East Coast Swing

With instructors Al Mayberry and Mary DeLave

Swing Dance Classes

Tuesdays, beginning October 3. First Level Classes 6 pm - 7 pm; Second Level Classes 7:15 pm - 8:15 pm; Practice Dance 8:15 pm - 9 pm. Ongoing with classes scheduled October 10, 17, 24. Sign up by Friday, September 29.

Gualala Arts Center

GAC members $40 per class; non-members $50 per class; Drop In: GAC members $15, non-members $20.


See materials list here.

About East Coast Swing and Lindy Hop:

New classes begin on the first Tuesday of October.  Classes are progressive with new material added each month. Each week within that month instructors build upon the moves taught in the previous class. Many  students use this class as a way to get fun exercise and no experience or partner is necessary.

Between the East Coast Swing and Lindy Hop classes, there will be a 15 minute Swing Practice where dancers from the East Coast Swing class (Level 1) can experiment and work on what they’ve learned while Lindy Hoppers (Level 2) arriving for the 7:15 pm class can warm up. This is a chance to meet classmates, practice without stress and dance to songs where the beat is easy to find.

Level 1 -6 Count East Coast Swing Dance • 6 pm-7 pm • This class focuses on 6 count East Coast Swing Dance. The instructors teach a variety of connection skills and how to keep the momentum going for maximum fun.

Level 2 -Lindy Hop Swing Dance • 7:15-8:15  Basics & Beyond for Lindy Hop focuses on 8 count connection and momentum dynamics. The instructors also teach how to blend 6 count & 8 count moves. This is the class for you if you have learned East Coast Swing with triple steps or have some previous Lindy experience.

From 8:15 pm- 9 pm enjoy a Practice Dance for students to have fun practicing their skills. This portion of the class is included in the cost.


About the Instructors:

Al Mayberry and Mary DeLave started swing dancing in 2009. They did not learn swing dance quickly but kept taking a lot of lessons because of how much fun they were having. Within all of those lessons they started to occasionally hear key points in connection and momentum skills that just a few teachers would talk about. Those key points turned out to be breakthroughs for them. As they shared these key points with others, people started to ask them whether they taught swing dance.  Al and Mary started teaching their first classes for beginners in 2013 and have put together fun and easy ways to learn swing dancing ever since. They continue to take classes and workshops from others. Using mid-tempo songs that are fun and full of life their students are often seen grinning & laughing while learning.

Al & Mary have moved up to Gualala from the Bay Area and hope to bring the joy of swing dancing to the Mendonoma Area.