Lindy Bliss Workshop with Evita and Michael

Lindy Bliss Workshop, Sunday October 2, 2016 with Michael and Evita

M & E with localThis October 2, 2016….

Join 2 of the most sought after international Lindy Hop instructors for this first ever local workshop series. Join Evita Arce and Michael Jagger for their unique brand of top level instruction, unequaled understanding of musicality and connection, amazing performance prowess and unending humor.

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Find out more about Michael Jagger and Evita Arce!

In this Lindy Hop focused 1 day workshop, Michael and Evita will offer up 2 tracks of instruction, covering Musicality, Fast Lindy Technique, and Partner Connection, plus some slicks moves to add to your repertoire!

Location: Through The Body Dance and Fitness 1819 W. Grand Ave, suite #201

  • 2 class track: $40 with advanced registration*
  • Single class: $30*
  • 4 class registration: $70*

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2nd Annual Roaring Twenties Party in the Park 9/20/15


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with support by ArtsFest St. Charles and Tri City Swing




Join mavens of vintage culture, music and dance from all corners of the Chicagoland area as they celebrate the 2nd annual Roaring Twenties Party in the Park, Sunday September 20, 2015, Pottowatomie Park, St. Charles IL

This free, all-ages, afternoon event will boast live music by The Fat Babies, special performances by The Galaxie Girls, a picnic and pie baking contest, vendors from the Chicagoland area, a vintage auto exhibition, dance instruction and more!

Don your best Charleston era Sunday afternoon attire, pack your lunch and lawn games, and join Tri-City Swing and The Galaxie for the afternoon as they celebrate this immersive cultural experience for all ages.  Step back in time and step out in style.

We’re anticipating an enormous crowd at this year’s event, and to ensure that we have enough room for all of those happy feet, we have created a Capital Campaign to assist with the rental of a larger dance floor for the event.

Remember, this is a FREE event, and open to all, funded only by grant money. If you can contribute to help us expand the dance floor, we would really appreciate it!

Enter your donation amount here:

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Balboa in Chicago

Join us for the 1 year anniversary of the Wonderful Wednesday Balboa Social- Wednesday March 11, 8pm-12am. Featuring Andy Schumm’s Gin Bottle Four. $12

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Balboa is a spectacular partner dance originated in Southern California in the 1930s. Its close body position and intricate footwork makes it ideal for both fast Jazz music of the 1920s and 1930s, and the crowded dance floors of the time. The current resurgence of Hot Jazz has brought Balboa back into the spotlight nationally and internationally.

To find out more check out what Wikepedia has to say
To find out more about the origins, setting into this great discussion by Peter Loggins

Balboa events in Chicago:

Join The Chicago Balboa Underground at our new monthly home- Lilstreet Loft!

4437 N Ravenswood

RSVP on Facebook for a chance to win free admission!

LillstreetLoft_10The second Wednesday of every month you’ll find Chicago’s best shuffle and slide in this amazing and creative venue. Lilstreet Loft offers bal-erific hardwood floors, climate control, plenty of free parking, lounge areas and perfect lighting for a perfect opportunity to dance the night away. There will be a beginner-friendly balboa lesson from 8-9 pm before the dance which is included with price of admission Then, join us for three hours of bal-friendly djed music. The tempos will be bright, so bring your Swing and Lindy skills, and put them to the test.

Beginning Balboa class at 8pm monthly.








Past Events

Chicago Loop Alliance: Balboa Bonanza in Pritzker Park

Friday September 5, 11:30am-1pm

Find out more on with our Facebook event page


 Chicago Autumn Balboa Weekend 2014

Friday September 26- Sunday September 28

Find out more here

Autumn Balboa Workshop

Summer Dance Bootcamps!

Get yourself moving and get on the floor!

Chicago is an amazing place in the summer- nobody can dispute that! The city is thriving with live music and dancing, from weekend festivals to nightclubs to City of Chicago sponsored events. Don’t spend another summer watching everyone else have all the fun.

To pre-register, please email nicollewood1 (at), and specify which bootcamp(s) you are interested in. All Bootcamps will be held at Dance Connection, 3117 N Clyborn.

Join us for our bootcamp style workshops all summer long.


Sunday June 29, 11am-2pm

$30 with pre-registration

Space is limited, early registration is suggested

There is not a pre-requiste for this workshop

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Join us for this great Beginning/Intermediate Balboa Bootcamp- July Edition!Sunday July 20, 1-3pm. Pre-requisite- You must be comfortable with basic Balboa Footwork to participate. Not quite there yet? Join us for a private lesson, and you’ll be ready to roll!
Check it out on Facebook!






Join us for this great Intermediate Balboa Bootcamp- July Edition!

Sunday July 20, 3:15-5:15 pm. Pre-requisite: You must be comfortable with come-arounds, send-outs, transition steps and ins and outs  to participate. Not quite there yet? Join us for a private lesson, and you’ll be ready to roll!


Find out more about Chicago SummerDance, a free weekly dance and live music event hosted by the City of Chicago. 18 years and going strong.

Check out Big C Jamboree for great weekly live music events through-out Chicago

Don’t miss This Week In Chicago for dance events city wide

Spring Swing classes start at Northwestern Univesity

Join the Northwestern Swing Dance Syndicate for another great 7 week session

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LOCATIONS: Northwestern University
Parkes Hall, room 122:

(All dates except for April 14th)
– Location for April 14: TBD

Parkes Hall (parking is available in the adjacent lot on the east side of the building):
– Balboa from Zero: 6:45 – 7:45
– Beyond Basic Lindy Hop: 8:00 – 9:00

– Balboa from Zero: Balboa is a form of swing dancing that originated in the 1930s. It’s perfect for faster tempo music and can be incorporated into any of the Swing or Lindy Hop you already know. Not familiar with Balboa? Check out our Facebook page for some great clips!

– Beyond Basic Lindy Hop: This class will explore the elements, vocabulary, and variations of Lindy Hip. Class content will be tailored to participants experience and interests. ** You must be comfortable with basic Lindy Hop movement, including Swing-out, Circle and Swing-out from closed

– The one and only Nicolle Wood!

Register for the entire session and don’t miss out on a move…or drop in when you can!
– Drop In: $5 per class = $35
– One 7-class session = $30
– Both 7-class sessions = $50 ($10 discount)

For more info check out our Facebook page

Private Lessons


Private Lessons

Learning to dance in private sessions can be one of the most rewarding endeavors of your life! Private lessons allow you to focus on your 25607_353664032224_2664794_nspecific needs and dance to your favorite music in addition to accelerating your learning and understanding of a variety of dance forms in ways that group classes cannot offer.

Private lessons available at our location or yours*

  • 1 person $75*
  • 2 people $75*
  • 4-6 people $40 per person for a 2 hour class*
  • 7-10 people $35 per person for a 2 hour class (2 instructors will be present)*

*additional fees apply to home/outside studio visits

Group privates, pairs or solo…they all have their charm

We offer solo, couple and small group privates and specialize in early American social forms including:

Swing ~Lindy Hop~Balboa~Blues~Collegiate Shag~1940s Charleston~1920s Solo and Partner Charleston~Aerials~Choreography