Monday Night Swing Classes

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 Hopfor 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.  

 

Tuesday Night Blues and Charleston Dance Classes

NEW BLUES AND CHARLESTON DANCE CLASSES

 
New Hilo Hep Cats’ Blues and Charleston classes begin Tuesday, September 20 at Aloha Wellness Center, 239 Haili Street (corner of Haili and Kapiolani, across from St. Joseph’s Church.) The 6 week session runs through October 25.
 
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. 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.

 

Jazz Mele at Hilo Town Tavern

Date: 
Repeats every month on the Saturday until Sun Oct 23 2016 except Sat Jun 25 2016.
Sat, 01/23/2016 - 18:00 - 21:00
Sat, 02/27/2016 - 18:00 - 21:00
Sat, 03/26/2016 - 18:00 - 21:00
Sat, 04/23/2016 - 18:00 - 21:00
Sat, 05/28/2016 - 18:00 - 21:00
Sat, 07/23/2016 - 18:00 - 21:00
Sat, 08/27/2016 - 18:00 - 21:00
Sat, 09/24/2016 - 18:00 - 21:00
Sat, 10/22/2016 - 18:00 - 21:00

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

Hilo's hottest getaway for live music!
168 Keawe St.   935-2171
 
Full Bar!  Chicken Wings, Nachos, Salads & More!  Dancing! No Cover!

JAZZ MELE - MUSIC TO GET YA MOVIN'
Classic Jazz Standards, Swing, Latin, Boogie-Woogie, and Jump Blues

 

First Friday at EHCC

Date: 
Fri, 10/07/2016 - 17:00 - 21:00

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!  The food trucks are open from 5:00 p.m.  Music will start at 6:00 or 6:30, and continue to 8:30 or 9:00—details TBA.  No experience needed to have fun!

Swinging Saturday at the Elks

Date: 
Repeats every month on the Saturday and on the Saturday until Sun Oct 16 2016 except Sat Jan 02 2016, Sat Sep 03 2016.
Sat, 04/02/2016 - 19:00 - 22:00
Sat, 04/16/2016 - 19:00 - 22:00
Sat, 05/07/2016 - 19:00 - 22:00
Sat, 05/21/2016 - 19:00 - 22:00
Sat, 06/04/2016 - 19:00 - 22:00
Sat, 06/18/2016 - 19:00 - 22:00
Sat, 07/02/2016 - 19:00 - 22:00
Sat, 07/16/2016 - 19:00 - 22:00
Sat, 08/06/2016 - 19:00 - 22:00
Sat, 08/20/2016 - 19:00 - 22:00
Sat, 09/17/2016 - 19:00 - 22:00
Sat, 10/01/2016 - 19:00 - 22:00
Sat, 10/15/2016 - 19:00 - 22:00
The Hilo Hep Cats host an introductory swing lesson followed by a DJ'd dance party every 1st and 3rd Saturday at the Hilo Elks Lodge, 7-10 p.m.!  Bring a copy or photo of the poster on the left to get your first night free--and please print and post the poster somewhere public so everyone knows about our Swinging Saturdays and can join in the fun.
 
October 1: Swinging Saturday with Jazz Mele! Live music with Jazz Mele playing our favorite jump blues, swing, jazz standards, latin and other great dance music.  Come for the beginner-friendly lesson at 7:00 p.m. and stay for dancing from 8:00 to 10:00.  Entry is sliding scale, $10-$20, whatever is right for you, or only $5 if you bring a pupu to share.  Kids 12 and under are always free. Sorry, for this event we are not accepting first night free passes.

 

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:

Your first night is free!  Bring one of the cards we've been distributing, or print out the card at left (or an image on your phone). Yes, this deal applies even to our special theme nights.
Discount if you bring a pupu to share!  Your entry is only $5 if you bring a goodie for our snack table.
Regular entry is by sliding scale, $8-$15, whatever is right for you. Kids 12 and under are always free.

 

Hilo Hep Cats are now on Twitter!

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!

 
Our Twitter handle is @HiloSwing; even if you don't have a Twitter account you can access the latest Hep Cats tweets at https://twitter.com/hiloswing.

Hilo Hep Cats on Facebook!

There are two options for connecting with us on Facebook:

Either way, you'll get updated information on our events and activities. Check it out!

 

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