Eugene Swing Dance Club

About

The ESDC is a non-profit organization comprised entirely of volunteers. Our mission is to enrich Eugene’s dance community and to promote west coast swing and other complementary dances. (See our bylaws for more information.)

Dances

  • Every Monday night
  • Lessons at 7:00PM, open dancing from 8:00-10:30PM.
  • The Vet’s Club (1626 Willamette Street)
  • $5 members & students, $7 public.

Every Monday starts at 7pm with beginning and intermediate lessons. Often the Beyond Basics class is also during this time (starting fall 2014). The lessons are followed by a social dance at 8pm in the ballroom. Music played includes pop, blues, R&B, hip hop, country, and alternative. Admission cost, covering lesson and social dance, is $5 for ESDC members, Portland WCS members, Life Balance Program members, and students. Community dancers pay $7.  Sign up for an annual membership for $25 and save $2 on each week’s admission, plus get into that night’s dance free. Membership is only $15 after July. (Membership Form)

We also host quarterly events and workshops taught by some of west coast swing’s professional dancers.

Lessons

Beginning lessons: (Every week.) This is for first time dancers, dancers learning west coast swing for the first time, and anyone who wants to brush up on their basics. It is held downstairs, but sign in upstairs first to get your lesson ticket. Typically, the first Monday of each month the instructor will start with the very basic steps then review and build on those the following weeks. Cost is included in dance admission.

Beyond Basics: This 4-week and drop in lesson, highly recommended to all dancers, but especially ones transitioning from beginning to intermediate lessons. Technique, form, styling, and pattern variations are taught by accomplished Lily Robbins. Cost is included in dance admission.

Intermediate lessons: (Every week.) This is for west coast swing dancers who have mastered basics steps such as the sugar push (push break), left side pass, underarm turn, basket, and whip. See our monthly posts to know our weekly intermediate instructors, who come with years of teaching experience. Cost is included in dance admission.

Advanced Techniques: This is an 8-week course, highly recommended to dancers wanting to perfect technique, build on patterns, and learn fun choreography–taught by local west coast swing expert, Chuck Coy. Contact Chuck for more details: coy_chuck@yahoo.com. Cost is $49, separate from dance admission.

Whether you are a beginning or accomplished dancer, if you love west coast swing we invite you to join! Membership includes discounted entry not only to all of our events, but to all of the Portland Swing Dance Club Events as well. We also offer subscriptions to the ESDC dance newsletter and mailing list to keep you apprised of the dancing opportunities in Eugene and its surrounding areas.

Our Instructors

Jennifer Miller
Specializing in Social Ease, Wedding Dances, Performance, and Competition (Pro/Am and Amateur Coaching) in Ballroom, Latin, Swing, Country, and Club Partner Dances
FloorPlay.net
Jen@floorplay.net
503-755-0200

Marcus Sterling
Specializing in social dance. WC swing, night club two step, hustle, and more.  Dance DJ.
marcus.sterling@gmail.com
541-602-1566

Chuck Coy
Dance instructor for West Coast Swing for 10 years
Deep understanding of the dance and the communication skills to accelerate your enjoyment of West Coast Swing
coy_chuck@yahoo.com
541-554-6120

Lily Robbins
West coast swing instructor/ladies styling
lilyrobbins333@yahoo.com
1-541-207-6165

Arthur Lahm
West coast swing instructor

David Hemmerich
West coast swing instructor

Contact Us

For questions, ESDC contact information is as follows:

Email: eugeneswingdanceclub@gmail.com
Information telephone 541-554-6120

The 2016 ESDC Board of Directors

  • President: Chuck Coy
  • Vice-President: April Robyn
  • Treasurer: Yonghui Yang
  • Secretary: Catherine Miller
  • Marketing Coordinator: Julia Icenogle
  • At-Large Representatives: Dan Johnson, David Hemmerich, Joey Nelson, Galina Quigley, and Rebecca Bellissimo.

 

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