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Best fast track singles swing dance workshop & lessons around (+ grad dance)

  • Ottawa Dance Sport Studio

    1547 Chatelain Ave. , Ottawa, ON (map)

    45.374743 -75.741559

  • Come upstairs to the second floor dance studio
  • Price: CAD105.00 /per person

    Refund policy

  • Imagine being able to swing dance in public at a live dance concert in just two weeks.  Imagine how much fun you will have meeting new dance partners over the next few months. Swing dancing is fun and one of the best things to do in Ottawa. Learning if fun too, especially when we achieve our goal in just one week! Take our workshop and then come dance with us at the end of the program with the swing & blues JW Jones Band at the Rainbow with Funabalu on Friday, November 22. Not only will you meet your goal to learn swing dancing by then, but you will be ready for weekly swing dances throughout the fall and winter too!  6 weeks of lessons compressed into just two weeks, provides fast learning and immediate results! It`s the best way to jump into a fun lifestyle, meet new people, and enjoy being single!

    What's so special about swing dancing?

    People who say Ottawa culture is boring don't get it. Ottawa is a community of sub-cultures, that you have to infiltrate to make this the most fun place in the world to be.  Swing dancing one of the most fun sub-cultures around. Ottawa's weekly dances are great, often with live bands, harken back to the 30s through early 60s, and updated with techno-swing dancing too that is also taking Europe by storm.  With various Canadian champions in town, Ottawa-Gatineau has the best swing dance community in Canada that's friendly and inclusive.  Why not join us and imagine having the confidence to join other singles at a variety of swing dance outings around town this Fall and Winter?

    Your goal is closer than you think, when you join our intensive 3 hour swing dance workshop, followed by 3 refresher classes over the next two weeks (dates to be determined) to learn a full swing dance routine you can use immediately afterwards.

    Price is for 6 hours of training over two weeks. ($105 for prepayment online or otherwise, $120 for drop-in).

    The program has two elements:

    * A 3 hour workshop to kick-start the learning process (good for those who want review as well).  We learn a routine we can use or modify on our own later.

    * 3 lessons review afterwards over the next two weeks:  After you learn the routine, these practice classes within days of your 3 hour workshop will help you to fully absorb and refine your new dance skills.

    The Dance Workshop Program:

    Our instructor, will teach a social level swing routine, comprised mostly of east coast  with a few open elements. The routine can be done as a whole or the participants should be able to utilize individual parts hopefully take away leading and following technique that could be used if they chose to stray from the routine itself.

    What makes this workshop special? This workshop was designed based on a successful formula developed by Funabalu founder and adult educator, John Savage. Various moves will be combined into one routine you can use on dance floors around town.  Our workship and lessons accelerate the learning process, much faster than any other program around.

    We will have periodic breaks in which we can practice and at 1 pm, there will be a special cha-cha and rumba dance presentation by one of Ottawa Dance Sport Studio's top amateur couples - Sam Huang and Taissa Sekret.

    From 1 pm to 4 pm we learn, then you have the option to join us for Saturday night swing dancing at the Swing Dynamite Dance Studio to burn our new moves into our brains.  Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday we have our follow-up swing dance lesson and the next Friday, we have our special dance at the Rainbow Bistro with the JW Jones Band for a night of swing and blues dancing on the town.  In just one week, you will have all the moves you need to competently join any swing dance around town or to build on with other routines.

    Why dance?

    It is a scientific fact that dance is truly one of the the best ways for men and women to connect.  Many of us were born of parents who met on the dance floor!  Ottawa's Swing Dance community is one of the most friendliest groups to connect with, where people readily invite each other onto the dance floor to enjoy great music.  If you haven't come out yet, you are missing a great scene.

    Swing is a fantastic dance on its own or one that you can build from to take other variations that are used for modern dance music in night clubs.  Men are coming back to dance these days, as the NHL hockey lock-out is channeling our love of sport into dance as a combination of sport and socializing.


    How the workshop was designed?

    This workshop has been designed by adult educator and dancer, John Savage based on  his designing beginner dance programs for Funabalu the past two years and interviewing his members on what worked and what didn't.  He learned that most want to fast-track their dance learning curve in a hurry and by experimenting, he has designed a program that will guarantee you a good night on the town swing dancing in just one week.

    Graduation Dance with the swing & blues JW Jones Band at the Rainbow with Funabalu on Friday, November 22


    Hooked on Swing:

    Locals Max & Annie Trudeau:

    A short film called "Swing Dancing in London" proving you can do this all over the world:


    ** Please note: We need a minimum of 6 people to run this program, so invite your friends too.  We try to balance our male to female ratio too, so if you notice we need more of one or the other, suggest this to either your male or female friends too.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    This is something I' ve always wanted to try. Are the 3 following classes in the evening? I work mon - fri till 4 pm. Thanks Peter

    October 10, 2013

    • John S.

      It's great to have you join us as the first registrant Peter. This program was designed for those who always wanted to try this. Unlike other programs, we aim to get you out and having fun dancing in public faster than any other program. And yes, the three classes are in the evening, so it looks like this should fit with your schedule, eh? Those who cannot come at night, we may also work out something during the day too for ya.

      October 10, 2013

  • John S.

    Within a week, we will be dancing to the JW Jones Band at a live dance concert we will be hosting a concert at.

    October 10, 2013


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