Swing Dance Workshop

May Swing Dance Workshop and Social Dance

Join us for a day of swing dance workshops on the 28th May with Paul and Sarah. They will be teaching a mix of fun moves to add the wow factor into your dancing along with some solid technique to give you more confidence on the social dance floor. The last class of the day will be all about the songs that we love and how we can all make our dancing look and feel better by matching our moves to the music.

Later that night we will all get the chance to practice our new moves at a social dance night The Galway Rowing club from 9.30pm. This dance is open to everyone, the more the merrier!

The swing dance workshops are suitable for a mix of dancing ability, you just need some experience with lindy hop. There is no need to sign up with a partner, just bring yourself and your enthusiasm!

When and where: May 28th in The Galway Rowing Club, Woodquay

12pm – Dips and Tricks,

1.45pm – Lindy Hop Fundamentals and Variations

3.30pm – Styling and Musicality.

Only €30 for the full day including social night

Or

€10 per workshop and €5 for the social dance

 

We look forward to seeing you all at the end of May – keep an eye on our Facebook page for more information!

Your Galway Swing Team

Swing Dance Social

St. Patrick’s Week Timetable and Social Night

Swing Dance SocialA big thank you to everyone who came out last weekend to help raise money for Enable Ireland.  We had a great afternoon in TKMaxx and a lot of people came up to us on the day saying that we brought a smile to their afternoon!  Well done to all.  See the photos on Facebook.

As St. Patrick’s day is Tuesday there will be a few timetable changes (See below).  We will not have class on Monday and Tuesday but there is normal service on Sunday and Wednesday.

Shim Sham Workshop and Social Night

On Saturday March 21st, we will be running a workshop and social night in The Galway Rowing Club, Woodquay.

12pm – Workshop – Learn The Shim Sham

The Shim Sham is the best known of all the solo swing dance strolls. It was choreographed by Frankie Manning, based on the original steps from the 1930’s, and it is danced at social nights around the world.

Everyone is welcome at this workshop, whether you are a new dancer coming to if for the first time or an experienced dancer refreshing your memory. Solo routines are a fun and easy way to improve your dancing. No previous experience or knowledge is required.

Cost: €15

Swing Dance Social Night

9.30pm – The Galway Rowing Club – €10

Catch up with your friends, meet swing dancers from different classes and get out on the dance floor to your favourite Lindy Hop tunes.

St. Patrick’s Week Timetable

Monday 16th and Tuesday 17th March – Classes Cancelled

Sunday 15th and Wednesday 18th –  Classes as Normal

Saturday March 21st – Shim Sham Workshop
12pm – The Galway Rowing Club

Saturday March 21st – Swing Dance Social Night
9.30pm The Galway Rowing Club

Also just a quick reminder that registrations have opened for GLHC in April over the Galway Lindyfest weekend.  If you have not registered yet or just want to know what it is all about then head over to the GLHC website or our Youtube channel to check them out!

We can’t wait to see you all on the dancefloor soon,

The Galway Swing Team

Galway Swing Masquerade Dance

Swing Dance Workshops and Masquerade Dance

On Saturday January 31st we are getting the new year off to a swingin’ start with a day of workshops and our first Galway Swing Masquerade Dance. The workshops and masquerade dance will be in The Galway Rowing Club, Woodquay.

Workshops

1pm – Aerials

Our first workshop of 2015 will be one of our ever popular Aerials workshop to put some air time in your dancing.
Aerials don’t require any gymnastic or dance experience and everyone is welcome. You will need to come with a partner to this class but they do not need to be a dancer just someone you trust!

3pm – The Charleston Stroll

Solo routines are a fun and easy way to improve your dancing. They are danced at Swing dance events the world over and always go down a storm when we teach them. Solo strolls are taught from scratch and no previous experience or knowledge is required.
The Charleston stroll is a great stroll if you are new to solo dancing. It is packed with fun jazz moves that will expand your repertoire of moves and get you laughing (trust us!)
This workshop is suitable for all levels.


Costs: Aerials €15 Charleston Stroll €10 or €20 for both.

Masquerade Dance

9.30pm – The Galway Rowing Club – €10
On Saturday night we will have our first masquerade dance.
Catch up with your dancing friends, meet swing dancers from different classes and of course get out on the dance floor to your favourite Lindy Hop tunes – Wear a mask, paint one on or get creative – it is up to you.

For more information contact paulneary@galwayswing.com or visit us on Facebook

We look forward to seeing you there,

Paul and the Galway Swing Team

Happy Frankie 100 From Galway

Happy Frankie 100 from Galway

Below is the final edit of some of our Galway Swing dancers performing the Frankie 100 Global Choreography around the city. This was danced all around the world to celebrate Frankie Manning’s 100th birthday !  Lindy Hoppers around the world have been performing and posting videos online of this dance in a global tribute to Frankie!

Frankie Manning originally choreographed The Lindy Chorus hoping that it would become a part of his legacy and we are pleased to further this part of his memory by being a part of the Centennial celebrations!

A BIG thank you to everyone involved in this, and a special mention to our two happy cheerleaders near the end of the video !

 

Do you want to be a part of our next event? Browse our different options for dance classes in galway ..

