Swing Dance

Thursday Night Monthly Series: Lindy Hop Lessons

Beginning Lindy Hop Monthly Series: Thursdays, 6:00 – 7:00pm at the Mercury Cafe. Lindy Hop is a fun and dynamic Swing dance you may have seen in the movies Malcolm X and Swing Kids. It’s a little more challenging than the Jitterbug class, so we suggest starting out with Jitterbug on Sundays if you are very new to dancing!

Every month our Beginning Lindy Hop Class will cover the basics and various Lindy Moves. We have three methods for teaching the basics which we cycle through over 3 months time, to reach different learning styles! See description of Lindy Hop under our ‘About – Dances’ page for more info about Lindy.
$35 per monthly series ($40 for 5 weeks), $10 per individual class

Intermediate Lindy Hop Monthly Series: Thursday, 7:00 – 8:00pm at the Mercury Cafe. We suggest having at least 2 months of Beginning Lindy Hop before moving into Intermediate class. With different topics each month. Always new fun and exciting material! Can be taken as a series or drop-in.
$35 per monthly series ($40 for 5 weeks), $10 per individual class
Sundays:

Dance with DJ follows the Lesson at 8 pm $8

 Please sign-up for the Thursday series Here!

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Sunday Lessons & Dance with Live Band

Beginning Jitterbug Drop-In: $10: Sundays at 6:30 – 7:45 at the Mercury Cafe. Every Sunday we teach a drop-in lesson in which we cover the basic steps and a beginner’s move. Then we’ll teach an Intermediate level move, and finish the class with an Advanced step or a fun Swing trick or dip. Something for all levels of dancers every Sunday! Even if you are completely new to dancing you’ll learn and have a good time!

Beginning Lindy Hop One Time Drop In: The first Sunday of every month we teach a drop-in Beginning Lindy Hop lesson at 5:30pm, the C-class of our ABCs of Learning Lindy series. On Sundays, $10 gets you in the door for two lessons and a dance with a live band!

The Shim Sham: $10: The Second Sunday of every month at 5:30 – 6:30 at the Mercury Cafe. The Swing Dancer’s Line Dance… On Sundays your $10 gets you two classes and a dance with live music!

Beginning Charleston: $10: The third Sunday of every month at 5:30 – 6:30 at the Mercury Cafe. Learn this classic swing step you can do on it’s own or as a new step within your Jitterbug and Lindy. You’ll learn the basic footwork plus fundamental Charleston variations. On Sundays your $10 gets you two classes and a dance with live music!

Leading and Following Technique: $10: The Fourth Sunday of every month at 5:30 – 6:30 at the Mercury Cafe. Leading and Following is an art in itself. Learn the fundamental concepts and must-have skills that make partner dancing work! On Sundays your $10 gets you two classes and a dance with live music!

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Wednesdays West Coast Swing

West Coast Swing, also known as “Sophisticated Swing” is the modern incarnation of the traditional Swing Dances.  Always changing and cutting-edge, you’ll dance to Top 40, Pop, Rap, and Classics.  It’s a slotted dance, and can be quite technical, but that’s a small price to pay for a dance that appears so sleek and sexy.

7pm Beg. & Int. West Coast Swing classes -$8 includes dance

8pm-W.C. Swing Dance  -$5

**Please check our Calendar as there are sometimes alternate events on Wednesdays.

Dance Styles

Lindy Hop is THE dance that sprung from the American Jazz Era in Harlem New York of the 1930’s and 40’s.  It is still danced today to the music of our Jazz Royalty: Count Basie, Duke Ellington, the “King of Swing” Benny Goodman, and many others.  Come for the vintage style and flavor of a by-gone era, and stay for one of the friendliest communities on earth.

East Coast Swing, aka “Jitterbug”, is a 6-count dance that was popularized by early dance studios as a truncated form of Lindy Hop.  Now an original dance in its own right, it’s the best dance to learn for the Total Beginner looking to get their feet wet (and tapping) for the first time.  Come with a partner or alone, you’ll make new friends!

The Shim Sham is a vintage line dance (see also Big Apple and Tranky Doo) that’s just as fun as any modern day line dance, and even though it’s a bit more complicated… that’s why it’s fun!  It first began as a tap dance for performers on the Vaudeville Circuit, but modern Swing Dancers have taken all the taps out, and now it’s a community experience that ends in a mixer dance.  It’s danced to Tuxedo Junction and others.

Charleston pounced with The Roaring 20’s.  This dance spread like wildfire across the nation in 1923, and we still have Flappers and their Bob haircuts etched into our collective consciousness.  It’s the Grandfather of Lindy Hop, and it’s many variations are still alive within that dance today.  One of the more light-hearted of the Swing dances, it will get your feet twirling!

Our Teachers

CethMaharajaCeth Stifel is a champion level Lindy Hop dancer and choreographer. He competed on the award winning Lindy Hop team 23 Skidoo since its inception in 1999. His experience with vernacular Jazz dance covers an array of styles, including: Savoy & Smooth Style Lindy Hop, Charleston, East Coast Swing, West Coast Swing, Balboa, Collegiate Shag, Blues, many vintage line dances, and tap. As a performer and teacher, Ceth is known for his solo movement, rhythmic footwork, and creativity.
 Recent achievements include 1st place in the Seattle Jazz Dance Film Fest, being featured in CPR’s Radio Dances, and the co-choreography and organization of the DIA Flash mob, as well as the Denver Five Points Jazz Festival Flash mob.  He and Dani run the Mercury Cafe’s Home Team Swing Teams: The Mercury Retros & QuickSilvers. Ceth Stifel is one of the in-house Swing instructors of Denver’s own “Home of Happy Feet”, The Mercury Cafe. He teaches every Thursday and Sunday!
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Dani Botello brings a unique perspective to dance class with her background as a massage therapist and Thai massage practitioner.  She’s won multiple awards in local dance competitions, danced on the world famous team 23 Skidoo, and as a Follow is a Denver favorite in both Lindy Hop and West Coast Swing.  She’s danced in the DIA Flashmob, is a top shelf performer, appearing with local groups Swing Friends, and in Lone Tree Art Center’s 2014 show Home for the Holidays.  Dani and Ceth run the Mercury Cafe’s Home Team Swing Teams: The Mercury Retros & QuickSilvers.  You’ll be impressed by her gentle spirit and playful personality.
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Lark’s training as a dancer began as a young child with jazz, lyrical, hip-hop, tap, and in musical theater.  She later found her true passion in the world of swing dancing, more notably Lindy Hop and Charleston.  She has danced with, and choreographed for, many troupes including; BLAM!, Atomic Rhythm, The Jumpin’ JiveCats, The Diamond Dolls, and 23 Skidoo, and has won numerous awards in solo Charleston and Lindy Hop competitions. When it comes to teaching, Lark emphasizes the relaxed, carefree spirit of swing dancing, while maintaining a foundation for proper technique and connection. She has been teaching various styles of partnered swing and solo jazz to a wide range of students from preschool to retirement home.
 Since moving to Denver in 2011, Lark has been highly involved in the Denver Swing Dance scene. She works with Denver’s own Diamond Dolls as a performer, choreographer, instructor, and board member.  In addition to working with the Dolls, she also works with Community-Minded Dance as an in school instructor and choreographer for both their performance team and youth program. She also teaches weekly swing dance classes with her dance partner at the Savoy at Curtis Park and Mercury Cafe.

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