Teachers at the Old Town School

Louie Stallone

Swing Dance, Ballroom for Barrooms, Cajun, Dance Basics for Couples

Louie has been dancing full throttle since 1985, learning to Contra, Cajun, and Swing dance as well as a post-modern dance form called Contact Improv. Louie started teaching swing dancing in 1992 at the Moosehead Bar and Grill and the Bop Shop (both clubs are now closed). In April of 1997, Louie started teaching Swing and Cajun Dancing at the Old Town School of Folk Music. During the day you can find him teaching Line Dancing and Tai Chi for the Chicago Department on Aging. You will also find Louie teaching Cajun and Zydeco with the City of Chicago’s Summerdance Festival. Hope to see you on the dance floor!

Education: BS Food/Nutrition, Northern Illinois University

Started at the Old Town School in May of 1997

Upcoming Workshops

Dance Basics for Couples

Open to All

$45 ($43 members)

Sat. August 10, 1:00 PM – 2:50 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Swing and sway to the blues, rockabilly, and the sounds of the big bands. Learn to be comfortable with fundamental moves on the dance floor. In this two-hour workshop, Louie will cover the one-step, the fox-trot, and the six-count swing. Emphasis will also be given to the basics of coupling, floorwork, and turns. This class is ideal for couples who are either preparing for their own wedding or those wanting to dance with ease at any party or occasion. Spend some time with your honey, get moving, and have fun!

Swing Dance: Brush-Up Workshop

Intermediate

$25 ($24 members)

Sat. August 10, 3:00 PM – 4:50 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Brush up on your Swing in this low-commitment, one-day workshop! Stop by on a Saturday afternoon to work with Louie on your swing turns, plus pick up a few new ones to liven up your dancing - you'll add turns like the "Charleston," "Texas Tommy" and "Slingshot." Sign up with or without a partner, we’ll figure it out!

Dance Basics for Couples

Open to All

$45 ($43 members)

Sat. September 14, 1:00 PM – 2:50 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Swing and sway to the blues, rockabilly, and the sounds of the big bands. Learn to be comfortable with fundamental moves on the dance floor. In this two-hour workshop, Louie will cover the one-step, the fox-trot, and the six-count swing. Emphasis will also be given to the basics of coupling, floorwork, and turns. This class is ideal for couples who are either preparing for their own wedding or those wanting to dance with ease at any party or occasion. Spend some time with your honey, get moving, and have fun!

Cajun and Zydeco Dance

Open to All

$25 ($24 members)

Sat. September 14, 3:00 PM – 4:50 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Let the good times roll! Learn to partner dance like the Cajuns have since 1721 in southwest Louisiana. In this workshop, you will learn the traditional Cajun two-step and waltz, plus the more contemporary Cajun jitterbug step. As a bonus, you'll be introduced to the faster, looser Zydeco two-step! Celebrate Mardi Gras by getting onto the dance floor! No partner necessary to register.

Dance Basics for Couples

Open to All

$45 ($43 members)

Sat. October 12, 1:00 PM – 2:50 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Swing and sway to the blues, rockabilly, and the sounds of the big bands. Learn to be comfortable with fundamental moves on the dance floor. In this two-hour workshop, Louie will cover the one-step, the fox-trot, and the six-count swing. Emphasis will also be given to the basics of coupling, floorwork, and turns. This class is ideal for couples who are either preparing for their own wedding or those wanting to dance with ease at any party or occasion. Spend some time with your honey, get moving, and have fun!

Country Dancing!

Open to All

$25 ($24 members)

Sat. October 12, 3:00 PM – 4:50 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Learn some fun country dances with Louie Stallone, starting with the basic two-step, which you can dance in pairs or by yourself. We’ll then break down a few classic line dances, and maybe one or two you’ve never seen before. Wear comfortable clothing and shoes, and there’s no need for a partner, but bring ‘em if you got ‘em!


Group Classes for the session beginning 06/24/2019

Swing Dance 1 with Louie Stallone

Swing and sway to the sounds of Count Basie, Duke Ellington, and Glenn Miller- the classic big band sound. Come alive with the east-coast style 6- and 8-count swing, and lots more. Make those floorboards bounce. In this section, learn coupling and how to follow. Partners will rotate when possible.

$144 ($135 members)

07/01/2019 – 08/12/2019 (7 meetings)

Mondays · 6:30 PM – 7:50 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Ballroom for Barrooms with Louie Stallone

You’ll be ready for the best jukebox or live band in town! Here’s a chance for leads or follows to learn tried and true “ballroom” dances and gain confidence to jump onto your favorite dance floor. You’ll learn two-step, fox-trot, waltz, and other partner dances. No partner needed to register, and no experience necessary.

$137 ($128 members)

07/01/2019 – 08/12/2019 (7 meetings)

Mondays · 8:00 PM – 9:15 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave