September At Thursday Night Swing!

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Fall is finally here and TNS is starting it off with a bang!

This month we are super excited to have ALL OF THE BLUES DANCING! Including a month long INT Ballroomin’ Blues Class at TNS in addition to the one day workshop coming up on Sep 19th!

And don’t forget, as always, if you pay for the entire month’s series the first Thursday of the month you’ll get a week free!

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EXPLORING: CONTINUING BLUES (Ballroomin’)

Ballroomin’ blues began as jazz and swing music was being played in ballrooms like the Savoy Club and Cotton Clubs when the bands would play slower songs as well as the fast swing songs. Similar to the earlier techniques of Slow Drag, the dancers would dance to these slower songs slightly more upright, traveling across the floor, and with larger moves because they would have more space to dance in.

Come out all this month and explore modern Ballroomin’ blues! Then on Sep 19th don’t forget to join us for a one day CONTINUING BLUES class on Jookin Blues!!!

– Taught By Briana & Huy

THIS IS AN CONTINUING CLASS CLASS, STUDENTS NEED PRIOR BLUES CLASS EXPERIENCE TO PARTICIPATE..

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CONTINUING: LINDY HOP

This month during the continuing Lindy Hop series we’re going to work on expanding your basic Lindy Hop vocabulary by teaching you some more advanced classic movement that every Lindy Hopper should know!

-Taught By: Jason & Danielle Knight (And Kadie & Joe)

THIS IS A CONTINUING MONTH LONG COURSE, STUDENTS NEED TO HAVE COMPLETED ALL CORE CLASSES TO PARTICIPATE.

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CORE: LINDY CHARLESTON

This class will focus on teaching the basic footwork of Lindy Charleston, both as a solo dancer and as a partnership.

During the course of this class will be students will learn a wider vocabulary of solo movements to increase their own body awareness as a dancer in addition to a variety of partner movements they can have fun with on the social floor!

-Taught By Dean Gillmore & Danielle Knight (And Whitney)

THIS IS AN BEGINNING CLASS, NO PREVIOUS DANCE EXPERIENCE OR PARTNER IS REQUIRED, MONTH LONG ATTENDANCE IS HIGHLY SUGGESTED

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THE FOUNDATIONS CLASS

And as always we’ll be teaching our foundations beginner class all this month as well!

This class is set up as a weekly drop in class meant to introduce new students to the basic fundamentals of swing dancing.

Each week in this foundations class we’ll go over:

•Getting your body in sync with the music and finding the swing rhythm.
•Learning the basic 6-count swing footwork.
•Learning how to partner with a lead/follow.
•Learning how to move around the floor with our partner.
•1-2 Foundational moves (these rotate from week to week)

THIS IS A DROP IN BEGINNING CLASS, NO PREVIOUS DANCE EXPERIENCE OR PARTNER IS REQUIRED.

May at Thursday Night Swing!

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We’re back again for another month of awesome classes and swing dancing! This month we have even more amazing classes lined up including BEGINNER BALBOA!!!!

Here’s the amazing line up for May’s classes:

THE 6:30-7:30pm CLASSES

THE CONTINUING CLASS: CONTINUING LINDY HOP

Todd & Jennifer are here to help you take your Lindy Hop to the next level with this month long continuing Lindy Hop series at TNS.

-Taught By: Todd & Jennifer

THIS IS A CONTINUING COURSE, STUDENTS WILL NEED TO HAVE COMPLETED ALL CORE CLASSES

THE EXPLORING CLASS: BEGINNER BALBOA

We have special guest instructors this month, Adam and Erica here to help take you from zero to Balboa in no time.  Come out to TNS all month to learn the awesome dance!

-Taught By Adam & Eria

THIS IS A BEGINNER CLASS, NO PREVIOUS DANCE EXPERIENCE OR PARTNER IS REQUIRED


 

THE 7:30-8:30pm CLASSES

THE CORE CLASS: CHARLESTON “A” (20s CHARLESTON)

The dance of the roaring 20s! This outrageously fun and easy dance channels the high energy and bouncy rhythms of New Orleans and Dixieland style jazz. This class will guide you step by step through the basic charleston footwork and patterns and give you insight into the historical roots of Lindy Hop.

-Taught By Jason & Danielle

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

THE FOUNDATIONS CLASS

This class is set up as a weekly drop in class meant to introduce new students to the basic fundamentals of swing dancing.

Each week in this foundations class we’ll go over:

  • Getting your body in sync with the music and finding the swing rhythm.
  • Learning the basic 6-count swing footwork.
  • Learning how to partner with a lead/follow.
  • Learning how to move around the floor with our partner.
  • 1-2 Foundational moves (these rotate from week to week)

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


8:30-10:00pm OPEN DANCING

Then as always, at 8:30 we’ll open up the floor and have open social dancing and practice time until 10:00 with some of the best swing DJs in town spinning tunes just for you!

