2Plys Workshops June 23-25 Portland

Joel and Alison Plys
2PlySwing Weekend

Friday demo at Westside Swing

Saturday Workshop Paradise Ballroom
11:00-12:00 Solo Charleston Styling and Technique
Learn some cool variations while getting the look your looking for.
12:00-1:30 Partnered Charleston Variations and Transitions
Learn the dynamics of several Charleston patterns and how to transition in and out of them.
2:30-3:30 Styling Variations with Finesse to Spice Up Your Lindy Hop
Joel and Alison will teach separate lead and follow styling variations and how to do them without throwing your partner off.
3:30-5:00 Fast Lindy
Learn the default dynamics of fast lindy so you can move more efficiently; as well as transition effectively between lindy and Charleston to conserve energy.

Sunday Workshop Paradise Ballroom
11:00-12:00 Balboa Fundamentals
Come brush up on your basics and get the precision needed for a good Balboa foundation.
12:00-1:00 Balboa Ad-libs
Understanding how to vary rhythms in Balboa and make smooth transitions, as well as internalizing the basic rhythm.
2:00-3:15 BalSwing Throwouts and Turns (The LA Swing equivalent to the Swingout)
Learn the basics of LA Swing and how to transition from Bal and back.
3:15-4:45 Kicks In and Out and Crossovers (Charleston Based Open Variations)

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In case you don't know who Joel and Alison are:
Since their marriage and move to San Diego, CA in mid-2002; Joel and Alison Plys have made quite a name for themselves.

They have a high quality, energetic approach to the dance which makes every lesson with them a blast!

Joel & Alison’s down to earth, enthusiastic attitudes are contagious and offer a very personal learning experience.

Joel & Alison have a full knowledge and understanding of various styles that they share in their instruction.

To 'preserve' a dance, you must understand the technique and characteristic fundamentals of that dance.

For a dance to 'evolve', you must be open to everyone adding creative elements to that dance.

They encourage students to study and be open to “differences” so that they can make the dance their own.

Joel & Alison embody these qualities in their instruction and their dancing while remembering the true reason we dance - for FUN!

They have taught all over the US (20 states and counting) as well as Australia, Canada, England, France, Germany and Sweden.

They are very proud to be part of Ryan & Jenny’s dance company: Swing Un-Ltd.

As promoters of the dance:
Joel co-created the popular All Balboa Weekend in Cleveland, OH - the first ever ALL Balboa event.

Joel & Alison are the creators of the BALBOA RENDEZVOUS & BALBOA UNIVERSITY - simply the greatest gathering for Balboa instructors and dancers.
They are huge supporters of communities and promoters working together to help each scene prosper and grow.

After 6 years of running weekend workshops, they know what it takes on all sides for a successful event.

As competitors:
Their emphasis is on quality instruction versus competitive placement, yet they have their share of accomplishments:

They have competed and placed at the following events:

American Lindy Hop Championships (ALHC – 2003 Fast Dance Champions)

American Classic Balboa Championship (ACBC - 3rd place 2003 & 2005)

North Atlantic Dance Championships (NADC)

National Jitterbug Championships (NJC)

They are one of few couples that can truly offer instruction in all areas of authentic Swing:

Balboa, Charleston, Collegiate Shag, Lindy and more…


We share the same high-energy, non-competitive attitude about the dance and instruction.

"We've been doing this stuff for a while"
Joel began his swing dance career in 1998.
He taught swing full-time out of Cleveland, OH for 4 years (1999-2002).
Teaching nationally since 2000.
He co-created the very first All Balboa Weekend with Valerie Salstrom (2000)
He continues to run and organize amazing weekend workshops.

Alison began her swing dance career in 1998.
She taught part-time in Cleveland, OH for 3 years (2000-2002).
Began her national teaching debut in 2002.
She is one of the best follows at breaking down the feel of the dance.
"If we're going to travel and teach - we're going to do it together"
Joel and Alison were married in June of 2002 in Cleveland, OH.
They decided to live their lives out of beautiful San Diego, CA (moved September of 2002)
They created 2PlySwing to bring their HIGH ENERGY instruction to YOU!

"We have a unique history of employment/teaching experience"
Joel's background:
*Traveling educator for Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity - 1993
*Business process consultant for Anderson Consulting (now Accenture) - 1994 to 1999
*Full-time Swing Dance business owner/dance instructor - 1999 to present
*Co-creator of the All Balboa Weekend in Cleveland, OH with Valerie Salstrom
*Part-time COMPUSA computer class instruction - 2001 to 2003
*Part-time Barnes Tennis Center summer camp instruction for kids - 2003 to present

Alison's background:
*Volunteer life skills instructor for women with alcohol and drug addiction - 1993 to present
*Co lead singer of Full Blown Kirk - 1995 to 1998
*Began pursuing a degree in special education - 1998 to present
*Treatment specialist/program coordinator for children with severe behavioral disorders - 2001 to 2002


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