DANCE CLASS DETAILS
SWING 101: American Rock & Roll (Beginners)
    No partner needed - meet people. This is the easiest and most musical and practical approach to swing that we have seen anywhere. For total beginners, this fun-filled 6-week course in Jitterbug, Charleston, East Coast, Jumpswing & Jazz, starts from scratch. Our top-notch male-female teaching team helps you to see and hear both sides of the story! Our goal is for you to feel good dancing with anyone, on the Ithaca scene, or anywhere! Ithaca has at least two live band weekly swing events - see our popular regional dance calendar.
     Great music! Kurt DJ'd the radio program "Saturday Swing" on WVBR for 12 years. You will be dancing to plenty of great music 1930s-2014: Benny Goodman, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Elvis Presley, Stevie Wonder, Billy Joel, Brian Setzer and more.
     Ladies, its not just about getting schleped all over the floor by guys: you get to dance and express yourself!
       Every class is fun, with great music, a great dance floor, and individualized help. Our teaching methods are among the most effective and stress-free that you will find. AND we are specialists in teaching you how to turn and spin comfortably.
    PLUS: Advanced teaching techniques garnered from years of workshops, classes, and private lessons with the country's top pros, hard core club dancing, competing, and creative teaching exploration! Your lead instructor Kurt, currently teaching dance classes at Ithaca College, is one of the very few in a wide NY radius actually certified to teach: Masters Degree, Music Education (Ithaca College '82). He founded Cornell's Swing Dance Program, and taught it for 12 years. He is the founding advisor for three college swing dance clubs. Co-teaching is the delightfully fun and creative Naomi Erkan, dancer par excellence..
   Small classes! Plenty of individual help from two instructors. We offer extra goodies to those in the class who are ready for fancier fare. Check out the short history of swing. Printed Songlists of great music for Jumpswing and syllabus handouts provided.

SALSA 101: From Scratch (Beginners)
    No partner needed - meet people. Kind, compassionate, patient instruction for all levels of ability - Starting at ZERO! Our students rejoice in our uniquely accessible (and FUN!) approach to these Caribbean dances: Salsa, Merengue, & Bachata. We take you from scratch to playful dance hall competency in 6 weeks.
   Small classes! Plenty of individual help from two instructors. We offer extra goodies to those in the class who are ready for fancier fare.
    Every class is fun, with great hand-picked music, a great dance floor, and individualized help. Using a circle dance approach to get everyone moving together, our teaching methods are among the most effective and stress-free that you will find. We are specialists in teaching baffled newbies! We can show you how to turn and spin comfortably AND how to touch each other comfortably - key aspects of fun in all partner dances.
    COURSE GOALS: (What we hope you will learn!)
1. A strategy for hearing the main rhythms in salsa music.
2. The repertoire of core Salsa movement: feet, legs, torso, hips, arms, hands
3. A repertoire of the main Salsa partnering patterns
4. Styling options (arms, hips, shoulders, head) for both leader and follower
5. Lead and Follow technique: how to make for pleasurable and smooth partner dancing
6. Comfortable techniques for turning and spinning.
   
LADIES! Unlike most salsa dance classes geared to men manipulating you all over the place, we offer plenty of styling and expressive devices for you, and we teach the guys a dance style which gives you a lot more room to play! In addition to steps and patterns, we explore the Caribbean movement styles - energy flow, hips, shoulders, arms, torso! This is part of Salsa's African roots.
    Songlists
and class summaries will be handed out in class, but for now, check out the music lists, videos, and dance histories on our ithaca-dance hub. Our unique focus as instructors and dancers is: FUN!

BALLROOM 101 (Beginners): Dance to Pop Music 1960s-2020
Hustle 2-step
aka Swing 2-step

    No partner needed - meet people. Kind, compassionate, patient instruction for all levels of ability - Starting at ZERO! You will get a good taste of the main classic ballroom dances in six weeks, and even some comfortable competancy on the dance floor!
     More than any dance we have seen or taught, this dance is the EASIEST starting place for beginners, and super fun, even for advanced dancers! There is a huge amount of great club dance music, also usualy played at weddings and banquets, hits from the 1960s to 2020. Take it from an experienced DJ who has played hundreds of such events and taken many, many requests!
     One of the many great things about this dance sytle is that a marginally experienced and stiff guy can dance with a very frisky and playful woman, and she will be quite happy - she has plenty of room to express herself.
     Learn from the best - our ballroom based Wedding Dance DVD is #1 on Amazon, #1 on YouTube, and #1 on Google. We have prepared thousands of students, in classes, and in many private lessons specifically for wedding dance. We give plenty of individual attention.
     Printed songlists for each dance style will be distributed, as well as syllabus handouts (For more detailed history, please see our ithaca-dance hub). Taught by Kurt Lichtmann (retired Ithaca College & Cornell Faculty dance instructor) & his extraordinary teaching partner Lori Freer. All our students say that we are Ithaca's #1 Partner Dance instructors.