A Floor Divided

On October 10 to the 12 the FSU Swing Dance Club will host A Floor Divided, a weekend Lindy Hop workshop and social dance. The event is geared toward complete beginners, seasoned veterans, and everyone in between. There also are nightly social dances planned to show off what you learn and meet people from swing scenes reaching as far as Tennessee. Most of this is conveniently located in FSU’s Housewright Music Building.

Nina and Michael, the instructors

Nina and Michael, the instructors

The event’s main teachers are Nina Gilkenson and Michael Seguin. Gilkenson teaches Lindy Hop, Swing, Belly Dance, and Burlesque at the Mobtown Ballroom in Baltimore. She has been an instructor since 2000, and has taught across North America as well as in France, Germany, the UK, Japan, Sweden, Budapest, Russia, Norway, Scotland, Lithuania, among others. She is the founder of the International Lindy Hop Championships, the country’s premier lindy hop event, which each year attracts expert dancers from across the globe.

Seguin entered lindy hop in Seattle in 1999 and helped develop the world famous Century Ballroom’s swing and lindy hop program. In 2008 he moved to Baltimore to work with Gilkenson and help teach in her scene. He has both taught and danced across the country, but always returns to Baltimore.

FSU swing dance club members caught in a teaching moment.

FSU swing dance club members caught in a teaching moment.

While the schedule may change somewhat due to matters of location, the tentative schedule is as follows. The event will begin with a beginner lesson free to all FSU students at 8:00, followed by a social dance with both a DJ and a live band 9:00 to 12:00, and a late night dance running until everyone is simply too tired. On Saturday lessons begin at 12:30 and run until 5:15 with 15-minute breaks. At 8:00 that night there is another free lesson, followed by a social dance from 8:30 to 12:00, once again with a live band. Again, there will be a late dance running from 12:00 until an unspecified time. Sunday is the same schedule as Saturday with different lessons and a dance running from 8:00 to 11:00. To keep up to date on the classes, click here.

Registration for FSU students is available for $55 online. Non-students can register for $65, and housing will be arranged for those who need it. Pre-registration is only available until October 1. After that, passes will only be available at the door during the event and will run for $80. The event is always a fun and educational weekend that brings in experienced dancers from all over, and is a great way for anyone interested in swing dancing to see its vibrant community.

by PETER WILLIAMS / staff writer

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