Couples Dance Lessons

Swing Is Great For Couples Dance Lessons

When people think of couples dance lessons they often think of ballroom dance lessons.  There is nothing wrong with this thought.  I happen to enjoy ballroom dancing and would recommend it to anyone interested in couples dance lessons.  However most people fail to realize there are many styles of dance from which to pick.  There is ballroom dance, salsa, country partner dances, argentine, polka, zydeco and my favorite of course swing.  Which style of dance you choose to learn should be based on who you are and what you like.

So, if you are considering taking couples dance lessons, first ask yourself these questions.  “Do I like having fun?”  “Do I like social environments where I can meet people and make new friends?” It doesn’t matter if you are single or married, do you like making friends? “Can I laugh at myself when I just don’t get it?”  If you have answered yes, couples dance lessons are a good choice for you!  Now, you should ask yourself some secondary questions.  “Am I a more serious, romantic, proper kind of fun person?”  Perhaps you should try Ballroom, Argentine or maybe Salsa dancing.  “Am I a free spirited, like to laugh, goof ball kind of fun person?”  If this is you perhaps you should try Polka, Zydeco or my favorite Swing.  Age can also be a factor.  If you are younger, Swing dance crowds tend to be younger due to the athletic nature of many Swing styles.  However I have danced Swing with people in their 90’s.  If you are older, Ballroom crowds tend to be older as there are less physical styles you can dance in Ballroom.  Of course everything is what you make of it.  Ballroom can be quite physical as well and a challenge to young people.  Click Here for Ballroom Dance Lessons.

So, why is Swing so great for couples dance lessons?  Well, if you find that you fit the goof ball profile.  Swing is a dance style that thrives when it comes in contact with the goofy, unusual, free spirit.  If one day you have tried all the styles as I have, you will find that no dance style compares to Swings fun factor.  Yet I believe there is an even greater reason Swing should be one of your top picks.  Ladies if you got a man and you want him to like dancing, Swing is the style that will hook him.  There are a few reasons.  One is that music you can Swing to includes early Rock-n-Roll as well as modern Rockabilly music.  We’ll call this the cool factor.  He may find love songs and waltzes to be a bit less manly though I would beg to differ.  He also may not be interested in Salsa music if he is not Latin. Second, if your man struggles to get the beat or get his feet under himself Swing dancing is so lite hearted that he will find it easy to laugh off the situation.  Instead of leaving class in frustration, he will leave as the big oaf you have already come to adore.

So, when considering couples dance lessons, consider Swing!

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Adult Dance Classes in Reading PA

Great Adult Dance Classes in Reading PA!

Looking for adult dance classes in Reading Pa?  Perhaps you have been in the market for dance lessons but are not sure where to start or what type of dance lessons are right for you.  Well, Swing Kat Entertainment has just started holding adult dance classes in Reading Pa!  These classes started in July 2015 with a sold out class of students!  Students range in age, but you will find ages 25 – 60 in most of our classes.  If you are married or single you will feel right at home in our adult dance classes in Reading Pa as both singles & couples are well represented!  Swing Kat based in Pottstown Pa has been teaching vintage swing dance styles since 2006.  Now we bring our years of experience to Reading Pa!

Perhaps you like having fun and have found other adult dance classes in Reading Pa to be well, stuffy…  Well, you won’t find that at Swing Kat dance studios.  First off, swing dancing is a carefree, free-form or street style of dancing.  It is characterized by wild high energy movements that make you feel free and cause you to drop your inhibitions.  Secondly, we encourage fun and keep our classes that way too.  We understand that some students don’t care as much about dancing as they do about just getting out to have a good time meeting other people.  So, we keep our class fun and friendly.

If you have thought about adult dance classes in Reading Pa, swing is where you want to start and Swing Kat is who you want to start with!  Come check us out and meet our very talented young instructor Stephen Mark Cody!

Stephen Mark Cody (striped shirt)

Stephen Mark Cody (striped shirt)

Reading Dance Lessons

Reading Dance Lessons Start Off With The Tranky Doo!

It has been a long time in the making, but Reading Dance Lessons are finally here!  In less than 2 weeks, Swing Kat Entertainment based in Pottstown Pa will be opening it’s latest satellite location at the Goggle Works in Reading PA!  The dance studio will be run by no other than Swing Kat’s Stephen Mark Cody.  Mark started dancing at Swing Kat a few years ago and quickly mastered many of the vintage swing dance styles.  Under direction from Swing Kat management Mark has been working on instructing and has proved to excel in not just dance but his ability to teach it as well.  If you have been looking for Reading dance lessons and vintage swing dancing looks like a bunch of fun, don’t wait get in on the action!

