November/December At Thursday Night Swing

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TNS is booming!  We’re so excited to have so many passionate people coming out to dance each week and we can’t wait to share all the amazing classes we have in store for you next!

Because November and December are both short months for classes due to holidays, we’ve decided to combine the classes within them into continuing 6-week series’! This means you’ll get to go more in depth and explore even more within our amazing classes!  We are really excited!

But enough chit chat, here’s what we have on deck for the next two months:

THE 6:30-7:30pm CLASSES

THE CONTINUING CLASS: CONTINUING CHARLESTON

For the first three weeks of November and the first three weeks of December at TNS we’ll be diving down deep into solo and Tandem Charleston!

*This will be a 6-week class taught over the course of the first three Thursdays of November and December.

-Taught By: Jason & Danielle

THIS IS AN INTERMEDIATE CLASS, STUDENT SHOULD BE COMFORTABLE WITH ALL THEIR BASIC CHARLESTON MOVEMENTS.

THE EXPLORING CLASS: BEGINNER BALBOA

For our exploring class this month we’re going to be teaching a 4 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.  Don’t know what Balboa looks like?  Check out this video HERE, for a great example of the beautiful elegant dance.

*This will be a 6-week class taught over the course of the first three Thursdays of November and December.

-Taught by Joe & Kadie

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


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.

*Since there is a holiday both of these months that shortens each of them to having only 3 Thursdays we can teach on, we have decided to combine the two months into one 6-week long class.  This will ensure that we are able to maintain the integrity of the classes information and not have to rush through things in only three weeks time.  The class will take place on the first three Thursday of Nov and Dec.

-Taught By Huy & Bethany

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!

September Classes At TNS

Fall is finally here and TNS is starting it off with a bang!  We’ve got THREE, yes THREE classes this month for you!  I know… however will you choose?

This includes our first ever month long BLUES SERIES!  Eeee!!! I’m so excited!  In addition, we’ll also be teaching an Int/Adv Balboa series!  So if you made it out to our July beginner series, or Bal-ast off and just can wait to learn more Balboa, this is your perfect opportunity!

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!

INTRO TO 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 Dean Gillmore & Kadia Scott

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


INTRO TO BLUES

Get ready to slow down the tempo with this four week introduction to blues series!

This series will focus on giving you a solid foundation in the unique aspects of the blues dancing partnership, musicality, rhythms and movement!

This class will be the perfect follow up for those taking our one day blues workshop on Aug 30th!

– Taught By Adam & Krystal WilkersonTHIS IS AN BEGINNING CLASS, NO PREVIOUS DANCE EXPERIENCE OR PARTNER IS REQUIRED.


INT/ADV BALBOA

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 picking up right where our July beginner Balboa series left off with an Int/Adv Balboa class!

Students will have the opportunity to increase their Balboa vocabulary in addition to refining and developing more advanced technique in this four week series.

-Taught by Adam & Erica Roberts

THIS IS A INT CLASS, STUDENTS NEED TO BE PROFICIENT IN ALL BASIC BALBOA MOVEMENTS (i.e. toss outs, lollies, out & ins, basic footwork, etc.) TO PARTICIPATE.

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

April Classes At TNS

Get ready for another awesome month at TNS because April is going to be a blast! We’ll be giving away passes to events like TNS’s own MashUp (That’s right a TNS workshop right here in Huntsville AL!  We’re flying in instructors from Washington DC just for you!  It’s all going to go down May 16-18th so mark your calendars now and save your pennies because this is going to be one heck of a good weekend.  You can check out more info on that workshop at: www.mashyourdance.com), we also have a pass to School of Hard Knox in Knoxville TN up for grabs this month!!!

How is one to win one of these amazing passes you ask?  Well there will be two ways to win passes this month.
1) GET NOMINATED BY AN INSTRUCTOR FOR A SCHOLARSHIP
If we see you working hard and really giving back to the community this month your name could go in the hat!
2) SIGN UP FOR THE NEWCOMER DJ ON APRIL 17TH!
Open to brand new DJ’s only, each contestant will have 15min (or about 5 songs) to blow us away.  The best DJ of the night gets a free pass and the DJ who plays the best song of the night gets a FREE MONTH OF TNS!  (you can sign up to be one of the DJ’s at TNS or online on the event page HERE)
And then as always TNS has two great new classes this month! We’ll have intro to 6-count Swing going on in the beginner class, and then in the intermediate class Todd and Jennifer Bonham will be dishing up some kick butt intermediate Lindy Hop for you!
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 “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 Joe Pangburn & Amanda Demmel

 

Intermediate Lindy Hop: Like Ya’ Do… But Better!

