• UMSwing's 20th Anniversary Open House
    Wednesday, January 22, 2020 @ 06:30 PM
    Location: Multi Purpose Room (210 University Centre), University of Manitoba
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The University of Manitoba Swing Dance Club (UMSwing) is an entirely student-run organization that operates under the umbrella of the University of Manitoba Student's Union (UMSU). UMSwing is non-profit and works towards being able to provide affordable dance lesson to students and non-students. Although the majority of members are students, UMSwing is open to everyone and boasts members of all ages and skill levels. Founded in 2000, UMSwing is celebrating over 18 years of introducing people of all ages and experiences levels to swing dancing. UMSwing welcomes anyone of any ages, even those who think they have two left feet or cannot dance, and they welcome the opportunity to prove you wrong!

Lessons and Events

UMSwing offers a large variety of lessons and social events year-round. If this is your first time learning to dance, we offer beginner lessons in Jive and Lindy Hop. For more intermediate dancers, we offer Intermediate Lindy Hop, Charleston, Balboa. Other styles that we teach include Swing Rueda, West Coast Swing, Blues, and Aerials. Whether you want to fly high with some Aerials, get a great workout from Charleston, or learn some sociable Lindy Hop, UMSwing has something for you to get you interested, having fun, and meeting new people in no time!

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It's Swingin' Time!

Hey everyone!

We hope your summer was as greatas ours! UMSwing is swingin' into fall with a jam packed schedule full of music, dancing, and learning. Keep reading for the low down on the best classes, workshops, and live music events in town.

Tabling! If you feel like dancing and you want to help us out, come down to University Centre during September 17 and 18 from 8:30am-12:30pm to dance at our table and promote UMSwing.

Fall Open House - September 25, 7:00 pm, Multi Purpose Room University Center.
Come and dance during the biggest swing dance party in Winnipeg! We'll have games, prizes, free lessons, and this year we are featuring a special performance by current students and UMSwing alumni. Bring friends, colleagues, family, and strangers off the street! Or come alone and dance the night away.

We are looking for volunteers to help us with set up, tear down, and welcoming people at the door. Please reach out to us (facebook, email, in person, etc) if you would like to volunteer!

Classes start on September 30 and will run on Monday and Wednesday evenings. We're offering Lindy Hop and then Free Practice on Mondays, and Jive and then Blues on Wednesdays. Click on our Lessons page above, or keep reading for class times and descriptions. Class locations 204 St. John's College.

Lindy Hop - Mondays 6:00 - 7:30 with Emily Sinclair
Lindy Hop is the main swing dance style, evolving from dances of the 1920's and 1930's it was at its most popular during the big band era, originating in Harlem, New York. This energetic, expressive dance is danced as a improvised partnership making it extremely fun and constantly surprising to dance - in the best way possible!

Free Practice - Mondays 7:30 - 9:00
This is a time dedicated to all of our students for practice! It doesn't matter which course(s) you are in, just come to the classroom for some free social practice with your peers! Every time you come, bring your Saturday Swingout punch card and we will punch it for you, bringing you one step closer to a free pie!

Jive - Wednesdays 6:00 - 7:30 with Joseph Pilapil
Jive is a lively dance, easy to learn and fun to do! The quick footwork is composed of simple steps and can be danced to both fast and slow tempos. In swing this dance is typically danced to rock and roll music from the 40's and the 50's. This course will be packed with moves that build on each other, to get the most out of your easy footwork!

Blues - Wednesdays 7:30 - 9:00 with Joseph Pilapil
Often danced within the same scenes as swing, Blues is not a swing dance style. Rather, the term "Blues" encompasses a family of dances stemming from African rhythms and movements, and the days of slavery. It flourished in small juke joints and house parties giving it the intimate characteristics which we see today. In Blues dancing the emphasis is mostly on your connection with the music and your partner, and improvisation.

Don't forget to come to the Open House for exclusive discounts on courses. We'll see you on September 25 at 7 pm!