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

Lindy Hop Workshop Weekend

June Lindy Hop Workshop and Social Dancing

Galway Swing Lindy Hop Workshop Weekend

Join us on June 6th and 7th for a lindy hop workshop with Paul​ and Sarah​ covering Aerials, Lindy techniques, musicality, & styling, and a fun solo routine too!  There will be a social night on the Saturday where you can practice your new moves and dance the night away to all our favourite swing tunes!

The Weekend

Saturday June 6th

1pm – Aerials (partner required)
This ever-popular class needs no introduction. Our aerials classes are where we add a little height to our dancing skills. You don’t need need any dance experience to join this class, you are welcome to join us if you only wantto learn these moves, but you will need to have a partner.

3.30pm – Lindy Techniques
So you have the basics down but it doesn’t feel just right yet? This class will help you to hone your lindy technique to improve how you relate to both the dance and your partner to give you a lot more confidence on the social floor.

9.30pm – Swing Dance Social in The Galway Rowing Club

Sunday June 7th

1pm – Doin The Jive
This is a fun routine that went down really well at Lindy Hopper’s Delight last year and is full of great solo jazz moves to add to your repertoire! THis class is suitable for all levels.

3.30pm – Lindy Styling and Musicality
If you are looking to understand the music and how to dance to fit it then this class is for you! Paul and Sarah will teach you about dancing with the music and how to style up some moves to help you stand out on the dancefloor.
Costs
Buy a day or weekend pass to get the best deal:

All Saturday Classes: €20
All Sunday Classes: €20
Full Weekend Ticket (All Classes and Social dancing on Saturday): €45

Individual Costs:

Aerials: €15 / Lindy Techniques: €10 / Doin The Jive: €15  / Styling and Musicality: €10 Swing Dance Social: €10

 

For more information contact paul@galwayswing.com

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

Swing Dancing at Galway Swing

Why You Should Start Swing Dancing in 2015

What kind of 2015 do you want to have?

If you’re seeking a change, maybe some excitement, or if you’re looking to pick yourself up, come and give swing dancing a try. Our motto – ‘we don’t save lives, but we sure do change them’ holds especially true at this time of year.

The Christmas period is an often exciting time – office parties, social gatherings, spending time with family, but when it’s over, what do we have to entertain us? We go back to work or school and more than likely a cold and wet winter and there is nothing on the telly.  If you start swing dancing,you will open the door to a whole new world you had no idea was there all along.

For the swing dancers of Galway January is a very happy time indeed! For us, Christmas was a quiet period during which we didn’t get to dance as much as we’d like; The nights were cold, work was busy (especially for those in retail) and we searched desperately for live music to dance to but all the bands were booked for Christmas parties. Now it’s over, and instead of a case of the January blues we are all excited to hear some music and get out on the dancefloor.

And whilst it all revolves around dancing, that’s not really the whole story.   We now have things to look forward to; great music, special events, cool Youtube videos to watch (did you see the fun we had right here in Galway just a month ago?  We get to catch-up with our friends  – old friends that know the drill, know the hang-outs, and have forgotten what life was like before they even started dancing…….

……… and NEW friends – those we haven’t even met yet. They’re the ones that will sneak out sometime in January to start a new hobby, maybe come to a couple of dance classes and just quietly take it all in. They will politely converse with their fellow students, but within a few weeks they’ll be in the groove. They’ll know the drill, know the hang-outs, and they’ll look back on January 2015 as the start of something very special.

Swing dancing is not just a way to get fit while having fun it is often a journey too. It consists of new friends, new habits and mad new skills. And we love guiding people through it.

Come hang out with us. Make it a 2015 to remember.

 

Paul Neary

For more information about our beginner’s swing dance classes contact me using the details below or check out our timetable and drop-in to any class!

Contact Me: paulneary@galwayswing.com / 0879358160

Christmas and New Year Timetable

Hey Everyone,

Firstly, thank you to all of you who made Lindy Hopper’s Delight such a lot of fun last weekend. A spGalway Swing Gift Voucherecial word of thanks to the Bellehoppers, The Dipsy Doodles, Jessica Alcalde and Duana Sala who performed for us at the GLHC on Saturday night. We are now even more excited about Galway Lindyfest in April.

