After Thanksgiving West Coast Swing Bash!

Let’s face it, finding something to do around the Holidays can be tough, especially the Friday after Thanksgiving. You’ve got family from out of town, everything is a mess, and you have stuffed yourself with too much stuffing. It’s time to get out of the house, and stretch your legs a little bit.

We have been putting on an annual Post-Thanksgiving dance for over 10 years, and it has always been a huge success! Every year tons of latchkey dancers, with nowhere to boogie, come to our event to dance their hearts out and decompress from the holiday.

Since the beautiful Mardi Gras ballroom is and event center we can hold an all ages event, while also having access to their full bar (naturally the bar area is only 21 and up). Feel free to bring the whole family and share the dance floor across generations.

No experience or partner is needed in order to attend!

Cost – $10 at the door (yes we do take cards)

Black Friday deals will also be offered on dance lessons from Heirloom Dance Studio. These will make perfect gifts come Christmas!

There is a lot planned for this year, so make sure to stay tuned for more information.

7:30 pm – Doors Open

8:00 pm – Beginner Lesson with Joel Hunter and Stephanie Hinton

9:00 pm – Open Dancing Starts

We will have different DJ’s throughout the night:
-Courtney Hartman
-Kelli Hunter
-Joel Hunter

12:00 pm – Dance Ends

Swingin’ at Solid!

Every Monday and Tuesday we’ve got Swing dancing down at Solid (405 S 8th St #100, Boise, ID 83702). Mondays are our Vintage 1930’s and 40’s night, and Tuedays are our more contemporary West Cost Swing night. We do hope you join us this week for Boise’s best back to back Swing nights!

Monday: Vintage Swing Night
Beginner Lesson at 8pm
Open Dancing from 9pm to 11pm
Cost is only $5 at the door

Tuesday: West Coast Swing Night
Beginner Lesson at 8pm
Open Dancing from 9pm to 11pm
Cost is only $5 at the door

Adventures in Rhythm: A Lindy Hop Workshop

This is a Lindy Hop workshop that will focus on rhythm and timing. These classes are great for all skill levels and no partner is required.

Location: Carpe Danza 1736 W. Main St, Boise, ID 83702
Date: Saturday, October 20th
Time: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Instructors: Stephanie Hinton & Joel Hunter
Cost: $25
Register online:

1:00 pm – Swung vs. Straight Timing
What makes Swing music different from other music? In this hour we are going to figure that out. The Swung triple-steps are everything to Lindy Hop. By learning how to properly triple-step you will be able to dance faster for a lot longer.

2:00 pm – Rhythmic Variations
Let’s break the mold a bit, and look at our options. Learn how to break footwork patters up into their parts, therefor making it a lot easier to learn new moves. This class is essential for being a critically thinking Lindy Hopper.

3:00 pm – Flashy Footwork Variations
Now it’s time to put everything together. Let’s take some of our classic movements and change some of the footwork using what we have discovered in the previous classes. These are the patters that are really going to make your dancing stand out on the floor.
Adventures in Rhythm
A Lindy Hop Workshop

Beyond Beginner Workshop 6/2

Let’s dive a little deeper into the world of Lindy Hop! This is a continuation of our May Beginner Lindy Hop Workshop. Many of the core concepts and movements that we worked on in the last workshop will be explored and fine tuned. If you missed the previous workshop don’t worry. The first hour will discuss and review everything that students will need to know in order to be successful in the remainder of the workshop.

Cost – $25 for all 4 hours -OR- $15 per single hour
Location – Carpe Danza  1736 W Main St, Boise, ID 83702

Online Register –

-Or you can pay at the door-



The Swingout is Lindy Hop’s most signature move. In the Beginner Workshop we learned 3 basic types of Swingouts (Swingout, Lindy Circle, and Swingout from closed). If you have never heard of these things, or you simply forgot, don’t worry. We will be re-teaching these three movements, and focusing primarily on footwork. Once again, this class will be review. If you were unable to make the previous workshop, this hour long class will break everything down for you.