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Swing Kat though starting it’s Reading satellite with Introduction classes for first time dancers has also decided to do something for it’s higher level students who are within driving distance of Reading.  So, to celebrate the opening of it’s new satellite location, Swing Kat will be offering a 10 WEEK Specialty Session on the Tranky Doo!  The Tranky Doo is a vintage jazz routine from the 1930’s.  It is much like the Shim Sham Shimmy which is very popular in swing dance clubs around the world.  However it is more difficult and includes a longer list of jazz moves.  Knowing the Tranky Doo will make you one popular swing dancer and you can learn it now!

Click Here to register for Swing Kat’s Reading Dance lessons Starting on Thursday July 16th 2015…

Introduction To Swing – Part 1  or  Intermediate Swing (the Tranky Doo)

 

Reading Swing Dance Classes

Our Reading Swing Dance Classes

We have finally found a home for our Reading swing dance classes.  After searching through over 30 places we believe we have found the best possible home for our Reading swing dance classes.  That home is the Goggle Works.  The Goggle Works is dedicated to bringing the arts back to downtown Reading.  It just so happens that our Reading swing dance classes & dance events help them accomplish that mission!  What a great fit!  The talk has been to do these lessons on Thursday evenings.  The Goggle works has been bringing the arts back to downtown Reading for about the last 10 years just as we have been bringing the arts of dance & live music back to Pottstown during the same years.  This is a match made in Heaven!  I am so glad to be working with them.

We have been seeing lots of excitement over our Reading swing dance classes!  Now our Swing Kats & to be Swing Kats from nearby Wyomissing, Shillington, Hamburg, Fleetwood and Oley will have a place near home to learn to swing dance!  I almost gave up on doing a Reading studio about a month ago.  It had just been so hard to find a place that would work for us.  Then in Pottstown I found I was going to have to extend our classes to Wednesday nights as well.  This is due to the great class turnouts we have been having at our home location.  Well, doing Wednesdays and Thursday in Pottstown along with Mondays in West Chester &  Tuesdays in Lansdale meant I had no other week nights to teach classes.  However, the Goggle Works just fell into my lap.  I just knew it was meant to be.  But I also knew I couldn’t teach it LOL!  In talking with a few of our star dancers/instructors in the past few weeks, I now believe I have someone who will work nicely for instructing our Reading swing dance classes.  I will let you know who once we have finalized the details and I am sure this individual is ready and willing.  But rest assured, Reading swing dance classes are just around the corner!

 

Dance Studio In West Chester

Our Swing Kat Dance Studio in West Chester

To our West Chester area Swing Kats, it is time to celebrate!  We now have a Swing Kat dance studio in West Chester PA!  Our dance studio in West Chester is located near the eastern edge of town in an area ballroom dance studio.  This studio is run by no other than Carlos Maldonado & Suzy Keenan.  Carlos & Suzy are no strangers to Swing Kat as back in the summer of 2008 Carlos ran ballroom dance events at the Ballroom On High in a partnership with us.  A few months later Carlos & Suzy opened Carousel Ballroom which is a dance venue and dance studio in West Chester!  It is this dance studio in West Chester that we will be joining forces with to bring vintage swing to West Chester area residences!

Carousel’s dance studio in West Chester can be found at: 319 Westtown Road, Suite P, West Chester, PA  19382.  You won’t believe the beauty of this amazing studio!  Carlos & Suzy have spared no expense in creating an atmosphere of style & luxury.  There attention to detail has made Carousel the number one ballroom dance studio in West Chester.  Adult ballroom dance classes are offered at great pricing with no pressure on students to sign big expensive contracts.  While you are waiting for our vintage swing classes to get rolling in West Chester, check out Carousel and take some great ballroom dance lessons!  Click Here!

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To sign-up for vintage swing dance classes in West Chester, Click Here!

The Pottstown Swing Dance Remains

Swing Kat Remains a Pottstown Swing Dance Studio & Venue

It appears at least for now that Swing Kat Entertainment will remain a Pottstown swing dance studio & venue.  Over the past year it appeared that Swing Kat would be shutting the doors to it’s Pottstown swing dance venue and reopen in Spring City, Pa.  Then more recently it appeared as though the move would be to Collegeville, PA.  However, the more things change the more they remain the same.  Pottstown swing dance classes & dances will indeed remain in Pottstown for the time being.

Last Thursday with only a month and a half before our deadline to relocate an agreement was reached with the owner of 310 E High St for Swing Kat to remain in Pottstown.  Recognize the address?  Yes, the place we call the Ballroom On High, our long time home will remain our home for the foreseeable future.  This means that come March 31st we will not be out on the street again searching for any little hope we can find.  What I know at this point is that we will remain at our current location until at least the end of September and perhaps longer.  This is not a permanent fix but a welcomed calm in the midst of a storm.  Of course it makes me very happy to remain where this all started nearly 9 years ago.

