This year we’re trying something special! Elaine and Stefan are coming down from Seattle to teach us about slow lindy hop and slow balboa. The classes are 3 hours in total.

The class is sold out.

Classes will be held on Saturday from 1–4pm at the Bossanova Ballroom, 722 E Burnside.

Class: Slow Lindy

Smooth out that pulse, draw out that movement, and add a little flair – it’s time to slow things down! This class is designed to take your Slow Lindy from awkward swing outs to silky smooth and sassy. Along with mechanics, we’ll be showing you a few of our favorite tricks like rhythm variations, ochos, drags, and counterbalance. If you are comfortable socially dancing Lindy Hop, this class is for you!

Class: Slow Balboa

You already love Balboa – now it’s time to slow it down. We’ll get nitty gritty on the most important part of Balboa – how to be comfortable and clear in your close embrace. Then we’ll add in some rhythm, some flash, some slow Bal-Swing, and voilà! You’ll be swimming across the floor in no time. Some Balboa experience is preferred but not required.

About Elaine and Stefan

Elaine and Stefan bring a broad range of perspectives and influences to their jazz dance.

Since age the age of 3, Elaine has been diving deep into many disciplines of dance. She has studied and taught Ballet, Modern Dance, Ballroom, Tango, and Pilates. She discovered the joy of Lindy Hop while living in New Orleans and hasn’t stopped dancing swing since. She possesses a vast knowledge of human anatomy and body mechanics that she employs in all of her classes.

Stefan started studying various styles of partner dance in high school, including Ballroom, West Coast Swing, Latin, and soon after, Lindy Hop. He has danced and performed for many years with the Big Apple Lindy Hoppers, the Amazebals, and Yeah Man in New York City, and is known for his connection- and technique-driven approach to teaching dance.

They have both won and placed in a number of competitions across the country and have taught many years worth of classes in Lindy Hop and other dances. Their dance philosophy is rooted in their combined experiences in multiple dance styles as well as having spent the majority of their Lindy Hop lives in New Orleans and New York, cities known for their live jazz music. In accordance with their philosophy, their classes emphasize the importance of comfortable technique and musicality.