Welcome to JIVING.com / Miss Wolff's Jiving School,
where we teach 1940s, 1950s, 1960s dances, and were the
first to do so in North America. Our focus is on Jive,
Stroll, Bop, Jitterbug, Texas Two-Step and Northern Soul. All dances are taught in group classes, by Sophie Wolff Dangerfield.
Our school's strength is our musical expertise
and passion for this era. We have a genuine love of the musical styles
of the '40s, '50s and '60s, and dancing is one of the ways we can
help you express your love of vintage-styled music too! We're well-versed in all the nuances of underground subculture scenes for the past 25 years...
We also specialize in making the most nervous, rhythmically-challenged students feel comfortable and confident in minutes. Please email us with any questions, or to request a private or group class tailored to your wishes - in Chicago or anywhere in the world: HAVE JIVE, WILL TRAVEL. ENROLL NOW !
WHEN * WHERE * HOW MUCH *
WHICH LEVEL DO I TAKE? * WHERE DO I SIGN UP?
WHEN - CLASS DATES & TIMES
GROUP Classes * WEEKEND Workshops * PRIVATE Lessons
Maximum size 24 students, so reserve your spot now. With or without partner! Classes are fun; you'll feel welcome, regardless of ability or shyness!
Wednesdays SEPT 13 - Dec 13 : 13-week 2017 Session
20th anniversary celebration!
7pm - Jiving Beginners, 60min
Big bonanza 13-week session where we progressively learn moves and build on our style and knowledge each week for 4 months! It will be action packed to celebrate our 20th anniversary! Get in shape! No partner needed. Jive classes include: JIVE BOP STROLL and a little Jitterbug & TexasTwo-Step.
8pm - Northern Soul all levels, 60min (new! see descriptions)
9pm - Jiving Advanced, 60min
, regardless of attendance (that's up to you) or start date. Catch up a missed class by coming to the following one ten minutes early as we review moves each week! All prices are non-refundable after you leave your first class. Most reasonable prices for most specialized teachers! As seen at Viva Las Vegas!
ALL CLASSES LIMITED TO 24 STUDENTS. Once full, sign up is disabled
PRE-PRICES until Aug 31 (+20% after Aug 31) :
A - Jiving I Beginners, $179 13 HRs
B - Open Northern Soul, $179 13 HRs
C - Jiving II Advanced, $179 13 HRs
D - Jive I Beg + N. Soul, $199 26 HRs
E - Jive II Adv + N. Soul, $199 26 HRs
F - Both Jive I + Jive II, $199 26 HRs
G - I Wanna Dance All Night!: 39 HRs! ALL classes $219
SHAKE RATTLE ENROLL!
*Classes are limited to 24 people. First come, first served. Reserve your spot.*
SIGN UP FOR GROUP CLASSES HERE:
Private lessons are available
to advance rapidly with tailor-made training, customized to your needs, where the teacher can focus only on you.
Please enquire for private lesson rates.
PayPal - Our preferred method. It's free to pay online through PayPal. If you don't have an account, it's free and very secure to sign up with a card or account.
Credit Card - See below; use via PayPal (check if available in class)
Cash - Please have exact change
Helpful hints: Located at the intersection of Lincoln and Byron, the actual entrance is round the corner, on Byron, between the Chase bank and KICK restaurant.
PARKING: It can be a pain. Get there early and some of the surrounding streets have free (check signs) parking! Lincoln Ave has metered parking. Please carefully check times as some are payable until midnight, and some are 10pm. They aren't too strict but you never know.
CLOSEST "L" STOP: Irving Park or Addison on the BROWN LINE.
PLAN YOUR TRIP from anywhere with the CTA Trip Planner or Google Transit
DESCRIPTION OF LEVELS
JIVING / JIVE / JITTERBUG
Jiving I : Planet Jive
Beginner Jive. Beginner Stroll and Beginner Bop as a bonus. Preview of Jitterbug.
Jiving II : Rockabilly Rebels
Advanced Jive. Advanced Stroll, Bop and a Jitterbug overview! Look like you've been jiving for years! ALL JIVING CLASSES WILL BE TAILORED TO SPECIFIC STUDENTS' KNOWLEDGE
Jiving III : Jumpin' Jitterbugs
1940s Jitterbug! Developed from Lindyhop, but more rock-n-roll / rhythm-n-blues, wild, down-n-dirty street dance! Same rules/count & interchangeable with Jive!
Jiving IV: Rockin' Workshop
Wild Rockin' Jiving. Dance with two girls! More Stroll and Bop moves as a bonus. Rockin'
moves and style tips for pros. This level could be taught for a year with constant new moves! Moves tailored to what students haven't yet learned!
Jiving V: JIVE AFTER FIVE!
A-wop-bop-a-loo-bop-a-wop-bam-boom! This is the cream of the crop JAM PACKED Advanced moves from the rockabilly 50s side of things, advanced stroll, advanced bop, and a little Jitterbug and TexasTwo-Step too! Insane!
Texas Two-Step I
Beginner Two-Step! In the setting of specific "Austin, Texas rockabilly scene" honky tonk style - mixed with crossover jiving moves, to Ray Price, Johnny Bush, Mavericks, etc TX 2-step: Find you inner cowboy / cowgirl!
Texas Two-Step II
Advanced tricks, twists, cowboy turns to a vintage hillbilly shuffle beat! Saddle up!!
Northern Soul I
Complete beginner moves to get you moving to rare 1960s Detroit soul & more!
Northern Soul II
Review of basics, with different moves from NS I. Turns, Spins, Stomps*
Open Northern Soul
Combo of Northern I & II - Beginners learn the basics while Advanced spin it out!
* FOR NORTHERN SOUL CLASSES: You may take Northern Soul II if you are a beginner!! Although the moves are different from NS I, the level is still able to be followed by a beginner. Just expect to feel challenged as your learning rate will be accelerated in the beginning. But we start each class with easy basics and we make sure every single student is catching on in a discreet helpful positive way!
** FOR JIVING CLASSES: All students must start with Jive I
to learn the basics and logic of jive, even if you already dance. If you want to take Jive I and an advanced level at the same time, please contact us, as that is possible.
For a description of Bop, Jitterbug, Jiving, Northern Soul, Stroll & Texas Two-Step, please check out our Dance Styles page.
We're so sure you'll love our classes that if, for any reason,
you change your mind, in person, by the end of your first hour of class,
we will give you a full session refund, minus the cost of one class!
*After the end of the first class of the session, fees are non-refundable*