MNLindy Workshop Series II: Kelli Wilkerson with Jason Zabinski, Mondays, July 2007


Monday, July 2
900p-1000p Spotlight

Monday, July 9
900p-1000p Charleston

Monday, July 16
900p-1000p Footwork Variations

Monday, July 23
900p-1000p Jazz

Monday, July 30
900p-1000p Slow and Smooth


All events are held at Jawaahir Dance Studio.

Jawaahir Dance Studio
1940 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55403


This is an Intermediate/Advanced class.

Dancer should be familiar with traditional moves. Now is the time to begin to understand how the dance and the music relate and interact. Fast Tempos up to 220bpm should be accessible to the dancer. Concepts of movement and musicality should have dawned on the dancer as well as the ability to improvise, vary simple moves to create interesting movements as well as footwork flourishes. The concept of thinking in two's can be an interesting discussion topic. The dancer should also have an understanding of the importance of outside exposure, travel, and different stylings, perhaps having already travelled or at least attended a locally hosted regional or national event. Connection is important in your dance because it creates that trust between you and your partner. You also know that connection is not simple but complex, consisting of points of connection, strength of the connection, direction of the connection, and more.

Kelli Wilkerson

Kelli has been dancing Lindy Hop, East coast swing, balboa and charleston since early 1998 and has been competing and teaching for 8 of those years. She has placed and won many national titles in many esteemed competitions such as The American Lindy Hop Championships, Ultimate Lindy Hop Championships, Camp Hollywood/Nation Jitterbug Competition, Swing by the Sea, Jitterbug Jam, Triple Crown Los Angeles, Boston Tea Party and many more. She has also taught workshops and lessons at many of the above named competitions and also in places such as San Francisco CA, Los Angeles Ca, Denver Colo, Minneapolis Mn, Madison WI, Boston MA, Nashville TN, Portland OR, Stamford CN, Pasadena Ca, Davis and Sacramento CA. She is a masterful fast lindy and Charleston dancer with a knack for showmanship who encourages great basics and fundamentals so you can have fun dancing with anyone at any speed.

Jason Zabinski

Jason has been dancing Lindy Hop since 1998, and teaching on and off since 1999. As a teacher he brings his enthusiasm and joy of movement to his students. He has performed by himself and with Lindy Movement at various events, including Frankie Manning's 88th Birthday Celebration and the Harlem jazz Dance Festival. Jason has competed and placed at ULHS and other various competitions, but his focus is social dance. Jason's style is based on using strong lead and follow technique to connect with his partner and the music.


Registrations are your payment. The workshops vary in price, length, level, and attendance. You may pay at the door for any event, but preregistration is greatly appreciated. You may pay/register either by check, cash, or paypal (which includes credit card).

Early payment is greatly appreciated.

The series is 60$ and each individual class is offered at 15$ per class at the door. Contact Shawn, information below, to purchase individual classes in advance or to mail a check as payment.

You may use the paypal button below to purchase a Series Pass, which includes a (1.25$) paypal service fee.

Registered Dancers
Leads Follows
  1. Chris C
  2. Chris G
  3. Dave E/Shawn L
  4. Steve I
  5. Brent C
  6. (John Z)
  1. Erin M
  2. Jenny C
  3. Lori T
  4. (Chelsea V)
  5. Wing L
  6. Jenny C

Class Descriptions

Spotlight Monday, July 2, 900p-1000p
Whether it is a performance, competition or a jam circle at some point you're gonna want to show off. We'll give you some tips, techniques, and movement to do so.

Charleston Monday, July 9, 900p-1000p
Partner Charleston, 20's Charleston and Solo Charleston.

Footwork Variations Monday, July 16, 900p-1000p
This class will focus on footwork variations/syncopations and individual shine steps to replace footwork in basic movement (swingouts, circles, etc)

Jazz Monday, July 23, 900p-1000p
We'll spend half the time showing you how to incorporate jazz movement into your partner dancing. And the other half we will expand your solo jazz vocabulary.

Slow and Smooth Monday, July 30, 900p-1000p
This class will focus on moves and technique to dance to different types of slower music. One part Slow Lindy, a little bit of Westie, and some Blues to round it off.

Contact Information

Shawn can be reached at:
7430 Oak Park Village Dr
St Louis Park, MN 55426