NYC master swing dance teachers Tony Fraser and Jaime Shannon are some of the most sought after dance coaches and instructors around the globe. As a partnership they represent an extremely intricate, complex, and hyper-connected jitterbug style. As teachers they are known for bringing up dancers quickly, as well as training champion competitors.

As international swing dance instructors, Tony and Jaime teach all over the US, Canada, and Europe. As performers, they are frequently invited to share their style with such notable theater and dance organizations as Jacob's Pillow, The Group Theatre Too, Jazz Choreography Enterprises, American College Dance Festival, Lincoln Center, and the Hofstra University Department of Drama and Dance.

About Tony Fraser: Tony is a seventeen year veteran of swing dancing, competition, coaching, and teaching. He’s a best-of-breed technical instructor, a specialist in Collegiate Shag, Lindy Hop, Aerials, Tricks, and Partner Charleston. He’s been on television and stage many times, and is an ALHC and US Open champion.

About Jaime Shannon: Jaime is a classically trained dancer having earned her dance degree from Hofstra University. She has worked with several New York City based modern dance, contemporary, and jazz dance companies such as Azul Dance Theatre, Dance Cat-Alyst,  Lauren Hale Dance, HalloHallo Inc, Kelley Donovan and Dancers, and the Bronx Opera Company.

Tony and Jaime have teaching and performing together since 2010.

Class

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Location: 100 Grand Street Studios : 7-8 Lindy Hop, 8-9PM Shag. 

Instructions:

  1. Arrive no earlier than 6:45.
  2. Wear dance shoes with either felt or suede leather bottoms. Forget and you'll dance in socks. ;)
  3. Bring a water bottle. There is no fountain.
  4. Bring cash. 20$ per person per hour, 35$ per person for both hours. Exact change please.

Check tonyandjaime FB page for more info, or FB message or text us.  Also - best to check it every day before you go to class.

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Session structure: Though we sometimes pull back previous content for additional practice, sessions are mostly independent of each other and drop in / multi-level style style. Note: it is sometimes the case that attending advanced dancers or teachers contribute heavily to instruction by demonstrating their own technique, figures, pattens or discoveries.

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Multi-Level concept based sessions:  We tend to prefer focusing on concepts rather than patterns. For example, on one given night we may teach a concept six ways in progression of easy to difficult. A newer dancer will get the first two and working on mixing the concept into their dance. The advanced dancer may get most and try to master the concept in their own style. The professional may get them all quickly, but instead try to leverage the concept in another facet of dance, or in another style. 

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We believe in challenging: We believe and strive for the fact that at any level our classes are challenging. We achieve challenging sessions many different ways such as: adjusting speed, adjusting personal style to mimic or be more precise, building personal style, modifying partnership connections, intermixing styles, attempting challenging content, using performance tactics, etc. There are many that teach less challenging classes in more of a social or studio setting. That isn't us. We train to be great. 

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For beginner dancers: 

Generally speaking, classes are intermediate plus level within the swing family of dances. We do have beginners every now and then, but they are usually trained or professional dancers or performers. 

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For advanced dancers: Overall our classes are geared toward advanced dancers (and/or those who want to train to be one.) We generally work a couple of different themes or concepts each night with the focus on becoming a more well rounded and skilled dancer. One night may consist of a difficult piece of choreography and a new pattern that can be leveraged in any style. Another night may consist of just a few pieces of content, considerable practice of that content within the individual dancer's personal style, and then 30 minutes on aerials. 

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For professional or trained dancers: Many who attend our sessions are professionally trained, and for those we train and teach differently in such a way that not only teaches swing, but quickly unlocks a lifetime of tap, jazz, modern or ballet.

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Aerials and tricks videos

Note on Danger from Tony : As an aerials teacher and coach since the late 90's, I always debate putting dangerous content up on the web because of new-to-aerials dummies who think they can figure it out. However, Jaime and I put this up anyway for marketing purposes as we are often asked to teach and coach aerials at advanced levels.  That said, please know this is dangerous and some of this content can kill youWhat you will not see in these quick videos is the decade long relationships we have with our spotters that we fully trust our lives with. 

PS : Videos with danger are documented on the youtube channel itself. Please read descriptions there.

SHAG Videos

Please watch and read comments directly from our shag youtube playlist. 

Lindy Hop and Charleston Videos

Please comment or share directly from our youtube channel.

PRESS

Broadway World Aug 2015

BATTERY DANCE FESTIVAL Continues to Enthrall Review

Time Out NY March 2015

Listed on best swing dance classes in NYC.

NY Times12 April 2015

Featured dancers on the Travel Channel shoot at Swing 46.

NY Times

22 May 2014

Tony and Jaime are shown as they judged the competition featured in this video. They were also featured in the print edition.

Real Men Lift Women

June 27 2013

Blog Interview

Time Out New York

June 20-26 2013 issue

Page 28

Photographed by Noffar Gat

Time Out New York, 18 July 2013

Web Feature : http://www.timeout.com/newyork/things-to-do/dance-style-collegiate-shag

Photographed by Noffar Gat

The Examiner, 20 May 2013

"Jamie Shannon and Tony Fraser's “Shag Explosion” left a breathless audience to explode in applause at the non-stop number's completion."

by Joyce Hydeweb version of article

CONTACT

tony fraser e mail : tony dot fraser at gmail dot com

facebook : http://www.facebook.com/cshag

jaimeshannon

email : jshann1 at gmail dot com

facebook : http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=18902680

 

A note to promoters and event organizers :

If interested in rates and instructions in how to book Jaime and me for your event, please email one of us for access to the promoter's page.

KILOWATT DANCE THEATRE 

Kilowatts Dance Theatre is a group of professional dancers and performers who have performed at Midsummer Night's Swing, Jacob's Pillow and many other places.  You can find more about us at https://www.kilowattdancetheater.com/.

 

 

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