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New Weekly Socials!

We're very excited to announce our weekly social dances kick off Saturday, January 28, 2017! Beginner lesson at 8pm, dance starts at 9pm!

Let's Swing Dance Together!

About Us

Let’s Swing...

... is an Edmonton-based dance school that specializes in Lindy Hop and other Jazz Roots dances of the swing-era including Charleston, Balboa, and Authentic Jazz. We help grow the Lindy Hop community by offering group lessons, social dances, workshops, team practices, and performances. Our goal is to create fun and inclusive events for dancers of all types and skill levels, and to encourage our dancers to tap into their creative expression through dance.

 

It all started when...

… dancing in Harlem, New York City evolved with the jazz music of the early 20th century. Rumored to be named after Charles Lindbergh (aka: “Lucky Lindy”) who hopped the Atlantic in 1927, the Lindy Hop was a combination of its predecessors the Breakaway, the Charleston, the Texas Tommy, Jazz, and Tap. Lindy Hop thrived through the 1930s and 40s when swinging jazz was at its peak. Though its popularity declined when rock n roll hit the charts, Lindy Hop saw a revival in the early 1980s when Al Minns and Frankie Manning were brought out of retirement. Over 30 years later, Lindy Hop can be seen in most major cities across the globe.

Our Values

Quality

At Let’s Swing we value community, fun, quality, inclusivity, and a safe space for everyone to dance. We strongly believe that anyone can dance. Our goal is to have a welcoming environment that fosters learning and community, and as such, we place a high value on quality of instruction and social dancing. We offer a variety of opportunities for our dancers to learn, from group lessons and team practices to social dances and special events. We encourage our dancers to take lessons and workshops, travel to other scenes, and dance with people of different skill levels. Check out one of our events to see what all the hype is about! 


Inclusivity

Everyone is welcome at our club regardless of ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, religious affiliation or lack thereof, political leanings or anything else. We ask that you leave politics at the door and meet new people you may have not thought to otherwise. Wherever you come from and whatever you do, if you want to dance then you have come to the right place!


Safety

While dancing is about expressing yourself and having fun, we also want to create a positive learning and social environment for all of our guests. We strive to create a safe space for all of our dancers, patrons, volunteers, and staff; a space that makes everyone feel secure to be themselves and express themselves in this fun art form. When asked to dance we want to create an environment where it is safe to say yes without extra expectations, and where consent to dance is not overreached. Please review our Safe Space Policy for more information on how to help us maintain a safe dance environment.


Community

We love to build and foster community. A dance community is like an ecosystem - it needs many different personality types and people to make it grow and thrive. We want to encourage extra dance activities, friendships, cool ideas that align with our values, and having fun. If you have a cool idea, let us know!

 

Lessons & Events

Lessons and Social Dances held every Saturday!

Lindy Hop Drop-In/Beginner Lesson: 8pm

Social Dance: 9pm

Admission:

$12 - Lesson & Dance
$10 - Dance only

$2 Discount for students, $1 Discount for out of town guests

Ride-Share Discount:

Drive three or more people to a social dance, and the driver gets in for free!

Location:

Foot Notes Dance Studio
9708 45 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB

 
 

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The Crew

 

The Let’s Swing Partners and Crew have collectively been dancing for over 75 years. They live, eat, and breathe Lindy Hop and other Jazz Roots dances, and are excited to share their passion for learning, teaching, and social dancing with the Edmonton dance community. 

 
 
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Anna Glen (Partner)

Anna discovered Lindy Hop when a friend invited her to a social dance during the long winter of 2012. She immediately fell in love with the energy, the sick moves, and most of all the unparalleled kindness of everyone she met. Unfortunately shift work as a nurse kept her away for another two years, but in 2014 a new job meant she could start attending dances and classes ALL THE TIME! She’s been hooked ever since, and now teaches beginner dancers and is a member of two performance teams. Anna loves learning and growing as a dancer, and helping others to do the same. Her experience with project management in the health care field and her passion for building a safe, fun, accountable dance community led her to join the Let’s Swing Partnership.


Caitlin Wiltshire (Partner)

Caitlin has been dancing since 2014, and her unending curiosity and spirit for getting involved has gained her competence at an accelerated rate. She has traveled across the Prairies and West Coast, attending dance events in Saskatoon, Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver, Victoria, and Seattle to study her craft. Caitlin loves dancing with everyone and sharing the Lindy Spirit. She has inspired students with her fun classes and workshops in Edmonton, Lethbridge, Grande Prairie, and Kamloops. As a competitor, Caitlin made finals in the 2015 Spring Fling workshop in Edmonton.

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Caroline Cheng (Partner)

Though her alter ego is a mild-mannered science nerd, spend 5 minutes with Caroline and you will learn that she has a love for dance. She got her start dancing ballet and classical Jazz at age 8, and trained in these styles in Manitoba and Ontario. It wasn't until her mid-twenties that she moved to Edmonton and used social dancing as a way to meet new people. She has dabbled in Argentine Tango, West Coast Swing, and Latin-Ballroom, but found her true love in Blues and Lindy Hop. In her free time, Caroline likes to cook, crochet small stuffies, and learn to play her ukulele, Arthur.


