...and the tradition lives on

It's here!

Online registration is now closed. BUT, don't fret, you can still register tonight at the dance (start at 8:30 at the Square Dance Center) or tomorrow morning. Registration is still just $65.

And if you missed signing-up for housing, come on anyway, we'll find you someone with spare floor space (but bring a sleeping bag and pillow if you have one)

Quick and simple, at an awesome price.

It's here!

Online registration is now closed. BUT, don't fret, you can still register tonight at the dance (start at 8:30 at the Square Dance Center) or tomorrow morning. Registration is still just $65.

And if you missed signing-up for housing, come on anyway, we'll find you someone with spare floor space (but bring a sleeping bag and pillow if you have one)

Steeped in tradition and Southern charm

For five years the Private Collection has been about the growing traditions of Lindy Hop in the South East. We are thrilled to bring it back again, for a 6th time.

You'll see some changes from past years but we still have the old traditions, and maybe even a couple new ones you'll like. Until now The Private Collection has always been a Nashville event of sorts.

We're trying to make this even more of a South East event by moving it around. The first stop outside of Nashville will be Knoxville. We'll miss Nashville for sure and hope to return again, but this is an exciting journey we've embarked upon.

We also have some new faces joining us, and we will miss having some old friends here like we are used to. But we have more classes to offer this year, and of an even larger variety of dancing.

May this June/July find you with us at the 6th installment. We sure hope you'll join us in Knoxville; we will still have fun (we won't lie) but it won't be quite the same without you.

What your dancing craves

Variety has always been the spice du jour at The Private Collection. That tradition is wildly present yet again this year, even more so than ever before.

This isn't the absolute final list, but it is pretty close with only a couple more additions to go. Mouse over a class title to read the class description (assuming of course one is available), though many of the titles are pretty descriptive in themselves.