April at Thursday Night Swing

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We’re back for another month of awesome classes and swing dancing! This month we have an extra special treat with the AMAZING Kerry Genese teaching the first lesson of our Int Solo Jazz series!

Here’s the amazing line up for April’s classes:

THE 6:30-7:30pm CLASSES

THE CONTINUING/EXPLORING CLASS: CONTINUING SOLO JAZZ

Alone!? You want me to dance…. alone…. gulp….

This month we’re digging down deep into solo jazz and working on our solo movements as dancers!

Be aware that this is an Int Solo Jazz class and we suggest students have some basic familiarity with a few solo jazz movements going into the class, however since you will be working alone for the series, adventurous solo jazz beginners are welcome.

-Taught By:
Kerry Genese!!!!! (Week 1)
Jennifer Bonham (Week 2)
Danielle Knight (Week 3)
Todd Bonham (Week 4)
Huy Huynh (Week 5)


 

THE 7:30-8:30pm CLASSES

THE CORE CLASS: 8-COUNT LINDY HOP

This class will teach the fundamental 8-count patterns of Lindy Hop, such as the swing-out and circle. It will also focus on how to combine 8-count moves with the 6-count moves learned in the fundamental classes.

-Taught By Marcus Thompson & Amanda Demmel

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

THE FOUNDATIONS CLASS

This class is set up as a weekly drop in class meant to introduce new students to the basic fundamentals of swing dancing.

Each week in this foundations class we’ll go over:

  • Getting your body in sync with the music and finding the swing rhythm.
  • Learning the basic 6-count swing footwork.
  • Learning how to partner with a lead/follow.
  • Learning how to move around the floor with our partner.
  • 1-2 Foundational moves (these rotate from week to week)

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


8:30-10:00pm OPEN DANCING

Then as always, at 8:30 we’ll open up the floor and have open social dancing and practice time until 10:00 with some of the best swing DJs in town spinning tunes just for you!

March At Thursday Night Swing

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We’re back for another month of awesome swing classes!  This month we’ll be learning new choreography, exploring the classic stylings of original Balboa dancer Maxie Dorf and digging down deep into the core fundamentals of 6-count Lindy Hop!

THE 6:30-7:30pm CLASSES

THE CONTINUING CLASS: CONTINUING LINDY HOP

Choreographed Routine

Jason and Danielle have a new routine they’ve choreographed just for you to learn this month!  Be sure to come every week this month to learn the whole routine.  We’ll even have the chance to perform it as a group later this year!

-Taught By: Jason & Danielle Knight

THE EXPLORING CLASS: CONTINUING BALBOA

Fun with classic Maxie Dorf signature moves and styling

This month we’ll be breaking down and exploring tons of signature moves and stylings from original Balboa dancer Maxie Dorf!

THIS IS A INTERMEDIATE LEVEL CLASS, DANCERS SHOULD HAVE SOME FAMILIARITY WITH THEIR BASIC SET OF BLUES MOVEMENTS.

-Taught By: Joe & Kadie Pangburn


 

THE 7:30-8:30pm CLASSES

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.

-Taught By Dean Gillmore & Kadia Scott

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

THE FOUNDATIONS CLASS

This class is set up as a weekly drop in class meant to introduce new students to the basic fundamentals of swing dancing.

Each week in this foundations class we’ll go over:

  • Getting your body in sync with the music and finding the swing rhythm.
  • Learning the basic 6-count swing footwork.
  • Learning how to partner with a lead/follow.
  • Learning how to move around the floor with our partner.
  • 1-2 Foundational moves (these rotate from week to week)

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


8:30-10:00pm OPEN DANCING

Then as always, at 8:30 we’ll open up the floor and have open social dancing and practice time until 10:00 with some of the best swing DJs in town spinning tunes just for you!

February At Thursday Night Swing

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We’re back for another month of classes and this month is extra special because we’ll be teaching two NEVER BEFORE TAUGHT AT TNS CLASSES!  That’s right TWO classes that we’ve never taught before: Continuing Blues, and Core 30s/40s Charleston!  We’re so excited to be adding these amazing classes to our monthly line up!

THE 6:30-7:30pm CLASSES

THE CONTINUING CLASS: CONTINUING LINDY HOP

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Are you ever dancing and experience one of those moments where you have no idea what to do?  Music suddenly got way too fast and you can’t keep up?  Find yourself in a handhold you don’t know how to get out of?  Well never fear because all this month we’re going to be exploring how to tackle these “oh no” moments.  We’ll be throwing down four weeks of tips, tricks and techniques that will let you glide in and out of sticky situations without ever breaking a sweat!

