Lessons

CINDY & TERRY – YOUR DANCE INSTRUCTORS

Cindy Gardner has taught Swing Dance in the Twin Cities since 1979. Trained in ballet, jazz and ballroom, she focuses her talents on swing dance because, “It’s the most fun, creative, inventive and energetic of the social dances. Its roots are in American history, and it’s great for social interaction, self-expression and aerobic activity." With tens of thousands of students to her credit, Cindy has trained with numerous internationally renowned dancers, has taught with Lindy Hop master Frankie Manning, and is a national level judge for the American Lindy Hop Championships.

Terry Gardner is a Swing DJ, competitive dancer, instructor and creator of TCSwing.com, Minnesota's most popular swing website. Thanks in large part to his dad, he grew up listening to traditional big band music. He has always had a love for the music, but didn't have a clue that there was a dance especially for it until early 1997, when he started taking lessons from Cindy and discovered that he's a natural on the wood.

TC Swing Cindy & Terry have teamed to provide great instruction and connections to the swing dance scene! Their understanding of partnered movement and upbeat, easy teaching style have made them popular instructors, reaching hundreds of students in classes and workshops. Check below for more information on their great beginner, intermediate and advanced lessons held throughout the Twin Cities.

OUR FOCUS - YOUR GOALS

Swing Dance is a fun, playful partnered dance that grew from its roots in the ballrooms of Harlem in the 1920's to its current status as a popular, original American social dance. Its many styles and forms reflect its colorful history of development across the country and through several eras. In our classes you can learn Lindy Hop, the original form of the dance, and East Coast (6-count) Swing, which today is the most prevalent form and the most adaptable to different swing music styles including Big Band, Jump Blues, Jazz, early Rock 'n' Roll, Cajun, Country Western and more. For you as a social dancer, we want you to attain the ability to go out on the social dance floor with comfort and confidence, to enjoy the dance with any number of different partners, and to have a great time. We focus our classes in three areas:

- teaching fun, popular dance steps and figures, and breaking them down so they’re easy to understand and achievable.
- building strong social lead-&-follow skills, with good movement and partnering techniques.
- adding your own personal styling, and dancing to the music.

HOW IT WORKS

It's always best to pace yourself - you know how you learn best, whether it's lots of new information all at once, or a little at a time. The cost is the same, because our "come when you can" classes are taught on a drop-in basis, with a single fee at the door. You just pay once and stay for as little or as much as you want!

For New Dancers, we recommend that you try one of the Basics classes held the first week of each month on Thursday at 301 on Main in Minneapolis. Once you've done that lesson, you can try one of the sequences classes that are held the rest of the month. If those lessons seem too difficult right away, you can better develop your skills and prepare yourself with the 7-week progressive Foundation-Building classes held on Mondays through the Roseville Community Education.

For Dancers with Some Experience, our weekly lessons held Thursdays feature East Coast Swing and Lindy Hop sequences that are tiered so you can choose your own level of difficulty. For example, if you still have to think hard about doing the basic footwork of Lindy Hop, you might find that "Easy East Coast" will suit you fine and "Ambitious East Coast" is great for an added challenge and as Lindy Hop prep, but "Lindy Hop Sequences" may have to wait until that basic footwork comes more naturally.

Experienced Lindy Hoppers who want to learn some of the finer points of the dance will enjoy our periodic Lindy Hop workshops.

We recommend that if you're not ready to work at a particular level, feel free to sit and watch the next portion of class -- but don't bite off more than you can chew! It ends up actually slowing down your learning process to try to get too much information in, and it's not fair to others who are truly ready to work at a more advanced level. Most of all, come prepared to have a good time and lots of fun dancing!

Here are the full class descriptions:

ONGOING WEEKLY CLASSES & DJ DANCES
MONDAYS - THURSDAYS

THURSDAYS – East Coast and Lindy Hop Classes

Cindy & Terry Gardner, instructors, 651-558-0562, info@tcswing.com

Classes held at 301 on Main, 301 Main St NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413-2012. Phone: 612-379-1956 - Map to 301

Basics are taught on the first Thursday of every month*: East Coast Swing at 7:00 and Lindy Hop at 8:15. $9 general, $7 students to age 24 and military with valid ID. All other Thursdays feature East Coast Swing and Lindy Hop Sequences. These classes are NOT progressive, so you can drop in on any convenient Thursday!

