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Vintage Swing Dancing and 1950s Teen History
(1950s rock n' roll, 1950s juvenile delinquency, teen idols, 1950s teen fashions,
hot rod culture, rock n' roll dance styles, teen movies of the 1950s.)

Halloween Hop: FUN-damentals n’ Footwork Vintage Swing Dance Workshop


This intimate, crash course workshop will cover the basics for first timers who have never done swing dancing before (no experience necessary for the basics class), footwork variations for our regulars and advanced dancers, and there’ll be food to keep us all fueled, as we dance the night away after.  (The open dancing and practice time will also be the time for tutoring for anyone who would like a little extra instruction.)

We cover the “rarely seen, but always keen” Smooth Style Lindy Hop, the fast and fancy “jitterbug” style of swing done to energetic Big Band and early Rock n’ Roll for both the beginners and intermediate/advanced swing dancers, as well as Collegiate Shag (fast swing dancing!) for our experienced swing dancers.  (We won’t restrict the beginners from trying that class out, but that class is designed for dancers who have had some shag dance experience.)

Basics and fundamentals of Smooth Lindy are covered in detail, for our first timers who are trying this out for the first time.  (Though this class is a “one time” crash course, designed to introduce potential swing dancers to Lindy, this workshop also happens to meet the requirement needed for anyone who would like to join our weekly, exclusive, ongoing classes.)

Footwork variations and styling is what we will cover for our advanced dancers, so that you can add to your repertoire and creativity on the dance floor.

* For safety, partners will stay together during the instruction portion, and we’re limiting the total number of participants to NO MORE THAN TWELVE PARTICIPANTS.  (That’s what we mean by “intimate.”  We’re keeping this event small, both for safety, and for the quality of instruction.)

Information is below -

Schedule:
Saturday, October 23, 2021

3:30 p.m. Doors Open


4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. 
Smooth Style Lindy Basics (for first timers)
 

6:15  p.m. to 8:15  p.m.
Intermediate/Advanced Smooth Lindy Footwork & Intermediate Collegiate Shag


Open Dancing and Tutoring

8:15 to when most everyone leaves.
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Costs if paid online, before Friday, October 22, 2021:
 

General admission:

$50 per person/$90 per couple

 

Admission for SLIM Fitness members:
$40 per person/$75 per couple

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Costs if paid at the door on Saturday, October 23, 2021:

General admission:

$55 per person/$100 per couple
 

Admission for SLIM Fitness members:

$45 per person/$85 per couple

 

*Note that NO CASH will be handled on site.  All payments will utilize Venmo, PayPal, or Facebook messenger pay.

To register on Eventbrite, go to, or click on the black arrow below:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/halloween-hop-fun-damentals-n-footwork-vintage-swing-dance-workshop-tickets-170090137179

*Eventbrite does charge a small registration fee.  To register without the registration fee, contact Mike Quebec at esperescano@gmail.com, by text at (510)-240-2732 or by Facebook at:  https://www.facebook.com/michael.quebec.9/.  Payments without the Eventbrite registration fee can be handled on Venmo at:  Venmo@Michael-Quebec.

This is a beginner-friendly instructional video in 1950's style "double-time" jitterbug, the type of swing dancing that was done by actual teenagers in 1950's after-school tv dance shows.

It isn't Smooth Lindy as seen in 1950's rock n' roll drive-in movies, but it is the type of simplified swing dancing that was done on shows like "American Bandstand."

Unlike lindy, this style can be learned completely on-line

 

When the subject of 1950's "juvenile-delinquency" is brought up, it's usually done with derisive laughter, which was the unintended result of the 1970's "Fifties Nostalgia Craze," as well as the result of inaccurate "recollections" by some individuals who feel the need to paint the 1950's in a "goody goody," and as a result, unrelatable time.

However, the video shows that what we struggle with "today," we certainly struggled with back then, in the "good old days."

This video documentary, the first in a three-part series, separates the "sugar coated" myth of nostalgia, in regards to "harmless" and "laughable" greaser gangs, from the historic reality of youth gangs in impoverished, inner-city neighborhoods of the 1950's that dealt with street crime, gun violence, drugs, racial intolerance, but with the hope of a better life off of the streets.

The video does not seek to paint the 1950's in a negative light, either.  Rather, by showing that 1950's society struggled with much of the same issues that we do today, the lessons learned during that time make 1950's historical youth culture relevant, and more worthy of respect...with "street cred," so to speak.

The video is the result of years of research, and is backed with historical documentation.

 

"The Young Savages," which starred Hollywood legend Burt Lancaster, with supporting roles by Dina Merrill, Telly Savalas, and Shelly Winters, and directed by John Frankenheimer (who would later helm the well-remembered Cold War thriller "The Manchurian Candidate") is a classic of the "JD" or juvenile-delinquent dramas of the late 1950's and early 1960's.  "The Young Savages" is on a par with 1955's "Rebel Without A Cause" and "Blackboard Jungle" and was actually a "test" by United Artists for their upcoming adaptation of "West Side Story."

This full-length documentary on You Tube is a behind-the-scenes retrospective for this socially conscious early 1960's teen crime thriller.  As there are no behind-the-scenes extras for "The Young Savages" in either the DVD or Blu-Ray releases, our fan made documentary is the only video out there that will give '50's and early '60's youth culture fans insight into the movie, behind the scenes.

In addition, this documentary touches upon the real-life youth gang incidents that inspired the film's narrative, as well as the fate of one gang member who participated in the movie itself.

Shared from one of our two You Tube channels, you can watch it for free above.

 

1950s juvenile delinquency and the history of 1950s street gangs are the interrelated subjects of Rockinswing's first "major" blog. 

This blog is actually the size of a free e-book, and is accompanied with 100's of vintage photographs and newpaper accounts, as well interviews with former gang members and surviving court documents.

Below is the video trailer of the blog.  Check it out. 

 

To access the blog itself, click on the "View More" button.
 

*  As we took a temporary break from live events due to the pandemic, we continue providing video content for our fellow vintage lifestyle enthusiasts.  Stay tuned and check back in, because in June of 2021, we will be back with our rockin' n' swingin' live events (following safety protocols, of course.)

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