October Classes At TNS

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We’re kicking off October in a big way this month at TNS with some major changes!

To start off, as you may have noticed, we have a brand new website! Take a look around, I think you’ll find some new fun and exciting things are happening at TNS!

Our other big announcement is that we’ll be dividing the classes up into two time slots starting in October!  The intermediate classes will start at 6:30 and run until 7:30 and the beginner classes will now run from 7:30 until 8:30 with open dancing afterward from 8:30-10:00.  Why the big shift?  Well, we’ve simply outgrown our space!  Not only that, but with two hours of classes we can now offer more regular classes in Balboa, Blues and Solo Jazz in addition to keeping a weekly intermediate Lindy Hop class running!  We’re also using the extra time and space to offer a first time beginner fundamentals class each week that will allow our beginner core series to be more challenging and progressive and pack in more information that ever!

Lastly, we’ve done a bit of relabeling this month, and just so nobody gets confused the “beginner” classes will now be referred to as “core” classes,  the intermediate classes will now be referred to as “continuing” classes and we’ve started up a new series of classes just for Balboa, Blues and Solo Jazz called “exploring classes”.  If you want to learn more about the name changes check out our new CLASS DESCRIPTIONS PAGE


But enough about all the changes! Here’s the awesome line up of classes we have coming your way this month!  And remember, because of the time change beginners have TWO classes they can take this month!  The 6-count Lindy Hop class AND the fundamentals of Solo Jazz!

THE CORE CLASS:  6-COUNT LINDY HOP

This ain’t your mama’s six count swing class!  This class will focus on teaching students the in depth technique and partnership connection skills that define Lindy Hop.  On top of that, students will learn a wide variety of 6-count Lindy Hop movements to play with on the dance floor.

(Don’t forget that the time of this class has changed and will now run from 7:30-8:30!)

-Taught By Kadie Pangburn & Marcus Thompson

THIS IS AN BEGINNING CLASS, NO PREVIOUS DANCE EXPERIENCE OR PARTNER IS REQUIRED.


THE CONTINUING CLASS: SOLO JAZZ FUNDAMENTALS & ROUTINE BUILDING

Solo Jazz developed in the 20s with the Charleston crazy and combines elements of Charleston, tap and basic jazz and it’s absolutely essential for becoming a great Lindy Hopper, as almost all our footwork variations are inspired by solo movement.  Solo Jazz is also the perfect opportunity to work on quality of movement. Since you don’t have a partner at the end of your arm, dancing with your whole body become much more important.  During this five week series Paul is going to walk you through the essential ABCs of Jazz steps and build up your vocabulary, then Danielle is going to challenge you to put them all together!

-Taught By: Paul Fryer & Danielle Knight

THIS IS AN ALL LEVELS CLASS, NO PREVIOUS DANCE EXPERIENCE OR PARTNER IS REQUIRED.


THE EXPLORING CLASS: SOLO JAZZ FUNDAMENTALS & THE SHIM SHAM ROUTINE

During this month the continuing and exploring class will be combined for the first three weeks of the month and then for the last two divide.  The Exploring class will focus on learning Frankie Mannings historic Shim Sham routine, while the continuing class will be creating their own routine from scratch.  The Shim Sham is a group routine that is a staple in the Lindy Hop community, and it’s a ton of fun to do.  Think of it as the electric slide of Lindy Hop. 🙂

-Taught by Paul Fryer & Kadie Pangburn

THIS IS AN ALL LEVELS CLASS, NO PREVIOUS DANCE EXPERIENCE OR PARTNER IS REQUIRED.

If you’ve never seen the shim sham routine performed at TNS in person (we usually do it about once a month together), here’s a short video of what we’ll be learning at the end of the month. (We’ll be learning the version that Joel Plys, the guys in the black suit, is doing.  Additionally, Briana will actually be teaching the more advanced version that Nick Williams, the guy in the tan suit, is doing in December!)

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