Class Schedule

still tentative
Saturday
10:15- 11:15
Charleston VocabularyBuild up your Charleston beyond your default 5 moves &mdash Katie Hawn, Sue Hawn
Choose Your Own EndingA challenging routine with multiple endings depending upon both lead and follow input. &mdash Mike Legett, Sosh Howell
Silky Smooth Lindy Hop &mdash Natalie Manigault, Patrick Manigault
11:30- 12:30 Easy Does ItGood dancing should feel easy, and the easier you feel the more you can rock out. So chillax your dancing, and we'll get you jamming &mdash Lindsay Longstreth, Tim Munsell
I Like the Way You MoveExplore techniques and exercises that will give you more control over your body, help you look better, and give you ideas for both partner and solo swing dancing. &mdash Sosh Howell
Lunch
12:45- 1:45 Charleston From AtlantisIn this Discovery Channel exclusive, we will uncover never-before-seen partner charleston moves recently unearthed by our eccentric team of devoted explorers. In this treasure chest we will find charleston moves and patterns that are as uncommon as they are attractive and lead-able. Glittering gems of movement that are entirely novel and yet somehow classic will dazzle you and inspire you to kick with creativity. &mdash Jaya Gamble, Michael Gamble
Sweet Partnered FootworkSpice up your swing outs and moves with these syncopated footwork styling options. Enhance your movement with fun variations for ladies and gents. &mdash Abigail Browning, Reuel Reis
Lunch
2:00- 3:00 Express YourselfMake your body move to the music, by yourself. You don't need a partner to groove and blues, this proves it &mdash Lindsay Longstreth
Intro to Shag (is fine w/ me)Learn the goofy dance rumored to be from New Orleans. We'll take you jumping through variations and moves that will enhance your ability to dance with different textures at higher speeds. Fast, furious fun! &mdash Abigail Browning, Reuel Reis
Moves to Make her SquealDan doesn't feel a dance with Sarah is complete unless she squeals (don't tell Tim). Guys, you too can lead these social floor tricks. And don't worry, girls, you won't be left out of the class. We'll have plenty of things for you to work on. &mdash Sarah Munsell, Dan Parshall
3:15- 4:15 A Long Ton of CharlestonIn this class will challenge students with a rapid progression through a series of Partner Charleston movement variations. The focus is on really developing quality use of partner Charleston in your Lindy, adding repertoire and developing better movement and partnering technique. We'll dance at fast tempos and assume that students can pick up footwork very quickly. &mdash Melanie Myers, Joel Domoe
The GauntletSpecifically for advanced dancers (as in you think you should be teaching) this is not an easy class. Full of technique and ideas developed over years of intense practice and meditation. This is going to be a quick class of some very difficult (but oh so sweet & spicy) concepts and applications. &mdash Rebecca Strickland, Tim Munsell
Heart Beat, Drum Beat, Foot Step &mdash Megan Adair, Dan Parshall
4:30- 5:30 Floor Craft &mdash Mike Legett, Alan Chung
TBA — TBD, TBD
Private Lessons
Sunday
10:15- 11:15
Lindy Zo Zow Bop Do Daggety Zu Zu Zoo HopHere lives Vernacular Jazz. Let's use it in our Lindy Hop! This class will focus on movements that incorporate vernacular jazz into your Lindy patterns. Some patterns will be lead/follow and others will be individual improvisations, but they will all be swingin' fo sho, cat! &mdash Melanie Myers, Joel Domoe
LindyBalCharlestonTransitionsLindy Hop, Balboa, and Charleston can all be meshed into a unified dance. Not for purists, this class challenges the notion that they shan't be combined and explores many of the nifty transitions possible and the opportunities they create. &mdash Sarah Munsell, Tim Munsell
Musicality for EveryoneHow does the music make you want to move? In this class we'll help you express the music through your body in fun, easy, and awesome ways. With goodies for leaders and followers and fundamental principles for everybody, you're sure to walk away from this class with some serious soul in your step. &mdash Gina Helfrich, Austin Dyer
11:30- 12:30 Freedom of Flying SoloVernacular Jazz & Solo Charleston can often become an exercise in "what patterns do I remember?" In this class, we'll learn to improvise with confidence without using patterns, but instead making effective use of "elements" such as kicks, holds, steps, etc. And even if you've got a handful of solo patterns that you love, this will help you to fill the space between with expressive spontaneity. (taught by michael only) &mdash Jaya Gamble, Michael Gamble
Non-Sweat-FlingingYeah, we're not really sure what the title means either, but you can be guaranteed to learn some great "Sosh" moves, impeccable technique, "Sarah" connection...and all that without breaking a sweat! &mdash Sarah Munsell, Sosh Howell
Lunch
12:45- 1:45 Musical Inspiration &mdash Katie Hawn, Sue Hawn
Poetry In Motion
Song is a form of poem, and so this means :
Dancing a song is like reading a poem.

Learn to see shapes in the words and the tones,
and to dance the cadence of the music.

Find the rhythm, seize the flow, and hold
       the pause
                      un-til
  the

tensionistoomuch
and everything is released
in a final BURST!

of motion
&mdash Mike Legett, Dan Parshall
Lunch
2:00- 3:00 Advanced Swingouts: Feelin' GoooodThis class will explore the many varieties and feelings of the swingout. How to lead 'em, how to follow 'em, how to make it all feel (and look) good. Let's get down to the essence of Lindy Hop! &mdash Gina Helfrich, Austin Dyer
Lindy Hoppers Delight &mdash Natalie Manigault, Patrick Manigault
Seriously Jammin' With Some CharlestonThis class will start with simple, intuitive partner charleston moves with an emphasis on the "how to" of leading and following them. Then we will learn some independent charleston footwork variations that fit within the structure of most charleston patterns. Then, with our knowledge of footwork possibilities, we will expand upon the original moves and start a mad jumpin' charleston party. (FYI this class includes the one charleston magic tip that *everyone* needs to know!) &mdash Jaya Gamble, Michael Gamble
3:15- 4:15 Collection of ConnectionWhy don't you come over to my class so I can show you my "private connection?" In this class, we will explore the many and varied paths upon which you can travel if you let your connection with your partner guide you. W'll explore creating variations from basic Lindy Hop patterns that stress communication with your partner and the "dance conversations" they evolve into. &mdash Melanie Myers, Joel Domoe
Moves to Impress &mdash Natalie Manigault, Patrick Manigault
Stretch it OutStretch, that ooey gooey goodness. This class explores stretch, lengthens patterns beyond the original intent, and gives a very interesting flavor of freedom and control to the followers. &mdash Mike Legett, Tim Munsell
4:30- 5:30 Master ClassA Master Class setting has little to do with your skill as a dancer but rather it is a class with a "master" in which individual students get individual attention with the rest of the class free to participate with comments and watch. The number of folks who can actually dance will be limited so the class doesn't take all night (there will be a sign-up on Sunday). But there is value in the watching and giving feedback even if you don't get to dance. &mdash Rebecca Strickland, Tim Munsell et. al.
Private Lessons

