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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.


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  



Gabi Rosenthal, DSCM photographer


Originally from Atlanta, Gabi is now living in Athens while studying Photography at the University of Georgia. There, she found her love for Lindy Hop and all things swing. Now she tries to fund her dancing hobby with her skills in photography. No one say art school isn’t useful. It’s best to combine things that make little money. As a kid, she was a competitive Scottish Dancer, and college didn’t stop her dancing. Having shot a great variety of events, senior portraits, and even dog portraits for pocket money, she’s prepared for most anything. However, she loves photographing dancers because they never stop making interesting shapes…and faces. 
She feels that capturing a swing out is one of the most self-gratifying moments. Feel free to swing in her direction, but she may not get out of your way. Try not to hit the camera. She’s ready to record the moment, but it doesn’t hurt to smile while you dance.

Tray Dahl & The Jugtime Ragband is not jug band, ragtime, or dixieland. It is an energetic amalgamation of all the popular styles of the 1920's/30's – jazz, a little blues, a bit of swing, a pinch old time gospel, and even classic showtunes – all immersed in an early 20th century New Orleans sound. 

Fri, 4/14/2017

Blue Mark Studio
 892 Jefferson St NW

Doors at 8
$25 at the door

Anthony Chen

Waves hello, doesn't stop dancing.



Atlanta darling of the dancefloor and diva of the stage, Taryn Newborne knows exactly how to rock your world. Join us on Saturday, when Taryn Newborne and the Real Deal bring the house down at the 1st Existentialist. 

Sat, 4/15/17

Yaarab Shrine
400 Ponce de Leon Ave.

Doors at 8
$25 at the door

Blue Mark Studios

DSCM 2017 DJ Crew!
DSCM 2017 Staff and Volunteers

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


Yaarab Shrine

Friday Main Event Blue Mark Studios
892 Jefferson St. NW
Atlanta, GA
$25 at the Door Doors at 8 pm
Saturday Main Event Yaarab Shrine
400 Ponce de Leon Ave.
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 - $65 at the door
Sunday Classes - $65/4 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