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Let's Meetup and take a lesson or two every Tuesday with Kathy Babcock!

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  • Redding Old City Hall Art Center

    1313 Market Street, Redding, CA (map)

    40.586216 -122.391350

  • Come in the front door of Old City Hall and come upstairs to the Ballroom!
  • Let's Start January this New Year, all month long, learning the Rumba at 5:30 PM and the Salsa at 6:30 PM, every Tuesday! Each class, taught by Kathy Babcock, is $15.00 per person. if taken one at a time, or get punch cards and, for $40 get four lessons per card per person. Save even more by going to both lessons each week and buy two punch card for an additional $10 savings!

    The history of swing dates back to the 1920’s, where the Afro-American community, while dancing to contemporary jazz music, developed the Charleston and the Lindy Hop.

    On March 26, 1926, the Savoy Ballroom opened in New York’s Harlem district. It was an immediate success with its block-long dance floor and raised double bandstand. Nightly dancing attracted most of the best dancers in the New York area. The music at the Savoy was largely Swinging Jazz.

    One evening in 1927, a local dance enthusiast named “Shorty George” Snowden had just walked off the dance floor and was watching some of the other dancing couples. A newspaper reporter, on assignment to do a story on the new nightclub, asked George what dance those on the dance floor were doing. The dance had not been named as yet, but George happened to glance down on the bench beside him where a newspaper caption read, “Lindy Hops the Atlantic”. Reading that, George quipped, “Lindy Hop” and the name stuck.

    In the mid 1930s, a bouncy six-beat variant was named the jitterbug by band leader Cab Calloway when he introduced a tune in 1934 entitled “Jitterbug”. Contemporary jazz and swing music were evolving with Benny Goodman leading the way. Dancers soon incorporated tap and jazz steps into their dancing.

    Swing was a very dynamic and athletic dance and became popular among the young in the 1930s. During World War II, American soldiers carried it to Europe.

    In the early 1940s, Lindy Hop was tamed and simplified by dance schools to become a ballroom dance called Eastern Swing. In the late 1970s, the name was changed to East Coast Swing to match another variation of Swing, the West Coast Swing.

    Presently, the Lindy Hop is enjoying a resurgence in popularity. It is a smooth Swing (not a lot of bounce) and patterns are usually 8 counts instead of the 6 used in East and West Coast Swing basic steps.

    Today, there are many different styles of Swing, depending on what part of the country you visit. Each geographic area has put its own particular mark or twist on swing to come up with a wide variety of ways to dance this dance; and it’s all good!

    The Foxtrot originated in the summer of 1914 by Vaudeville actor Harry Fox. Born Arthur Carringford in Pomona, California, in 1882, he adopted the stage name of “Fox” after his grandfather.

    In early 1914, Fox was appearing in various vaudeville shows in the New York area. One such show was the Ziegfeld Follies of 1914, in which Fox danced some trotting steps to ragtime music as part of his act. It delighted audiences and quickly caught on, and people referred to his dance as Fox’s Trot. Though the original version exhibited by Mr. Fox was very jerky and athletic, dance teachers tamed it and proved it to be a perfect dance for ragtime music.

    Vernon and Irene Castle, a British and American husband and wife dance team, were exhibition dancers of outstanding talent and charm. Their rendition of the Foxtrot was the most original and exciting of their various dances.

    As a result of the rising popularity of ballroom dance, evolving a form of dance that could express the music of the time and still be contained in a small area became necessary. This did not mean that the “traveling” Foxtrot was dropped, but the “on the spot” dance did provide a means where large numbers of people could dance and enjoy the new sounds and beats of America.

    In England, the “hops, kicks, and capers” of the American Foxtrot were removed; and figures such as “butterfly, twinkle, and chasse” laid the foundation of the smoother English version. Today, this smoother version remains and bears little resemblance to the original.

    Up to that time, the Foxtrot was the most significant development in all of ballroom dancing. The combination of quick and slow steps permitted more flexibility and greater dancing pleasure than its for-bearers, the one-step and two-step. There is more variety in the Foxtrot than in any other dance.

    Variations of the Foxtrot include the Peabody and Quickstep. Even dances such as the Lindy and the Hustle are derived to some extent from the Foxtrot.

    We will be learning the Swing and the Fox Trot with Kathy and STEP BY STEP SCHOOL OF BALLROOM DANCE!

    It is highly recommended to have a partner but if you don't have one there are usually extra men that are looking for a partner each week.


    Click here for Kathy Babcock's Class Schedule and Pricing for this New Season

    Tuesday                          5:30                           6:30

    Jan 3, 10, 17, 24, 31  Swing                         Fox Trot

    Feb 7, 14, 21, 28        Night Club 2-Step   Waltz

    Mar 7, 14, 21, 28        Salsa                          Rumba

    Apr 4, 11, 18, 25        Fox Trot                     Night Club 2-Step

    May 2, 9, 16, 23        Swing                        Salsa

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  • Greg S S.
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    I have met many wonderful people on the dance floor. Like you I love dance and wish I could go... more

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