Intermediate Lindy Hop Workshop and Weekly Swing Dance Classes with Guest Instructor Laura Jeffers

Samantha and Brian Lindy Hop and Swing Dance Classes NYC

It’s been a week since we’ve arrived in Tampa, Florida for rehearsals for SWING! the Broadway musical on Norwegian Cruise Line, but it’s felt like ages since we’ve seen our home and our swing dance family back in New York City. While we are away rehearsing and performing until the fall of this year, we have a line-up of swing dance offerings in NYC that we are so proud to be hosting. Our own teacher and mentor, Laura Jeffers, will be taking over teaching monthly Intermediate Lindy Hop Workshops and Weekly Swing Dance Group Classes in our stead, as well as be the guest choreographer for our Spring 2015 Performance Class. If you would like to participate in our Performance Class, fill out the following survey, and see below for information on our upcoming workshop and classes with Laura Jeffers!

SURVEY: Spring 2015 Performance Class

Weekly Swing Dance Classes with Guest Instructor Laura Jeffers
hosted by Samantha and Brian!
Fridays, 7:00-8:00pm
February 6, 13, 20, 27
889 Broadway at 19th Street, Solomons Studio 4A, 4th Floor
*Knowledge of the swingout required.
>> CLICK HERE to register for our Weekly Swing Dance Classes on Fridays with Laura Jeffers!

Intermediate Lindy Hop Workshop with Guest Instructor Laura Jeffers
hosted by Samantha and Brian!
Saturday, February 7
1:00-3:00pm
519 Eighth Avenue, 12th Floor, Studio F (Pearl Studios)
First 1.5 hours: traditional instruction and partner rotation
Last half-hour: social dance practice!
*Knowledge of the swingout required.
>> CLICK HERE to register for Laura Jeffers’ inaugural Intermediate Workshop on Saturday, February 7!

Don’t know the swingout?
Email us and we’ll get you in touch with Laura to catch up in time!
dance@samantha-and-brian.com

After the workshop, we encourage you all to go as a group that evening and take what you’ve learned to Swing ReMix to dance to the jams of incredible Gordon Webster!

Our Final Dance at the Rainbow Room until the Fall: with George Gee Swing Orchestra

Samantha and Brian - Syncopated City Dance Company - Rainbow Room - George Gee Swing OrchestraTonight was our final time dancing at the Rainbow Room on top of Rockefeller Plaza until the fall! It was an epic night dancing with friends Michelle Puskas and Peter Bullen on behalf of Syncopated City Dance Company. When we return to NYC, we very much look forward to providing more Monday night entertainment with great bands, like tonight with George Gee Swing Orchestra. We are going to miss our NYC!

Previous blog posts from the Rainbow Room:
Jonathan Tunick & the Broadway Moonlighters

Michael Arenella and his Dreamland Orchestra
James Langton’s New York All-Star Big Band
George Gee Swing Orchestra

“Pass the Hat” Dance Video to Contribute to Samantha’s childhood dance teacher—The Robbie Perry Cancer Relief Fund

We are “passing the hat” encouraging you all to contribute to the fund of Samantha’s childhood teacher, Rob Perry, who has been diagnosed with Stage IV colon cancer. Over the weekend a dance video was released that Samantha assisted on with her friend and colleague Cassie Nordgren, and since has reached well over 1,200 views. This project gathered over 50 student alumni of Rob’s together in a dance video not only to honor Rob with choreography of his that we so loved over the years, but also as a way to “pass the hat” around to gather donations from around the globe from individuals inspired to help Rob with his financial woes. As a dance teacher, he cannot pay his bills if he is not working, and he needs our great help and support right now. In just 24 hours of the video’s release, $1,500 was donated to his GoFundMe page and we are so humbled and thrilled.

Please, continue to “Pass the Hat” by contributing to The Robbie Perry Cancer Relief Fund—it is absolutely true that ANYTHING helps—and also “Pass the Hat” by sharing the link to this “Pass the Hat” dance video to help it go viral to reach more and more people so that more and more people will want to contribute to Rob’s fund!

Donate to The Robbie Perry Cancer Relief Fund on the following donation pages:
GoFundMe: http://gofundme.com/robbiep
Jewelry for Life: http://shop.jewelryforlife.org/Donation-The-Robbie-Perry-Cancer-Relief-Fund-DRPCRF.htm

Share this link of the “Pass the Hat” dance video in honor of Rob:
http://youtu.be/TyMaG9vZR60

Thank you all so much! Now please, if you feel so moved, Pass the Hat!

