Promoting Swing Dancing
and Live Swing Music
in the Triangle Region

Triangle Swing Dance Taster – April 15th, 2017

Sat 15 April 2017 12:00 pm – 5:30 pm.              Triangle Dance Studios

The Triangle Swing Dance Society invites you to join us for our Swing Taster Workshop, a full day of workshops taught by Triangle area instructors for beginning/intermediate level dancers, covering many different levels and styles of swing dancing.

This workshop aims to provide a specially-designed, affordable workshop experience for people new to swing dancing. Our goal is to get new dancers comfortable on the dance floor and introduce them to local instructors, most of whom also offer regular instruction, while also providing a nurturing atmosphere where current dancers can learn new skills.

Buy your tickets early and save!

Before April 9:
Full Day $50 (includes one complimentary TSDS dance pass)
Single Class $13

After April 9:
Full Day $60
Single Class $15

(Tickets will be available at the door)

Dancers, we will also have a studio available all afternoon for open practice! If you do not attend the workshop we ask for a small donation to help cover the cost of the space (suggested donation is $5)


12-1 Intro. to East Coast – John and Caroline Intro. to Lindy Hop – Doug and Hilary Tranky Doo Part 1 (Intermediate/Advanced) – Adam and Abigail open practice
1-2 East Coast 2 – John and Caroline Lindy Hop 2 – Doug and Hilary Tranky Doo Part 2 (Intermediate/Advanced) – Adam and Abigail open practice
2-3:30 LUNCH LUNCH LUNCH open practice
3:30-4:30 Intro. to Charleston – Richard and Susan Intro. to West Coast – Wesley Intro. to Blues – Daniel and Jan open practice
4:30-5:30 Charleston 2 – Richard and Susan West Coast 2 – Wesley Blues 2 -Daniel and Jan open practice


Adam Speen and Abigail Browning (

Richard Badu and Susan Jean (

Doug Noel and Hilary Buuck

Wesley Boz (

Daniel McClain and Jan Woraratanadharm (

John Graner and Caroline Leitschuh (

Class Format:

The first hour of instruction for each dance is an introductory level class. The second hour will teach additional skills by building on the information learned in the first. The Tranky Doo classes are the exception (see class descriptions below.)
Description of dances:

East Coast Swing

What is today known as “East Coast Swing” is what most people know as basic swing dancing. It is the easiest way to swing dance, and a great place to start learning. Its versatility lets you dance to slow and fast swing jazz music.

Lindy Hop

Lindy Hop is an American dance that evolved in Harlem, New York City, in the 1920s and 1930s and originally evolved with the jazz music of that time. It was very popular during the Swing era of the late 1930s and early 1940s. The Lindy Hop is defined by it’s eight count footwork and it’s basic step, the swing out.

West Coast Swing

West Coast Swing is a dance style with Lindy Hop origins that has evolved to be danced to modern R&B music. Dancers who can do West Coast Swing and swing-era dances will tell you that competency in multiple dances makes you better at each.


Learn partnered Charleston steps and styling from the 1920s and 1930s. No prior experience is necessary, though this would also be a good class for intermediate and advanced dancers to work on the fundamentals of connection and body movement.

Tranky Doo

Abigail and Adam will lead our 2-hour intermediate workshop teaching the Tranky Doo, a jazz line dance originally choreographed by Pepsi Bethel and first appearing at Harlem’s Savoy Ballroom in the ’40s. This line dance is performed all over the country, and will aid in your balance, solo jazz skills, which will create better partner dancing! If you like the Shim Sham, you’ll love the Tranky Doo. Don’t miss out on lots of laughs and the opportunity to be part of the history of the dance!


Blues dancing could be described as trained slow dancing for blues music. A lot of swing dancers also have blues dancing experience. Dancers who can do blues and swing-era dances will tell you that competency in multiple dances makes you better at each.