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2011-06: Restriction Digest: Hopkins Dance Swing Dance Lesson Series

posted Dec 19, 2011, 9:40 AM by Dance Hopkins

Title: Swing Dance with Hopkins Dance
Author: Kate Flores

For the Spring 2011 semester, Hopkins Dance hosted another free beginner dance lesson series—the third such series organized by Hopkins Dance—that was sponsored by the GSA. This semester’s series featured East Coast-style swing dance and was taught by Cassie Wicken of Charm City Swing, giving the series a Johns Hopkins touch. Charm City Swing is a Baltimore-based swing dance organization that was co-founded by Dr. Dory Segev, a surgeon and professor at Johns Hopkins, and Cassie works as a research assistant at Johns Hopkins.

Around 20 to 30 attendees came each week for four weeks in March and April to learn swing dance at the Daily Grind at the junction of Broadway and Ross Research Buildings. Each week, Cassie reviewed old steps and taught new steps, gave lesson attendees time to practice each step with various dance partners, and finished the evening with open dancing. In May, several members of Hopkins Dance attended and enjoyed one of Charm City Swing’s weekly Friday night swing dance socials.

In addition to an immersion in swing dance this past semester, Hopkins Dance organized free salsa dance socials at the Homewood campus on the first and third Sundays of each month.

If you want to be updated about next year’s dance adventures with Hopkins Dance, you can e-mail and request to be added to our mailing list. In addition, you can visit our website at

2011-01: Restriction Digest: Hopkins Dance Fall 2010 Latin Dance Lesson Series

posted Dec 19, 2011, 9:36 AM by Dance Hopkins

Title: Latin Dance with Hopkins Dance
Author: Kate Flores

Hopkins Dance is an organization for Johns Hopkins affiliates who love—surprise—dancing. Last year, we held a successful free beginner dance lesson series in Fall 2009 that sampled various dance styles. This year, we followed with another free beginner dance lesson series—this time, with beginner Latin dance lessons for Fall 2010. Niss Albaig and Mike Fok of Salsa Now guided over 100 lesson attendees each week through the Latin dance styles of cha cha cha, bachata, salsa, and rueda at the third floor Daily Grind in Ross Research Buildings on Wednesday evenings. Following the end of the lesson series, we gave people the chance to use their newfound Latin dance knowledge at a salsa dance outing to Mustang Alley's.

Hopkins Dance's plans for the Spring 2011 semester include free open salsa dancing at the Homewood campus on the first and third Sundays of the month, starting on January 16. To receive e-mail reminders about this next round of dancing and other events, please send an e-mail to and request to be added to our mailing list. In addition, you can visit our website—which is regularly updated—at

We'd like to thank the GSA for funding our major initiative of Fall 2010—the beginner Latin dance lesson series—and hope that whoever had the chance to attend the lessons enjoyed them! Whether you're a new or returning face to Hopkins Dance events, we invite you to join us for plenty of dancing in Spring 2011.

2010-01: Restriction Digest: Hopkins Dance Fall 2009 Lesson Series

posted Dec 12, 2009, 4:24 PM by Issel Anne Lim   [ updated Dec 19, 2011, 9:37 AM by Dance Hopkins ]

Title: Hopkins Dance: Fall 2009 Lessons -- A Sampling of Various Styles
Authors: Issel Lim and Aggy Djamanakova

If you happened to be at the School of Public Health on a Wednesday evening this past semester, you might have heard music, shuffling, tapping, and stomping near the ninth floor cafeteria. These sounds were part of the free dance lessons that were organized by Hopkins Dance, a student-run organization that promotes various types of partner-style and social dancing. We were originally founded as "JHMI Dance," but have now expanded to include all members of the Johns Hopkins University community. Our lessons were taught by both JHU students and local professional dance instructors. We introduced over 150 people to different types of social dancing, including swing, salsa, bachata, rueda, step, breakdancing, and country line dancing. The attendance and enthusiasm emphasize the growing interest in social dance activities in the Hopkins community.

This past semester, we also arranged a Hopkins Dance group discount for outings at Zen West and Talara, where we were able to show off our salsa moves. Hopkins Dance will be organizing several more lessons and social outings for our members to use their newly acquired steps and styles, so join the mailing list and come on out! After all, practice makes perfect.

For pictures, scheduled events, and information on dancing around campus and in Baltimore, please check out our website, If you are interested in joining our mailing list, organizing outings, teaching a class, or suggesting other activities, please email us via

Many thanks to the GSA for sponsoring our Fall 2009 Lesson Series, and to all of the people who have made these Wednesday evenings so much fun!

Photographs from our salsa lesson and from our country line dancing lesson:

2009-07: Restriction Digest: JHMI Dance Press Release

posted Dec 12, 2009, 4:21 PM by Issel Anne Lim   [ updated Dec 19, 2011, 9:37 AM by Dance Hopkins ]

Title: JHMI Dance
Author: Aggy Djamanakova

JHMI Dance, in collaboration with the JHU Ballroom Dance Club, hosted a Salsa Dance Workshop on July 8, 2009 on the Homewood Campus. The workshop featured beginner and advanced lessons taught by Niss Albaig of the Salsa Now dance studio ( based in Pikesville, MD.

Over 60 students attended the lessons, including brave beginners and seasoned salsa veterans. The beginner lessons taught rhythm, basic steps, and turns. The advanced lesson allowed students of all levels to try more complicated combinations. At the end of the evening, many of the participants had discovered a new hobby and expressed an interest in having weekly salsa lessons established on campus.

JHMI Dance was initiated in 2008 by biomedical engineering PhD students Aigerim (Aggy) Djamanakova and Issel Anne Lim, in order to emphasize cultural diversity and enrich graduate student life through dancing. This past year, JHMI Dance has gathered groups of students to explore salsa venues around Baltimore, including last semester's discounted lessons at The Ark and this summer's excursions to open dancing at Talara. In the future, JHMI Dance hopes to organize more dancing workshops, discounted lessons, and informal outings. For more information about JHMI Dance and for links to mailing lists, please see the JHMI Dance website:

The Salsa Dance Workshop was sponsored by the GSA. Thanks to all who attended!

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