Team

The Minnie Dippers

Welcome to Swing-Out Edmonton's all-levels performance team, the Minnie Dippers! Named after the distinguished Lindy Hop move popularized by the late and great ambassador of the dance itself, Frankie Manning, The Minnie Dippers appropriately encapsulates our core values of respect, inclusivity, community, appreciation for the African American origins of the dances we enjoy, and advancement of our members' skills in Lindy Hop, Charleston, Collegiate Shag, Solo Jazz, general performance, and more. This term, the coaches are Michael Besplug, Chelsea Butler, Chloe Martineau, and Anna Beamish.

 

To us, nothing is more fulfilling than seeing people's breakthroughs in conquering challenging yet accessible choreography and the camaraderie and friendships that form as we work together toward common goals in a team environment.

 

In the before-times, we focused mostly on partnered dance routines with in-person, weekly practices, and with the disruption of COVID-19, we changed our focus to solo jazz choreography with virtual practices. Now we will be returning to in-person, weekly practices! Masks are mandatory and we will be following Swing-Out Edmonton and the U of A's COVID-19 Policies in addition to public health orders.

 

Practices will run from 7:45pm-9:00pm on Thursdays, starting September 23rd Online. Our main focus will be learning original routines (choreopraphed by the coaches) pitched at roughly an intermediate level, but beginners are both welcome and encouraged to join, especially if a slightly brisker learning pace is seen as a fun challenge! Regardless, questions are also always welcome and encouraged, and we strive to be available to help everyone experience success!

 

Finally, the team is FREE to join! Our Open House practice will be on Thursday, September 23rd, at 7:45pm Online.  If you'd like to learn more about the team or have any questions, please email minniedippers@gmail.com and one of our coaches will be happy to follow up with you.

Waiver (Over 18)