We’ve got a lot happening this June! Two exciting class series and our third annual Underground Competition throwdown! (Note that the competition information & details are located at the bottom of this post)

Solo jazz is an integral part of swing dancing, and this June Emory will be covering different elements and variations of classic solo jazz movements as well as how to take them and implement them within your partnered dancing.

Continuing on from last month with more basics of Lindy Hop, Kelly Palmiter will be focusing on six count swing and how it fits in with eight count! Learn how to blend the two together to create a seamless flow in your dancing!

Are you a first-timer? Need a refresher on the basics? We have a beginner’s drop-in class that comes FREE with purchase of the evening dance!

We here at The Underground Dance Community love Lindy Hop! Never seen it before? To give you an idea of what we do and what it can be, here is a video of some great Lindy Hop dancing:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b8A8hTRJUYI

Have any questions or comments? Shoot us an email at UndergroundDanceGR@gmail.com and we’ll respond as quickly as possible.
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Pricing:

SPECIAL JUNE PACKAGE PRICE: Get the first 4 weeks at a discount!
Student pricing: Only $30! Includes every lesson & evening dance!
Regular pricing: Only $45! Includes every lesson & evening dance!
One night of the class series: Students $5, Regular pricing $10
One night of the open dance: Students $5, Regular pricing $10
NOTE: Only $15 for both the group & dance for non-college students
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June Schedule:

June 5th:
8pm-9pm: Lindy Hop 2: Six Count with Kelly
8pm-9pm: Solo Jazz with Emory
9pm-11pm: Evening dance

June 12th:
8pm-9pm: Lindy Hop 2: Six Count with Kelly
8pm-9pm: Solo Jazz with Emory
9pm-11pm: Evening dance

June 17th:
7 pm-12am: Underground’s Third Annual Jack-and-Jill competition!

June 19th:
8pm-9pm: Lindy Hop 2: Six Count with Kelly
8pm-9pm: Solo Jazz with Emory
9pm-11pm: Evening dance

June 26th:
8pm-9pm: Lindy Hop 2: Six Count with Kelly
8pm-9pm: Solo Jazz with Emory
9pm-11pm: Evening dance

COMPETITION INFORMATION:

It’s back and better than ever – are you ready to throw down at The Underground Dance Community’s third annual Jack-and-Jill competition? Featuring fantastic prizes, some great surprises, and not one but TWO levels of competition: a Novice and an Open, this year is guaranteed to be the best one yet!

Competing not your thing? No problem! In addition to the competitions, there will also be social dancing all night long!

Join us for food beforehand at a local restaurant in downtown Grand Rapids, and if you’re coming from out-of-town housing is available!

Pricing:

This special Saturday event costs $10 to attend, and entering the competitions is free. As always, the driver of a carpool that has at least two people in it and is coming from at least an hour away gets in for FREE!

Competition details:

What is a Jack-and-Jill?

A Jack-and-Jill is a specific type of swing dance contest where all leads are paired randomly with follows and dance to random swing songs.

Novice Jack-and-Jill: New to dancing? Never competed before? Nervous about trying? This is the perfect competition for you! It’s a fun, friendly, and easy way to try out competing! If you’ve made finals in a swing competition before, consider entering the open instead, and if you’ve placed in any swing competition before, you may not enter the novice.

Open Jack-and-Jill: Bring the heat in this competition as anyone is welcome to participate, there are no restrictions on who may enter! Swing out hard and go for gold!

Rules:
1) Partners are paired randomly
2) No choreography is allowed
3) No lifts or drops are allowed
4) Content must be 80% swing dancing or greater

Evening Schedule:

7pm-12am: Open Dancing
8pm: Novice Jack-and-Jill prelims
8:30pm: Open Jack-and-Jill prelims
10pm: Novice Jack-and-Jill finals
11pm: Open Jack-and-Jill finals

Prizes:

Cash, free passes, trophies, endless fame and more! Check out the list of swag we have up for grabs!

Open competition:

1st place:
1) FREE pass to Alex Tripp’s Sumer Ambi Swing Showdown!
2) $15 cash prize
3) Jazz CD made by the Grand Rapids local pianist John Shea
4) Underground Trophy
5) FREE night at Moveir, applicable to any Moveir event
6) FREE month package for the Underground
7) Huge Hershey’s Symphony candy bar
8) Polaroid photo of you and your partner to help you cherish your victory for generations
9) Endless glory, a legacy to leave for your children, and a book deal

2nd place:
1) $10 cash prize
2) Jazz CD made by the Grand Rapids local pianist John Shea
3) Underground Trophy
4) FREE night at Moveir, applicable to any Moveir event
5) Polaroid photo of you and your partner to help you cherish your victory for generations
6) Large Hershey’s candy bar
7) Endless glory and legacy to leave for your children

3rd place:
1) $5 cash prize
2) Jazz CD made by the Grand Rapids local pianist John Shea
3) Underground Trophy
4) FREE night at Moveir, applicable to any Moveir event
5) Polaroid photo of you and your partner to help you cherish your victory for generations
6) Large Hershey’s candy bar
7) Endless glory and some ballads written about you

Novice competition:

1st place:
1) $15 cash prize
2) Jazz CD made by the Grand Rapids local pianist John Shea
3) Underground Trophy
4) FREE night at Moveir, applicable to any Moveir event
5) FREE month package for the Underground
6) Huge Hershey’s Symphony candy bar
7) Polaroid photo of you and your partner to help you cherish your victory for generations
8) Endless glory, a legacy to leave for your children, and a book deal

2nd place:
1) $10 cash prize
2) Jazz CD made by the Grand Rapids local pianist John Shea
3) Underground Trophy
4) FREE night at Moveir, applicable to any Moveir event
5) Polaroid photo of you and your partner to help you cherish your victory for generations
6) Large Hershey’s candy bar
7) Endless glory and legacy to leave for your children

3rd place:
1) $5 cash prize
2) Jazz CD made by the Grand Rapids local pianist John Shea
3) Underground Trophy
4) FREE night at Moveir, applicable to any Moveir event
5) Polaroid photo of you and your partner to help you cherish your victory for generations
6) Large Hershey’s candy bar
7) Endless glory and some ballads written about you

Come hang out with us before the competition at Brick Road Pizza Co. at 5 pm for some delicious eats to get you fueled up to compete! The food is fantastic and we’d love to enjoy it with you all, so swing on into Grand Rapids at 5 for this pre-competition party!
Brick Road Pizza Co.’s address is 1017 Wealthy St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506