Hit That Jive Productions

A Non-Profit Arts Organization

Promoting Social Dancing, Performance, and Theatre

Autumn Rhythm 2018
to Nov 4

Autumn Rhythm 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!

This year, we're excited to welcome Heather Ballew and Krister Shalm from Colorado, Jasper Palfree from Toronto, and Edmonton's own Julie Kiraly!

See the Facebook event for more details!

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Play the Fool Festival 2018
to Sep 30

Play the Fool Festival 2018

Play The Fool is Edmonton's festival of comedy, clown and curious characters! Physical performers from France, California, India, and even Edmonton bring their playful explorations of truth, beauty and meaning to the stage. 

Ticket and Festival Pass information available on the Play The Fool website as well as on the festival's official Facebook page!

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The Balboa Lab
10:00 AM10:00

The Balboa Lab

Hit That Jive presents a very special one-day workshop - The Balboa Lab! 

The Balboa Lab is a peer-based learning, intensive workshop, designed to have you think critically about your dancing. 

Miranda Dasu-Longaker, Julie Kiraly, and John Marian will guide you through fundamentals and exercises to bring your Balboa to the next level. Put on your dance shoes and thinking caps, and let's swing dance!

See the Event Page for more information!

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Spirit Moves Jazz Weekend
to Feb 11

Spirit Moves Jazz Weekend

Hit That Jive Productions is thrilled to host the Spirit Moves Jazz Weekend! Featuring the talented Miranda Dasu-Longaker from Seattle, WA, this weekend focuses on jazz and solo movement. 

  • 6 Solo Movement Classes w Miranda
  • 2-hr optional Air Steps intensive w Edmonton's John & Lindsay
  • Friday & Saturday Social Dances

Solo Classes include: Slow Jazz, Dancing Fast, Waacking, Booty Shaking (a mix of Dance Hall, Shimmy, Belly Dancing, and Twerking), and Solo Competition. 

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Physical Comedy Lab
7:00 PM19:00

Physical Comedy Lab

Join us at the inaugural Small Matter Productions Physical Comedy Lab, co-presented by Hit That Jive Productions.

A fun, low-pressure space to experiment, play, and test out new work in a supportive environment, or just to watch and be inspired!

See the Event Page for the complete and latest information!

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Play The Fool Festival 2017
to Oct 1

Play The Fool Festival 2017

Play The Fool is Edmonton's festival of comedy, clown and curious characters! Physical performers from France, California, India, and even Edmonton bring their playful explorations of truth, beauty and meaning to the stage. 



Hushabye (Sizzle & Spark, Calgary & Montreal)
- Written and performed by: Jed Tomlinson & Jacqueline Russell, directed by: Michael Kennard

A Basquette Quese (France & California)
- Performed by: Iman Lizarazu, written by: Julie Goell & Iman Lizarazu, directed by: Avner the Eccentric & Julie Goell

Mysterious Magical Brandishers of Magic! (International Collective)
- Written and performed by Monkey Do!: Pratik Motwani (India), James Peck (UK) and Sarah Peters (USA)

DOUBLE-BILL (60 mins)

Chris & Travis (Vancouver) 
- Written and performed by: Chris Ross and Travis Bernhardt
The Great Balanzo! (Montreal & Edmonton)
- Written and performed by: Aytahn Ross

Short works from some of Edmonton’s brightest new clown & physical comedy artists.

Alternative Science
- Written by Dustin Allen & Dezi DeHaan, performed by Dustin Allen

Mar and Briefcase in Office
- Written and performed by Carmen Nieuwenhuis & Jessy Ardern

The Closet of Olfactory Sorrow and Great Fanny Anguish
- Written and performed by Megan Verbeek, directed by Adam Keefe

Unedited Footage a Ghost
- Written and performed by: Connor Suart and Alex Cherovsky

A Perturbed Pallet of Pickled Pickings - Stardust Undertakers
- Written and performed by: Laura Rezko and Demmi Dupri

And How Do You Feel About That - Innocent Operations,
-Written and performed by Alex Dawkins and Jake Tkaczyk, directed by Michael Kennard, stage managed by Louise Mallory


FREE Opening Night Cabaret
- Festival sampler pack

E-Town Cabaret
- A variety spectacular brought to you by Edmonton’s Fool Spectrum Theatre.

The Rookie Cabaret
- Play the Fool’s emerging artist showcase


Ticket and Festival Pass information available on the website, playthefool.ca

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Edmonton Clown Festival
to Oct 2

Edmonton Clown Festival

  • L'UniThéâtre at La Cité Francophone (map)
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Hit That Jive and Fool Spectrum Theatre are joining forces for the first annual Edmonton Clown Festival, September 29-October 2, 2016!

