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Swing Time presents: Lindy Hop Boot Camp, 2 Levels, 4 Hours, 4 Instructors, Saturday July 16th 2016, 2-6pm, at Simone Salsa studio, 8336 W Hillsborough Ave, Tampa, FL 33615.

Get ready for Swing Time's Lindy Hop Boot Camp, an intensive workshop that gives you the benefit of an entire four-week Lindy Hop course, all in one afternoon!  Two levels are offered, with instructors determining your appropriate level.  Lindy Hop Boot Camp happens Saturday, July 16th, 2-6pm, at Simone Salsa, 8336 W Hillsborough Ave in Tampa.

Level 1 (Beginning) — Learn the Lindy Hop!  Level 1 is for dancers with little-to-no Lindy Hop experience, and for dancers who want to master the basics.  Level 1 features four hours of intensive instruction, drills, and practice, taking you step by step through the 10 fundamental moves of Lindy Hop.  Level 1 is taught by Sam & Teresa.

Level 2 (Intermediate) — Advance & Improve Your Lindy Hop!  Level 2 is for dancers already proficient at Swing-Outs and other Lindy Hop fundamentals.  Level 2 participants will polish and style their Lindy Hop, learn new moves and footwork, and gain valuable Lindy experience guided by the instructors.  Level 2 is taught by Tom & Aryn.

Lindy Hop Boot Camp is followed by the Saturday Swing evening dance, which is included in the price of your Boot Camp registration.  Registration is $30 the day of event.  Register online to pay by credit card, or register at the door Saturday to pay by cash or check.  Please arrive 15-30 minutes early.

Lindy Hop Instructor Lindy Hop Instructor Instructor, Tom Blair, is a cornerstone of Tampa Bay's Lindy Hop and Balboa dance scenes.  He organized The Lindy Connection dances, writes the Lindy Hop Weekly blog, and is a regular teacher and DJ at events across the area.  He's traveled and dabbled in competition, but his main focus is sharing his love of social dancing to swinging jazz music.  He believes that there's something unique and amazing that happens when two people transform these sounds into movement, and wishes to share this feeling with everyone.

Instructor, Aryn Kelly Rathbone, is a long-time lover of jazz who first became enamored with swing dancing in 2012 when she realized it meant she could dance to Duke Ellington; and she hasn't looked back.  In the classroom, she values technique-oriented instruction for followers and leaders, empowering students to own their learning experiences. Aryn has attended numerous national dance events for both Lindy Hop and Balboa.  She has competed and placed in several Southeast regional events, including Bal-Ast Off!, Southern Swing Challenge, and Atlanta Varsity Showdown.  In addition to studying and teaching dance, Aryn also enjoys DJing for dancers.

Lindy Hop Instructor Lindy Hop Instructor Instructor, Sam Mahfoud, has been dancing and teaching Lindy Hop for over 15 years, all the while developing and refining a step-by-step curriculum, with proven success in getting dancers dancing the Lindy Hop.  Sam's an innovator who was instrumental in starting and building Tampa Bay's swing scene from scratch. Accomplishments include founding both Swing Gang (1998) and Swing Time (2000), sponsoring Tampa Bay's first-ever Lindy Hop dances (1999), first Lindy Hop Dance Teams (2009, Hit That Jive & Swing Time Dancers), first Blues dance (2010), first Fusion dances (2014), and first two Lindy Exchanges (2013 & 2014).  He's taught tens of thousands to dance over the last 17 years, at over 1000 swing dances, special events, festivals, cruises, and dance classes.  In fact, many of Tampa Bay's elite dancers and instructors have passed through the Swing Time ranks at one time or another.  Sam has traveled all over the USA and Canada, learning, dancing, teaching, and occasionally competing.  Last year's travels included the Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown (New Orleans), Montreal Swing Riot, Beantown Lindy Hop Camp (Boston), and All Balboa Weekend (Cleveland).  He's studied with most of the world's top Lindy Hoppers, including his greatest inspirations, original Whitey's Lindy Hoppers, Norma Miller and the late great Frankie Manning.

Instructor, Teresa Ullman, has loved dancing since the very first time someone spun her.  Since she started swing dancing eight years ago, Teresa has lived and traveled across the USA, all the while learning and dancing Lindy Hop and Balboa, and teaching upon request...in places that include Los Angeles, Chicago, Las Vegas, Austin, New Orleans for one year, her former home in Phoenix, and last but not least, her new home in Tampa Bay!  She enjoys sharing her dance experience and helping people become better dancers.

1:30-2:00pm – Doors Open, Registration, Warm Up
2:00-6:00pm – Boot Camp (includes breaks & practice time)
6:00-8:00pm – Dinner Break
8:00-9:00pm – Saturday Swing Dance Lesson (optional)
9:00pm-1:00 – Saturday Swing Dance

WHEN TO ARRIVE:  Lindy Hop Boot Camp starts promptly at the scheduled time.  Please arrive 15-30 minutes early.  This will give you time to check in and warm up, and will ensure that you don't miss the important material at the beginning.

WHAT TO BRING:  Please bring or wear comfortable clothes, bottled water, snacks, and swing-dance shoes such as oxfords, dance sneakers, etc. (Heels are NOT recommended for Lindy Hop.)  Shoes should allow you to pivot freely.  Leather-bottom or suede-bottom shoes are best.

PARTNERSNo partner is needed.  People are welcome to sign up either with or without a partner.  To maximize learning, all participants will be required to rotate and to dance with a variety of partners.

MORE INFO:  Please contact us (at least 24 hours in advance) if you have questions or for more info.


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