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Welcome to / Miss Wolff's Jiving School, where we teach 1940s, 1950s, 1960s dances, and were the first to bring these dances to popularity in North America:
Jive, Stroll, Bop, Jitterbug, Texas Two-Step and Northern Soul. All dances are taught in group classes, by Sophie Dangerfield (Miss Wolff).

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 as we've been passionately devouring them 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: GROUP Classes * WEEKEND Workshops * PRIVATE Lessons

Group classes - Dates and times

With or without partner! Classes are fun; you'll feel welcome, regardless of ability or shyness! Classes are dependent on a 8 - 22 size. The remaining classes for already existing students this session are:

Thursdays at 7:30pm
Nov 30 (60min)
Dec 7 (90min)
Dec 14 (90min)
Dec 21

No class Oct 16 & 23
20th anniversary celebration

7:30pm - Jiving open/all levels, 60min
8:30pm - Northern Soul all levels, 30min (see descriptions)

No partner needed. Big bonanza 7-week session where we progressively learn moves and build on our style and knowledge each week for 2 months! It will be action-packed to celebrate our 20th anniversary! Get in shape!
*Jive classes include: JIVE BOP STROLL and a little Jitterbug & TexasTwo-Step.
Beginners welcome - you will have an intensive catch-up to match the advanced

Weekend workshops

Learn to dance in a group of 22 max. Progress faster: intensive, condensed class. Add to your move repertoire. Dates TBD. Available on request for groups of 10+.

Private lessons

Available to advance rapidly with tailor-made training, customized to your needs, where the teacher focuses only on you. Please inquire for rates.

This session at Dance Center Chicago,
3868 N. Lincoln Ave, Chicago, 60613

Helpful hints: Located at the intersection of Lincoln and Byron, the actual entrance is round the corner, on Byron, next to the Chase bank.

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 we can't guarantee they won't ticket.

CLOSEST "L" STOP:  Irving Park or Addison on the BROWN LINE.
PLAN YOUR TRIP from anywhere with the CTA Trip Planner or Google Transit


for your group classes

All prices are in US dollars, and are the total for the eight-week session
regardless of attendance (that's up to you) or start date.
Catch up a missed class by coming early the following week to review moves.
All prices are non-refundable after you leave your first class. Most reasonable prices for most As seen at Viva Las Vegas!

A - Jiving open/all levels 7:30pm, $95 - 60 min class
B -
Northern Soul Open 8:30pm, $45 - 30 min class
C -
Jiving & Northern Soul 8:30pm, $100 - 90 min classes


*Classes are limited to 22 people. First come, first served. Reserve your spot.*


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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!

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!

Jiving Open: JIVE for all levels
All levels: Beginners get intense personalized coaching to catch up to the advanced who learn new moves and try out for our troupe.


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*

Northern Soul Open
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.

Money-Back Guarantee
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*

© 1998-2017 Sophie Wolff Dangerfield