This month we’ll tap the momentum and flow of lindy-hop, transforming basic movements into pure joy. Leads will use momentum to create new moves and follows will harness that energy, taking the dance to its full expression.

THIS IS AN INT LEVEL COURSE.  DANCERS SHOULD BE COMFORTABLE WITH ALL THEIR BASIC MOVEMENTS AND PROFICIENT IN SWING OUTS.- Taught By Todd & Jennifer Bonham

February Classes At TNS

We’re back for another great month of dancing at TNS!  February brings us two great new series of lessons taught by some of our best instructors.  It also kicks off our very first advanced lesson series!

Along with great new lessons, February brings us another big change at TNS.  For a whole year our amazing instructors have donated their precious time and energy and shared their knowledge each week for very little in return, and we want to change that.  We want to be able to give back to them in return and show them how much we value the time and knowledge they so willingly share.  That’s why we are raising our lesson prices.  Starting in February, lessons will be $10 for general admission. Best of all if you pay for the whole month series up front, you’ll get $10 off!  Don’t worry students, it’s still only $5 for you!  This small price increase will let us pay our instructors more and also let us give back to you by making scholarships to dance events available as well as host more workshops here in town!  Last month we gave away two passes to My Lindy Kraze and this month we are giving away two passes to the Dean and Jewel Workshop in Nashville. We are so excited for this change and for all the opportunities it will open up for the dance community this year, thank you so much for making TNS possible each week with your support and love!  See you on the dance floor!

8-Count Swing

Whether 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 Kadie Pangburn & Paul Fryer

 

Intermediate Lindy Hop 

Grab Bag Edition

Sometimes, teachers have an amazing set of things they want to share with their students that  really have nothing in common with each other; except that they are awesome.

Welcome to the grab bag classes.

Grab bag classes are going to be inspired by the instructor and whatever they are super excited to share with you that week.  This means two things; you probably don’t want to miss a week because who knows what they could have up their sleeve to teach you, and be prepared for anything!  This class will keep you on your dancing toes and grow and stretch you as a dancer!

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

– Taught By Jason and Danielle Knight

Advanced Lindy Hop

February 27th 2014

Thursday Night Swing is super excited to have Huy Huynh as our guest instructor for our first ever Advanced class on February 27th!

Huy started swing dancing nearly twelve years ago and is still loving it.  Huy learned his first Swing Out from Tim and Sarah Munsell while attending the Vanderbilt Swing Dance Club in Nashville, TN.  Huy taught in Nashville sporadically, filling in where he was needed.

After moving to Huntsville for graduate school, he quickly realized the need for regular weekly lessons.  Over the past six years, Huy has helped develop the Huntsville, AL scene by offering regular weekly swing dance lessons at the UAH University Fitness Center.  He has also taught at workshops in Atlanta, GA, Statesboro, GA, Knoxville, TN, Auburn, AL, and Poughkeepsie, NY, and was a regular staff instructor for Atlanta’s premier Swing Dance school; Down South Swing.

During his classes he is a stickler for technique and focuses on quality of movement over quantity of movement.

PLEASE NOTE THIS IS AN ADVANCED LEVEL CLASS.  DANCERS SHOULD BE EXTREMELY PROFICIENT IN ALL THEIR BASIC LINDY HOP MOVEMENTS AND PARTNERSHIP TECHNIQUES.  ADMITTANCE INTO CLASS WILL BE BY THE INSTRUCTORS APPROVAL ONLY.- Taught By Huy Huynh*Please be aware that all lessons at TNS are taught as a progressive series and will build from one week to the next.  The first class of every series will happen on the first Thursday of every month, and build from there each following Thursday of the month.   Regular weekly attendance for the entire series is highly recommended.

January Classes At TNS

It’s a brand new year and we kicked off TNS with a bang last week!  Over 90 people coming out to dance the night away with us at our back to dance party last week!  We can’t wait to see what this year holds in store for Thursday Night Swing, especially if the last dance was any indication of things to come, it’s going to be a great year!

We’re starting the year off with two fantastic 3 week courses!

 

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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 Kadie & Joe Pangburn

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 Intermediate Balboa

You’ve finally mastered the basic Balboa footwork, now what else can you do with it?  Adam and Erica  will show you exactly that in this progressive three week beyond beginner Balboa course!  You’ll start off by reviewing the basics and refining your movement, then you’ll progress onto moves like swivels, behind the back toss outs, and much more!

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

– Taught By Adam & Erica Roberts

*Please be aware that all lessons at TNS are taught as a progressive series and will build from one week to the next.  The first class of every series will happen on the first Thursday of every month, and build from there each following Thursday of the month.   Regular weekly attendance for the entire series is highly recommended.