Are you looking to dive deeper into the world of Lindy Hop? Do you like the idea of learning a routine and performing in front of a crowd? Are you interested in hanging out and practicing with people who are as obsessed with dancing as you are? Side Street Swing’s teams just might be the place for you!
Side Street’s teams hold open auditions annually in the second week of September. Other auditions are occasionally held at the discretion of the coaches.
Current team members can pay dues here. Please note that simply paying dues does not make you a member of the team - all team members must audition before joining.
We have several teams which cover a wide range of levels and goals, from entry-level to semi-pro. Some teams are competitive, some teams are performance oriented, and some focus on improving your dancing just for the sake of getting better! All the teams are lots of fun, and are coached by some of the city’s best Lindy Hoppers. Below you can learn more about each of our teams, and see if one of them might be right for you!
The Hitchhikers (Formerly: Solo Team)
Sundays, 6:30 - 8:00 pm.
Coached by: Kalyn Jobb
Monthly Dues: $65 regular, $50 student
This is the perfect place to polish your solo dancing! This entry-level solo team focuses on improving your movement and expanding your vocabulary of solo moves. The team is non-competitive, but does perform in the Christmas and Spring shows!
This team is great for dancers who have taken our intro to solo jazz or solo Charleston classes, who love to bust out their solo dancing at social dances and wish they knew more, or who enjoy dancing the Shim Sham and are interested in learning other solo choreographies.
Mondays, 8:30 - 10:00
Coached by: Shannon MacGillivray and Alec Mills
Monthly Dues: $70 regular, $55 student
Welcome to the Lamplighters, our entry-level couples choreography team! If you're curious as to what being on a team is all about, this is the place for you! On this team, dancers work with a partner to learn an original choreography and perform it in the December and Spring showcases. This team is non-competitive and non-acrobatic, and focuses on improving your dancing, getting creative, and having fun.
This team is perfect for intermediate dancers who have done the swing series or the Lindy Lab and are looking for more!
Thursdays, 6:00 - 8:00, at Arts Court
Coached by: Jamie Blair and Erik Morris
Monthly Dues: $75 regular, $60 student
Introducing the Firebrands - Side Street's brand new advanced level couples team! This is a competitive team that will be working on difficult choreography with plenty of acrobatic tricks and aerials, with the intent of competing at the Canadian Swing Championships in May.
This team is intended for experienced dancers who have been on teams before, and are looking for a challenge. The coaches will be looking for precision, good performance skills, and excellent technique. If you're ready to take your dancing to the next level, we invite you to audition!
Practice time TBD
Coached by: Laura Smith
One-time fee: TBD
This is a fun one-off choreography project that will run for 9 weeks in winter of 2018, with a focus on the group effects found in team routines (canons, formations, partner swaps, etc.). The project is open to any dancer who is comfortable doing a swingout, and does not require a partner.
There is **NO AUDITION** required for this team! However, Participants must register and pay in advance, must commit to being present at at least 8/9 practices, and must be comfortable competing in the team short showcase division at O-Town Showdown in March.
Sundays, 4:00 - 6:00
Coached by: Laura Smith
Adjunct Coach: Jeffrey Territo
Monthly Dues: $50 regular, $40 student. $20 when combined with any other SSS team.
Welcome to Gig Crew, Side Street Swing's semi-professional performance troupe! This group of high-level dancers and instructors maintains a diverse repertoire of choreography and performance pieces, and has performed all over the city of Ottawa at festivals, fundraisers, and other special events.
This team is focused on learning choreography and working on skills relevant to performance, such as presentation, acrobatics, and teaching methods for large or unusual groups. If you love to perform for crowds, learn choreography quickly, are comfortable speaking in front of large groups, and enjoy teaching students of all ages, we encourage you to audition for the team!