the footwork out of your head and into your feet. We recommend you wear comfortable clothing, flat shoes with not too much grip and bring a water bottle.

Beginner classes run on Thursdays at Outloud Dance Academy on Station Rd in Margaret River from 6.30pm – 7:30pm. The cost for the 5 weeks is $50. The next class begins on 25 June 2020.

Head to our payment page to buy your ticket. Tickets will need to be pre-booked to attend.

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Beginner Plus

For students who have completed the 5 week Beginner’s Block and are feeling comfortable and confident with the basic footwork, Linda and Caleb Dreaver run Beginner Plus classes on Wednesdays at the Cowaramup Hall from 6:30pm- 7:30pm.

Beginner Plus is designed as a drop in class which means come when you can and don’t when you can’t. Here, we will work on and hone your fundamentals while adding new and exciting rhythms and moves to your dancing repertoire.

The cost is $12 per class or become a SWS member (see our Membership Page for how to become and member) and receive discounted classes.

Head to our payment page to buy your ticket. During Covid-19 restrictions classes will need to be pre-booked. If you have pre-purchased member’s classes, please email us to book your spot each week. Classes will recommence on 24 June 2020.

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Intermediates

Intermediate drop-in classes are also held on Wednesdays at 7.45pm after the Beginner’s Plus class, with Nadia and Cam Haskell. These classes are designed for students who have completed at least two cycles of Beginner’s Plus and are confident social dancers. In these classes, as well as adding more challenging moves to your repertoire, we focus on partner connection, mixing rhythms, musicality and lead and follow technique.

Classes will recommence on 24 June 2020 at the Cowaramup Hall. Head to our payment page to buy your ticket. During Covid-19 restrictions classes will need to be pre-booked. If you have pre-purchased member’s classes, please email us to book your spot each week. Classes will recommence on 24 June 2020.

If you have any questions or are unsure which class is the right class for you, please speak to one of the teachers, email us southwestswingmr@gmail.com or call Nadia on 0478630993.

Photos by Fudz Qazi and Mark Rotondella

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