Darryl Glen (Partner)

Darryl started swing dancing in late 2010 at the invitation of a friend. Immediately hooked, he began taking classes, and workshops and travelling were quick to follow. With a passion for advancing Lindy Hop in Alberta, Darryl has taught lessons in Edmonton, Calgary, and his hometown of Red Deer. He loves to travel and has danced all across Canada and the US, as well as Korea and Japan. Whether social dancing, teaching, performing, or competing, Darryl loves dancing and sharing this passion with others. He currently works as an auditor for a public accounting firm, and always looks for ways to use his financial knowledge and business acumen to help arts organizations achieve their mandate.


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John Marian (Partner)

John started dancing Lindy Hop in 2010, and has been in love with it ever since. His background in martial arts and strength training made air steps a natural niche for him, and John quickly established himself as a local authority on air steps with his dance partner, Lindsay. John has taught many air steps and Lindy Hop classes in Edmonton and throughout the province, and is very passionate about helping other couples learn how to throw air as safely and effectively as possible. In addition to teaching and dancing, John enjoys DJing at social dances and events, performing with the local Lindy Hop troupe the Hit That Jive Dance Crew, and dance photography. 


Julie Kiraly (Partner)

After taking her first Lindy Hop class with Swing-Out Edmonton in 2002, Julie was hooked! Dedicating her life to dancing, she travelled across the globe to study Jazz Roots dances and meet new Lindy Hoppers. She works with dancers both locally and abroad as a performer, choreographer, teacher, and competitor, and has been teaching Lindy Hop in Edmonton and across Canada since 2003. Julie loves to compete, and has been a finalist in Lindy Hop, Balboa, Blues, and Solo Jazz in Canada and the United States many times over the last decade. She is a multi-time Lindy Bout Champion, was voted Lindy Bout’s Favourite Competitor in 2013 and 2015, and has placed first in Jack & Jill contests in Vancouver, Ottawa, and Montreal. She is the CEO of the non-profit organization Hit That Jive Productions, and the founder of the local all-female dance troupe Miss Behavin’ Chorus Girls.

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Lindsay Giese (Partner)

Lindsay was introduced to Lindy Hop in 2010, and started teaching in Edmonton in 2012. She is a member of the Hit that Jive Dance Crew and a performer and coach on the all-female jazz troupe the Miss Behavin' Chorus Girls. Lindsay travels to dance events across the prairies and over the mountains where she enjoys taking classes, social dancing, competing, and learning more about Lindy Hop. Lindsay is an award winning Lindy Hop DJ and competitor, and has taught classes and workshops around the province. She loves dancing, performing, and being thrown through the air by her dance partner. 


Read Fenton (Partner)

Read started dancing in 2008, and got involved with scene leadership and teaching in Edmonton the following year. His infectious enthusiasm and love of swing dance history make his classes exciting and informative. He is the leader of the band Read Fenton and His Happy Hep Cats, is on the Hit That Jive Productions and Nova Blues boards, and is the past president of the Swing-Out Edmonton Dance Club. Read regularly travels to large dance events to attend classes and social dance. In 2013 he quit his job to go on a four month road trip around Western Canada and the States, attending events in San Francisco, Austin, New Orleans, Albuquerque, Denver, Salt Lake City, Boise, Portland, Seattle, and Victoria. In 2014 he traveled to 23 dance events around the world, spending 5 weeks at Herrang Dance Camp, and 4 months in Seoul, South Korea. In addition to travelling and teaching, Read has placed and won various local and international Lindy Hop competitions, and is the two-time winner of the Lindy Bout Spirit Award. His main love, however, will always be social dancing and teaching new dancers.

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Vicky Yeung (Staff)

Vicky just realized that she has been swing dancing for 55% of her life and teaching dance for 40% of it (mind blown!). She loves all styles of dance but swing is her first love, whether it be the Lindy Hop, Balboa, Shag, Blues or her more recent favourites, Rockabilly, Jive and Boogie Woogie. Her dance career began in Winnipeg as a founding member of the University of Manitoba Swing Dance Club (UMSwing), former Club president and dance teacher. In 2012 she moved to Quebec City where she taught (in French!), coached a troupe, and competed for Port-O-Swing Ecole de Danse.  It was also in Quebec that she fell in love with Rockabilly, Jive, and Boogie Woogie, and was able to collect a few first place competition finishes in each. Now living and dancing in Edmonton, Vicky is looking forward to bringing her enthusiasm (SWING DANCING IS AMAZINGGGGG!) and her passion for dance troupes and group choreographies to Let’s Swing and the rest of Edmonton (…and perhaps maybe a little Rock’n’Roll too!)

 

Contact Us

Interested in group lessons? Private lessons? Would you like to hire us for an event or party? Any other questions?
Send us an email or give us a call:

info@letsswing.ca
+1 (587) 784-7323