Alec Marken is an accomplished performing artist, and multitasks in his careers to an amazing degree. An actor, dancer, choreographer, Ballroom instructor, Swing band leader, singer, musician, model, performance artist, aerial (Tissu) artist, MC, concert producer, and comedian...he stays busy.
Currently, you’ll find Alec teaching Swing group lessons at Impulse Dance Center, every Friday except the first Friday each month in Aliso Viejo. He also frequently teaches Ballroom privates around SoCal. He can be found heading his Orange County Swing band GOT THAT SWING! (lead singer), his second band after many years with his folk rock band Deep Stirrings (songwriter/lead singer/rhythm guitarist)...producing music/Belly dance/peace concerts called Bands & Bellies (link is below)...playing djembe (African drum) in the Bellydance/drum duo called Global Groove...dancing here and there with the legendary dancer/choreographer Chester Whitmore...and performing duets with his adorable Ballroom partner Sarah Aisha.
Alec has studied, performed, choreographed and taught a wide variety of studio, ballroom, and cultural dance styles. Training has come from colleges, private studios, ballroom studios, social dancing, and membership in professional dance companies.  Videos of his work and performances can be found on his Youtube channels, listed below.

Contact info can be found below the list of links to Alec's many activities!

Alec Marken will entertain you!

Check out GOT THAT SWING!,his Orange County based Swing band:
https://www.gigmasters.com/swing-band/got-that-swing

Upcoming performances:

Saturday January 12th, 2019:
The Bee's Knees Speakeasy & Swing Dance, featuring GOT THAT SWING! in Mission Viejo (second time!)
Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/302321530350156/


Book Alec's Swing band, GOT THAT SWING!, one of the most entertaining bands  in SoCal!
Please use the "Contact us" link to the right of the pictures below, or call 949-370-0523



Book Sarah Aisha and Alec Marken to come perform and/or teach at your event!
Please use the "Contact us" link to the right of the pictures below, or call 949-370-0523

Book the theatrical Bee's Knees Speakeasy Show & Swing Dance!
Featured band: GOT THAT SWING!
Bee's Knees promo video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=grk4zCij-EU
And our mini promo:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=td77cENel_I



PLEASE VISIT:

WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/ALECMARKEN

Swing dance/band performance channel:
WWW.YOUTUBE.COM/SWINGERBAT

Swing band Facebook:
 https://www.facebook.com/pages/GOT-THAT-SWING/1438212619765560

Folk rock band:
WWW.YOUTUBE.COM/DEEPSTIRRINGS
WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/DEEPSTIRRINGS
WWW.TWITTER.COM/DEEPSTIRRINGS

Modeling: http://www.modelmayhem.com/2835849

Bands & Bellies Peace Concerts:
WWW.BANDSANDBELLIES.COM
WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/BANDSANDBELLIES

Da Green House: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Da-Green-House/146244392072830

My OC based arts collective, HyRev (Hybrid Revolution):
https://www.facebook.com/groups/128266753872309/


Introduction

Welcome! I am always happy to get a visit from long-time fans and new friends. Check out my various links...you will find pages for my Folk rock band Deep Stirrings, a Youtube channel featuring my dancing as well as my Swing band called GOT THAT SWING!, my personal Facebook, my Bands & Bellies Peace Concerts site, my Twitter links, and links to join my dance classes email list and my band performance email list. Feel free to email me via the "Contact Us" link, or call my mobile for quicker communication regarding booking, casting, or anything pressing: 949-370-0523
Thank you for stopping by!   ~Alec :)
Peace, Love, Carpe Diem, & ART!!!

Performances

My bandmates and dance partners and I frequently perform at public/private events.  To stay abreast of my band shows, click the "Bands' mailing list" signup link, above.  For dance performances, click the "Dance mailing list" link.  For Bands & Bellies Peace Concerts info, please visit those links.  LIKING and visiting my various Facebook fan pages will also help you stay up to date with my performances/classes/events.  My mates and I are often working hard on our latest performance/project, and invite you to join us for this journey. Come, and be entertained. We love to meet our audience, so be sure to introduce yourselves afterward!

