Get ready for
Lindustrial Revolution 2014
Join us again in beautiful Charlottesville Virginia for the fifth annual Lindustrial Revolution! Check out what we've got in store for you:
- Lindy Hop and Balboa Workshops!
- Mickey Fortanasce & Kelly Arsenault
- Adam Speen & Abigail Browning
- Dan Respch & Kate Feldman
- The Solomon Douglas Sextet
- Sac Au Lait
- Jack & Jill Competition
- Steampunk Costume Contest
- Labor Day BBQ on Sunday
- 3 Late Night Dances!
- & much, much more!
About Our Instructors
Mickey and Kelly
Mickey Fortanasce and Kelly Arsenault have been dancing and competing together for the past seven years. During this time their innovation and showmanship coupled with their love of both dance history and theory have led them to become internationally recognized teachers and competitors in both Lindy Hop and Balboa.
Mickey and Kelly have three victories at the Balboa Rendezvous' International Balboa Championship (2006, 2007 and 2010) as well as All Balboa Weekend's American Classic Balboa Championship (2008) and routine division (2011). Other winnings include first place in the Balboa divisions at both the International Lindy Hop Championships (2010) and the European Swing Dance Championship (2011).
Mickey and Kelly have taught extensively in the US, Canada, Europe, Korea and Australia. They have been featured in Time Out New York, The New York Sun, Good Day New York, and www.priceless.com. They have also been interviewed and filmed for a story on Balboa aired on HDTV.
Adam and Abigail
Microbiologist by day and Dancer for the rest of his waking hours, Adam strives to provide a unique perspective combining classic swing technique with a modern ideology. Partnership and playfulness are the focus for Adam on the dance floor, creating a "yes and" environment for his partners and himself. Evidence comes in the form of Adam's various Jack and Jill and Strictly Swing victories; not to mention the innumerable social dances. He brings the same positive environment to the classroom where conditioning drills, visual media, and demonstrations by students are commonplace.
Beginning in 1998, Abigail Browning fell in love with the grace and athleticism of swing dancing, and has pursued the art and history of Lindy Hop, Balboa, and Charleston ever since. As she teaches, Abigail fosters creativity and musicality for leads and follows through technique, and emphasizes body control through isolation, repetition, and balance while having fun and preserving the historical integrity of the dance.
In addition to teaching, Abigail opened Vintage Rhythm Dance Studio in Nashville, TN in 2006 where she organized events through 2008. As part of the Washington, DC Lindy Exchange Board, she helped build one of the most exciting celebrations in 2011 with the 10th anniversary, featuring a full sold-out orchestra battle in the beautiful Glen Echo Ballroom. Similarly, Ms. Browning has been working with ILHC (the International Lindy Hop Championships) since 2009 as their Marketing Director, developing strategies to help produce a sell-out crowd of 700+ participants in 2011.
Dan is immersed in the music and the movement. He constantly travels to continue learning, happily sharing his ideas along the way. In his teaching, Dan's enthusiastic approach brings a focus on innovation, connection, and attention to your partner. Dan is also a veteran DJ, spinning for events across the continent and locally on a weekly basis, and has dabbled in organizing for events and local dances. In the end, Dan is most excited to push his dancing and to see his students break through their boundaries.
Kate is an ex-ballerina who stumbled upon the improvisational silliness that is lindy hop while at the University of Virginia. She started teaching regularly with New School Swing after moving to Boston in 2011. Kate draws from her diverse dance background when teaching, and loves helping students learn how to embody the music. She maintains that the best dances are part technique, part musicality, and mostly hilarity.
Why we love them
We could describe how awesome they are in words, but we think that the following collection of videos will explain it all for you!