Group lessons are $20 for a drop-in and $70 for a 4-week cycle. Please bring cash or a check to class.
Q. I don't know how to dance. Can I still take a class?
Yes! Roddy's intro to swing lessons are open to everyone, regardless of dance experience. We will start with fresh material at the start of each month, so you're welcome to join during the first two weeks of any month.
Q. Do I need a partner?
No you don't need a partner. Both singles and couples are welcome. We rotate partners throughout the class to give everyone the opportunity to dance with different partners and make new friends.
Q. What should I wear to the dance lessons?
Swing dancers dress in various styles. While we don't encourage gymwear, it is a good idea to dress in casual clothes that you can move in and don't mind getting a little sweaty. Occasionally, your classmates will dress in vintage. This is never required, but it adds to the atmosphere, so feel free to join in.
Q. What kind of shoes do I need?
When you're starting out, don't worry about buying dance shoes. Simply pick a pair of comfortable shoes out of your closet. You may want to pick a pair that'll slide a bit on the dance floor, so you have an easier time turning. Conventional sneakers are fine.
Eventually, you'll want to invest in a pair of dance shoes.
Q. Can I take private lessons?
Yes, Roddy is available for private lessons during the week and on weekends. Rates start at $125/hr at the Albee School of Dance. Contact Roddy to inquire further or for other arrangements.
Feel free to reach out to Roddy with any questions you have - taking group lessons for the first time, private lessons, wedding choreography etc.
Brooklyn born Roddy Caravella is Charleston Charlie. He has been teaching and performing social jazz dances for the past 20 years. Trained under world-renowned dance greats, such as Frankie Manning and Sandra Cameron, Roddy is a choreographer who specializes in many early jazz dances. Known not just for the historical authenticity of his dancing, Roddy has a reputation for meticulous attention to accurate period attire. Mr. Caravella and his ensemble, The Canarsie Wobblers, regularly perform dances of the 1920's with Michael Arenella and his Dreamland Orchestra. In fact, the group was born at the inception of the Jazz Age Lawn Party on Governor's Island. Roddy is also a member of the Lindy Hopper All-Stars.
Mr. Caravella's dance career has brought him all over the United States and abroad where he has performed in TV specials with Tony Bennett, three seasons of a stage tour with Swing Dance America, the show Swing on Ice in Hong Kong, Lincoln Center’s Midsummer Night’s Swing, a PBS Veteran’s Day special aboard the USS Intrepid, Sleigh Bells Swing on Broadway at the Edison Ballroom with the George Gee Orchestra, and the presidential inaugural show Let Freedom Swing at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC with Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra.
Mr. Caravella was raised in Bensonhurst. He currently lives in Brooklyn with his wife, milliner Gretchen Fenston, and is an avid collector of vintage cars.