Big Band Magic!
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Frankie Manning video
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KQED Members!
Itching to learn to swing dance? Looking to brush up on your jitterbug? KQED is proud to offer discounts to KQED members at three Bay Area dance studios. Many thanks to the studios for providing these benefits at no cost to KQED.

Michael and Persephone
Swing dance instruction, performance, choreography and swing DJ services.
2 for 1 discount for group swing classes and 10% off first private lesson.
Alberto's Nightclub, Mountain View, 650-968-3007
The Works Dance Studio, Berkeley, 510-841-1373

Swingin' Tuesdays in San Francisco
Swing dance instruction-East Coast, Lindy Hop and Jitterbug. Dance to live music in an historic Art Deco building, one of the last large wooden ballroom dance floors in SF. Balcony seating, dance and vintage clothing contests.
$3 off cover price
Broadway Studios, San Francisco, Club 415-291-0333, Lessons 415-505-8530

Metronome Ballroom
The Metronome is San Francisco's premier ballroom with professional, easy dance instruction. Offering 50 dance classes weekly in Ballroom, Latin, Swing, Brazilian Samba, Hip Hop, Ballet, and more. Hosts dance parties every weekend. Putting the beat in beginner's feet.
$10 discount off any 4 or 8 week dance class.
San Francisco, 415-252-9000

Steve and Heidi
World renowed swing dance instructors Steve & Heidi teach authentic swing dances from the 1930s and '40s, including Lindy Hop, Balboa, Charleston, Shag and more. They teach in a humorous and friendly environment where learning is fun and easy.
Every Thursday Night at the Lake Merritt Dance Center
200 Grand Ave. at Harrison in Oakland
7-8 pm Lindy Hop (all levels)
8-9 pm Beg. Balboa
9-11 pm DJ Dance (free with class, otherwise only $5)
KQED Members: 10% discount for your first 6-week dance series or first private lesson.
Check website for series start dates and special workshops:
And for instructional DVDs to learn how to dance in the privacy of your

For complete information about these and other KQED member discounts, please visit the KQED member discounts page.
In this video clip, excerpted from a January 17, 2003 interview, dance legend Frankie Manning tells his story of inventing the airstep. (RealPlayer required.)

Frankie Manning video
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In this video clip, dance instructors Sharon Ashe and Paul Overton of Now You're Dancing, give a basic swing dance lesson. (RealPlayer required.)

Music credit: "Lindy Hop Heaven" by Peter Davis Music

The video featured on this page is included as bonus footage on the DVD or VHS available as a thank-you gift when you pledge the Big Band Magic! program.

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