Dancing With the Stars!

In Flight Entertainment, Austin Dancer, Photo by loudtiger, Flickr. CC 2.0 Attribution.

In Flight Entertainment, Austin Dancer, Photo by loudtiger, Flickr. CC 2.0 Attribution.

No, I don’t mean the stars from the hit tv series but you, yes, you sitting and reading this post right now! Dancing is a wonderful art, a great way to meet new people and learn a little more about other cultures. Here is the best part: Austin has a whole bunch of cheap, even free, ways to get your groove on!

Austin Uptown Dancing has a free workshop on April 30th in two step, swing and salsa. No partners are necessary. A Jack and Jill competition on April 26th for dance partners who want to challenge their lead and follow skills is a great opportunity for people who already have some dancing experience. Entry fee is only $2 per person. Check out other upcoming events at Uptown here.  Their weekly events include lots of workshops and classes and almost all of them are no more than $6-7! Here are maps to their North and South locations.

Austin Swing Syndicate is a great resource for swing lovers. It is a non-profit community of dancers and they promote swing, lindy and hip hop dancing in Austin. I personally think swing dance is the most fun for groups and couples because it is simple and the music is upbeat and cheerful. It is a great beginners dance too. With an annual membership of only $25 with the Syndicate, you can get free classes every Thursday. Their events have entry fees of only $2-5. See their calender here. Also, see some reviews about it at Yelp.

Four on the Floor is a similar organization for swing and lindy dancing. They won the award for the Austin Chronicle’s Best NonCommital Swing Lessons in 1998. Both the Swing Syndicate and Four on the Floor meet at The Texas Federation of Women’s Club Mansion, better known as The Fed, for their events. Directions here.

Greater Austin Dancers is a great way to keep up-to-date on all the dancing events in town. Check out their calender of current and future events here. Join their list serve for regular updates about Dancing in Austin this week. They maintain a useful list of dance studios, organizations and community centers for dance in Austin.

If shyness has kept you from dancing in the moonlight, try out a couple of steps in front of a mirror. After all, dancing is all about confidence and having a good time! Check out this how-to video for salsa.

Post by Simrat Sharma

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3 responses to “Dancing With the Stars!

  1. Excellent encouragement!
    Dancing is just expresing music through movement.

    Anthony on the video does a great job.

  2. If there’s one thing I wish I was good at, it’s dancing. But it’s nice to know there is a whole lot of options around Austin should I shed my shyness and try to improve!

  3. I love swing dancing! These places sound like so much fun. I have taken a few swing dance lessons before and just one lesson makes a world of difference. I need to take it back up and learn some new moves!

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