Dance Instruction

Greetings dancers, or soon-to-be-dancers :)
I am offering affordable private social dance/ballroom/wedding dance lessons while in and around Orange County (I travel at times for performance work).
My class times/rates are longer and cheaper than the average $75/45 minutes that most independent teachers start at. My rates:
One dancer: $55/hour in-home, $60 in-studio (Laguna Hills)
Couples: $65/hour in-home, $70 in-studio (Laguna Hills)
Additional $25 fee for private lessons taught at your location if a 1/2 hour or more away from Mission Viejo.
Group rates, special event rates, and wedding dance lesson packages also available, please call to discuss.
I am a professional dancer and ballroom instructor, specializing in Swing/Lindy Hop. I have performed and am qualified to teach all East Coast Swing varations (Lindy, Charleston, Jitterbug/Single Step, Balboa, Triple Step, Shag), as well as Salsa, Cha Cha, Argentine Tango, Waltz, Foxtrot, and Rhumba.
Learning to dance is like learning a language. I believe it should be fun, nuanced, and challenging, with focus on body mechanics, connection, creativity, rhythm, and musicality.
Originally from NorCal, I have been living in SoCal for a long time, working as an actor/dancer/musician/singer/Swing band leader.
I often dance Swing and Jazz for Chester Whitmore, a world famous Tap and Swing dancer/choreographer. My training includes some of the best Jazz, Tap, Ballet and Ballroom instructors from LA and OC, at various schools and studios, including years at Arthur Murray.
Regarding my teaching style, I am a very warm, encouraging, witty instructor. I have worked professionally with all ages, from children to seniors, and I challenge my students to accomplish as much as they are capable of, in the time I have with them.
I look forward to hearing from you, and teaching you some great dance moves!
Sincerely, ~Alec Marken
949-370-0523 mobile
Youtube performance links:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OQP1quqx0W0
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i-EC-j4qdFU
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ztoe7FMid7Q&t=459s (START AT 4:04)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9O0LL91BLcw
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vlaYnpflfnA
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c70aWV4BJVM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xu-OIC54pYc
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ULj0cfOq11U
A music video I choreographed for the Red Cross: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HWBh0T_WB4s
A Michael Jackson/1980s dance flashmob I choreographed for the city of Mission Viejo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Bw2ZxFYgO8
A Swing dance flashmob I choreographed for the city of Mission Viejo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ONZOnLTHGQU

Contact us here.

Approach

My goals and my passion are to work hard, entertain our fans, give our students quality, fulfilling experiences, and just plain have fun. We are excited to be performing frequently, and hope to see you soon at a show or class – take a look at my links above, and feel free to drop me a line via the "Contact Us" link.

Testimonials from Alec's dance students:

Comments from past Tango students...

"Who wants to tango with me Wednesday night??? :) No experience needed- Alec is an incredible dance teacher and you WILL walk away with something (to include, but is not limited to, awesome memories) :D" (Meraki Magiks)

"As always a very good lesson with a lot learned....." (Vansel)

"Hi Alec, I had fun in the class! The "great work" was a reflection of your instructions. Thanks!" (Yvette Battres)

"It was very good. Quite different than the straight Argentinian lessons i have been taking" (Sharon Syfrett)

"Alec thank you for your great instruction! I really enjoyed the class and I'm looking forward to the next one!! Thanks again! " (Kenna Parker)

"It was an excellent instruction on the basics of Argentine Tango with a strong lead into a few advance patterns." (Marc B.)

"Who knew tango was so amazing! New hobby / lifestyle. Super ready to jump into the culture. Thanks for all the fun lessons Alec. Now we just need to get me some tap shoes" (Terence Martin)

"Just finished up tango lessons. I'm officially addicted. I would love to start going to tango clubs once I get a bit better." (Terence Martin)

 “Great tango lesson on last Wednesday Alec. Well planned. I had a lot of fun. Thank you . See you soon.”  (Anna B)

"I like the teacher! He showed some cool steps and combinations. It was fun! :)" (Cynthia)

“Hi Alec. Yes I did attend the tango last night. I was soo fun, I will come back for more and I am also planning on attending my first swing dance lesson this Friday! You are a great teacher.”  (Courtney)

"It was really fun , Thanks Alec for teaching with so much of patience.." (Vineeta)


Comments from past Swing students...

