Promoting Swing Dancing
and Live Swing Music
in the Triangle Region

Instructors

These folks can help you improve your dancing! Check their websites for group lesson schedules, or contact them directly to arrange a private lesson or private group dance lesson for your party. Their group lessons are also often posted on the TSDS Facebook wall.


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Richard Badu

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. Contact: (919) 724-1421

Hilary Buuck, a Chicago native, has been a lindy hop dancer since 2013 following 20+ years of training, teaching, and performing in all classical non-social dance styles. After taking her first swing dance class, lindy hop quickly became her primary dance pursuit. She has real passion for developing the skills of new social swing dancers and uses practical, sometimes goofy, exercises to help students achieve their social dance goals. Buuck is known for having an engaging and fun teaching style that is appreciated by students of all levels.  Hilary P Buuck Owner/Operator http://www.hilarypbuuck.com

 

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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.

Daniel_150Daniel McClain

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 pofessionally 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.”

Caroline Leitschuh

Caroline Leitschuh (she/her pronouns) has one goal in life – to make more time for dancing! She has been dancing for 12 years and teaching for 9. Blues and Belly Dancing are her first dance loves, though she also dances and has trained in Lindy Hop, Charleston, Balboa, Ballroom, Jazz, and Ballet. As a biologist (when she isn’t dancing!), she brings a focus on technique and detail to her dancing and teaching. She loves working with dancers of all levels and building a safe, supportive dance community. She is one of the community organizers for RDU Blues and teaches at RDU Blues, Triangle Swing Dance Society, and Ninth Street Dance.

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Established over 14 years ago by award winning instructors Debbie Ramsey Boz and Wesley Boz, Mad About Dance (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

John Graner started dancing 17 years ago and never stopped. He’s been teaching for almost 13 years and is experienced in a range of dances including Lindy Hop, Blues, East Coast Swing, West Coast Swing, and social ballroom. He enjoys teaching and sharing dance with others in fun and inviting ways while digging into the technique that drives partner connection and communication. He currently teaches and DJs for several local social dance groups and is an instructor at Ninth Street Dance in Durham.”

 

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AdamAbigailAdam & 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.

Daniel_150Daniel McClain

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 pofessionally 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.”

John Graner started dancing 17 years ago and never stopped. He’s been teaching for almost 13 years and is experienced in a range of dances including Lindy Hop, Blues, East Coast Swing, West Coast Swing, and social ballroom. He enjoys teaching and sharing dance with others in fun and inviting ways while digging into the technique that drives partner connection and communication. He currently teaches and DJs for several local social dance groups and is an instructor at Ninth Street Dance in Durham.”

Hilary Buuck, a Chicago native, has been a lindy hop dancer since 2013 following 20+ years of training, teaching, and performing in all classical non-social dance styles. After taking her first swing dance class, lindy hop quickly became her primary dance pursuit. She has real passion for developing the skills of new social swing dancers and uses practical, sometimes goofy, exercises to help students achieve their social dance goals. Buuck is known for having an engaging and fun teaching style that is appreciated by students of all levels.  Hilary P Buuck Owner/Operator http://www.hilarypbuuck.com

 

Caroline Leitschuh

Caroline Leitschuh (she/her pronouns) has one goal in life – to make more time for dancing! She has been dancing for 12 years and teaching for 9. Blues and Belly Dancing are her first dance loves, though she also dances and has trained in Lindy Hop, Charleston, Balboa, Ballroom, Jazz, and Ballet. As a biologist (when she isn’t dancing!), she brings a focus on technique and detail to her dancing and teaching. She loves working with dancers of all levels and building a safe, supportive dance community. She is one of the community organizers for RDU Blues and teaches at RDU Blues, Triangle Swing Dance Society, and Ninth Street Dance.

debbie_wesley_bwWesley Boz and Debbie Ramsey Boz

Established over 14 years ago by award winning instructors Debbie Ramsey Boz and Wesley Boz, Mad About Dance (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

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Richard Badu

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. Contact: (919) 724-1421