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HU Update: 2/8/13

posted Feb 8, 2013, 2:39 PM by Hartford Underground

Before we tell you about the awesome of our Get Lucky Dance on Wednesday, we must extend our congratulations to Adam Dau and Mary Frederickson for taking 1st place in the Red Hot Stomp Off fast dancing challenge at the 1st Saturday dance! Supersonic swing outs FTW! 

We are excited to invite the Dig Jazz Band from New Haven to play at Shish Lounge this Wednesday at our Get Lucky Dance on February 13, 2013! In addition to sweet live music, we'll be raffling off some great prizes including a massage/facial from Massage Envy, tickets to the Bushnell, and passes to HU's I Hart Swing Weekend coming up in March! Arrive early with friends and family to partake in the 3-course dinner for a fixed price of $30. Shish will also be featuring a signature drink for this special evening! Click here for a preview of what your ears and feet are in for.

Cheers,
Diana

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1. HU Lessons: Wednesdays in February (2/6 - 2/27) from 7-8pm @ Shish
2. HU Lessons & Practice Session: Thursdays in February (2/7 - 2/28) from 7:30-9:30pm @ Downtown Yoga
3. CSDS 2nd Saturday Dance: Sat, Feb 9
4. HU presents the Get Lucky Dance feat. Dig Jazz Band at Shish: Wed, Feb 13
5. Vinnie's 4th Friday Swing & Blues with the Perseverance Jazz Band: Fri, Feb 22
6. HU presents I Hart Swing - Weekend Workshops & Dances: Sat - Sun, Mar 2-3

HU Update: 1/30/13

posted Jan 29, 2013, 9:34 PM by Hartford Underground   [ updated Jan 29, 2013, 9:34 PM ]

Have you heard of Bob, the traveling cardboard cutout who is hitchhiking his way around the States promoting the Dirty Dozen Weekend coming up at the end of April in Providence? Bob will be gracing Hartford with his presence at this Saturday's dance! What's so cool about Bob? Well, if you take a photo of yourself with Bob, you could be eligible to enter a drawing for a FREE pass to the Dirty Dozen Weekend! Check out www.dirtydozenweekend.com for more details on how to enter. Want another reason to dance with us on Saturday besides Bob, the awesome Lindy Hop Crash Course and Boot Camp during the afternoon, AND DJ Kevin Woods? We're cooking up a special fun contest with awesome prizes including passes to Vinnie's 4th Friday dance in February featuring the Perseverance Jazz Band!

Don't forget to pre-register for the February classes. We're teaching the California Routine on Thursdays before the practice hour and Swing 1A on Wednesdays before the Shish dance. And remember to clear your calendars for the Dig Jazz Band at our February 13 Shish dance!

For some lind-spiration: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kTRNQAcXhJo

Cheers,
Diana

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HU Update: 1/22/13

posted Jan 29, 2013, 9:33 PM by Hartford Underground

It's a new year and we at Hartford Underground are determined to get everyone swinging out on the right...left...correct foot! We are offering a two track workshop followed by a DJd dance. Yeah, you heard me, two simultaneous workshops. "Intermediate" dancers can bring your "Beginner/ Perfecting Beginner" friends for a great day of dancing. Note: All levels are welcome to participate in the "Solo Charleston Moves" class. Whether you're new to swing, want to refine your foundations, or looking to shiny up your dancing, we've got stuff for you! Looking ahead to the month of February, we're teaching the California Routine on Thursdays before the practice hour and Swing 1A on Wednesdays before the Shish dance. We're also happy to announce that we're bringing in the Dig Jazz Band for some live music at our February 13 dance! Start telling everyone you know!! More info below!

Here's a fun mashup of the Big Apple and the California Routine (partnered section in the middle) for your viewing pleasure: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wi9CjDwFgG8

Cheers,
Diana

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HU Update: 1/15/13

posted Jan 29, 2013, 9:31 PM by Hartford Underground   [ updated Jan 29, 2013, 9:32 PM ]

Just in case you didn't know, we've added another night of dancing in Hartford! Sharpen your swing skillzzz at our brand spankin' new practice hour, 8pm every Thursday night at Downtown Yoga! HU teachers will be available to help work things out. We'll be playing music every so often, but will keep it quiet most of the time to encourage practicing. This will be a total safe zone to exchange constructive feedback (when asked!) with your peers. Bring your notes from one of our January classes or the last workshop you went to! Don't have notes? We haz teh YouTubes to inspire you.

Start clearing your 1st Saturdays in February and March. And while you're at it, for the rest of the year. We've got plans. You will enjoy them.

Cheers,
Diana

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HU Update: 1/8/13

posted Jan 8, 2013, 7:57 PM by Hartford Underground

Need help with your resolutions? We have two classes starting up this week to help you out! For those of you looking to learn how to swing out or give your lindy hop basics a tune up, Wil Reed and Camille Fontanella will be teaching Swing 1B aka Intro to Lindy Hop on Wednesdays. Want to learn a bunch of cool solo jazz, lindy hop, partnered charleston, and balboa moves and transitions? We've got a shiny choreography class followed by an open practice session on Thursdays!

Cheers,
Diana

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HU Update: 12/4

posted Dec 4, 2012, 4:19 PM by Hartford Underground

If you love dancing to live music and sharing just how AWESOME swing dancing is with random strangers in Hartford, we've got just the opportunity for you! Join Hartford Underground at the Russian Lady in Downtown Hartford for the Holiday RAWk this Thursday! There will be food trucks, local vendors and artists, a beginner swing lesson around 9pm, and then LIVE swing music featuring the Dig Jazz Band from New Haven! While you're there rubbing elbows with new friends, you should also let them know about next week's dance at Shish that is also featuring LIVE music with Swing 39, a local gypsy jazz trio!

