The name “Ringopop” is based on the bar where the classes will be held, said Omar Myers, the host and instructor of the dance classes.
He started the club with Korean cofounder “TZ” to contribute to what he said was a diverse swing community in one of the biggest swing dance scenes in the world.
“At the dance lessons, we give people the tools to have fun on the dance floor and through this we enable them to get in touch with a lot of locals,” Myers said.
“Learning how to dance is just the first step. We also go and meet other swing communities and experience different swing bars in Seoul.”
The classes will be held from 8:30-10 p.m. every Thursday from this week until March 20. There will be time to put your new dancing skills into practice until 11 p.m.
The classes are especially geared toward expatriates, but English-speaking Koreans are also welcome. Experience is not required, since the first lessons will provide participants with the basic techniques “to dance a whole song with someone.”
“It can be quite lonely here as an expat and making friends with locals can be quite difficult. We hope to make forming those bonds a lot easier through dancing,” Myers added.
Myers’ message to anyone interested in dancing: “This dance will completely enrich your experience in Korea and, of course, you will have loads of fun doing it!”
The seven-week course costs 80,000 won per person, but people who come in pairs will get a discount.
Ringopop Swing Bar is located near Nonhyeon Station. To register, send an email with your name and number to email@example.com. For more information, visit ringopopswing.wordpress.com.
By Bileg Tedensodnom (firstname.lastname@example.org)