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 cores series classes. However, students are welcome to keep taking the foundations class as many times as they like until they feel they have fully grasped all the information and are comfortable to move forward into our Core series of classes.
The Core Swing Classes
You took the foundations class and didn’t die! Yeah! Excited to dive a bit deeper into this crazy world of swing dancing now!? If so, you might be ready for our core classes! This progressive series of classes is designed to build on the basics you already know from your foundations class, refine your technique and partner connection, teach you a variety of new moves to add to your dance vocabulary and help you explore a variety of new swing dance genres!
Experience Required For Core Classes: Before taking any of our Core classes we ask that all students first take our Foundations class as many times as needed for them to feel comfortable with their basic footwork, 6-count rhythm and partnering skills.
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.
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. This class will focus on introducing students to a collection of classic jazz steps and stylings that they can utilize on their own, or within their partnered dancing, in addition to teaching them Frankie Manning’s iconic Shim Sham routine.
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. This class will focus on teaching you the fundamental patterns and movements of Balboa!
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. This class will focus on teaching you the fundamental patterns and movements of Blues!
The Continuing Lindy Classes
For those that have completed the core classes, TNS offers a continuing curriculum of classes that will pick up where your core classes left off, challenging you with more advanced moves, technique and partnering concepts!
Experience Required For Continuing Classes: Before taking any of our Continuing classes we ask that all students first take our Core 6-Count, Core 8-Count & Core Charleston Class as many times as needed for them to feel comfortable and confident in their Swing Outs, Lindy Circles, Partnered Charleston, Tuck Turns, Sugar Pushes and 6-Count / 8-Count rhythms.
You wouldn’t be dancing Lindy hop today if it weren’t for Frankie Manning! He was one of the original dancers in Whitey’s Lindy Hoppers, and helped foster the resurgence of Lindy hop in the 80’s and 90’s. His moves, styling, and joyfulness are iconic and an integral part of the dance. This class is all about Frankie Manning’s dancing, how he helped shape the dance we know as Lindy Hop the signature moves and stylings he created!
The swing out is Lindy Hop’s most iconic move and arguably it’s most challenging! This month long series will focus on refining your swing out mechanics, technique and partnering skills in addition to introducing you to a host of new variations and stylings! We’ll show you how to direct your swing outs backwards, forwards and to the side. We’ll put turns in your swing out, on the front end, and on the back end. We’ll even show you a variety of of new rhythms to play with!
The ABCs Of Solo Jazz
Now that you know the basics of solo jazz from you core class, it’s time to start expanding your vocabulary with a whole host of new moves! But wait!? This is continuing lindy, why are we working on solo jazz? I’m glad you asked! Every dancer worth their salt knows that spending time working on their own personal body awareness is key to improving as a dancer. If you can do the rhythm/movement on your own, chances are you’ll have a much higher success rate of trying it with a partner later down the road. In addition learning more solo jazz movements is an amazing way to increase your partnered musicality! Because what you can do on your own, you can usually do with a partner!
In this month long series we’ll spice up your Lindy language with some fun, fast-paced Tandem Charleston! This unique style of Charleston places both dancers in line facing the same direction, and then let’s loose with all the fun kicking movements that you’ve come to expect and love in Charleston dancing! In this series we’ll not only show you how to integrate this unique position into your dancing, we’ll also show you a variety of fun moves, variations, entrances and exits!
Moves Every Lindy Hopper Should Know
There some moves that just need to be in every Lindy Hoppers bag of tricks. Moves that are so iconic, so well known, that it would be criminal for us to not teach them to you, moves like Switches, Texas Tommies, Jig Walks & More! That’s why each week of this month long series will be dedicated to teaching you one of these iconic movements, breaking down the technique behind them and showing you a wide range of styling options and variations!
