The Foundations Class
If you’ve never danced before, or you are just new to swing dancing, this is the class for you!
This class is set up to introduce you to the fundamentals of swing dancing and runs continuously every month. Each week in this introductory 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)
Students are encouraged to participate in the foundations series for at least 2-3 weeks before moving onto the beginning lessons. However, students are free to keep taking the novice series as many times as they like until they feel they have fully grasped all the information and are comfortable to move forward.
The Core Classes
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.
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.
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.
The Exploring Classes
These are classes outside our core series. They represent other off shoots of swing dancing and are designed to compliment and augment your swing dancing repertoire.
Birthed in the crowded dance halls and high schools of southern California during the 1930s, this swing dance is know for it’s close embrace, fancy footwork, and for taking up only a tiny bit of space on the dance floor. While typically danced to faster swing music, you can dance Balboa at just about every tempo.
Blues dancing is a style of partner dancing that originally began in African American communities during the early 1900s. Its a street dance often associated with swing dancing, but danced at slower tempos to music like Muddy Waters. It is characterized by it’s slow controlled body movements and rich partnership connection.
Solo Jazz is a dance done individually instead of with a partner and encompasses a collection of 20s & 40’s Charleston movements as well as a wide variety of vernacular jazz movements adopted from tap dancing.
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 20s charleston footwork and patterns and give you insight into the historical roots of Lindy Hop.
The Continuing Classes
For those that have completed the core classes, TNS offers a wide variety of continuing classes that will pick up where your core classes left off, challenging you with more advanced moves, techniques and partnering concepts. These classes are designed to keep inspiring and challenging you as a dancer. Each month the continuing classes will rotate their focus, offering more advanced classes in Lindy Hop, Charleston, Balboa, Solo Jazz and Blues.
TNS has a wide range of skilled instructors offering private lessons in a variety of swing dance styles. Private lessons are typically for students who have gone through the core series of classes at TNS and wish to refine their dancing with a more personal one on one interaction with an instructor. While beginner dancers can sign up for private lessons, we highly suggest completing the TNS core series before seeking out these types of lessons. In our experience, your education is best served in a group environment when just starting out and will be more beneficial to you than private lessons at this stage. If you are interested in taking a private lesson from one of our instructors, please contact us via our contact page: HERE.