We’ve put together this handy guide to all of the currently active dancers and instructors we are aware of in the Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill area. We recommend using this guide as a way to check out the scene as a whole, try several dances, teachers, etc. and see what fits for you.
To stay in the loop about events and classes going on in the Triangle, join the Triangle Swing Dance Society Facebook group – this is where everyone posts their information, it’s the news hub!
Thursdays at The Lindy Lab
The Lindy Lab dances at Triangle Dance Studio focus on attracting and inspiring creativity in the local swing scene. The music at The Lindy Lab leans towards the vintage swing and big band sounds. The Lindy Lab also hosts occasional RDU Rent Party nights featuring live music.
Fridays at Dance Blues Friday
Dance Blues Friday at Triangle Dance Studio focuses primarily on music for blues and “fusion” dancing. Predominantly slow dance music and a lot of close contact dancing. Blues is a great dance if you have a preference for low structure and lots of space to create in your dancing.
Saturdays (twice monthly) at Triangle Swing Dance Society
Triangle Swing Dance Society hosts mostly live music dances in West Durham and Carrboro. The longest standing organization for swing dancing in the Triangle, TSDS also provides a focal point for community outreach and the ability to host great live music on a regular basis.
Sundays at The Elk’s Lodge
The Elk’s Lodge in Raleigh is a mixed genre dance with predominantly East Coast/Lindy for the first half of the night and West Coast Swing music the second half. It’s also not uncommon to have a few latin or ballroom tunes in the mix. The musical style for the night tends more towards 50’s rock and jump blues for EC and pop music for WC. The Elk’s also has a small bar for those who like a drink to loosen up before dancing.
Mondays at The Stags Head
106 Glenwood Ave, Raleigh – dancer T.J. Wignall organizes a free DJ’d dance about once a month. Watch the Triangle Swing Dance Society Facebook page for invites.
Monday aerials practice at Superior Gymnastics
220 Dominion Drive, Morrisville
For experienced dancers only, John Rowe organizes an aerials practice session, usually occurring the first Monday of the month, with admission of $5.00. For notifications and invites, ask to join the Aerials Practice Facebook group.
Wednesdays at The Strowd
159 E Franklin Street, Chapel Hill
Twice monthly Prohibition Night swing dance with a live band with $5.00 admission. Watch the Triangle Swing Dance Society Facebook page for invites.
Check the Lindy Lab Lessons page for info on upcoming lessons prior to our Thursday night Lindy Lab dances!
Adam Speen and Abigail Browning Durham/Chapel Hill – Adam and Abigail are international swing dance instructors, who run series of Lindy Hop and Balboa classes for beginner and intermediate dancers at Triangle Dance Studio when they are in town. Their classes focus on creativity, musicality, technique, and creating a positive classroom environment for social dancing.
Caroline Leitschuh and John Graner Durham – Carolina and John are focusing on the fundamentals of Lindy Hop, Blues, and East Coast Swing, teaching regular adult social dance series at Ninth Street Dance.
Richard Badu Durham/Chapel Hill – The longest established teacher in the Chapel Hill/Carrboro area, Richard offers primarily East Coast Swing and Lindy Hop classes. Richard’s classes focus primarily on moves and patterns, so if you are looking to build your dance vocabulary, Richard is probably the best person to learn from.
Frankie Hagan Raleigh – Frankie has a broad background in ballroom dancing and swing dancing and teaches Lindy Hop and Balboa at Southern Star Ballroom in Raleigh and takes a practical and friendly approach to the fundamentals of swing dancing. Southern Star Ballroom also has a strong West Coast program.
Premier Dance Cary – This is the other ballroom studio that has legit swing dancers attached to it. If you like a strong mix of street and ballroom social dances, this is probably the best place for you.
What a Shuffle Raleigh/Durham – Chris and Holly Owens are long-standing Balboa teachers in the Triangle area. Their monthly one-day cram session classes are a great option for those who work nights or have limited time to devote to weekly classes.
MAD Academy Raleigh/Chapel Hill – MAD Academy offers primarily beginner lessons in a variety of dances. Their classes involve a very methodical, technique-oriented approach. If you are the type who learns particularly well by having things broken down step-by-step, this is probably the best place for you to learn.