"It was awesome!! ...and my bf thought it went a lot better than he originally expected lol" (Chelsea)

"He is an AMAZING instructor and I learned more in 2 months than most people learn in a year!  The very best part is that Alec is the most positive, affirming instructor I've ever had - this creates a safe place for learning where you can try new stuff and feel good about learning from your mistakes (as opposed to being mocked for them). Oh, and he makes it fun, too." (Suzi)

"It was great fun, especially seeing my boyfriend's confidence level go from 0 to 10." (Susanne)

"This was best swing dance class I ever had. I learned so much! Thank you so much!" (Kundan)

"Was fun Alec. Thanks! You covered many moves that were way over my skill level but but the people and instruction was excellent. I hope it's ok to join you again."   (Mark)

"Alec did a great job of working from the beginning through a really fun and interesting combination. Everyone was friendly." (Sarah Burgart)

"Pretty nice. Gave personal attention to beginner dancers in group, which is inspiring. Overall a very fun night. The instructor (Alec I think) is an AWESOME swing lead." (Linda Petitti)

"I'm elated to have found Alec, and not surprised he draws a crowd. What a winning combination!" (Linday)

"Fun group to dance with!" (Jose G.)

"I'm so happy this group exists, haha! Thanks, and I'll be seeing you at the next Meetup!" (Divya)

"I had an awesome time. Looking forward to going again this friday." ( Felipe Coronado)

"I met a group of wonderful people who have a genuine passion for swing dancing.” (Vannessa Falcon)

"I had an awesome time at your swing class last Friday night, Alec! You're an exceptional teacher!!!" (Tina Baldwin)

“Hi Alec! Brent & I loved our Swing class class week - hope we can come back again soon! You are a very patient and fun instructor : )” (Tonya Fitzpatrick)

"Thanks for the fun class! We will be back! :-)" (Sandra)

"Alec is a fantastic teacher. Everyone there was so much fun to dance with. Very good for all levels, I must say! Even as a total beginner, I had truckloads of fun. Will keep coming. Thanks, Alec. You've opened up a whole world of social dancing for me :)" (Swati Padmanabhan)

"I'm still very excited to have had a chance to meet with such an amazing dancer and teacher like you.  I just would like to tell you a big thank you and ask you to send me any updates in your schedule." (Snezhana)

"Thank you very much, it was amazing!  I had a lot of fun and joy.  Will do everything possible to visit all your classes!" (Snezhana)

"The dance lesson and instructor was awesome! I had my first lesson today and a lot of dance moves were introduced, but Alec was quick to give helpful tips and thorough walk throughs. I look forward to participating in another class when time permits. I highly recommend this group!" (Richard Esguerra)

"If anyone is looking to learn to dance Alec is your man! I gave my daughter 3 lessons for a Valentine gift, just to try it out and she was thrilled to learn from Alec and became his student for 2 years before moving to far away!" (Catherine Callaghan)

"Whenever a woman tells me I am a good dancer, I usually tell them it's because I had a great dance teacher, Alec Marken. Never underestimate the value of having a great coach! Thank you, Alec!" (Kundan)

"What a fun time! Alec was wonderful making learning easy. I'd go again, for sure." (Gail)

"Really had a good time and planning to join again soon." (Chantal)

"The lesson and dancing was fantastic! Alec is a great teacher and made the dance accessible to everyone. Tons of fun and energy, great group" (Laurie)

"Thank you! What a great lesson, so fun! You did a fantastic job Alec" (Laurie)

"Great time, and Alec is a wonderful instructor. I was completely intimidated, and he made me feel at ease, in addition to getting my two left feet to move in sync!" (Nina)

"Having a blast learning and dancing with a great instructor. ~:0)" (Tanya Porter)

"Outstanding!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Highly recommend to everyone and anyone. Alec made this fun and easy. Alec makes you feel completely at ease. When you don't get it, he just goes over it again and makes you feel good, not like an idiot. With my serious nerve pain, Alec took the time to ask me how my feet were. Attentive, patient, funny and a pro! Loved this class and can't wait for all the rest. This will not just be one month for me. I look forward to more of everything he has to teach." (Gerry Tappmeyer)

"Taking a class with Alec was a lot of fun, in just the first class he made me feel like an expert... i cant wait for my next class tonight..there is so much to learn from him.. He dances really nice.. see you soon Alec!!" (Angelica Aragon)

"Enjoyed the class, thanks!" (Michele)

"Best one yet! Loved it! Good crowd tonight!" (James Galindo)

"I had so much fun! Everyone is so nice and Alec really knows how to teach. It was nice meeting all of you. See u soon :)" (Sarah)

