These folks can help you improve your dancing! Check their websites for group lesson schedules, or contact them directly to arrange a private lesson. Group lessons are also often advertised on TSDS Facebook wall posts.
(Listed in random order)
Daniel McClain, Raleigh/Cary
Daniel McClain is one of the Triangle's most widely versed dance instructors. Daniel has been dancing Lindy Hop and Argentine tango for 9 years, salsa and ballroom for 7 years, and teaching dance professionally for over 6 years. His dancing style has been recognized for its powerful moves, crisp accuracy, and creative musicality. As a result of his unique style and movement quality on the dance floor, Daniel has been recognized in regional competitions, placing in competitions at Lindy Focus, the Atlanta Varsity Showdown (AVS), Boston Tea Party, and Carolina Groove. What makes Daniel a standout in the realm of partnered dance is his ability to move seamlessly and faithfully from one dance style to another in such a way that one would assume that he only dances a single dance style. His authenticity in movement remains faithful to each dance style--thus, making him a "dance chameleon."
Frankie Hagen, Raleigh, Wake Forest
Frankie Hagan is a lindy hop and balboa instructor, a certified professional ballroom dance instructor, and a member of the NDTA. Frankie appeared as a swing dancer in the motion picture "The Notebook". He has traveled for national competitions, has been awarded for his efforts, and teaches private group classes in Raleigh and Wake Forest. Frankie was the founder of the Charleston, SC swing scene.
Richard Badu, Chapel Hill/Durham
Richard teaches Lindy, East Coast Swing, Blues, Shim-Sham, West Coast, St. Louis Shag and many other special topics, in both his long-running weekly group classes in Carrboro and Durham, and in private lessons.
Mad About Dance (MAD), Raleigh/Durham
Established over 14 years ago by award winning instructors Debbie Ramsey and Wesley Boz, MAD ACADEMY has been featured in the Raleigh News & Observer, Jitterbug Magazine, The Independent Weekly, Feather Award Magazine, NBC-17 and the TV show "Keeping Up With The Joneses". In the INDYWEEK Magazine readers poll, they were voted "Best In The Triangle 2009 & 2011" - categories: Dance Studio and Top Club Dee Jay.
Come join them for fun, energetic, informative, technique driven group classes in Lindy Hop, East Coast Swing, West Coast Swing, Shag, Blues and Charleston dancing. New classes begin every month in Raleigh, Durham & NCSU. Private lessons, national touring workshops by appointment. Contact us at (919)494-2300
Chris & Holly Owens, Raleigh/Durham
Nationally recognized instructors Chris & Holly not only teach the ‘how’ but also the ‘why’ behind dance concepts and technique while emphasizing fun and personal instruction. Chris and Holly offer East Coast Swing, Lindy Hop, Balboa and Charleston instruction through private lessons, group classes and workshops. They can regularly be found at national events teaching, competing, judging, emceeing, Deejaying or just plain dancing.
John Rowe & Margaret Valyou, Cary
John and Margaret have been swing dancing for over a decade and they occasionally teach Collegiate Shag classes locally and at regional workshops. John also holds an open aerials practice twice a month.
Jason Sager, Durham
Jason offers "holistic dance training" classes in a variety of styles including Lindy, Blues, Charleston, and Balboa. With a variety of teaching partners, he offers ongoing 2-hour intensive classes designed to ramp up your dance skills and enhance those that make your dancing work. By teaching connection, quality of movement, and creativity, Jason aims to help you be an inspiring, fun, and original dancer.
Laura Rose, Durham/Chapel Hill
Although more recognized for West Coast, Laura teaches group and private lessons in East Coast Swing, West Coast Swing, Salsa and a variety of other dances. Because of her interest in all styles of dance, Laura promotes both the inclusion and infusion of moves from one dance into the styling of the others. Because of this, Laura’s classes provide a unique perspective on individual styling and experimentation.
Laura mainly teaches from the Triangle Dance Studio in RTP. She is the founder of “Dance4Fun” and co-founder of “Wade & Laura Dance Events”.
Andrew & Jamie
Andrew and Jamie teach blues dancing in the Triangle, offering beginner classes, private lessons, and regional workshops. They have studied with some of the top blues dancers in the country, including Damon Stone and Joe DeMers. Among the variety of topics covered in their instruction are the key points of partner connection, technique, and improvisation.
Matthew Vazquez & Christine Dove, Hillsborough/Chapel Hill
Although Matt and Chris have only recently joined forces teaching (as of mid-2011), they bring over 30 years of dance insight to the area. In working to combining skills and knowledge from very diverse dance backgrounds and training, they have developed a unique teaching strategy. Their engaging and entertaining lessons combine innovative exercises, essential concepts, and challenging yet achievable moves. They are passionate about sharing the joy of dance with others; focusing on building the connection and chemistry that makes a dance feel totally natural yet magical.
ZZZchrisedove@gmail.com (remove the ZZZ)
Adam & Abigail
As a poet, Abigail Browning fell in love with the grace and athleticism of swing dancing, and has pursued the art and history of Lindy Hop, Balboa, and Charleston ever since. As she teaches, Abigail fosters creativity and musicality for leads and follows through technique, and emphasizes body control through isolation, repetition, and balance while having fun and preserving the historical integrity of the dance. The goal is to create an environment of risk-taking and encouragement to aid the excitement of discovery.
Microbiologist by day and Dancer for the rest of his waking hours, Adam Speen strives to provide a unique perspective combining classic swing technique with a modern ideology. Partnership and playfulness are the focus for Adam on the dance floor, creating a "yes and" environment for his partners and himself. Evidence comes in the form of Adam’s various Jack and Jill and Strictly Swing victories; not to mention the innumerable social dances. He brings the same positive environment to the classroom where conditioning drills, visual media, and demonstrations by students are commonplace.