The Dean Collins Shim Sham Routine
You learned Frankie Manning’s Shim Sham in your Core Solo Jazz class, now it’s time to bump of the difficulty level and show you the Dean Collins version! A routine that originated from tap dancing and was adopted by swing dancers, the Shim Sham is a line dance that is done around the world, with each dancer bringing their own unique styling to it. The Dean Collins version of the Shim Sham takes it’s name from Dean Collins, a famous Lindy Hopper who helped start the Lindy revolution in Southern California in the last 1930s. It is known for it’s sophisticated syncopations, elegant rhythms and smooth footwork!
Continuing Lindy Charleston
Building on what you learned in your core Charleston class, this month long series will focus on how to better blend your Lindy & Charleston together and introduce you to more challenging Charleston movements including Savoy Kicks, Charleston Swing-Outs, Sailor Kicks and more!
Turns & Spins
This month is all about turns & spins! We’ll work on your basic turning technique, discuss turning in place vs. turning while traveling and show you an entire world of new turn variations and moves including pop turns and at least four different ways to do a tuck turn!
The Big Apple Routine
As the story goes, legendary swing dancer Frankie Manning was in Hollywood, California along with his dance group Whitey’s Lindy Hoppers during the fall of 1937, when he received a telephone call from his manager in New York, Herbert White, a.k.a. “Whitey.” Whitey had just seen the Big Apple dance performance at the Roxy Theater and excitedly described the movements of the dance to Frankie. Because the Big Apple incorporated many jazz steps that Frankie and the Lindy Hoppers already knew, Frankie was able to piece together his own version of the Big Apple and teach it to his troupe were eventually they were captured performing the routine on film in the 1939 film Keep Punchin’. This month you’ll get to learn that same historic routine!
6 Count, 8 Count, Shish-Ka-Boom-Ba
In this month long series we’ll focus on helping you smooth out transitions between the 6 and 8-count moves you learned in in your core classes and teach you a bunch of new ways to change familiar 6-count moves into 8-count moves! We’ll also discuss leading/following the difference between 6 & 8 count moves and how to go about throwing out counts all together!
Musicality & Stylings
In every dance there are three components, you, your partner and the music. This month we will focus on how you and your partner interact with the music together while you are dancing and how you can express your own individual voice within the dance as well! In addition to breaking down how to better listen and respond to swing music, we’ll also show you a wide variety of personal styling choices you can use to texture your dancing!
The Tranky Doo Routine
This class is centered around learning the Tranky Doo, a vintage jazz routine popular in the 1940’s. We will also talk about styling variations and how to incorporate these dance moves into your own improvisational dance. Whether you’re new to vintage jazz dance or have some experience with it, this series will build your repertoire of flashy solo moves and will give you a foundation in one of the iconic routines of the swing era!
The Exploring Classes
While Lindy Hop is certainly the most iconic of all the swing dances, swing dancing is actually comprised of a broad range of different dance styles including: Charleston, Solo Jazz, Lindy Hop, Shag, Balboa, Blues, and MANY more! And while we love all of these dances, Balboa & Blues hold a very special place in our hearts here at TNS. That’s why we are dedicated to offering regular continuing classes in both of the genres in our exploring series!
Experience Required For Exploring Classes: Before taking any of our Exploring classes we ask that all students first take either our Core Balboa or Core Blues series (depending on the exploring class they are interested in taking) as many times as needed for them to feel comfortable and confident with all the fundamental Balboa or Blues patterns and movements taught there in.
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. These classes will pick up where your beginner class left off, challenging you with more advanced technique and movements and expanding your vocabulary!
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. These classes will pick up where your beginner class left off, challenging you with more advanced technique and movements and expanding your vocabulary!
The Mastering Classes
This series of Lindy Hop classes is designed to challenge and grow our most advanced dancers and will be open for enrollment by invitation only.
Experience Required For The Mastering Classes: In order to be eligible for participation in our Mastering classes, dancers must first complete all Core and Continuing Lindy Hop classes at TNS, participate in a short progress assessment check by one of our lead instructors and be nominated by a lead instructor for participation in the class.
If you would like to be considered for invitation into our next mastering series, shoot us a note and let us know by clicking HERE!
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.