Edmonton Clown Festival will provide an exciting opportunity for local and international artists to perform thought-provoking, clown-based theatre, and bring a diverse range of clown-based theatre styles to Edmonton audiences, from red-nose clowns to Bouffons to physical-based comedy, and others in between.

The festival will include a headliner - Deanna Fleysher (aka Butt Kapinski) - 2 full length shows, 2 triple bills, cabarets, and more! 

Stay tuned on the News page or visit http://edclownfest.ca for more details, and we'll see you in September.

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Northern Lights Dance Retreat
to Dec 13

Northern Lights Dance Retreat

Save the date! 

Nova Blues and Hit That Jive Productions are excited to announce the first annual Northern Lights Dance Retreat!

The Northern Lights Dance Retreat is a weekend of dancing, pseudo-camping in a beautiful hostel, social gatherings, and shenanigans. Our goal is to get to know dancers in our community better, to spend time socializing, enjoy the beautiful outdoors, eat some delicious food, and social dance.

As part of the event, we ask that you volunteer 2-4 hours of your time to help make the retreat run smoothly. Volunteer shifts include (but are not limited to) food preparation, serving, and clean-up, DJing, set-up and take down.

Early Bird: $150
Regular: $175

This event is SOLD OUT! If you would like to be put on the waiting list, contact info@hitthatjive.ca

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Autumn Rhythm 2015
to Nov 22

Autumn Rhythm 2015

  • MacEwan University Swing Dance Club (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

That's right guys! Macewan University Swing Dance Club and Hit That Jive Productions are bringing Autumn Rhythm back!

This just in:

We will have TWO full tracks over the weekend - Intermediate and Advanced - along with options for Solo Jazz, Air Steps, and a special Masters Class. 

Stay tuned for more details!

Your Instructors:

Miranda Dasu Longaker! 
Flight attendant by day, international Lindy Hopper by night, Miranda dove into the Swing dance community while studying music at the University of Colorado at Boulder back in 2005 and has been infatuated ever since. While Lindy is her love, she adores all forms of American vintage dance and has a particular passion for several dances like St. Louis Shag, Solo Blues and Balboa. Over the years, Miranda has extensively studied human body kinetics through Alexander Technique which, combined with a true love for vernacular movement and improvisation, has led her to become one of the most skilled and dynamic solo dancers in the world.
Always looking for better ways to captivate, inspire, and connect with her audience, Miranda's classes are technique oriented, yet playful and imaginative. She believes that, to create an ideal learning environment, teaching must be a balance between enhancing natural movement and practical applications. Her effervescent personality will be seen dancing all over!

Read Fenton
Read has been dancing since 2008 and involved with the leadership and teaching of lessons in Edmonton since 2009. His infectious enthusiasm and love of Swing Dance history make his classes exciting and informative. He is the leader of the band 'Read and His Happy Hep Cats', runs the Edmonton swing dance school 'Let’s Swing', and is on the board for Hit That Jive Productions and Nova Blues. He is the founder of the Spring Fling Swing Dance Workshops and the Summer Solstice Swing Dance Festival, and the Edmonton Lindy Hop Showcase week long workshop.
Read regularly travels to large dance events. In 2013 he quit his job to go on a four month Swing Dancing road trip to San Francisco, Austin, New Orleans, Albuquerque, Denver, Salt Lake City, Boise, Portland, Seattle, and Victoria. In 2014 while studying for his master’s in business he traveled to 23 dance events around the world including Frankie 100, five weeks in Herrang Dance Camp, and 4 months dancing in Seoul South Korea.

Phil Bourassa
Phil lives, breathes and occasionally eats Lindy Hop. In his unending search for the perfect swingout, Phil has travelled all over North America and Herrang, social dancing and competing against some of the Galaxy’s finest dancers. From the age of 7 when he put on mini magic shows at family gatherings, Phil has loved performing and usually never gives up the opportunity to dance in front of an audience. Hailing from Toronto, he is one of the founding members of the performance troupe That Swing! and is currently part of the cane and jazz duet, PB&J. He loves spreading his passion for the dance and is the co-owner of Bees Knees Dance, Toronto’s largest swing dance school. When he’s not out social dancing, teaching, DJing or performing, he.... Well, he doesn’t really do anything else. What is this Facebook device people keep talking about?

Julie Kiraly
Julie loves Lindy Hop. She loves the music, the rhythm, the partner connection, the social atmosphere, and pretty much everything else about this amazing dance. Lindy Hop is not only a passion for her, but a lifestyle that she has adopted, one that includes travel, learning, performing, teaching, and killer shoes. Lindy Hop has introduced her to some of her greatest friends and the best memories a dancer could hope for. Julie loves inspiring this passion in others, and doing her part to grow the Lindy Hop family. On the rare occasion that Julie is not on the dance floor, you may spot her alter-ego, Mooch, a clown character that also loves to dance.

Together Phil and Julie (also known as "Phulie") have taught workshops and classes in Edmonton and Toronto, and have competed and performed at dance events across Canada and in the U.S. They enjoy creating a fun and welcoming atmosphere in their classes, and continually strive to inspire their students. They are excited to return for Autumn Rhythm part deux.

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The Showcase Revue
3:30 PM15:30

The Showcase Revue

The Showcase is a cabaret-style show that will feature students and performers from Edmonton Lindy Hop Showcase (a week-long swing dance camp hosted by Hit That Jive Productions), as well as local Edmonton artists. In the spirit of cooperation and community growth, these performers will come together to showcase their work for Edmonton dance lovers and theatre-goers alike. 

Advance Tickets online: $15
At the Door: $20

Location: Stanley A Milner Library Theatre
Doors: 3:30pm, Showtime 4pm

Special Performances By:
Boom Boom the Clown (Joel Bazin) from Just Breathe Theatre
Rhonda and Marie from Moon Unit, daughter troupe to the lovely Saskia Art's Luna Dance Fusion
Toy Guns Dance Theatre
(Artistic Director: Jake W Hastey
Stage Manager: Kasia Brytan
Assistant Stage Manager: Erin Hayes
Opera Singer: Elizabeth Raycroft
Storyteller: Christine Lesiak
Rachel Gleiberman
Justin Kautz
Corben Kushneryk
Dylan Parsons
Valerie Rodriguez
Mark Sinongco
Sky Slywchuk
Celeste Tikal
Richelle Thoreson)

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Edmonton Lindy Hop Showcase
to Jul 19

Edmonton Lindy Hop Showcase

  • Foot Notes Dance Studio (map)
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Hit That Jive Productions is very excited to present Edmonton's first week-long dance camp: Edmonton Lindy Hop Showcase!

Edmonton Lindy Hop Showcase will focus on performance Lindy Hop and Solo Jazz with 3 amazing instructors from the USA: Michael Jagger, Evita Arce, and Laura Glaess! You will be working with a partner of your choosing on advanced-level training, technique, choreography, and more!

ELHS will have two partnered tracks, daytime classes, evening dances, and a very special Showcase at the end of the week where the students can show the Lindy Hop community the awesome stuff that they have been working on. 

Website: http://edmontonlindyhopshowcase.ca/
Event description: http://edmontonlindyhopshowcase.ca/?page_id=12

A La Carte Dances:
Monday to Thursday: Dance $12, Late night $10, Both $20
Friday & Saturday: Dance $25, Late night $10, Both $30
Sunday: Dance $12, Late night $10, Both $20

The Showcase Revue:
Tickets: $15 in advance (online), $20 at the door

Note: All Party Passes include a Showcase Revue Ticket


Daytime Classes: 12pm-6pm
-->Invitational Track 12-3pm, Open Track 3-6pm
Evening Dances: 9pm-2am

Each track will have 3 hours of class per day.

Camp Prices:

Full-week pass:
Early Bird: $500/person
Regular: $550/person
At the Door: $600/person

Early Bird deadline is Sunday, May 3rd, 2015.
(At the Door passes: subject to availability)

**please note: there are only 40 full-week passes available (20 leaders, 20 followers), so be sure to pick up yours quickly!

Registration is OPEN!

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Hit That Nova Fundraiser!
to Jul 13

Hit That Nova Fundraiser!

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Hit That Jive Productions and Nova Blues are excited to host our next Hit That Nova on July 11th! Hit That Nova features a Lindy Hop room and a Blues room for your dancing pleasure! 
This time around we are raising funds for upcoming Hit That Jive projects. 

Swing Lesson with Read Fenton & Marissasaurus Rex: 8pm

Dance: 9pm to 1am

Lesson: $2
Dance: $10

Featuring Edmonton's finest Swing and Blues DJs and a rockin' photo booth by John Marian Photography!

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Comp & Show Intensive
to May 3

Comp & Show Intensive

Hit That Jive is excited to present the Comp & Show Intensive on May 2nd, 2015! 