Since we can breath a sigh of relief, I have shifted my focus (but only halfway) to securing locations for our satellite studio locations in West Chester & Reading as well as finding homes for our satellite dance events which will happen in Allentown & Lansdale.  However, half of my focus still remains on finding a once and for all answer to our need for a permanent location.  It again is my desire to make the statement “Pottstown swing dance” remain true as Pottstown has been our home.  There is more cooking than I can say right now, but I will let you know when the time is right. More to come…

Swing Kat In Spring City PA

Swing Kat In Spring City PA

It has been a long time since my last post on our moving process.  However what you need to know is that it may now just be a matter of time before you find Swing Kat in Spring City PA!  I have been quiet on this subject for awhile as things have been moving so slowly that there has been nothing much to say.  Also, it looked so bad for so long I didn’t want to put out a post saying we were not going to be able to find a new home.  However, it got so bad at one point that I did announce at our 8th Anniversary we would not be able to buy the building at 123 Hall St in Spring City.  But that was a few months ago.  Now for the past 3 weeks we have been riding a wave of good news that just might put Swing Kat in Spring City PA after all!

If you read some of my older posts on our moving process, you might have found a list of hurdles we needed to overcome in order to relocate Swing Kat to Mechanics Hall.  Well, around 3 weeks ago that list lost it’s biggest hurdle.  As it stands now, Swing Kat Entertainment has the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s full blessing to proceed forward on the issue of EDUs concerning Spring City’s outdated sewer system.  The fact that our usage will not at all be what the DEP would expect from a building this size has made the difference and gotten us over this hurdle.  The DEP’s concern was that we would use over 800 gallons of water in a given day.  First off our average usage will be around 285 gallons a day if we double our current usage at the new location.  The only night we would even get close to 800 gallons by their calculations is on our live band nights.  According to their calculations, we would go over 800 and up to 1000 gallons on that night.  Now you and I both know that wouldn’t happen, but we have to go by their calculations.  So, they have restricted our turnouts to 159 persons on any given day.  Getting average turnouts this fall of 200 persons or more this may seem like a problem.  However, it won’t be as we can use other facilities on nights we believe our numbers will be greater than 159.

The main point here is that only a few hurdles remain for seeing Swing Kat in Spring City PA.  The biggest one at this point is the variance hearing for our proposed parking lot.  We will need to seek relief at the variance hearing on many little issues concerning our parking lot.  The most major of which is the fact that we will not be able to create enough parking spots in our lot for the square footage of the building.  Others include driveways not being of sufficient width, requirement of paving which we can’t afford and needing tighter parking spots.  However anyone who tries to buy Mechanics Hall will face these same issues.  Thus, the hearing board has got to give somebody relief on these issues or the owners will never sell this building.  The other hurdle at this time is a requirement for full blown land development plans.  This is a very costly issue at $30-40K just to get permission to proceed.  Requirement of full blown land development plans would end our pursuit of Mechanics Hall.  However, we have a really good chance of not being required to go all the way with land development.  Requirement of partial land development would drop that bill to $7-10K.  This decision will be up to the Spring City borough council.  Council members have had some face time will me at borough meetings and have expressed a desire to see Swing Kat in Spring City PA.  That should help us make our dream of having a permanent home in Spring City a reality!

Swing Kat from Pottstown PA

Moving Swing Kat from Pottstown PA

Moving Swing Kat from Pottstown PA to Spring City is proving to be a knock down drag out fight.  However it is a fight we will endure to its end.  I had a  big meeting this week with the Spring City Borough Manager, their Engineer, their Codes Enforcer, their Lawyer, my Lawyer and my Architect.  As you can imagine, it is costly to bring a group like this together and Swing Kat is paying the bill.  Needless to say moving Swing Kat from Pottstown PA to Spring City is getting more expensive by the day.  At this meeting I learned that the cost for a yes or no answer on whether or not we can proceed with our plans is now going to cost between $10 & $15k.  I also learned about a number of more obstacles that are standing in our way.  This thousand dollar meeting has left me with more questions than I had before we had the meeting.  However, we are getting closer to the answers.

I know it has been awhile since my last update on moving Swing Kat from Pottstown PA.  The reason is that it took nearly a month to put together this meeting which finally happened yesterday.  As I said we now know about more obstacles that stand in our way.  Each one of these obstacles unfortunately has the power to stop our move of Swing Kat from Pottstown PA.   However for the first time I feel like we have clear direction on how to proceed from here.

Here are the obstacles that currently stand in our way…

1.  Because it has been 100 years since this building was last sold, the buildings zoning is listed as Un-Certified.  What we were told this could mean is that even the slightest change in Use could cause us to have to comply with much greater code issue such as elevators & sprinkler systems.