 

 

 

 

You will join us, won't you?

For some of the best social Lindy Hop in the South East

This weekend is a celebration of our South East lindy hop traditions. This is not a weekend about levels, it's about learning and dancing - affordably, with friends - old and new ones.

This is an event all about your dancing; taking awesome classes from awesome instructors and having awesome dances for an awesome price.

Friday Dance: 8:30pm Square Dance Center, $8 cover

Saturday/Sunday Classes Square Dance Center
Check-In: 9:30 - 10:15 (Sat only, no check in Sun)
Classes: 10:15 - 5:30
11:30 - 2:00 Lunch
Privates: 4:15 - 5:30
Privates: 8:00 - 9:00 (Saturday only @ Dance Dimentions)

Saturday Dance: 9:00pm - 1:00am Dance Dimentions, $8 cover

After party: time tbd at a local farm

Private Collection debut: Abigial Browning

Abigail Browning loves words like "rigmarole," "kerfuffle," and "scrumtrulescent." She learned such words during her years at Vanderbilt University, getting a vague and useless degree in "English.'' She dislikes adverbs and cliches, and if she were a poem, she would be an epigram. But - Ms. Browning isn't a poem. She's a person. She's a person who teaches connected and creative dance and loves to move through the metaphor and simile of the music. When she dances, she sees a brilliant array of colors, and experiences synesthesia on a regular basis. So, next time you get a dance with her, ask her what colors she saw while dancing with you!

Abigail Browning is also the co-owner and instructor of Vintage Rhythm Dance Studio in Nashville, TN wit h Reuel Reis.

Classes Will Include

Intro to Shag (is fine w/ me)
Sweet Partnered Footwork Syncopations

Private Collection debut: Alan Chung

Alan has wanted to dance since he was a wee youngling, but was not able to start swing dancing until 1996. As a leadlet he started at Virginia Tech with a heavy influence from the Washington DC scene. He was infected with blues in Pittsburgh where he became familiar with dancing in small cramped spaces.

After teaching at Virginia Tech, he moved up to Baltimore where he taught with Charm City Swing as one of the primary instructors before moving down to Nashville in July of 2006. He is known for his smoothness and passion in peddling his dance addiction to his students.

Class Will Include

Floor Craft

Private Collection debut: Austin Dreyer

Austin has been studying Lindy Hop since the summer of 2000. He learned to dance in Houston, TX; he then lived in Washington, D.C. for 2 years and moved to Atlanta late last summer. Austin has extensively researched authentic jazz dance video clips and has studied primarily with first- and second-generation Lindy Hoppers of the Savoy Ballroom. Austin prides himself on his knowledge of original Lindy Hop rhythms. He is also an accomplished tap dancer. Austin's favorite pair of white dancing shoes are signed on the bottom by Tom Lewis, Frankie Manning, Sugar Sullivan, Dawn Hampton, Chazz Young, Willie Desatoff, and Sylvia Sykes.

Classes Will Include

Advanced Swingouts: Feelin' Gooood
Musicality for Everyone

Private Collection veteran: Dan Parshall

Dan got hooked on dancing in 1998, and his repertoire includes Lindy, Blues, and Tango. Known for his passionate and exuberant approach to dancing, he tries to bring an analytical perspective to his teaching, while always emphasizing interpretation of the music.