Stay tuned to our Facebook and Youtube pages as there will be pictures and videos coming soon!

As most of you know we are breaking a little early for Christmas this year, but all for a very good cause 🙂 (See Timetable below).  If anyone wanted to order a Gift Voucher for a workshop or a set of classes for a friend for Christmas you can contact paulneary@galwayswing.com or chat to Sarah and I at class.

To make up for our early finish to 2014 we are going to be returning in a big way in January.  Classes will start back Tuesday January 6th with a beginners class at 8pm and then we will throw open the venue for social dancing and general first night back catching up.

We also have our first workshops planned for 2015 –  Saturday January 31st.  The content of the workshops will be announced soon (but it is guaranteed to be fun).  On the Saturday night we will hold our first Galway Swing Masquerade Dance.  A chance to 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.

Hope to see you all out dancing soon.  If I don’t get a chance to see you then have a lovely Christmas and New Year.

I look forward to seeing you in 2015!

Paul Neary

Galway Swing Merry Christmas #Lindyhop #swingdance #christmas


Christmas and New Year Timetable

Wednesday December 3rd – The last swing dance class of 2014
Beginners at 8pm
Improvers at 9pm

Tuesday January  6th – The first swing dance class in 2015
Beginners 8pm
Social dancing afterwards to celebrate the New Year

Saturday January 31st – Swing Dance Workshop
Lindy Hop and Charleston Workshops Content TBC

Saturday January 31st – Swing Dance Social Night
Galway Swing Masquerade Dance

Galway Lindy Exchange 2014

Galway Lindy Exchange 2014

It was 8.30pm Sunday evening when I entered the Office Bar in Salthill for the final night of Galway’s first ever Lindy Exchange,Galway Lindy Exchange Flyer and to be honest, at this point I thought it was all over. Seated in the room were just five other weary bodies, enjoying the music and the company of each other, but certainly in no shape to do any more dancing. This was it, an early night and home to bed. The weekend had worn everyone out. I could not have been more wrong……..

By 10pm the place was heaving, the music kicked up a notch and GLX 2014 finished with a bang rather than the aforementioned whimper. It was certainly a truly just way to finish a wonderful weekend.

We had started 2 days before with live music from the ever popular (with Galway dancers) ‘I Saw Stars‘, a wonderful little jazz trio that kept the dance floor full and the punters smiling. It was an amazing start to the weekend, made even better by such a great turnout of support, not just from our own local dancers, but dancers from all over Ireland and abroad. In fact I was delighted at the diversity of the dancers that had rolled up on our doorstep.

Galway Lindy Exchange 2014To Saturday and the weather truly blessed us. If you’re not familiar with Ireland, then let me just say that planning a day of outdoor activities was fraught with danger, but we spent the day wandering around our fair city, dancing at Eyre Square, then later down by the Claddagh. By Saturday night GLX 2014 was truly taking off and the dancing never stopped in the Eyre Square Hotel. We ran, for the first time, the Galway Swing ‘Extreme’ Games, and while I was a little disappointed that more people didn’t take part, those that did certainly put on a wonderful showing and I hope next year more people are encouraged to have a crack at the different competitions. (If you weren’t there, we ran a ‘Jill and Jack’, a ’30 Second Showcase’, and we were supposed to run an aerials competition, but alas, no entries for that one).

After a quick feed just after midnight things began to slow down into some ‘Bluesy’ business, and the dancing went ’til the wee hours.

The first ever Galway Lindy Exchange was planned as a very simple event, with the focus truly being on just encouraging people to dance whilst showing off our lovely little town. To those that attended, I can’t thank you enough for the support. To those that put in so much time and effort behind the scenes, thank you for your talent and your hard work.  We will have more pictures soon but check out a few of them below or on Facebook.  We would love to hear your favourite moments – feel free to let us know in the comments.

Now, to Lindy Hoppers Delight and beyond……

 

Paul Neary

If you missed the fun at the Galway Lindy Exchange, don’t worry we have another fabulous weekend planned for November 21st – 23rd – Lindy Hopper’s Delight.  The early bird deadline is Friday August 15th so register now to get the best price !

 

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 ..