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3 Reasons Not to Miss This Years Lindy Hopper’s Delight

Three Reasons Why You Can’t Miss This Years Lindy Hoppers Delight

Entering its third year, Galway Swings Lindy Hopper’s Delight weekend has become a regular on the Irish swing dancing calender. Here are three reasons why you shouldn’t miss this years event:

 

Lindy Hopper's Delight Banner
1. The Instructors

Lindy Hopper’s Delight presents a fairly unique opportunity for students to get up close and spend a lot of contact time with their favorite teachers. Not many camps allow you to spend 4+ hours over the course of a weekend taking workshops from the likes of Dax and Sarah (2012), Skye and Naomi (2013), and, this year, Michael and Evita. With the small numbers in attendance, Lindy Hoppers Delight also presents fantastic opportunities to grab these guys for a social dance (and they really don’t mind), and to get to know them a little better.

Our guest instructors this year will be the aforementioned Michael Jagger (sadly pronounced ‘Yah-grr’, not like the rock idol), Evita Arce and, joining them, David Zilkha. David is a Lindy Hop and Blues enthusiast with many years experience in both teaching and hosting events in Bristol, UK, and was a guest instructor at the very first Crave held in Galway a few years back. 

For those of you that have encountered  Michael and Evita on their various travels, you obviously don’t need me to tell you of their awesomness. These guys are first rate instructors, bringing a very unique vibrancy and enthusiasm to everything they do. If you’ve never encountered them before, then this should be the only excuse you need to get to Galway this November.  

There will also be some special workshops presented by our own Galway Swing crew – workshops that have never before been taught in Ireland or, to the best of my knowledge, Europe (that’s right folks, when Sarah and I were invited to teach in Canada earlier this year we were also able to bring a few things back with us). This will provide another new aspect to this years Lindy Hoppers Delight weekend.


2. The Music

We hope to make announcements regarding evening entertainment very soon, but, if attendances look good we will be providing live music for our Saturday night party (Friday night is obviously held over for the Galway Lindy Hop Championships – see below). I will also be hosting a forum (let’s call it a ‘summit’) for DJs, both experienced and prospective wannabes, to discuss the ‘swing DJ’ scene here in Ireland. I will be putting together a brief with topics to be discussed, but the overall aim will be to improve the standard and understanding of the requirements of swing DJs around Ireland. This may be me in a room talking to myself, but my hope is to have me in a room talking shop with dozens of people with an interest in this topic. Not for a moment do I consider myself an expert on this matter, but, with the combined experiences and knowledge of all of us that take responsibility for the music played at swing events, I feel we can do a lot to make our Lindy Hop and Blues events jump up a notch or two.

If you have any ideas on topics to be discussed at our ‘DJ Summit’, please get in touch – paulneary@galwayswing.com


3. The Galway Lindy Hop Championships

The Galway Lindy Hop Championships enter their third year this year, and I have been delighted to see the standard increase slightly each year so far. Again, we will do all we can to provide plenty of social dancing opportunities throughout the night, but obviously the stars of the night will be our very brave competitors who are laying their egos on the line for our entertainment. Make sure you come along and support them – and check out videos of past years at on our honour roll page.

Of course, if you feel so inclined, we’d love to see you throw your hat in the ring. Registrations will open very soon, and you can keep abreast of the latest information via the GLHC Facebook page.

I hope to see you at this years event, and over the course of the weekend, please feel free to grab me for a ‘hello’, a chat and/or a dance.

See you in November,

Paul Neary

 

Registration for this year’s event opens on Friday 30th May at 7pm, get your ticket quick so that you don’t miss out on your early bird discount.  More Info and Registration HERE.

 

Eyre Square, Galway

Announcing The Galway Lindy Exchange

Galway Lindy Exchange August 8-10, 2014

The swing dancers of Galway are delighted to bring you the first ever Galway Lindy Exchange taking place from August 8-10. Live music, fun and games, daytime fun as we explore the beautiful city of Galway and late night Blues venue will combine to bring you a unique view of the city we are proud to call home. Come join us for a wonderful and unique experience in Galway, the City of Tribes.


Live Music

Galway is renowned for its live music culture, and when it comes to swingin’ tunes we are well represented. Come and experience first hand our talented swing musicians as they keep you dancin’ all night.


Fun and Games

We are excited to host our first ever Galway ‘Swing X-Treme’ Games. Jill and Jack, Aerials, and 30 second Showcase are the ‘X-Treme’ events for dancers to compete in. Come join the fun!!!


Daytime Fun

Join us on the Saturday for some ‘dance related’ workshops and a unique opportunity to get to know Galway City ‘Swing-style’. Help us leave an indelible mark on our wonderful city. On Sunday join us for our ‘Picnic in the Park’. What better way to spend time with new-found friends.


Late Night Blues Venue

And in case that all wasn’t enough, eek out those final ounces of energy dancing into the wee hours as we bring you a special presentation of ‘Blues After Hours’.

More details and registration coming soon …

William and Maeva

Announcing Our 2014 Workshop Weekends

Just as we are getting ready to end the year with our Lindy Hopper’s Delight weekend featuring the Galway Lindy Hop Championships we are also announcing the details of our big workshop weekends for the start of 2014.  It is already shaping up to be an exciting year !

Registrations for these events will open on Saturday 23rd November during Lindy Hopper’s Delight.   Just in time for those of you wondering what to buy your dance-crazed loved ones for Christmas !

See our Events Calendar and below for more information ..

Swing into Spring with Sharon Davis – February 7th – 9th 2014

Lindy Hop and Charleston Workshop to start Spring in style

Sharon Davis Lindy Hop

 

Suga Bomb Galway – March 21-23rd 2014

Trisha Sewell will be bringing her amazing follows focused workshop to Galway as part of its European tour!

Trisha Sewell and Ben Cook

Galway Lindyfest 2014 – May 9th-11th

William and Maeva bring their unique blend of style and energy to Galway  for a comp and show weekend like no other.

lindyfest 2014