"Friday swing nights at Impluse are amazing! Nothing I'd rather do on a Friday night:)" (James Galindo)

"Amazing people, so much fun even the very first dance lesson." (Sheri)

"My first time with the group. Thanks for welcoming me so grandly. I had a great time and will be back. Everyone has a great and unique style!" (Ingrid)

"Awesome Lindy circles! Thanks Alec and gang!" (Sheri)

"Super fun night of lindy circles and more. Alec makes learning fun!!!! Thanks to all for dancing" (Sheri)

"So cool that so many attended! Great night of Lindy!" (James Galindo)

"Great instruction: learned several fun moves; people were very friendly, ... superlative in every way! Looking forward to next event." (Richard Smith)

"Shadow swing with twists and kicks.......so good to learn!! Thanks Alec and Sarah" (Sheri)

"Fantastic! Best ever, every time!" (Dorota)

"Had a great time with a great instructor and group. Will definitely do it again." (Karen)

"Challenging, but awesome." (James Galindo)

"Fantastic!!" (Dorota)

"Alec has a way of presenting a large volume of instruction in a short period, and then ending the class with students generally craving for more... I'm looking forward to the next meetup!" (Richard Smith)

"Indeed, Alec is the best dancing instructor that I had ever met. He has a great facility in teaching dancing with his patient, pleasure and a passionate character." (Ellen)

"Wonderful" (Matt Kas)

"Awesome class this week. I am amazed, yet again, that all of us, even the first-timers, were able to learn advanced moves in only an hours time. Fun class, great studio; what else can I say?" (James Galindo)

"Lots of dancing fun!!!" (Sheri)

"Great group! Excellent for beginners & for practice :)" (Emma Sills)

"The most fun time ever. Don't be afraid to come by yourself. I did and I left knowing a handful of people. Alec teaches all the steps so clearly. Awesome fun!" (Sara)

"I recommend this class for anyone who wants to learn or refresh your skills in Swing Dancing. For people new to this class, the Studio is located on the inner tract of the building or between the buildings shown on GPS. For the class itself, Alec has a positive attitude with his students and was never critical in his teaching method. This helped me feel good about the progress I made during my first lesson in the class with 14 other students. That positive good feeling is reflected through everyone in the class and made learning swing dance a lot of fun. I learned as much as my body could handle in an hour... And I took the last 15 minutes of the class to watch my classmates dance and I enjoyed that as well.. I will be back each Friday that I'm able to attend." (Scott)

"My first time had a little trouble finding the place when I finally did had an absolute BLAST. There was a wide age group. Pretend to older gentlemen and everyone in between. Fun times!!! Alec is very patient teacher. Recommending more people to come with me next time!!! For sure!!!!" (Jeanine Bowerman)

"Thanks to our 3 lessons with Alec Marken going into class, we won a dance-off and scored a gift basket full of relaxationy items :)" (Jeffrey Schuster)

"Great teacher and fun people." (Michelle)


Comments from past Salsa students:

"Oh my gosh...I had a great time and learned sooo much. Thanks Alec!" (Judes Jordan)

"Thanks, Alec! I learned a lot!" (Mary)

"Great instructor and great people!" (Kris)

"Very good" (Nadia)

"I've taken beginning salsa classes before, however after this one, I feel I could join a salsa social dance and feel almost competent. thanks everyone it was fun!" (Richard Smith)

"A great class, so much fun" (Sheri)

"A great time" (Sheri)

"Great, fun group, solid lessons, walked to my car rock stepping in triple stepping, looking forward to next weeks class" (Richard Smith)

"Awesome class this week. I am amazed, yet again, that all of us, even the first-timers, were able to learn advanced moves in only an hours time. Fun class, great studio; what else can I say?" (James Galindo)

"Is anyone looking for a dance class in Orange County??? Salsa on Monday with Alec Marken and Sarah Aisha Akbar-Ali. I'm jelly. Check them out! You will love it!" (Zela)


Comments from past Stunts/Aerials students:

"Alec Marken's Aerial Stunts workshop yesterday was AMAZING!!! This picture doesn't do justice for what we did, but there was too much going on to take pictures while folks are flipping and in the air! Learned SO MUCH!! TOTALLY worth the drive to OC. This workshop needs to come up to LA peeps! Thanks so much, Alec!"  (Mardhavi)