2.  Spring City has an unofficial moratorium on EDU’s right now from the Department of Environmental  Protection.  This is due to their sewer system needing to be upgraded.  They have begun this process however it will not be complete for a few years which doesn’t help us.  If the DEP requires us to have more than 1 EDU for our building it will end our ability to move forward.

3.  Because we will need parking and have plans to put in a parking lot, we need to find out if the Planning Commission will require us to submit formal plans or not.  If they do require this, the cost of preparing these plans, fees related to the process and time this process takes will all end this process for us.  The only way around this would be for us not to put in a parking lot.  However that would hurt us in our bid to get over the final obstacle.

4.  Lastly, we need to get through a variance hearing as even with our new parking lot, we won’t have the required amount of parking.  We will have roughly half the parking required by the codes book.  This is no small matter and will be a tough road.  There are more issues than just the number of parking spots.  There is also the fact we can’t provide a driveway wide enough to meet the code.  As well as the fact we can’t afford to pave the lot which is also required along with other issues.

At this point we have spent over $4,000 of the $5,077  we raised for our move this past summer.  So, I am now starting to pull money out of my own pockets, the money we were going to use to take care of the codes issues and parking lot once the borough gave us the go ahead.  So, we need to continue raising money through 50/50’s, tea shirt sales and whatever else we can think of.

Here is one more important note.  Spring City is in favor of us moving Swing Kat from Pottstown PA into their borough.  I have received nothing but kindness and well wishing from the community, the borough employees and borough council.  Many have asked how they can help and others have already helped.  Hopefully the obstacles don’t stop us.

I will continue to follow this lead to it’s end (rule #2 in partner dancing) and see where it goes.

Swing Dance Classes in Allentown

Swing Dance Classes in Allentown

Our swing dance classes in Allentown are moving.  After 3 class sessions we have found that running dance lessons in Emmaus is not going to work for us.  From the start we knew that these dance lessons should have been right in Allentown and not out in  a suburb of Allentown.  However having a good contact up in that region in Lynn Kettenburg and wanting to work with her led us outside of Allentown PA.  Unfortunately being outside of Allentown is making it difficult to increase our standing in search engines leading to low class turnouts.  Emmaus is also closer to Pottstown than we really wanted to be as more students will pick between the 2 dance studio locations.  We have also found that we need to partner with an organization that has a large following.  This is why we have partnered with the Allentown YMCA & YWCA to put of our swing dance classes in Allentown.

So now we are truly holding swing dance classes in Allentown PA as the Allentown Y is in the city of Allentown.  Though we have had trouble in running our lessons series, we have been getting nearly enough students to run our classes.  As our standing in search engines increases over the next number of months our ability to run these dance classes will be greater.  Add this to the fact we are joining with the YMCA, we should not have to cancel classes anymore!

This move is about making sure we can deliver on putting swing dance classes in Allentown.  When you sign up for class, we want you to be confident that your class will indeed run.  Our move to the Allentown YMCA will do just that.

Lansdale Swing Dance Classes

Lansdale Swing Dance Classes

Lansdale Swing Dance Classes are coming to North Penn YMCA’s Lansdale Area Family YMCA this fall!  For many years the Y in Lansdale has hosted ballroom style dance lessons through the Ballroom, Latin & Swing Dance Center run by Vivian Beiswenger.  Vivian a long time associate and friend of mine called me this past spring to let me know she was letting the program go.  This would mean that many ballroom dancers would be left without an outlet for learning dance in the Lansdale area.  She didn’t want this and thought that if anyone could pull off holding the program together it would be me.

Like I said the Y in Lansdale has been the home of ballroom style dance lessons.  So having Lansdale swing dance classes will be something new added to the mix.  In the ballroom styles of dance you have East Coast Swing and West Coast Swing, however these are not the styles we handle in Vintage swing dancing.  Our styles include Lindy Hop, Jitterbug, Balboa, Charleston and Collegiate Shag.  So Lansdale swing dance classes will be something totally new for the dancers of the Lansdale area.  Our Lansdale swing dance classes will take place on Tuesday evenings.  Be sure to keep your eyes open as we start to post these classes and give details!

We have the ballroom style dance lessons covered as well through Lynn Kettenburg of Victory Fitness & Dance Center Inc. in Emmaus PA.    Lynn has agreed to run Monday evening ballroom dance lessons for the Lansdale Area Family YMCA.  This is great news as the dancers that currently support the Y’s dance lessons are ballroom dancers.  This should help us get Lynn’s lessons off the ground quickly!

So, are you ready for Lansdale swing dance classes?  Click here for more information on our Lansdale Dance Studio.  Also be watching our Classes Page for the first scheduled classes!