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Anthony Chen

Waves hello, doesn't stop dancing.

Nina Gilkenson and Andy Reid. 

Worldwide rep, downhome attitude.

Saturday Beginner Track - $40 at the door

At the Door prices



Heather Ballew hails from the lovely, landlocked American city of Denver, where majestic mountains tower over the skyline and things like breathing aren’t taken for granted. She has studied Balboa since 2000 and is continually refining her teaching, always looking for better ways to explain moves and concepts. Since 2007 she has directed and choreographed for balboa dance teams The Grabtown Grapplers and Ballyhoo. Past teaching credits include Balboa Rendezvous, Provence Swing Festival, Rock That Swing, EBC, and Rocky Mountain Balboa Blowout. She is known for her personal investment in her students’ success and is a popular instructor for Lindy Hop, Blues, and Balboa.



Heather Ballew. 

Glam Star. Lindy Star.

Anthony Chen
Beginning with his more traditional roots, Anthony started dancing at age 8 when his parents convinced him to learn and perform Chinese lion dances. At age 15 he was introduced to breakdancing at a speech and debate tournament, and shortly thereafter he found his home in the local swing community in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where he quickly fell in love with Lindy Hop. Throughout his dancing career he has trained in several other types of styles from hip-hop to Argentine Tango to West Coast, but most of all he enjoys drawing upon them to expand upon his technique and creativity in Lindy Hop. On the social dance floor, he is known to be playful, musical, creative, and clear; he has been called "magical unicorn” on more than one occasion.   He holds first place titles from events such as Lindyfest and Lone Star Championships, Montreal Swing Riot, Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown, and International Lindy Hop Championships. His teaching style focuses on energy, technique and connection theory, and his love of both leading and following has been instrumental to making the classes that he teaches both clear and intuitive.

The Solarium


Dance events Classes

Friday Main Event $25

Saturday Classes $65
Friday after party $7

Sunday Classes $65


Saturday Main Event $25  
Saturday after party $7 Beginner Track $40
Sunday Dance $15  

Class location: Decatur Rec Center, 231 Sycamore St

Taryn Newborne & the Real Deal
Saturday, April 16

Nina Gilkenson and Andy Reid are some of the most well known and respected teachers, performers, and competitors in the international Lindy Hop scene. Since 2003, Nina and Andy have been traveling the world together inspiring dancers with their knowledge and love of the dance. Between them, Nina and Andy can lay claim to more than 25 national Lindy Hop titles from some of the most prestigious swing dancing competitions in the world, including the International Lindy Hop Championships, the American Lindy Hop Championships, Hellzapoppin', and the Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown. Performance credits include television appearances on PBS; Apollo Theatre; Lincoln Center and concert performances with the Brian Setzer Orchestra and Aretha Franklin. Their classes focus on authentic Lindy Hop technique, musical interpretation and the history and future of the dance.

Nina and Andy are two of the founding members of Silver Shadows, a dance troupe that helps set the bar for the height of Lindy Hop group performance. Nina and Andy are also founding members of The Jam Cellar, a groundbreaking dance party and troupe in Washington, DC.

When Andy and Nina are not dancing together, you can often see her drop kicking him. In fact, sometimes she dropkicks him while dancing in front of hundreds of people who paid a lot of money to watch. Life is funny sometimes.

Firefly Studio


1st Existential Congregation

Friday Main Event Solarium
321 Hill St. 
Decatur, GA
$25 at the Door Doors at 8 pm
Saturday Main Event 1st E
470 Candler Park Dr
Atlanta, GA
$25 at the door Doors at 8 pm
Friday & Saturday Late Nights Firefly Studio
189 Sams Street
Decatur, GA
$7 at the door Doors at 1 am
Sunday Main Dance Firefly Studio
189 Sams Street
Decatur, GA
$15 at the door Doors at 8 pm

April 14-16 2017

Atlanta, GA

Saturday Classes - $60 at the door
Sunday Classes - $60/4 HopShops at the door
Intermediate to Advanced Lindy Hop
10:30-11:00 Check In
11:30-1:30 Lindy Hop Class 1
1:30-3:00 Lunch
3:00-5:00 Lindy Hop Class 2
Hop Shops & Specialty classes
10:00-11:00 Class block 1
11:15-12:15 Class block 2
Class block 3 
1:45-2:45 Class block 4
3:00-4:00 Class block 5
4:15-5:15 Class block 6
Beginner track TBA