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About Your Instructors
As your Dancing Dolls teachers, we (Robin Nunnally and Casey Schneider) bring you a combined 33 years of experience with jazz era dances and over two decades of teaching and performing in Seattle, the Pacific Northwest, and throughout the U.S. and Canada. We are co-founders and managers of the beloved chorus girl dance company, Sister Kate, which performed regularly in Seattle for seven years. With our knowledge and love for dances of the golden era 20th century and our equal love for teaching and performance, we will share this experience and passion with you!
Robin Nunnally’s website: http://www.robinnunnally.com/robin/
Casey Schneider’s website: http://caseyschneider.com/about/

 

About You
You love watching Fred and Ginger movies. You always wanted to learn to dance, but didn’t know what type of classes to start with. You love exercising in fun and interesting ways. You like meeting new people and dabbling in new hobbies. You love performing and are looking for a new outlet. You always dreamed of being a Rockette (and maybe still do). You love swing music. You are female or male. You own a pair of low heels. As long as you come with a sense of humor and interest in learning, we welcome you to class!

We ask that all students bring a pair of sturdy, short black heels to wear for class and performance. If you have injuries barring you from wearing heels, please contact us. We recommend Bloch Broadway character shoe or something similar.

 

What You’ll Learn
In the class, we will teach you an original choreography, which is directly influenced and inspired by female dance “choruses” of the 1920s-1940s. By the end of class, you will learn an entire routine (approximately three minutes) with an opportunity to refine the piece so that students interested in performing will be ready to show off high-kicks to an audience of vintage-dance enthusiasts.

1946, Rockette Rehearsal

Rehearsal for The Rockettes, 1946

 

Course Fees
We are excited to offer you the following for your class enrollment fee:
* Five 1.5-hour class session – a total of 7.5 hours of professional instruction from two teachers
* Access to choreography re-cap videos, so that you can remember the details when you practice on your own
* An opportunity to perform at a local swing dance/dance event, in front of supportive audience of vintage jazz dance enthusiasts (optional)

 

Class:
Pre-Registration: $125 (Student with active ID: $100)
At the Door Registration: $150 (Student with active ID: $125)

 

Performance Costs:
Part of the fun of being a chorus girl is wearing fun costumes! Students will be responsible for nominal costs related to performance wear. We will attempt to build costumes around common apparel items to defray costs as well as leverage items from our personal stock, but we may require small purchases to bring the costume together. As a reminder, performance is optional.

 

BehindTheStairsPractice Location:
Team practice will be at TPS Studios (Theatre Puget Sound), which is located on the 4th floor of the Seattle Center House, located next to the Monorail and the Space Needle.

To get there: Enter the building and walk towards the restrooms, which are located BEHIND the stairs on the main floor. Next to the women’s restroom, you will see an elevator. Take this elevator up to the 4th Floor, and take a left off the elevator. We will be in STUDIO B. It is Building #19 on the map below.

 

sc_map_19Since practice is on Sundays, parking is FREE on the street. You may want to look for parking near Broad Street, Denny Way, or 2nd Avenue to have the closest walks to class. Since this is a popular area of the city for tourists, please allow some extra time before practice to allow yourself to find a parking spot and walk over.

 

FAQs

 

Do I need prior dance experience?
No! While experience certainly doesn’t hurt, we welcome new dancers as long as you have a passion for learning, challenging yourself, and having fun!

 

Where are classes located?
Classes will be held at Theatre Puget Sound (TPS), which is located on the 4th floor of the Armory at Seattle Center. Take the elevators located on the north end of the building to the 4th floor. Classes will be located in Studio B. While street parking is free on Sundays, allow yourself time to find parking around Seattle Center and a five to ten minute walk to the Armory.

 

What should I wear to class?
We recommend something that you can easily move in and don’t mind getting a bit sweaty, such as yoga pants or shorts and a t-shirt or tank top. You should also wear “danceable” low heeled shoes, such a 1.5-2 in character shoe. Class series culminate in an optional performance, for which you will need black heels; if you are purchasing new shoes, we recommend black.

 

What are performance costumes?
We require a black leotard, black heels, and nylons or dance tights, procured at students’ expense. The Dancing Dolls will provide accessories and other basic costume pieces for the performance. We welcome all body types and both women and men.

 

Is performing required?
The post-class series performance is optional. However, we highly encourage everyone to participate. We will teach a full performance routine. Also, chorus dancing is meant to be seen by an audience!

 

What is the cancellation policy?
Should you need to cancel your registration, we are happy to provide a full refund up to 7 days prior to the first class. If you must cancel after that day, we are happy to offer you credit toward a future class series. We do not pro-rate registration fees for missed classes.

 

Am I too old/young/male for this class?
No! We welcome anyone and everyone to this class and believe that your enthusiasm and positive attitude are the most important personal traits you bring to class. If you wish to participate in the optional group performance after the class series, then you only need to be comfortable wearing a leotard (with some accessories), tights, and heels.