East Coast Swing Sequences, 7:00-8:15 pm Featuring one easy sequence and one ambitious sequence.

Lindy Hop Sequences, 8:15-9:30 pm** Featuring one easy sequence and one ambitious sequence.

* Late Night Swing is free to all students who attend the First Thursday basics night! (Regularly $2 for those who attend our Thursday classes).

** With the exception of Basics Night, you must be able to comfortably execute swing-outs in order to go through rotation in the Lindy Hop Sequences Classes. If you’re unsure about your readiness, talk to us. You and a partner may take the class outside of rotation.

It's always best to pace yourself - you know how you learn best, whether it's lots of new information all at once, or a little at a time. The cost is the same, because you just pay once at the door and stay for as little or as much as you want! We recommend that if you're NOT ready to work at a particular level, feel free to sit and watch - but don't bite off more than you can chew! It ends up actually slowing down your learning process to try to get too much information in, and it's not fair to others who are truly ready to work at a more advanced level. (For example, if you still have to think hard about doing the basic footwork of Lindy Hop, the "Easy Lindy Hop" session will suit you fine and the "Ambitious East Coast" session is a great for Lindy-prep, but the "Ambitious Lindy Hop" may have to wait until that basic footwork comes more naturally.) Most of all, come prepared to have a good time and lots of fun dancing!!!

THURSDAYS – Late Night Swing featuring DJ Terry Gardner

10 pm – 2 am. $6 General, $5 students to age 24. Just $2 if you took the class that night!.

Held at 301 on Main, 301 Main St NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413-2012. Phone: 612-379-1956 - Map to 301

DANCE THE NIGHT AWAY! DJ Terry Gardner spins hot swing tunes. Don’t miss out!

 

FOUNDATION-BUILDING-CLASSES

MONDAYS –at Falcon Heights Elementary School Gym

Cindy Gardner, instructor, 651-558-0562, cindy@tcswing.com

Falcon Heights Elementary School, 1393 West Garden Avenue, Falcon Heights, 651-604-3770, MAP, FLYER

Next session begins November 7, 2016 and will be held at the Falcon Heights Elementary School, 1393 W Garden Ave, Falcon Heights, MN

Following session begins next year!

$55 per person, 7 weeks, progressive

Falcon Heights Elementary School is located on Garden Avenue, 1/2 mile east of Snelling Avenue, and one mile north of the State Fair or one mile south of Highway 36 (halfway between Larpenteur and Roselawn Avenues). Take Snelling Avenue to Garden Avenue, then go 1/2 mile east to the school (right turn if you are heading north; left turn if you are heading south). Register online today or visit the Roseville Community Education website for more information.

East Coast Foundation-Building, 6:30-8:00 pm

Lindy Hop Foundation-Building, 8:00-9:30 pm

These 7-week progressive classes thoroughly cover the basics of each dance style, with emphasis on solid lead-&-follow technique and good dance form. The sessions provide grounding in the fundamental moves that are the basis for the many variations in East Coast Swing and Lindy Hop, and show students how variations are derived from the basics. Focus is on specifics of style and technique to improve overall lead-&-follow partnering skills. These classes are also great for those who have trouble going from the "first week basics" lessons to the "rest of the month sequences" lessons at 301 on Main. Foundation-Building classes are held in 7-week sessions on Mondays throughout the fall, winter and spring. Call Roseville Community Education at 651-604-3770 for more information or to register or register online in the registration box below.

NOTE: Unlike our Thursday lessons, East Coast Swing and Lindy Hop are considered two individual classes and require separate registration and payment for each.

Direct Link to: (This will open a new window. If you have pop-up blockers, you may need to hold down the "alt" key before you click on the link)

Online Registration

(Please disregard the "seats left". There will be room enough for all! Choose "buy" next to each description to sign up!) If no link to sign up, please call the number above.

East Coast Swing - Next Series November 7 - December 19, 2016!    

Lindy Hop - Next Series November 7 - December 19, 2016!

 

PRIVATE LESSONS

Cindy Gardner offers private lessons so you can work on your individual needs. Whether it's learning the basics, getting ready for your wedding, brushing up on technique or anything else. Contact cindy@tcswing.com for more information and cost.

PRIVATE LESSON - CLICK FOR PRICING INFORMATION AND PACKAGE DISCOUNTS!

Contact