We teach private lessons, group classes, and weekend workshops in Baltimore and all over the world.
Recent teaching engagements include:
Boston Tea Party (New England)
New Years Dance Extravaganza (New England)
Lindyhop Netherlands (Amsterdam, Netherlands)
Beantown Swing Camp (New England)
Swing Fling (Virginia)
Swing Fusion (New Mexico)
Castle Inn Swing (Dublin, Ireland)
Baltimore Bash (Maryland)
SwingTastic (London, England)
Hop Scotch Swing (Edinburgh, Scotland)
Mainiac Swing Dance Society (Maine)
We encourage students interested in learning technique to take private or semi-private lessons. This is your opportunity to get one-on-one feedback and change those "little things" which make a big difference in your dancing. Come alone or bring up to three others for the same rate. Email sommer for more information.
We have also performed demonstrations and shows for audiences of thousands in places such as Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, Dublin, London, Paris, and Greece and in venues such as the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall (Baltimore Symphony Orchestra solo performance), Allentown Symphony Hall (PBS Benefit with Kevin&Carla), the Somerville Theater (Artbeat Boston with Lindybaby performance group), and the Wang Center for the Performing Arts (solo performance for Burn the Floor). Email sommer if you are interested.
We have students all over the world that we haven't even met! We teach Lindy Hop, Balboa, and Collegiate Shag online and through CD-ROM media which is platform independent (will work on any computer). Click here to browse them.
Collegiate Shag, or Double Shag, is a bouncy thirties dance that's great for fast music. You can use shag steps to spice up your lindy hop and transition between these dances midsong. It has a six-count basic step.
Balboa is a smooth Southern California dance that's frequently danced to fast music but also works well with slower tunes and latin tunes. It has an eight-count basic step. If you've ever had to sit one out that was "too fast" then you need Balboa; it can be danced up to about 350 bpm, about twice as fast as standard lindy tempos.