February 2018

Feb Level 1 Series: Foundations of Lindy Hop

The KSDA focuses on the swing dance style born out of Black Harlem in the 1930’s, Lindy Hop. If you’ve been to a level 0 drop in, you’ve done Lindy Hop!

Build off the skills covered in the Level 0 drop ins to expand your repertoire and become comfortable with many types of swing dancing movements. These longer classes build off of each week’s material and will start with basic patterns like circles (both 6 and 8 counts) before building up to swing outs.

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Series classes meet every Wednesday downstairs at the Laurel Theater from 7-8:15 pm. Classes are $5 a night and include admission to the dance. 4 classes can be purchased at the beginning of the month by KSDA benefit cardholders and local students for only $15.

Join us in March for the Level 1 Movements of Lindy Hop Series and Level 2 Swing Out Variations Drop Ins!

Feb Level 2 Drop In Topic: Charleston


Wednesday Schedule

  • Jan 7:  Music with DJs.  Drop in instructors Geoffrey & Rose
    7:00 – 7:30 pm Level 2 Drop In – Charleston
    7:30 – 8:15 pm  Level 0 Drop In – 8 Count Lindy Hop/Swing
  • Jan 14:  Annual Valentine’s Dance.  Music with DJs.  Drop in instructors Carl & Aliceann
    7:00 – 7:30 pm Level 2 Drop In – Charleston
    7:30 – 8:15 pm  Level 0 Drop In – 8 Count Lindy Hop/Swing
  • Jan 21:  Music with DJs.  Drop in instructors Roman & Aliceann
    7:00 – 7:30 pm Level 2 Drop In – Charleston
    7:30 – 8:15 pm Level 0 Drop In – 6 Count Lindy Hop/Swing
  • Jan 28:  Music with DJs.  Drop in instructors Kemper & Rebecca
    7:00 – 7:30 pm Level 2 Drop In – Charleston
    7:30 – 8:15 pm Level 0 Drop In – 6 Count Lindy Hop/Swing

Been attending our level 0 drop ins?  Join us this month for Level 1 Swing, Foundations of Lindy Hop!


Interested in giving back to the swing dancing community by volunteering your time?

Send us an emailgive us a call (865-224-6830), or look for RomanRebecca or Aliceann at a weekly dance!

We need help in the following places:

Door Entry Workers
Dance Setup and Teardown Volunteers
Newsletter Correspondents
Social Media Contributors
Equipment Managers
Swing DJs
News Coordinator


Dancing/Live Music around Knoxville:

  • KSDA Super Bowl Party – Sun Feb 4 @ 6 pm House Talley
  • KSDA Instructors Meeting – Mon Feb 5 @ 7:30 pm House Talley
  • Scruffy City Syncopators – Fri Feb 10 @ 10 pm Boy’d Jig & Reel (21+ after 9)


Regional Events:

Lollies & Lemonade
Feb 2 – 4, 2018
Auburn, AL
Join AUSDA for a sweet lineup of regional instructors and live music. We have an entertaining weekend planned, Lollies and Lemonade will be oriented towards beginner and intermediate balboa dancers. Squeeze into your cars and head to Auburn for a refreshingly good time.  Instructors:  Abigail Browning & Adam Speen (NC) Erica Vess (Richmond) & Robert David Jemian (AL), Kadie & Joe Pangburn (Huntsville)

Blues Geek
Feb 16 – 18, 2018
Nashville, TN
A revamped blues workshop aimed at exploring blues idioms, reshaping our competitions, and creating spaces to get educated and nerd out to your heart’s content.  Class Focus: Blues Idioms 101; Musical Focus: Celebrating the powerful contribution of Female blues vocalists and artists; Special Presentations and Panels spread throughout the weekend so you can learn dance, history, and context.  Instructors:  Damon & Kelsey Stone (MN), Laney Barhaugh (NY), Mike & Dan Legenthal (Boston), Krystal & Adam Wilkerson (Huntsville), Julie Brown (Boston), Ross Blythe & Sarah Lokay (Chicago), Cierra Ruffin (Denver), Katrina Rogers, Nathaniel Abrea

Dayton Swing Smackdown
Feb 23 – 25, 2018
Dayton, OH
Featuring over 9 hours of dancing, 13 hours of instruction, Solo Jazz Competition, Competitions.  In addition to a dedication to providing a quality weekend, it is one of Smackdown’s core goals to be accessible to everyone, from the experienced dance community, to brand new dancers.  Instructors:  Laura Glaess & Brooks Prumo (Austin), Mandy Hogan & Danny Beyrer (Indianapolis)