Swing and social dance blog for the Seattle area and the North Fork Valley, Colorado. Mark Willson and Margot Richardson, members of the Savoy Swing Performance Troupe, offer lessons locally in Seattle, Shoreline and points north, and Paonia, the North Fork Valley and Delta. Dance forms include 6 count Swing, Lindy Hop, Waltz, and Salsa!
Also offering classes young dancers, as well as private lessons. We collaborate with our pal and mentor, Jodi Fleischman at Left Foot Boogie.
Our friend David Jacobson made this promo video especially for us, in Paonia, Colorado during Cherry Days! David crafts wonderful films to promote business of all sizes. Find him at: cowordsandpictures.com
* 2 weeks of Wednesday Swing Playshops + The P-Town Stomp! *
A Saturday Night Social Dance
Here's the scoop, dancers of the North Fork Valley and beyond!
We're coming to Paonia for 2 weeks of dancing fun at the Blue Sage. Jump in,
and Swing Out! Polish and expand your dance skills, just in time for summertime
dancing. Imagine all kinds of fun!
2 levels of Playshops, for two Wednesdays * June 24 and July 1
Swing into Lindy
for beginning dancers, and experienced dancers looking to refresh your swing skills
6:30 – 8 * June 24 and July 1st
Learn from scratch or brush up on the fun-damentals of the original American swing dance! We'll teach you the basic 6-count Swing steps, cool transitions, the lead / follow roles, and how to create great connection with each other on the dance floor. Lindy Hop, the original form of Swing, is very versatile, and can be danced to everything from Rock 'n Roll to Bluegrass to vintage Big Band music. Have you always wanted to join the fun of partner dance and Swing? Or need to polish these skills? Dust off your shoes and jump in!
Dancers can drop in for one or both weeks, but we highly recommend
coming for both.
Lindy Hop and Solo Jazz Intermediate
for dancers familiar with 6 count swing and partner connection
8 – 9:30 * June 24 and July 1st
Expand your skills, enhance your style and connection, and learn new combinations!
Lindy Hop components include 6-count Swing, Lindy swing out, and Charleston rhythms. We'll give you a taste of all 3, using playful combinations that easily stretch your dance expression. Warm ups will include elements of solo jazz, which can be mixed into your partner swing or danced on your own.
Come for one or both weeks, or ideally, all 4 Playshops, for a really solid experience of fun skill building and swing connection. We'll help you refine your fundamentals and stretch them into new grooves, as you move yourself to the next level.
About the instructors: Mark Willson and Margot Richardson are members of the Savoy Swing Performance troupe which specializes in Lindy Hop; avid social dancers, and part-time P-Town residents currently making their home base in Seattle. Friendliness and humor are trademarks of their instructional style. They love watching their students light up with the joy of social dance!
Paid in advance:
(Cash or check, received by the Blue Sage on or before Tuesday, June 23rd)
$ 12 per class = 1.5 hours of instruction and fun!
Or $ 22 for two weeks of one class = 3 hours of instruction and fun!
Or the Whole Enchilada Pass!
$ 40 for two weeks of two classes = 6 hours of instruction and fun, PLUS free entrance to the Saturday night dance, aka
The P-Town Stomp! onJune 27th 7 – 10 p.m.
Drop in: $14 per class for 1.5 hours of instruction and fun!
Location: The Blue Sage Center for the Arts, Paonia, Colorado
Dates: Two Wednesdays, June 24th and July 1st
Private lessons are available during these two weeks, June 23 – July 3, at reasonable rates. Topics can include 6-count Swing, Lindy Hop finesse, Waltz, Salsa level 1 or 2, Solo Jazz, Wedding Dance, and Manifesting the Life You're Dreaming Of through Dance. Please contact Margot at email@example.com for more information and pricing, or find us on Facebook at Delicious Dance for details.
The P-Town Stomp!
Saturday night social dance, open to everyone!
June 27th * 7– 10 p.m. * $ 7
Social dancing in Swing, Blues, Salsa, Waltz and More!
Free lesson in Swing from 7 – 7:30.
Mini lessons in Salsa and Waltz offered during the dance, and of course, a Birthday Circle! Only $7 buys you an evening of fabulous dance and schmoozing with long-time and brand new friends. We'll play a mix of the finest dance music available for Swing, Blues, Salsa, Two Step, Waltz and even a polka or two. No partner needed. Bring clean, smooth-soled shoes, a water bottle, and a delicious snack to share if you can.
All ages and abilities welcome; this is a community social dance where
cross-generational dancing is encouraged, and anyone can Lead or Follow.
"We were looking to take private lessons in Lindy Hop and were referred to Mark and Margot. What a find! Instead of one instructor – we got a team! From our first lesson, it’s been awesome. Mark and Margot are incredibly encouraging and make dancing a TON of fun. Their enthusiasm is simply contagious! It’s a huge benefit to work with a team – you see the steps demonstrated, and both the lead and follow can try out the steps with the instructor as well as their partner. We feel like we hit the jackpot with you two!"--Jordana and TJ Sweet! Thanks, Jordana and TJ, you make teaching dance so rewarding.
This is Mark and I performing with our dance troupe, the Savoy Swing Performance Troupe, led by Guy Caridi. Taken while we were in costume, at the Leavenworth Folk Festival.
For all classes and One Pop workshops you can register at the door. No partner needed. Bring non-marking shoes and a water bottle, and we'll see you there!
JAN/ FEB 2015
Mark and I will be teaching Swing, Waltz, and likely a "Swing Rueda" reunion class during these winter months. Now's the time to bring more light and more joy into your life on the dance floor. See below for details, and check Left Foot Boogie for more dance fun.
5 Wednesdays: CREATIVE TOPICS IN SWING! Creative Topics: 7:30 - 9:00 pm Perfect for Swing 2 & 3 Level Dancers: Come on out further your skills, laugh, dance, dance, dance & Be challenged! Drop-in for an eve, more, or come to all five... Jan 14 - Swing Fast - Mark & Margot Jan 21 - Swing Slow - Mark, & Margot Jan 28 - Swing Fast / Swing Slow -Jodi & Wren Feb 4 - Double Time Swing - Jodi & Partner Feb 11 - Creative Moves, Style & Rhythm- Jodi & Wren
Hi there, dancing friends, Yes, we're back in Seattle again, settled into our sweet home in Shoreline. It's great to be back in close proximity to our son Linus, the Richardson side of the family, and so many close friends, many of whom are dancers, too. We've also rejoined the Savoy Swing Performance Troupe, led by Guy Caridi. And we're helping out with Jodi's productions and classes at Left Foot Boogie. So look for us dancing around the Seattle area, and we'll add new pictures soon. Affectionately, Margot and Mark