The sound of swing dance music is not what you expect to hear at Alma del Tango in Marin. But now on Tuesday nights, you can learn East Coast Swing and Lindy Hop with instructor Jasmine Worrell. The high energy class which started on July 5th had everyone smiling, those who have danced swing before and those who were total newbies.
Why swing dance at the tango studio?
It’s a natural fit, actually. Jasmine, who is dancing with Tango Con*Fusion in their new season, is a long-time swing dancer and teacher. “I have a wonderful relationship with Alma del Tango,” she says. “I love everything about it and wanted to do more with that community.”
What some Alma del Tango dancers may not know is that Debbie Goodwin had been a swing dance teacher before tango entered her life. She created the highly successful “Rugcutter” dance program in Auburn, California which focused on teen-agers. Her classes in social swing, performance skills, jazz technique and choreography for vocal performers were extremely popular.
Come swing with us!
All levels are welcome. In Week 1 you’ll learn the basics and over the course of four weeks you’ll learn three to four new patterns. You’ll be dancing before you know it!
“Swing is a totally different energy, it’s more casual,” says Jasmine. “Tango is moodier, more serious. It brings a different relationship.” Lindy is a little more challenging, explains Jasmine. “The follower is circling around the leader, while in East Coast Swing, you mirror your partner.”
Private lessons available
Want to go more in depth? Jasmine offers private lessons before or after class to review material and help you advance faster. Speak to her about scheduling a private or semi private.
Starting soon, Alma del Tango will include a few sets of swing music during our monthly Milonga. And, watch for news of a monthly swing dance at the studio!
Learn more about Swing classes at Alma del Tango
Meet Jasmine Worrell
“Jasmine’s swing dance class is so much fun! She’s a terrific teacher, breaks it down for each
student to make sure they are comfortable with the pattern before moving on. Everyone had a
smile on their face.”