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Teaching at HVDD

“Add energy, inspire hope, and blow the coals into a useful flame…” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Emily is known as a warm and nurturing teacher, who can kindle the joy of dancing in even the most apprehensive beginner. Her spirited and humorous classes create a safe and fun environment in which to explore technique and partnership, while encouraging individual expression and experimentation. Emily strives to ignite confidence and delight every dancer, so that they can flourish wherever they are on their journey.

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Group Classes:

Weekly group classes are a great way to meet new friends and become a flexible, well-rounded dancer. No partner necessary! Visit my homepage to see current and upcoming classes, or email me about setting up classes in your area.


Private Lessons:

If group classes don’t work for your schedule or learning style, private lessons are a great alternative. You’ll receive personal, one-on-one instruction in the comfort of your own home. Go at your own pace, and focus on your own goals. Private lessons are also great for supplementing group classes, or taking a deeper dive into class material.

$65 – One-hour private lesson in your home or mine, for up to 4 people. Additional fee to rent studio space, or for travel over 30 miles. Group privates for 5+ people are also available. Cash and checks accepted. Minimum 24 hour cancellation appreciated.

Please email me with any questions, or to set up a lesson.

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Workshops:

Workshops are stand-alone group classes, often offered in conjunction with a dance party. Workshops allow students to reap the benefits of learning in a group setting, without committing to weekly classes. Visit my homepage to see current and upcoming workshops, or email me about setting up a workshop in your area.


Wedding Dances:

If you want your first dance to be a swing dance—and who doesn’t?—you’ve come to the right place. Whether you want a fully choreographed routine, a review of social dance technique, or something in between, I’ll help you create a dance that truly reflects your personality—and we’ll have a great time doing it.

Please email me with any questions, or to set up a consultation.

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Dance Parties:

Social dancing is the payoff for all your hard work in class. This is what it’s all about! Dance parties are open to all ages and experience levels. No partner necessary: everyone dances with everyone, regardless of ability. Social dancing is a great way to meet new people, and a fun and healthy way to spend an evening. Visit my homepage to see current and upcoming dances.

Also see my links page for nonaffiliated swing dances throughout the Hudson Valley.


Sample Topics:

A few of the subjects that can be covered in classes, workshops, and private lessons:

– Lindy Hop / East Coast Swing / Jitterbug
– Six-count patterns
– Eight-count patterns
– Transitioning from six- to eight-count
– Non-standard patterns
– Swingouts
– Connection/technique
– Rhythm exploration
– Swivels
– Follow styling
– Leading and following
– Balboa
– Charleston (solo and partnered, 20s and 30s)
– Solo Jazz
– Swing line dances (Shim Sham, Jitterbug Stroll, etc.)
– The Big Apple
– Footwork variations
– Spins and turns
– Choreography/performance routines
– Wedding dances
– Basic tap, clogging, flatfooting, and percussive dance skills
– General dance technique, balance, strength, flexibility
– Other: just ask!


I can also be hired for non-teaching opportunities, including:

– Performances
– Choreography
– Floor-warming at weddings, parties, etc.
– Modeling
– Other creative collaboration: just ask!

Please email me with any questions, or to set something up!