DANCE CLASS DETAILS
101: America's Dance (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.
On the very first day of class, you will learn a fun, energetic, complete beginner-level choreography to the classic uptempo song Rockin Robin, and leave the class with an appetite for more! Our very popular swing dance series is perfect for beginners, offering special goodies to those ready for fancier fare.
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: teaching partner Bonnie Margolis, with an acrobatics background, has great style and attitude - a popular role model!
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 Kristi Sullivan, 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.
101: From Scratch (Beginners)
RUEDA DE CASINO
Some dance experience needed, whether a little salsa, swing or ballroom, tap, jazz, ballet, hip hop, etc. No partner needed - meet people.
Whether its called Casino, or Rueda, or Salsa Rueda, or Rueda De Casino, its that Cuban circle dance which evolved from contradance circles. It got popular in Havana in the 1980s. You've seen it at Agava, the old Rongo, the Kava Lounge, Ballybay in Syracuse, in the movie "Dance With Me" (Chayanne, Vanessa Williams). So, let's have some fun learning this group circle dance, with called out patterns, and lots of partner switching. It's fun, it's amusing.
Kurt learned Casino mainly from Brian Bromka in Syracuse "La Familia De Salsa." Brian has been to Cuba at least 8 times, so he has plenty of first hand experience. Kurt has been offering Casino in his Salsa classes at Ithaca College, where it is quite popular, for several years. Taught by Kurt & his charming & experienced teaching partner Kaylynn Powell..
DANCES: Slow, Fast, First, Parent, Guest
We have designed this class to be the easiest and most practical intro to Ballroom Dance on planet Earth! Wedding Season is approaching! Will you participate in a "First Dance," a "Mother-Son" or "Father-Daughter" Dance? Are you a member of the Bridal Party? Or are you a wedding guest? Would you like to be a cut above the "hug & wobble" slow dancers, more suave than the "yank the arm off the girl" fast dancers? We cover both SLOW and UPTEMPO dance styles, the main fare at any wedding reception, from Frank Sinatra to Maroon 5. Your friends will definitely be asking you to teach them some of the cool moves you will learn. Plenty of great music in class - just the kind you will hear at most wedding receptions.
Learn from the best - our 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. You lead instructor Kurt has DJ'd hundreds of wedding receptions (Cayuga Pro DJ), and he knows the score!
Ladies, its not just about getting schleped all over the floor by a guy. Your co-teacher Ariel has great style, attitude, and plenty of options just for the ladies. She is a popular role model!
We give plenty of individual attention. Printed songlists for slow dance and fast dance styles will be distributed, as well as syllabus handouts (For more detailed history, please see our ithaca-dance hub).
Taught by Kurt Lichtmann (Ithaca College Faculty dance instructor) & his extraordinary teaching partner Becca Perini. All our students say that we Ithaca's #1 Wedding Dance instructors.