New Year’s Eve 2015: Dances of Vice and Liberty Theater

Happy 2015! We spent our New Year’s Eve dancing at two events, Liberty Theater in Times Square and Shien Lee‘s Dances of Vice: New Year’s Eve 2014, HOLLYWOOD from the Silent Era to the Golden Age! We love being hired as swing dancers to create the 1920’s atmosphere to Great Gatsby and Hollywood-themed events. We had the pleasure of entertaining and also dancing with guests throughout the evening who, like us, were enjoying celebrating a wonderful finish to 2014 and coming of a new 2015! Here is to the new year ahead of us! May we all dance the whole way through!

>> Click here to view our newsletter which contains BIG updates for our 2015!
…and continue reading on our website below!

BREAKING NEWS: We’ve been cast in SWING! the Broadway Show for Norwegian Cruise Line!

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We have some very exciting news to share with you! We have been offered and just accepted the role of the lead Lindy Hop couple in the Broadway show SWING! on Norwegian Cruise Line! It is phenomenal opportunity for us to be able to perform in a show of this caliber and to work with the original Broadway director/choreographer Lynne Taylor-Corbett. It is also a true honor to follow in the footsteps of Ryan Francois and Jenny Thomas who were the original Lindy Hop couple in the Broadway show, and Michael Jagger and Evita Arce who performed the role in the Japan tour! Though it is a phenomenal opportunity, and despite our excitement, it was a very tough decision to make, as we are going to miss our life in New York City–our regular classes, students, and home-based performances. We are going to be very sad to leave New York City so soon–Sunday, January 18–but we will return back to the swing of things again in Fall 2015 with our usual private lessons, weekly group classes, and monthly workshops.

That being said, we have some fun things in stock for you before we go, and we won’t leave you hanging while we’re away.

>> Before we leave: Two final workshops and a private lesson special for when we return!
- Friday, January 9, 2015: Swing Dance Crash Course and Solo Jazz Steps (All Levels)
6:30-9:30pm at 889 Broadway at 19th Street. **Groupon redeemable**
- Friday, January 16, 2015: Special Intermediate and Advanced Workshops, with Guest Instructor Laura Jeffers for the Advanced Workshop! 6:30-9:30pm at 889 Broadway at 19th Street
- Now until January 18, 2015: Hurry and grab a private lesson with one of us before we leave town!
- Now until January 31, 2015: Receive a special 50% OFF on advanced orders for private lessons to be scheduled in Fall 2015! Use discount code “SWING!” when processing your order. Offer expires January 31, 2015. Redeemable September to December 31, 2015.

More information on a substitute instructor for our monthly workshops and a guest choreographer for our Spring 2015 Performance Class coming soon!

While away, we promise to keep you updated with photos, videos, and recollections of memories of our experiences so be sure to stayed tuned here on our website, our Samantha and Brian Facebook pageand by following us on Instagram: @sam_and_brian! Thank you all for your continuous support through everything. We look forward to this new adventure in our life together!

Join us for the last workshops we’re teaching in NYC before the fall! – Fridays, January 9 and 16

Before we leave to perform in the Broadway show SWING! on Norwegian Cruise Line until the fall, join us for an awesome send-off of fun swing dance workshops! More than just fun workshops, come on the 16th and you will meet the incredible Laura Jeffers, the woman who taught us all we know and helped us to become the swing dancers we are today. Laura will be continuing our programming with monthly workshops and a Spring 2015 Performance Class (more information on that to come soon). Join us for these workshops, meet Laura Jeffers, and come say bon voyage!

All workshops are held at 889 Broadway at 19th Street, Solomons Studio 4A, 4th Floor
>> You MUST register online in advance: CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.

WORKSHOPS (A) | FRIDAY, JANUARY 9, 6:30-9:30pm Swing Crash Course (Beginners) & Solo Jazz Steps (All Levels) – **Groupon redeemable**
Swing Dance Crash Course (Intro to 6-count Swing) 6:30-8:00pm
This is your chance to learn the fundamentals of swing dancing! Our goal in this class is to teach you the basic figures and get you dancing as soon as possible. After this workshop, you will be ready to go out and dance the night away, and even end with a dip! We’ll also provide you with resources to continue learning and go out dancing in New York City!

Solo Jazz Steps (All Levels) 8:00-9:30pm
Back by popular demand, we look forward to hosting this solo jazz moves workshop! Join us by learning a boatload of jazz steps and improving your solo dancing. We’ll start from scratch with each new solo jazz move—from the popular Susie Q’s and Shorty George’s to the slightly less heard of buzzards and trenches—so Beginners to Advanced dancers welcome!

