Best Outdoor Swing Class - 2006
Lindy in the Park
Every Sunday the park provides an aesthetic backdrop for all kinds of physical endeavors, from jogging and tai chi to in-line skating and perhaps most unusually swing classes. This local swing dance group has been offering free sessions in the middle of the city's longest stretch of greenery every Sunday since 1996. Running from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., with a beginners' class at 12:30 that teaches the basic steps, Lindy is the place to go to polish up your Shorty George, Tandem Charleston, and Texas Tommy to the sound of classic big band jazz and twittering birds. Because it attracts a wide cross-section of San Franciscans, the course is as much a social event as it is a physical and musical one. Dancing on asphalt isn't all that easy (the organization's Web site suggests wearing shoes with worn-out soles to prevent stickiness), but the vibe is so groovy that you're likely to forget about such pedestrian issues.