-Taught By: Huy Huynh & Kadie Pangburn

THE EXPLORING CLASS: CONTINUING BLUES

Get ready to slow down the tempo and dig into some more advanced blues concepts this month with Adam and Krystal! Adam and Krystal will be teaching 4 weeks of intermediate blues dancing where they’ll be breaking down more advanced rhythms, techniques and movements for you all month!

THIS IS A INTERMEDIATE LEVEL CLASS, DANCERS SHOULD HAVE SOME FAMILIARITY WITH THEIR BASIC SET OF BLUES MOVEMENTS.

-Taught By: Adam and Krystal


 

THE 7:30-8:30pm CLASSES

THE CORE CLASS: 8-COUNT LINDY HOP

This class will focus on teaching the basic footwork of 40s Charleston, both as a solo dancer and as a partnership.  During the course of this class will be students will learn a wider vocabulary of solo movements to increase their own body awareness as a dancer in addition to a variety of partner movements they can have fun with on the social floor.

-Taught By Huy & Danielle

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

THE FOUNDATIONS CLASS

This class is set up as a weekly drop in class meant to introduce new students to the basic fundamentals of swing dancing.

Each week in this foundations class we’ll go over:

  • Getting your body in sync with the music and finding the swing rhythm.
  • Learning the basic 6-count swing footwork.
  • Learning how to partner with a lead/follow.
  • Learning how to move around the floor with our partner.
  • 1-2 Foundational moves (these rotate from week to week)

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


8:30-10:00pm OPEN DANCING

Then as always, at 8:30 we’ll open up the floor and have open social dancing and practice time until 10:00 with some of the best swing DJs in town spinning tunes just for you!

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!)

August Classes At TNS

This month we kicked TNS off with a blast with over 100 people attending Bal-Ast Off! and we’re excited to keep that energy going right into August, which is why we’ve put together a really awesome line up of classes and one day workshops for you guys this month!  



And don’t forget, as always, if you pay for the entire series the first Thursday of the month you’ll get a week free!



SWING DANCING FUNDAMENTALS:

“B” (8 COUNT SWING)

Wether you’ve just mastered our 6 count swing class series, or you’re just learning to swing dance for the first time, this class will guide you step by step through all the basic movements of 8 count swing!  We’ll cover our basic 8 count footwork, review partnership techniques and learn moves like the swing-out and the lindy circle, as well as how to combine 6 count and 8 count moves in our social dancing!

-Taught By Todd & Jennifer Bonham

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


INT/ADV LINDY HOP

This month Huy and Kadie are going to be testing your Lindy metal each week with with new concepts and advanced partnership techniques.

They’ll be breaking it down old school and showing you how to use simple basics you already know to make your dancing even more dynamic and expressive.

– Taught By Huy Huynh & Kadie PangburnTHIS IS AN INT/AVD LEVEL COURSE.  DANCERS SHOULD BE COMFORTABLE WITH ALL THEIR BASIC 6&8 COUNT LINDY HOP MOVEMENTS AND BE PROFICIENT IN SWING OUTS.


 

Last but not least, we ask and you responded loud and clear to bring on the blues classes!  So we put together a small one day workshop this month that will give you 4hrs of blues instruction from two of the best blues dancers in Huntsville, Briana McIntire and Huy Huynh!

Best of all the entire workshop is only $20 for a months worth of classes!

Date: August 30th 2014

Time: 11am – 4pm

Location: The Flying Monkey Theatre

Registration: No preregistration is required, attendees can just pay at the door.

Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/315756305252095/

July Classes At TNS

Get ready for an amazing July at TNS!  We have so many awesome classes coming your way!  This month we asked you what you wanted an you responded loud and clear, BRING ON THE LINDY HOP!  With that in mind, we have two great Lindy Hop classes for you this month, in our beginner series we’ll be spending the month diving into six-count swing, and in our int/adv class we’ll be throwing down five weeks of Lindy Hop!  And for the first time ever we’ll be offering a 3rd class, beginner Balboa!  That’s right THREE classes to choose from!

As always, make sure to attend the first lesson of the series on July 3rd and pay for the entire month in advance to get one week free!

You can RSVP to all the classes on Facebook by clicking HERE.

 

SWING DANCING FUNDAMENTALS:

“A” (6 COUNT SWING)

Have you always wanted to learn to swing dance? Then this class is for you.  This introduction to swing dancing will guide you through all the basic movements you need to know, from the basic steps of the dance, all the way through partnership techniques, turning and movement.  The best part is every class is taught in a fun relaxed environment by teachers who really understand how to make everything extremely easy to understand.

