|Welcome to Wellington's only Rock'n'Roll and Lindy Hop Swing dance studio - FEET with Heat 4dance. Join experienced instructors Joanna Matsis and Rodney Moore as they invite you to learn the finer points of Rock'n'Roll and Lindy Hop dancing.
With over 45 years combined dance experience Joanna and Rodney cater to all levels, ages, and abilities – in addition to weekly classes they also provide private coaching, competition training, preparation for medal tests and weddings, group workshops, and dance demonstrations.
“Join us in our fun, friendly, and safe studio environment. Our primary aspiration is to provide quality teaching in a relaxed atmosphere - often in the classes we laugh a lot, dance a lot, laugh a lot more, and then learn a lot! So if you’re willing, we’d be delighted”. Joanna & Rodney
Accredited members of the New Zealand Association Of Dance Teachers (NZADT)
New Zealand Federal Association of Teachers of Dancing (FATD) - Licentiate & Associate levels Rock’n’Roll branch. NZ's first (and currently only) professionally qualified FATD R'n'R teachers.
-1st Jan 2012 WE HAVE MOVED!!! NEW DANCE STUDIO now at: Level 6, 173-175 Victoria St, Te Aro.
Great space, cool views, secure building and all up to earthquake standards!
NEXT WORKSHOP: American Smooth dance workshop with Brian Jones Sunday 1st APRIL 11am-1pm. Register now!
NEXT DANCE: DINE and DANCE Showcase Competition & Social dancing SUNDAY's 25th March & 1st April 6pm
NEXT CLASS: Next beginners blocks start the week commencing Monday 9th APRIL
See the Whats On page for full details
6.15 - 7.00pm Latin All levels
7.00 - 7.45pm Ballroom All levels
7.45 - 8.30pm West Coast Swing Intermediate
8.30 - 9.30pm Salsa Beginners
6.00 - 7.00pm Capoeira All levels
7.15 - 8.00pm West Coast Swing Beginners
8.00 - 9.00pm Privates
6.15 - 7.00pm Rock'n'Roll Beginners
7.00 - 7.45pm Rock'n'Roll Intermediate
7.45 - 8.30pm Lindy Hop Beginners
8.30 - 9.30pm Lindy Hop Intermediate
9.30 - 10.00pm Swing dance practice All levels
6.00 - 7.30pm Capoeira All levels
7.30 - 8.30pm Argentine Tango Beginners
8.30 - 9.30pm Argentine Tango Intermediate
6.30 - 9.30pm Private lessons* (must book with instructors)
1.00 - 1.45pm Musical Theatre Kids & Teens
3.00 - 5.30pm Private lessons* (must book with instructors)
*Normal rates will apply for less than 24hrs cancellation notice for all privates
Note that we do not run classes on public holidays (privates excluded)
As well as classes, Feet with Heat 4dance have regular social outings – generally of the dancing kind! But the instructors have been known to throw the odd alternative jaunt or two?
Students are encouraged to come dancing with us at frequented venues such as: Rock’n’Roll club dances, Swing & dance party nights, Balls, and venues featuring our favourite band, De Ju Blue. An excellent means to practice, get out and about, while relaxing in the company of like-minded people. See the ‘What’s On’ page for dates.
|$15 Casual Adult rate for one class
$12 Casual Student rate for one class
$50 Per Adult Concession Card (any 4 classes)
$40 Per Student Concession Card (any 4 classes)
$30 Per half-hour for Private lessons (studio regulars only)
$35 Per half-hour for Private lessons (for non studio regulars)
$50 Per hour for Private lessons (studio regulars only)
$60 Per hour for Private lessons (for non studio regulars)
$100 Per term for Kids &Teens classes
GIFT VOUCHERS AVAILABLE
WORKSHOPS: For your group, club, or organisation - from one hour to one weekend. All levels and abilities catered for. Please contact the instructors for further details - available for local, national, and international events and venues.
WEDDINGS: Try something different - packages available to suit your situation (can include full choreographed routines for a couple or a group). TIP: We recommend starting lessons as soon as possible.
DEMONSTRATIONS & PERFORMANCES: Packages available for your occasion or function - let us entertain you. Please contact the instructors for more information - available for local, national, and international events.
EVENT MANAGEMENT: We have several years worth of unique event management and hosting experience. From staging an annual dance show (with a cast of 200+ performers), to running Balls and dance competitions; no job is too big or too small!
COUPLE DANCERS SCHOLARSHIP: The Feet with Heat Dance Trust promotes and supports dance in the Wellington Region through shows and scholarships - applications are open from July to August each year (see the 'Whats On' page for more information).
For private lessons a minimum of 24 hours notice is required to cancel or re-schedule without charge. Please note that there are no refunds once block courses, group or private lessons, concession cards and gift certificates are booked/purchased; except where at the discretion of the management a credit may be given toward future sessions in special circumstances.
Otherwise known as Jitterbug or East Coast Swing. It is a 6-count style of dance and is considered a simpler form of the swing style. It does however introduce the essential swing rhythm – doubles and triplets. The East Coast Swing is an offshoot of the Fox trot, and interestingly is an “invented dance” (by the American Society of Teachers of Dancing in 1942). It is essentially a refinement of the Lindy Hop (by the A.S.T.D.) and was taught as the East Coast Swing/Jitterbug. By the 1950’s it was being reintroduced to the public as Eastern Swing (by the various dance associations) in an effort to re-sell the same dance to the public by identifying (the popular and recognised) Swing as Rock’n’Roll. Generally a more upright dance (compared to the Lindy Hop), and danced to upbeat tempos written in 4/4 time – such as the 1950’s and 1960’s Rock’n’Roll era music. A useful style to commence with, due to its simpler basic and universal ness in the variety of music that it can be danced to.
Beginners: will learn the basic step, principles of the dance, and of course some simple moves to get you grooving.
Intermediate to Advanced: will continue to develop the basic, introducing the triple step basic, additional technique, and more challenging moves (including for those interested students jumps and simple lifts).
LINDY HOP - Collegiate Shag / Solo & Partner Charleston also available Considered the first, or granddaddy of swing dancing, The Lindy Hop was to undergo nearly a decade of ‘evolution’ and influence from other popular jazz dances before the name Lindy Hop was coined. The first known form of swing was the Texas Tommy in 1913. By 1919 this had become the Break-A-Way. It was during the 1920’s when the popular Charleston (as well as other jazz dances – the Turkey Trot, the Cakewalk, Tap, and the Texas Tommy to name but a few) were mixed in with the Break-A-Way that the Lindy Hop was fashioned. This dance style was officially named in 1927 after Charles Lindberg “hopped” over the Atlantic Ocean in the Spirit of Saint Louis. Its popularity grew over the next two decades, thanks to the great dancers and performers of the time who frequented such hot spots as the Savoy Ballroom (Harlem, New York). Considered the home of Lindy The Savoy cultured the current form of Lindy experiencing a worldwide resurgence. Danced to the big band styled music, it has an 8-count basic, using 8 and 6 count based moves. With it’s many influences (Afro-American and jazz roots) the Lindy Hop makes an exciting style of dance to learn, encouraging individuality, spontaneity, and enjoyment.
Beginners: will be introduced to the basic 8-count timing, the traditional swing out (circling basic), principles of the dance, and of course some moves to get you swingin.
Intermediate to Advanced: will continue to develop the basic with emphasis on the lindy styling, additional technique, as well as more challenging moves (including for those interested students jumps and simple lifts).