Classes Will Include

Drum Beat, Heart Beat, Foot Step
Moves to Make Her Squeal
Poetry in Motion

Private Collection veteran: Gina Helfrich

Gina Helfrich has been dancing, performing, competing, and teaching the Lindy Hop for almost 8 years now, and she just can't get enough. She is also a talented dancer of Balboa, Charleston, and vernacular jazz, and basically rotates her obsessions with each of them.

Recently she began DJ'ing on a regular basis, and she loves that, too. Gina has been a fixture at Southeast regional workshops and camps since she moved to Atlanta in 2003. This year she will also be migrating north to teach with Manu Smith at Swing Out New Hampshire.

Gina is the co-founder and organizer with Jaya Dorf of the South's only all-girl Lindy Hop & jazz dance weekend, the Southern Belle Swing Bash, and is committed to helping followers find their voice and confidence in the dance. Gina is happy to be returning to teach at the Private Collection for her third year in a row.

Classes Will Include

Advanced Swingouts: Feelin' Gooood
Musicality for Everyone

Private Collection veterans: Michael and Jaya Gamble (Dorf)

Michael & Jaya have played a nurturing role in the Southeast for the last five years, prolifically teaching, organizing, and devoting themselves to the growth of the Lindy Hop community. In addition to organizing Lindy Focus (1-5) and Southern Belle Swing Bash (1-2), they have taught workshops throughout the country including Orlando, Atlanta, Knoxville, Nashville, Memphis, Charleston, Greenville, Asheville, Raleigh, Greensboro, Charlotte, Blacksburg, Pittsburgh, and most recently San Francisco and Sacramento. They have attended and led multiple regional "teacher training" seminars, and have sought relentlessly to spread awareness of Lindy Hop and to cultivate its tradition and technique. Together and separately they have helped to facilitate and judge a variety of contests from Lindy Hop to Solo Blues.

Classes Will Include

Seriously Jammin' with some Charleston
Freedom of Flying Solo
Charleston from Atlantis

Private Collection debut: Joel Domoe and Melanie Myers

Joel Domoe and Melanie Myers first met at a Frankie Manning weekend in Durham, NC back in 1996 or so. Melanie, who was there performing with the Baltimore FlyCats, was dancing with fellow ensemble member Ray, while Joel watched, spellbound. Suddenly, Richard Badu (Joel's teacher) jumped in for the steal... and ended up dancing with Ray. Melanie was left stranded, so Joel, being the quintessential gentleman, asked her to dance for the remainder of the song. Thankfully, there wasn't much song left, because Joel nearly peed his pants at the thrill of dancing with such a glorious hotshot dancer babe! The dance ended, Joel went home, sleeplessly tossing and turning in his bed all night. He had learned Melanie's name, but had not been able to steal one of her glass Bleyers and thus had no excuse to knock on all the doors in Baltimore. He did not see her again until...

Christmas 1998. Joel had returned to his hometown of Cincinnati to visit his family when he wandered into the Swing Lounge to do some dancing. Once again Melanie and Joel met, as Melanie was also in town visiting relatives, but this time the tables were turned. Unlike before when Melanie was the unapproachably dreamy lindy goddess, this time Joel had developed into a 'hopper of his own renown and, more importantly, he went to the bathroom BEFORE dancing with Melanie. Needless to say, Joel danced with the confidence of a comfortable bladder that fateful night and swept Melanie off her feet. What followed was a storybook romance (except for Melanie not taking Joel's last name - if only she were as enlightened as Jaya Gamble!) leading to marriage and children and lots of Lindy Hop.

So much more to tell, but space is limited, so come to The Private Collection and experience Joel and Melanie's married-with-children fairy tale dance live and in person!

As written in the prenuptial agreement, Joel's name must always appear first unless Melanie decides to change her last name to Domoe, in which case she gets to go first, but her first name is not mentioned. i.e. "Mrs. and Joel Domoe."