Lindy Hopper's Delight Flyer

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:

 

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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.

 

Galway Swing Frankie 100 Choreography

Frankie 100 Global Choreography, Aerials and Latest News

The Latest News From Galway Swing

It is going to be an exciting few weeks here in Galway.  We have new classes starting this Sunday that will see you join swing dancers around the world in paying tribute to Frankie Manning (More info below) and in only a couple of weeks it will be time for Galway Lindyfest.  William and Maeva will be bringing their style and energy to Galway for a weekend like no other on May 9 – 11.  There are still places left if you want to be a part of this weekend – just grab a partner and sign up online ...

Social Dancing
If you can’t make the workshops don’t worry there will be two unmissable nights of social dancing on the Friday and Saturday nights of Lindyfest and all are welcome.  Come along and help us to give these two amazing teachers a brilliant Galway welcome.

Frankie Manning Global Choreography and Aerials Classes

Starting this Sunday 27th April we will start a special 3 weeks of Sunday classes (excluding Sunday May 11 – we will break for our Lindyfest weekend). At 5.30pm there will be an aerials class where we will teach one aerial in each class and show you how to put it into your dancing so you can add a bit of air to your lindy jams. The class is suitable for all levels of dancer, however you must bring your own partner.

After that at 6.30pm, we will be teaching the Frankie 100 choreography. This is a simple routine suitable for all levels. Frankie Manning originally choreographed The Lindy Chorus hoping that it would become a part of his legacy. And so, as part of the Frankie 100 celebrations and World Lindy Hop day, swing communities around the world will be learning this routine and posting them online to pay tribute to Frankie Manning. Join swing dancers all around the world and learn the lindy chorus with us.

When: Starts Sunday 27th April:
5.30pm – Aerials Classes
6.30pm – Frankie 100 Choreography

Where: The Galway Rowing Club Woodquay

How Much: These classes can be paid using our blocks or pay as you go week by week.

 

**STOP THE PRESS** Want to learn the Frankie100 Choreography for FREE?!?

Here’s how – we want you to write a short piece (250 words) on Frankie Manning – maybe an outline of his life, perhaps focus on an aspect of his life, or his effect on our modern dance scene, or any other angle that interests you. We don’t want to just celebrate the life of Frankie Manning through a video montage, we want people to learn about him, to understand the inspiration he has given to 1000’s of dancers, and to appreciate his contribution to our wonderful community. Email us or bring your written piece before the first class and you can do all the Frankie100 Choreo classes at no charge – and know that we greatly appreciate and respect your effort to understand an integral part of our dance history.

 

For more info contact Paul Neary – 0879358160

 

Upcoming Events:

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.

Galway Lindy Exchange – August 8th-10th
A celebration of our amazing dance community with activities and dancing all weekend. Details coming very soon.

Lindy Hopper’s Delight – November 21st – 23rd
We are excited to announce our very special guests for this years Lindy Hoppers Delight Weekend as Michael Jagger and Evita Arce.

s years Lindy Hoppers Delight Weekend as Michael Jagger and Evita Arce.

Swing Dancing in The Galway Rowing club, Woodquay.

February Swing Dance Workshop Day

Our workshop days are returning on Saturday February 22nd in The Galway Rowing Club, Woodquay with aerials and collegiate shag. These days are focused on helping you add a little something extra to your dancing repertoire. This month we have a very exciting line-up of high flying aerials and a vintage shag dancing workshop with Sarah Crawford and Eamonn O’Sullivan.

Aerials 11am

In the morning we will run one of our ever popular Aerials workshop to put some air time in your dancing. These don’t require any dance experience and everyone is welcome, (partner required).

Collegiate Shag – The Basic Steps 1pm

Collegiate Shag is known as a fast dance of fun, fancy footwork. It’s a great dance to have in your repertoire for spicing up fast songs with extra-crazy moves. Even the most basic Shag steps are a lot of fun to do and watch, and many people find it easier to dance Shag to fast music than Lindy Hop.  This class will focus on teaching you the basics of shag dancing and a few fun moves that you can bring into your practice.

Prices:

Aerials at 11am – €15pp / partner required

Shag Dance Workshop at 1pm – €10pp Or save money get both classes for €20pp