Daniel And Gabriella @ Sonny Newman's Dance Hall

Beginner Classes
Mondays at 8:15pm
Classes are designed to be modular, so if you have to miss a class, or want to start in the middle of a month, you’ll still learn plenty and you won’t be lost.

Intermediate Classes
Mondays at 7pm
A new topic each week means you can come only when the topic interests you, and it also means that we can cover some specialty areas in the wide world of swing dancing. Come for our Intermediate lesson at 7PM, then stay to help the beginners for free at 8:15, or take a dinner break before the dance, which starts at 9:30.
...afterwards stay for Seattle’s
friendliest dance 9:30 until midnight!

Where : Sonny Newman’s Dance Hall 201 N. 85th St (Greenwood Area) Plenty of close, free parking!
Wear: Wear comfortable shoes. It’s preferable to wear something with a slightly slicker sole for dancing, but try not to wear heels, ladies! If you are staying for the dance be sure to wear something that looks nice, the club frowns upon gym clothing and shorts.
How Much: Singles are completely welcome, you do not need a partner to come to class. You have the choice to dance with everybody, or only with the person you came with if you choose.
I’ve Never Taken Classes Before
...What Should I Take?: We suggest starting with the beginner class, every night at 8:15. However, if you have confidence in your ability to learn a little faster you can take both Beginning Intermediate class at the same time if you like. After you’ve had some basic experience you can then move onto our Intermediate Lindy!

Class Schedule for July 2009
(See savoyswing.com for latest schedule)

July 6
7pm Classics Charleston Figures Everyone Should Know (Intermediate–Advanced)
8:15 Lindy Hop 8 Count Swing Out for beginners (Beginner+)
9:30 Dance with different DJs every week!

July 13
7pm Trankey Do - Jazz Movement for Ambitious Dancers of All Levels 8:15 Charleston, and Charleston Figures (Beginner+)
9:30 Dance with different DJs every week!

July 20
7pm Fast Lindy Moves and Movements (Intermediate–Advanced)
8:15 Six Count Swing (Beginner+)
9:30 Dance with different DJs every week!

July 27
7pm Balboa for Intermediate Lindy Hoppers (Intermediate) 8:15 Beginning Shag (All Levels)
9:30 Dance with different DJs every week!

Gabriella Cook has a broad-based professional background in dance, music and theater. Gabriella’s classical training comes from San Francisco Ballet where she performed in professional shows for nearly 10 years. She also danced with other institutions including Lines Ballet Company and Interlochen Center for the Arts exploring dance styles from ballet, to modern, to contemporary jazz. Over the last 5 years she has integrated this training into tango, lindy hop and balboa. Since then she has been a dedicated performer, teacher and choreagrapher in Seattle, Portland and Providence. Gabriella teaches a core-centered approach to dance and balances the “zen” of following with historically-informed musical expression.

Daniel Newsome has been a professional dancer, dj and historian for the last 10 years. In addition to teaching tens of thousands of students at Denver’s Mercury Cafe Daniel has also travelled to learn, teach, compete and has won at major national competitions such as the Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown, Midwest Lindy Fest, Reno Dance Sensation, National Jitterbug Championships and the Rhythmic Arts Festival. He also co-founded, choreographed and coached 23 Skidoo, Denver’s nationally recognized swing team, which placed 1st at every competition they went to in 2006 and 2007. Daniel’s lifelong pursuit is touching as many lives as possible with the beauty and artisty of Lindy Hop, Shag, Balboa, Solo Jazz Dance and Tap. His goal is to bring music and dance to people in a way that inspires them and develops talent in anyone, regardless of background, age or ability.
Gabriella and Daniel’s style is rooted in the classic modes of swing, but adds forward thinking movements, aerials, and theories which are the basis of their commitment to keep Swing dance history alive, while keeping it interesting and evolutionary. Their dance values center around versatility, partner connection and honest expression of the moment and the music. They strive to always feel the joy and magic that jazz music embodies, and to share that with their audiences and students. They are personally invested in the success of each of their students, and bring an equal balance between lead and follow with their belief that each dancer should have a voice in the partnership.
For more information on teaching, lessons and schedules with
Dan and Gaby e-mail: [email protected]