Classes Will Include

A Long Ton of Charles
Collection of Connection Directions
Lindy Zo Zow Bop Do Daggety Zu Zu Zoo Hop

Private Collection veterans: Sue and Katie Hawn

Originally Sue and Katie are from Knoxville, TN but now reside in Chapel Hill - Raleigh, NC. They enjoy watching sunsets and long walks on the beach, while drinking pina coladas and getting caught in the rain. When they're not living out obscure song lyrics, you'll find them out dancing or teaching. They hold regular weekly classes at Stomphouse in Raleigh. In class, you'll often here them say things like "stick your butt out more" and "don't forget to have fun". They have a special energy that is directly proportionate to the amount of coffee Sue drank before class. To find out more about Stomphouse or Sue and Katie visit sueandkatie.com

Classes Will Include

Charleston Vocabulary
Musical Inspiration
Streeeeeetchy Charleston

Private Collection debut: Lindsay Longstreth

Lindsay currently lives in Boone, North Carolina. If you don't know where that is, she is not surprised. She enjoys: making others laugh, photography, wearing the color green, pimp sunglasses, the beach, her finicky VW, and Pull n' Peel Twizzlers. Her life has a constant soundtrack and she includes as much music as possible into the two disc album. Her geek activities include: AutoCAD, studying vague education theories, and Muppet voices. She enjoys moving her body to music. Somebody once told her, "You dance like something craziness!" She takes that very seriously.

Classes Will Include

Express Yourself
Easy Does It

Private Collection debut: Megan Adair

The Cherry Poppin' Daddies affected Megan Adair quite a lot. So much in fact, that she's still dancing long after that fateful night in 1998. Since then her musical tastes have changed drastically, as has her dancing. She has participated in many regional workshops and exchanges, placing in competitions at Lindy Focus, Atlanta Varsity Showdown, and Down South Camp Meetin'. Megan assisted Dan Parshall with his Musicality and Jazz History class at Gulf Coast Regionals in August of 2006 and also competed with him in the ALHC Qualifier. She has traveled to many exchanges and even to Sweden in order to dance and learn.

Classes Will Include

Drum Beat, Heart Beat, Foot Step

Private Collection debut: Mike Legett

Mike the Girl is known for both her love of connection, as well as for her weird name. Her dancing was born and raised in Knoxville, but has recently been transplanted to Atlanta, Georgia, where she pursues dual careers as a dance nun and mad scientist. When teaching, she strives to provide classes which are both technically enlightening and personally inspiring. Her primary emphases are technique and connection. While her focus is Lindy Hop, she incorporates elements from Blues, Tango, and beyond.

Classes Will Include

Choose Your Own Ending
Floor Craft
Poetry in Motion
Stretch it Out

Private Collection debut: Natalie Manigault

Natalie began swing dancing in 1999 and has had training in swing, latin, tango, and ballroom dances. Her focus and proficiency is in Lindy Hop. She has been a member of Atlanta based competition and performance troop and has competed individually across the southeast region. Though experience with performance, her passion is for social dancing, and it is this passion that inspires her teaching. Natalie's aspiration is to help students learn how to create dancing that flows easily from the music and between partners.

Classes Will Include

Lindy Hoppers Delight
Moves to Impress your Follower, Style to Impress your Leader
Slow Lindy.... Silky and Smooth

Private Collection debut: Patrick Manigault

Since Patrick began swing dancing in 1998, he has studied and taught Lindy Hop and been a member of multiple competition and performance troupes, most recently Atlanta based Big George Savoy Bouncers. He has competed for over five years and placed at regional and national events. He also has appeared as a dancer in commercials and most recently the New Line Cinemas feature film the "Notebook." Patrick also expresses his deep appreciation of the music of the swing era through DJ-ing whenever he gets the opportunity.

His Lindy Hop style and technique are inspired by groove jazz and sounds by artists such as Count Basie and Cab Calloway, with a particular emphasis on the rhythms and movement through good partner connection. His teaching approach is based on techniques derived from quality social dancing.

