MNLindy Workshop VII: January Challenge: Nina Gilkenson w/Jason Zabinski, February 1-3, 2008


900p-1200a January Challenge Dance

1100a-1200p Sweet and Hot
1215p-130p Mad Hot Swivels
230p-330p What Nina Wants
345p-445p T'ain't What you Do...

Saturday Night
900p-1230a Red Rock Swing Band @ TCSwing's 1st Saturday

1200p-100p Cake and Pie
115p-215p Wicked Charleston
230p-330p Nina's Favorite Moves

Sunday Night
900p-1100p Twin Cities Hot Club


Four Seasons Dance Studio
1637 Hennepin Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55403

Tapestry Folk Dance Center
3748 Minnehaha Ave S., Minneapolis, MN 55406


This is an Advanced class.

Dancer should be comfortable with musicality and movement concepts. No tempo frightens you. Creativity and expression on the floor is what you are looking for in your dances. Dancer has travelled and learned from a variety of teachers in a variety of places. Charleston, Balboa, Shag, Blues all have an interest to you and you work them into your dances as the music moves you. You understand that the fundamentals are key to this dance -- maybe even having revamped your swingout several times already.

Nina Gilkenson


Lindy Hopper. Belly dancer. Hair-removal Laser Technician. The mysterious figure that is known only as "Nina" (and sometimes "Naomi") has many titles from prestigious dance competitions. But that's only a small part of her accomplishments. For instance, she can swivel in midair. She can simultaneously create vintage-style dresses and then destroy them while dancing. She can make 12-minute biscuits in 10 minutes. She writes upbeat musical theatre involving funeral homes. And last, but not least, she is a part of the award-winning Lindy Hop team the Silver Shadows, which sounds like it's a group of super heroes. And that's what she is. A Super Hero--one whose main super power is doing swivels in midair. And one day, they might save the world. Until then, she lives in Washington D.C. and falls down a lot.

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.

Please register from the following website:
January Challenge 2008


Class Descriptions

January Challenge Dance Friday, 900p-1200a
Opening dance for Nina's Weekend.

Sweet and Hot Saturday, 1100a-1200p
Yup, Nina is sweet and hot. Sometimes both at the same time. Nina starts the weekend with a look at how she apporaches the swing out. Ladies come and add more sweet and hot to your swing out. Guys come and add some refinement to your lead so you can handle these follows.

Mad Hot Swivels Saturday, 1215p-130p
Leads watch out by the end of this class you'll be in danger from the follows new super power, killer swivels. Follows take your swivel to a new level. Leads come and learn new ways to show off your follow and maybe a few moves where the guy can get some swivel action in himself.

What Nina Wants Saturday, 230p-330p
Leads don't you want to know. Follows don't you want to demand the same.

T'ain't What you Do... Saturday, 345p-445p
...Its the way that you do it. And Nina is here to help you with a styling class.

Red Rock Swing Band @ TCSwing's 1st Saturday Saturday Night, 900p-1230a
The Big Band sounds of the Red Rock Swing Band will be heard at Tapestry this Saturday, playing for TCSwing's 1st Saturday Swing Dance. This event will cost 8/10$ and is hosted by TCSwing.

Cake and Pie Sunday, 1200p-100p
If you like Pie and if you like Cake, You'll enjoy Nina's solo jazz class to get you... ya know, movin' and groovin' on the good foot.

Wicked Charleston Sunday, 115p-215p
We weren't sure if we should call it wicked charleston, killer charleston, or kung-fu charleston. But one thing we are sure of is it will be dynamic, fun and charleston. Oh, and some lady named Nina will be there.

Nina's Favorite Moves Sunday, 230p-330p
Just like it sounds: Moves that Nina really likes. And if she likes them they must be awesome. So if you learn them then you'll be . . . awesome.

Twin Cities Hot Club Sunday Night, 900p-1100p
Finishing off the weekend with Dinner and Dancing to Robert Bell's Twin Cities' Hot Club.

The Times Bar and Cafe is a bar located at 2nd and Hennepin in Minneapolis, just across the river and kitty-korner to Nye's Polynesian. There is a occasionally enforced 2 drink minimum and at some point in the evening it does become 21+.

Contact Information

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