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Dance Classes

We teach a variety of 20th century social dances from the early 1900s -mid 1960s fad dances and more. For nearly two decades, Shannon partnered with internationally known dance historian Lance Bensihek and learned from original era swing dancers and performers.  We are happy to be able to share this history with you. See below for a listing of some of the dances we teach.

As independent artists, we are  unaffiliated with a studio. To schedule an appointment, or to hire for an  event, please contact us.

Swing Dance Wednesday Night Twin Cities
Weekly Dance Lessons

Every Wednesday we host Swing Dance Wednesday Night Twin Cities, a swing dance party which starts with our dance lesson and is followed by a night of dancing to live music at the Eagles #34


Fraternal Order of Eagles #34
2507 E. 25th Street

Minneapolis, MN 55406



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Dances We Teach:

In addition to popular social dances, we offer instruction and performance in a variety of historic  specialty dances .
1900-1920/Ragtime: Animal Dances, One Step, Fox Trot, Castle Walk, Turkey Trot

1920s:  Charleston, Black Bottom, Raccoon, Jazz Steps
1930s-1940s: Collegiate Shag, Original Big Apple, Box Shag, Heel Shag, Little Apple, Lindy Hop 
1950s-1960s: 6-count Swing, Bop, Rock & Roll Stroll, The Stroll, Hully-Gully and a variety of                                  vintage fad & go-go dances.  


Individual and Group Lessons

Dance Instruction, events, workshops, performance, individual & group lessons

Teaching & performing: Swing, Collegiate Shag, Heel-Shag, Box Shag, Original Big Apple, Lindy Hop Charleston Raccoon, Black Bottom, Castle Walk, Animal Dances, Variety of Social dances and fad dances from 1900-1960s

Contact us for rates and scheduling

Whether providing individual instruction, dance workshops, lessons or performances at corporate and non-profit organization events, our style is welcoming, friendly and inclusive. We have worked with people of all ages and abilities. At our weekly dance event, we strive to foster a welcoming, friendly community which emphasizes the joys and health benefits of social dance.

Some of the entities we have worked with:

Minnesota State Fair, Minnesota History Center (Retrorama, Nine Nights of Music and 1920s exhibits), Minnesota Vikings, Hennepin Theatre Trust, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Dayton-Hudson, Jazz88, Famous Dave's, Heart of Dance, St. Paul Public Schools, Minneapolis Public Schools, Cambridge-Isanti Public Schools, On Our Own, Phoenix Cove Adult Day Center, Minnesota Fringe Festival, Apple Valley Arts Foundation,  University of Minnesota, University of Minnesota Health - Fairview Northland, St. Olaf, Michigan Technological University, University of St. Thomas and more.

Dance Workshops: Hot Rhythm Foundation, Midwest Lindy Fest Foundation, Camp Hollywood, Rock That Swing, Hep Cat's Holiday, Swing Sister Productions, Omaha Jitterbugs - Cowtown Jamborama, Midwest Balboa Swing Fest Nevermore Jazz Ball, BTPSwings, Kansas City Lindy Hop Society, TCSwing, CM Dance, Lindy on The Rocks and more. 

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