March 2017

March Progressive Series: Intro to Balboa & Bal-Swing

Taught by Kemper & Aliceann
2017-02-23 21.11.06In March we’ll warm things up with FIVE weeks of Balboa. Whether you’re brand new to the dance, or have taken several Balboa series already, this series will be tailored for you! Let us know what you hope to learn!
We’re bringing you the swing dance from Southern California in the 1930’s and 40’s. While Lindy Hop evolved with in the spacious Savoy Ballroom in Harlem, Balboa originated on crowded dance floors where leaving close position with your partner wasn’t allowed.
First we’ll look at closed position Balboa, or pure-Bal, and focus on keeping close connection with your partner while incorporating interesting and clear rhythms and direction changes.
Next, we’ll open up into Bal-Swing and explore more open movements, turns, and rotational momentum.
Prerequisites: This class is open to swing dancers of all levels! Having some familiarity with any type of swing dance and a willingness to connect closely with your partner will be helpful.
Series meet every Wednesday downstairs at the Laurel Theater from 7-8:15. Classes are $5 a night, include admission to the dance. Cardholders and local students may purchase 4 weeks at once for $15 (1 week free). This is a 5 week series.

Next month’s series will be Solo Routines!

Drop in and DJ schedule:

  • March 1 – Music by Bill & Nick
    7:00 – 7:30 pm Intermediate Drop In w/ Thomas & Roman
    7:30 – 8:15 pm  Beginner Drop In – 8 Count Lindy Hop/Swing w/ Thomas & Roman
  • March 8 – Music by Jeremy & D
    7:00 – 7:30 pm Intermediate Drop In w/ Carl & Kamaryn
    7:30 – 8:15 pm  Beginner Drop In – 8 Count Lindy Hop/Swing w/ Carl & Kamaryn
  • March 15 – Music by Bill & Geoffrey
    7:00 – 7:30 pm Charleston Drop In w/ Nick & Rebecca
    7:30 – 8:15 pm  Beginner Drop In – 6 Count Lindy Hop/Swing w/ Nick & Rebecca
  • March 22 – Music by D & Nick
    7:00 – 7:30 pm  Office Hours w/ Geoffrey & Rebecca
    7:30 – 8:15 pm  Beginner Drop In – 6 Count Lindy Hop/Swing w/ Geoffrey & Rebecca
  • March 29 – Music by Bill & Geoffrey
    7:00 – 7:30 pm  Office Hours w/ Carl & Rose
    7:30 – 8:15 pm  Beginner Drop In – 8 Count Lindy Hop/Swing w/ Geoffrey & Rose

Dancing/Live Music around Knoxville:

Regional Events:

  • Orlando Lindy Exchange (ORLX)  Mar 3 – 5, Orlando, FL
    Join us in the sunny state of Florida for the 10th annual Orlando Lindy Exchange.  This year’s theme is “Achievement Unlocked” and the event will feature a series of small games and achievements for dancers to “unlock” throughout the weekend.  Music with Chelsea Reed.
  • Pirate Swing  Mar 11 – 13, 2016, Ann Arbor, MI
    Lindy hop, blues, and solo jazz workshop featuring your favorite teachers, musicians, and pirates. Tracks for – Standard lindy hop/blues (x2), Ambidancetrous, Solo jazz, beginner
    Instructors:  Evita Arce & Michael Jagger (NY), Laura Glaess (Austin), Ann Mony (San Francisco), Jenny Sowden (NY) & Dan Repsch (Montreal), Mike Faltesek (Baltimore), Joe DeMers (Denver) and Mike (the Girl) Legenthal (Boston)
  • Music City Exchange  Mar 17 – 19, Nashville, TN
    Music City Exchange 2017 is going to be packed with amazing Jazz tunes from THE RUSS WILSON SWINGETTE and MEGAN AND HER GOODY GOODIES, Late night food, amazing dance floor with a view of downtown Nashville, and so much more!
  • Lindy Fest & Lone Star  Mar 16 – 19,  Houston, TX
    Lone Star Championships at Lindyfest is the largest and most dynamic Lindy event of its kind. “Where Epic Party Meets World Class Instruction.” 2017 is the 21st annual Lindyfest – and as always the event is jam-packed with workshops and competitions for all dance levels, superb performances, and tons of social dancing. We are really excited for this year!
  • School of Hard Knox  Marc 31 – April 2,  Knoxville, TN
    A weekend of classes and dances right here in Knoxville!  Learn from some of the best dancers in the world to build confidence in your dance ability, fine tune your technique and learn some super awesome new moves!
    Instructors:  Kelly Arsenault (Knoxville) & Mickey Fortanasce (NY), Jenny Shirar & Christian Frommelt (St Louis), Mike Faltesek (Baltimore)