Possible Classes Will Include

Lindy Hoppers Delight
Moves to Impress your Follower, Style to Impress your Leader
Slow Lindy.... Silky and Smooth

Private Collection veteran: Rebecca Strickland

Rebecca began her study and obsession of Lindy Hop in 1998. With a dance philosophy that embraces influences from all sides, she describes herself a continual student of this unique American Vernacular dance through study with some of its originators, many of its current masters, and its enthusiastic newcomers. She is an active teacher, dancer, and lecturer in both academic and social dance circles, both nationally and internationally. Most recently she earned her MA in dance history, writing her thesis on the Texas Tommy, at Florida State University's renowned dance department. As a social dancer she specializes in Lindy Hop, Blues, Vernacular Jazz, Charleston, Balboa, Shag, and many of the Rag dances of the 1910s. Rebecca is also a trained concert dancer, dancing for about the last 22 years. She currently resides in Tallahassee with her husband Michael, and is continuing with further graduate work in American Dance History, while teaching as an adjunct professor of dance at Tallahassee Community College.

Classes Will Include

Follow the Leader Symposium
The Gauntlet
Master Class

Private Collection veteran: Reuel Reis

Reuel Reis was born and Raised in New Orleans LA where he learned to love Crawfish, Jazz, Cane's Chicken Finger, Saints football, and live music. He is known for his energy, goofy smile and unique style which hales from the dirty streets of the French Quarter. His hobbies are watching ESPN, playing Chess, Dancing downtown to whatever the bands are playing, Fencing, playing sports, and going clubbin'. Reuel is very competitive, and a bit of light weight. Reuel has spent most of his adult life in TN, 4 years near Knoxville and almost 2 years around Nashville.

He currently teaches at Vintage Rhythm Dance Studio with Abigail Browning.

Classes Will Include

Intro to Shag (is fine w/ me)
Sweet Partnered Footwork Syncopations

Private Collection veteran: Sarah Munsell

Tim and Sarah's relationship was initially based on Lindy Hop, because otherwise Sarah would not talk to Tim. Though they've come all the way to being a legally married couple, they are still passionate about the dance. Their mentors include people like Steven and Virginie, who you probably don't even know about, you uneducated debutants. While not dancing they like to play competitive sports like Hungry Hungry Hippo and elbow ball. Sarah laughs like a donkey and if you ever see them in a jam circle look for them arguing about the botched move they didn't pull off afterwards. You can also find them hanging out with Sosh discussing the finer points of Voltron.

Fortunately for Sarah, her donkey laugh is directly linked to her operatic lung capacity and vocal prowess, which she will occasionally threaten Tim with when he is aggrivating her. He is most afraid when she offers to "sing a high note", all arguments cease (even jam-circle arguments) at that point.

Classes Will Include

Follow the Leader Symposium
LindyBalCharlestonTransitions
Moves to Make her Squeal
Non-Sweat-Flinging Body Twitching

Private Collection veteran: Sosh Howell

Sosh Howell is a man of many talents. Raised by pirates, Sosh spent many of his early years growing up fighting crime along side the teenage mutant ninja turtles. He speaks a small fraction of many hot languages such as Russian and Spanish and is fluent in the classical languages of Smurf and Pimp Speak. His heros include Stitch, Frankie Manning, and Voltron. All of these experiences have cumulated into Sosh's present life in Asheville where he heads up a booming internet marking corporation and travels internationally to bring the joy of dance and unmeditated fountain diving to people everywhere.

Classes Will Include

Choose Your Own Ending
I Like the Way You Move
Non-Sweat-Flinging Body Twitching

Private Collection legend: Tim Munsell

Tim and Sarah's relationship was initially based on Lindy Hop, because otherwise Sarah would not talk to Tim. Though they've come all the way to being a legally married couple, they are still passionate about the dance. Their mentors include people like Steven and Virginie, who you probably don't even know about, you uneducated debutants. While not dancing they like to play competitive sports like Hungry Hungry Hippo and elbow ball. Sarah laughs like a donkey and if you ever see them in a jam circle look for them arguing about the botched move they didn't pull off afterwards. You can also find them hanging out with Sosh discussing the finer points of Voltron.

Tim has often tried competing, but has recently decided that he's done dancing with numb fingers. Even without Sarah he nearly faints each time he's forced to perform like a monkey, something about his wind-up mechanism is broken.

Classes Will Include

Lindy Balboa Charleston Transitions
Easy Does It
Stretch it Out
The Gauntlet
Master Class
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