WORKSHOPS (B) | FRIDAY, JANUARY 16, 6:30-9:30pm Intermediate and Advanced Workshops
Intermediate Swing Dance Workshop: “Pull out all the stops!” 6:30-8:00pm
Add more six-count figures to your arsenal of steps while learning connection concepts to help improve your leading and following! This workshop will teach you important technical lessons through new and interesting variations. Students should know the basics of six-count swing. Class taught by Samantha and Brian.

Advanced Swing Dance Workshop with Guest Instructor Laura Jeffers: “Classic Frankie Moves” – 8:00-9:30pm
Previous experience with the Swingout is required for this workshop and you should feel comfortable with most six-count material. Laura Jeffers is our Lindy Hop teacher and mentor, a Lindy Hop all-star and legend, and director of the Big Apple Lindy Hoppers, founded by Frankie Manning. In this workshop, you will learn moves Laura learned from Frankie Manning himself! Come to this workshop to meet Laura, who will continue to host our monthly workshops in our stead as we are away until September 2015. Laura Jeffers made us the Lindy Hoppers we are today and we are so excited to share her with you! Samantha will also be instructing with her, and Brian will be sticking around for the duration of the class to balance out the lead to follow ratio!

>> CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!
Email us with any questions at dance@samantha-and-brian.com

January Private Lessons Special: 50% OFF on advanced orders for Fall 2015! Use discount code: SWING!

Samantha and Brian Swing Dance Private Lessons NYC>> Receive a special 50% OFF on advanced orders for private lessons to be scheduled in Fall 2015! Use discount code “SWING!” when processing your order.

Offer expires January 31, 2015.
Redeemable September to December 31, 2015.

>> CLICK HERE TO REEDEM YOUR SPECIAL 50% OFFER ON PRIVATE LESSONS!

Why, you ask? Because we have accepted an incredible offer to perform in SWING! the Broadway musical on Norwegian Cruise Line which will take us out of New York City from mid-January to the end of August. We will be back in action in NYC beginning in September, and so want to create a special offer for you NOW! Purchase a private lesson with us now at half the price, and we’ll honor it next year between September and December 31, 2015. Hurry and take advantage of this great deal!

Fall 2014 Performance Class – 92nd Street Y and Yehoodi’s Frim Fram Jam

Samantha and Brian - Fall 2014 Performance Class - Swing Dance NYC - 92YSamantha and Brian - Fall 2014 Performance Class - Swing Dance NYCThis season we had the fortunate opportunity to work with 10 phenomenal human beings in our Fall 2014 Performance Class. Their performances at the 92nd Street Y Ballroom Party and Yehoodi.com’s Frim Fram Jam were just stellar. Over the course of 12 weeks we taught them a brand new Lindy Hop routine which included difficult lead and follow patterns, high-flying aerials, and just when we thought the routine was difficult enough we threw in a role reversal at the end where all the typical leaders learned to follow and vise-versa. Check out this video of them performing at “Fram”. Prepare to be amazed.

Video from their 92nd Street Y performance coming soon!

Swing Dance Crash Course and Dips Workshop – Thursday, December 18

Join us this Thursday, December 18 for our last workshops of the year! We look forward to ending the year of right by dancing with you! Workshops are held at 889 Broadway at 19th Street. 

6:30-8:00pm Swing Dance Crash Course (Intro to 6-count Swing)
This is your chance to learn the fundamentals of swing dancing! Our goal in this class is to teach you the basic figures and get you dancing as soon as possible. After this workshop, you will be ready to go out and dance the night away!

8:00-9:30pm Dips Workshop
Join us as we finish off our last workshop of 2014 with the grand finale, End with a Dip! Learn a collection of fun ways to finish song: follows dips, leaders dips(!), fun tricks, and other fancy moves. We’ll also talk about creative ways to end dancing to a song with different finishes, whether they be long, short, quirky, easy to catch, or those spicy trick endings. Join us, and close out the year right!

$25 per workshop
$40 for both!

The Winter Ball 2013Photo by Walter Wlodarczyk

Photo by Walter Wlodarczyk Photography
from The Winter Ball 2013 with Michael Arenella and His Dreamland Orchestra!

The Rainbow Room with James Langton’s New York All-Star Big Band

Tonight we returned to the Rainbow Room with Syncopated City Dance Company to dance to the tunes of James Langton’s New York All-Star Big Band! This is now our fourth time dancing at the Rainbow Room with the Company (click to see our posts about dancing with Jonathan Tunick & The Broadway Moonlighters, Michael Arenella and His Dreamland Orchestra, and George Gee Swing Orchestra), and each time it just seems to get more and more magical. There is just nothing like dancing Swing and Lindy Hop—as well as some Foxtrot, Waltz, Rumba, Cha Cha, and Tango—on the 64th Floor of Rockefeller Plaza. Tonight was a beautiful night to be dancin’ on top of the world!

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