Workshop Saturday November 16th, 2019 in New Braunfels TX

Teachers: Rob & Diane van Haaren

Held at the American Legion 410 W. Coll Street in downtown New Braunfels. Right across from the Sophienburg Museum.

Dancers in the movie are Dean Colllins and Jewel McGowen in the movie Buck Privates (Andrew Sisters singing in the back)

Saturday November 16 - New Braunfels 

Dance Like In The Movies 9:00 AM - 1:15 PM



An exciting workshop with great styling tips, moves and material for Lindy Hop and Swing Dancing. Styling on the basics, the Whip, Slides, Ladies Twist, Turns and much more. (If you are a beginner instead come and take the beginner lessons on Tuesdays at 7:30 at the American Legion in New Braunfels - click here)



Saturday November 16th:

9-10:15 AM Leaders and Followers Connection and Styling

10:15-11:30 AM The 8 Count Whip and Sugar Push with Variations

11:30 AM 30 minute Short Lunch Break (Bring your lunch)

12 PM - 1:15 PM Finish Turns, Turbo Apache, Slides, Routine



Taught by: Rob and Diane van Haaren. We worked with the original 1930's West and East Coast Masters of the dance and love to share our perspective with you, to get you to enjoy their stylings too. 



Online Registration $55 Per Person for the whole day ($65 at the door). Sorry no partial day. Sign up to reserve your spot today: 



American Legion, 410 Coll Street New Braunfels


Saturday November 16 New Braunfels 

Online Registration $55 Per Person for the whole day ($65 at the door). Sorry no partial day. Sign up to reserve your spot today: 

Teachers Personal Experiences

Teachers, producers and performers Rob and Diane have taught over 200.000 people in over 20 counties worldwide and learned directly with the Masters of the 1930’s from the East to the West coast. This "Dean Collins"style was the first style Rob learned in the Early 1980’s. Rob spend many Sundays with the original Los Angeles Swing Dancers and got lots of personal tips on men's and ladies styling but most of it he got a feel for the social part of the dance. In the late 1980's he was one of the only young dancers seriously interested in the original Swing forms and to learn from them. They all wanted to take him under their wings: Ann and John Mills, Jean Veloz, Irene Thomas, Venna Archer, Freda Wycoff, Natelie Gomez, Mary Collins (Dean Collins wife), Hal and Marge Takier, Maxie Dorf, Bart Bartola and others would say “Honey don't do it like him (or her), do it like this". This way he learned doing things in many different ways. It was an amazing exciting time as it was a direct connection to the Swing Era and the original Swing dances and styles, learned directly from the masters at the lions den!

Rob and Diane both had a chance to dance and teach with them and are here to pass it on to you! It is not danced to impress the judges or other competitors. It is here for you to enjoy; connect with the music, the floor and your partner, taking some of the great Dean Collins and Jewel McGowan style.

See you in the movies! :-)

Rob was fortunate to meet Jean Veloz in the 80's in Los Angeles dancing and ended up teaching with her in the late 90's and here in the picture at the Herrang Dance Camp in 2016 in Sweden (She appeared in many movies in the 1940's including the comedy short "Groovie Movie" here in picture at age 92)

Diane is dancing with John Mills the husband of Anne Mills, (one of the elite original Balboa Dancers here on the right back in the picture) who showed Rob a break step in Swing. Rob named it after John and the step is now known around the world as "Johnies Drop"

Reviews from last Workshop

1) Rob and Diane make learning to dance a blast!!! - Melinda Wilson Lyda

2) Fabulous experience learning from these folks.  Professional, patient, and funny! - Charlene Willfong

Workshop Location

American Legion, 410 Coll Street New Braunfels TX 78130

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Thank you New Braunfels for allowing us to share our passion with you. We look forward to another great year filled with fun, friends and dancing!

Rob & Diane van Haaren

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