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Lindy Hop Balboa Jazz Classes Philadelphia

RagTag offers swing dance classes including Lindy Hop, Balboa, and Authentic Jazz in Philadelphia.

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Jazz Era / Swing Dance Classes in Philadelphia 

Our teaching puts its arms around LGBQT+ love and identity, as well as all body types, abilities, and ages. 


Solo Jazz: Sundays at Urban Movement Arts 4:30 - 5:30 pm

Solo Jazz  with Lily Kind! Solo JazzSolo Jazz refers to black vernacular dances styles ranging from Cake Walk and Charleston to Be-bop and early rock and roll. It indicates dancing without a partner (rather than dancing with a partner, like Lindy Hop). Unlike Broadway Jazz, it has no influences from ballet. Solo Jazz can be  improvised or choreographed. It ranges from sly and slinky to aerobic and goofy.

Solo Jazz: $10/$15 Drop In — no start/stop dates, just drop in anytime!

$40 Intro Month: Unlimited classes!  + class card packages available at www.urbanmovementarts.com


Lindy Hop Fundamentals: Sundays at Urban Movement Arts 5:30 - 6:30 pm

Starting a New 6 week series on SUNDAY AUGUST 25. A Series (8 count moves/ Swing out focused)

Beginner Swing: $65/ 6 WEEK SERIES   REGISTER ONLINE ! Includes 2 free drop in classes (try solo jazz!) and pizza party practice on last day of class.

Ragtag teaches the original Swing dance, otherwise known as Lindy Hop. Lindy Hop was created by young black teenagers in Harlem in the 1930's. Lindy Hop is danced with a partner to classic big band music, swampy New Orleans jazz ,or even Motown.

Lindy Hop Fundamentals A & B teaches basic 6 and 8 count footwork, leading and following skills, musicality, and a dash of history. The ‘A’ Series focuses on swing outs. The ‘B’ series focuses on other foundational movements. Both A and B are for total beginners! It's okay to feel like you have two left feet. We recommend you take A & B, plus dance out there in the wild of the social dance floor, before taking Intermediate.

Ragtag encourages new dancers to choose to learn either leading or following (regardless of gender). No partner necessary; all our classes rotate partners constantly because learning happens more quickly and it's more fun! Classes are taught by dancers active in the Lindy Hop scene, who are always expanding their range of teaching tools and Lindy techniques.


Intermediate-ish Lindy Hop: Sundays at Urban Movement Arts 5:30 - 6:30 pm

Starting a New 6 week series on SUNDAY AUGUST 25.

Intermediate-ish Swing: $65/ 6 WEEK SERIES   REGISTER ONLINE ! Includes 2 free drop in classes (try solo jazz!) and pizza party practice on last day of class.

This  series approaches improving lindy hop dancing by paying close attention to the specific strengths and weaknesses of everyone in class. The difficulty level will accommodate a range of previous experience.  Topics may include: strengthening and stylizing swing outs, tandem & collegiate Charleston, musicality, and parts of the California Routine (a historical Lindy Hop choreography). This course is designed to help  students develop freer and complex dancing, as well as lots of agency and independence as a swing dance student! If you’re not sure if you're the right level, just ask!   


Balboa: Sundays at Urban Movement Arts 5:30 - 6:30 pm

Starting a New 6 week series on SUNDAY AUGUST 25.

Intermediate-ish Swing: $65/ 6 WEEK SERIES   REGISTER ONLINE ! Includes 2 free drop in classes (try solo jazz!) and pizza party practice on last day of class.

Beautiful BALBOA! No previous experience necessary. Come get into this fast paced, close embrace swing dance! Itś danced a bit more upright than Lindy. If Lindy Hop is full of teenage athletcism, than Balboa is fast stepping, subtle, grown up vibes.