NEW SWING DANCE CLASSES
New Hilo Hep Cats’ Lindy Hop lessons begin Monday, September 19 at Aloha Wellness Center, 239 Haili Street (corner of Haili and Kapiolani, across from St. Joseph’s Church.) The 6 week series runs through October 24.
Six week session for $35; additional sessions $25 each. Bring a friend (who has not taken classes from the Hep Cats before) for a session at full price, and get your session for only $20. $10 drop-in per class.
7:00 p.m. Intermediate Lindy Hop, for those comfortable with the swingout; learn new moves while focusing on connection, momentum and technique. We'll review the lessons from the Lisa & Fabien workshop: sailor kicks, swingout variations, moves from side to side and pop turns. Then we'll continue working on the California routine.
8:00 p.m. Beginning 8-Count Lindy Hop: Beginners welcome; experience with 6-count Lindy (or East Coast Swing) or other partner dances is helpful but not necessary. Learn Lindy’s iconic move, the Swingout, as well as other 8-count moves and rhythms. As always, we emphasize connection and partner communication.
NEW BLUES AND CHARLESTON DANCE CLASSES
7:00 p.m. Blues Dance Fundamentals: Suitable for beginners as well as those with Blues dance experience. Each class covers a different technique or movement, making this session suitable for drop-ins. No partner required. We'll review moves from the Lisa & Fabien workshop: breakaways, tango-inspired moves, stretching and fancy feet.
8:00 p.m. Level 2 Charleston: Build on the footwork for jockey, tandem and face-to-face Charleston positions to learn new moves and rhythms. Additional topics may include solo and 1920s styling.
Saturday, October 22 - JAZZ MELE at The Hilo Town Tavern - 6:00-9:00
Special guests: guitarist Fred Hee and drummer Joy McCluer. Also Robin Jensen on sax, Gonzo on bass and Lou Ann on vocals. Good fun guaranteed!
The Hilo Town Tavern
First Friday at East Hawaii Cultural Center with Blues Dancing and food trucks! Come dance on the EHCC lanai across from Kalakaua Park to music DJd by the Hilo Hep Cats. No charge! No experience needed to have fun!
October 15: Join us upstairs at 7:00 p.m. for a beginner-friendly swing dance lesson, and stay from 8:00-10:00 for DJ'ed dance music! Regular entry sliding scale $8-$15, or only $5 if you bring a pupu to share. Kids 12 and under are always free, and if this is your first Swinging Saturday, bring an image of the pass at left to get in free.
The Hilo Elks Lodge is at 150 Kinoole Street in downtown Hilo, but the parking and entrance is in the back, off Ululani Street (just past the YWCA, which is on the corner of Haili and Ululani.) No partner needed--but bring a friend anyway!
PRICING OPTIONS for Swinging Saturday:
The Hilo Hep Cats' Twitter account just went live! Along with our email lists, website, Facebook page and Facebook group, Hep Cats on Twitter is yet another way to get the latest Hawaii Island dance news, as well as cool dance videos and other fun stuff!
There are two options for connecting with us on Facebook:
- Join the Hilo Hep Cats group at www.facebook.com/groups/hilohepcats/
- "Like" our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/pages/Hilo-Hep-Cats/173342389396001
Either way, you'll get updated information on our events and activities. Check it out!