Now that we have a full understanding of the footwork of the Swingout we will be able to explore some of the finer points. Having a comfortable and relaxed Swingout is key for increasing the longevity and speed of your dance. This class will primarily focus on exercises rather than moves. In fact, we will be working on just one move. The Swingout!

2:00 pm – HALF HOUR BREAK –


One of the most difficult things about this dance is that not all the figures have the same number of counts. This class will focus on transitioning between 6 and 8 count movements, and how to turn 6 count moves into 8 counts moves and visa versa. This class will be pretty move heavy, but a lot of the things that we learned in the connection class previously will really help with leading/following this moves.


Charleston is a great way to speed up your dance, and keep it more versatile in a appearance. In the beginner workshop we learned some basic Charleston patterns. In this class we will be looking at some more options and transitions that will build on our previous understanding.

Beginner Lindy Hop Workshop 5/12

Let’s face it, the world of vintage Jazz dancing can be absolutely overwhelming. Lindy Hop is full of intricate footwork and complicated timing. Where do you even start?!

Well we are here help you put the pieces together. This 3 hour workshop will give you the proper footing to tackle this dance effectively and efficiently. We will be learning both solo movement and partnering, as we can’t dance with another person until we learn to move ourselves.

Whether you come from a different dance background, or have never danced before, this workshop is a perfect way to tackle the crucial fundamentals of Lindy Hop Swing.

Instructors: Joel Hunter
Location: Carpe Danza 1736 W Main St, Boise, ID 83702
Date: Saturday, May 12th, 2018
Cost: $20

Pay at the door or register online at


1:00 pm – The Shim Sham – This dance is a choreographed routine done similarly to line dances, except that this line dance is routed in vintage movement that is pivotal to a Lindy Hoppers development. Almost every Lindy Hopper knows this dance, and you can expect to see it almost anywhere you travel.

2:00 pm – Swingouts and Swingout Variations – The Swingout is Lindy Hop’s most iconic and dynamic move. Once learned, a dancer’s world opens up to tons of possibilities. The Swingout is highly versatile, and many different moves and spins can be interchanged within the figure. Once mastered, leads and follows can put their own spin on the move with heavily stylized swivels, twists, kicks, and rhythmic variations.

3:00 pm – Partner Charleston – Lindy Hop is direct descendant of Charleston from the 1920’s. This class will focus on how to transition in and out of some of the most common and fundamental Charleston patterns. Charleston is great for faster tempos and adding dynamic elements to your Lindy Hop.

West Coast Swing at the Mardi Gras April 27th


Westies! Get ready for the most epic night of West Coast that Boise has every seen! The Mardi Gras Ballroom is fully equipped with a huge beautiful dance floor, full bar packed with your favorite libations, and rotation of excellent DJ’s that will keep the jams spinning all night!

– No partner needed
– Beginners welcome
– All ages welcome

Cost: $10 at the door

8:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Beginner West Coast Swing Lesson with Joel Hunter

9:00 pm – 9:45 pm
EARTH, WIND, AND COURTNEY: Courtney Hartman is coming out strong by spinning up a whole set of tunes themed entirely around the 4 elements. Get ready for some slow jams to cool you down, and killer tunes to heat you up!

9:45 pm – 10:30 pm
YOUNG AND POPPY: Kaitlin Aberasturi is keeping it new and fresh with some of your favorite chart toppers. If you are looking for a fun and light-hearted time, this set is perfect for you.

10:30 pm – 11:15 pm
EMPOWER HOUR: Jesse Cresap & Jessica Zeli have come to pump you up. This dynamic duo will be enriching the air waves with songs that will help you tackle the floor with attitude.

11:15 pm – 12:00 am
GREAT ICONS: Kelli Hunter is giving us the gift of the most famous and inspiring icons of music. Only the greatest artists will be allowed to rap up this most epic night of West Coast.