Hit That Jive Productions

A Non-Profit Arts Organization

Promoting Social Dancing, Performance, and Theatre

Autumn Rhythm: Nov 2-4, 2018

Autumn Rhythm is a weekend workshop that focuses on swing-era dances of the 1930's and 40's, with special guest instructors from Canada and abroad! 


Link to the registration: https://swingtix.ca/ 

Link to FB event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/226636691413227/


4 hours of Lindy Hop
2 hours of Balboa
1 hour of Authentic Jazz
1 Special Class on "The Science of Lindy Hop"

TWO TRACKS: Intermediate+ and Advanced

Level Descriptions:

You have fallen in love with swing dancing, and are now completely hooked. You don't worry about things like 6-count and 8-count, but just dance to the music. You have started to add in some new rhythms and shapes to your dancing, have dabbled in some solo jazz, and are ready to take on new technique challenges. You social dance regularly, and attend workshops, classes, and events out of town whenever you can. 

You are more comfortable on the dance floor than off it. You love working on the subtle techniques and rhythms of Lindy Hop and solo jazz and are looking for a challenge. At a social dance you are the one starting a solo jam in the corner or swinging out to the fast version of Jumpin’ at the Woodside. You likely teach on a regular basis, perform with a dance team, and may have won a competition or two.


Weekend Prices:
Early Bird Pricing: 
Weekend Pass: $150
Student & Out of Town Discount: $125
--> Available until Monday, Sept 24th @ 23:59:59

Weekend Pass: $165
Student & Out of Town Discount: $140
--> Available until Thursday, Nov 1st @ 12:00:00

At the Door: $175 (all)


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Heather Ballew hails from the lovely, landlocked city of Denver where majestic mountains tower over the skyline, sunny days are plentiful, and the name Mile High City has several meanings. As a participant of the 1990's swing renaissance, Heather Ballew swears she learned everything the wrong way first and had to relearn and refine every bit of her dancing multiple times over the years. In the classroom, she strives to help her students gain confidence and realize their full potential on the social or competition floor but her biggest goal is to open up new avenues for creativity and communication within the partnership. She loves dancing with people of all levels and she is known for her connection, footwork and playfulness. She can be found teaching around the United States and abroad, talking passionately about scene-building, and starting zany and sometimes thoughtful Facebook discussions. 

Krister was born in a snow storm, but raised in a desert. Things finally improved when he discovered Lindy Hop in graduate school. The instrument that best matches his personality is a tuba. Briefly, in 2004, he became infatuated with neo-swing music. Krister regrets deeply those three weeks. Given the choice of sharing lunch with any swing-era musicians, he would opt for Slim and Slam. To him, swing dancing is a moving portrait of momentum and rhythm. He believes Balboa is a dance that is more about the journey than the destination. This is fortunate because the steps are so small it is hard reach any destination. He likes his swing outs and toss outs like he likes his underwear–stretchy. Krister believes that everyone is a dancer, they just might not know it yet. As a dance teacher, sometimes his mouth runs ahead of his brain to both the horror and delight of his students. Krister currently lives in Boulder, Colorado with his wife, Heather, and together they run a swing dance school, but occasionally he gets distracted by his day job as an experimental quantum physicist. Krister hopes to one day own a lawn so that he can yell at kids to stay off it. This will probably never happen as he hates mowing and loves kids.


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Krister taught me everything I know. See above. 

Julie met Lindy Hop in her first year of University at the UofA Club's Fair, and was instantly hooked. Dedicating her life to dancing, she has spent the last 15+ years travelling across the globe to study Jazz Roots dances and meet new Lindy Hoppers, attending dance camps in North America and Europe. Julie teaches, competes, performs, and travels as much as she can. She loves inspiring her passion for dancing in others, and creating wacky moves and routines with her equally wacky dance friends. In her spare time Julie likes to eat chocolate, watch GoT, and hang out with her kitties.

Hit That Jive Productions is supported by the Edmonton Arts Council and the City of Edmonton. 

Hit That Jive Productions is also supported by the Alberta Foundation for the Arts and the Government of Alberta.