World Dance Champions
Marcus & Baerbl
March 31-April 1, 2017
Come join us for a mini-workshop with Marcus and Baerbl! Featuring classes in Lindy Hop, Balboa and Boogie Woogie, and social dancing on Friday and Saturday nights.
No partners needed! Beginners welcome at designated classes.
April 15: Swinging Saturday 1950’s Sock Hop! Jive to the music of the doo-wop, rockabilly and jitterbug era! Costumes encouraged! Games, contests, and special events! Entry is sliding scale $8-$15 (pay what’s right for you!) Only $5 with a pupu. Kids 12 and under always 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 anywa
NOTE: all participants in Swinging Saturdays are guests of the Elks, which is a private club. One or more host Elks will always be in attendance at our events. Be assured that everyone who comes is welcome and will be hosted by an Elk.
Can you believe it? We’ve entered the 4th year of Swinging Saturdays at the Elks—and they’re getting more fun all the time!
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.
NEW BALBOA AND "FLAIRS" CLASSES
7:00 p.m. Beginning Balboa: A unique swing style native to S. California, Balboa features quick, shuffling footwork and an upright posture with a close embrace. Particularly well suited for fast music, it is fun and elegant at slower tempos. Expand your swing dancing to jazz tunes and even other genres (Hawaiian!) which are well suited to this style. Beginning dancers welcome. No partner needed.
8:00 p.m. Flairs and Flourishes: Liven up your dancing with these easy but flashy moves! Lunges, fancy dips, and basic lifts like the Frog Jump can be handled by nearly any dancer with a reasonable fitness level and core stability. We especially encourage leads to attend!
NEW SWING DANCE CLASSES
New Hilo Hep Cats’ Lindy Hop lessons begin Monday, March 20 at Aloha Wellness Center, 239 Haili Street (corner of Haili and Kapiolani, across from St. Joseph’s Church.)
Six week session for $35; discounts for multiple classes and if you bring a new student. Drop-ins $10.
7:00 p.m. Intermediate Lindy Hop: For those who are comfortable with the swingout, continue to learn moves, styling, connection and momentum!
8:00 p.m. Beginning 6 Count Lindy Hop: The most basic style of swing (similar to East Coast Swing and Jitterbug), we welcome all new dancers and those wanting to add Lindy to their dance repertoire! No partner necessary.
Special Swing Night at Wainaku Executive Center, featuring The Jazztones! No cover charge; pupu, crafts and libations available for purchase. Parking is limited. Wainaku Executive Center is at 26-238 Hawaii Belt Road, just outside of Hilo as you head toward Hamakua. Dancing will be outside on the partially-covered lanai; expect concrete/tile floor and a fabulous sunset view of Hilo Bay.
Friday, March 31 - JAZZ MELE at The Hilo Town Tavern - 6:00-9:00
Please help us welcome special guest Amy Lee on Sax. Her claim to fame is a 15-year stint with Jimmy Buffet - plus lots of other great gigs. It’s gonna be fun! Alex Czerny - piano, Gonzo - bass, and Lou Ann - vocals. Drummer - TBA.
The Hilo Town Tavern
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:
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