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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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.

Allentown Area Swing Dance Classes

Allentown Area Swing Dance Classes

Allentown Area Swing Dance Classes are back!   Time to get on board and have fun like never before.  Our Allentown area Swing Dance Classes are run in Emmaus PA at the Victory Fitness & Dance Center.  This Allentown area dance studio is the perfect size for our small group dance class.  Plus there are is a large mirror so that you can see how you are doing!  To view and sign up for our Allentown area Swing Dance Classes simply click this link… Click Here!

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We started our satellite location for  Allentown area Swing Dance Classes back in May of 2014.  It takes time to get a new studio off the ground.  However our vary first class series was nearly packed to capacity!   We are looking to keep these classes at capacity so that you will have more fun and meet new people in our Allentown dance studio.  Join us for the time of your life!

Schedule Change for Dance Classes near Allentown PA

The best laid plans of mice and men often come across road blocks that demand a detour.  That is the case for our swing dance classes near Allentown PA scheduled to start in mid-May.  As it turns out, I have found out that there is a group 20 minutes from our Allentown area location (Emmaus PA) meeting in Fountain Hill PA which is also doing vintage swing dance related events.  I first heard of their operation about 3 weeks ago now.  However I had trouble finding information on their dance classes near allentown pa and figured that it was just a ballroom dance studio giving some vintage swing lessons.  So I was not very concerned about moving forward and planned to stay the course.  However, last weekend I found out that was not the case.  The couple putting on these events are vintage swing dancers all the way!  Since our classes were scheduled for Thursday nights & their events have been happening on Thursday night for the past 2 years, I have decided to change our dance classes near allentown pa to another night.  It is the right thing to do.

The world of vintage swing dancing is very small compared to the world of ballroom dancing.  Those of us who work hard to give the rest of you places to enjoy such activities need to work together.  For this reason and the fact that having both Swing Kat and this group in the Allentown area only makes vintage swing stronger in that region, we will be switching our night.

I have spoken with Lynn Kettenburg of Victory Fitness & Dance as well as our instructor Michael Clemmer and we were able to come up with a night that works.  So, now with a month and a half to go until the big show our classes have been moved to Monday evenings.  I hope you can make it if you are from the Allentown area!  Classes start on May 12th 2014!

Swing Dance Studio coming to Allentown PA

Swing Dance Studio Emmaus PA

Plans have been underway since the end of 2013 to have satellite swing dance studio locations throughout the greater Philadelphia area.  This has long been an idea floating in the back of my head, however it took extreme circumstances to bring about this awesome new direction for Swing Kat! After much planning and work, I am very happy to announce our first satellite dance studio location just south of Allentown Pa.  Our swing dance studio home for the Allentown region will be located in Emmaus PA where miss Lynn Kettenburg runs Victory Fitness & Dance Center Inc.  Lynn has been a long time partner with Swing Kat in the area of ballroom dancing.  However Lynn also teaches children’s Tap, Jazz and Ballet classes.  Lynn is an incredible dance instructor and a truly delightful person to work with. Lynn currently teaches the ballroom styles of dance in partnership with Swing Kat at the Sunnybrook Ballroom.  She has now opened her doors to us to come use her dance studio for vintage swing dance classes on Thursday evenings!  I know many great dance professionals in the Allentown area, but I can’t think of a better person to partner with in this region.

You may ask, “Who will be teaching these dance lessons?”.  It is a fair question.  Obviously with 7 total locations planned to open in the next calendar year I can’t be the instructor at every studio.  However I have been in talks with some of the greatest dancers/instructors from around the Philly region!  One of these instructors is our very own home grown dancer Michael Clemmer!  Michael’s bio can now be found on our instructors page.  Michael knows how to keep things fun while giving valuable insight to his students.  Anyone who lives in the Allentown area is in for a real treat having Michael as their instructor.

Our Allentown area classes start on May 15th 2014!  The first 5 week series is one that most people reading this blog don’t need to take, however Introduction To Swing Part #2 starting on Thursday June 19th in Emmaus would be great for even experienced swing dancers.  Take a look at what we will be offering on our dance syllabus page and get excited about dance lessons in Allentown!

Swing Dance Lessons Around The Philadelphia Region

Swing Dance Lessons

HOW WE GOT HERE…
How did we come to a new focus on swing dance lessons?  Swing Kat Entertainment has just come out of a large transition which has forced us to re-examine our mission in the greater Philadelphia area.  When Swing Kat was founded in August of 2006 the goal was simple, make a place to dance an hour north of Philly where I (Faryl) lived. Driving to Philadelphia, York Pa and Washington DC just to go dancing for a night was really starting to wear on me but my love for swing dancing & Swing dance lessons was not fading.  My closest option was the Philadelphia Swing Dance Society in Mt Airy.  Often this drive took between 55 & 75 minutes due to heavy traffic.  The drive home was often a sleepy accident waiting to happen.  But nothing compared to the drives home from York or Washington DC.  Thus Swing Kat was born!

At the beginning Swing Kat was all about holding swing dance events not swing dance lessons (other than the swing dance lessons before each dance event).  However due to the fact we had a monthly rent to pay and that the Ballroom On High mostly sat empty throughout the week, we soon expanded our program to include swing dance lessons, then ballroom dance & 1st Friday Mix events, then ballroom dance classes, then salsa & country dance events, then salsa classes and Argentine Milonga Dances.  In the end we added private rentals of our beautiful facility and split everything that didn’t swing from Swing Kat and re-organized it under Ballroom On High LLC.

With our move from the Ballroom On High came a new chapter and a whole new set of ideas and directions in which to go.  No longer was it possible to hold weekly swing dance events due to our high standard in venue choices and the cost with which they could be secured.  It was time to seek out a new direction and formulate new ideas for the future of Swing Kat Ent.

Swing Dance lessons in your area!

Swing Kat Entertainment’s goal still remains the same, to provide swing dance events in the Pottstown region.  This goal is met through our 1st Saturday DJed Swing Dances & our 3rd Saturday Live Band Events.  However, our goal has expanded in the area of swing dance lessons and classes.  Our goal between now and January 2015 is to add 6 new locations where you can learn to swing dance!  We know that many in our dance family cannot make it to our dance lessons in Pottstown during the week or on Tuesday nights. Many of you drive to Pottstown the way I used to drive to Philly for our events.  So, Pottstown is just to far for most of you.  However, If you live within 90 minutes of Pottstown (which most of you do) you will now have Swing Kat swing dance lessons within 45 minutes of where you live!  The towns in which you will find us by January of 2015 are as follows; Allentown, Ardmore, Reading, West Chester, New Holland and Souderton!

By June of 2014, our first two new dance studios will open.  We have already secured a facility in Emmaus near Allentown and in a new dance studio opening in Ardmore hopefully.  Our instructors for these locations have been selected and will be announced shortly.  We currently have been in talks with a total of 4 dance instructors who are all on board to make this new direction for Swing Kat a reality! That makes 5 really awesome dancers/instructors who not only know their stuff, but know how to teach it as well.

Hope to see you in class by 2015!