Don't forget about the Jitterbug Stroll Choreography Class tomorrow night and the Shim Sham Choreography Class on Dec. 12, before the live music. If you're looking to stay local this weekend, check out CSDS' 17th Annual Holiday Ball this Saturday. If you're looking for some regional swing dancing adventures, the Albany Lindy and Blues Exchange is happening this weekend and is always a good decision! There are a few carpools already heading up. If you're still looking for a ride, post in our facebook group and see if you can get another one up there!

Cheers,
Diana

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HU Update: 11/28

posted Nov 27, 2012, 10:10 PM by Diana Shiroma

Did you know that Hartford is lucky to be home to, not ONE, but TWO internationally recognized champion Balboa dancers? Did you also know that these two amazing and amazingly friendly people are teaching a Balboa Crash Course this Saturday at Downtown Yoga in Hartford? You didn't? Well, now that you know, you have no excuse not to join in on the 4 fantastic classes being taught by Javier Johnson and Nelle Cherry. No partner or experience is necessary for these classes. Don't know what balboa is? Here's Javi and Nelle killing it at this year's International Lindy Hop Championships. Enjoy the restaurants in Downtown Hartford and stick around for our 1st Saturday Dance to be held at Downtown Yoga in Hartford. Rumor has it, Jesse will be hosting a late night dance to complete the evening. Check the facebook event for more details on that front!

Want to discover another cool hangout in Downtown Hartford? Clear your calendar for next Thursday and experience the ugly sweater contest and swing dance with LIVE music by Dig Jazz Band at the Russian Lady in Downtown Hartford!

Last mention: We're canceling the Lindy 101 and 102 classes and replacing them with a Jitterbug Stroll Choreography Class on Dec. 5 and a Shim Sham Choreography Class on Dec. 12, before the live music.

Cheers,
Diana

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HU Update: 11/14/12

posted Nov 13, 2012, 10:57 PM by Hartford Underground   [ updated Nov 13, 2012, 10:57 PM ]

Gobble, gobble, gobble! The menu for HU's 3rd Annual Fakesgiving Feast is growing and looking soooooo delicious! If you're planning on attending, let us know on facebook! Non-dancing friends and family are more than welcome to join in the festivities!

This Saturday is jam packed with all sorts of dancing opportunities! If you feel like staying close to Hartford, UHartt is throwing a swing dance fundraiser for the Leukemia Lymphoma Society featuring a live big band of Hartt students and faculty! Another noteworthy happening: Wil Reed will be teaching an afternoon of swing workshops for Shoreline Swing to be followed by their 3rd Saturday dance featuring the Roger Ceresi All-Stars!

Cheers,
Diana

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HU Update: 11/06/12

posted Nov 5, 2012, 9:07 PM by Hartford Underground

We'd like to send out some kudos to Shawn and Natalya for putting on killer workshops this Saturday! If you had a chance to attend, please take a few minutes to fill out the survey below and let us know what you thought! If you didn't have a chance to attend, please take a minute to fill out the survey below and let us know what types of workshops you'd like to see in the future! A congratulations is in order for Shana Dalton for winning one month's worth of classes in her "Big Alice" costume!
 
 
For those of you who just can't wait to refine your swing outs, we're offering Lindy Hop 101 again in the month of November! (See a pattern emerging here? Don't forget about the 50% retake discount!) For those of you who want to put a little flair in their lindy hop, we're offering Lindy Hop 102 without the month long commitment!
 
Exciting things are happening in the next two weeks: Vinnie's is having their 2nd Friday Blues dance, CSDS hosts their 2nd Saturday Swing Dance, and HU is throwing the 3rd annual Fakesgiving Feast next Friday, Nov. 16! Special attention must also be paid to the upcoming Albany Lindy and Blues Exchange. Carpools are starting to form. Check out our facebook group, then get out and dance!
 
Cheers,
Diana
 
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•1. HU Lesson Series: Wed in Nov from 7-8pm @ Shish
•2. Vinnie's Swing and Blues Practicum: Mondays
•3. Vinnie's 2nd Friday Blues Classes and Dance: Fri, Nov. 9
•4. Vinnie's Blues Workshops w/Jan Marie Olownia: Sat, Nov. 10
•5. CSDS 2nd Saturday Dance: Sat, Nov. 10
•6. HU 3rd Annual Fakesgiving Feast - A Dinner and Dance Party

HU Update: 10/30/12

posted Oct 30, 2012, 8:53 PM by Hartford Underground   [ updated Oct 30, 2012, 8:53 PM ]

Shawn Hershey and Natalya Gomez are teaching Lindy and Blues Workshops this Saturday in East Hartford! For a preview of the awesome you're in for, here's a clip of Shawn dancing a spotlight performance with Amanda Gruhl at Mile High Blues in 2011. Scroll down for more details on class descriptions and pricing. We are now taking early bird registrations at our dances and via PayPal! Shawn and Natalya will also be available for private lessons on Sunday in Simsbury. One of the best ways to improve your dancing is to take a private lesson where the instructors can give you one on one attention! Prices are very reasonable, and this is an awesome opportunity to get both lead and follow perspective! You don't need a partner.

The workshops will be followed by a Haunted Dance, DJ'd by yours truly and complete with a costume contest! Reuse your costume for a chance to win a free month's worth of lessons at Shish lounge! And if you're STILL awake after all of that, we'll be continuing the dance shenanigans at the Late Night Party.

Just a reminder that we will NOT be swing dancing at Shish on Halloween. Instead, Shish will be hosting a Rocky Horror Picture Show Party complete with an open bar for the first hour! Click here for more details.

Last note before the good stuff: We are taking a break from dancing and lessons on Tuesday nights at Sidebar. Thanks to all who came out over the past few months!

Cheers,
Diana

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