-Taught By Huy & Whitney Huynh

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


INT/ADV LINDY HOP

You’ve got a handle on the swing out and all your basic movements and now you’re ready for the next challenge. Each week this 5 week class will throw down new moves, awesome styling, new rhythm patterns, advanced partnership technique, kick butt variations and even some fun stuff just for follows!

– Taught By Jason Knight & Danielle KnightTHIS IS AN INT/AVD LEVEL COURSE.  DANCERS SHOULD BE COMFORTABLE WITH ALL THEIR BASIC LINDY HOP MOVEMENTS AND BE PROFICIENT IN SWING OUTS.

 


 

BALBOA & BAL-SWING FUNDAMENTALS

You asked for it, so you got it! This month we are teaching THREE, yeah you heard me, THREE classes!  For our third class we’re going to be teaching a 5 week introductory course on the fundamentals of Balboa.   You’ll learn everything from the basic footwork and patterns of Pure Bal, to some more advanced Bal-Swing movements.  This class is perfect for beginners, or intermediate students who would like to brush up on their basics.

Because of the progressive nature of this course and the additional facility costs incurred by operating a third class, students will need to preregister for the entire month in advance the first night of class.  The cost will be $25 for students and $40 for general admission.

-Taught by Kadie & Joe Pangburn

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

June Classes At TNS

Get ready for an amazing June at TNS!  We have tons of exciting things coming your way!  This month we’ll be teaching two awesome classes, beginning Charleston, and for the first time ever we’ll be offering an int/adv Charleston class!  Come out and learn the dance of the roaring 20s, flappers, and the Great Gatsby!


As always, make sure to attend the first lesson of the series on June 5th and pay for the entire month in advance to get one week free!

BEGINNING CHARLESTON

The dance of the roaring 20s!

This outrageously fun and easy dance channels the high energy and bouncy rhythms of New Orleans and Dixieland style jazz.

This class is perfect for those new to swing dancing and will guide you step by step through the basic charleston footwork and patterns.

-Taught By Danielle Knight & Dean Gillmore

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

 

INT/ADV CHARLESTON

If you’ve mastered your kick steps, can pulse like the energizer bunny, and show no fear when the tempo speeds up, we’ve got a great class planned for you.  This int/adv Charleston class will take the knowledge you already have and push it’s boundaries, test your skill and grow your imagination.

THIS IS AN INT/AVD LEVEL COURSE.  DANCERS SHOULD BE COMFORTABLE WITH ALL THEIR BASIC CHARLESTON MOVEMENTS.

– Taught By Jason Knight & Briana McIntire

May Classes At TNS

I can’t believe it’s already May, and that means TNS is going into full gear to prepare for the workshop we’ve put together just for you; THE MASHUP!
We’re flying in David and Chelsea Lee all the way from Washington DC just for you guys.   These two national award winning dancers and judges are going to spend a whole weekend working with you guys right here in Huntsville!!!  We’ve got classes in Lindy Hop, Solo Jazz, Collegiate Shag, 20s Charleston, and Balboa and we’re going to show you the common roots between them, and how you can mix and match… ahem “mash them together” into one amazing dance!
To register for the workshop go to www.MashYourDance.com
For those from out of town, we will have housing available and we also have some volunteer spots open if cost is a concern.
But wait!  This is a TNS workshop after all, and of course we are giving away one last free pass!  But you’ll have to come out to TNS to find out how!!!
Finally, not to be overshadowed, we have an AWESOME set of classes going this month as well!
Don’t forget, if you come the first Thursday of the month and pay for the entire series in advance you’ll save $10 off the month!  See you on the dance floor!

 

SWING DANCING FUNDAMENTALS 

“B” (8 COUNT SWING)

Wether you’ve just mastered our 6 count swing class series, or you’re just learning to swing dance for the first time, this class will guide you step by step through all the basic movements of 8 count swing!

We’ll cover our basic 8 count footwork, review partnership techniques and learn moves like the swing-out and the lindy circle, as well as how to combine 6 count and 8 count moves in our social dancing!

-Taught By Jason Knight & Bethany Minshew

 

INTERMEDIATE BALBOA

You’ve finally got a handle Balboa basics, now let’s start seeing how we can put them together in new fun ways!

In this class we are going to start expanding your Balboa vocabulary, and give you some new fun moves to play around with. We’ll also work on improving our balboa technique and mechanics.

THIS IS AN INT/AVD LEVEL COURSE.  DANCERS SHOULD BE COMFORTABLE WITH ALL THEIR BASIC MOVEMENTS AND PROFICIENT IN TOSS OUTS.

– Taught By Kadie & Joe Pangburn