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Thursday Nights: How to Swing 101

"It don't mean a thing if it ain't got that swing!" So goes the popular song lyric. But what is swing dance? 

The quintessential American dance, swing is not a single dance but a family of dances that share some common characteristics. There is West Coast, Lindy Hop, Charleston, Jive, Balboa, Collegiate Shag and more! Each dance goes best with a certain type of Swing music. We'll be working on several different forms of swing over the next month to understand how they relate to each other and how to choose the best form of swing for each song.

Each week we will learn a small number of patterns so we can spend time on important things like timing, balance and connection. Doing this will help us not just with swing, but with all of our dances.

  • May 11th Lindy Hop + Jitterbug

  • May 18th Lindy Hop + Jitterbug

  • May 25th Charleston + Jitterbug
  • June 8th Charleston + Jitterbug
  • June 15th Lindhop + Collegiate Shag

Lindy Hop is a back and forth dance that use leveraged connections to increase the speed and energy of the dance. West Coast Swing is based off of Lindy Hop, so everything we learn in the lindy hop class we can apply to west Coast Swing

Charleston and Collegiate Shag highlight fancy footwork with a side by side or tandem connection

Jitterbug/Triple swing uses 6 count patterns and combines techniques and patterns from Lindy Hop and Charleston


  • 7:00-7:15 Warm up/Check in

  • 7:15-7:30 Prayer and Theology Talk

  • 7:30-8:15 Lesson-West Coast Swing

  • 8:15-9:00 Dance & Practica


For Two Hours


No Experience


Class limited to 11 leaders and 11 followers-

Saints' Underground, 4509 Yackley Avenue in Lisle,

It is a private home! Don't worry- the studio is cozy yet spacious! You can park in the drive on the bricks or on Yackley Avenue, follow the sign for Saints' Underground to the back double doors.



Bring Lessons to YOU!

We are available for lessons, retreats and talks at your parish or school! Please contact us for more details. 

Private/Small Group Lessons

In addition to our usual group lessons, you can schedule a lesson for yourself and a partner, you and some friends, or you and your family! We will work with you to pick the right dance, and you can pick the time. Cost is $40 per lesson for the first 4 people and $10 per person after that. If you have a group of couples this could be the perfect choice for you! Request a Private/ Small Group Lesson

What if I am sick?


Partner dancing requires close proximity and frequent physical contact with one’s partner, and regularly change partners. These activities will increase your risk of contracting an infectious disease.


For this reason, anyone who shows signs of infection, including but not limited to coughing, sneezing, or high temperature will not be allowed to participate in the lesson. If you find yourself with any of these symptoms please cancel your class sign up. Yes we will miss you that week, but we will see you when you come back!


Hand sanitizer is available on the practice floor. Please use it regularly through the course of the lesson.

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