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Germany/Poland Swing Jazz Workshop

• Swing Jazz
• Contemporary Jazz

Bill Hotaling has created several instructional DVDs on Swing Jazz.


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Swing began during the 1930’s as a way to express yourself with big athletic movement set to fast tempo, upbeat songs. Big Bands led by legendary musicians like Duke Ellington, Tommy Dorsey and Count Basie popularized the music of this era.

Swing dance came to symbolize joy and ease during the Great Depression when Americans had fallen on hard times.  Swing dance allowed people to ‘let loose’ and forget their worries.  High energy steps like the Charleston, Jitterbug, and the Lindy have continued their popularity today in dance studios and jazz clubs throughout the world.  

Many of the moves created by Swing dancers have made their way into Hip-Hop, Jazz and Broadway-Style dancing.

Bill Hotaling studied dance in New York City. Performed on stages around the world, from New York’s Radio City Music Hall to World Design Expo in Japan. Worked at realization of video clips with such bands like Cameo and Sweet Obsession, moreover he performed for companies AT&T, IBM and appeared in the film When Harry Met Sally. His main fields of interest are dance education and choreography.

He is an author of choreography for theatre productions of Chicago, The Music Man, Fiddler on the Roof and Pippin. He travels the world holding dance workshops and professional classes for the best dance companies (i.a. Manhattan Dance Project, Dance Masters of America, Dance Caravan), schools and universities (Disney American College, Columbia University) and numerous dance schools in United States of America and Canada. He was a pedagogue in three of most popular schools in New York: Broadway Dance Center, Steps on Broadway and Central Park Dance Studio.

Recently he taught Jazz & Lyrical style at School of Ballet Arizona and Arizona Dance School of Arts. He is the founder of Manhattan Dance Project, which is in its fifteenth season.