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Online learning is now a focus around the globe. There are plenty of free sessions/classes, and lots of options to pay for classes ad courses so you can support instructors whose income has been severely impacted by the shut down of dance activities world-wide. An opportunity to learn from a range of teachers you may never have had access to before!
We’ll keep adding to this list, so check back when you need some more resources. If you’ve found a great source for online learning, let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org or post in the Swing Patrol Melbourne Community Facebook group.
We’re all in this together.
To get things started with our online dancing, here’s Swing Patrol director Scott teaching you a lovely move of the week.
And a range of online one hour classes … read about them here.
Other fabulous groups also offer a range of great classes and we have listed some options for you here:
SOLO and LINDY HOP
Learn the Big Apple with Brighton Lindyhoppers (UK) starting Monday 30th March – this will be taught over a series of evening sessions via Zoom.
Kevin St. Laurent and Jo Hoffberg have an online learning programme you can sign up to – there’s a basic free membership with a weekly class but they’re also offering a discount on their full programme at the moment, worth considering.
Michael and Evita’s online learning hub – Lindy Hop, some solo routines and exercises, and some guest videos. Monthly subscription but some free content too.
Vincenzo Fesi is doing some free solo jazz classes from his roof terrace in locked-down Rome.
A lovely A-Z of solo jazz steps with old-timer Chester Whitmore.
The legendary Jenny Thomas is planning to start online teaching as soon as she can work out the logistics.
Nils and Bianca are offering all sorts of courses online.
Rusty Frank has choreographed an extended section to finish out what is usually the Lindy section of the Shim Sham … next time you find yourself without a partner for that bit, you can launch into Rusty’s sequence.
Peter Flahiff and Lauren Smith are true all-rounders … Lindy Hop (inc. SoCal smooth style!), Balboa, Shag, Slow Jazz, Tap. They have Patreon subscription options and offer online private lessons and video feedback.
Joel Plys, through his Retro Rhythm Facebook page, is running College of Swing Era Knowledge. Sessions are live on FB and Instagram, but you can watch the back catalogue any time. Different themes/topics each night (Pacific Standard Time/California time), covering the full spectrum of swing dances inc. Lindy, Charleston, Shag, Balboa, Vernacular Jazz. Enjoy for free or donate if you can.
Bobby White knows all the things about all the swing! Check out his video The Dancer’s Body, a guide to a healthy dancing body, from head to toe. Practical advice to have you dance-fit when we all return to the dance floor.
Steve Sayer has done a Solo Shag Workout you can follow along and the LA Jitterbugs will soon be launching some online classes on Patreon.
Arnas Razgūnas, recently in Australia for All The Cats Join In, offers virtual classes, workshop recaps and private coaching through a tiered membership system with What A Shag.
Joel Plys, through his Retro Rhythm Facebook page, is running College of Swing Era Knowledge. Sessions are live on FB and Instagram, but you can watch the back catalogue any time. Different themes/topics each night of the week, covering the full spectrum of swing dances, including Shag on Friday nights (Pacific Standard Time/California time.) Enjoy for free or donate if you can.
Krystal and Alex, Swing Patrol London’s Shag teachers, have put together all of their previous Swing Patrol classes on a YouTube playlist for you. Whether you would like to get a taste of this awesome dance, or perhaps brush up on your skills, check ’em out.
The recently-cancelled All Balboa Weekend asks you to please support the instructors and musicians in any way you can during this difficult time. Here is a partial list and links, that will be updated as we have more. In no particular order:
Check out Laura Keat & Jeremy Otth’s online livestreams, videos and personal lessons.
Olga Marina offers a useful resource for leaders and followers on how to practice balboa solo, with currently more than 18 hrs of classes available and more additions in the future. https://isolobalboa.com/
If you would like to purchase ABW video downloads from past years, please click here.
Joel Plys is an expert in the history and practice of Balboa, who studied with many “old-timers” and organised the legendary Balboa Rendezvous dance camp for many years. Through his Retro Rhythm Facebook page, he is running College of Swing Era Knowledge. Sessions are live on FB and Instagram, but you can watch the back catalogue any time. Different themes/topics each night of the week, covering the full spectrum of swing dances, including Balboa and Bal-Swing on Saturday nights (Pacific Standard Time/California time.) Enjoy for free or donate if you can.
Jonathan Stout makes amazing music and is also available for music lessons. Contact him at email@example.com
Definitely check out Bernard Cavasa’s band, The Raggedy Junkers. Their new CD contains swing music for Balboa & Lindy Hop dancers!
SwingTrain provides a fun and effective dance cardio workout inspired by the joyful, energetic sounds of Charleston, Swing, Gospel, Electro Swing And Hot Jazz. Now streaming virtual classes, from trainers all over the world, including O.G. Melbourne swing dancer Kate Holmes of Glow Dance Studio. There’s also a 30 minute swing-inspired workout class available to download off Vimeo. Say goodbye to Netflix and hello to Jeff and Beth who will lead you through a fun and effective exercise class wherever you are across the globe!