|THIS IS COMPLETELY OBSOLETE - FOR HISTORICAL INTEREST ONLY|
Please note -- This contains an unrated list of dance teachers. Here I try to include every one who says they are a teacher, regardless of qualification. The best and the worst. Some know how to spell Lindy Hop. Some have taken one or more lesson themselves. Some can dance Lindy Hop. Some can teach. Check them out and make your own choices. (Some won't take your money if you don't like their teaching!) If I've left out anything, please let me know. Thanks. Peter
Events are on the Dance Calendar And at least the regular ones are rated, according to Music, Floor, and Atmosphere.
What I do is build infrastructure, which is then used, more or less respectfully, by bars, bands, studios, and other organisations, and individual dancers. In other words, I build a dance community, and actively support the development of swing jazz dance musicians. I do this for its own sake. In return, I reserve the absolute right to be frank and to remain independent.
Lindy Hop Lessons on Mondays, Wednesdays, and occasional Weekends Lesson Schedule Lindy-Hop-Intro-Handout This intensive teaching series is aimed at people who want to be dancers, rather than those who are just curious. The teaching is unconventional, emphasizing the essentials from the very beginning, and ensuring that students never develop bad habits. This method produces performance level dancers in 2-3 months, using and building the students' enthusiasm, rather than replacing it with drills and rote-instruction. Connection with partner, music, and universe. Dancing rather than steps. Feeling, rather than thinking. Learning while dancing to music. Small class, with constant attention from teacher. Dance practice following each class. This approach recognises that dancing is joy. Dancing is playing with your partner and the music. But this is not suitable for everyone. Some students need a strong external structure, where they are told exactly what to do and how to do it. Some students need to feel that learning is hard, painful work. Some folks insist that dancing is steps and moves and feet and brains and routines. If the music makes you want to dance, if you are comfortable in your own body, and dancing with a partner. If you feel the music, have a positive, playful attitude, and are not too shy to learn to move in new ways, and if you have the time and interest to spend on learning to dance this great dance, this series is for you.
Toronto Traditional Social Dance Calendar This calendar contains the best regularly scheduled and special Lindy Hop dance events.
Lindy Hop Introduction Lesson Notes
Globe&Mail and Toronto Star on Swing Dancing
Flare TV at the Hooch
Eye Magazine Cover Story - Toronto's Swing Kids - 06.11.98
The Hog Town Hep Cats performance group -- Genuine Swing Jazz Dancing in Toronto
(discontinued): Thursday Swing Jazz Dance Nights at Gypsy Co-Op -- Press Release
"The Physics of Dance" by Kenneth Laws -- persuasive arguments for the importance of sprung floors to save knees, hips, and backs. Landing on an unsprung floor (for example, concrete) after a jump that raises your center of gravity 2 foot, can result in a force of 240 Gs on landing. In other words, a 110-pound woman would land with a force of 13.2 tons.
Bands Lindy Hop Teachers Dance Venues
Swingin' out ... time lineJan 99 -- Ted's Wrecking Yard swings out Jan 99 -- Cameron House Tuesdays swings out Jan 99 -- Gypsy Co-Op Hooch swings out (Oct 1997 - Jan 21, 1999) Feb 99 -- Hangar swings down to "once a month" Feb 99 -- Swingers first Toronto Bar to charge cover for post-Swing DJ Mar 99 -- Swingers voted "best nightclub" by Eye Magazine Mar 99 -- Swingers swings out Apr 99 -- Hangar swings out Apr 99 -- Molinaro swings out Apr 99 -- Fox and Fiddle swings out Apr 99 -- Mr Slate swings in ... sports bar, CW teacher, o.k. dance floor May 99 -- Fly swings in ... glass and metal decor May 99 -- Berlins swings out May 99 -- Bohemian Cafe swings out Jun 99 -- Down One swings in ... Jun 99 -- Lava swings out (Jun 13 was last Sunday with JATBM) Jul 99 -- Courthouse swings out (Jul 8 was last Thursday with JATBM) Jul 99 -- Palais Royale Swing Fridays (Jul 9 ... ) Jul 99 -- Sat night DISCO displaces Big Bands at Palais Royale (advertises "swing") Jul 99 -- Down One swings out ... (Jul 12 last time) Jul 99 -- Fly swings out ... (Jul 22 last time) Jul 99 -- Abra Cadabra swings out ... (Jul 29 last time) Aug 99 -- Chick'N'Deli drops Tyler (Mondays) Sep 99 -- Courthouse 30's 40's Lounge (Sep 9 ...) Alex Pangman (not called Swing nor dance) Sep 99 -- Chick'N'Deli drops JATBM (Wednesdays) Sep 99 -- Cameron House, Michael Johnson opens Tue Sep 28 Oct 99 -- Bradley & Bouncers on Monday nights at Reservoir Lounge Nov 99 -- La Classique does ECS with JATBM and a Disco Band! (opens Nov 25) Nov 99 -- Swing Fridays at Palais Royale Ballroom ends Nov. 26 after 5 months. Dec 99 -- Fire at the Palais Royale Ballroom! Dec 99 -- La Classique ends "swing" Dec 99 -- Mr Slate ends "swing" Dec 99 -- Prof. Piano cancels New Year's Eve swing show Jan 00 -- Tranzac Club Jazz Brunch starts Jan 23 Jan 00 -- Tranzac Club Jazz Brunch ends Jan 23 Feb 00 -- Silver Dollar JATBM starts Feb 3 Swing Music on the Radio in Toronto
*Good* *Cheap* Swing Music you can buy in TorontoHMV, Sam's, Tower Records, "The Concert Hall in the Don Mills Centre". $30 4x Let's Swing compilation (40 songs) purple $30 4x Jazz & BIG BAND compilation (80 songs) purple $30 4x K-tel SWING time compilation (100 songs) blue $9 Swingsation - Lunceford, Fitzgerald, Barnet&Dorsey and further afield ... Really Swingin'