We are thrilled to welcome the talented Phil Bourassa from Toronto to teach with our very own Julie Kiraly. In this intensive they will focus on competition and show topics for partnered Lindy Hop, including advanced-level technique, cool tricks, and more. We are also excited to offer a Solo Jazz class, taught by the amazing Turlough Myers! And two elective classes: Air Steps and Cane Tricks!

The weekend will include a Friday night kick-off dance, classes all day Saturday, and a competition for workshop attendees at the Saturday evening dance! 
We will be teaming up with our friends at Nova Blues for "Hit That Nova" on the Saturday night, featuring BILLIE ZIZI, and two rooms, Blues and Swing, on the band breaks!

Optional classes (Air Steps and Cane Tricks) will be on Sunday afternoon. 

There will be 4 hours of Lindy Hop classes on the Saturday, plus a 1-hour Jazz Class!

Class Schedule:
Lindy Hop Classes: 1pm-5:30pm
Solo Jazz: 5:45-6:45pm
(location: Foot Notes Dance Studio)

Air Steps: 1pm-3pm (location: Capital City Gymnastics)
Cane Tricks: 3:30pm-5pm (location: Spark Sport Fitness)

Pricing Details:

Early Bird price: $80/person
Regular: $95/person

Capacity: 16 leaders and 16 followers
(You will need to register individually this time, rather than as a couple. But please include your partner's name on your registration form :) ).

Early Bird Deadline: April 17th at 11:59:59

This price includes the Friday and Saturday dances and the Saturday classes. We are also having 2 elective classes on the Sunday, for the following prices:

Air Steps: $30/person (2 hr class)
(Capacity: 12 leaders and 12 followers)

Cane Tricks: $20/person (1.5 hr class)
(Capacity: 16 dancers)

A La Carte class options:
Air Steps: $45/person
Cane Tricks: $30
Solo Jazz: $20

We will have spots available for 16 couples. 

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Practice Session and Hit That Nova!
to Mar 29

Practice Session and Hit That Nova!

  • Foot Notes Dance Studio (map)
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Nova Blues and Hit That Jive are excited to once again team up for an evening of swing and blues! 

We've made some changes to include an afternoon practice session. Join Sandie and Julie for a feedback session and mini-private lessons between 4pm and 6pm. $10 for the 2-hour open practice. Ask them questions about partnered dancing, solo dancing, or anything else you are interested in finding out!

Vintage Hair with Julie will be from 8pm-9pm ($5)
Beginner Blues lesson from 8pm-9pm ($2)

$10 for the dance-only

$2 for the Blues class (8pm-9pm)
$5 for the Vintage Hair class (8-9pm)
(note: the Vintage Hair class will run at the same time as the intro Blues lesson).

Cash only at the door. Be sure to bring a water bottle to help us make the event green!

See you there!

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Hit That Jive and Nova Blues present: Hit That Nova!
to Jan 11

Hit That Jive and Nova Blues present: Hit That Nova!

  • Foot Notes Dance Studio (map)
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Hit That Jive and Nova Blues are excited to present Hit That Nova! 

Because we love Lindy Hop AND we love Blues, we are going to host a combined dance! That's right! You can Lindy AND Blues all in one venue! We have a beautiful space booked with two adjacent rooms. One room will feature Lindy Hop music, the other Blues and Fusion music, all for your dancing pleasure. 

Doors open at 7:45pm, and there will be an awesome blues lesson from 8-9pm! 

But wait, there's more! HTJ is hosting a Competition Intensive earlier in the day, and our awesome students will be battling it out in a fun and friendly competition, for your viewing pleasure!

$10 admission price gets you access to both rooms, all night! 

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Airsteps Intensive
7:30 PM19:30

Airsteps Intensive

HTJ is excited to host another Air Steps Intensive on Friday, January 9th! 

We are doing something a little different this time around! The first half of the class John and Lindsay will be teaching a new air step to everyone. For the second half of the class, they will be helping the students refine an air step that they are working on. The idea behind this intensive is to not only teach something new, but to also help the students dance in and out of an air step, on a safe, soft floor. 

For those of you that are taking the Competition Intensive the next day, this will be a great opportunity to work on some tricks on a soft floor, before the Saturday classes. 

We are capping this class at 16 people (8 couples) to give more personal attention to the students. 

Early Bird: $80/couple ($40 per person) before Dec 31st
Regular: $100/couple ($50/per person) 

SPECIAL PROMO: $10 off the price (per couple) for anyone attending the Competition Intensive! 

No refunds or credits once registration is completed and payment received. 

Registration is now open: https://swingtix.ca/

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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.