We’ll have two Frankie-inspired workshops on May 24 (Saturday afternoon) with Abigail Browning and Adam Speen:

1:00 p.m. – Frankie’s favorites: We will try our best to bring Frankie Manning’s infectious and inclusive workshop environment to life in this hour where we explore some of his favorite movements and teaching techniques.

2:00 p.m. – Shim Sham Shines: It’s time to polish up your old shim sham shimmy and spice it up with some fun variations, both contemporary and Frankie-inspired.

About the instructors:

Abigail Browning


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. Abigail presently resides in Chapel Hill, NC and teaches Lindy Hop and Balboa at The Lindy Lab.


Adam Speen

Adam has been dancing Balboa since 2006, studying under many of the prominent instructors worldwide. He challenges himself to improve by competition but mainly enjoys social dancing. In the classroom, Adam offers his own experiences and knowledge in order to foster a creative and comfortable learning environment. He believes that social dancing and individual innovation are paramount in a dancer’s education.

Adam has won and placed in Balboa competitions throughout the United States and teaches internationally with his competition partner, Nelle Cherry. Adam lives in Chapel Hill, NC and teaches Lindy Hop and Balboa at The Lindy Lab.


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