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DAN 09 — It's Swing Time

Quarter: Winter
Day(s): Thursdays
Course Format: On-campus course
Duration: 5 weeks
Date(s): Jan 18—Feb 15
Time: 7:00—8:50 pm
Drop Deadline: Jan 31
Unit: 1
Tuition: $305
Instructor(s): Richard Powers
Status: Registration opens on 12/04/2017
On-campus course
7:00—8:50 pm
Jan 18—Feb 15
5 weeks
Drop By
Jan 31
1 Unit
Richard Powers
Registration opens on 12/04/2017
Swing is the United States’ most popular contribution to partnered social dance, evolving from the Lindy Hop of the 1920s, then expanding in the Big Band Swing Era of the 1930s and 1940s. Today, swing dance has become the world’s most widely known form of couple dancing. Swing is a happy dance. You can’t be in a bad mood when you’re swing dancing!

This course will introduce five kinds of swing dance, covering one per class session at an easygoing pace that will build on the dance moves learned in the previous sessions. We will explore Street Swing, East Coast Swing, Triple Step Swing, today’s Lindy Hop, and a Lindy Mixer. This collection will let you dance swing at any occasion, from weddings to ocean cruises. The emphasis will be on ease, comfort, and pleasure, with a focus on partnering and flexibility.

No dance experience is required, just a fun-loving attitude and lots of enthusiasm. If you already dance, register with a friend who doesn’t. This is a great way to introduce someone to swing dancing.

Richard Powers, Lecturer in Dance, Stanford

Richard Powers has been researching and teaching social dance for forty years. His emphasis is on flexible, attentive partnering, creativity, fun, developing one’s personal style, and adapting to the dancing styles of various partners. Selected by the Centennial Issue of Stanford Magazine as one of Stanford’s most notable graduates of its first century, he has also received the Lloyd W. Dinkelspiel Award for Distinctive Contributions to Undergraduate Education.

Textbooks for this course:

There are no required textbooks; however, some fee-based online readings may be assigned.