January 2017

January Progressive Series: Frankie’s Favorite Moves

15665645_10154214008142005_364124240581305785_nTaught by Geoffrey & Rebecca
Happy New year! Geoffrey will be starting off our year of dancing by teaching an entire series on the moves Frankie Manning loved. This will be an all levels class, so come dance with us! This will be a super fun class and is open to all levels of dancers.  Keep up with the event details on the event page.

In case you don’t know, Frankie, the Ambassador of Swing, was a second generation Lindy Hopper, choreographed one of the most famous Lindy Hop performances and one of the most famous solo jazz routines ever, invented the first air step, and spread the joy and knowledge of swing dancing to the new generation of dancers during the swing revival. He kept dancing almost all the way to his death, just a few months shy of his 95th birthday. The dance community would not have been the same without him.  Read more about Frankie and watch these clips of him dancing and telling stories, both when he was young in Whitey’s Lindy Hoppers and when he continued to dance well into his 90’s.

Classes of the series meet every Wednesday evening, downstairs at the Laurel Theater, from 7-8:15. Classes are $5 a night, which includes admission to the dance. Cardholders and local students may purchase 4 weeks at once for $15 (1 week free).


Drop in and DJ schedule:

  • Jan 4 – Music by Nick & Keith
    7:00 – 7:30 pm Intermediate Drop In w/ Kemper & Kamaryn
    7:30 – 8:15 pm  Beginner Drop In – 8 Count Lindy Hop/Swing w/ Kemper & Kamaryn
  • Jan 11 – Music by Moonshine Rhythm Club & Aliceann
    *** Altered music pricing – $5 for dance, $7 with series lesson ***
    7:00 – 7:30 pm Intermediate Drop In w/ Nick & Kamaryn
    7:30 – 8:15 pm  Beginner Drop In – 8 Count Lindy Hop/Swing w/ Nick & Kamaryn
  • Jan 18 – Music by Bill & Kemper
    7:00 – 7:30 pm Charleston Drop In w/ Roman & Aliceann
    7:30 – 8:15 pm  Beginner Drop In – 6 Count Lindy Hop/Swing w/ Roman & Aliceann
  • Jan 25 – Music by Keith & Nick
    7:00 – 7:30 pm  Office Hours w/ Kemper & Aliceann
    7:30 – 8:15 pm  Beginner Drop In – 6 Count Lindy Hop/Swing w/ Kemper & Aliceann

Dancing/Live Music around Knoxville:

Regional Events:

  • My Lindy Kraze  Jan 13 – 15  Huntsville, AL
    FUN, SHENANIGANS, CLASSES, MUSIC, AND COMPETITIONS! This year we are focusing on what makes you, YOU, as a dancer. How do you take everything you learn and turn it into your own style? We are also expanding our music track! Musicians prepare yourselves for loads of info and new challenges!  Instructors:  Dan Repsch (Montreal) & Julie Brown (Boston), David & Chelsea Lee (DC), Mike the Girl & Dan Legenthal (Boston)
  • Lollies & Lemonade  Jan 27 – 29  Auburn, AL
    Come join us January 27-29 in Auburn, AL for an exciting lineup of regional instructors and live music. 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:  Susan and Corey Manke (Nashville), Anna (Bryant) Wray and Robert David Jemian (AL), Kadie and Joe Pangburn (Huntsville)